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Chris Little is an Equity Shareholder with Montgomery Little & Soran.  His practice is focused on complex civil litigation with an emphasis in professional liability defense.  Mr. Little represents attorneys, accountants, architects, real estate agents/brokers, and general contractors in malpractice actions before state and federal courts.  Mr. Little also represents attorneys before the Colorado Supreme Court and its Attorney Regulation Committee.

In 2005-2006, Mr. Little served as President of the Denver Bar Association and President of the Board of the Colorado Defense Lawyer Association.  Mr. Little has also served in the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2002-2008), as a member of the ABA Lawyers Professional Liability Consortium, as a member of the ABLPL Committee (2006-2008), and currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association Professional Liability Committee.  He regularly lectures and publishes in the area of risk management and the avoidance of lawyers’ professional liability claims.

Mr. Little is actively involved in various community affairs and philanthropic activities.  He is the past chairperson of the Colorado Bar Association’s Public Law Education Committee.  In December 2002, Mr. Little was awarded the Richard Marden Davis Award, an award given by the Denver Bar Association and the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs to a lawyer whose practice combines professional excellence and civic responsibility.  In 2001, he was also awarded as the Denver Bar Association’s Volunteer Attorney of the Year and received the 40 UNDER 40 Award given by the Denver Business Journal.  Mr. Little has received the highest “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell since 2001 and has been recognized every year since 2007 by Colorado Super Lawyers, an honor given to no more than 5% of attorneys in Colorado.  

Wood Ris: The Colorado Supreme Court reaffirmed the strict privity rule, confirming that where non-clients are concerned, an attorney’s liability is generally limited to the narrow set of circumstances in which the attorney has committed fraud or a malicious or tortious act, including negligent misrepresentation.

Bewley v Semler:  The Colorado Supreme Court reconfirmed that the third-party beneficiary claims against attorneys are treated differently. The Court recognized that at common law an attorney is not responsible for an injury to a third person arising out of the attorney-client representation. Recognizing the holding in Baker v. Wood Ris & Hames, the Court adhered to “the ‘strict privity rule,’ which precludes attorney liability to nonclients absent fraud, malicious conduct, or negligent misrepresentation.” This rule “protects the sanctity of and duties and protections inherent in the attorney-client relationship”

LeHouillier v Gallegos:  The Colorado Supreme Court held that clients who sue their attorneys for malpractice bear the burden of showing the judgment in the underlying suit was collectible. Justice Marquez, writing for the court, held that proving collectibility is consistent with the traditional tort law requirements that typically require a plaintiff to prove all the elements of a negligence claim.

1987     J.D.
University of Denver College of Law

1985     B.A.
University of Colorado

Wood Ris by Christopher B. Little

Bewley v Semler by Christopher B. Little

LeHouillier v Gallegos by Christopher B. Little

Whoops-Legal Malpractice Prevention by David C. Little/Christopher B. Little

Presenter, Malpractice Insurance Basics, Colorado Bar Association (February 2017)

Presenter, Lawyers Professional Liability, Trends in Transactional Malpractice Claims, Preventing Legal Malpractice, CLE CO (January 2017)

Presenter, Insurance/Risk Management, Boulder County Bar Association (December 2016)

Presenter, Breaking Bad Habits, Attorney Misconduct and Attorney Regulation, Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association (December 2014)

Presenter, Malpractice Insurance Coverage: What’s In Your Policy? Preventing Legal Malpractice Risk Management, CBA CLE (2011) 

Presenter, Lawyers Professional Liability, Preventing Legal Malpractice, CLE Inc. (2011)

Presenter, What To Do When You’ve Been Sued And Grieved, CLE Inc. (December 2008)

Presenter, Double Trouble: Defending Concurrent Disciplinary Actions and Legal Malpractice Suits, Fall 2007 ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference (September 2007)

Presenter, Risk Management Topics, Preventing Legal Malpractice Series, CBA (January 2006, February 2006)

Presenter, Denver Bar Association-Coffee Talk Program, addressing non-profit board involvement, expectations and obligations (February 2006)

Presenter, Boulder County Bar Association, addressing lawyers’ liability for legal malpractice and the rules of professional conduct (2006)

Presenter, Denver Bar Association-Coffee Talk Program, addressing ethics in settlement negotiations (2005)

Presenter, Summit County Bar Association, addressing lawyers’ liability for legal malpractice and the rules of professional conduct (2004)

Presenter, El Paso County Bar Association, addressing lawyers’ liability for legal malpractice and the rules of professional conduct (2004)

Presenter, ABA Lawyers’ Professional Liability Committee, on Ethics, Model Rules and Malpractice Issues (2003)

Presenter, Boulder County Bar Association, addressing lawyers’ liability for legal malpractice and the rules of professional conduct (2003)

Presenter, CBA-Tuesday at the Bar, addressing lawyers’ liability for legal malpractice and the rules of professional conduct (2002)

Presenter, Annual Seminar on Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims, CLE CO (2001)

Author, Whoops:  What to Do—A Third Party is Paying My Client’s Fees, 42 The Colorado Lawyer 111 (August 2013)

Author, Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, Third Ed., Risk Management Chapter 13 (Michael T. Mihm, ed., CLE in Colo., Inc.) (supplement as needed and as recently as January 2017)

Author, Whoops: I suggested my client borrow money to finance the lawsuit: What Could Go Wrong? 40 The Colorado Lawyer 69 (April 2011)

Author, Zubulake and the Duty To Preserve Electronically Stored Data, 37 The Colorado Lawyer 95 (September 2008)

Author, Claims of Professional Misconduct: What to Do When You’ve Been Grieved and Sued, 37 The Colorado Lawyer 65 (June 2008)

Author, Learn From My Experiences, The Docket (June 2006)

Author, Just Say No To Judicial Term Limits, The Docket (May 2006)

Author, Merit System Celebrates 40 Years, The Docket (March 2006)

Author, Give Back This Holiday Season, The Docket (December 2005)

Author, The Aftermath of Katrina, The Docket (October 2005)

Author, Rule on Insurance Disclosure May Impact Colorado, 33 The Colorado Lawyer 89 (October 2004)

Author, Changes to Model Rules and New Corporate Governance Resolution: A Reaction to Corporate Malfeasance, 32 The Colorado Lawyer 72 (October 2003)

Author, Old Business and Defining the Practice of Law, 32 The Colorado Lawyer 32 (April 2003)

Author, Breach of Fiduciary Duty In The Lawyer’s Professional Liability Claim, When Is There A Separate Cause of Action? 29 The Colorado Lawyer 101 (November 2000)

Author, Ethics 2000.  Authored Subcommittee Comments for the American Bar Association’s Lawyers’ Professional Liability Committee-Informed Consent (2000)

Author, Lawyers’ Professional Liability Insurance: Why You Need It and Where to Get It, 46 The Colorado Lawyer 79 (February 2017)

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