Samantha Picans

Associate

  • location icon Denver, CO
    1700 Lincoln Street
    Suite 4000
    Denver, CO 80203

Samantha Picans is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. She has experience with patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation in various federal district courts and the Federal Circuit, as well as related contract and other claims. Her experience covers a broad range of technologies, including computer hardware, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, communications networks and devices, database structure and design, and software.

Ms. Picans also has significant experience in eDiscovery, which is increasingly necessary in IP cases. She served as a board member of the Denver chapter of Women in eDiscovery for two years.  She uses her experience to maximize efficiency, reduce costs for clients, strategize review of documents collected from clients and received from other parties, and develop overall eDiscovery strategies on a case-by-case basis.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Picans worked in the IP litigation group of a national firm. Before that, she was an associate in a Colorado-based law firm where she gained experience in a wide range of practice areas.

Ms. Picans has also represented the best interests of children in protection order cases by serving as a guardian ad litem, represented victims of domestic abuse in divorce, custody, and protection order hearings while interning and volunteering at Colorado Legal Services in the Family and Children Unit, and mediated cases in Chicago courts serving as a mediator for a local nonprofit group during law school. During her last year of law school, Ms. Picans served as the Executive Articles Editor on the Executive Board for the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, managing all of the editing for the journal’s standard editions.

Publications

  • Tribal Sovereign Immunity Cannot Bar IPR Review: Federal Circuit, Lewis Brisbois Legal Alert (July 2018), Joshua Curry & Samantha Picans
  • Strategies for Preventing an Award of Attorneys Fees, ABA IP Litigation (Jan. 2016), Kristopher Reed & Samantha Picans
  • Copyright Transfer Terminations, Trademark, and Trade Dress: Forewarned Is Forearmed, The Colorado Lawyer (Nov. 2014), Matthew Holohan & Samantha Picans

Certifications

Certified Mediator, Center for Conflict Resolution

Community Activities

  • Rocky Mountain Children Law Center, Guardian ad litem, 2015-present
  • Reading Partners, 2014
  • Colorado Legal Services, Family and Children Unit, volunteer attorney & intern, 2011-2013
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, Certified Mediator, 2011-2012
  • Bluhm Legal Clinic, Human Rights Advocacy Clinic, 2010-2011

Admissions

Colorado

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations

  • Colorado IP Inn of Court
    • Member, Treble Damage committee annual April musical ethics CLE presentation, 2014-present
  • Women in eDiscovery, Denver Membership Co-Director, 2016-2018
  • Colorado Bar Association, IP Section
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Awards & Honors

2018 Rising Star, Super Lawyers

Education

Northwestern University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2012

  • Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property: Executive Articles Editor (2011-2012), Journal Member (2010-2011)
  • Habeas Chorus, an cappella student group: co-director (2010-2011), member (2009-2012)

University of Central Florida
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, magna cum laude, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, magna cum laude, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, magna cum laude, 2008

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