Barbara Weil Laff

Of Counsel


Barbara Weil Laff

Of Counsel


Ms. Laff joined Ireland Stapleton in 2000. In her more than 30 years of private practice in Colorado, she has represented both private and public companies in numerous complex intellectual property and employment litigation matters, and intellectual property licensing transactions. Ms. Laff currently combines a career as an elementary educator with a practice consulting with clients and other attorneys on intellectual property matters.

Legal Experience

  • Drafted and negotiated multi-million dollar licensing and technology transfer agreements relating to intellectual property in telecommunication equipment, computer hardware and software, Internet, e-commerce, and trade secrets.
  • Managed, conducted discovery of, and tried complex commercial, patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, high technology, trade secret and employment cases through bench and jury trials and arbitration.
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy, University of Colorado School of Law (1998, 1999)

Presentations & Publications

  • Editorial Board, (authored various publications on the site); frequent speaker on trade secret protection, Internet ethics and e-commerce topics
  • Representative publications:

    • Co”Legal Practice in a Dot Com World” ABA National Convention 2000
    • “Legal Ethics on the Internet” 1998 Vail Institute January, 2000
    • “Internet Domain Names and Trademarks” 1998 and 1999
    • “Internet, Intranet and E-Mail Policies” 1999, 2000
    • General Intellectual Property Presentations- 1989-2005
    • “Protecting Trade Secrets in the Employment Relationship” 1995-1999 Vail Institute 1997
    • “Security Interests in Intellectual Property” American Bankruptcy Institute 1998, State Capital Law Firm Group, 2004
    • “Investigation Employee Misconduct” 2004, 2005
    • “Ethics and the Difficult Client” 2005, Law Club Ethics Revue 2005-2013


  • Denver, Colorado and American Bar Associations (Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections) The Law Club (President 1997-1998)
  • Co-Chair, Trademark Subcommittee of the ABA Intellectual Property Section Litigation Committee 1999-2000 and 2003-present
  • Hearing Officer, Colorado Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, 1997-present
  • Denver Bar Association, Trustee 1990-1991, Board of Governors 1999-2001

Community Involvement

  • Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented, 2009-present
  • Steering Committee, DPS Shakespeare Festival, 2014
  • Children’s Event Volunteer, Opera Colorado, 2013-present
  • Member, Girl Scouts Mile High Council, 1997-2009

Personal Interests

Black belt – Tae Kwon Do, Girl Scout Leader, skiing, cycling, community theatre. Ms. Laff is a licensed educator in the State of Colorado.

Contact Info

Practice Areas


  • University of Northern Colorado M.A., Gifted and Talented Education, 2011
  • University of Denver, School of Education Teaching Certificate, 2006
  • Northwestern University School of Law J.D., 1985 Deans List, Note Editor, Law Review
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor B.G.S., with distinction, 1982

Honors & Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Admissions

    • Admitted to practice in Colorado