J. Christopher Elliott, Personal Injury and Mass Tort Attorney
As a medical doctor and a counselor, Chris Elliott’s parents had a passion for helping people. Influenced by this, the former history major chose to study law instead of business. In his sophomore year of college, Chris made a conscious decision to pursue a meaningful career over a vocation driven solely for profit.
Chris’s first interaction with Bachus & Schanker, LLC was as a legal intern, when he provided pro-bono services through the Trial Lawyers Care Program in 2002. He helped represent first responders injured in the line of duty during the 9/11 attacks in New York. Chris worked on a case involving a firefighter, who sustained career-ending injuries that prevented him from supporting his family. He worked diligently with Bachus & Schanker, LLC’s legal team to win a multimillion-dollar settlement for the victim and his family. Chris and the team stay in touch with the client, whose New York City firefighter helmet is proudly displayed in the firm’s Wynkoop office.
After graduating from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2004, Chris worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Naples, FL. As a prosecutor, Mr. Elliott was lead counsel on a number of cases taken to trial. His experience prosecuting DUI cases has lead to his dedication in helping victims of Drunk Driving obtain compensation for their injuries.
In 2009, he formally joined Bachus & Schanker, LLC as an attorney. While he finds every case and every story to be different, his goal remains the same: to even the playing field for his clients so that justice can be served. By 2013, Chris has been named equity partner. Today, Mr. Elliott spends his time litigating both personal injury
and mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device cases. Mr. Elliott is also the managing attorney over the Mass Tort Department at the firm.
While all cases are important to Chris, some have become personal victories. In November 2013, a woman approached him in great need of representation for her 15-year-old son who suffered injuries due to a poorly assembled zip line. The boy’s mother was in desperate need of covering medical expenses as the at fault party’s insurance company’s compensation was no where near what was needed. Chris knew the insurance company was not being forthright in compensating the young man’s injuries and decided to help. He ended up winning the case, and the young man and his family found closure and moved on with their lives.
In 2014, the Denver Business Journal selected Chris as on of the Top 40 under 40 professionals for his business success and community contributions. He received similar recognition from the National Trial Lawyers Association for three consecutive years. Additionally, the American Society of Legal Advocates named Chris as one of its “top 100 litigation lawyers” in Colorado in 2013.
Chris serves on the Bachus & Schanker, LLC Cares Foundation board, and donates his time and funds to support groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Dolls for Daughters and many other organizations the foundation supports.
Medical Device Litigation
Plaintiffs Personal Injury
Automobile Accidents and Injuries
Drunk Driving Victims
Uninsured Motorist Claims
Insurance Bad Faith
Law School:Oklahoma City University School of Law, J.D. 2004
College:University of Florida, B.A. in History, 2001
2009, Washington, D.C.
Colorado Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
Awards, Publications, Seminars
Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award of Academic Excellence for “Conflict of Laws”, 2002
Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Life Member, Best Attorneys of America
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Mass Tort National Trial Lawyers top 25
Denver Business Journal Top 40 Under 40
Member, American Society of Legal Advocates
American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Litigation Lawyers
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