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Caroline R Kert

Intellectual property Attorney at Boulder, CO

5.0   23 reviews

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About Caroline

Learn Caroline’s areas of practice.

I am a non-traditional attorney and mediator. I have worked inside the types of entities I support best: arts, nonprofit, educational, governmental and entrepreneurial organizations.

My practice focuses on commercial and civil litigation, contract formation and negotiation, employment law and appeals. I represent visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, social impact businesses and entrepreneurs. 

I approach conflict negotiation with the needs of the client and context in mind, while maintaining an overall view of the situation. In litigation, I succeed because I truly enjoy puzzling through the logic and structure of the jurisprudence to develop fresh arguments that attain winning outcomes for my clients. 

I am equally adept at developing creative negotiated solutions for a client, diligently obtaining discovery to support summary judgment, and aggressively seeking judgment at trial. I excel at evaluating and negotiating contracts that protect my clients and assuring that they understand the documents they sign.

In every organization I lead--firms or volunteer groups--I guide strategic vision and build systems to support that vision. I help the leadership teams I join build strong collaborative relationships, surface members’ top strengths, and grow individually and together to propel our organizations forward.

Independently, I devote my time to developing local and regional arts communities. I served as a Director and President of Apogaea, Inc., a local 501(c)(3) arts organization associated with Burning Man. I was a founding member of The Phoenix Asylum, a Boulder arts collective. I currently serve as Burning Man’s Boulder Regional Contact and as a Board Member of the Boulder Fringe Festival. I was most recently named as the Colorado Attorneys for the Arts’ Volunteer Lawyer of the Year.

 

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Licensed for 27 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 01/13/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

