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John Coombe retired in 2006 as the Vice Chancellor for Intellectual Property and Events at the University of Denver.  Prior to this appointment, he was the founding partner of the Denver law firm of Coombe & Overhardt.  His practice focused on intellectual property, sports, entertainment, and corporate law.  Previously, Mr. Coombe was a shareholder and director of Cortez, Friedman & Coombe, and, from 1972-1989, he was a partner in the large regional firm of Holland & Hart where he founded and chaired the firm's Intellectual Property Department and Advanced Technology Group.  


Mr. Coombe's substantive expertise includes trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, marketing, distribution, and media and performance rights.  He is highly qualified in the area of advanced technology, including computer systems, software development, consulting agreements, technology licensing and development and research agreements.  He also has substantial experience in sports and entertainment law representing teams, individuals athletes, artists, and governing organizations.  Mr. Coombe also has substantial experience in the labor and employment field including collective bargaining, executive employment contracts, grievance systems, and wrongful discharge issues. 


Mr. Coombe is a member of the American, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, and is listed in Who's Who In American Law.  In 1993, he was appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law where he taught a class in sports law.  He has lectured extensively and has published numerous articles on topics related to trade secrets, employment and personnel management techniques.  


Mr. Coombe is also very active in the community.  He has been the vice-chairman with the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Trustee of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions, and Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 444.


Mr. Coombe received his law degree from George Washington University, where he graduated with honors in 1971, and he received an undergraduate degree from Williams College.