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Edward C. Hopkins Jr.

also known as AZ & CO Defamation & Privacy Lawyer

About Me

The firm’s managing attorney, Mr. Hopkins focuses his practice on defamation, trade libel, invasion of privacy, and trade secrets litigation. He represents individuals, institutions, and businesses whose reputations, careers, brands, or goodwill have been wrongfully devalued or harmed due to others’ false, misleading, or deceptive statements. He also represents individuals and businesses whose intellectual property, personality, publicity, or privacy rights have been infringed or violated.

A First Amendment proponent, Mr. Hopkins agrees that everyone is entitled to express their opinions or report verified facts to the public subject to only a few limitations. Skilled, ethical, and diligent investigative reporters, journalists, newscasters, and even bloggers play important roles in a healthy democratic republic.

Since the average person lacks the time, resources, or ability to fact-check everything, Mr. Hopkins also agrees that no one has the right to publish false or misleading statements to the public. No one has the right to wrongfully obtain or abuse private information or trade secrets. No one has a right to misappropriate intellectual property. Individuals, media companies, and other profit-seeking businesses harm the public and violate others’ legal rights when they do it. Their unlawful conduct can corrupt our elections, hinder rational economic decision-making, and thwart fair business competition. It can also give rise to defamation, intellectual property, or invasion of privacy claims. Mr. Hopkins holds accountable people and businesses who abuse the public’s trust and harm his clients in the process.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Hopkins was a U.S. Air Force acquisitions officer, defense industry entrepreneur, and management consultant. He has supervised and trained dozens of employees, managed hundreds of millions of dollars, and worked in several countries. He and his wife raised a son and daughter together. Both are college graduates. Their daughter is a foreign language instructor. Their son is a military officer. Mr. Hopkins enjoys lifting weights, reading, watching Air Force Academy Football, and dating his wife.


AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (2015)
Lead Counsel Rated – Civil Litigation (2015)
Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation (2015)
Sam Cary Bar Association President’s Award (2014)
Law Week Colorado Up and Coming Lawyers (2014)
Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Award (2012-2014)
Ebony Magazine Young Leader of the Future Award (2003)
Wing Staff Company Grade Officer of the Year (1997)


American Bar Association
Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA)
Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT)
Colorado Bar Foundation
LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede Colorado
Sam Cary Bar Association (Judiciary Committee Chair 2011-2014)


“Invisible Capital: A Startup Law Firm’s Best Defense against Failure,” Trial Talk (June/July 2012).


“Removing Defamatory Online Reviews,” Sam Cary Bar Association, Denver, CO (October 2014)
“Starting a Law Firm: Making Smart Business Decisions Early,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Steamboat Springs, CO (August 2012)


Business Torts: Bad Faith Breach of Insurance Contract; Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) claims; Fraud (Deceit); Intentional Interference with Economic Relations; Misrepresentation; Negligent Supervision; Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) claims; Right of Publicity; Unfair Competition

Defamation (Libel & Slander): Internet Defamation; Private Figure Defamation; Public Figure Defamation; Newspaper and Network Broadcast Defamation; Social Media Defamation; Trade Libel

Intellectual Property: Right of Publicity; Trade Secret Misappropriation; Trade Secret Theft

Invasion of Privacy: Appropriation of Likeness; Breach of Confidentiality; Camfecting (Illegal Webcam Hacking); Computer Fraud Abuse Act (CFAA) violations; Data Breach; Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) violations; False Light Invasion of Privacy; Identity Theft; Intrusion Upon Seclusion; Public Disclosure of Private Facts; Statutory Negligence (violations of state forgery, identity theft, impersonation, privacy, or wiretapping statutes); Stored Communications Act (SCA) violations; Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) violations


Practice Areas


  1. Libel & Slander: 70%
  2. Privacy: 20%
  3. Intellectual Property: 10%



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Marc Louis Schatten

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


    Marc Schatten Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gina Marie Famularo

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Gina Famularo Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

HopkinsWay PLLC

STE 1100
DENVER, CO, 80237

HopkinsWay PLLC

STE 500
PHOENIX, AZ, 85004



AZActive 201105/23/2015

Professional Misconduct

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, James E. Rogers 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