Peter G. Koclanes Updated:10/2015

Peter G. Koclanes is Chair of Sherman & Howard’s Trial and Litigation Group. He has represented public and private companies in complex business disputes for more than 27 years in trials, arbitrations, hearings seeking expedited remedies, corporate internal investigations, risk avoidance, and ethics. Peter has counseled clients and tried and obtained verdicts, judgments, and arbitration awards in a wide variety of business cases in the areas of securities & class actions, business torts & corporate governance disputes, intellectual property & non-competition, general commercial litigation, oil & gas and natural resources, real estate, and trusts & estates, among others. He spent two years as a judicial clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Peter is past president of both the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel. He has been a member of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee since 1997 and serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Judicial Institute.

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  • Juris Doctor, with honors, George Washington University Law School, 1987
    • Executive Managing Editor, George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Petroleum-Refining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1984

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2007-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell ® Law Directory’s highest rating (AV)
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Volunteer of the Year Award, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Bar Fellow, Colorado Bar Association
  • Recognized by 5280 Magazine as Top Lawyer – Commercial Litigation, 2015

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Colorado Judicial Institute, 2013-present
  • President, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2010-2011
  • President, Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel, 2008-2009
  • Ethics Committee of the Colorado Bar Association, 1997-present
  • Admitted in Colorado, 1987; New York, 1990
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Second Circuit, and Tenth Circuits
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York
  • Judicial Clerk, the late Honorable Edward S. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1987-89
  • Judicial Clerk, Honorable Paul R. Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1989
  • Member, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Faculty of Federal Advocates, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel, Denver Bar Association

Contact Peter G. Koclanes


Contact Peter G. Koclanes

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
633 17th Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO  80202
Phone: (303) 299-8353
Fax: (303) 298-0940

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