rrh-headshotsept2017webpageRussell Hatten is a partner of Chalat Hatten & Banker, and has practiced Colorado law with the firm since 1999. He began his legal career as a litigator in Texas in 1986. In 1993, he was appointed to the bench as Municipal Judge for the City of Rowlett, and as a County Magistrate for Dallas and Rockwall Counties, Texas. While on the bench, Mr. Hatten heard criminal, domestic, and civil matters, with an annual docket of over 10,000 cases. He continued his plaintiffs' personal injury practice when he moved to Colorado and joined the Chalat Law firm. He has used his judicial experience to good effect, having prevailed on behalf of numerous Colorado clients through settlements and jury verdicts.

Russell Hatten has been recognized by Best Lawyers for the 2017 edition. Mr. Hatten has also been selected for the Colorado Super Lawyers list every year since 2008. He has also earned a "BV" (distinguished rating) by Martindale-Hubbell®, the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession. Attorneys with a BV® Distinguished™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® are those that have been recognized by their peers to be the best in both legal ability and ethical practice.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1986
  • Colorado, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1999


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, Doctor of Jurisprudence 1986
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Minor in Accounting, 1983

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Recognized by 2017 Best Lawyers
  • Listed as Colorado Super Lawyer since 2008
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Rhone Brackett Inn of Court, American Inns of Court
  • Former Director for The New Beginnings Center


  • Pain Medication: Traps for the Patient and Lawyer, Presenter, Colorado Trial Lawyers Assoc. Annual Convention, August 2012

Pro Bono Activities

  •  Pro Bono Program, Denver Bar Association


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 - I just wanted to reach out and thank you for everything that you've done for me. I appreciate all of your hard work and am very grateful that you were able to get me what you did. I don't think things could have went any smoother, so thank ...

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V.T.Ski Accident 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
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
I just wish to again send a sincere thank you for your representation after my Feb 18 accident.  You solved it quickly, professionally and I am grateful.  I hope you will use my words on your site. – J.S., a ski accident client

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J.S.Ski Accident Client
I just wanted to thank you for all that you have done for me and my family. I truly do not think there are words to describe how grateful I am that we had you and your team to assist us in this journey. Thank you for being so kind, ...

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E.L.Medical Malpractice 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

Botched Gallbladder Surgery Jury Verdict

Theresa Seto, a 47 year old mother of five, underwent gallbladder removal surgery by Dr. Michael Fraterelli, M.D. at the Medical Center of Aurora. A doctor’s goal in a gallbladder removal surgery is to identify the cystic duct, clip it, and remove the gallbladder. The cystic duct runs from the gallbladder to the common duct. It is the only duct... Read more

Jury Awards Injured Skier $263K

On February 17, 2015, Tom Dubert, a Chicago Fire Paramedic, was skiing at Keystone on vacation with his son and family friends. The five of them began skiing down the Flying Dutchman run. Mr. Dubert and one friend stopped to adjust their equipment while the remainder of the group continued down. Mr. Dubert looked uphill, then began skiing wide, intermediate... Read more