About Zach Warkentin, Esq.
Zach Warkentin is a lifelong Coloradan and small business owner who has forged successful careers in the legal, design, and creative spaces. He represents companies and creatives in a wide range of industries and corporate stages, and routinely advises clients on effective and efficient solutions to complex legal problems.
Zach is admitted to practice in Colorado state courts and the United States District Court of Colorado. He is currently an assistant professor in Music Law at the University of Colorado-Denver, the Vice-Chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Section, and a Board Member of the Colorado Business Development Foundation (Please click below for additional admissions and memberships). Zach is a frequent speaker and author, with published articles and presentations covering an array of corporate and intellectual property topics.
Prior to forming Warkentin LLC, Zach was a senior associate, and of counsel at Faraci Leasure LLC, where he represented professional clients in multimillion-dollar healthcare and accounting malpractice litigation. Zach now uses his litigation experience to inform clients on a variety of risk, compliance, and employment issues.
Zach is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, an editor for the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, and worked in intellectual property matters at Platypi, Inc., a turnkey entertainment group. After law school, Zach clerked for the Hon. Randall Arp in Colorado's 2nd Judicial District prior to becoming a civil litigator.
Zach has 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry as an artist, promoter, and attorney. He is a founding member for three music groups: Dirty5Thirty, Broken Tongues, and FOTOGRAFFIK. He has shared the stage with numerous, renowned acts, such as Empire of the Sun, Digable Planets, Bonerama, Kid Cudi, Chali 2na, the Motet, Zion-I, and DJ Abilities. During undergrad at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Zach was an illustrator and political cartoonist for The Daily Tar Heel.
Law School: University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO.
College: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC - BA, Journalism and Visual Communications.
Language School: School for International Training - Granada, Spain
Admitted, Colorado State Courts, United States District Court of Colorado.
Board Member, Colorado Business Development Foundation.
Member, Event Integrity Task Force.
Member, Colorado Bar Association.
Member, Denver Bar Association.
Vice-Chair, Colo. Bar Assoc. Sports & Entertainment Section
The Law of Street Art - Copyright Protections and Other Issues to Consider, Colorado Bar Association, Sports & Entertainment Section, September, 2019.
Legal Insights for Event Industry Professionals, Online, hosted by Event Integrity, March, 2019.
Let's Be Honest about Business!, Ep. 5, podcast available on Anchor, hosted by Lady Ilg Photography, March, 2019.
A Student Primer for Starting a Creative Business, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado, April, 2019; February, 2019; November, 2018.
What's in a Domain Name? Famous Names and the UDRP, Zachary Warkentin and Leigh Augustine, Colorado Lawyer, December 2018.
The Legal Basics of Creative Entity Ownership, Photo Rehab, Estes Park, Colorado, October, 2018.
Reframing the Narrative - the Modern Music Industry in the Front Range, Denver Startup Week, Denver, Colorado, September, 2018.
Art=Law - Navigating Legal Issues for Creatives, September, 2018.
The Dos and Don'ts of Medical Practice, Rocky Vista University and Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree, Colorado, April 2018.