Chris Baumgartner



Formal litigation culminating in a trial, with its attendant expenditure of time and costs, is rarely the most efficient way to resolve a dispute. In almost all cases, the most efficient way to resolve a dispute is to identify and address the problem before it reaches the point where litigation is inevitable.

As a litigator and “problem solver” in areas of contract, corporate and partnership disputes, real estate, intellectual property issues, an ever-increasing portion of Chris’ practice is in an advisory role to clients.

Chris strives to develop relationships with clients where he is more than just the lawyer they call when they have a serious problem. He looks to become a trusted adviser they consult with before problems develop. This type of relationship enhances his ability to foresee clients’ challenges before they arise and allows him to work proactively with them to devise strategies that minimize or potentially avoid problems all together.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contract Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Bankruptcy


  • University of Colorado School of Law; J.D.; 1999
  • University of Michigan; B.A.; 1995


  • Colorado, 1999
  • S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2001
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001
  • Presentations and publications
  • Efficient, effective, legal holds through collaboration. ARMA International, 2013
  • Editor for Dale A. Oesterle, The Law of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Reorganizations (2nd ed.), 1999
  • Authored The Demise of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, 1998 Yearbook


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Thompson Marsh Inn of Court
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Colorado Lawyers for the Arts


  • Named a “Rising Star” in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Super Lawyers
  • 2011 Graduate of Downtown Denver Leadership Program
  • 2008 Graduate of National Institute for Trial Advocacy National Session