Michael S. Wagner

1801 California St., Suite 3300
Denver, CO 80202
D: 303.357.1635
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Michele Scocchera
D: 303.357.1175


University of Colorado School of Law
J.D., 2013
Order of the Coif

University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S. Engineering Physics, 2010
magna cum laude
Sigma Pi Sigma – Physics Honors Society

Publications & Speaking

Google Glass: A Preemptive Look at Privacy Concerns, 11 J. Telecomm and High Tech. L., Fall 2013

Settlement Conferences -- Improving Your Chances at Trial, co-authored with Tony Zeuli, Intellectual Property Today, July 2011

Mike is an intellectual property attorney in Merchant & Gould's Denver office. Mike’s experience ranges across all areas of IP, with an emphasis on patent prosecution and litigation. He focuses on strategically acquiring and protecting intellectual property rights that fit the individual needs of his clients. 

Prior to joining Merchant & Gould and attending law school, Mike worked with the Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS), a division of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). While working with CCLDAS, he helped design and build high-voltage controls for a lunar dust accelerator that is used to calibrate NASA satellite-mounted dust detectors. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honors society. 

Outside of work, Mike is an active participant of the Silicon Flatirons Center, a collaborative group that focuses on the interaction of law, technology, and entrepreneurship. He is also an avid golfer and skier.


Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS), 2009-2010. Designed and implemented remotely controlled high-voltage circuitry while working with the CCLDAS team to build a lunar dust accelerator at the Lunar Environment and Impact Laboratory (LEIL). This project will allow the calibration of NASA satellite-mounted dust detectors along with furthering the understanding of complexities in the lunar dusty plasma atmosphere.