Christopher Koupal

Christopher Koupal

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Denver, CO

Parker Lipman, LLP
 | 3200 Cherry Creek South Dr., Suite 250
Denver, CO 80209
Phone: 720-638-9424
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Chris Koupal is Of Counsel to Parker Lipman, LLP, where his practice concentrates on civil trial work, with an emphasis on automobile accidents, ski and snowboard accidents, medical and legal malpractice and premises liability.

Chris has repeatedly been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. Martindale-Hubble recognizes Chris’s skills with an “AV-Preeminent” rating, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards based upon a lengthy peer review process. Chris has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” by Colorado Super Lawyers / 5280 Magazine.  Chris has been named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Colorado by The National Trial Lawyers for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2012, Chris was named “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers.

Chris is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, where he is the co-founder and co-chair of the AAJ Ski Area Litigation Group. He is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court.  Chris regularly writes and speaks on issues related to personal injury, ski accident and medical malpractice litigation.

A Colorado native, Chris graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Denver College of Law. While in law school, Chris served as a member and a general editor for the Denver University Law Review.  

Chris is proud to give his time and serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Havern School, a school for children with learning disabilities in Littleton, CO.  He enjoys spending time in the Colorado outdoors camping and skiing with his wife and his three children.

About Christopher Koupal

Admitted: 2004, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://parkerlipman.com/about-us/christopher-koupal/

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers In America, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Colorado, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Award, 2013
  • "Top 40 under 40", The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Harold M. Wendy Memorial Scholar, University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mr. Koupal serves on the Board of Trustees for Havern School, a school providing a specialized education program for elementary and middle school students with diagnosed learning disabilities.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Medical Malpractice Cases – Practical Advice and Winning Strategies,” Colorado Bar Association CLE, March 2013, Co-Chair and Presenter, 2013
  • Lawyers’ Professional Liability In Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice And Disciplinary Actions, Continuing Legal Education In Colorado, Inc., 2010, 2011, 2012, Author, Disqualification of Counsel, 2013
  • Eagle Scout, BSA
  • Director / Volunteer Coordinator, H.E.A.R. HIgh School Peer Mediation Program - Skyview High School, 2001 - 2003
  • CRS § 10-1-135 and the Changing Face of Subrogation Claims in Colorado, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2011
  • Speaker, "The Basics of Ski Law", The Colorado Association of Professional Paralegals and Legal Assistants, 2006
  • Speaker, "Professional Liability Issues for Litigators: Disqualification of Counsel", CBA CLE, 2010
  • Presenter, "The Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case" – Denver School of Nursing, November, 2011
  • Speaker, "Review and Analysis of CRS § 10-1-135 - Recent Changes in Colorado Law Regarding Subrogation Claims in Personal Injury Cases", Colorado Bar Association CLE, December, 2011
  • Speaker, "10-1-135 In Action", Subrogation Seminar, Colorado Trail Lawyers Association CLE, March 2012
  • Ski Law in Colorado: The Timorous No Longer Stay At Home No. 2, 2002., The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 31.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Fellow Ski Student Collision Causes Pelvic Fracture - On February 8, 2012, B.P. was enrolled in a ski class at Taos Ski Valley in Taos, New Mexico. The class was navigating a series of small rollers in a terrain park when another member of the class lost control and collided into B.P. from behind, fracturing her pelvis in multiple places. Because the pelvic fractures were located in the lower pelvis near the nerve systems for the bladder, B.P. also suffered from nerve damage resulting in urinary dysfunction. Despite several months of rehabilitation, B.P. still had complaints of residual pain and her treating orthopedist indicated that she would likely have permanent limitations. The urologic complications were also expected to be permanent, although various treatment options were available to B.P. that would help control her symptoms. Total medical expenses were $56,000.00. The case settled prior to filing a lawsuit for $325,000.00., 2013
  • Fellow Ski Student Collision Causes Pelvic Fracture - On February 8, 2012, B.P. was enrolled in a ski class at Taos Ski Valley in Taos, New Mexico. The class was navigating a series of small rollers in a terrain park when another member of the class lost control and collided into B.P. from behind, fracturing her pelvis in multiple places. Because the pelvic fractures were located in the lower pelvis near the nerve systems for the bladder, B.P. also suffered from nerve damage resulting in urinary dysfunction. Despite several months of rehabilitation, B.P. still had complaints of residual pain and her treating orthopedist indicated that she would likely have permanent limitations. The urologic complications were also expected to be permanent, although various treatment options were available to B.P. that would help control her symptoms. Total medical expenses were $56,000.00. The case settled prior to filing a lawsuit for $325,000.00., 2013
  • Stationary Skier Knocked Over - On February 27, 2013, Robert Brown, age 76, was stopped on the side of the Spruce run at Breckenridge Ski Area when another skier came from uphill and ran over the back of Mr. Brown’s ski equipment, causing him to fall over on his right side. Mr. Brown sustained multiple right-sided pelvic fractures with internal bleeding. Due to the presence of internal bleeding, Mr. Brown had to be evacuated from Summit County to a Denver-area hospital where he was hospitalized for 10 days. Mr. Brown’s total medical expenses were $75,000.00. The case settled for $175,000.00 shortly after a lawsuit was filed in Summit County District Court., 2013
  • Punitive Damages for Dangerous Hotel Shower - A Denver jury awarded $240,400 to Ms. Carol Wilson, who slipped and fell in her hotel bathtub at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver, formerly the Adams Mark, resulting in a thoracic vertebrae fracture. Ms. Wilson’s bathroom shower was not equipped with a slip-resistant bathmat, a slip-resistant surface or a safety bar., 2009
  • TBI Victim Suffers $1.1 Million Loss - Assistant principal at an Aurora middle school slipped in a puddle of glycol which had been leaking from the ceiling of a classroom. The glycol was leaking from a pipe in the ceiling, which had recently been installed as a part of a retrofit of the school’s entire HVAC system. Our client fell, striking her head first on the edge of a large, wooden teacher’s desk, and then on the tile floor. She suffered a traumatic brain injury. Claims were filed against the mechanical engineering firm who designed the HVAC system and the mechanical company who installed the system. The matter settled for a confidential amount weeks before trial., 2009
  • $10.1 Million Medical Malpractice Virdict - member of trial team that obtained jury verdict for minor suffering traumatic brain injury following delay by his pediatrician in treating symptoms of brain tumor., 2007

Educational Background:

  • University of Colorado, B.A. in Sociology, 1999

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • ABA
  • CBA
  • CTLA
  • The National Trial Lawyers
Office Location for Christopher Koupal

3200 Cherry Creek South Dr.
Suite 250
Denver, CO 80209

 

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Last Updated: 6/19/2018

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