Meet Your Team

 

Clement Hayes

PARTNER & FOUNDING ATTORNEY

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University of Colorado Boulder, B.A.

St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude

Clement is the founding attorney of Block45 Legal. He is a registered patent attorney and well versed in advising clients on business, Taxation, and Intellectual Property matters. His breadth of experience allows him to provide innovative yet realistic solutions to any growing business.

Clement is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder where he earned a degree in Evolutionary Biology. Mr. Hayes then attended St. Mary’s University School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude. During his time at St. Mary’s he served as the Editor in Chief of the St. Mary’s Law Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics and was a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to launching Block45 Legal, Mr. Hayes was an attorney with Messner Reeves LLP where he managed the intellectual property portfolio of a fortune 200 company. Mr. Hayes is a long-standing member of the American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA) and serves as President of the Denver Chamber of Commerce Leads Group D.

Clement and his wife Audrey live in Denver with their young daughter. The Hayes family are Colorado natives and enjoy hiking, travel, Polo, and entertaining.

 
 
 
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Ben Delanghe

Partner, director of litigation

University of Western Ontario (B.A.C.S.) 2005

University of Windsor (Canada) Law School, 2008

University of Colorado (Boulder) School of Law U.S. J.D., 2011

Ben Delanghe joins the firm as Senior Litigation Counsel to assist clients in business matters including complex commercial litigation, real estate disputes, construction disputes, and creditors’ rights. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ben was an associate at an AmLaw 100 firm and a top-rated Denver litigation firm where he represented private and publicly traded companies in franchise litigation, municipal land use planning disputes, commercial contract litigation and large financing/debt disputes.

Ben is admitted to practice and handles cases in Colorado state and federal courts and numerous federal jurisdictions.  He is also admitted to practice in his home province of Ontario, Canada which offers our cannabis industry clients a significant advantage for those seeking to enter the newly-legalized Canadian market. 

Ben graduated 10th in his class from the University of Windsor (Canada) Law School in 2008 and after practicing for a few years on Bay Street in Toronto, went on to obtain his U.S. J.D. in 2011 from the University of Colorado (Boulder) School of Law.  Mr. Delanghe was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers magazine in 2016 and 2018, an honor bestowed upon only 3.5% of qualifying attorneys in the state.

In his spare time, Ben can be found hiking with his Great Pyrenees Odin or skinning up a mountain trying to find that perfect backcountry powder stash. 

PUBLISHED ORDERS AND OPINIONS

Martinez v. Hartford Underwriters Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67635 (D. Colo. May 15, 2014); Martinez v. Hartford Underwriters Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142195, 2014 WL 4968293 (D. Colo. Oct. 6, 2014).

Woodstock v. Boyd, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34299 (D. Colo. Feb. 25, 2014); Woodstock v. Boyd, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34296 (D. Colo. Mar. 17, 2014).

People v. Hoskin, 2016 CO 63, 380 P.3d 130, 2016 Colo. LEXIS 976 (Colo. 2016).

PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Swimming in the Titanic’s Wake: What Reactionary Regulation Means For Industry, presented at the Federation of Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Annual Meeting in Munich, Germany

Jurisdiction and Forum Issues in Canada, presented at the 2010 Practising Law Institute International Litigation Conference in New York

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Mark Levy

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COUNSEL

Polytechnic Institute of New York, B.S., 1970

New York Law School, J.D., 1979

Wilkes University, M.A., 2008

Mark Levy is passionate about helping individuals, universities, and corporations protect their intellectual property in the U.S. and around the world. He can identify inventions and strategize with clients to make profitable business decisions based on their intellectual property, resolving legal issues as they arise and even before they become problems.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in physics Polytechnic Institute of New York (formerly Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn). After graduating, he moved to Colorado and worked as a technical writer for Hewlett Packard in Loveland and then Digital Equipment Corp. in Massachusetts. In 1975, he was admitted to New York Law School, where he earned his Doctor of Law degree. He is a patent attorney, registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has drafted and filed more than 1,000 patent applications and more than 500 trademark applications in the U.S. and in foreign countries. In 2006, he was admitted to Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Masters Degree in creative writing.

Over the years as an attorney, he worked as in-house counsel at Pitney Bowes, General Electric (International Patent Operation), U.S. Surgical Corp., and IBM. He then entered private practice in his own boutique IP firm and then joined a large general law firm as head of the IP group in Binghamton, NY. His work with corporations and individuals, both as in-house counsel and as a law firm special counsel, allows him to advise clients about the value of their patent and trademark portfolios and the best ways to protect them.

In his spare time, Mark writes and broadcasts humorous essays on the public radio show, Weekend Radio, hosted by Robert Conrad. He is also a contributing editor for Videomaker magazine and the Journal of Irreproducible Results. As an amateur movie maker, he has won international awards in competitions. He is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and Mensa, where he served as the chair of the Mensa International Trademark Committee.

