Mountain Values…Urban Savvy

Many people think you can only have it one way or the other: either a law firm is welcoming and friendly, but too nice to practice law consistent with the highest standards of performance, or it is sophisticated and competent in the most complex litigation matters, but cold as far as client relationship.

At Cantafio Hammond, you can have it both ways. Our mountain values come from our roots in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, yet we have had a primary office in Denver for years, both handling a range of complex transactional and litigation matters from divorce, personal injury and criminal defense to oil and gas, real estate and business.

The origins of the Cantafio Hammond law firm began all the way back in 1982, when they became friends as fellow law students in Boulder, Colorado. We went on to practice very different areas of law in our respective careers. Kris practicing criminal defense and personal injury primarily, and Ralph focusing his legal work primarily on oil and gas industry representation, as well as commercial and civil litigation.

Although we began discussing a partnership more than 20 years ago, and it wasn’t until 2015 that the various contingencies fell into place to form Cantafio Hammond.


The origins of Cantafio Hammond start in neither Denver nor Steamboat Springs, but Boulder, Colorado, when Ralph and Kris began law school in the fall of 1982. Kris had grown up in Loveland, Colorado, after which he enrolled at Colorado College. Among other accomplishments, Kris was an All American diver and is in fact a member of the Colorado College Hall of Fame. Ralph grew up in Devon, Pennsylvania, before moving to San Diego, California, during his junior year of high school. He went on to Northwestern University and majored in biochemical engineering before transferring to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, much to the dismay of his parents. Sadly, Ralph was not an All American in anything and almost certainly will never be selected to any Halls of Fame.
Nonetheless, while Ralph and Kris were friends in law school, they actually moved to Steamboat Springs entirely independent of one another in 1986. Kris married his wife, Becky, after his first year of law school, they had two boys. Ralph married Denise and together they raised Monica and Rosanna.
Though they were law school classmates and friends, Kris and Ralph practice very different areas of law: Kris primarily focuses on criminal law and personal injury, while Ralph primarily focuses on oil and gas law and commercial transactions and litigation. Additionally, the two attorneys focus on different regions of the state, with Kris practicing primarily in Northwest Colorado and Ralph dividing his time between Steamboat Springs and Denver.
Ralph and Kris began discussing law partnerships more than 20 years ago, but the timing was never quite right. That changed in the summer of 2015, when a series of unrelated events unfolded that led to the merger of Ralph and Kris’s law firms into Cantafio Hammond.
With nine attorneys working out of the LoDo neighborhood in Denver and downtown Steamboat Springs, Cantafio Hammond, P.C., looks forward to providing its clients with a combination of integrity and neighborliness that we still experience in Steamboat Springs, and the sophistication of Denver and the Front Range. Servicing the entire state of Colorado as well as, among others, Utah and Wyoming, the attorneys of Cantafio Hammond, P.C., work hard and diligently to provide the highest quality of legal services to our clients, but in an atmosphere that reflects the Western Slope lifestyle.