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Kurt Michael Zaner
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Kurt Michael Zaner

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents

About Me

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 is the recipient of some of the best legal training in the country, 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. Whether fighting against the State’s unjust criminal prosecutions or 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. He has won million and multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients in Colorado, most recently landing on the front page of the Denver Post for a $2,500,000 verdict in Denver District 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 serves as a Chair of the Membership Committee for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA). He also serves as one of the few certified End Distracted Driving (EndDD Program) presenters 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 Secretary of New Lawyers Division for the American Association of Justice in the first nationally contested election in over ten years for the position. As Secretary, 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 will speak as Faculty again in Montreal this 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

Licensed since 2007

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

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (30-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Gregory D Rawlings

    I endorse this lawyer. Kurt Zaner is an extremely bright young lawyer, as well as an exceptionally hard worker. He has an unlimited future in Denver.

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    Gregory Rawlings Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Nicolas M. Geman

    Kurt Zaner is an exceptionally talented attorney. His commanding court room presence and powerful persuasive skills are backed by an equally impressive intellect and dogged desire to provide his clients with the best representation possible. I highly endorse Mr. Zaner as a personal injury attorney in Denver, CO and the greater front range area.

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    Nicolas Geman DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Zaner Harden Law LLP

1610 Wynkoop Street
Suite 120
Denver, CO, 80202

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive200904/03/2015
FLMember in Good Standing200705/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationChair, Membership Committee2015 - Present
American Association for Justice, New Lawyers DivisionSecretary2014 - Present
American Association for Justice, New Lawyers DivisionSecretary2014 - 2016
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers CommitteeChair2014 - 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 Association, Membership CommitteeChair2012 - 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. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26629693/denver-jury-awards-2-5-million-hit-and
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. http://kdvr.com/2015/04/23/jury-finds-in-favor-of-bicyclist-run-over-by-an-arapahoe-county-dump-truck/
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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Publications
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

Education
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

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