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Chuan (CiCi) Cheng


P. 303.244.1957 | F. 303.244.1879


CiCi Cheng helps clients navigate the intricacies of complex commercial disputes. She handles cases involving breach of contract, trade secrets, antitrust and unfair competition, and shareholder derivative and securities class actions. In 2018, the American Bar Association named CiCi to its Top 40 Young Lawyers On the Rise, which recognizes just 40 young lawyers nationwide who exemplify high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.

CiCi attentively guides clients through all phases of litigation, including:

  • Early assessment of claims and strategy development, including pre-filing negotiations.
  • Motions practice, particularly dispositive motions to narrow and streamline case.
  • Targeted and efficient management of electronic discovery, depositions, and expert discovery.
  • Focused and dynamic oral argument and trial representation.
  • Settlement negotiations, including drafting complex, multiparty settlement agreements.


Commercial Litigation

  • Won a groundbreaking appeal successfully arguing a motion to vacate a $150 million arbitration award on behalf of the majority owner of Colorado cannabis corporation.
  • Won a $14.3 million arbitration award, plus attorneys' fees and costs, for a multistate cannabis operator in a Florida franchise dispute involving lost royalties and right-of-first-refusal issues.
  • Helped to successfully negotiate a class settlement—for 2.5% of the claimed damages—for a major utility provider and its subsidiary in a 15-year-old putative antitrust class action in Colorado federal court.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction for a television provider against a large Middle Eastern media company that violated an exclusive distribution agreement.
  • Won a motion to dismiss all claims arising from a securities fraud class action in Colorado federal court.
  • Achieved favorable settlement, after winning dismissal of foreign affiliates and multiple individually named defendants, for a solar energy development company in federal litigation for alleged breach of contract and fraud brought by a joint venturer over a multimillion-dollar energy project.
  • Won summary judgment for a major manufacturing and engineering corporation against a multimillion-dollar indemnification claim. The litigation involved winning a motion to dismiss a parallel Michigan action and winning summary judgment that was affirmed by the First Department of the New York Appellate Division.
  • Served as lead associate to efficiently resolve a noncompete, trade secrets misappropriation, and federal computer crimes litigation for a software company; managed intricate discovery issues and spearheaded settlement negotiations to achieve a complex do-not-transact agreement between multiple parties.
  • Argued jury instructions and directed verdict motion for a major mining corporation in a two-week jury trial in Colorado state court on various claims for breach of contract, noncompete, and theft of trade secrets.

Pro Bono

  • First-chaired a First Amendment bench trial in Colorado federal court for an incarcerated youth contesting a Colorado youth detention policy of banning access to local news.
  • Represented the named plaintiff in a federal class action of student-visa holders challenging the constitutionality of an immigration executive order.
  • Secured a significant victory for a leading Denver arts organization, the nonprofit Denver Center for Performing Arts (DCPA), against collection efforts by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health & Human Services for alleged debt arising out of a transfer discrepancy in federal funding by DHHS, and ultimately induced the DOJ to formally decline to file claims against DCPA.

Other Representative Experience

Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • "And the Verdict Is...?" Co-Presenter (June 21, 2022).

Other Articles/Presentations

Other Experience

Holland & Hart LLP
Native Mandarin Chinese speaker

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American Bar Association “On the Rise,” 2018
The Best Lawyers in America
    Ones to Watch - Intellectual Property Law, 2021-2023
    Ones to Watch - Commercial Litigation, 2022, 2023
    Ones to Watch - Antitrust Law, 2023
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2018-2023
Colorado Pledge to Diversity, Co-President
Benchmark Litigation
    40 and Under Hot List, 2023
Law School Sí Se Puede Program, Mentor
 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    Pathfinder, 2021
Faculty of Federal Advocates
    Board of Directors
    Colorado Lawyers Committee, Member
    Children’s Task Force, Member
Colorado General Counsel Mentoring Program, 2018-2020
Northfield High School Mock Trial, Volunteer Coach, 2016-2017
Lawyers in the Classroom, Denver Public Schools, Volunteer, 2015-2016
Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, Member
Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member
Colorado Intellectual Property Inn of Court, 2011-2015

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Jane-A-Thon Planning Committee, Invest-In-Kids, Volunteer
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Leadership Arts, Alumna

Personal Interests

Certified spin and yoga instructor, Colorado mountain adventures, international travel, scuba diving

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