About Joel Warner

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Joel Warner is a Denver-based journalist. He is author of The Curse of the Marquis de Sade: A Notorious Scoundrel, a Mythical Manuscript, and the Biggest Scandal in Literary History, and co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He currently serves as managing editor of the investigative news outlet The Lever, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Wired, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, and Grantland, among many other publications. His work has earned accolades from the James Beard Foundation Awards, The Best American Sports Writing anthology, as well as the Society of Professional Journalists for his Super Lawyers feature “Tackling Giants.”

Articles written by Joel Warner

Navigating Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Laws

What is legal and what is not

Pot is big business. In the first 10 months after Colorado legalized and regulated marijuana use for adults, the state’s recreational and medical marijuana industries logged more than $500 million in sales—with $60 million going to the state in taxes, licenses, and fees. But questions remain. Where Can You Smoke? Toking in public is still a no-no, and it can be expensive: up to a $999 fine. Denver criminal defense attorney David Lane points out that if you’re sampling inconspicuous …

The Adjusters

Roberts Levin Rosenberg is the insurance when insurance isn’t

Insurance policies are supposed to provide peace of mind. Sometimes they do the opposite. In July 2000, Jennifer Radil, a 19-year-old assistant counselor at a girls summer camp in western Colorado, was riding in a Jeep Cherokee on the way to a white-water rafting trip as part of Assistant Counselor Appreciation Day when the driver lost control. The Jeep rolled and Radil was thrown from it. She was left quadriplegic. Radil applied for workers’ compensation to cover her extensive expenses, but …

Marathon Man

Everyone thought Walter Sargent was crazy to open a solo practice focusing on appellate law; no one thinks that now

Walter Sargent is in his own world. Oral arguments will soon begin before the Colorado Supreme Court on Northstar Project Management v. DLR Group Inc., a lawsuit involving a construction contract for a big-name government operation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. On the respondent’s side, representing DLR Group, there are lawyers from big-name firms. At the petitioner’s table, representing Northstar, and arguing that the Colorado Court of Appeals erred when it found there …

Tackling Giants

Employment lawyer Diane King takes on big companies like Lockheed Martin

The Somali immigrants file in one at a time, heads bowed in shame and frustration over what they’re about to reveal. They often come to this office basement in Greeley. It’s become a community gathering sort of place for the city’s growing Somali population. They buy international calling cards, floral-print dresses and sesame oil at the makeshift store that’s crammed into one of the rooms; they eat sambuusas, the Somali equivalent of calzones, and watch soccer games on a flat-screen TV …


The U.S. government was on the verge of eradicating Indian country—then John Echohawk came along

John Echohawk doesn’t talk about himself in the grandiose terms others do. He doesn’t say much about how The National Law Journal has named him one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the country; or how the American Bar Association has proclaimed him a “Human Rights Hero”; or how the Center of the American West recently presented him the Wallace Stegner Award, a prize that has honored luminaries ranging from Terry Tempest Williams to John Nichols; or how Patty Limerick, …

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