Russell Hatten

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Denver, Colorado

Chalat Hatten & Banker PC
Russell Hatten
Chalat Hatten & Banker PC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Professional Liability; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1999

Education: Texas Tech University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2024
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Chalat Hatten & Banker PC

1600 Broadway Street
Suite 1920
Denver, CO 80202 Visit website


Russell Hatten is a partner of Chalat Hatten & Banker PC and has practiced in Colorado for over 23 years. He began his legal career as a litigator in Texas in 1986. In 1993, he was appointed to the bench as Municipal Judge for the City of Rowlett and as a County Magistrate for Dallas and Rockwall Counties in Texas. While on the bench, Mr. Hatten heard criminal misdemeanor cases. He also maintained a plaintiff's personal injury practice. He continued his plaintiffs' personal injury practice when he moved to Colorado and joined Chalat Hatten & Banker in 1999. He has used his judicial experience to good effect, having prevailed on behalf of numerous Colorado clients through settlements and jury verdicts.

Mr. Hatten is listed by 2022 Best Lawyers of America. He has been selected for the Colorado Super Lawyers list every year since 2008. He has also earned a "BV" (distinguished rating) by Martindale-Hubbell®, the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession. Attorneys with a BV® Distinguished™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® are those that have been recognized by their peers to be the best in both legal ability and ethical practice. He is a Master Member of the Rhone Brackett American Inn of Court. American Inns of Court (AIC) are designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar. An American Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, law professors, and law students.

Russell is available today and would like the opportunity to discuss your case: 303.861.1042

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Legal Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice - Other, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 80% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1986, Texas

