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Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
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About Edward Hopkins

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.

HONORS

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)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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)

PUBLICATION

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

CLE PRESENTATIONS

“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)

AREAS OF PRACTICE

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