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1800 Gaylord Street, Denver, CO 80206

Who We Are

“There is no substitute for experience.”

We take the global approach to a client’s questions: Experience teaches that a minor concern may have broad ramification, while complex issues are often resolved by a simple, practical solution.  Our role is to help people protect and maximize their property, their business interests and their ambitions in the most efficient manner consistent with the legal process.

Herbert A. (Chip) Delap
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During forty five years of practicing law, Chip Delap has had the opportunity to work and learn from several generations of prominent and well-respected lawyers in Colorado and nationally.  Over the years his clients have stretched from Fortune 500 companies to individuals creating or selling their own business enterprises.  The result has been the accumulation of a wealth of knowledge and practical insights, relating to commercial real estate, financing, land use, natural resources such as oil and gas or mineral exploration and production, intellectual property, bankruptcies, service companies, estate planning and business succession or probate administration.




  • J.D. University of Denver, College of Law, Denver, CO (1972)
  • Member of Board of Editors and Note Editor – Denver Law Journal (1969)
  • University College London/London School of Economics
  • Exchange Student-Political Science/Economics (1963)
  • B.A. Political Science, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR (1966)
  • Sports Hall of Fame (Elected 1995)

Bar Admissions/Professional Affiliations

  • State of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and
  • Supreme Court of the United States (Admitted for particular cases in
  • California, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, Kansas and Pennsylvania)
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association and Denver Bar Association
  • AV rated in Martindale Hubbell

Colorado Bar Association Activities

  • Member of the CBA Legal Fee Arbitration Committee for over 20 years
  • Hearing Officer in over 50 fee disputes between lawyers and clients

Military Service

  • United States Army 1969-1972
  • 1st Lt. (OCS Infantry – Ft. Benning, GA)
  • Airborne Ranger
  • 82nd Airborne Division
  • 1st Calvary Division

Support Staff

Our legal assistant/paralegal, Jude Capozelo, has over 40 years of experience in the operation of law firms and the court system.  The firm’s investigator/paralegal has experience with title searches, witness interviews and document production.  For larger transactions or more complex litigation, the firm uses licensed contract lawyers or paraprofessionals with whom we have prior experience.