Contact Us Today (303) 665-9845

Thomas P. Howard

(303) 665-9845
[email protected]

Practice Areas:

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Litigation & Appeals
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Complex Litigation
  • Trial Litigation
  • Expert Testimony


Thomas Howard is an experienced trial lawyer that handles intellectual property litigation nationwide, including copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent litigation, as well as complex civil litigation, including breach of contract, interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, fraud and fraudulent transfer of assets.


Attorney Howard frequently deals with combined elements of intellectual property and commercial litigation in the cases that he handles, and is very experienced at dealing with highly complex litigation.

In addition to representing clients involved in litigation, attorney Howard frequently negotiates and drafts intellectual property-related agreements, including license agreements, nondisclosure agreements and assignment agreements.

Attorney Howard also files trademarks and copyrights on the behalf of clients in order to protect their intellectual property rights, and frequently represents clients in trademark disputes conducted before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), including opposition proceedings and petitions to cancel.

Finally, Attorney Howard regularly represents clients in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings (UDRP) in order to assist when disputes arise over the ownership of a domain name.


Thomas P. Howard has represented hundreds of corporate and individual clients over the course of his practice. He has been sole or joint counsel in the trial of numerous cases in federal and/or state courts in multiple states.

Among Attorney Howard's clients have been a number of parties interested in protecting their intellectual property rights. Several more recent matters that involve intellectual property-related disputes include the following:

  • Examples of intellectual property cases, typically involving copyright, trademark, trade secret or patent infringement, and claims related to the same:
  • In Savant Homes v. Collins, attorney Howard represented Colorado defendants sued for copyright infringement, trademark infringement and other claims for allegedly infringing a copyrighted home design. Attorney Howard successfully had all claims dismissed on summary judgment and obtained an award of attorney's fees from the US District Court for the District of Colorado. Plaintiff appealed to the 10th Circuit and attorney Howard again defended his clients on the appeal. The 10th Circuit, in its first detailed analysis of a copyright infringement matter involving architectural works, upheld the ruling of the district court and again awarded attorney's fees to attorney Howard's clients.
  • In the 2023 case of Dawdy, et al. v. Hiatt, et al. business dispute, attorney Howard represented Colorado plaintiffs in a business dispute involving fraud, breach of contract, conversion, civil theft, and additional claims. Attorney Howard successfully obtained a jury verdict of over $950,00, including costs, fees, and interest arising from defendants' actions. Post-judgement notions were attempted and denied.
  • In MacCalmon Music, LLC v. Maurice Sklar Ministries, Attorney Howard represented a musician whose copyrighted works were copied and incorporated into another work without license or permission. Attorney Howard successfully litigated a claim of copyright infringement and other claims and obtained a judgment of actual damages, statutory damages, legal fees and costs.
  • In Saturn Systems, Inc. v. Militare, Attorney Howard represented Plaintiff Saturn Systems, Inc. at trial in the Denver District Court involving claims under the Colorado Uniform Trade Secrets Act as well as breach of contract. The claims arose from an employee's alleged theft of a client list and breach of a non-compete agreement. Saturn obtained damages and attorneys' fees, as well as permanent injunctive relief. Defendant appealed, and Attorney Howard again represented Saturn Systems. The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the district court decision and again awarded attorney's fees.
  • In Huntsman v. Soderbergh, Attorney Howard successfully defended a software manufacturer in a trademark and copyright infringement matter involving claims filed by nine major studios and 16 Hollywood directors. All claims filed by the studios/directors against Attorney Howard's client were dismissed. This matter led directly to the congressional modification of both the Trademark Act and the Copyright Act.
  • Attorney Howard recently represented a tax resolution company in a case involving employee theft of trade secrets. Attorney Howard filed and obtained an ex parte motion for a temporary restraining order barring the use or transfer of a stolen company data taken without authority, and subsequently obtained a complete and broadly worded permanent injunction pertaining to the same.
  • Attorney Howard recently defended the City of Boulder in a trademark dispute before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. All claims were dismissed.
  • Attorney Howard recently represented a Colorado health professional in the Jefferson County District Court involving claims brought under the Colorado Uniform Trade Secrets Act as well as breach of contract. Attorney Howard litigated the case at trial and obtained damages and costs.
  • Attorney Howard recently argued and obtained a preliminary injunction on the behalf of a client suffering from trademark infringement in a matter involving the travel industry.
  • Attorney Howard recently argued and defeated a motion for preliminary injunction in a matter involving claims of trademark infringement and other related claims in the field of health supplements.
  • Attorney Howard recently litigated a matter in which the client was sued for copyright infringement, among other claims. Counterclaims were filed for trademark infringement and other claims. Plaintiff's claims were dismissed and damages, legal fees and injunctive relief were obtained.
  • Attorney Howard successfully defended a client in the United States Federal Court for the District of Colorado against claims of trademark infringement, filed counterclaims alleging patent infringement, obtained a denial of plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, and obtained a satisfactory settlement and dismissal of all claims.
  • Attorney Howard represented an online seller of medical equipment bringing claims of copyright infringement and trademark infringement against a party it alleged to be selling similar products online in a manner that infringed its copyrights and trademarks. The matter was brought to a successful settlement within five months of being filed.
  • Attorney Howard successfully represented a client alleging trademark infringement against defendants using the clients' trademarks without license or permission on Internet advertising.
  • Attorney Howard successfully represented a Colorado software manufacturer in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving the copying, distribution and sale of the clients' source code.
  • Attorney Howard successfully represented a client in a copyright infringement action involving a copyrighted technical drawing the copying of architectural works.
  • In 2006 Attorney Howard defended a client in the Boulder 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.
  • Attorney Howard has successfully represented the American Society of Composers, Artists and Producers (ASCAP) in multiple copyright infringement actions in the United States Federal Court for the District of Colorado involving the use of copyrighted artistic works without license or permission.
  • Examples of business litigation cases, typically involving breach of contract, interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, fraud, conversion, fraudulent transfer of assets, trespass and negligence:
  • Attorney Howard argued a jury trial in the Crowley County District Court and obtained a damages award totaling over $975,000, including actual damages, fees, punitive damages, costs and interest. 
  • Attorney Howard argued a jury trial in Boulder County District Court involving claims of trespass, negligence and nuisance and 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 new trial or judgment notwithstanding the verdict. That motion was denied on all counts on April 16, 2008.
  • Attorney Howard went to trial in Arapahoe District Court on the behalf of a client and obtained a judgment for damages and attorneys' fees arising from breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and civil theft.
  • Attorney Howard obtained a judgment in the Boulder District Court on the behalf of a client in the amount of $582,614 arising from check fraud and civil theft.
  • Attorney Howard went to trial in El Paso County District Court in a breach of contract, defamation, interference with contract and conspiracy matter involving counterclaims against attorney Howard's' clients of over $500,000. The court awarded attorney Howard's client's damages, dismissed all alleged counterclaims against the same and awarded them their attorney's fees. On appeal attorney Howard was again retained; the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the district court.
  • Attorney Howard represented a plaintiff at trial in a complex action involving a fraudulent transfer of assets, exemplary damages, and the piercing of a corporate veil. The case was settled subsequent to his presentation of plaintiffs' case.
  • Attorney Howard 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.
  • Attorney Howard defended a Colorado contractor accused of violating the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. The Court dismissed the claim and awarded attorney's fees to Attorney Howard's client.
  • Attorney Howard co-directed a successful and highly complex eleven month international insurance fraud investigation regarding a claim of over forty-five million dollars.


Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D. – 1995
Honors: cum laude

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
B.A. – 1992
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions
Massachusetts, 1995
Colorado, 2000
U.S. District Court District of Colorado
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Professional Associations
American Bar Association, Member
Colorado Bar Association, Member
Boulder Bar Association, Member

Current Employment Position
Managing Member

Recent Blog Posts


  • Kate Roberts Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Called for a basic question in establishing a new business in the state. I talked with Mr. Howard himself who was very informative and took time to understand my question. Will definitely be going to him should the need arise in the future."
  • Ronald Wagner Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "My wife and I would like to take the time to say a few words about our experience with our attorney and his firm. We were being sued for copyright infringement and was given Tom Howards name and firm from a friend. Very fortuitous. I was working overseas at the time and most everything fell on m...
  • Aj Aurit Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Thomas and his firm were excellent! They provided a service beyond my expectations. Tom proved to have exceptional knowledge in his field. He was transparent with me while maintaining confidence throughout my case. Tom and his staff were also very responsive and maintained open lines of communic...
  • Anonymous Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "When my trade secrets were infringed upon, Tom Howard not only kept the perpetrators from using or selling them, he also had them returned to me and my firm."
  • Excellent Internet Legal Services

    "Thomas Howard provided my company with excellent legal services associated with trademark registration and a domain name dispute through the World Intellectual Property Organization. Thomas understood the processes and options and made them clear before I decided how to proceed. In the end we we...
  • John Senner Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Terrific counsel. Friendly and open, answered all my questions. Real go-getters. Recommending to all of my friends from now on, they went above and beyond."
  • Excellent trademark lawyer

    "Mr. Howard represented me on a trademark case. He did an excellent job. His response to the demand letter I received resulted in the other party dropping their objection. Very knowledgable."
  • Litigation Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "He took the necessary time with us as a client to explain the process, review, and explore possible options available to us, and was always quick to respond. He was thorough and helpful and was very direct and clear in his communication."
  • A Great Team, Doing Great Work