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Representative Clients:
  • Nguyen, et al v. Karl Stecher, M.D., 2001
  • Former Olympic Athletes and Professional Skiers
  • Colorado Center on Deafness
  • People v. Rosen, Col. Sup. Ct., 1999
Educational Background:
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas - B.A. in Philosophy, Minor in Accounting, 1983
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Colorado, 1999
  • Member, American Inns of Court
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1999
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals , 2015
  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Rhone Brackett Inn of Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1988
  • Former Director, The New Beginnings Center
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Widow Sues for Jail House Suicide - The Colorado State Patrol arrested Terrance Jorenby for DUI.  The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office took custody and control of Mr. Jorenby in the Clear Creek County Jail.  The control technician in the jail failed to monitor the video feeds from inside the jail cell where Mr. Jorenby was being held. Mr. Jorenby tried unsuccessfully four times to hang the telephone cord around his neck and strangle himself after he was told that he could not have his psychiatric prescription anxiety and anti-depressant medication (Lexapro and Klonopin). He hung himself on his fifth attempt, and he remained hanging with the cord around his neck for at least 15 minutes before he was finally observed on the monitors. A confidential settlement was reached., 2010
  • Wrongful death action arising from a motor vehicle/pedestrian incident in Wyoming in August 2021 resulted in a $1,000,000 policy limits settlement in December 2021 followed by a $300,000 underinsured motorist settlement in 2022.  , 2021
  • Skier/skier collision at Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado in February 2020 resulted in a $1,000,000 policy limits settlement in October 2021. , 2021
  • Skier/skier collision on the Sandy Park trail at Snowmass Ski Resort in Colorado in 2018 resulted in a $675,000 in February 2020. , 2020
  • Skier/skier collision at Breckenridge Ski resort in Colorado in March 2020 resulted in a $175,000 settlement in January 2021.  , 2021
  • Motor vehicle collision in January 2020 in Adams County, Colorado resulted in a $375,000 settlement in March 2021.  , 2021
  • Skier/skier collision in February 2019 at Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Colorado resulted in a $195,000 settlement in April 2020. , 2020
  • Skier/skier collision at Beaver Creek Ski Resort in February 2021 resulted in a $300,000 policy limits settlement in January 2022., 2022
  • A motor vehicle collision in September 2021 in Douglas County, Colorado resulted in a $250,000 policy limits liability settlement followed by a $100,000 policy limits settlement of the client's underinsured motorist claim. , 2021
  • Motor vehicle collision in May 2018 in Denver resulted in a $200,000 settlement in November 2020., 2020
  • Skier/snowboarder collision on the Flapjack trail at Vail in March 2019. Case settled for $120,000 in February 2020.  , 2020
  • Skier/snowboarder collision at Breckenridge Ski area in Colorado in January 2022. Received $301,000 policy limits settlement in July 2022., 2022
  • Motor vehicle collision in August 2017 settled for $150,000 in August 2021.  , 2021
  • Skier/skier collision at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah in March 2021 settled for $120,000. , 2022
  • Skier/skier collision on the Simba trail at Vail in February 2020. Settled the case prior to trial for $235,000. , 2021
  • Skier/snowboarder collision on the Last Alamo trail at Keystone in January 2020. Received $200,000 settlement in January 2021. , 2021
  • Relatively low speed motor vehicle collision in February 2020. Minor damage to client's vehicle. Received $250,000 policy limits settlement from the liability insurance carrier in May 2022. , 2022
  • Skier/skier collision at Aspen Mountain in January 2022. Received $501,000 policy limits settlement in July 2022., 2022
  • Skier/skier collision at Vail ski resort in March 2022. Received $300,000 policy limits settlement in June 2022., 2022
  • Damages In Accidental Shooting - A young man accidentally shot our client in the face.  The bullet went through our client's upper lip just below his nose and destroyed his maxilla, three front teeth, hard palate, and soft palate, before being lodged in the muscle tissue next to the C1 and C2 vertabrae in his spine.  We brought a civil action against the shooter.  The shooter vigorously contested the claims but, after considerable discovery and depositions, the shooter and his insurance carrier paid a confidential amount to resolve the case., 2008
  • Truck v. Pedestrian - Our client was a pedestria and a waste truck backed into him. The collision caused him to fall over. The waste truck continued backing up and injured our client's feet and shoulders. Our client's shoulder was surgically repaired. The case settled for $300,000. , 2011
  • Skier/Snowboarder Collision at Telluride - On December 20, 2009,  Mrs. Chris Docksey (skier) and Taylor Janda (snowboarder) collided at a high rate of speed on the Village Bypass ski trail at Telluride Ski Resort. Ms. Janda disputed liability. Mrs. Docksey suffered a significant left elbow/arm fracture, a left knee injury, and a significant left shoulder injury, all requiring surgery. Additionally, she was left with permanent sequelae and the potential of requiring a knee replacement in the future. Her medical expenses totalled approximately $160,000. Mrs. Docksey also had constant and persistent pain in the area of her left shoulder blade. The case settled on the eve of trial for $700,000.00., 2013
  • Car vs. Gravel Truck - This case involved a high speed collision between a commercial truck and a passenger car. Our firm represented the driver of the passenger car. The impact injured the passenger car driver’s lower back and right foot, and caused a traumatic brain injury. After months of conservative treatment, the driver ultimately had to have two of the discs in his lower back (L3-L4) fused. A brain MRI showed deficits in categories for attention, concentration, learning, and memory. The case was complicated because approximately thirteen years before the passenger/truck collision, the driver had sustained serious back injuries (resulting in surgery) in a helicopter crash while working in conjunction with the U.S. military. The insurance company settled the case shortly before trial for $400,000., 2009
