James H. Chalat

James H. Chalat: Attorney with Chalat Hatten & Banker PC
  • Senior Partner at Chalat Hatten & Banker PC (4 Attorneys)
  • 1600 Broadway, #1920, Denver, CO 80202
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  • Jim Chalat knows how to try a case, and he has a solid record of high verdicts for plaintiffs to show that he also knows how to win.

    Experience: we have experience with most of the key players in the personal injury business here in Colorado, meaning the attorneys, insurance companies, mediators, experts, and judges.
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Jim Chalat is the senior partner of Chalat Hatten & Banker PC.

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 is a member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers. He has been listed by Best Lawyers in America since 2014, and in 2017 has been selected as Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" for Denver. 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.

Areas of Practice (42)

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Medical Liability
  • Medical Negligence
  • Hospital Premises Liability
  • Hospital Liability
  • Hospital Negligence
  • Nursing Liability
  • Nursing Malpractice
  • Nursing Negligence
  • Failure to Diagnose
  • Birth Trauma
  • Gynecology Malpractice
  • Medication Errors
  • Orthopedic Malpractice
  • Obstetric Malpractice
  • Optometric Malpractice
  • Podiatric Malpractice
  • Pharmacists Liability
  • Pediatric Malpractice
  • Legal Negligence
  • Brain Injury
  • Bodily Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Electrical Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
303.861.1042  Phone
University Attended:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.G.S., with honors, 1974
Law School Attended:
University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Law Review: Administrative Law Review, Assistant Editor, 1977
Year of First Admission:
1977, U.S. Federal Courts; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit; 1983, Michigan; 1977, Colorado; 1981, U.S. Supreme Court
Reported Cases:
People v. Hall, 2002, Colo. App., LEXIS 1763; Cooper v. Aspen Skiing Co., 2002, Colo., 48 P.3d 1229; Hoar v. Great Eastern, 1998, Va, 506 S.E.2d 777; Ulissey v. Shvartsman, 61 F.3rd 805 (10th Circ. 1995); Hudson V. Boxer, 632 F.Supp. 1569 (D.Colo. 1986); Wong v. Sharp, 743 F.Supp. 943 (D.Colo. 1986); People v. Watson, 833 P.2d 50 (Colo. 1992).
( Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by The National Board of Trial Advocacy (Continuously re-certified since 1988), Sustaining member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association )
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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Client Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (5 reviews)
  • 100% (5 recommendations)
  • Silver Client Champion
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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 11/10/08 in Personal Injury.

  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 11/03/08 in Personal Injury.

    Jim & Linda Chalat, and their Firm, are the best of the best! When I didn't have a leg to stand on (quite literally), they took my case, handled it with the utmost professionalism and care, and brought it to a most positive resolution. They were alwa... Read more

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    Jim & Linda Chalat, and their Firm, are the best of the best! When I didn't have a leg to stand on (quite literally), they took my case, handled it with the utmost professionalism and care, and brought it to a most positive resolution. They were always steps ahead in their thinking and planning and addressed every detail. They epitomize excellence and their stellar careers, which I continued to follow through the years, are reflections of this. I recommend them with enthusiasm and gratitude. Read less

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