J. Christopher  Elliott

Bachus & Schanker, LLC
Bachus & Schanker, LLC
1899 Wynkoop St Ste 700
DenverCO 80202
(303) 893-9800

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, he spends his time taking personal injury, auto accident and drunken driving cases to trial to help clients obtain compensation for their injuries.

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.


  • Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award of Academic Excellence for "Conflict of Laws", 2002

Practice Specialities

  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Semi-truck Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Victims
  • Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Wrongful Death


  • 2006, Florida
  • 2009, Colorado
  • 2009, Washington, D.C.


  • Law School: Oklahoma City University School of Law, J.D. 2004
  • College: University of Florida, B.A. in History, 2001


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
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