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JVAM Colorado Mountain Law Firm and Attorneys Partner Chad Lee
EDUCATION

Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude 2006

University of Colorado School of Law

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.S. 2002

BAR ADMISSIONS

Colorado 2006

Wyoming 2006

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2006

Chad Lee

Partner

Chad is a land use and real estate lawyer whose experience makes him a go-to lawyer for problem solving and project approval in Garfield and Eagle County municipalities, including Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Rifle, Silt, Garfield County, and Eagle County. He also has extensive experience in agricultural, ranch, commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate transactions in Colorado, and is well-versed in Colorado water law.

He conducts due diligence to ensure developers can proceed as they’ve planned, for example by ensuring that access easements are drafted and in place, and that water supplies are adequate and legal. He spots potential red flags and negotiates with city and county staffers to get projects approved. Chad also quarterbacks a team of professionals, including surveyors, planners and the developer/land owner, to navigate land use processes.

He has almost two decades of experience representing landowners, business owners, developers, buyers, sellers, homeowners associations, and investors in purchase and sale transactions and development of all types of real estate, including commercial, mixed-use, multi-family, condominiums, single-family residential, and investment. They value Chad’s communication, efficient problem solving skills, and practical demeanor.

Chad is also a business attorney who uses his intellectual property law experience to help entrepreneurs achieve strong trademark and trade secret protection. His transactional experience includes representation of business owners in mergers and acquisitions, including asset purchase and stock purchase agreements. He also represents lenders and borrowers in the negotiation of loan agreements.
He has a preeminent “AV” peer and client review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is also a member of the High Mountain Chapter of American MENSA.
Away from the office, Chad raises a family in Western Colorado, including fishing, hunting, skiing, running, and coaching youth soccer with Roaring Fork United, where he has been twice honored as Advance League Coach of the Year.

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • Colorado Bar Association, Real Estate and Water Law Sections
  • 9th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Chair, Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority 2017-present
  • Roaring Fork Young Professionals, President 2010
  • Garfield County Search and Rescue Team 2008-2010
  • American Mensa, High Mountain Mensa, Local Mensa Group 811, Member 2015-present
  • Environmental Law Review Editorial Board, Lewis and Clark Law School 2004-2006
PUBLICATIONS
  • “Leasing Mineral Rights; A Framework for Understanding the Dominant Estate, in Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners, and Citizens,” Co-Author, Kinne, B. & Powers, E. eds., ABA Publishing 2013
  • “Preserving Historical Consumptive Use During Water Leases for Instream Use,” Co-Author, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 6, at 49 2011
  • “Colorado: Water Supply and the Land Use Connection,” 9 Western Water Law and Policy Reporter 2005
JVAM Colorado Mountain Law Firm and Attorneys Partner Chad Lee
BAR ADMISSIONS

Colorado 2006

Wyoming 2006

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2006

Chad Lee

Partner

Chad is a land use and real estate lawyer whose experience makes him a go-to lawyer for problem solving and project approval in Garfield and Eagle County municipalities, including Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Rifle, Silt, Garfield County, and Eagle County. He also has extensive experience in agricultural, ranch, commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate transactions in Colorado, and is well-versed in Colorado water law.

He conducts due diligence to ensure developers can proceed as they’ve planned, for example by ensuring that access easements are drafted and in place, and that water supplies are adequate and legal. He spots potential red flags and negotiates with city and county staffers to get projects approved. Chad also quarterbacks a team of professionals, including surveyors, planners and the developer/land owner, to navigate land use processes.

He has almost two decades of experience representing landowners, business owners, developers, buyers, sellers, homeowners associations, and investors in purchase and sale transactions and development of all types of real estate, including commercial, mixed-use, multi-family, condominiums, single-family residential, and investment. They value Chad’s communication, efficient problem solving skills, and practical demeanor.

