The firm’s Managing Attorney, Mr. Hopkins focuses his practice on defamation, intellectual property, and invasion of privacy litigation. He represents individuals, institutions, and businesses whose reputations, 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.
Colorado and Arizona
U. S. District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Colorado
U. S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the 9th and 10th Circuits
AREAS OF PRACTICE
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; 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)
Business Torts: Bad Faith Breach of Insurance Contract; Breach of Confidentiality; Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Fraud (Deceit); Intentional Interference with Economic Relations; Misrepresentation; Right of Publicity; Unfair Competition