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Kurt Michael Zaner

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Mr. Zaner is a zealous advocate for his clients, drawing on a unique collection of legal and non-traditional experience, all of which benefits his clients. He has won million and multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients in Colorado, landing on the front page of the Denver Post for a recent $2,500,000 verdict as well as appearing on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, and nearly all of the local Denver News Channels.  He is a published author of federal case law and legal articles, and is an experienced stage actor. He has dedicated his legal career to representing folks against the modern day Goliaths. In battling corporations that refuse to take responsibility, Mr. Zaner enjoys the challenge of standing up for people that seemingly have the odds overwhelmingly stacked against them.

Mr. Zaner has spent his career honing his craft as a trial lawyer in order to even the playing field for his clients. After graduating law school near the top of his class and receiving the American Bar Association’s and American Law Institute’s Best Graduate Award – awarded to the one student of the graduating class who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership – Mr. Zaner went on to clerk for United States District Judge Ken Marra. Working side by side with a Federal Judge on one of the largest caseloads in the country, Mr. Zaner learned the art of persuasive advocacy both through legal writing and courtroom theatrics. Most importantly, he learned how cases are won from behind the bench.

Prior to co-founding Zaner Harden Law, Mr. Zaner practiced with some of the best known trial lawyers in the country. In Florida, Mr. Zaner worked on the most complex of cases that resulted in a multi-billion dollar settlement; he also crafted federal case law that permitted workers around the country to collect wages from corporations that had been wrongly denying them. In Colorado, Mr. Zaner has successfully represented hundreds of clients across the State of Colorado, trying cases at every level of Colorado State Court.   No matter how big or small the case, Mr. Zaner takes great pride in helping those that entrust their most significant legal problems to his law firm.

Mr. Zaner is very active in the Trial Lawyer Community, both locally and nationally, to ensure that he is current with cutting edge trial techniques and case strategies to benefit his clients. Locally, Mr. Zaner was recently appointed to the Board of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) and as a Chair of the Membership Committee.   He also serves as  a certified End Distracted Driving (EndDD Program) presenter for CTLA - Mr. Zaner has donated his time in high school classrooms in Colorado educating the next generation of drivers on the dangers of distracted driving. Nationally, Mr. Zaner was recently elected Treasurer of New Lawyers Division for the American Association of Justice. As Treasurer,  Mr. Zaner will serve in leadership roles for the next six years for one of the largest and most active divisions in the most pre-eminent national trial lawyer organization in the Country.  Mr. Zaner served as a Faculty member at the last national convention in Palm Springs, educating his colleagues on how to win their case in just a page and a half, and spoke as Faculty again in Montreal this past summer on Jury Selection.

Mr. Zaner has been designated a Super Lawyer Rising Star, a recognition for the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in Colorado under the age of 40. He has also been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Colorado by The National Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization comprised of the most celebrated trial lawyers across the country; membership is offered to the select few in each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile. Mr. Zaner  has also been recognized as a Top 40 Trial Lawyer Under the Age of 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, a limited invitation extended exclusively to lawyers under the age of 40 in each State that embody the highest standard of trial advocacy and leadership. Mr. Zaner consistently maintains a 10.0 SUPERB rating with AVVO, an attorney rating system that considers a lawyer’s practice, professional achievements and industry recognition.

When not practicing law, Mr. Zaner spends much of his time with his wife outdoors in the mountains or on the stage in a local theater production.

Licensed in Florida and Colorado.



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
  2. Car Accidents: 40%



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    I endorse Kurt. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Jarrett Lee DeLuca

    I know Kurt both personally and professionally, and would not hesitate to have him handle any personal injury or wrongful death matter. He is a skilled attorney, committed to his clients, and has a devoted work ethic. I highly recommend considering him for any personal injury matter you might have.


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Contact info

Zaner Harden Law LLP

1610 Wynkoop Street
Suite 120
Denver, CO, 80202


FLMember in Good Standing200709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014Super Lawyers2014
Order of the CoifUniversity of Florida2006
Magna Cum LaudeUniversity of Florida Law School2006
Outstanding GraduateUniversity of Florida Trial Team2006
Order of the CoifUniversity of Florida2006
ALI & ABA Best Graduate AwardAmerican Law Institute2006
Book Award Medical MalpracticeUniversity of Florida2005
John J. McNatt ScholarshipUniversity of Florida2004
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Florida2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co-FounderZaner Harden Law, LLP2012 - Present
AssociateBachus & Schanker, LLC2011 - 2011
OwnerZaner Law2011 - 2012
AssociateSpringer & Steinberg, PC2009 - 2010
AssociateKozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, PA2007 - 2009
Federal Law ClerkUnited States District Court, S.D. Fla.2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for Justice, New Lawyers DivisionTreasurer2015 - Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2015 - Present
American Association for Justice, New Lawyers DivisionSecretary2014 - 2015
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers CommitteeChair2014 - Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationChair, Membership Committee2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeChair of the Publications Committee for the Side Bar2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeBoard of Governors, New Lawyer Division2013 - Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Florida BarMember2007 - Present
Florida Blue KeyVice President2006 - Present
Florida Trial TeamAdvocate2004 - 2006
Florida Law ReviewBoard Member2004 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Motorcycle Wrongful Death Trial Verdict$2,500,000 verdict.
Bicyclist run over by County Dump TruckA jury found the dump truck driver to be at fault, awarding our client the maximum amount under the law.
Zaner Harden Law makes State Farm pay at trial.After a five day trial, the jury disagreed and awarded $300,000.00 to the ZHL client, securing yet another victory against State Farm.
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Publication nameTitleDate
32 Houston Journal of International Law 1 (2009) (contributing author)“National Security Policy and Ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty” .2009
Federal Supplement of Cases, 2nd EditionVidinliev v. Carey, 581 F.Supp. 2d 1281 (N.D. Ga. 2008).2008
ABA’s The Brief, Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. Sec., Summer 2007, Vol. 35, No.4 (co-author)“Driving While on the Cell Phone; Punitive Damage Awards Should Come Through Loud and Clear”2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of FloridaRoman HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Winter Convention American Association for Justice Palm Springs, CAHow to Win Your Case in Page and a Half.2015
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Summer ConventionHow to win your case in a page and a half2015
Annual Convention American Association for Justice, MontrealOvercoming gender, generational and cultural bias in jury selection.2015

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