Overview

Michael is a seasoned and proactive litigator who is experienced in obtaining successful results for his clients. His practice areas primarily include, but are not limited to, catastrophic tort litigation, construction litigation, general commercial litigation, and constitutional claims. Michael remains committed to providing first-class service for his clients and no case is too challenging or complex for him to litigate. His prior experience includes successfully litigating cases against the biggest law firms in the country, and internationally.

Since graduating law school, Michael has handled civil litigation cases involving a variety of areas of law. This includes litigating cases involving investor disputes and fiduciary duties, the federal False Claims Act, employment disputes, trade secrets, contract disputes, trucking accidents, personal injury, and even bankruptcy. Michael’s varied experience provides him with a unique perspective on potential strategies for success in each case he litigates. His meticulous research abilities also allow him to provide winning strategies on otherwise nuanced or even completely new issues of law.

In addition to his potent motion practice, Michael is also a seasoned oral advocate and routinely obtains successful results before courts in state and federal hearings. No matter which route may be best for obtaining successful results for a client, whether that is through motions practice, settlement negotiations, trial, and even pursuing appeals, Michael is superbly capable of achieving his clients’ goals.

Experience

Business Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • In a mandamus investor dispute case against Colorado companies operating internationally, through motions practice, Michael successfully argued that the case be dismissed for the plaintiffs’ failure to exhaust all of their remedies prior to bringing suit. Michael also successfully argued that the defendant companies be awarded their attorneys’ fee for the plaintiffs’ groundless and frivolous lawsuit.

Business, Construction & Employment Litigation

  • In a case against a Colorado contractor, and three of its employees as individuals, which alleged breach of contract and tortious conduct against all of them, Michael successfully argued at oral argument that the economic loss rule barred any claims against the individual employees and the court dismissed them from the case.

Construction & Business Litigation

  • In a case against a Colorado contractor alleging breach of contract and tortious conduct, through motions practice, Michael successfully argued that the case be dismissed for the court’s lack of subject matter jurisdiction, and for the plaintiffs’ lack of standing, because the contract at issue between the parties contained language suggesting plaintiffs waived their right to bring suit against the defendant contractor. The court granted Michael’s motion and dismissed the case.

Administrative, Insurance & Employment Litigation

  • In an administrative action brought to revoke the license of a medical doctor for alleged medical malpractice, Michael’s team successfully defended the doctor through a lengthy administrative hearing which essentially acted as a trial. As a result, the administrative law judge found in favor of the doctor and the doctor retained his license to practice medicine in Colorado.

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Denver Charter Schools, Volunteer – 2016-2018
  • Young Arrupe Philanthropists Association, Volunteer & Donor, 2015-2019
  • Pro Bono Cases, Attorney, 2015-2020

Past Employment

  • Charles H. Torres, P.C. – 2015-2020
  • SGR, LLC – 2020-2021
Education
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    • J.D. - 2014
    • Major: Corporate and Commercial Law Program
  • Miami University (Ohio)
    • B.S.; B.A. - 2010
    • Major: Business Management; Internal Affairs
Bar Admission
  • Colorado
Court Admission
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
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