Title: Special Counsel

Office: 303-861-5300

Email: cdelap@gvlslaw.com

After almost five decades of serving clients, Chip Delap has found that taking the global approach to clients’ questions produces the best results.  Experience teaches us that a minor concern may have broad ramifications while complex issues are often resolved with a simple practical solution.

During his extended legal career, Chip has had the opportunity to work with and be influenced by many prominent and well educated lawyers in Colorado, nationally, and in foreign countries.  This experience provided a broad spectrum of controversies and transactions.

As a trial lawyer, Chip has conducted jury trials, has been involved in the bankruptcy process, including the impact on creditors’ rights, and has gained an abundance of practical foresight into the pitfalls that might impact a given transactional matter.

Clients have stretched from Fortune 500 companies to individuals who were creating, selling, or passing on their business enterprises or personal assets.  The result has been the accumulation of a wealth of knowledge and practical insights relating to commercial transactions and litigation involving real estate, entity creation both public and private, financing, land use, natural resources such as oil and gas or mineral exploration and production, bankruptcies, and business succession, estate planning, probate administration and litigation.



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)


  •  State of Colorado
  •  United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  •  United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  •  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


Member of the CBA Legal Fee Arbitration Committee for over 20 years

Hearing Officer in over 50 fee disputes between lawyers and clients



United States Army 1969-1972

1st Lt. (OCS Infantry – Ft. Benning, GA)

Airborne Ranger

82nd Airborne Division

1st Calvary Division