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Posted by Rachel | May 28, 2022
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Contracts Guru
Recently, I hired Caroline to help me set up a new contract with a client. Now, that contract and the specific language that Caroline insisted I include, has made the difference between me getting paid and other sub-contractors not getting paid. I owe the money I've made with this client to Caroline, her expertise and dedication to her community.
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Posted by Morgan | April 21, 2022
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Great Experience!
We reached out to Caroline to help tighten up our contracts, and in such a timely manner Caroline got back to us with a draft. She has been so helpful throughout the entire experience, explained all of our questions, and we have been very pleased with the entire experience. We will definitely continue our relationship with Caroline for future contract needs.
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Posted by Scott | August 18, 2021
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Carolina Kert
It was a pleasure to have worked with Caroline. I needed a contract written up for my business and Caroline was recommended to me. She was courteous , prompt, and thorough during the process. I will use her again for future business needs.
Posted by Renee | August 13, 2021
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Red Feather Studio
Caroline was efficient and thorough while working on my case. She was patient in educating me regarding copyright laws. My case was respectfully researched and handled smoothly due to her professional experience.
Posted by Sara | March 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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Trusted Colleague
Caroline is a highly sophisticated attorney and a delight to work with. Her industry knowledge and legal expertise are exceptional. I refer IP, business, arts & entertainment, and employment matters to Caroline with the utmost confidence.
Posted by Katherine | February 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Clear and professional
I engaged Caroline Kert this year to help me renew a trademark at the 10 year mark. She is warm and professional in every way. She explained the technical nuances of trademark registrations and renewals in a way that helped me make a good decision about my next steps. She is clear in her terms and her fees are reasonable. So I entered our contact with confidence and ease. I recommend her!
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Posted by Alexis | February 25, 2021
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creative contracts
Caroline offers deep listening supported by a wealth of knowledge. She’s fun to collaborate with, and she explains things in clear language. Presented with my unique situation and multi-layered request, she came up with a customized solution in no time. Caroline’s ability to problem-solve and her understanding of the creative world made her the perfect person to go to. I look forward to working with Caroline again for any future needs.
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Posted by Willie | February 18, 2021
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Smart AND kind!!
Caroline Kert embodies the full spectrum of what many would wish to have in a lawyer. She was very kind, cared about my financial situation and extremely helpful to someone who was new and bewildered by the process and facts involved in licensing photos for a film/music video. While kind and considerate, she was also extremely knowledgeable, and obviously, quite comfortable in the area of law in which we were working. She was quick and concise, and very efficient with time, helping me get the most for the money. She trimmed off anything I didn't need, and was quick to respond to my needs, which was great, due to a short deadline I was hoping to make. I will go back to her as soon as I need her next!
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2021
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Excellent experience!
Caroline assisted me in an employment matter. She was highly responsive and proactive in her communication, thorough, and compassionate. I will use her again if an attorney is required!
Posted by Julieanne | February 16, 2021
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Music Instructor and Independent Artist
I am extremely pleased with the work Caroline has done for me. She has drafted an excellent student teacher contract that adheres to the concerns I have about digital privacy in the modern world, and has given me sound advice regarding legal wording and copyright laws to follow on my YouTube channel, website and blog. Regarding questions I had related to an art collective I founded, Caroline was informative and helpful regarding my legal rights as an independent artist working in collaboration with other artists. I highly recommend her as an arts attorney. She is prompt with responses and feedback, and gives me great reassurance as I move my career forward in this new digital terrain.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2021
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Apartment Lease
Caroline quickly took my detailed notes on a lease contract and reviewed them. She gave excellent, detailed feedback which was clear to follow in an annotated word document.
Posted by Daniel | January 21, 2021
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A Great Business Attorney
I've retained Caroline multiple times to review business contracts and to draft employment agreements. I've always found her quick to jump to the task, concise in her answers, and well tailored to the specific requirements of my legal asks. Caroline is terrific to work with and I have nothing but praise for her and the quality of her work.
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Posted by Marisa | September 4, 2020
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Great to work with, exceptional advice.
I've been working with Caroline on various small business related issues and am impressed with her knowledge, guidance and the quality of documents she has submitted on my behalf. I felt particularly thankful to have had a relationship with Caroline when COVID stay at home orders were implemented - she efficiently helped me navigate work related issues surrounding the shut down, furlough and the rehiring process. Although my relationship with Caroline started as result of a specific event, I have worked with her to revamp my employee handbook, hiring practices and other various aspects of being being an employer.
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Posted by Jennifer | July 31, 2020
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Translated legal language into easily understandable concepts
Caroline has a gift for explaining legal terms in a way that is easy to understand, and for providing context and interpretation around contract language. My new employer gave me a legal form to sign that included a very restrictive intellectual property agreement. I was worried about maintaining ownership of an existing research proposal, and generally nervous about signing away rights to my ideas. Caroline reviewed the form and provided notes explaining the interpretation of specific clauses, including advice on what I should disclose as existing inventions and how to word these disclosures. When I read Caroline's notes, I immediately felt a huge sense of relief because she had identified and addressed the essence of my concerns so well. She clearly cares about protecting the rights of her clients, and she was able to identify the specific items that might apply to my situation, as well as those that would likely not be enforceable. Once I understood the legal ramifications better, I felt comfortable signing the form.
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Posted by Roseanne | April 9, 2020
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Efficient, Smart, Covered Every Concern.
Very happy with my flat-fee contract for my small business. Caroline covered all the bases. I was able to get every concern and question covered in an efficient manner. I really loved working in tandem with an online contract so I could see exactly what was being addressed.
Posted by Miche | January 20, 2020
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The best
To start, I don’t think I could’ve found a better lawyer in the state of Colorado. I found myself in a financial hole after I was moved across the country under the premise of starting a new job that failed to start me. Caroline went above and beyond to get me out of the hole I was in, evaluating every detail of my case to ensure I had the best outcome. She will also treat you like a friend and not just a client, so she’s very easy to talk to! If you’re in a rut and in search of legal counsel for an employer, I highly recommend this firm and THIS attorney. Madam Kert knows her stuff!!
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Posted by Jenny | November 18, 2019
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Professional and Compassionate
I worked with Caroline on a contract dispute after my husband passed away unexpectedly. She brought me up to speed on what the outstanding issues were and how to proceed. I felt that she provided good advice that was fair and practical. She was compassionate of the situation but also helped me focus on the agenda that had to be discussed and resolved. Caroline was very responsive to all communication and easy to communicate with via phone and email.
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Posted by Jarred | November 15, 2019
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Professional, clear service
I worked with Caroline on routine business and contractual documents. I found her extremely professional, polite, and easy to work with. She provided exemplary service and the logistics of working with her were clear and simple. Very satisfied.
Posted by Briana | March 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great with Evictions!
Ms. Kert was wonderful. She jumped right in quickly when I really needed an attorney. She was knowledgeable, courteous, and always on point. Her advise and professionalism helped save me thousands of dollars and months of lost income. I can not recommend her highly enough. Please consider her for your business.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Attentive and strategic lawyer
Caroline Kert is a knowledgeable and passionate lawyer who works with her clients on conflict resolution. She is accessible and attentive. I highly recommend her to individuals in the Denver/Boulder area.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 345-345 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Creative Legal
  • 2020 - Present
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • Boulder County Community Mediation
  • 2015 - Present
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator
  • Boulder County Sheriff's Department
  • 2015 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Feldmann Nagel Cantafio Song
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Attorney and Mediator
  • Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Litigator and Mediator
  • Donelson Barry, LLC
  • 2015 - 2016
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Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Dami Hospitality v. Industrial Claims Appeal Office
  • Fine of $841,000 imposed on employer, for having failed over several years to maintain workers' compensation insurance, was excessive under the Eighth Amendment
  • In the Matter of Donald C. Taylor and Margaret Ann Taylor Trust
  • Appellate court upheld ruling for damages and attorneys' fees.

