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Thomas P. Howard

Education

Thomas Howard received his J.D. from Boston College in 1995 (Cum Laude).

Thomas Howard received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 with highest honors, where he graduated first among the 824 students in the Political Science department.

Professional Activities

Thomas Howard is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association and the Boulder Bar Association.

Bar and Court Admissions

Attorney Howard is a member of the bar of the State of Colorado, the District of Colorado, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the State of Massachusetts, and the District of Massachusetts.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Thomas Howard's clients include parties interested in protecting their intellectual property rights. Several of his more recent intellectual property-related matters include the following:

  • Thomas Howard successfully defended a software manufacturer in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in the landmark Huntsman v. Soderbergh lawsuit, a trademark and copyright infringement matter involving claims filed by nine major studios and 16 Hollywood directors. This matter led directly to congressional modification of both the Trademark Act and the Copyright Act through the issuance of the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005. All claims filed by the studios/directors against Thomas Howard's client were dismissed.
  • Thomas Howard represented Saturn Systems at trial in the Denver District Court in a matter involving claims under the Colorado Uniform Trade Secrets Act as well as breach of contract against an independent contractor. Thomas Howard obtained monetary damages, attorneys' fees and permanent injunctive relief for Saturn Systems. The defendant appealed the action before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Thomas Howard again represented his client. In 2011, the Colorado Court of Appeals denied defendant's appeal and awarded attorney's fees to Attorney Howard's client.
  • In an emergency proceeding in Boulder County District Court arising due to a sudden and unexpected theft of valuable business data, Thomas Howard obtained permanent injunctive relief on behalf of a client barring the defendants' use or disclosure of his client's trade secrets.
  • Thomas Howard successfully defended a client accused of trademark infringement in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Thomas Howard obtained a denial of plaintiff's attempted summary judgment and a successful settlement of all claims.
  • Thomas Howard obtained monetary and injunctive relief on behalf of a commercial client whose copyrighted websites and trademarks were infringed without license or permission.
  • Thomas Howard obtained monetary and injunctive relief on the behalf of a client whose copyrighted artistic works were infringed on the Internet by third parties without license or permission.
  • Thomas Howard successfully represented a Colorado software manufacturer in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving the unlawful copying, distribution and sale of the client's source code.
  • Thomas Howard successfully represented Young Electric Sign Co. in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in a copyright infringement action involving the copying of architectural works.
  • Thomas Howard defended a client in the Boulder County District Court in a matter involving claims of theft of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty. The matter was successfully settled and dismissed subsequent to discovery.
  • Thomas Howard successfully represented the American Society of Composers, Artists and Producers (ASCAP) in multiple copyright infringement actions in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado involving the use of copyrighted artistic works without license or permission.

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Complex Civil Litigation

Thomas Howard also frequently represents parties in complex commercial disputes involving breach of contract, interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, fraud, fraudulent transfer of assets, trespass, negligence and nuisance. Recent matters include:

  • In a jury trial in Boulder County District Court involving claims of trespass, negligence and nuisance involving claims against a contractor, attorney Thomas Howard obtained a jury verdict totaling $269,000 plus interest and costs on the behalf of his clients. All counterclaims for damages raised by defendants were denied. Subsequent to trial, defendants moved for a new trial or judgment notwithstanding the verdict. That motion was denied on all counts by the Boulder County District Court.
  • Thomas Howard went to trial in Arapahoe County District Court on behalf of a client and obtained a judgment for damages and attorneys' fees arising from breach of contract, unjust enrichment and civil theft.
  • Thomas Howard obtained a judgment in Boulder County District Court on behalf of a client in the amount of $582,614 arising from claims of check fraud and civil theft.
  • Thomas Howard went to trial in El Paso County District Court in a case involving claims of breach of contract, defamation, interference with contract and conspiracy. The defendant asserted counterclaims of over $500,000 against Thomas Howard's clients. The court awarded damages and attorneys' fees to Thomas Howard's clients and dismissed all of defendant's counterclaims. Defendant filed an appeal before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Thomas Howard was retained to handle the appeal. The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the District Court.
  • Thomas Howard represented a plaintiff in a complex action involving the fraudulent transfer of assets, exemplary damages and the piercing of the corporate veil. The case settled subsequent to his presentation of plaintiff's case.
  • Thomas Howard recently defended the owner of a large hotel franchise in a breach of contract dispute involving a business management contract. The matter was successfully settled subsequent to discovery.
  • Thomas Howard recently defended a Colorado contractor accused of violating the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. The court dismissed the claim and awarded attorneys' fees to Thomas Howard's client.
  • On behalf of his insurance company client, lawyer Thomas Howard co-led an 11-month complex international insurance fraud investigation regarding a claim of over $45 million.

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Contact Us

If you have a legal issue that you would like to discuss with a Colorado intellectual property attorney or Colorado business attorney, please call 303-665-9845 to schedule a complimentary consultation with a lawyer from our firm. You can also make your appointment with Thomas P. Howard, LLC by contacting us via email: info@thowardlaw.com.

Office Locations

Thomas P. Howard, LLC
842 West South Boulder Road, Suite 100
Louisville, CO 80027
Phone: 303-665-9845
E-mail: info@thowardlaw.com
Fax: 303-665-9847
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Thomas Howard is an experienced trial lawyer practicing with an emphasis in intellectual property disputes (including copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, Web site infringements and other Internet-related disputes) as well as complex civil litigation (including breach of contract, interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, fraud, fraudulent transfer, trespass, negligence and nuisance).
In addition to representing clients involved in litigation, Thomas Howard frequently negotiates and drafts intellectual property-related agreements, including nondisclosure and license agreements. He has drafted and negotiated such agreements on behalf of his clients with parties as diverse as Microsoft, Best Buy, Phillips and Hyperion. MORE