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Lauren Taylor

litigation Associate

University of Iowa, B.S.E. Industrial Engineering, 2015

University of Iowa, J.D., 2018

Lauren Taylor is an Associate at Block45 Legal. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, general corporate law, and litigation.

Lauren earned her degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2015. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2018. During law school, Lauren focused her classwork on intellectual property and corporate law issues. She served as a Student Writer and Contributing Editor of the Iowa Law Review. Her note, A New Deference Standard: The Rebuttable Presumption of Validity for USPTO Trademark Likelihood-of-Confusion Determinations was published in Iowa Law Review, Vol. 103 in November 2017. She also served as the Public Relations Coordinator and Co-President of the Iowa Law Intellectual Property Law Society.

Lauren has experience working as in-house counsel to a large non-profit corporation, interning at a global publicly-traded consulting company, and clerking at a patent law firm. She has experience with domestic and foreign data privacy regulations, drafting corporate contracts, and prosecuting patents and trademarks.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors either in the mountains or on the tennis court. She is also is a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and can often be found cheering them on.

 
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Diana Devot

PARTNER, director of corporate group

Pepperdine University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 2004

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2008

Diana Devot is a corporate attorney with nearly 10 years of big law experience in mergers and acquisitions law, securities law, contract law, and general corporate law across a broad spectrum of industries.  She has represented pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, staffing companies, ski resorts, fitness studios, restaurants, IT companies, oil & gas/natural resource firms, food processing companies, consulting companies, staffing companies, marijuana companies, the list goes on.  

Diana graduated summa cum laude from Pepperdine University with a degree in Economics in 2004. While in college, she worked at Boeing Satellite Systems in their finance department. After graduation and prior to law school, she worked as an analyst at Relational Investors, LLC, a hedge fund in San Diego, CA. In addition to being an attorney, she is also a small business owner. For over five years she has owned CrossFit Cuspis, a CrossFit gym in the Denver Highlands.

Health and fitness is a big part of her life, both personally and professionally. She has qualified for and run two Boston marathons, she is an Ironman finisher and she is currently the 114th ranked female CrossFitter in the world, in the 35-39 year old division. She can probably do more pushups than you.

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Anthony Santos

senior litigation associate

University of California Irvine, B.A., 2010

University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., 2013

Anthony Santos joins the firm as an Associate, specializing in various types of Civil Litigation at the trial and appellate levels, as well as Criminal Defense.

Anthony is admitted to practice and handle cases in Colorado state and federal courts and has tried over 70 trials to a jury, as well as conducted hundreds of motions hearings in front of over 50 different county and district court judges and magistrates across Colorado.

Anthony is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a double major in Social Behavioral Psychology and Criminology. Mr. Santos subsequently made his way out to Boulder, Colorado to attend the University of Colorado School of Law. While in law school, he served as the Notes and Comments Editor for the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, & Environmental Law.

Before joining Block 45, Anthony was a Deputy District Attorney for the 1 st Judicial District in Jefferson County, Colorado and the 4 th Judicial District Attorney in Colorado Springs prior to that. As a Deputy DA, Anthony worked on every level of a criminal case, from lower misdemeanors to class one felonies. Most recently, Anthony was a prosecutor for the Special Victims Unit within the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, specializing in prosecuting and trying cases involving felony crimes committed against children. Anthony has handled every aspect of guiding a case from filing through trial.

Anthony is a true trial attorney with the experience and expertise to give any case the best chance for the most success in court.

Anthony lives in Denver with his wife Alaina, his young child, and their Beagle, Berlin. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys Muay Thai Kickboxing, snowboarding, and traveling with his family. He is also a big sports fan, rooting for the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Dallas Cowboys.

Legal Memberships

Colorado Hispanic Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association

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Zachary Huey

corporate ASSOCIATE

College of Charleston, B.S. Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude, 2013

University of Colorado Boulder, J.D., 2018

Zachary Huey is an associate at Block45 Legal. He is invested in client goals and seeks to identify and resolve legal issues before they impact client success. He puts client needs first and takes pride in helping create solution to complex problems. His expertise includes project finance and development, statutory analysis, contract drafting, and general corporate needs.

A graduate of the College of Charleston, Zach earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Anthropology in 2013. Following graduation, he spent two years working at a non-profit on Johns Island South Carolina. In 2015, he moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado Law School.

During law school, Zach has focused on the intersection of the law and real-world concerns. To that end he has gained extensive practical experience across a diverse array of fields. He has experience working with the in-house counsel of a fortune 500 company, clerking with three administrative law judges, and working in the Colorado governor’s office. He has worked on civil suits, assisted cities defend statutes from preemption suits, provided analysis on the correct interpretation of statutes and regulations, formed corporate entities, and written comprehensive policies and procedures. 

Outside of work, Zach is a passionate hobby chef. He and his wife enjoy the outdoors and spending time with their dog. He is also an avid baseball fan, and can often be found at Coors Field cheering on the Rockies.