Kurt Zaner

Top rated personal injury attorney in Denver, Colorado

Zaner Harden Law LLP
Kurt Zaner
Zaner Harden Law LLP

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Insurance coverage, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2009

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015

Zaner Harden Law LLP

1610 Wynkoop Street
Suite 120
Denver, CO 80202 Visit website

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Kurt Zaner is a celebrated personal injury attorney at Zaner Harden Law, representing clients in a full range of injury matters, including catastrophic injury cases, products liability, automobile collisions, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, mass transit accidents, premises liability, defective drugs and medical devices, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith and wrongful death.

Mr. Zaner is known for his tireless efforts in holding large corporations accountable for the harm they inflict on consumers and employees, as well as circumventing their attempts to avoid responsibility, and has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He recently secured the largest premises liability verdict in the history of Colorado – 16 million was awarded by a Boulder jury after his client was diagnosed with CRPS, which was caused by an electrical explosion.

Graduating cum laude from the University of Florida, Mr. Zaner received a Bachelor of Arts in Roman history. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, graduating magna cum laude and receiving the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association’s Best Graduate Award. Today, he is admitted to practice law in Florida and Colorado, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Passionate about honing his skills in every aspect of personal injury law, Mr. Zaner is a sought-after educational speaker at notable venues around the world, having spoken on a variety of litigation and trial topics in Montreal, Los Angeles, Little Rock, Denver, and other notable cities. Handling some of the most high-profile cases in Colorado and around the country, he has appeared on ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America as well as on the front page of The Denver Post.

Mr. Zaner is also a certified End Distracted Driving program presenter, serves on the executive committee and board of governors for the American Association for Justice as well as on the board of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and has been listed on the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Colorado and the Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers. He has a 10/10 rating on Avvo as well along with numerous five-star ratings and reviews.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Insurance coverage, Personal injury - products: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Premises liability - plaintiff, Bad faith insurance, Medical devices, Medical malpractice

  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Insurance coverage
  • 20% Personal injury - products: plaintiff
  • 10% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2007, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.zanerhardenlaw.com/about-us/attorneys/kurt-zaner...

Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Warembourg v. Excel , 471 P.3d 1213 (Co. Ct. App. 2020)
  • Vidinliev v. Carey, 581 F.Supp. 2d 1281 (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • Alhilo v. Kleim, 413 P.3d 902 (Co. Ct. App. 2016), cert denied (Colo. June 26, 2017)
  • “Lessons From Cicero” – Good Counsel, April 2017
  • 1.85 million dollar settlement for bicyclist who suffered severe orthopedic injuries after being hit by a distracted driver, 2017
  • 1.15 million dollar settlement for client involved in car crash who developed debilitating migraines., 2018
  • 1.7 million dollar settlement against truck driver and client's own insurance company in bad faith suit for spinal injuries resulting in fusion, 2017
  • 1.7 million dollar verdict for client who was run over by a truck driver and suffered a fractured pelvis and subsequent urinary incontinence, 2017
  • 2.5 million dollar verdict, upheld by Colorado Court of Appeals, for family of young man killed by a drunk driver., 2017
  • 15.9 million dollar premises liability verdict awarded by a Boulder Jury to a young man who was diagnosed with CRPS after an electrical explosion, 2018
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Association of Justice – Budget Committee Member, 2019-2020
  • American Association of Justice – Appointed Chair of the Publications Committee for the NLD quarterly national publication, the Sidebar, July 2013
  • Colorado Federal District Court
  • State of Colorado
  • Federal Southern District of Florida
  • State of Florida
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association, New Lawyer Chair, November 2013
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association – Appointed Membership Chair, November 2012 -2015
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association, Executive Committee and Legislative Committee, 2016-17, 2021-2022
  • American Association of Justice, New Lawyers Division, Board of Governor, June 2013
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association, Board Member, 2015-2016
  • American Association of Justice, Publications Committee, NLD Quarterly National Publication, the Sidebar, Chair, July 2013
  • American Association of Justice, NLD Division, National Treasurer, 2015
  • American Association of Justice, NLD Division, National Secretary, 2014
  • American Association of Justice, NLD Division, National Vice President, 2016
  • American Association of Justice, NLD Division, National President, 2016
  • American Association of Justice, Board of Governor, 2018 - 2020; 2022-2025
  • American Association of Justice, Executive Committee Member, 2018 - 2023
Honors/Awards:
  • Secured Top 10 Verdict in Colorado in 2021 across all practice areas (8.4 million)
  • 5280 Top Lawyer, 2017, 2020, 2021
  • Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Secured 2 of the top 20 verdicts in Colorado (#6 and 16) in 2017 across all practice areas (2.5 million and 1.1 million)
  • Secured 2nd largest verdict in Colorado in 2018 across all practice areas (16 million)
  • Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2015
  • Who’s Who
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Top of His Class
  • 10.0 SUPERB Rating, AVVO Lawyer Ranking System
  • Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under the Age of 40 Years Old, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Super Lawyers, 2016 - 2021
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Florida Blue Key, Vice President
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Outstanding Graduate Award, UF Trial Team
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, ABA and ALI Best Graduate Award, Recipient
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Settlement and Negotiation Strategies, Sterling’s Seminar Personal Injury Law: From Start to Finish, Speaker, 2016
  • How to Win Your Case in a Page and a Half, Summer Convention, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker, 2015
  • How to Win Your Case in a Page and a Half, Colorado Plaintiff’s Employment Law Annual Convention, Speaker, 2016
  • Discovering your way to a Great Settlement, Annual Blockbuster Convention, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker, 2017
  • How to Win Your Case in a Page and a Half, Annual Blockbuster Convention, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker, 2016
  • Opening Statements According to Cicero, New Trial Lawyers Bootcamp, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker, 2017
  • Vidinliev v. Carey, 581 F.Supp. 2d 1281, N.D. Ga., 2008
  • Opening and Closings, New Trial Lawyers Bootcamp, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker, 2018
  • How destroyed evidence can lead to a $16,000,000 Verdict, Annual Blockbuster Convention, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker, 2019
  • How to Win Your Case in a Page and a Half, Advocacy Track at National Winter Convention, American Association of Justice, Speaker, 2015
  • Overcoming Gender, Age, and Cultural Bias in Jury Selection, National Summer Convention, American Association of Justice, Speaker, 2015
  • Settlement Strategies: The Best Defense is a Good Offense, Advocacy Track at National Summer Convention, American Association of Justice, Speaker, 2016
  • Opening Statements based on the Rhetoric tools of Cicero and the Greeks, Arkansas Trial Lawyer College, Speaker
  • Preparing your Client to Win at Deposition, Advocacy Track at National Summer Convention, American Association of Justice, Speaker, 2017
  • Developing the Bad Faith Claim, Bad Faith Insurance Track at National Summer Convention, American Association of Justice, Speaker, 2018
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, University of Florida Law Review, Board Member
  • End Distracted Driving Campaign, Presenter
  • Lessons From Cicero, Good Counsel, April 2017
  • National Security Policy and Ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, 32 Houston Journal of International Law, Contributing Author, 2009
  • Driving While on the Cell Phone; Punitive Damage Awards Should Come Through Loud and Clear, ABA’s The Brief, Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. Sec., Vol. 35, No.4, Co-Author, Summer 2007
  • Sad But Preventable, a Trial Lawyer’s Quest to End Distracted Driving and Save Lives, The Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Association publication Trial Talk, Volume 62, Issue 3, publication at p. 26, Sole Author, April/May 2013
  • Spotlight, Overcoming Liability Roadblocks in Bicycle Accident Case, American Association for Justice, Trial Edition, July 2015
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida, B.A, Cum Laude, Major- Roman History, Phi Beta Kappa
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Large, Denver Athletic Club, Board of Director and Executive
  • The Crucible at Red Rocks Community Theater, Actor
  • A One Night Stand at the Vintage Theater, Don’t Throw the Cheese by Mark Ogle, Actor

Office location for Kurt Zaner

1610 Wynkoop Street
Suite 120
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-563-5354

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015

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