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Morgan, Chester H. II
1308 N. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO
Phone: (719) 473-1986
Fax: (719) 473-7084
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SUMMARY

Lawyer Overview

Born to a military family, Skip came to Colorado Springs in 1962, graduating from Mitchell High School, an then from the U.S. Air Force Academy as a Distinguished Graduate. After earning a masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Harvard and Tufts Universities) he served as an intelligence officer in Southeast Asia during the closing days of the Vietnam War.

Awarded a scholarship in the Air Force's Funded Legal Education Program, Skip graduated with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, was a member of the Texas Law Review, and his senior year was admitted to the highest academic honors society at the University, Chancellors, ranked third in his class of over 400 students.

Skip spent the remainder of his 30-year USAF career as a judge advocate, where he was assigned as one of 16 select attorneys authorized by the Department of Justice to represent the Air Force in federal court, spent four years in Legislative Liaison, four years in Special Operations, and two years on the bench of the Air Force's highest court, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals. While on the Court he was acknowledged as the most productive judge in the Court's history, authoring over 200 opinions in just two years, 18 of which were selected for publication.

Following a two-year assignment as the general counsel to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Skip returned to Colorado Springs where he concluded his career as the Head of the Department of Law, Dean of Faculty, at the Air Force Academy. While at the Academy he also took charge of the Air Force's Personal Estate Planning team, and was lauded by The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force as the best estate planning attorney in the Air Force. Following retirement in July 2002, Skip has engaged in the solo practice of law, specializing in estate planning and the needs of the military family. He is admitted to the state bars of Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas and to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Married to former Jane Boyer of Indianapolis, Indiana, a retired Navy captain, Skip has five children one of whom is a sergeant with the Colorado Army National Guard and another is a USAFA 2005 graduate and active duty lieutenant.  He is an avid history buff, and enjoys working on the restoration of classic cars and houses.

Areas of Practice

  • Constitutional Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Military Law
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Representative Cases

West Practice Categories

Constitutional Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills, Military Law, Probate & Estate Administration

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1978
  • Wyoming, 1989
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court District of Wyoming
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Trusts & Estates Branch (Member)
  • Presbyterian Church, USA (Ordained Elder)
  • East Side Rotary (Member)
  • United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
  • Pike's Peak Military Officers' Association of America (Member)
  • Quarterback Club (Member)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

Honors and Awards

  • Elected Laramie County Bar President
  • "Outstanding Attorney in USAF", Kuhfeld Award, HQ USAF Winner
  • Ranked #1 among 50 Lieutenants During Controlled-Ranking System
  • United States Air Force #1 Estate Planning Expert

Classes and Seminars

  • Course Director, Sole Instructor, Constitutional Law, United States Air Force Academy

Past Employment Positions

  • USFA Personal Estate and Financial Planning Team, U.S. Air Force Academy, Chief, 1999 - 2002
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Law, Department Head/Deputy Department Head, 1999 - 2002
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Andrews AFB, MD, Staff Judge Advocate,, 1997 - 1999
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, Bolling AFB, D.C., Associate Judge, 1995 - 1997
  • U.S. Special Operations Command, Mac Dill AFB, FL, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 1991 - 1995
  • Staff Judge Advocate (General Counsel), F.W. Warren AFB, WY, 1988 - 1991
  • Pentagon/Capitol Hill, D.C., Air Force Legislative Liaison, 1984 - 1988
  • Air Force Litigation Team, Pentagon, D.C., Staff Attorney, 1982 - 1984
  • Lead Circuit Prosecutor, Pacific, Clark AB, PI, 1980 - 1982
  • Attorney-Judge Advocate, Bergstrom AFB, TX, 1978 - 1980

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1978
    J.D.
    Honors: High Honors
    Honors: Clerk of Chancellors
    Honors: 2 American Jurisprudence Awards
    Honors: Order of the Coif

    Law Review: Texas Law Review, 1976 - 1978
  • Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, 1973
    M.A.
  • United States Air Force Academy, 1972
    B.S.
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Distinguished Graduate
    Honors: Outstanding Cadet in International Affairs Major, Olds Award
    Honors: Rhodes Scholar Candidate/Semi-Finalist
Articles

Published Works

  • Computer Crimes Investigator's Handbook, (Editor and Contributing Author)
  • Law of Commanders, (Senior Editor), United States Air Force Academy Textbook, 2000