• Juris Doctor, University of Iowa College of Law, 2009
    • with High distinction
    • Articles Editor, Iowa Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Grinnell College, 2003

Joseph “Joe” Daniels has quickly become a powerhouse trial lawyer, representing clients around the country and helping them solve complex and challenging legal issues. A tough, effective trial lawyer who never shies away from a difficult fight, Joe uses his background in theater to take complex legal and factual scenarios and package them into compelling and understandable narratives that are effective with both judges and juries. He has had a string of impressive victories, making him a go-to litigator at Sherman & Howard in all aspects of litigation, including pre-litigation strategy, discovery, motions practice, trial, and post-trial issues.

Joe is no stranger to the courtroom, having tried cases all over the United States, with experience trying jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and administrative proceeds. He has exceptional experience in litigating intellectual property and business tort disputes and has significant experience trying cases on an alternative or contingency fee arrangement.



  • Represented numerous businesses and individuals in patent, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property disputes.
  • Protected the brand of a 60-year-old Colorado real estate company in a trademark infringement lawsuit, resulting in a $4 million award for the client.
  • Successfully represented photojournalist in copyright dispute against movie producer and distributor.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for Florida-based entity in trademark infringement lawsuit involving online and Google-based advertising.
  • Successfully defended California-based company in trademark infringement lawsuit seeking over $20 million in damages.
  • Obtained injunctive relief for a Colorado-based business after its trade secrets had been misappropriated.



  • Represented numerous businesses and individuals in fraud, tortious interference, negligent misrepresentation, and other business tort disputes.
  • Awarded $13 million by an arbitration panel for a small Philadelphia-based technology company against one of the largest information technology companies in the world.
  • Obtained favorable global settlement in overlapping lawsuits involving fraud, unjust enrichment and estate issues.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on the eve of an arbitration hearing for a Colorado-based wireless company against its wireless technology supplier for claims of breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
  • Represented a Colorado-based private equity group in connection with fraud and breach of contract claims relating to acquisition of a company.
  • Represented oil and gas company in connection with fraud, tortious interference, and breach of contract claims.



  • Obtained an $11.5 million summary judgment for the servicer of a private lending group against a Colorado commercial real estate developer.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a Colorado bank dismissing a Colorado special district’s improper effort to impose and foreclose a $5.4 million “tap fee” lien on 301 undeveloped residential lots that the bank acquired through foreclosure.
  • Received partial summary judgment for an electric generation and transmission association in breach of contract dispute involving long-term requirement contracts.



  • Obtained complete defense verdict in favor of an electric generation and transmission company after week-long jury trial for claims of breach of contract involving long-term requirements contracts.
  • Received partial summary judgment for an electric generation and transmission association in breach of contract dispute involving long-term all requirement contracts.
  • Represented investment fund involving corporate management and control issues between former business partners.

Publications & Presentations




  • Lights, Camera, Litigate: Applying Acting Theory to Create Effective Trial Strategies
    Colorado Bar Association | April 26, 2023
  • Always on State: How Acting Theory Can Apply to Litigation
    Law Week Colorado HearSay Podcast | March 2019
  • Arbitration and Alternative Fee Arrangements
    Colorado Trial Lawyers Association | September 2019
  • Trademark Legal Issues for Craft Brewing Executives
    Business of Beer Series | February 2016

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Education & Workforce Committee, Metro Denver EDC
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Finance Committee, The Backstage Barre Board



  • Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Education & Workforce Subcommittee
    • The Metro Denver EDC is the nation’s first regional economic development organization, focusing on six areas to expand the economy in the nine-county region: national marketing, new and existing business, mobility, DIA/international air travel, tax reform and special opportunities.
  • United Way Emerging Leaders Council
    • A collective of young professionals who support Mile High United Way to make a positive impact through volunteerism, advocacy, philanthropy and by developing into community leaders.
  • Treasurer, Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten
    • A parent cooperative that honors childhood by supporting diverse families and by educating children in a play-based environment, emphasizing the joy of discovery, creativity, wonder, and empowerment.
  • Committee Member, St. Anne’s Episcopal School
    • An independent, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students.


  • Super Lawyers, “Colorado Rising Stars” (2015 – 2019)
  • Denver Business Journal, “40 Under 40” Nominee (2018)