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Edward C. Hopkins

Edward C. Hopkins Jr.

also known as AZ & CO Defamation & Privacy Lawyer

Practice areas:

Libel & Slander, Privacy, Intellectual Property

About Me

The firm’s MANAGING ATTORNEY, Mr. Hopkins focuses his practice on defamation, 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 decisionmaking, 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.




Arizona and Colorado

U. S. District Courts for Arizona and Colorado

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

U. S. Supreme Court




J.D., University of Arizona
• Dean’s List
• William T. Birmingham Award
• McGuire Center Business/Law Exchange Award
• Jenckes Cup Champion
• Richard Grand Damages Champion


Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Linguistics and Philosophy, University of Arizona
Phi Beta Kappa
• Dean’s List with Distinction


B.S., Management, U.S. Air Force Academy
• Commandant’s List




American Association for Justice
American Bar Association
Arguello Dream Catchers Law School Sí Se Puede
Arizona Bar Association
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
Christian Trial Lawyers Association
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT)
Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association
Denver Bar Association
Sam Cary Bar Association (Judiciary Committee Chair)




Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Award (2012, 2013)
Ebony Magazine Young Leader of the Future (2003)




Business Torts: Bad Faith Breach of Insurance Contract; Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Fraud (Deceit); Intentional Interference with Economic Relations; Misrepresentation; Negligent Supervision; 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: Copyright Infringement; Counterfeiting; Contributory Infringement; Dilution; Domain Name Dispute Resolution; False Advertising (violations of Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act); Likelihood of Confusion; Reverse Confusion; Right of Publicity; Trade Secret Misappropriation


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

Licensed since 2011

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



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • James M. Cool

    A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a former commissioned officer in our armed services, Ed understands the importance of honor, integrity, and hard work. As a successful entrepreneur, Ed understands that victory often requires courage. Ever a soldier, where some lawyers might run, Ed stands and fights. He is a straight-shooter and a devoted family man. Ed is a man of honor. Ed is smart. He is hard-working. He has a proven track record of success. I would gladly welcome Ed as co-counsel on any of my cases. When answers escape me, and the wisdom of others fails, I often turn to Ed for advice. Finally, as a trial lawyer or stand-up advocate, few (of any age or experience) can match Ed's powerful and memorable speaking style, nor his commitment to the craft of persuasion. I recommend him without reservation.


    James Cool Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian Chase

    Anyone with a personal injury claim would be lucky to have Ed as a lawyer. Ed is easily one of the most skilled trial lawyers around. His powers of persuasion are second to none. I know Ed will aggressive represent all of his clients and ensure that they are not bullied by powerful corporations or insurance companies. If you want a lawyer that you can trust to fight for you, look no further than Edward Hopkins.


    Brian Chase Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

HopkinsWay PLLC

STE 1100
DENVER, CO, 80237

HopkinsWay PLLC

STE 450
PHOENIX, AZ, 85016

HopkinsWay PLLC

By Appointment Only
TUCSON, AZ, 85712

HopkinsWay PLLC

1755 TELSTAR DR #300
By Appointment Only



AZActive 201102/15/2015

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
Federal Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Sam Cary Bar AssociationChairperson, Judiciary Nominating Commitee2011 - Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationBad Faith Committee Member2011 - 2012
Christian Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Black Law Students Association (University of Arizona)President2008 - 2009
American Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
Tucson-Southern Arizona Black Chamber of CommerceDirector2005 - 2006
Tucson Urban LeagueDirector2003 - 2004
University of Arizona African American Advisory CouncilChairman2003 - 2007

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