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CiCi Cheng

Associate

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

CiCi Cheng helps clients navigate the intricacies of complex commercial disputes.

She handles cases in state and federal courts involving breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and antitrust law, shareholder derivative and securities class actions, and other business-related issues. Through these cases, CiCi has developed extensive experience managing complex electronic discovery.

Before joining Holland & Hart, CiCi served as a judicial law clerk to Judge R. Brooke Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. While clerking, CiCi wrote numerous draft opinions and bench memoranda and assisted with bench and jury trials and motions hearings. CiCi also supported Judge Jackson while he sat by designation for the Tenth Circuit, helping with multiple appellate cases. Prior to her clerkship, CiCi was a judicial intern to Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice of the Colorado Supreme Court and to Judge Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

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Experience

CiCi represents clients from a multitude of backgrounds in a wide array of commercial and business tort cases.  She has extensive experience in contractual disputes such as those involving asset purchase agreements, sales and licensing contracts, interference with contract, and corollary tort claims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

CiCi attentively guides clients through all phases of litigation, including:

  • Early assessment of claims and strategy development, including pre-filing negotiations
  • Motions practice, particularly dispositive motions to narrow and streamline an action
  • Targeted and efficient management of electronic discovery, depositions, and expert discovery
  • Focused and dynamic oral argument and trial representation
  • Settlement negotiations, including drafting complex, multi-party settlement agreements

Client Results

Representative Case Experience
  • Defeated a multi-million-dollar indemnification claim for a major manufacturing and engineering corporation and affiliate corporations, first by succeeding on a motion to dismiss parallel Michigan action and later by obtaining summary judgment that was affirmed by the First Department of the New York Appellate Division.

  • As lead associate, efficiently resolved a non-compete, trade secrets misappropriation, and federal computer crimes litigation for a software company; managed intricate discovery issues and spearheaded settlement negotiations to achieve a complex do-not-transact agreement between multiple parties.

  • Represented a major mining corporation in a two-week jury trial in Colorado state court on various claims for breach of contract, non-compete, and theft of trade secrets, and argued jury instructions and directed verdict motion.

  • Represented a solar energy development company in federal litigation for alleged breach of contract and fraud against a joint venturer over a multi-million-dollar energy project; obtained dismissal for foreign affiliates and multiple individually named clients and ultimately achieved a favorable settlement.

  • Prevailed against a securities fraud class action in Colorado federal court, defeating all claims on a motion to dismiss.

Pro Bono Experience
  • First chaired a First Amendment bench trial in Colorado federal court for an incarcerated youth contesting Colorado youth detention centers' policy  of banning access to local news.

  • Secured a significant victory for key Denver arts non-profit organization, the Denver Center for Performing Arts (DCPA), against collection efforts by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health & Human Services for alleged debt arising out of a transfer discrepancy in federal funding by DHHS, and ultimately induced the DOJ to formally decline to file claims against DCPA.

  • Represented the named plaintiff in a federal class action of student-visa holders challenging the constitutionality of an immigration executive order.

News

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Colorado Pledge to Diversity, Co-President
  • Law School Sí Se Puede Program, Mentor
  • Northfield High School Mock Trial, Volunteer Coach
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Children’s Task Force, Member
  • Jane-A-Thon Planning Committee, Invest-In-Kids, Volunteer
  • Lawyers in the Classroom, Denver Public Schools, Volunteer

  • Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, Member
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member
  • Colorado Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Member
  • Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Leadership Arts, Alumna
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