Chad K. Gillam


Chad Gillam is a health care lawyer and trial lawyer. He represents health care providers in all aspects of their practices.  Chad has represented individual providers and entities such as hospitals, health care institutions, pharmacies, clinics, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, and correctional care companies in defense of lawsuits and in investigation and defense of claims across Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Wyoming. Chad defends physicians, mental health professionals, nurses, and allied health providers before regulatory agencies and licensing boards.  Chad regularly consults clients regarding licensing matters, credentialing, regulatory compliance, HIPAA Privacy and Security, employment, staffing and retention issues, corporate practice, risk management, patient safety and incident investigation. Chad represents hospitals and physicians regarding medical staff issues, investigations, disciplinary matters, clinical privileges, peer review, and fair hearings. 

Chad also represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil rights matters, privacy issues, and general liability litigation. 

Chad is a frequent lecturer and presenter on a variety of mental health and medical legal issues, health care regulation, and litigation topics.  He is proud to be a former Board Member of the Maria Droste Counseling Center, a non-profit organization serving the people of Colorado by providing mental health care in schools, and to individual, families, child abuse victims, and victims of domestic violence, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1997
  • Kansas (inactive), 1994
  • Missouri (inactive), 1995
  • Wyoming (inactive), 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


Denver Office
1001 17th Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202


JD: University of Kansas School of Law, 1994, Order of the Coif
BA: University of Kansas, 1990, Philosophy, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyers,” Medical Malpractice: Defense, 2016 – 2024
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Healthcare, 2010 – 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence, 1994
Professional Associations
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Professional Experience

Prior to joining Hall & Evans, Chad was a Director at Fennemore Craig, P.C. and previously a Shareholder at Kennedy Childs, P.C. where he was the Chair of the Health Care Industry Practice Group.

Business & Community Service
  • Maria Droste Counseling Center, Board of Directors
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Denver Bar Association / Denver Public Schools, Volunteer Guest Teacher
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Presenter, “Nursing Documentation and Litigation,” SCL Health, Platte Valley Medical Center, Brighton, CO, June 29, 2021; St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO, September 7, 2021
  • Presenter, “Perilous Waters – Mental Health Providers and High Conflict Divorce,” Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee, Boulder, CO, November 6, 2019
  • Presenter, “Colorado Tackles Youth Suicide: HB 19-1120 – But are 12-Year-Old’s Now in Charge?,” Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, Denver, CO, September 3, 2019
  • Presenter, “COPIC Mock Trial Program,” Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, CO, April 30, 2019
  • Presenter, “Legal and Mental Health Professionals Working In High Conflict Divorce,” AFCC Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO, January 29, 2019
  • Presenter, “If It’s Not Charted, Did It Happen? Legal Issues for Nurses,” Regis University, Loretto Heights School of Nursing, Denver, CO, November 19, 2018
  • Presenter, “Ethical Issues for Professionals in High Conflict Divorce,” AFCC Colorado, Ft. Collins, CO, January 23, 2018
  • Faculty Speaker, “Confidentiality of Mental Health Records,” The Annual Advanced Family Law Institute, Denver, CO, December 1, 2017
  • Presenter, “Risk Management for Mental Health Professionals and Attorneys Working in High Conflict Divorce,” Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, Denver, CO, November 7, 2017
  • Presenter, “72 Hour Holds in Emergency Departments, How to Best Protect Patients’ Rights and Wellbeing and Support Involved Staff,” CHARM (Colorado Healthcare Associated Risk Managers), Denver, CO, May 4, 2017
  • Presenter, “Caught in the Web: Risk Management for Therapists Working in High Conflict Divorce,” Colorado Mental Health Professionals Conference, The University of Denver, Denver, CO, April 2017
  • Presenter, “Telemedicine: Liability and Regulatory Risks,” HealthOne, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL, Denver, CO, December 14, 2016
  • Presenter, “The Anatomy of a Professional Liability Trial, Mock Trial,” COPIC Insurance Company, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction, CO, August 2016
  • Presenter, “Perioperative Medical Malpractice Mock Trial,” Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Surgical Conference and Expo, Anaheim, CA, April 2016
  • Presenter, “When Secrets Aren’t Secret: Therapist-Patient Privilege, Pointers for Providers and Practitioners,” Boulder IDC, Millennium Harvest House, Boulder, CO, October 2015
  • Presenter, “Mental Health, Privilege, and Subpoenas,” Regis University, Broomfield, CO, October 2015
  • Author, “Risk Considerations When a Patient Requests a Letter or Completed Form,” In Session with Allied World, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Spring 2015
  • Presenter, “Confidentiality, Responding to Subpoenas and Other Legal Hurdles,” Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, The Wellshire Inn, Denver, CO, May 2015
  • Presenter, “Topics in Mental Health Care and the Law – Roundtable Discussion,” Denver Therapists Network, Denver, CO, June 2014
  • Presenter, “Anatomy of Medical Malpractice Case and Mock Trial,” Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital, Lafayette, CO, June 2013
  • Presenter, “Charting, The Good, The Bad and The Consequences,” Rocky Mountain Vein Institute Annual Retreat, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO, January 2013
  • Presenter, “The New Bull’s Eye: DORA’s Review of CFI and PRE Grievances,” Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, Red Lion Hotel, Aurora, CO, June 2012
  • Presenter, “Communication Issues and Medical Malpractice, Mock Trials,” St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO, September 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 2011
  • Author, “Navigating the Legal Framework Governing the Practice of Psychology and Grievances and Lawsuits against Psychologists in Colorado,” The Colorado Psychologist, Volume XXXVII, Issue 2, March/April 2009
  • Presenter, “Malignancy, Delayed Diagnosis and Causation,” Catholic Health Initiatives Defense Counsel Conference, Covington, KY, October 28-29, 2008
  • Faculty Speaker, “Grievances and Lawsuits against Health Professionals,” Bench & Bar Family Law Institute, Breckenridge, Colorado, August 10-12, 2007
  • Presenter, “Topics in Long Term Care Litigation in Colorado Setting Up and Managing Facility Based Risk Management Programs,” Charitable Service Providers Reciprocal, Eaton Senior Programs, Lakewood, Colorado, April 5, 2007
  • Presenter, “Mock Trial – A Real Emergency Room Case,” 5th Annual Wilz Trauma Symposium, Pueblo Convention Center, Pueblo, Colorado, February 19, 2005