What sets us apart

Bloch & Chapleau Cates Ongert attorneys - What sets us apart Bloch & Chapleau, Cates, Ongert is a unique law firm with 40 years of experience with offices in Denver, the Vail Valley, Summit County, and Park Meadows. Our partners, Joseph Bloch, and Trent Ongert, personally handle every injury case together as a team.  This means you will have two partners with 40 years of experience working on your case. Big firms with a revolving door of attorneys often assign a case manager or a paralegal to your case, resulting in several successive attorneys working on your case before it comes to fruition.  At Bloch & Chapleau, Joe and Trent will handle your case from start to finish. We pride ourselves on our personal service and attention to every case. We have been instrumental in drafting and proposing ski safety legislation, aptly titled, The Fox Guarding the Hen House.

Our legal success is unparalleled.  Joe Bloch obtained a Punitive Damages jury verdict against Vail Resorts in the case Aarons v. The Vail Corporation, Inc. Joe also obtained an Outrageous Conduct jury verdict against State Farm in the case Lacerra vs. State Farm. Joe and Trent also litigated a highly publicized dog attack case, Legro v. Robinson, which involved three separate, successful appeals, including the first-ever interlocutory appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals, before obtaining a $1 million policy limits settlement for their client. We are members of the elite Million Dollard Advocates Forum and Top 1% of Nationwide Attorneys.

In addition to personally investigating every ski and snowboarding injury case, we work with professional engineers, former ski patrollers, accident investigators, and other experts to prove your case. Joe and Trent come from different backgrounds but come together to form an unbeatable team. Our lifelong experiences, knowledge, dedication, and expertise give Bloch & Chapleau a unique advantage that the other law firms don’t have to win your case.

Our founding partner, Joe Bloch, is a former professional skier, ski racer, and snowboarder. He now lives primarily in the Vail Valley. We personally investigate every ski, snowboarding, and other injury cases by photographing and videoing the injury site to document and preserve evidence. Joe is also an avid cyclist who owns a bike tour company called Mile High Bike Tours, located in Denver. In addition, Joe is passionate about motorcycle riding. He has ridden all over the world, including in Australia, Europe, and across the United States.

Trent is also an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping with his family. He frequently presents on Colorado Ski Law to members of the Denver Bar Association. Prior to joining the firm, Trent spent five years as an attorney at some of the most reputable insurance defense law firms in Denver and as a result is intimately aware of their ploys. He now effectively applies that experience against the insurance companies to beat them at their own game.

Bloch & Chapleau is heavily involved in the community. The firm is a long-time supporter of the Vail Recreation District. The firm is the Title Sponsor of the Mountain Bike Race Series, the Winter Race Events, including Skimo Races. Bloch & Chapleau is also the Sponsor of the Whitewater Rafting Series. The firm also sponsors Battle Mountain High School. Bloch & Chapleau has been named the “Best Law Firm of the Vail Valley” by the readers of the Vail Daily for the past several years.

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VailJustice.com is a Vail Colorado personal injury law firm. Our main offerings include: Injury Attorneys, Accident Attorneys, Ski Injury Attorneys, and Auto Accident and Motorcycle Accident Lawyers.

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