Colorado attorney David J. Stephenson, Jr., d/b/a The Rocky Mountain Thunder Law Firm (“Dave”) focuses his practice on providing strategic counseling on transactional aspects of intellectual property, especially negotiating and preparing intellectual property licensing agreements and related commercial contracts, and trademark registration. His counsel is grounded in over thirty years of experience in high-stakes, complex commercial litigation. Although a Colorado native with a client base primarily in the Denver-Boulder area, Dave has tried cases in courts throughout the United States and several American Indian tribal courts, has testified internationally as an expert witness, and is Of Counsel with Ditthavong & Steiner, P.C., a boutique, international intellectual property and technology law firm with offices across the United States and Asia.
Dave complements his law practice with his experience as an applied sociocultural anthropologist. He has over thirty years of international public and private sector experience in socioeconomic analysis and consulting in the sustainable development arena. He participated in developing a landmark code of ethics for businesses, governments, and research institutions participating in sustainable development activities, and he has testified internationally as an expert in a seminal case concerned with the impact of intellectual property law on sustainable development. He has published numerous articles and delivered numerous presentations to diverse audiences throughout the world on sustainable development topics. He recently served for a decade on the Advisory Board of IPinCH, a British Columbia-based organization concerned with the impacts of development on heritage rights, and for many years he has served on the Board and as interim President of the International Society of Ethnobiology.
Dave has consistently been listed with the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register as an AV-Preeminent Attorney, the highest possible rating. He has also been named a Colorado SuperLawyer and listed as a top-rated intellectual property lawyer in The National Law Journal and The Wall Street Journal.
Dave received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with distinction; his law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law; and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.