William C. Groh III
Bill Groh is an experienced commercial litigator who has represented individuals and small businesses in a variety of fields for nearly ten years. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Bill graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a distinction in American History. Along with Monica, his future wife, Bill then moved to Washington, D.C., attending law school at George Mason University. Bill began practicing law in Northern Virginia in 2005, focusing primarily on commercial, intellectual property, and real estate litigation. In 2011, Monica (originally from Santa Fe) convinced Bill to ditch the Beltway and move out west. Since then, Bill and Monica have lived in the Denver Metro area, and have two children. Bill enjoys the outdoors, guitar, homemade pasta sauce, and yearly pilgrimages to the Jersey Shore.
Attorney Groh frequently handles matters involving both intellectual property and commercial litigation issues, including trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret infringement, civil disputes involving breach of contract, business partnerships, allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, civil theft, actions for dissolution of partnership interest, and other such disputes that are increasingly common in modern business. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in state and federal court. Examples of cases that he has handled include the following:
Intellectual Property Litigation
- Attorney Groh represented a nutritional supplement vendor in a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against another vendor for use of the same trademark.
- Attorney Groh represented a video gaming website in a copyright infringement suit brought against another website for copying and posting copyrighted material.
- Attorney Groh is currently litigating on behalf of individual homebuyers accused of infringing copyrighted architectural works.
- 2014- Attorney Groh achieved a successful settlement on behalf of a national online job search company in a federal trademark and trade dress infringement lawsuit relating to over one hundred websites nationwide. Attorney Groh also filed a counterclaim for tortious interference and declaratory judgment in response to defamatory communications to the company’s customers.
- 2014- Attorney Groh achieved a successful settlement on behalf of a used software vendor in a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit involving the alleged re-sale of counterfeit software.
- 2014- Attorney Groh helped defend a small business accused of trademark infringement, breach of contract, unfair competition, and cybersquatting in a dispute arising from the termination of a product and trademark licensing agreement between the parties.
- 2014- Attorney Groh successfully settled a copyright infringement lawsuit in defense of a website designer for allegedly copying and posting infringing materials on the client’s website.
- 2012- Attorney Groh participated in the representation of photographers and stock photo agencies in multiple copyright infringement lawsuits against textbook publishers for violation of publication licenses governing the use of those photos in textbooks. Each of these lawsuits involved dozens and even hundreds of separate copyright infringement claims.
- Attorney Groh participated in the defense of former employees of a food delivery service in a lawsuit for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, and unjust enrichment.
- Attorney Groh defended a small corporation accused of copyright infringement by challenging the copyrightability of the work and the enforceability of the non-compete agreement at issue in state and federal court, achieving a favorable settlement.
Business and Civil Litigation
- Attorney Groh has handled several lawsuits involving the sale of goods between merchants and claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code.
- Attorney Groh is currently representing a government subcontractor in a collection matter against a government contractor for unpaid fees.
- 2013- Attorney Groh successfully settled a dispute on behalf of a consumer for violations of the consumer protection act in connection with online services.
- 2012- Attorney Groh represented an equipment leasing company in an effort to collect a commercial debt owed by an insolvent company by asserting a claim on behalf of the insolvent corporation to recover misappropriated assets under the “trust fund” doctrine.
- Attorney Groh represented a former government contracting business which had sold its assets to another business and had not been paid for those assets. Despite a multitude of potential issues, Attorney Groh was able to obtain bifurcation of the case and move for judgment on a key issue, leading to a favorable settlement.
- Attorney Groh participated in the successful defense of a major restaurant franchise in federal court in the District of Columbia in a suit for violation of geographic non-compete restrictions involving the placement of franchise locations.
- Attorney Groh participated in the successful defense of a bank in an adversary bankruptcy proceeding brought by the bankruptcy trustee to recover monies that the bank had unknowingly lent to a mortgage broker who was running a mortgage fraud scam.
- Attorney Groh represented an interior designer in a breach of contract action for unpaid fees against a construction contractor. Even though the court found the contract was too vague to enforce, Attorney Groh obtained a judgment for the reasonable value of the interior designer’s services.
- Attorney Groh participated in the successful defense of a church-affiliated developer in a federal lawsuit to enjoin the developer from building lower income housing on First Amendment grounds. The lawsuit was dismissed on summary judgment and the judgment was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- Attorney Groh represented a Washington, DC Area hospice in federal court against a tenant which had breached its lease and had filed a counterclaim, obtaining summary judgment against the tenant.
- Attorney Groh represented a government contracting company in a partnership dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and the proper disposition of the partnership assets, achieving a favorable settlement after a two-week federal jury trial.
- Attorney Groh has handled business disputes involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
- Attorney Groh has helped many clients deal with disputes involving business partners, and has litigated several lawsuits involving partnership claims, allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, civil theft, and actions for dissolution of partnership interest
- Colorado, 2011
- District of Columbia, 2009
- Virginia, 2005
- George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
- J.D. - 2005
- Honors: Member of the Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Participant
- University of Pennsylvania
- B.A. cum laude - 2002
- Major: History - With Distinction in American History
- Contribution and Indemnification Among Multiple Infringers , The Colorado Lawyer - Westlaw Citation 44-MAY Colo. Law. 49, May, 2015
- The Changes to Colorado and Federal Civil Rule 45 , The Colorado Lawyer - Westlaw Citation: 42-DEC Colo. Law. 57, December, 2013
Honors and Awards
- Colorado Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2015 - 2016
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Colorado Bar Association
- Faculty of Federal Advocates