Heather Carson Perkins



Heather Perkins is a member of the firm’s executive leadership team and a seasoned trial lawyer who litigates complex commercial, franchise, trade secret and product liability disputes in federal, state and arbitration proceedings. She is a first chair trial attorney with h deep experience in seeking and defending motions for preliminary injunction or other emergency relief on behalf of franchisor and manufacturing clients. She also provides business-focused and practical advice on managing risk, with a focus on clients in the franchise and distribution, manufacturing, and fitness and health-related industries.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Hon. Edward W. Nottingham, 1998-2000


University of Colorado Law School
J.D. Dean's List, Order of the Coif, Law Review (associate editor) (1998)

University of Colorado Boulder
B.S. cum laude, Dean's List (1993)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Litigating in the COVID Era
    Co-presenter, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, October 2021
  • 2019 Annual Developments
    Co-presenter, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, October 2019
  • Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments, 2019
    Co-author, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, October 2019
  • Enforcing System Standards – A Franchisor’s Prerogative? 
    Co-author and presenter, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, October 2018
  • Caught in a Trap: Dealing With Customer and Patron Claims Under the TCPA and ADA Against Franchisors and Franchisees
    Co-presenter, ABA Forum on Franchising, 2017
  • Judicial Update
    Co-presenter, International Franchise Legal Symposium, 2017
  • Is This Really the End? Dealing With Renewal and Nonrenewal of Franchise Relationships
    Co-presenter, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, 2015
  • Franchising & Distribution Currents
    35 Franchise Law J. 105, Summer 2015
  • Defendants Need Proactive Perspective
    Law Week Colorado, February 2014

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Perkins has served on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Foundation, which provides support to Legal Aid in Colorado, since 2016 and has served as chair of the Board of Trustees since 2021. In that capacity, she works closely with the executive director of both the Foundation and Colorado Legal Services on issues related to provision of legal services to low-income Coloradoans. Perkins has also represented veterans seeking benefits through pro bono work with the National Veterans Legal Services Program and has previously volunteered for the legal clinic at the Sister Carmen Community Center. 

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — At-Large Member, Forum on Franchising Governing Committee, 2021-present
  • The Franchise Lawyer — Editor-in-Chief, 2016-19
  • Franchise Law Journal — Associate Editor, 2015-16; Articles Editor, 2014-15

Civic Activities

  • Legal Aid Foundation — Board of Trustees Chair, 2021-present (Vice Chair, 2019-21; Member, 2016-19)
  • Mile High Montessori — Community Leadership Board 

Firm Leadership

  • Executive Leadership Team, 2023-present
  • Board Member, 2020-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Management Board, March 2018-20; Denver Office Leader, 2013-18


  • Chambers USA — Colorado, Litigation: General Commercial, 2020-22
  • Best Lawyers® — Commercial Litigation, 2023; Franchise Law, 2023
  • Franchise Times — Legal Eagles, 2022
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation — 'Raising the Bar' Honoree, 2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyers — Civil Litigation: Defense, 2016-23
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017, 2015, 2019
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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