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Carolyn J Fairless

Carolyn J Fairless

Practice areas:

Litigation, Appeals, Commercial, Defective and Dangerous Products, Employment & Labor

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About Me

Carolyn has practiced extensively in the federal and state courts in Colorado, and has also been admitted pro hac vice in several other states.  Her practice areas include professional liability, product liability, intellectual property, and commercial litigation.


In recent years, Carolyn has:

  • Obtained complete summary judgment and an award of attorney's fees against the plaintiff and the plaintiff's attorneys in a legal malpractice case where the plaintiff sought $7 million in damages.

  • Obtained complete summary judgment and an award of attorney's fees in a legal malpractice case where the plaintiff claimed $4 million in damages.

  • Successfully obtained a Rule 12 dismissal on behalf of five attorneys sued for extreme and outrageous conduct, civil conspiracy, defamation, and abuse of process.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Litigation: 30%
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
  3. Commercial: 20%
  4. Appeals: 20%
  5. Employment & Labor: 10%

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Contact Info


370 Seventeenth Street
Suite 4500
Denver, CO, 80202-5647




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 250 Women in LitigationBenchmark Litigation2015
Professional Malpractice Defense LawBest Lawyers2015
Legal Malpractice Defense LawBest Lawyers2015
Commercial Litigation - ColoradoChambers USA2015
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers2015
Professional Liability: Defense Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers2010
Top Women LawyersLaw Week Colorado2010
Rising Stars - Professional Liability: DefenseColorado Super Lawyers2009
Business LitigationColorado Corporate Counsel Black Book2007
The Legal 500 United StatesThe Legal 500 United States2007
AV ratedMartindale-HubbellN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Professional Liability CommitteeMemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
The Practical LitigatorInterviews With Former Employees: Strategies and Pitfalls2005
Mealey's Product Liability & Risk ReportNon-Liability to Non-Participants: A Manufacturer's Duty Should End at the Playing Field, and Not Extend to Criminal Acts2002


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Tulane UniversityComputer ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Understanding Your Professional Malpractice Insurance PolicyPolicy Exclusions, Conditions, Endorsements, and Coverage Gaps2014
CLE International's The EthicsLegal Malpractice: Preventing Claims and Grievances2014
Association of Corporate Counsel's Eighth Annual Ethics Day For In-House CounseLessons Learned: Protecting In-House Counsel From Malpractice Claims2014
Continuing Legal Education SeminarPreventing Legal Malpractice, Potential Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them2010
CLE SeminarDeposition Strategy 1012009
Colorado Bar Association CLEPreventing Legal Malpractice2003