J. Christopher Elliott

Bachus & Schanker, LLC
1899 Wynkoop Street
Suite 700
Denver, CO 80202

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