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Edward C. Hopkins Jr.

Edward C. Hopkins Jr.

also known as AZ & CO Defamation & Privacy Lawyer

About me

I focus my practice on defamation, trade libel, invasion of privacy, and Civil RICO litigation for Arizona and Colorado plaintiffs.


My team litigates defamation (libel and slander); injurious falsehood (aka product disparagement, business disparagement, trade libel), Internet defamation, and extortion by threat of defamation (aka Civil RICO or racketeering claims) claims for Arizona and Colorado plaintiffs. We consult other attorneys nationwide on legal matters such as defeating First Amendment defenses, opinion defenses, privilege defenses, substantial truth defenses, and lack of personal jurisdiction defenses.


We litigate common law invasion of privacy claims, such as false light, intrusion upon seclusion, misappropriation of likeness, public disclosure of private facts, and trespass. We litigate breach of confidentiality, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence claims arising from intentional or negligent disclosures of protected private information. We also litigate claims arising from violations of wiretapping, eavesdropping, computer crime, identity theft, and surreptitious recording statutes.


We litigate civil claims for Arizona and Colorado plaintiffs economically harmed by patterns of racketeering activity involving extortion, blackmail, computer crime, criminal impersonation, forgery, identity theft, and other illegal acts. We rely on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (18 U.S.C. §§ 1961 et seq), the Arizona Organized Crime, Fraud and Terrorism Act (A.R.S. §§ 13-2301 et seq), and the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (C.R.S. §§ 18-17-101 et seq).




Arizona and Colorado

U. S. District Courts for Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico

U. S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th and 10th Circuits

U. S. Supreme Court


Practice areas


  1. Libel: 70%
  2. Privacy: 20%
  3. White Collar Crime: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Marc Louis Schatten

    Ed is one of the great trial and defamation lawyers in the city.


    Marc Schatten Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact info

HopkinsWay PLLC

STE 1100
DENVER, CO, 80237

HopkinsWay PLLC

STE 500
PHOENIX, AZ, 85004



AZActive 201105/23/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lead Counsel Rated – Civil LitigationLead Counsel2015
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
FellowColorado Bar Foundation2015
Up and Coming LawyersLaw Week Colorado2014
President's AwardSam Cary Bar Association2014
2014 COBALT ClassColorado Bar Association2014
Pro Bono Achievement AwardColorado Supreme Court2013
Pro Bono Achievement AwardColorado Supreme Court2012
National Trial Competition Regional FinalistAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2010
Best Mock Law Firm AwardUniversity of Arizona McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship2010
William T. Birmingham Trial Advocacy AwardUniversity of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law2010
Jenckes Cup ChampionAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2008
Young Leader of the Future AwardEBONY Magazine2003
U.S. Air Force Commendation MedalU.S. Air Force1997
Company Grade Officer of the Year366th Fighter Wing Staff1997
U.S. National Defense Service MedalU.S. Department of Defense1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Counselor at LawHopkinsWay PLLC2012 - Present
ShareholderFisher Hopkins Nandan Pangalos PLLC2011 - 2012
Management ConsultantPortico LLM LLC2005 - 2007
President(Defense Industry Company)2000 - 2004
CaptainU.S. Air Force1995 - 2000
CadetU.S. Air Force Academy1991 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Bar Leadership AcademyGraduate2015 - Present
Colorado Bar FoundationFellow2015 - Present
LAW School...Si Se PuedeVice President2014 - Present
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - 2015
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - 2015
Sam Cary Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Sam Cary Bar AssociationChairperson, Judiciary Commitee2011 - 2014
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Black Law Students Association (University of Arizona)President2008 - 2009
American Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
Tucson-Southern Arizona Black Chamber of CommerceDirector2005 - 2006
University of Arizona African American Advisory CouncilChairman2003 - 2007
Tucson Urban LeagueDirector2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lawson v. Stow, 2014 COA 26Reversed Trial Court in Part and Affirmed in Part
Fry v. Lee, 2013 COA 100Affirmed Trial Court, Petition of Writ Filed with Colorado Supreme Court
Olive v. Schnurr, Douglas County District Court Case 12CV1892$180,000 Plaintiffs' Jury Trial Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law Week ColoradoDefamation Verdict Vindicates DPD Officer2014
Colorado Trial Lawyer Association publication (CTLA)Invisible Capital: A Startup Law Firm’s Best Defense Against Failure2012
The Docket: Denver Bar AssociationFinding the Right Mentoring Relationship2012
Thesis - University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of LawA Guilty Pause, A Downward Glance, or A Nervous Twitch: A Ten-Step Strategy for Exposing Nonverbal Lies on Cross-Examination2010
University of Arizona NewsAward-Winning UA Law Graduate Set for Trial Advocacy2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
United States Air Force AcademyManagementBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Colorado CLERemoving Defamatory Online Reviews2014
Colorado CLEStarting a New Law Firm2012
The Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act: A SummaryColorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act2011
Did Fiduciaries of ERISA DCPs Breach Their Fiduciary Duties after 2006?ERISA Fiduciaries, Non-Prime Mortgage-Backed Securities, and the U.S. Financial Crises2009
BLSA SeminarSocial Capital for Law Students and Lawyers2009