Heather Perkins is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who litigates complex commercial, franchise and product liability disputes in federal, state and arbitration proceedings across the country and abroad. She also counsels her clients on litigation risk management, including assessment of risk and exposure.

Heather has deep experience in franchise and distribution, trade secret and product liability matters. She advises major clients in the health care, medical device, fitness, food and beverage, manufacturing and agribusiness industries.

Heather has also successfully sought and defended against motions for preliminary injunction or other interim emergency relief on behalf of franchisor and manufacturing clients.

Services & 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

Heather has represented veterans seeking benefits through pro bono work with the National Veterans Legal Services Program. She also regularly volunteers for the legal clinic at the Sister Carmen Community Center and is involved in representing clients through the firm’s Medical-Legal Partnership at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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

  • Board Member, 2020-present 
  • 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, 2016-20
  • 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
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