Thomas J. Overton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Lakewood, CO

Overton, Lapuyade, Keithley, Gleason, & Schumacher
 | 165 South Union Boulevard, Suite 542
Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone: 720-689-0228
Fax: 303-832-5303
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

A highly regarded civil trial attorney, Thomas J. Overton is the founder of the Overton Law Firm. From the firm's office in Lakewood, Colorado, he provides representation to individual and business clients across the state in a variety of matters. 

Mr. Overton's experience encompasses general business litigation as well as personal injury and wrongful death cases. In the former area, he has worked on matters involving contract breaches, unfair competition, and shareholder and partner disputes. In his personal injury practice, Mr. Overton has represented clients who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties in cases involving motor vehicle accidents and defective products, and he has been able to obtain several sizable settlements and jury awards in that regard. His successful track record in all of these endeavors have earned him the acclaim of his fellow professionals, who have given him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Overton has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Overton is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

A Tennessee native, Mr. Overton obtained his legal education at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served on the Tennessee Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif before being awarded his Juris Doctor with high honors in 1982. 


Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

General Litigation (40%): Litigation

Personal Injury - General (30%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Business Litigation (30%): Non-Compete Agreements

Focus Areas

Litigation, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Non-Compete Agreements


Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Thomas Overton

Admitted: 1982, Colorado

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  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Office Location for Thomas J. Overton

165 South Union Boulevard
Suite 542
Lakewood, CO 80228

Phone: 720-689-0228

Fax: 303-832-5303

Thomas J. Overton:

Last Updated: 9/3/2019

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