Leigh Augustine

Partner, Trademark Attorney

Leigh Augustine

Leigh is Managing Partner of the Denver office and a highly experienced intellectual property attorney who specializes in the sports and entertainment industry. His clients have included professional athletes and sports teams, TV personalities, writers and artists, as well as television channels and marketing agencies. During his career, Leigh has prosecuted over 750 trademark applications at the US Patent & Trademark Office, and filed or defended multiple oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board.

He has extensive experience drafting and negotiating all types of intellectual property and business contracts, including licensing agreements for trademarks and copyrights, website terms of use and privacy policies, securing domain names, and sports sponsorship agreements.

Leigh started his legal career as in-house counsel for a sports marketing agency and later transitioned to private practice at law firms in Colorado. Before coming to EIP, Leigh founded his own law firm and sports marketing agency, and taught Sports Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law for seven years.

Published articles

  • December 2018
    The Colorado Lawyer, What’s in a Domain Name? Famous names and the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
  • 2009
    Univ. of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Who Is Responsible When Spectators Are Injured? (link)
  • 2006
    Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, How to Tell If a Work is in the Public Domain
  • 2003
    Colorado Lawyer, Endorsement Contracts for Professional Athletes
  • 2002
    Villanova Sports & Ent. Law Journal, Legal Considerations for Sponsorship Contracts of Olympic Athletes

Education and qualifications

  • 1995 — 1998
    J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • 1991 — 1994
    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management, University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Business

Career history

  • 2018 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2017 — 2018
    Of Counsel, EIP
  • 2009 — 2017
    Founder, Augustine Law Firm, LLC
  • 2008 — 2009
    Senior Associate Attorney, Sherman & Howard, LLC
  • 2005 — 2008
    Associate Attorney, Moye White, LLP
  • 2001 — 2005
    Founder, Leigh Augustine, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • 2000 — 2001
    In-house counsel, Proxy Partners, LLC

Awards and recognition

  • Best Lawyers, United States, 2023 - Recognised in Sports Law. (link)
  • WTR 1000, 2022, Ranked 'Bronze' in Individuals: United States: Colorado. (link)
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Sports Law since 2007
  • Selected as one of Denver’s Top Lawyers in Entertainment & Sports Law by 5280 Magazine five years in a row (2015-2019)

Speaking engagements

  • June 2021
    Rocky Mountain IP & Technology Institute, Sports & Dying Trademarks