  • Ski-Snowboard Collision Results in $73,750 Settlement - Our client was skiing at Vail Ski Resort in Colorado in February 2011. A snowboarder collided into our client, causing our client to suffer a left wrist fracture needing surgical repair. We brought an action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (Case #1:11CV00881-RPM-CBS) against the snowboarder. The case settled for $73,750.00., 2011
  • Douglas County Employee Hits Bicyclist - On July 26, 2012, Ronald Schwenkler was riding his bicycle on Perry Park Road in Douglas County (CO), when a 1996 GMC truck driven by an employee of the Douglas County School District, attempted to pass Mr. Schwenkler. The side mirrors on the passenger side of the truck struck him, knocking him off of his bicycle and onto the ground. He injured both of his shoulders and his left knee; all injuries required surgical repair. Since the truck driver was acting in the course and scope of his employment, the claim was against the Douglas County School District, a governmental entity, and capped by statute at $150,000. Mr. Schwenkler maintained an automobile insurance policy that had a $100,000 underinsurance (UIM) provision. The case settled for the collective limits of $250,000 ($150,000 from the Douglas County School District and $100,000 in UIM benefits)., 2013
  • Nursing Home Wrongful Death - Widow brought suit against Alpine Living Center for negligence in late March and early April 2007. Her husband, aged 84, was in the care of the nursing home when it was discovered that his catheter was clamped for an extended period of time resulting in a UTI which ultimately killed him. The case settled the week before trial for a confidential amount., 2010
  • Medical Malpractice Involving Fentanyl - Our client was a widower, whose wife died after being prescribed a fentanyl patch following a tonsillectomy. The cause of death was fentanyl intoxication as a result of the fentanyl patch. Shortly before the case was scheduled to begin a jury trial, the doctor and medical malpractice insurance carrier resolved the claim for a confidential settlement amount., 2011
  • High Speed Tractor Trailer Crash Results in Traumatic Brain Injury - A tractor trailer traveling at about 75 mph rear ended our client’s vehicle on I-76 at about 11:30 p.m. Our client was driving a 24-foot rental truck with an auto transport rig in tow. The top recommended speed for client’s rig and tow was 45 MPH. The tractor trailer driver alleged that he did not see the tail lights of the truck or of the auto tow. The force of the collision pushed our client’s truck and trailer off of the highway, across the median, across oncoming traffic and into a field. The tractor of the semi came to rest occupying our client’s driver’s compartment. Emergency personnel removed our client through the passenger door and transported him to the emergency room.   Our client sustained a traumatic brain injury. We filed the case in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. The defendant claimed that our client was at fault for driving too slow (45 mph) and for not having tail lights. We subpoenaed the driver’s NTSB log book and determined that the driver had made double entries on the days prior to the collision. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes national regulations for maximum driving time and on-duty time for drivers of commercial tractor trailers. From the driver’s bills of lading, and cargo records, we proved that he had driven many more hours in the two days prior to the accident than he noted in his driving log and that federal law permitted, supporting our claim that the driver’s fatigue caused the accident. The insurer for the trucking company paid a confidential amount to settle the case before trial., 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • School Advisory Council Member for Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, 2011
  • School Advisory Council Member for Mountain Ridge Middle School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, 2011
  • Pro Bono Program, Denver Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Homeowners Association at Highlands Ranch Golf Club in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, 2011
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter, Pain Medication: Traps for the Patient and Lawyer, Annual Convention, Colorado Trial Lawyers Assoc., 2012
  • The Top 100 Trials Lawyers - Colorado, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Best Law Firms: Tier 1, Plaintiffs' Personal Injury Litigation, U.S. News and World Report, 2017
  • The Top 100 Trials Lawyers - Colorado, (2013,2015), The National Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America , Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review: BV Rating(2015-Present), is the maximum rating a lawyer can achieve after admission to the bar for five to nine years, indicating high to very high legal ability and the highest ethics.  The Peer Review Rating process, evaluates lawyers in the US and Canada. A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating attests to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary. 
  • Super Lawyer (2010- Present), 5280 Maagzine
Industry Groups:
  • AAJ
  • ABA
  • CBA
  • CTLA

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“A brilliant and creative lawyer who gets superlative marks from his clients. Always available, sensitive and caring toward his clients.”

“Former judge, excellent demeanor, excellent negotiator. Strong writing and courtroom skills.”

“Russell brings incredible experience, skill and energy to each of his cases, acting as lead attorney on serious personal injury matters.”

Office location for Russell Hatten

1600 Broadway Street
Suite 1920
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-898-3987


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