Kevin Burns is an associate in the Denver office and is a member of the firm’s Employee Defection and Trade Secrets practice group.
His practice focuses on litigating and advising employers on a nationwide basis on legal issues arising from employee movement to competitor firms. These cases involve claims concerning covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure clauses, employee raiding, the Economic Espionage Act (EEA), and state trade secrets and unfair competition statutes.
He has also successfully defended employers in matters involving claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, gender, age, disability, and national origin, as well as claims arising under state and federal wage and hour laws.
Kevin serves as an expert in the area of employee defections and trade secrets law for the Practical Law Institute’s “State Q&A, Trade Secret Laws: Colorado” publication providing current up-to-date changes in this area for practioners in the state of Colorado.
Kevin has been included on the Colorado Super Lawyers – Rising Stars list since 2017. He also serves on the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division.
Honors & Leadership
- Member, Colorado Bar Association, Executive Council, Young Lawyers Division
- Member, Colorado Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Liaison
- Member, Denver Bar Association
- Member, Colorado BioScience Association, Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee
- Editor, Practical Law Institute, State Q&A, Trade Secret Laws: Colorado
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- International Trade Secret Dispute in Ultrasound Industry Results in Worldwide Injunction and $5.6 mm in Damages3.12.18
- State Legislatures Heed the Obama White House’s “Call to Action”: Part 1 of a 3-Part Series Examining State-Level Restrictive Covenant ActivityNon-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog5.21.18
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog2.20.18
- Gig Employer Blog8.15.17
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog8.7.17
- Choice-of-Law and Choice-of-Forum May Depend on the Choice of Where to File and When: Multi-State Employers Continue to Face Challenges When Enforcing Restrictive Covenants Across State LinesNon-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog6.5.17
- Don’t “Hire” A Lawsuit: A New Employee’s Misappropriation of Trade Secrets May Quickly Become Your OwnNon-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog5.23.17
- A Key Difference Between the DTSA and UTSA: “Continued Misappropriation” Continues to be a Viable ClaimNon-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog4.3.17
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog2.7.17
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog1.11.17
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog1.9.17
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog12.19.16
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog12.12.16
- University of Iowa College of LawJ.D. 2009, with honors
- University of IllinoisB.A. 2005, summa cum laude
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois