Edward A. Gleason

Ed Gleason’s practice emphasizes commercial litigation and arbitration. His experience includes more than fifty trials as lead counsel in state and federal courts throughout Colorado. 

Ed is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization of trial lawyers that is the most selective in North America, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. For several years, Ed has been continuously listed in Best Lawyers in America (commercial litigation) and he has been listed in Colorado Super Lawyers (business litigation) every year since its inception in 2006.

Ed is a graduate of Stanford Law School. Prior to law school, he was a certified public accountant and worked for a Big Eight accounting firm. Ed has long been active in professional and nonprofit organizations in Colorado Springs. He is a past President of the El Paso County Bar Association and has chaired the boards of Pikes Peak United Way, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, and the El Paso County Bar Foundation.

Representative Matters
  • Prosecution and defense of breach of commercial contract and business tort claims
  • Representation of insurers and insureds in commercial liability, employment, E&O, health, professional liability, and title insurance disputes
  • Representation of banks and borrowers in collection and lender liability actions
  • Challenges to and enforcement of non-competition and trade secret covenants
  • Representation of franchisees and licensees in business franchise and license disputes
  • Defense of employers in employment contract cases
  • Representation of commercial landlords and tenants in complex commercial lease disputes
  • Representation of local governments in defense of challenges to legality of permit fees
  • Representation of professional firms and individuals in partnership dissolution and withdrawal disputes
  • Defense of professional liability claims against lawyers and real estate brokers
  • Challenges to constitutionality of state statutes and local government ordinances

J.D., Stanford Law School
B.S. Business (Accounting), Colorado State University

Professional and Community Involvement 

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow; Colorado State Committee, Member, 2012-2017
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • El Paso Country Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2008–2013; Chair, 2012–2013; 2022–present
  • Colorado Judicial Institute, Board of Directors, 2015–2021
  • Ben Wendelken Inn of Court, Charter Member, 1993–2017
  • El Paso County Bar Association, President, 1997–1998
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, Board of Trustees, 2007–2013; Secretary, 2011–2013


  • Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc., Board of Directors, 2015-2023
  • Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Board of Directors, 2013-2020; Chair, 2016-2019
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Board of Directors, 2013-2019
  • YMCA of the USA Region IV (West) Subcommittee of National Committee on Membership Standards, 2010-2021; Chair, 2013-2019
  • YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Board of Directors, 2006-2015; Chair, 2009-2011
  • Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, Board of Directors, 2000-2006; Chair, 2001-2004
  • Pikes Peak United Way, Board of Trustees, 1995-2005; Chair, 2001-2005
Activities and Honors
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation, 2015-2024
  • Colorado Super Lawyers – Business Litigation, 2006-2024
  • El Paso County Bar Foundation’s Founders Award, 2019
  • Exceptional Service Award – American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, 2013
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