Background

Mr. Chipman is admitted to practice in Colorado and Illinois. He specializes in complex commercial litigation as well as real estate, construction, and lender disputes. As a trusted counselor and a zealous advocate, Mr. Chipman tackles complex and difficult issues in a cost-effective way. He has over two decades of trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts and in alternative venues such as arbitration.

Before becoming a founding member of Chipman Glasser, Mr. Chipman was an associate and shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck from 1996 to 2011. Before then, he practiced with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Following law school, he completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable J. Thomas Greene of the United States District Court for the District of Utah.

Representitive Matters

  • Commercial Litigation:
    • Assisted the owner of a Colorado-based computer cabling company in a complex buy-out dispute with a California-based LLC member.
    • Assisted a Colorado-based health plan company in defending against RICO and ERISA claims brought as a class action.
    • Defended a U.S. citizen in a state-court dispute involving both the operation of a Costa Rican beach resort and the ownership of ranch property in Colorado.
    • Assisted an Idaho-based cattle producer in prosecuting fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract claims against a Colorado-based feed lot owner.
    • Assisted a Colorado-based bison producer in prosecuting breach of contract claims against an out-of-state bison seller who failed to deliver the promised animals.
    • Defended a Texas-based business in contract and fraud litigation involving the sale of over 100 dry clean stores in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
    • Prosecuted in Colorado state court and in Arizona bankruptcy court an abuse of process, tortious interference, and defamation claim against perpetrators from Arizona and California.
    • Assisted a Canadian-based mining equipment manufacturer in resolving environmental contribution claims relating surrounding a Denver manufacturing facility.
  • Construction:
    • Assists on an on-going basis a Mexican-based cement and basic materials company, along with its U.S. affiliates, by providing construction project and business counsel, and litigation representation.
    • Assisted a Colorado-based resort community in prosecuting (through bankruptcy) a claim for violation of Colorado’s contractor trust fund statute.
    • Assisted an Ohio-based concrete subcontractor in prosecuting payment claims involving the construction of the Asian Tropics project at the Denver Zoo.
    • Assisted a Denver hotel in contract and excessive lien claims arising from a hotel-wide renovation project.
  • Real Estate Litigation/Foreclosure:
    • Assisted two Texas-based companies in coordinating, resolving, and prosecuting various tenant-in-common and foreclosure disputes relating to a 6,500 acre parcel of land near Denver International Airport.
    • Assisted a Denver-based health plan company, as a tenant, in enforcing lease rights involving office space in two office buildings along 17th Street in Denver.
    • Assisted a Colorado ranch owner in resolving easement and other disputes relating to a disputed irrigation dam across the Rio Grande River.
    • Assisted mountain landowners in enforcing the termination of disputed easement and bridge rights across the South Platte River.
    • Assisted a New York-based private lender in prosecuting the foreclosure of the Pueblo Shopping Mall in Pueblo, Colorado.
    • Assisted a New York-based lender in prosecuting the foreclosure of resort property in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Loan Sale Seminar,” CLE Panelist, Denver, Colorado, April 2011
  • “Drafting and Enforcing Commercial Leases: Tenant Defenses,” CLE, Speaker, Denver, Colorado, January 2008
  • Mechanic’s Liens & Foreclosures 101” CLE, Speaker, Denver, Colorado, June 2008
  • “Homeowner Protection Act of 2007: HB1336,” Brownstein Real Estate Client Alert, April 2007.
  • “New Act Affects Pro Rata Liability of Construction Professionals: Senate Bill 07-087,” Brownstein Real Estate Client Alert, April 2007.

Other Professional Experience

  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Associate (1996-2001), Shareholder (2001-2011)
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Associate (1993-1996)
  • Law Clerk, Honorable J. Thomas Greene, United States District Court, District of Utah (1992-1993)

Other Professional Experience

  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Associate (1996-2001), Shareholder (2001-2011)
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Associate (1993-1996)
  • Law Clerk, Honorable J. Thomas Greene, United States District Court, District of Utah (1992-1993)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Board Member, Denver Chapter, J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Leader, Boy Scouts of America
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association

Admissions

  • Illinois 1992 (inactive)
  • Colorado 1995

Education and Honors

  • B.A. Brigham Young University (Economics and Minor in Latin American Studies) 1989
  • J.D., Brigham Young University, 1992
  • Lead Articles Editor, BYU Law Review, 1991-92
  • Order of the Coif
  • Varsity Track & Field Athlete, Brigham Young University, 1982-83, 86-89
  • Missionary, Bolivia, 1983-85
  • Heritage High School, Littleton, Colorado 1982