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Chuck Ceraso

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At The Intersection of Law and Commerce®

My passion is drafting clear legal documents and helping clients resolve disputes arising out of poorly drafted documents (or the lack of any documents at all).  My practice includes five broad areas: (1) drafting and reviewing legal documents, (2) advising businesses and organizations, (3) business and real estate litigation, (4) speaking, teaching, and writing, and (5) serving as co-counsel or a mentor.

Mark Cohen's HOW TO DRAFT A BAD CONTRACT is “Simply brilliant.” - Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University.

The distinction between litigation and transactional work is often artificial.  Businesscontractintellectual property, employment, and real estate litigation are almost always the result of poor drafting, insufficient investigation, or an incomplete negotiation.  I prefer plain English over "Legalese."  Plain English lowers costs, improves productivity, increases credibility, and reduces misunderstandings. 

I am also a proven TRIAL LAWYER.  In 2012, I won a $4.2 million judgment (including punitive damages) for a client in a case involving breach of contract and interference with contract.  I have represented clients in more than 100 jury trials and litigated hundreds of civil cases.  My experience enables me to facilitate transactions today that are least likely to become lawsuits tomorrow.  Read more about my trial practice and philosophy.

I earned my B.A. in economics in 1980 at Whitman College, the alma mater of William O. Douglas  I earned my law degree in 1983 at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder.  I earned a Masters in Law (LL.M.) in agricultural and food law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2014.  I also studied philosophy and logic in graduate school and I am a member of the Institute of General Semantics.  I am an AV-rated attorney and was selected as a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation for 2021.  My AVVO rating is presently a perfect 10 out of 10.  I was selected by Expertise.com as one of the best real estate lawyers in Denver.

What I Offer.
I provide first-rate legal services. I am a smart, effective, and efficient problem solver. 

  • I return phone calls promptly.
  • I keep clients informed.
  • I check email often and reply promptly.
  • I make myself available.
  • I favor plain English over "Legalese."
  • I am on time.
  • I anticipate your needs.
  • I am proactive.
  • I practice Preventive Law.
I never forget that clients pay for my services, and while they justifiably expect superior work and sound advice, they also want a dedicated lawyer who is easily available and always responsive to their needs. 

My Practice Areas (you may click on these links to learn more)

These areas are not distinct; they often overlap, and contract law permeates many of them.  Contract litigation is common in all these areas of the law.  My expertise in these areas serves my clients well.  My ability to draft clear documents, my experience litigating contract disputes and other disputes arising out of legal documents, and my understanding of the relationship between the two, are great assets as I advise clients in these areas of law.

What I Don't Do

Divorce law, criminal law, personal injury cases, residential landlord-tenant disputes, tax law, securities law, patent law, contingency cases.

Who I Serve

I serve as counsel for traditional and high-tech companies in Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Longmont, Louisville, Fort Collins, and all along the Front Range, and throughout Colorado. I serve individuals and families throughout Colorado in need of sound guidance on legal matters within my areas of expertise. Having lived in Nederland for 21 years, I am uniquely qualified to help in real estate disputes involving mountain properties.  I have handled such cases in Gilpin County, Boulder County, Clear Creek County, Summit County, Grand County, Eagle County, Garfield County, Jefferson County, Larimer County, Chaffee County, and Routt County.
My hourly rate is $335.00.  I do not handle cases on a contingency basis.
Contact Info

Mark Cohen, J.D., LL.M.
P.O. Box 19192, Boulder, CO 80308

(303) 638-3410


I am a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Boulder County Bar Association.  I am also a member of the Agricultural and Rural Law section of the Colorado Bar Association.

I accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.



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