Christopher A. Raftery



Chris Raftery counsels clients and litigates disputes in construction, property tax appeals, eminent domain, and real property issues in California, Colorado, and other jurisdictions. He also has extensive experience litigating general commercial disputes at both the state and federal level.


Chris represents clients in litigation, arbitration and other dispute resolution activities involving a variety of construction issues, including delay and construction defect claims. He also reviews and analyzes a variety of construction contracts, including design agreements and design-build contracts.

Property Tax

Chris helps commercial clients navigate the tax appeal process at both the county and state agency level to achieve real property valuation corrections. 

Eminent Domain and Real Estate Advocacy

Chris assists landowners and condemning entities protect their rights in eminent domain proceedings. His representation typically involves complex application of constitutional and municipal law, as well as the valuation of property rights on condemnation disputes. He also helps corporate and individual clients resolve disputes involving other real estate interests, including lease disputes and land-use designations.

Past Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Chris worked as a litigation associate at an international law firm in its Santa Monica, California office, where he focused on a range of complex commercial litigation disputes.


Bar Admissions



University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
J.D. Ecology Law Quarterly (articles editor) (2010)

Harvard University
B.A. in Government, cum laude (2004)

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter —Chair, Water Resources Committee, 2015-16


  • Best Lawyers®— "Ones to Watch," Construction Law, 2021-22
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law — Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law

Awards Methodology

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