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Christopher Toll


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

Clients trust Chris Toll to help them navigate complex commercial litigation and bet-the-company cases. 

Chris’s trial practice concentrates in two areas: general commercial and trade secrets/covenants not to compete.

Extensive Courtroom Experience. Chris has successfully tried numerous jury trials, bench trials, preliminary injunction hearings, and commercial arbitrations. He is a Fellow of the highly selective American College of Trial Lawyers.

Professional recognition. In 2014, Benchmark Litigation stated about Chris, “If you have a bet-the-company case, he’s the kind of person you want on your side.” He has been similarly recognized for his client service and litigation results in a wide range of additional peer-review publications.


General Commercial

Chris represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial and business tort cases, including those involving:

  • Asset and stock purchase agreements
  • Sales contracts
  • Computer software license agreements
  • Patent licenses
  • Processing agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation
  • Interference with contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
Trade Secrets/Covenants Not To Compete

Chris prosecutes and defends cases involving:

  • Trade secrets / Covenants not to compete
  • Non-solicitation agreements
  • Other claims relating to departing employees

He has developed a procedural specialty in obtaining and defending temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in this category of cases.

Client Results

General Commercial
  • Obtained a $1.7 million jury verdict, including $525,000 in punitive damages, in a federal court trial for fraudulent concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract.

  • Obtained defense verdict after two-week federal court jury trial for $22 million involving claims of fraud and breach of a computer software license agreement.

  • Obtained partial summary judgment dismissing $32 million in claimed lost-profits damages.

  • Served as bank counsel in receivership of $25 million agricultural operation.

  • Obtained an $800,000 American Arbitration Association award following a week-long hearing concerning fraud in the sale of a business.

  • Successfully defended counterclaims for breach of fiduciary duty in a week-long jury trial; award of all attorneys' fees affirmed on appeal.

  • Obtained defense verdict in two-week federal court jury trial for alleged abuse of process.

  • Successfully defended claim for alleged breach of patent license agreement in two-week federal court bench trial.

  • Obtained preliminary injunction preventing opposing party from terminating sale of goods contract with client.

  • Obtained two arbitration awards for partnership in health care industry awarding liquidated damages for competition.

  • Obtained defense award following week-long trial concerning alleged violations of Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act.

  • Obtained preliminary injunction preventing termination of asset purchase agreement for conveyance of telecommunication assets.

Trade Secrets/Covenants Not-to-Compete
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction that closed the business of a company misappropriating client's trade secret product designs and business strategies.

  • Obtained two preliminary injunctions drastically limiting a competitor's ability to raid client's employees.

  • Obtained temporary restraining order in state court preventing breach of customer non-solicitation covenant and misappropriation of trade secret customer list.

  • Obtained temporary restraining order in state court enforcing noncompete provision.

  • Obtained denial of preliminary injunction in federal court concerning alleged violation of covenant not to compete and misappropriation of trade secrets in government contracts industry.

  • Obtained ex-parte temporary restraining order in federal court for misappropriation of thousands of trade secret computer records.




Bar Admissions


  • Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Banking and Finance – Denver, 2018, 2021, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, 2011-2023; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2023
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2006, 2009-2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, "Top 100 Lawyers," 2020-2022
  • 5280 Magazine Top Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, 2020-2022
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book, Commercial Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2013-2023
  • Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition, Commercial Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent® Rating

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Board of Directors, 2007-2009
  • Dartmouth Lawyers' Association, President, 2004-2006; Board Member, 2006-present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member

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