Before joining FGMC, Chip spent a decade practicing in Chicago. Having now returned to Colorado, when not practicing law he usually can be found enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors or traveling.

Chip G. Schoneberger  —  Partner

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Chip G. Schoneberger concentrates in all phases of post-trial and appellate litigation, and heads the firm’s Appellate Practice.  He has handled appeals in state and federal reviewing courts across the country and in a wide variety of practice areas, including: commercial litigation, construction, casualty/liability defense, insurance coverage, property rights, zoning/land use, and professional liability.  Recognizing that success on appeal begins long before final judgment, Mr. Schoneberger also partners with trial attorneys at the critical motion and trial stages of a case to frame key issues for the court and identify/preserve errors for resolution on appeal.

Mr. Schoneberger’s appeals have forged new law in several states.  As lead appellate counsel in Brimet II, LLC v. Destiny Homes Marketing, LLC, he recently persuaded the Arizona Court of Appeals to reverse the trial court and enter summary judgment in his client’s favor in a multi-million dollar property interest/lien priority dispute involving a question of first impression in Arizona under the doctrine of equitable subrogation.  Mr. Schoneberger’s other successes include establishing that Colorado’s attorney’s fees statute is inapplicable after the case is at issue (BSLNI v. Russ T. Diamonds, Inc.); reversing a $3 million jury verdict in a construction accident case in Connecticut (Archambault v. Soneco/Northeastern, Inc.); establishing that commercial general liability insurance policies afford no coverage for negligent spoliation of evidence claims under Illinois law(Essex Ins. Co. v. Wright); and obtaining complete reversal of a jury verdict and entry of judgment for the defense in a malicious prosecution action (Muhammad v. Ala Carte Entm’t, Inc.).

  • Education
    • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2000
    • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A. (Philosophy) 1995
  • Professional Memberships and Affiliations
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Illinois Bar Association
    • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Admissions
    • State and Federal Courts of Illinois
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
    • State and Federal Courts of Colorado
  • Courtroom Achievements
    • Brimet II, LLC v. Destiny Homes Mktg., LLC, 2013 WL 69202 (Ariz. App. 2013)
    • BSLNI, Inc. v. Russ T. Diamonds, Inc., 2012 WL 6055575 (Colo. App. 2012)
    • Hanson v. Colo. Dept. of Rev., 2012 WL 3755611 (Colo. App. 2012)
    • Liberty Sav. Bank, FSB v. Koentges, No. 10CA2584 (Colo. App. 2011)
    • D/E Excav. & Backhoe Serv. v. BSLNI, Inc., No. 10CA959 (Colo. App. 2011)
    • Hyundai Motor Am. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., 600 F.3d 1092 (9th Cir. 2010)
    • U.S. Liability Ins. Co. v. Harbor Club Inc., 922 N.E.2d 864 (Mass. App. 2010)
    • Castronovo v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., 571 F.3d 667 (7th Cir. 2009)
    • First State Bank of Monticello v. Ohio Cas. Ins. Co., 555 F.3d 564 (7th Cir. 2009)
    • Gateway Hotel Holdings, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 275 S.W.3d 268 (Mo. App. 2008)
    • Archambault v. Soneco/Northeastern, Inc., 946 A.2d 839 (Conn. 2008)
    • Curry v. Dollard, 52 A.D.3d 642 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)
    • Lauer v. Mason Silver Wenk & Mishkin, 505 F.3d 769 (7th Cir. 2007)
    • Essex Ins. Co. v. Wright, 862 N.E.2d 1194 (Ill. App. 2007)
    • Estate of Bass v. Katten Muchin et al., 871 N.E.2d 914 (Ill. App. 2007)
    • Union Elec. Co. v. Metro. St. Louis Sewer Dist., 2007 WL 1341820 (Mo. App. 2007)
    • Abony v. TLC Laser Eye Ctr., Inc., 44 A.D.3d 553 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)
    • Essex Ins. Co. v. Zwick, 27 A.D.3d 1092 (N.Y. App. Div. 2006)
    • Pampalone v. Giant Bldg. Maint., Inc., 17 A.D.3d 556 (N.Y. App. Div. 2005)
    • Langsam v. Terraciano, 22 A.D.3d 414 (N.Y. App. Div. 2005)
    • Muhammad v. Ala Carte Entm’t, No. 1-04-1799 (Ill. App. 2005) (unpublished)
    • Winniczek v. Nagelberg, 394 F.3d 505 (7th Cir. 2004)