Heather E. Hackett

HEATHER E. HACKETT

Peakview Tower
6465 S. Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Ste. 650
Englewood, Colorado 80111
Telephone: 303-796-2900

Member: Martindale Hubbell

Ms. Hackett obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in 1998, with honors in political science. She went on to Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, where she graduated in 2001, cum laude. During law school, Ms. Hackett was a member of the law review, and worked as a paralegal for the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania in the White Collar Crimes Division.

After graduation, Ms. Hackett joined the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, LLP in Pittsburgh. While at K&L, Ms. Hackett helped author The International Money Laundering Abatement and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act of 2001, published in paBanker Magazine, in October 2001. During her four years at K&L, Ms. Hackett specialized in insurance coverage matters and business litigation.

Since joining Levy•Wheeler•Waters, P.C., Ms. Hackett has specialized in personal injury and bad faith defense as well as construction defect defense. Ms. Hackett was recently successful in setting aside a substantial default judgment against an insurer, and also recently obtained summary judgment in a bad faith suit. Ms. Hackett was selected as a “Colorado Rising Star” by Superlawyers magazine in 2009 and 2010. She was also asked to provide a presentation regarding bad faith legal updates at the 2009 Colorado Defense Lawyers Association’s annual meeting.

Ms. Hackett is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and Colorado, and is admitted to practice in all Colorado federal and state courts as well as the Western District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Hackett is a member of the Denver Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association.

Education
• Juris Doctor – Duquesne University Law School, 2001
• Bachelor of Arts in political science – University of Montana, 1998

Professional Activities
• Admitted – Colorado
• Admitted – Pennsylvania
• Admitted – United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
• Colorado Bar Association
• Denver Bar Association
• Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Honors and Awards
• Duquesne University Law School – Cum Laude honors
• Law Review
• University of Montana – graduaed with honors
• Selected as a “Colorado Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine

Opinions
Fire Ins. Exchange v. Sullivan, 224 P.3d 348 (Colo.App. 2009).
Smith v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 12CA2209 (Colo. App. 2014).

Sample of Success

June 2017
Sellars v. Wray, Civil Action 2016CV30509, Denver District Court. This matter involved a February 14, 2013 automobile accident. Plaintiff alleged negligence, negligence per se and sought damages for property damage, physical injuries, permanent impairment, medical expenses, lost earnings, other economic losses, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental and emotional distress. However, the jury agreed with Heather Hackett and rejected plaintiff’s claims. As a result, the jury returned a defense verdict.

January 2017

Beach Associates, LLC v. Owners Insurance Company, Civil Action 2016CV30898, El Paso District Court. Beach Associates sued its insurer seeking nearly $70,000 in damages following a 2014 hail storm. Plaintiff has since agreed that the claim was properly paid prior to the lawsuit. As a result, plaintiff agreed to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit.

Recent Success

  • Jury Trial Win – Jenkins

    Plaintiffs sought more than $785,000 at trial, plus interest and attorney fees. Marc Levy and Jami Maul won a complete defense verdict at trial.

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  • Defense Verdict at Trial – Sellars

    Heather Hackett won at trial. Plaintiff alleged negligence, negligence per se and sought various types of damages. However, the jury disagreed with plaintiff and returned a defense verdict. Following trial, the jury commended Ms. Hackett on her excellent trial skills.

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  • Summary Judgment – Bulinski

    June 2017 Bulinski v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, Civil Action 16-cv-02066-RPM, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.  Plaintiffs filed claims for breach of contract, statutory unreasonable delay/denial and common law bad faith, seeking about $200,000 in property damage, plus a penalty of double damages, plus attorney fees and costs.  Plaintiffs also sought punitive damages.  The insurance claim arose when a giant boulder detached from a cliff face about…

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