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James H. Chalat

James H. Chalat

also known as Jim Chalat

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective and Dangerous Products, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accident

About Me

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I have been practicing law in Colorado for 33 years.  I have tried cases in state courts across this great state, including from Cheyenne Wells to Grand Junction and from Fort Collins to Pueblo.  My clients have included the entire range of our diverse society: from Toby DeHerrera, a profoundly disabled son of Hispanic American farm laborers, Olympic Athletes, urban office workers, physicians, and the most elite Aspen socialite and business people.


My AVVO page client reviews are representative of the way in which i would handle your case.


I was born in California, raised in Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan and at the University of Denver College of Law.


That the practice of law demands service to our community, is a standard taken seriously by myself and my family.  I have held numerous posiitions in the volunteer community, my faith community, and in various legal professional organizations. I regularly volunteer for the state bar association's high school mock trial program; this commitment, alone, demands a minimum of five hours a week from October through February and a full week for competition in February and March. 


My seniority carries with it a mentoring obligation.   Within the past month, my teaching obligations have ranged from a presentation to a local high school to a full blown lecture at the Harvard Law School.


I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your case.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    38 years
  2. Car Accidents: 20%
    38 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    25 years
  4. Brain Injury: 15%
    35 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($395-600/hour), Contingent (25-50%), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (15%)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Catherine A. Chan

    I endorse this Jim Chalat. Jim is a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for his clients. He brings confidence and experience to bear on all his cases. He is admired and well-known in the courts in which he practices, especially the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado. I know personally that the Board of the Faculty of Federal Advocates considered making bylaws amendments to allow Jim to continue his invaluable service to the Board. I consider Jim an outstanding attorney, a gentleman, a friend and a mentor. He is my go-to contact and referral for complex civil litigation on behalf of injured plaintiffs.

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    Catherine Chan Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1900 Grant St Ste 1050
Denver, CO, 80203

1900 Grant St Ste 1050
Denver, CO, 80203

1900 Grant Suite 1050
Denver, CO, 80203

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing198309/02/2015
COActive197708/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AdmittedAmerican Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)2013
Listed in Colorado for Professional Malpractice casesBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 100 Lawyers in ColoradoSuper Lawyers2012
Bar Register - AV Rated 1995 - presentMartindale Hubbell2012
Pro Bono RecognitionColorado Supreme Court2011
RecognizedColorado Super Lawyers2010
Pro Bono RecognitionColorado Supreme Court2010
RecognizedColorado Super Lawyers2009
RecognizedColorado Super Lawyers2008
RecognizedColorado Super Lawyers2007
RecognizedColorado Super Lawyers2006
Bar Register - AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
President and Managing PartnerChalat Hatten Koupal & Banker2012 - Present
President and Managing PartnerChalat Hatten & Koupal PC2008 - Present
President and Managing PartnerChalat Hatten Law Offices, P.C.2004 - 2008
President and Managing PartnerChalat Law Offices, P.C.1984 - 2004

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Faculty of Federal AdvocatesBoard of Directors2008 - 2011
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2004
Marsh Inn of Court, American Inns of CourtMaster Barrister1994 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
C.D. v P.K., a minor$700,000.00 settlement reached.
Mendakota v Savage et al.$16,502,819.00 in actual damages plus $2 Million in exemplary damages, plus interest and costs
Bargai v. Carlson$10,100,000.00 verdict for plaintiff

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Trial Lawyers Association of the District of Columbia (TLA-DC)The Nine Commandments of Malpractice Prevention (Co-Author)1999
Colorado LawyerColorado Ski Law1998
West's Proof of FactLiability of Skier for Injury to Another Skier1998
Expert Witness JournalExpert Testimony and the Dancing Ballerina1995
National Jury Verdict Reporter$2,150,000 Verdict - General Negligence - Skiing Accident1994
Colorado LawyerThe Constitutional Foundations of Modern American Tort Law1987
Michigan Bar JournalMichigan's Ski Law1984

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of MichiganEquivalencies in English and HistoryBA - Bachelor of General Studies1974

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Torts 1L w/ Professor Jon HansonLiability of minor children2010
Colorado CLE SeminarCurrent Topics in Legal Ethics2010
CLE of ColoradoInternet Advertising Ethics for Attorneys2010
Recreation & Adventure Program Law & LiabilitySurvey of Ski Law in United States2006
Law Education InstituteSki Law in the United States2005
Colorado Bar Association CLEHow to Try a Medical Malpractice Case in Colorado2004
Colorado Bar Association CLECivil Litigation Update2003
Colorado Bar Association CLEPreventing Legal Malpractice2001