Jim ChalatJim Chalat is the senior partner of Chalat Hatten & Banker. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been listed by Best Lawyers since 2014.  He has been selected by Best Lawyers for recognition as 2017 Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year, Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Denver's premier magazine 5280 named him as one of only five "Top Denver Lawyers" in the personal injury category.

Jim Chalat has been selected for the Colorado SuperLawyers list each year that members of the Colorado bar have been considered for the distinction. He has earned this recognition through his success on behalf of his clients, in and out of the courtroom. In February of 2010, Mr. Chalat's client, a victim left paraplegic by a drunk driver, was awarded $18.5 Million following a district court bench trial. In June of 2007, Mr. Chalat obtained a $10.1 Million jury verdict, one of the largest verdicts ever awarded in a Colorado medical malpractice case.

A Colorado lawyer since 1977, Mr. Chalat is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a nationally esteemed organization. He is a sustaining member of American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association) and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. Jim Chalat is rated "AV" (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession. He has also been rated 10 out of 10 by AVVO.

Mr. Chalat has published numerous professional articles, including the definitive articles on U.S. ski law and Colorado ski law. He has frequently been interviewed as a national expert on ski litigation, and he is also a popular speaker for Continuing Legal Education, speaking on ski litigation, attorney ethics and malpractice, and general trial tactics.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1977
  • Michigan, 1983
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1977
    Law Review: Administrative Law Review, Assistant Editor
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    B.G.S. - 1974
    Honors: With Distinction

Profession Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, member.
  • Named one of the Top Denver Lawyers by 5280, for 2015, 2016 & 2017.
  • Best Lawyers, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Board of Directors 2008-2012.
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2017, featured in inaugural issue, 2006.
  • AVVO rated 10/10 “Superb.”
  • Board Certified since 1983 by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, recertified continuously since.
  • Listed in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, by Martindale-Hubble.
  • Master Bencher, Thompson G. Marsh, American Inns of Court. President of the Inn, 2003-2004; recipient of the Alfred C. Harrell award for civility, professionalism and excellence.
  • President’s Circle, American Association of Justice (f/k/a The Association of Trial Lawyers of America).
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member of the Board of Directors 1996-2000.
  • American, Colorado, Denver, Michigan and Michigan Trial Lawyers Bar Associations.
  • Instructor & Diplomate - National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
  • Assistant Special Disciplinary Counsel, State of Colorado (1992-1995).
  • Joint ABA/NITA advocacy program in Oxford, England (1985).
Jim Chalat listed as Best Lawyer
Lawyer of the Year


Russell was very supportive during the entire process. He did a great job of telling me what to expect from the very beginning and the information he provided did align with the outcome of the case. His firm has a great reputation and that carries weight when dealing with a ...

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MelindaSki Injury Client
When I had nearly given up all hope that I could ever find justice, after I had exhausted all the Medical Customer Protection sources I could find, Linda Chalat became aware of my struggle, contacted me, and gave me hope for the first time in nearly two years. She immediately ...

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LoisMedical Malpractice Client
I was a Broadway performer, injured on the ski slopes of Aspen while on vacation -- one day seemingly on top of the world, the next day without a leg to stand on. With a limb and career in tatters, Jim Chalat (and his wife Linda and their firm) gave ...

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KatieSki Collision Client
Jim and his partner led us through a difficult process of having to sue a ski resort for injuries my son received on lift accident. Jim was kind to us throughout the process and guided us every step of the way. He is highly effective and knows the ski law. ...

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TomSki Resort Negligence Client
I was referred to Mr. Hatten to assist in a personal injury case for my minor son related to injuries sustained in a skiing accident. Russell was always available, promptly answering all questions & inquiries, and was of great assistance to my wife and I through this foray in the ...

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MarkSki Accident Client
Russell R. Hatten did a fantastic job on my case. I had a nasty car wreck on Highway 285 in Jefferson County and had hired an attorney based on a reference from a friend. The first attorney for my case ended up being horrible. We looked up Russell in Super ...

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JoeCar Accident Client
Evan exceeded my expectations in all category's. He loves the Law and the results show he has a passion for the Law.He was honest at all times and did not ever over commit. Evan's knowledge of skiing was a tremendous asset. He came out and skied with me as to ...

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BenSki Accident Client

Recent Cases

Jim Chalat – honesty, integrity, RESULTS!

Mr. Challat represented my son and myself in a complex medical malpractice case and obtained an unprecedented verdict on our behalf. He is a brilliant lawyer with utmost integrity and commitment, both professionally and personally. Neta, a Medical Malpractice client Read more