Attorney Profile

Chris Archer


A resident of Boulder, Colorado since 1979, Chris graduated from the University of Colorado in 1988. He attended Cornell Law School and graduated with honors in 1991. After law school, Chris joined Morrison & Foerster, a large international law firm, where he learned how to keep his business clients out of expensive legal disputes. Because the cost of hiring a large law firm was prohibitive to many of the businesses and clients that Chris wanted to represent, in 1994, Chris moved his law practice to Boulder and laid the foundation for what would become Archer Law Offices, P.C.

Law Practice

Chris’ practice is a general one, with a focus on domestic and international business transactions and corporate counseling, including intellectual property protection, U.S. and international trademark law, copyright law, corporate law, and business law. Chris has performed a wide variety of legal services for clients including:

  • Advising business clients of all sizes on general corporate, employment, and intellectual property matters.
  • Assisting clients with the purchase, sale and reorganization of businesses.
  • Protecting and registering copyrights and trademarks, in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, including distribution agreements, sponsorship contracts, sales representative agreements, brokerage agreements, confidentiality agreements, liability releases and disclaimers, licensing agreements, and royalty agreements, among others.
  • Providing legal services to individuals, including contract and lease review, negotiation and drafting, and drafting simple wills.

Community Service

  • Chris believes it is important to serve the community by providing free legal services to worthy causes. Currently, he donates between $20,000 and $30,000 of legal services each year to non-profits and individuals. Since 1991, Chris has:
  • Donated over $200,000.00 of legal services to various non profits and individuals, including The Access Fund, the Adventure Film Festival, and the Action Committee for Eldorado.
  • Organized the Action Committee for Eldorado, a local climbing organization that has raised over $160,000.00 for projects in Eldorado Canyon State Park.
  • General Counsel to the Adventure Film Festival from 2009-present.
  • Served on the board of directors of The Access Fund from 1994-2002, chaired the Access Fund’s Legal Committee for much of that time, and is currently General Counsel.
  • Assisted in:
    • reopening Bridleveil Falls to ice climbing after a 20 year closure
    • creating the Ouray Ice Park, and
    • acquiring Golden Cliffs, Golden, and Society Turn Crag, Telluride.

Professional Associations

Chris is a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, and Boulder Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the Colorado Bar, the United States District Court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chris has received Martindale Hubbell‘s highest peer review rating for a lawyer in both competence and ethics: AV. Martindale-Hubbell describes the AV rating as follows:

An “AV Peer Review Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.”