Zachary Detra

Zachary Detra


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F: 303.893.1379




Gayle Wolfe

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Admitted In

  • Colorado

Zach Detra is an associate in the Finance & Acquisitions Group of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. He represents businesses, organizations, and individuals in complex commercial transactions and related regulatory matters involving the purchase, sale, and lease of aircraft; the development, supply, and support of major aircraft components; protection and transfer of intellectual property; asset sales, new product, and service programs; private equity and debt financings; cross-border initiatives; and business equity and asset acquisitions.

Mr. Detra is a 2006 graduate of McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law and a 2005 Graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he served as editor-in-chief of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. Mr. Detra has an undergraduate degree in Political Economy and English. Prior to joining DGS, Mr. Detra practiced corporate and aviation law at another Denver firm. He is currently a member of the American, Canadian American, Colorado, and Denver bar associations and serves on the Corporate Committee of the Colorado Symphony.


McGill University, LL.M., 2006
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2005
Regis University, B.S., B.A., 2002

Aviation-Related Transactions

  • Representation of industry-leading aircraft component manufacturer in the successful negotiation of a “life of the aircraft program” agreement with U.K. aircraft engine manufacturer and French aircraft airframe manufacturer for the development, certification, manufacture, sale, and support of a nacelle and thrust reverser system for a new super-mid-size business jet.
  • Representation of U.A.E.-based cargo airline in the successful negotiation of a fleet maintenance program agreement with the European affiliate of a Canadian aircraft engine manufacturer.
  • Representation of various purchasers, borrowers, and taxpayers in all aspects of the purchase, sale, lease, financing, and 1031 exchange of aircraft covered by the Cape Town Convention and requiring International Registry filings. Related to such transactions, Mr. Detra has worked on solutions to complex, cross-border problems involving letters of credit, conversion of financing leases to operating leases, airworthiness directives, insurance requirements, and aircraft registration and de-registration in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
  • Representation of lead lender in loans to leveraged company engaged in the business of leasing wide body aircraft around the world, including strategic planning to protect lender from insolvency and bankruptcy risks.
  • Representation of aircraft repair station in negotiation with independent contractor to secure ownership of repair schemes and other intellectual property developed by the independent contractor.

Other Transactions

  • Representation of a purchaser in an acquisition of a specialty drilling company which services the pipeline industry in the United States and Mexico.
  • Representation of a purchaser in a leveraged acquisition of a diversified automotive instrumentation manufacturing, re-manufacturing, and distribution company.
  • Representation of leading targeted advertising software company in numerous technology transfer transactions and its intellectual property protection program.
December 2014

DGS Names Three New Partners

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has elected three new partners. Mark Bussey, Zachary Detra, and Eric Waeckerlin will become partners of the firm effective January 1, 2015.

Mr. Bussey and Mr. Detra have practiced in the firm's Finance & Acquisitions Department since joining DGS in 2010 and 2008, respectively. Mr. Waeckerlin is a member of the Natural Resources Department and has practiced at DGS since 2012.

June 2014

Calling All Angels: Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit Incentivizes Early Stage Investment in Innovative Start-Up & Emerging Companies

On May 30, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law HB14-1012, creating an exciting new state income tax credit to incentivize investment in Colorado's advanced industry companies. Subject to certain limitations discussed below, qualified investors will receive a tax credit of 25 percent of their qualified investments in qualified small businesses in advanced industries. If the company is located in a rural or economically distressed area in Colorado, the tax credit is 30 percent of the qualified investment. 

March 2014

Energy Industry Faces Increased Exposure to Claims by Patent Trolls

A patent-assertion entity (PAE) or non-practicing entity (NPE) is an entity that enforces patent rights against others, but does not itself use the patents for any productive purpose. A perennial adversary of high-tech companies and startups, recent studies looking at the rise in patent litigation reveal that these "patent trolls" are turning their sights increasingly on less traditional technology innovators – including those in the energy industry.

September 2013

USPTO Launches IP Awareness Assessment Tool

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has rolled out a so-called "IP Awareness Assessment," which is a free, web-based tool designed to help users identify and provide information regarding the users’ intellectual property rights.

April 2013

Trademark Clearinghouse Goes Live

In anticipation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) allowing private ownership of a significantly broadened scope of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), ICANN, on March 26, 2013, launched the Trademark Clearinghouse, which gives holders of verified trademark rights an opportunity to register their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse before new gTLDs are allowed. Among others, nationally and regionally registered marks from any jurisdiction are eligible for registration with the Trademark Clearinghouse.