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Chris Chrisman


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Chris handles complex oil and gas litigation throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

For 20 years, Chris has advised and defended producers, working interest owners, and midstream clients in lawsuits and arbitrations.

His practice areas include royalty underpayment litigation, commercial disputes between industry parties, title issues, and surface access problems. Chris has extensive experience in defending producers in cases filed as class actions.

Chris litigates at both the trial and appellate levels in multiple energy-producing states. He also counsels clients involved in insolvency disputes and bankruptcy, representing creditors in adversary proceedings and related litigation.

Chris clerked for the Hon. Allison H. Eid during her service on the Colorado Supreme Court, prior to her appointment to the Tenth Circuit.


Environmental and Natural Resources Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Royalty Disputes
  • Class Action Defense
  • Insolvency Issues and Bankruptcies
  • Operational Disputes
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Surface Access and Title Matters

Client Results

  • Recent Matters
    • Defended client in complex bankruptcy of insolvent producer and claims asserted against non-operating working interest owners.
    • Successfully defended multimillion-dollar class action settlement against jurisdictional challenges raised by objectors in federal court.
    • Successfully defended client against multimillion-dollar claim for underpayments on production from wells in Colorado and North Dakota.
    • Defeated royalty underpayment claims alleging breach of New Mexico’s implied duty to market.
    • Successfully defended client against multimillion-dollar class action alleging royalty underpayment under Colorado law.
    • Successfully appealed multimillion-dollar judgment against client alleging improper deduction of transportation costs from class members' royalty payments.



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Environmental, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Litigation - Environmental, 2017-2022
  • Denver Business Journal, Who’s Who in Energy, 2016-2017

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