Cody M. Barela


Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8320

Fax: 303.298.0940


  • Juris Doctor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2010
    • Staff Editor, Transportation Law Journal
  • Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, Boston University, 2005

Cody Barela works closely with companies of all sizes at all stages of growth on a diverse set of technology-related transactions.

Cody helps clients in the technology, internet, telecommunications, manufacturing, professional services, consulting, and medical fields develop and implement commercial contracting strategies to optimize efficiencies and reduce their legal costs.

Cody’s experience includes advising on software and hardware, on-premise, cloud and hosted solutions, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, other software and services licensing models, and related software development, joint venture, reseller, distributor, consulting/development, and outsourcing commercial contracts, as well as telecommunications-related colocation, dark fiber, IRUs, and MDU contracts.

Before joining Sherman & Howard, he worked for a multinational technology company where he focused on managing, drafting, and negotiating telecom and software license agreements. With a strong technology and engineering background, and experience working internally for companies, Cody is able to help clients develop successful contracting strategies to address data security risks related to proprietary information or personally identifiable information, particularly in cloud-based models. Cody also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate operations, and general business matters including entity formation, structure, and governance, and provides guidance on intellectual property matters, including copyright, trademark, and infringement issues.

Prior to attending law school, Cody was a mechanical design engineer at Lockheed Martin, where he designed mechanical systems and prepared government contracts. As a result, Cody understands technology and easily explains complex technology, legal terminology, and issues in simple, readily understandable terms.

Cody is licensed and registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).


  • Negotiated, managed, and facilitated an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software cloud solution with an overall five-year cost of ownership and implementation exceeding $100 million. The ERP solution is intended to manage more than $40 billion in annual revenue. The challenge was aligning the business needs and risks across multiple departments with the solution that impacts important and high-risk materials and data.
  • Drafted and negotiated the transition of material commercial contracts of a divested entity, post divestiture to move the divested entity to its own separate contracts and to develop and implement new contracting standards, terms, and conditions company-wide. The client had only a short window in which to move onto completely new agreements. Working closely with the in-house team, developed an internal review process to identify key vendors, and efficiently and timely close high-value contracts.
  • Favorably resolved IP dispute over software application and related development, and marketing material for a software startup.
  • Drafted IP licensing agreement for development and pursuit of a government research grant.

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  • Board Member, Denver Urban Debate League
  • Mentor, Law School Si Se Puede


  • Best Lawyers in America, “Ones to Watch,” Communications Law, Denver (2021)
  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” Colorado (2019-2020)