Associations

  • City of Boulder
  • Commissioner, Arts Commission
  • 2021 - Present
  • Boulder International Film Festival
  • Stage Manager
  • 2019 - Present
  • Boulder Fringe Festival
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Art in Community, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Denver Regional Fund
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Lawyers for the Arts
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • Burning Man
  • Regional Contact
  • 2016 - Present
  • Boulder County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Boulder Chamber Orchestra
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Apogaea, Inc.
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year
  • Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Online meeting
  • Intellectual Property for Small Businesses
  • 2021
  • Online webinar
  • Entity Selection Issues for Small Business
  • 2021
  • Online webinar
  • Trademarks for Small Business
  • 2021
  • Unique Events
  • Contract Issues for Freelancers
  • 2020
  • Legal Issues for Large Scale Events
  • Legal Issues for Large Scale Events
  • 2019
  • Happy Hour Series
  • First Amendment and the Arts
  • 2019
  • Empowering Women Podcasts
  • Empowering Women Podcast
  • 2018
  • Rocky Mountain Burning Arts Summit
  • Employment Law for Arts Organizations
  • 2018
  • Happy Hour Series
  • Copyright and Trademark Issues for Artists
  • 2018
  • Happy Hour Talk
  • Trademarks for Designers
  • 2018
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Entity Selection Issues for Creatives
  • 2018
  • Global Leadership Conference
  • Operation Acculturation 2017: Project Citizenship
  • 2017
  • Workshop Series
  • Setting up Your Arts Business for Success
  • 2017
  • Litigation Section Meeting
  • Managing the Internal Audit for Arts and Nonprofit Organizations
  • 2017
  • Intermediate Intellectual Property for Artists
  • Copyrights and Trademarks
  • 2016
  • Conflict Resolution at Burning Man
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Caroline
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Caroline is detail-oriented and very thorough when advocating for her clients. She is personable and fearless as well."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Caroline is an excellent advocate to have while in the midst of a dispute and an excellent counselor in transactional matters. She is a wealth of knowledge and has a great mind for strategy. She is dedicated, diligent, and respectful. I would highly recommend her."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked closely with Caroline on many matters and have witnessed her intricate attention to detail and her care and concern for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Caroline is an excellent and thoughtful lawyer. I would highly recommend her."
Boulder Intellectual property Lawyer Caroline R Kert
Caroline R Kert
Intellectual property Attorney
Boulder, CO
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation