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Paul Swanson

Of Counsel

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

Paul counsels his clients—from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies—regarding all phases of dispute resolution and is an experienced advocate for their interests in court.

As clients contemplate bringing or defending litigation, Paul collaborates with them to identify key objectives, minimize risk, and achieve their desired outcome. He manages state and federal lawsuits and arbitration and engages in all stages of dispute resolution, from pre-litigation assessment and negotiation to trial and appeal. With a focus in the technology sector, Paul partners with high-growth companies to ensure that litigation does not distract from their principal business objectives, yet with his experience managing multi-year complex litigation for large, blue-chip companies and financial institutions, Paul also offers his clients strategic insights that harmonize corporate goals with the realities of litigation.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Paul was a litigation associate at firms in Denver and New York City, and he served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Sullivan of the Southern District of New York.  Before law school, he served as a policy aide in the Washington, D.C., offices of Congresswoman Ellen O. Tauscher of California and Congressman Harry E. Mitchell of Arizona.


  • Serve as lead counsel for major Colorado-based technology company in multiple state and federal litigations against breaching suppliers and customers
  • Advise major U.S. aerospace company regarding intellectual property protection and antitrust risk associated with bidding process for government and commercial space contracts
  • Represent U.S. sports league in ongoing antitrust litigation under Sherman Act and California and Colorado competition statutes
  • Serve as lead counsel in Tenth Circuit appeal defending jury verdict on claims under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
  • Led trial team and won sweeping judgment on contractual and equitable claims brought on behalf of CRM company after a failed corporate acquisition
  • Successfully argued Seventh Circuit appeal on behalf of Fortune 500 technology company defending a favorable judgment from the district court
  • Won full dismissal of seven-figure claims in Illinois state court action as lead counsel for a Colorado software company
  • Advised national agricultural trade association regarding potential antitrust liability associated with information-collection and -sharing for agricultural and non-agricultural members
  • Served as lead counsel for Fortune 500 technology company in breach-of-contract action with customer; secured full, seven-figure judgment
  • Successfully represented apparel start-up company in pre-litigation negotiations to avoid copyright-infringement claims by designers
  • Represented Colorado-based streaming software company in defending third-party subpoenas pertaining to intellectual property disputes regarding streaming services
  • Represented private software company in defending an appeal of a $43 million jury verdict against a major aerospace company in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • Successfully blocked copyright and trade secret claims against Fortune 500 food-and-beverage company accused of misappropriating designs from engineering firm
  • Represented Fortune 500 food-and-beverage company in the successful resolution of a trademark dispute with its key competitor
  • Won summary judgment for a religious group in a federal civil rights action against a New Jersey township that denied the group’s application to build a house of worship
  • Won reversal of a multimillion-dollar forfeiture order against a nonprofit cultural institution in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of natural resources company to block unlawful property taxes assessed by a quasi-governmental entity, and prevailed in appeal before the Colorado Court of Appeals to secure further injunctive relief against unlawful taxation
  • Represented financial guaranty insurers in litigation and settlements of more than $1 billion in claims for fraud and breach of contract arising from the origination and securitization of residential mortgage-backed securities
  • Conducted internal investigation and prepared board-of-directors report regarding suspected corruption in foreign office of an international trade association
  • Represented multiple hedge funds in defending against third-party subpoenas pertaining to claims over failed residential mortgage-backed securities
  • Represented private aerospace company in arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Represented “Big Three” automotive engineer in avoiding liability in civil, criminal, and congressional investigation regarding an automobile recall
  • Represented multiple individuals in state and federal investigations related to international tax shelters and non-profit-entity status


Bar Admissions

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Foundation

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