David S. Chipman

David S. Chipman

Chipman Glasser, LLC

Recognized since 2018

Denver, Colorado

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

Litigation - Real Estate

Real Estate Law

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Mr. Chipman is admitted to practice in Colorado and Illinois. He specializes in complex commercial litigation as well as real estate, construction, and lender disputes. As a trusted counselor and a zealous advocate, Mr. Chipman tackles complex and difficult issues in a cost-effective way. He has over two decades of trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts and in alternative venues such as arbitration.

Before becoming a founding member of Chipman Glasser, Mr. Chipman was an associate and shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck from 1996 to 2011. Before then, he practiced with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Following law school, he completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable J. Thomas Greene of the United States District Court for the District of Utah.


• Commercial Litigation:

  • Assisted the owner of a Colorado-based computer cabling company in a complex buy-out dispute with a California-based LLC member.
  • Assisted a Colorado-based health plan company in defending against RICO and ERISA claims brought as a class action.
  • Defended a U.S. citizen in a state-court dispute involving both the operation of a Costa Rican beach resort and the ownership of ranch property in Colorado.
  • Assisted an Idaho-based cattle producer in prosecuting fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract claims against a Colorado-based feedlot owner.
  • Assisted a Colorado-based bison producer in prosecuting breach of contract claims against an out-of-state bison seller who failed to deliver the promised animals.
  • Defended a Texas-based business in contract and fraud litigation involving the sale of over 100 dry clean stores in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
  • Prosecuted in Colorado state court and in Arizona bankruptcy court an abuse of process, tortious interference, and defamation claim against perpetrators from Arizona and California.
  • Assisted a Canadian-based mining equipment manufacturer in resolving environmental contribution claims relating surrounding a Denver manufacturing facility.

• Construction:

  • Assists on an on-going basis a Mexican-based cement and basic materials company, along with its U.S. affiliates, by providing construction project and business counsel, and litigation representation.
  • Assisted a Colorado-based resort community in prosecuting (through bankruptcy) a claim for violation of Colorado’s contractor trust fund statute.
  • Assisted an Ohio-based concrete subcontractor in prosecuting payment claims involving the construction of the Asian Tropics project at the Denver Zoo.
  • Assisted a Denver hotel in contract and excessive lien claims arising from a hotel-wide renovation project.

Real Estate Litigation/Foreclosure:

  • Assisted two Texas-based companies in coordinating, resolving, and prosecuting various tenant-in-common and foreclosure disputes relating to a 6,500 acre parcel of land near Denver International Airport.
  • Assisted a Denver-based health plan company, as a tenant, in enforcing lease rights involving office space in two office buildings along 17th Street in Denver.
  • Assisted a Colorado ranch owner in resolving easement and other disputes relating to a disputed irrigation dam across the Rio Grande River.
  • Assisted mountain landowners in enforcing the termination of disputed easement and bridge rights across the South Platte River.
  • Assisted a New York-based private lender in prosecuting the foreclosure of the Pueblo Shopping Mall in Pueblo, Colorado.
  • Assisted a New York-based lender in prosecuting the foreclosure of resort property in Breckenridge, Colorado.


  • “Loan Sale Seminar,” CLE Panelist, Denver, Colorado, April 2011
  • “Drafting and Enforcing Commercial Leases: Tenant Defenses,” CLE, Speaker, Denver, Colorado, January 2008
  • Mechanic’s Liens & Foreclosures 101” CLE, Speaker, Denver, Colorado, June 2008
  • “Homeowner Protection Act of 2007: HB1336,” Brownstein Real Estate Client Alert, April 2007.
  • “New Act Affects Pro Rata Liability of Construction Professionals: Senate Bill 07-087,” Brownstein Real Estate Client Alert, April 2007.


  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Associate (1996-2001), Shareholder (2001-2011)
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Associate (1993-1996)
  • Law Clerk, Honorable J. Thomas Greene, United States District Court, District of Utah (1992-1993)

Contact & Links


  • Tower One, Suite 7500
    2000 Colorado Boulevard
    Denver, CO 80222

Chipman Glasser, LLC
Headquarters: Denver, Colorado

2 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law


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