Evan P. Banker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Denver, CO

Chalat Hatten & Banker PC
 | 1600 Broadway Street, Suite 1920
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-861-1042
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Evan joined Chalat Hatten & Banker as an associate after his admission to the Colorado Bar, and as a partner in 2012. Since joining the firm, Mr. Banker has secured numerous successful settlements for his clients, and where settlement was not possible, verdicts in his clients’ favor. He was second chair in one of the largest auto/pedestrian verdicts in Colorado history.

As an attorney with Chalat Hatten & Banker, Denver, Colorado, Evan Banker has gained extensive courtroom experience. His practice with the firm emphasizes ski and other recreational accidents, professional malpractice, and automobile and commercial trucking collisions.

Mr. Banker earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he represented low-income plaintiffs in the school’s legal clinic and competed in ABA sponsored national appellate advocacy competitions, receiving special recognition for his writing. Before graduating, he gained experience working with the Hon. Robert S. Hyatt and with a major Denver civil defense firm.

His excellence as an advocate has been recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers, being placed on the 2009 - 2016 list of Rising Stars, and as The National Trial Lawyers "Top 40 Under 40."

Born and raised in New Jersey, Mr. Banker is an avid skier and is grateful to be able to incorporate his love of Colorado’s mountain sports with his passion for representing his clients. 

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%)

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

Rising Stars: 2010 - 2017

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About Evan Banker

Admitted: 2007, Colorado

Professional Webpage: www.chalatlaw.com/about-chalat-hatten-banker/meet-the-team/e...

Honors and Awards:

  • Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Award, 2013
  • Top 40 under 40 is a new professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40., Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • The Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Colorado, Member, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Continental Divide Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2007
  • Colorado, 2007

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mr. Banker accepts pro bono referrals and appointments from Metro Volunteer Lawyers, and from judges where the client is ineligible for public defender assistance, but would face substantial financial hardship from attorney fees, or there are other exigent circumstances 

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Recreational Waivers in Colorado: It's all fun and games 'til someone loses an eye, then it's a dispositive motion, Colorado Bar Association/CLE, 2012
  • Author, Subrogation Rights of Health Plans Established Under ERISA, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2012, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Panelist, Emerging Issues in Ski, Snowboarding and Resort Law, Vermont Law School, 2012
  • Co-author, Avalanche Liability Law & Ski Law in the United States, SKILEX, 2008
  • Speaker, Vermont Law School Panel on Emerging Issues in Ski, Snowboarding and Resort Law, March 2012

