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Edward J. Hafer

Of Counsel

(303) 200-6884
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555 Seventeenth St.
Suite 3400
Denver, CO 80202


J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 2008

  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Editor, Journal on Telecommuniactions and High Technology Law
  • President, University of Colorado Student Trial Lawyers Association, 2006-2007

M.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2005

  • Graduate School Fellowship, 2005
  • Recipient, Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, 2004

B.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1998

Judicial Internship

Judge Morris B. Hoffman, Denver District Court, September 2006-April 2007


Rising Stars® distinction in the field of Business Litigation (2016-2018, Law & Politics)

Ed Hafer’s practice focuses on assisting clients facing litigation related to contract disputes, professional liability, business torts, and intellectual property.  Mr. Hafer represents a wide range of clients, including board members, investment advisors, attorneys, accountants, publicly traded companies, and local artisanal food producers.  Mr. Hafer has recently used motions practice, hearings, discovery, and mediation to assist clients in achieving favorable results in complex breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits involving underlying disputes over water rights, easement rights, conflicts of interest, and standards of care for professionals.

Mr. Hafer defends managers and directors of incorporated entities from both derivative and direct liability and, on the other side, helped clients assert their rights as affected shareholders and members in direct and derivative litigation. This work involved seeking and defending injunctions, trying cases before juries or judges, and negotiating complex settlements designed around the client’s particular business, professional, and other concerns. 

Mr. Hafer has experience negotiating complex business disputes both before and during litigation.  He enjoys working with clients to find solutions to their unique needs, crafting strategies that take into account not only the relevant regulatory and legal framework, but also the client’s unique desires and values. 

Mr. Hafer is a passionate fan of food and wine, as well as a being the very proud father of a wonderful daughter.  He has a strong interest in the growing field of law specific to food labeling and production. He has worked with food producers and restaurants in facing the complex legal issues that they must overcome to succeed in a demanding business environment.


U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit