Chris Koupal, a partner of Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker PC, has extensive trial experience - second chairing a med mal case resulting in a $10.1 Million verdict and acting as lead counsel in a 2009 trial resulting in $100,000 in punitive damages.
Christopher P. Koupal is a partner at Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker PC. A Colorado native, Mr. Koupal graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Denver College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Koupal served as a member and a general editor for the Denver University Law Review. Mr. Koupal also served as an extern law clerk to the Honorable Wiley M. Daniel, Chief United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
Mr. Koupal's practice concentrates on civil trial work, with an emphasis on ski and snowboard accidents, professional negligence, premises liability, and automobile accidents. Mr. Koupal has tried cases to verdict in Colorado state and federal courts, including acting as lead counsel in a 2009 premises liability case where a Denver jury returned a verdict in his client's favor including a six-figure award of punitive damages. In 2007, Mr. Koupal was trial counsel in a medical negligence case where the jury returned a $10.1 million dollar verdict; one of the largest verdicts of its kind in Colorado history. Mr. Koupal has been a featured lecturer on the topic of ski and snowboard litigation, and has been invited to lecture for the Colorado Bar Association on issues relating to lawyers' professional liability.
Mr. Koupal has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Colorado Super Lawyers / 5280 Magazine for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has also been selected for the National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40, a new professional organization comprised of America's top young trial attorneys. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40.
CRS § 10-1-135 and the Changing Face of Subrogation Claims in Colorado, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2011
Ski Law in Colorado: The Timorous No Longer Stay At Home, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2002
Speaker, "10-1-135 In Action", Subrogation Seminar, Colorado Trail Lawyers Association CLE, March 2012
Speaker, "Review and Analysis of CRS § 10-1-135 - Recent Changes in Colorado Law Regarding Subrogation Claims in Personal Injury Cases", Colorado Bar Association CLE, December, 2011.
Presenter, "The Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case" - Denver School of Nursing, November, 2011
Speaker, "Professional Liability Issues for Litigators: Disqualification of Counsel", CBA CLE, 2010
Speaker, "The Basics of Ski Law", The Colorado Association of Professional Paralegals and Legal Assistants, 2006
Professional Associations and Memberships
Colorado Bar Association, Member
Denver Bar Association, Member
American Association for Justice, Member
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court, American Inns of Court
Honors and Awards
Harold M. Wendy Memorial Scholar, University of Denver College of Law Eagle Scout, BSA
Past Employment Positions
The Hon. Wiley Y. Daniel, US Dist Ct., for the District of Colorado, Denver, CO, Extern, 2003