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Doctor Rear-Ended at Stoplight  - A.S., a medical doctor, was rear-ended at a stop light. Several months after the collision, she was diagnosed with a torn hip labrum requiring surgical repair, and had ongoing chest pain of uncertain origin which was consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome. The at-fault driver’s insurance company declared the collision to be a minor impact, and suggested Dr. S’s injuries were not caused by the collision. It offered Dr. S $17,000.00. Dr. S came to Chalat Hatten & Banker shortly before her statute of limitations was about to expire. Mr. Banker proved that both the labral tear and the thoracic outlet were caused by the collision and recovered every dollar of available insurance – $200,000.00 – for Dr. S., 2013
  • Bagel Stand Falls on Customer - N.A., a customer at a local big-box store, pulled a bag from a bag dispenser to fill with a dozen bagels. Instead of releasing one bag, the entire bag dispenser, a solid galvanized steel mechanism which was not secured to the table on which it sat, toppled onto N.A., crushing her thumb. The broken bone in the knuckle required a surgical repair, which subsequently became infected, and a complicated course of antibiotic therapy followed. N.A. developed a rare, but well-known side effect from the medications, and suffered a permanent balance impairment as a result. Chalat Hatten & Banker PC successfully held the retailer responsible for all of the consequences of its failure to secure the bag dispenser, and secured a $250,000.00 settlement for our client., 2013
  • Pedestrian Struck Crossing Major Thoroughfare - Catherine Notyce worked as a child support enforcement technician for the City of Denver Human Services Department since 1992.  On an October afternoon, she and a co-worker went walking for lunch, and attempted to cross Federal Blvd. at W. 12th Ave.  There is no crosswalk at the intersection.  Ms. Notyce and her companion crossed the northbound side of Federal safely into the center two-way turn lane and waited there for southbound traffic to clear.  While they were waiting, Mr. Villarreal, an elderly gentleman driving with vision restrictions turned northbound from W. 12th Ave into the center two-way turn lane on Federal, and into Ms. Notyce, fracturing her pelvis. Mr. Villarreal’s insurance company denied liability, and argued that Ms. Notyce was at fault for the collision because she had crossed a major thoroughfare without using the crosswalk available at the next major intersection, 50-100 yards to the north.  Chalat Hatten & Banker was able to secure payment of all available insurance for Ms. Notyce., 2013
  • Aspen SkiCo Weiner Roast Causes Lift Accident - This case involved a lift loading accident at the base of the Deep Temerity bowl in Aspen Highlands.  Ryan Bradley, a Basalt Middle School teacher, outdoorsman and expert skier, was in line to board the Deep Temerity lift on a snowy Presidents’ Day weekend.  The lift attendants were grilling hot dogs and passing them out to the crowd.  Approximately 15 minutes earlier, the Deep Temerity lift was stopped and a chair was rigged with a support structure to evacuate an injured skier in a toboggan.  The lift attendants had forgotten that the chair with the metal rig attached would be returning to the lift loading area.  The chair, unfit for use, rounded the bull wheel and struck Mr. Bradley, tearing his shoulder (labrum). Aspen moved for summary judgment, arguing that the waiver contained in the season pass agreement that Mr. Bradley had signed barred the claim. Chalat Hatten & Banker PC successfully argued that the waiver was ineffective based upon the facts of the case, and further won the court’s permission to seek exemplary (punitive) damages against Aspen. After the court’s rulings, the case was settled on confidential terms.  , 2012
  • Mr. Banker assisted in the 2010 trial in which the judge awarded $18.5 Million to our client, a victim of drunk driving accident., 2010
  • Mr. Banker co-chaired a premise liability trial in which the jury awarded damages plus $100,000 in punitive damages against the defendant hotel. , 2009
  • Jury Awards $240,000 in Dangerous Hotel Slip & Fall - A Denver jury awarded $240,418.23 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.   Due to the negligence of the Adams Mark, 8 other guests were seriously injured from slipping and falling in the hotel bathtubs in the 5 month period leading up to Ms. Wilson’s injury. Some of the other guests were so severely injured that they had to be taken by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center. One was knocked unconscious. Despite an admitted five months of knowledge that 200 hotel bathtubs were unsafe, the Sheraton continued to rent the rooms. Evidence in the case showed the cost of slip-resistant bath mats to be between $7.00 and $17.00 each. The Denver jury’s verdict included $100,000.00 in punitive damages, finding the Sheraton acted willfully and wantonly, with reckless disregard to the safety of others. The jury also awarded $55,418.23 for lost wages and medical expenses, $50,000.00 for physical impairment, and $35,000.00 for pain and suffering.  The Sheraton hotel made a statutory offer of settlement in the amount of $13,000.00, prior to trial. After the Plaintiff rested her case, Sheraton’s insurance claims adjuster increased its settlement offer to $65,000.00., 2009                          
  • Cow Palace Doorstop Causes Fall - Client was a guest at the Cow Place Inn in Lamar Colorado. As he entered the hotel, he fell over a rock which staff had placed as a doorstop. He rolled his ankle and suffered a bimalleolar fracture requiring surgical repair. The Cow Palace denied liability but settled before the case was filed for $50,000.00
  • Assisted, or had primary responsibility for, multiple six-figure settlements in skier/skier, skier/snowboarder collision cases; Sole responsibility for achieving settlement of a soft-tissue injury motor vehicle collision with no discernable pathology in diagnostic imaging for approximately $42,000.00.  Medical bills in the case were less than $6,000.00

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.A., 2003
Office Location for Evan P. Banker

1600 Broadway Street
Suite 1920
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-861-1042

 

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Last Updated: 12/12/2016

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