Edward J. Hafer is an associate in the Denver office of Gordon & Rees. Mr. Hafer’s practice focuses on litigation in the areas of contract, professional liability, business torts, and intellectual property. He represents a wide range of clients, from publicly traded companies to local artisanal food producers.
Mr. Hafer recently was part of a trial team which represented a computer software company in a contract dispute with a former business partner. The jury awarded $43.1 million to the client on all claims submitted including breach of contract and fraud. Prior to trial, Mr. Hafer took lead on many different motions and managed tens of thousands of documents and various discovery disputes. He helped develop the successful trial strategy and during trial he handled important witnesses, exhibits, and jury instructions.
Mr. Hafer successfully tried a civil theft, commercial fraud, and contract case in Denver District Court, wining a favorable judgment for the client on all claims submitted to the court. Mr. Hafer’s practice includes defending similar claims in addition to prosecuting them. Mr. Hafer has successfully defended clients from claims involving fraud, breach of contract, and intentional interference with business relations.
Mr. Hafer has defended 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 as well as negotiating complex settlements designed around the client’s particular business, professional, and other concerns.
Mr. Hafer is a passionate fan of food and wine, and 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. This work includes working with local and federal regulatory bodies as well as litigation, and Mr. Hafer recently co-authored a two-part Colorado Lawyer article on these issues.
United States District Court, District of Colorado
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit