Chris began his legal career as a prosecutor in Burlington, Colorado, eventually being promoted to prosecuting felonies in four counties across Colorado’s eastern plains, as well as managing the Burlington branch of the district attorney’s office for Colorado’s 13th Judicial District. In 2001, Chris moved on to the district attorney’s office for the 19th Judicial District in Greeley, Colorado and specialized in the prosecution of domestic violence cases, drug crimes and crimes against children. In February 2004, Chris joined Collins | Liu, & Associates, L.L.P. as a partner. Chris primarily practices in criminal defense and has handled cases ranging from DUI, simple assaults, felony assaults, drug crimes and sexual assault to murder. Chris is very experienced in conducting jury trials, having spent his entire career as a trial lawyer.
Chris has received the same training that police officers in Colorado receive in the area of roadside sobriety maneuvers used in DUI investigations, and he is certified in those maneuvers. Chris has handled hundreds of cases involving allegations of drunken driving throughout his career as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. Chris has recently expanded his practice to include bankruptcy, landlord-tenant disputes and trusts, wills and estate planning. Chris’s extensive experience in litigation provides valuable insight in assisting clients with needs in these areas.
In addition to having a busy and fulfilling family life, Chris is an active member of the community. Chris has been on the Weld County Bar Association’s board of directors since 2008 and has instructed high school teams at mock trial competitions in Weld County. Chris has received several awards for his pro bono work with indigent clients, and he enjoys teaching and instructing in the law. Chris has instructed on Fourth Amendment search and seizure law to the Colorado State Investigator’s Association and appears occasionally as a guest lecturer on search and seizure at local colleges and universities.
Chris is a native of the state of Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994 with honors. Shortly after graduation, Chris fulfilled his dream to live in Colorado and moved to Denver to attend law school. Chris enjoys hiking in the beauty of Colorado’s mountains and bicycling with his family.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro bono award||Weld County Legal Services||2005|
|Partner||Collins, Liu, & Associates, LLP||2004 - Present|
|Deputy District Attorney||Office of the District Attorney 19th Judicial District||2001 - 2004|
|Chief Deputy District Attorney||Office of the District Attorney 13th Judicial District||1998 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Weld County Bar Association||Board Member||2007 - 2014|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|University of Denver Sturm College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of Iowa||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Hate Crime Week||Hate crimes legislation||2006|
|Free Living Will Seminar||Living Wills||2005|
|Conference with 19th Judicial District bench and bar||Methamphetamine Labs||2003|
|Colorado State Investigator's Association Annual Training||4th Amendment Search & Seizure||2000|