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E. Carter Vaden


senior associate with The Hustead Law Firm, Carter has a diverse litigation practice focused on defending insured individuals and insurance companies. His experience involves construction defect claims, commercial disputes, personal injury claims, automobile/commercial trucking accidents, product liability claims, ski collisions, ADA discrimination claims, property loss incidents, premises liability actions, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, real estate litigation, real property disputes, homeowners’ association disputes, and wrongful death actions. Carter is comfortable in the court room and has prevailed in a great number of jury trials throughout Colorado while handling all aspects of trial. He has also been successful in arbitrations and numerous dispositive motions in court. He places great importance on early case management and consistent communications with clients and opposing counsel throughout the litigation process. Carter is able to utilize his litigation experience to advise clients regarding potential disputes and risk awareness.

Carter came to The Hustead Law Firm from a leading civil litigation firm in Golden, Colorado, and before that served for years as in-house counsel specializing in litigation for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Before that, he worked in a boutique insurance defense firm in Durango, Colorado focusing on real estate litigation. He began his legal career with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office, where he honed his trial skills with extensive training in all aspects of trial advocacy coupled with the practical experience of conducting dozens of trials. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 2006 from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to law school, Carter received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in History from Duke University.

Carter strives to provide the highest quality legal representation to his clients in every matter from the simplest to the most complex. He recognizes the importance of early case evaluation so that an appropriate defense strategy can be developed, whether that means resolution by settlement or aggressive defense tactics. He has successfully litigated cases at all levels, achieving favorable results for his clients. Carter has obtained numerous defense verdicts at trial and summary dismissal of claims on behalf of his clients.

Some Achievements include:

  • Summary judgment in favor of client subcontractor against personal injury claims based on workers’ compensation statute.
  • Defense verdict in personal injury jury trial on behalf of client snow removal services company.
  • Directed verdict at trial in favor of client automobile repair company.
  • Obtained dismissal without settlement payout on behalf of client liquor store.
  • Defense verdict in real estate contract dispute jury trial on behalf of client realtor.
  • Defense verdict in personal injury jury trial on behalf of client oil change franchise. Recovered fees and costs against plaintiff.
  • Summary judgment on behalf of client janitorial services company in premises liability dispute.
  • Defense verdict in personal injury jury trial on behalf of client driver, where three independent witnesses testified that client at fault.
  • Defense verdict in personal injury jury trial on behalf of client auctioneering company.
  • Defense verdict in personal injury jury trial on behalf of client skier.
  • Successfully quashed improper service of process on client subcontractor.
  • Obtained dismissal of client restaurant at end of first day of trial in personal injury dispute.
  • Judgment on the pleadings granted in favor of client subcontractor against another subcontractor’s personal injury claims.
  • Summary judgment on behalf of client commercial property manager in slip and fall premises liability lawsuit.
  • Successfully quashed improper service of process on client's former employee.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Contracts
  • Construction Defect
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Design Defect
  • Employment Litigation
  • Homeowners Association
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Subrogation

Professional Organizations

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
American Bar Association

Bar Admissions

United States District Court, District of Colorado


Washington University in St. Louis, Anheiser-Busch School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
J.D., 2006
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
B.A., History, 2001

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