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Christopher Mills
SPECIAL COUNSEL

Chris specializes in civil and complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on business, contract, and financial disputes. He has experience with a wide variety of cases including corporate, breach of contract, fraud, Uniform Commercial Code, lease, tort, employment, civil rights, constitutional, administrative, and intellectual property matters. Chris has litigated cases with amounts at issue ranging from nominal to $1.4 billion. He has practiced before federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in arbitration proceedings.  He is also an accomplished trial attorney, having taken cases to trial in both federal and state court.

Prior to joining Jones & Keller, Chris litigated at small and medium-sized Denver firms, clerked for the Honorable Percy Anderson on the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and worked for a large law firm in Washington, D.C.

 

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PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Philosophy, 2000)

LICENSED IN

Colorado; California; District of Columbia (Inactive)

Colorado Securities Commissioner Loses Important Case Interpreting Definition of ‘Security’

(Originally published December 1, 2015) by Paul Vorndran Denver District Court recently determined that oil and gas joint venture interests promoted by Colorado companies HEI Resources, Inc. and Heartland Energy Development Corporation were not securities under the Colorado Securities Act. On October 17, 2013 following an intensely contested case brought by the Colorado Securities Commissioner, […]

Definition of ‘Note’ in Colorado Securities Act Limited

(Originally published March 17, 2016) by Paul Vorndran The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a criminal conviction for securities fraud pursuant to C.R.S. § 11-51-501(1)(b) finding the trial court erred in refusing to give a proffered instruction that not all promissory notes are securities for purposes of the Colorado Securities Act (CSA).  In People v. Mendenhall, 363 […]

Tax Traps for the Unwary

TAX TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY – EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ISSUES IN M&A TRANSACTIONS (PART I: SECTION 280G) By Charles E. Wern, JD, LLM and D. Laird Blue, JD, LLM, Shareholders, Jones & Keller, PC Changes to the U.S. regulatory landscape and corporate tax law structure could spark increased M&A deal activity and strategic partnering in the banking […]

Jones & Keller President Brad H. Hamilton in Independent Banker

President of Jones & Keller and well-known securities attorney, Brad H. Hamilton, was quoted by Independent Banker in an article by Karen Epper Hoffman on the need for community banks to understand cybersecurity issues; how to provide cybersecurity direction at board meetings and executive events; learning to present online security issues in basic terms; introducing […]

Denver Business Journal Recognizes Jones & Keller, P.C. Women in Law

We are pleased to announce our women attorneys at Jones & Keller were covered in the April 27th edition of the Denver Business Journal, Women in Law. Congratulations to our attorneys, and thank you to the Denver Business Journal for focusing our attention to the important role they possess in our community.

Christopher R. Johnson Speaks on Cybersecurity and the Community Bank

Jones & Keller attorney, Christopher R. Johnson, will be presenting a continuing legal education program on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 as part of the Colorado Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Subsection CLE Luncheon Series. Christopher will speak on the evolution of state and federal cybersecurity regulatory regimes applicable to financial institutions including community banks, available compliance […]

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