Christopher D. Atwell

Christopher D. Atwell

Austin, Texas

Mr. Atwell handles contract litigation, probate litigation, real estate litigation, commercial lending and transactional matters in both Texas and Colorado. Mr. Atwell's past and current clients include Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses and affluent individuals. Mr. Atwell believes in cost-effective litigation and the ethical pursuit of every client's objectives. Mr. Atwell's experience at a well-regarded commercial litigation boutique and smaller litigation offices helped form his approach.

For five years, he worked in Dallas for Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP. In 1996, Mr. Atwell moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, eventually becoming a partner in the AV-rated firm, Oliphant Hammond O'Hara and Atwell, LLC, in Steamboat Springs. Mr. Atwell handles a variety of complex litigation and real estate matters and has extensive experience working with financial institutions. He handles construction litigation, probate litigation, estate administration, debtor/creditor issues and commercial disputes for clients. Mr. Atwell's transactional practice includes the formation of real estate investment entities, commercial loan documentation, and a variety of real estate and corporate transactions. Mr. Atwell has a BV Distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Bank Foreclosures and Collections
  • Estate Administration
  • Contract Drafting
  • Trade Secret Disputes
  • Lease Disputes
  • Contractor Claims
  • Probate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Law Journal: Southwestern Law Journal, Editor, 1990 - 1991
  • Furman University
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1988

Representative Clients

  • Affiliated Crown Developments, Ltd.
  • Alpine Bank
  • Brochsteins, Inc.
  • MCT Credit Union
  • Ranch at Steamboat Condominium Association
  • Texas Timberjack
  • Trailhead Lodge Financing, LLC
  • United Heritage Credit Union

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Northwest Colorado Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Former Board Member – Routt County United Way
  • Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
  • Boys and Girls Club of Austin