Adam L. Massaro

Adam L. Massaro

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303.623.9222 fax
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Adam Massaro's relentless drive to positively impact his community is one of the first things that you will notice about him. His ‎extensive work to assist underprivileged children, expand their opportunities, and help them recognize new and ‎greater objectives began on the east coast where he grew up and continues to this day here in Denver, where ‎he has established his legal career. As a litigator, he utilizes this same relentless effort to identify strategies ‎to help clients refine and achieve their objectives in all phases of civil litigation, both at the trial and appellate ‎level.‎

Adam practices in the areas of intellectual property and corporate litigation. He protects his clients’ rights and handles complex, multi-million dollar matters.  Adam has represented international clients ranging from South Korea to India.  Whether a U.S. or foreign-based business, Adam works hard to ensure his clients' legal and business interests are aligned.  He is a member of the firm's Korea Practice Team where he focuses on providing Korean-based businesses counsel on matters such as trade secret, trademark, patent, and corporate litigation. 

Adam works with clients on intellectual property matters in a broad range of areas, including software, internet-based technologies, industrial equipment, and sporting goods. Adam has litigated intellectual property and high technology cases in Colorado, California, Nevada, and Arizona Federal District Court. 

He is an avid fly fisherman, cyclist, and skier.‎ He has also participated twice in the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Denver Active 2030 Children's Foundation, member since 2010, Vice president, 2014, Charity Review Committee, 2014-2015
  • Elder Justice Colorado a nonprofit corporation, Board Member, 2011-2013
  • Denver Kids Inc, Mentor, 2011-2013
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member
  • Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, Member
  • The Colorado IP American Inn of Court, Member

Representative Matters

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Representation of a financial institution in theft of trade secret litigation (Wyoming state court). Obtained a seven-figure verdict for client after second chairing a two-week jury trial and obtained punitive damages.
  • Representation of an intimate apparel company in patent infringement lawsuits involving backless strapless bras (Central District of California Federal District Court). Cases resolved successfully.
  • Representation of patent owner in Smart Card credit card cases. (Colorado Federal District Court). Cases resolved successfully.
  • Representation of firearm accessory company in a patent infringement lawsuit involving charging handles for assault rifles (Nevada Federal District Court). Case resolved successfully.
  • Representation of company in patent litigation regarding the extraction of copper during the mining process (Arizona Federal District Court). Case resolved successfully.
  • Representation of defendants in patent infringement lawsuit concerning secondary lithium ion batteries. (Colorado Federal District Court). Defendants’ motion to dismiss granted resulting in complete dismissal with prejudice. Case resolved successfully.
  • Representation of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce in a trademark infringement action (Colorado Federal District Court). Case resolved successfully.
  • Representation of Colorado law firm in trademark dispute. (Colorado Federal District Court). Case resolved successfully.
  • Representation of patent holder in a major infringement suit involving a healthcare industry website where consumers locate and compare physicians (Colorado Federal District Court). Case resolved successfully.
  • Representation of dental implants company over theft of trade secrets related to novel dental implants procedure. (Colorado state court). After filing motion for preliminary injunction, case resolved successfully.
  • Representation of copyright and trade secret holder in a case involving stolen source code and computer fraud crimes. (Minnesota Federal District Court).
  • Representation of a cutting edge mobile app developer in theft of trade secret litigation, which garnered media coverage (Colorado state court). Case resolved successfully.

Complex Business Litigation

  • Representation of publicly traded company against former CEO. (AAA Arbitration). Former CEO claimed he was owed millions in restricted stock units and damages. After first- chairing (and trying solo) a multi-day arbitration, arbitrator issued a complete award in favor of Adam’s client.
  • Representation of laboratory facility in business interference case, which garnered media coverage (Colorado state court). Obtained temporary restraining order in favor of client. 
  • Representation of engineering firm against HOA in multi-million dollar construction defect case. Obtained dismissal of CCPA claim against firm. Approximately two weeks before trial, secured favorable evidence destruction ruling against HOA. Case settled the same day on favorable terms. (Colorado state court).
  • Representation of major healthcare company in case with $500 million at issue. (Colorado state court). Coordinated and developed multiple technical, economic, and damages experts. Case resolved successfully.
  • Representation of a telecommunications company against one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States. (Colorado Federal District Court). The opposing side alleged that client was part of a conspiracy with other downstream, long-distance carriers to defraud the company in the amount of at least $13 million. Achieved a complete dismissal of all claims as a result of filing a motion to dismiss at the outset.
  • Representation of international law firm where plaintiff alleged the firm committed malpractice, breached fiduciary duties, and committed other business torts. (Colorado state court). The plaintiff sought in excess of $20 million in damages. Days before trial, the plaintiff settled for a fraction of the alleged damages.
  • Representation of an individual in a dispute over the ownership of a series of roofing companies; second-chaired four-day jury trial. (Colorado state court). Jury determined that client was a 50% owner of the roofing companies and awarded him $578,085 in damages.
  • Defended a national lumber supplier in a dispute over sold lumber; first- chaired one-day bench trial. (Colorado state court). Complete defense judgment for client on all counts.
  • Representation of a company in a contractual dispute involving a medical office facility; second-chaired one-day bench trial. (Colorado state court).

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Past Events


  • Presenter to Association of Corporate Counsel: "Indemnification provisions dos and don’ts in our highly connected digital world" (September 2018)
  • Presenter to Association of Corporate Counsel: "Considerations of when to protect your intellectual property through trade secret versus patent litigation" (May 2017)



  • Colorado Super Lawyers - Rising Star - Intellectual Property Litigation, 2014-2020
  • Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award - Selected as a finalist, 2015
  • The Denver Business Journal - featured Adam in its Making Their Mark Section in April 2015: “Adam Massaro racks up big case experience in just three years.”, 2015
  • Downtown Denver Leadership Program, 2015
  • Law Week Colorado - Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2012
  • ABA Probate Property Best Technology Article - "Solar Power for Commercial Buildings", 2011

Other Info


J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2010
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2007

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2010

Court Admissions

Colorado Supreme Court
Colorado State Judicial District Courts
Colorado Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court