    "I worked with Tom and his team on a complex case involving the infringement of my copyrights by several defendants including a very large multi-national corporation. The case was in federal court for many years as the defendants tried to wear us down, but Tom and Scott worked tirelessly, and aft...
  • Heath Braley Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "As a business owner I need an attorney that gets it right the first time. I can't afford to take chances with just any run of the mill lawyer. I have close to 50 employees and their families depending on me to make the right decisions to ensure their success and security. I hired Thomas P. Howar...
  • Steven Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "I can not say enough great things about Thomas P. Howard and his fantastic team, they worked hard and efficiently to resolve the lawsuit against me. They made a VERY stressful lawsuit against me, manageable. They really went the extra mile to defend me figuratively and literally (the lawsuit was...
  • Anthony Ford Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Focused litigation firm that made sure I got the result I wanted. Understood my case and understood the small details. Highly recommend."
  • Henry C. Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "They have the most integrity of all the trade and patent type attorneys in the Denver Area, I highly recommend them."
  • Srikanth Bonthu Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "We have been working with Tom, Scott, Bill & Jenifer of Thomas P. Howard LLC since 2015 on various issues, mostly on Intellectual Property /Copyright infringement issues (my wife is a NY Times, USA Today, WSJ bestselling romance author and had to deal with her books being translated without cons...
  • F. J. Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Our firm retained Thomas P. Howard, LLC for a breach of contract, fiduciary duties, and civil theft claims. Upon my initial conversation with William (Bill) Groh, I knew that we had chosen a firm that would diligently work on a favorable outcome for us. I can't say enough about the professional ...
  • Anonymous Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Patent litigation is especially painful and costly for a start-up and its founders. Tom/James/Kamie helped keep costs low while working towards our prefered resolution. They were easy to communicate with and helped explain the process, provide guidance and lots of experience."
  • Yon Mun Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "I have worked with Thomas P Howard's Law firm for a few years now. They have been a 100% on resolving all our legal issues. I have had the opportunity to work with Thomas P Howard, William Groh; and recently Olayinka Hamza. I have yet to be disapointed in the quality of knowledge and service fro...
  • David Ruppert Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "After an extensive review of the the various firms in the Denver area with practical IP litigation experience in Federal court, we engaged this firm and specifically William Groh to represent our company in a trademark dispute. His handling of our dispute was exceptional and we would absolutely ...
  • Thomas P. Howard is an I.P. expert!

    "In order to succeed on the tumultuous path of small business, I have chosen a handful of experts in their respective fields to help me along the way. When unforeseen bumps on my path have occurred, I have had to rely on and trust these magnificent people I have chosen… Mr. Howard is one of these...
  • Anonymous Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Thomas P. Howard LLC were excellent! Tom took the time to listen and understand my situation. He was well organized and methodical in his plan, one which he executed to precision."
  • Civil Case

    "I found the law firm of Thomas Howard to be trustworthy, well experience and reputable. I highly recommend the firm for any civil case in the State of Colorado. Guam client"
  • I highly recommend Tom and his team.

    "My husband and I would highly recommend Tom and his team. Tom always took the time to explain our options and kept communication open regarding how our case was proceeding. He and William were always pleasant to deal with and had the knowledge to go up against a large corporation successfully fo...
  • Wendi Temkin, Intellectual property Attorney Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "I worked with Tom for over five years and found him to be a thoughtful and aggressive litigator with a great command of the nuances of intellectual property law."
  • Anonymous Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Tom and his staff were professional and knowledgeable throughout the entire process. They were successful at having a frivolous lawsuit that was brought against me dismissed. I would not hesitate to use his services again."
  • Anonymous Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Mr. Howard was very professional and went out of his way to explain things and assure me that all was going well. He did everything with me through phone calls and e-mail saving me time and money from travel expenses. He worked quickly to resolve my copyright case through a settlement agreement ...
  • Anonymous Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "I highly recommend Thomas Howard for any Intellectual Property issues that may arise with your business. I've known Tom for about fifteen years now and find him to be incredibly honest, hard-working, and efficient. A lot of times legal matters can be extremely time-sensitive. I can attest that h...
  • Trademarks

    "Thomas and his firm were excellent! They provided a service beyond my expectations. Tom proved to have exceptional knowledge in his field. He was transparent while maintaining confidence throughout my case. Tom and his staff were also very responsive and maintained open lines of communication. T...
  • Dave Sims Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Tom Howard and his team are extremely responsive to our needs. They're really smart and capable attorneys. I consider them an extension of my team."
  • Bob Stein Recommends Thomas P. Howard

    "Tom is a great attorney. He is completely thorough and totally professional and committed. The case he litigated (and won) for us is now used as precedent. It was presented in such a way that other attorneys cite this as case law when pursuing similar claims."

Our firm represents clients in intellectual property claims, trademark litigation, copyright litigation, business litigation and more in the following cities and surrounding areas:

Louisville, CO | Denver, CO | Aurora, CO | Littleton, CO | Centennial, CO | Parker, CO | Watkins, CO | Westminster, CO | Arvada, CO | Golden, CO | Boulder, CO | Brighton, CO | Longmont, CO | Loveland, CO | Black Hawk, CO | Idaho Springs, CO | Larkspur, CO | Monument, CO | Fort Collins, CO | Colorado | Springs, CO | Pueblo, CO | Breckenridge, CO