Chad is also a business attorney who uses his intellectual property law experience to help entrepreneurs achieve strong trademark and trade secret protection. His transactional experience includes representation of business owners in mergers and acquisitions, including asset purchase and stock purchase agreements. He also represents lenders and borrowers in the negotiation of loan agreements.
He has a preeminent “AV” peer and client review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is also a member of the High Mountain Chapter of American MENSA.
Away from the office, Chad raises a family in Western Colorado, including fishing, hunting, skiing, running, and coaching youth soccer with Roaring Fork United, where he has been twice honored as Advance League Coach of the Year.

  • Colorado Bar Association, Real Estate and Water Law Sections
  • 9th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Chair, Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority 2017-present
  • Roaring Fork Young Professionals, President 2010
  • Garfield County Search and Rescue Team 2008-2010
  • American Mensa, High Mountain Mensa, Local Mensa Group 811, Member 2015-present
  • Environmental Law Review Editorial Board, Lewis and Clark Law School 2004-2006
PUBLICATIONS
  • “Leasing Mineral Rights; A Framework for Understanding the Dominant Estate, in Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners, and Citizens,” Co-Author, Kinne, B. & Powers, E. eds., ABA Publishing 2013
  • “Preserving Historical Consumptive Use During Water Leases for Instream Use,” Co-Author, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 6, at 49 2011
  • “Colorado: Water Supply and the Land Use Connection,” 9 Western Water Law and Policy Reporter 2005
JVAM Colorado Mountain Law Firm and Attorneys Partner Chad Lee

Chad Lee

Partner

PRACTICE AREAS
BAR ADMISSIONS

Colorado 2006

Wyoming 2006

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2006

Chad is a land use and real estate lawyer whose experience makes him a go-to lawyer for problem solving and project approval in Garfield and Eagle County municipalities, including Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Rifle, Silt, Garfield County, and Eagle County. He also has extensive experience in agricultural, ranch, commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate transactions in Colorado, and is well-versed in Colorado water law.

He conducts due diligence to ensure developers can proceed as they’ve planned, for example by ensuring that access easements are drafted and in place, and that water supplies are adequate and legal. He spots potential red flags and negotiates with city and county staffers to get projects approved. Chad also quarterbacks a team of professionals, including surveyors, planners and the developer/land owner, to navigate land use processes.

He has almost two decades of experience representing landowners, business owners, developers, buyers, sellers, homeowners associations, and investors in purchase and sale transactions and development of all types of real estate, including commercial, mixed-use, multi-family, condominiums, single-family residential, and investment. They value Chad’s communication, efficient problem solving skills, and practical demeanor.

Chad is also a business attorney who uses his intellectual property law experience to help entrepreneurs achieve strong trademark and trade secret protection. His transactional experience includes representation of business owners in mergers and acquisitions, including asset purchase and stock purchase agreements. He also represents lenders and borrowers in the negotiation of loan agreements.
He has a preeminent “AV” peer and client review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is also a member of the High Mountain Chapter of American MENSA.
Away from the office, Chad raises a family in Western Colorado, including fishing, hunting, skiing, running, and coaching youth soccer with Roaring Fork United, where he has been twice honored as Advance League Coach of the Year.

  • Colorado Bar Association, Real Estate and Water Law Sections
  • 9th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Chair, Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority 2017-present
  • Roaring Fork Young Professionals, President 2010
  • Garfield County Search and Rescue Team 2008-2010
  • American Mensa, High Mountain Mensa, Local Mensa Group 811, Member 2015-present
  • Environmental Law Review Editorial Board, Lewis and Clark Law School 2004-2006
PUBLICATIONS
  • “Leasing Mineral Rights; A Framework for Understanding the Dominant Estate, in Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners, and Citizens,” Co-Author, Kinne, B. & Powers, E. eds., ABA Publishing 2013
  • “Preserving Historical Consumptive Use During Water Leases for Instream Use,” Co-Author, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 6, at 49 2011
  • “Colorado: Water Supply and the Land Use Connection,” 9 Western Water Law and Policy Reporter 2005

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