Thomas J. Overton

Top rated General Litigation attorney in Golden, Colorado

The Overton Law Firm
Thomas J. Overton
The Overton Law Firm

Practice Areas: General Litigation, Business Litigation, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1982

Education: The University of Tennessee College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

The Overton Law Firm

602 Park Point Dr
Suite 230
Golden, CO 80401 Visit website


Tom Overton knew what he wanted to do at a very young age. “I always wanted to be a lawyer,” says Overton. “Early on, I understood that as a lawyer, I could help people who might not be able to help themselves.”

As a trial attorney, Overton represents all types of businesses from Fortune 50 companies to family-owned operations, but his passion has always been representing local businesses and individuals. After working with a large national law firm in Denver, he began the predecessor of Overton Lapuyade in 1989.

Overton advises clients who are or might become involved in lawsuits. He handles a wide variety of civil litigation.  During the last 35 plus years, Overton has handled virtually every type of business dispute: complex financial fraud, trademark infringement, corporate espionage, real estate disputes, disagreements over company ownership, injunctions against former employees, and more. “I understand how businesses operate and the problems they face,” he says.

Tom Overton also handles cases involving serious personal injury and death. Overton has tried cases involving car and truck accidents and injuries from defective products. His experience includes cases with catastrophic injures and brain damage as well as most of the common injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents.

Overton has a heart for giving back to his profession and to children’s causes. Overton has served on numerous boards in his profession and remains very active in The American Inns of Court. He served on the Jefferson and Gilpin County Judicial Nominating Commission. Overton and has served as the President of the Denver Children’s Home and has been honored by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as a “Hero for Kids”.

Tom Overton has been recognized by his peers for numerous professional honors, including: Super Lawyers Top100 Lawyers in Colorado (several times); Denver’s Top Lawyers by 5280 Magazine; Best Lawyers in America; and the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers. He is Board Certified in Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy.

Practice areas

General Litigation, Business Litigation, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Litigation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Non-Compete Agreements, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trade Secret, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% General Litigation
  • 30% Business Litigation
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1982, Colorado

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Certified as Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy 
  • Certified as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Judicial Nominating Commission for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
  • Hearing Officer and Mediator Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Board
  • Past President, Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, The Colorado Ballet
  • Former Member, Colorado Intermountain Fixed Guideway Authority
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Denver Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Former Member, Denver Children’s Home Advisory Board
  • Past President, Board of Directors, Denver Children’s Home
  • Hero for Kids, CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Federal Court Committee on Conduct
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Past President, Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court
  • Past President, Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court
  • Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations
  • American Academy of Trial Counsel
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, past Board Member
  • Fellow, American Academy of Trial Counsel
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation 
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, past Board Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Colorado State Coordinator, 1998 – Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1982
  • Colorado, 1982
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Guest Lecturer, The Professionals’ Workshop and several local college classes
  • Chair, Selling Your Case to a Jury, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer, How to Avoid Legal Pitfalls as Your Business Grows, National Association of Mortgage Brokers Convention
  • Lecturer, How to Set Up a Group Practice and Stay Out of Jail, Colorado Chiropractic Society
  • Speaker, Effective Use of Powerpoint in the Courtroom, Colorado Trial Lawyers
  • Chair, Colorado Law Update, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Objections, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Control in the Courtroom, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Dialog with the Judiciary Series, Colo. Bar Assn, Litigation Section
  • Faculty, Expert Witness, Practical Advice for the Practicing Trial Lawyer, Lorman Education Services
  • Faculty, Professionalism Seminar, Colorado Bar Association
  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Educational Background:
  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Boulder, Colorado, 1986
  • Gradute, Keean Trial Institute, 2019
  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, A.B., June, 1979

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“A fantastic lawyer. Once that I go to for myself and my best clients.”

“Tom is an outstanding lawyer. He has wisdom, skill and tenacity. A lawyer's lawyer.”

“Mr. Overton is simply one of the premier litigation attorneys in Colorado. He is active in many organizations, including the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Ethics Committee, Colorado Bar Association, and Thompson Marsh Inns of Court.”

“Excellent trial lawyer and very well respected.”

“Tom is a lawyer's lawyer and I trust his skill and judgment without hesitation.”

Office location for Thomas J. Overton

602 Park Point Dr
Suite 230
Golden, CO 80401

Phone: 720-689-0228

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