Russell HattenRussell 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
The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Best Lawyers 2017
RRH Avvo
Super Lawyer


  • 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

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