Blair E. Kanis

(303) 292-7850
Of Counsel
(303) 292-7799 Fax

Ms. Kanis is of counsel in Kutak Rock LLP’s Denver office. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property (IP) disputes, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement, and trade secret misappropriation. She also regularly advises and represents clients with regard to complex licensing and other technology transactions, including those related to health information technology, IP transfers, and protection of IP in the supply chain. Ms. Kanis also provides outside General Counsel services to clients, helping them to manage matters such as IP protection and management, data privacy, and technology transfers in the context of their day-to-day business.

Ms. Kanis is a founder of the Colorado Poverty Law Project, a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) organization focused on homelessness and housing issues. She has also dedicated significant time to academic and practical contributions in the area of corporate social responsibility through pro bono activities and as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Representative Engagements:

  • Representing clients in pre-litigation disputes and civil litigation proceedings in both state and federal courts related to complex intellectual property issues.
  • Representing and counseling a broad spectrum of corporate clients, including many start-up technology-based businesses, on matters related to IP protection and management, contract negotiations and disputes, and other business claims.
  • Preparing and negotiating licenses, service agreements, and other technology transfer agreements for clients in a wide range of industries, including health information technology, software, textiles, and media licensing.
  • Advising public entities, companies, and health care organizations on internal policy development, vendor risk management, and data privacy and confidentiality issues.
  • Developing and drafting website and mobile application EULAs and Privacy Policies.
  • Providing guidance on state and federal laws, best practices, and industry standards regarding the collection and use of sensitive personal data and health information.

Ms. Kanis is an attorney in the Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP. In addition to her litigation practice, in which Ms. Kanis focuses on advising and representing clients on a range of complex commercial and intellectual property matters, Ms. Kanis also has the academic and practical experience required to advise clients interested in developing robust corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in response to market demands. Through her work with the Denver-based think tank organization, NomoGaia, Ms. Kanis has contributed to the international dialogue on issues of corporate social responsibility, including through development of corporate human rights due diligence policies and procedures. She also has participated in the implementation of human rights due diligence methodologies in case studies with companies across a broad range of industries, including agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and oil and gas. Ms. Kanis’ experience in both corporate social responsibility and litigation enables her to assist clients with disclosure obligations and avoidance, mitigation and response to disputes related to sufficiency of corporate practices, including formal litigation claims.

Representative Engagements:

  • Develops company policies, requisite disclosures and due diligence procedures related to avoidance, reporting and mitigation of human rights impacts of company operations and those within supply chains.
  • Performs due diligence to assess and analyze areas of potential risk of such impacts and makes recommendations on how companies can address perceived or identified impacts. 
  • Lectures as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on litigation brought under the Alien Tort Statute and emerging legal and business standards in the area of corporate social responsibility.

Publications and presentations:

  • "Mobilizing the private sector to improve land governance: The NEPA Model," to be presented at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, April 2013 (co-authored with Kendyl Salcito, NomoGaia).
  • "The Role of the United Nations in Providing Legislative Guidance on Human Rights Due Diligence," submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in response to the United Nations’ 2012 call for input on the United Nations’ role in implementing the business and human rights agenda.