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Carol Warnick

Senior Partner

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202
222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Carol concentrates her practice in several related areas.

One is estate and wealth transfer planning and administration, in which her clients include executives, owners of closely-held businesses, and families of significant wealth. 

Another is as a member of the Firm’s Trust & Estate Litigation Group in which she litigates on behalf of trustees and other fiduciaries (both individual and corporate), heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors in the resolution of probate- or trust-related disputes. She is also an AAA trained mediator and mediates trust and estate related disputes. Carol actively practices in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

Client Results

  • Defended claims of breach of fiduciary duty and removal of trustee and obtained a ruling from the bench at the conclusion of trial completely exonerating the trustees and awarding their fees be paid from the trust.

  • Defended claims of breach of fiduciary duty and obtained a favorable settlement for an individual fiduciary.

  • Prevailed on behalf of a trustee against claims brought by a beneficiary arguing the decedent’s trust violated a contract to make a will or trust, and successfully enforced the no-contest clause and a fee shifting provision.

  • Prevailed in a pre-mortem will contest and defended claims of undue influence resulting in a favorable settlement.

  • Represented a charitable beneficiary in litigation brought by other beneficiaries to invalidate the charitable gift and successfully settled the case in a manner favorable to the charity.

  • Represented a beneficiary and personal representative against claims brought by another beneficiary and settled the case favorable to the client.

  • Represented corporate fiduciaries in a variety of trust actions.



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide: Private Wealth Law - Colorado, 2017-2022
  • Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite, Estate Planning, 2017-2020
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
    • ACTEC Fiduciary Litigation Committee, Member
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Trusts and Estates – Denver, 2015, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 2008-2023
  • Worth Magazine, “Top 100 Attorneys”
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, “Top 25 Women Lawyers,” 2010
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, “Top 50 Women Lawyers,” 2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Estate & Trust Litigation, 2009-2022
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers based on Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rating, 2013

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association, Trained Mediator
  • LDS Philanthropies National Planned Giving Council, National Chair
  • Cambridge Forum on Private Wealth Litigation, Steering Committee
  • University of Colorado President’s Gift Planning Advisory Council
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Denver Chapter, Past Chapter Chair
  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, Member and Past President
  • Salt Lake City Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Denver Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Colorado, Utah and Wyoming Bar Associations, Member
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