Michael T. Mihm

Partner

Michael Mihm’s unique trial practice focuses on plaintiff-side legal malpractice, business, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. Michael has obtained some of the largest plaintiff legal malpractice jury verdicts and settlements in the United States, and many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in commercial and personal injury litigation. He is one of the few plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States to be certified as a specialist in legal malpractice law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Colorado Super Lawyers® magazine names Michael as of one of Colorado’s “Top 100” lawyers. Michael is included among The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Commercial Litigation and, also, Legal Malpractice Law-Plaintiff, for which he was three times named the Denver “Lawyer of the Year” (first in 2015, again in 2017, and again for 2019). Michael is a Past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the largest specialty bar organization in Colorado.

Michael is a co-founder of Ogborn Mihm, LLP, and practices from both the Denver and Los Angeles offices. Michael represents clients in courtrooms nationwide.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Torts & Fraud
  • Commercial & Contract Litigation
  • Corporation, Partnership & LLC Disputes
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Inheritance Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Trust & Estates Litigation

Education

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, California
  • Walla Walla College, College Place, Washington, B.A., Religion, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Experience

In July 2019, Michael tried and won (for the defendants) a jury trial involving a partnership dispute among partners over a luxury real estate development and golf course community, defeating a fraud claim. Michael and his team obtained a jury verdict of $1.2 million on our clients’ counterclaim.

Experience

In May 2019, Michael settled a legal malpractice claim arising from mishandling of the tax treatment of revenues from patent infringement litigation. The settlement is confidential.

Experience

In January 2019, Michael and his colleague, James “Jim” Fogg, tried a surcharge action in probate court filed against a trustee accused of looting millions of dollars from several trusts. Michael and Jim recovered an $8.7 million judgment, including treble damages for civil theft, and almost $900,000 in attorney fees.

Experience

In September 2018, Michael settled a legal malpractice claim arising from the purchase and sale of an automobile dealership. The settlement is confidential.

Experience

In October 2017, Michael and his team negotiated a $3.0 million settlement in a wrongful death case arising from a collision between a bicycle and an automobile.

Experience

In June 2017, Michael tried (and lost) a medical malpractice case.

Experience

In October 2016, Michael obtained a nearly $2.0 million arbitration award (later confirmed as a judgment) in a breach of contract dispute on behalf of a minority owner being squeezed out of a recreational marijuana business.

Experience

In June 2015, Michael obtained a jury verdict in a business fraud/partnership dispute that later resulted in a confidential settlement and favorable buy-out of our client’s partnership interest.

Experience

In April 2014, Michael, with his colleagues Thomas Neville and Clayton Wire, obtained a $2.5 million jury verdict in a legal malpractice case involving control over a successful family-owned company.

Experience

In June 2013, Michael Mihm, with his partner Mike Ogborn and trial team at Ogborn Mihm LLP, obtained, at the time, one of the largest legal malpractice verdicts in the United States against one of America’s largest law firms. http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/2013/06/stoel-rives-ordered-to-pay-128m-in.html?page=all.

Michael Mihm’s unique trial practice focuses on plaintiff-side legal malpractice, business, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. Michael has obtained some of the largest plaintiff legal malpractice jury verdicts and settlements in the United States, and many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in commercial and personal injury litigation. He is one of the few plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States to be certified as a specialist in legal malpractice law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Colorado Super Lawyers® magazine names Michael as of one of Colorado’s “Top 100” lawyers. Michael is included among The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Commercial Litigation and, also, Legal Malpractice Law-Plaintiff, for which he was three times named the Denver “Lawyer of the Year” (first in 2015, again in 2017, and again for 2019). Michael is a Past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the largest specialty bar organization in Colorado.

Michael’s Philosophy of Client-Centered Trials

Michael is a student of the art of trial persuasion. Michael believes that every client has a simple and compelling story, regardless of how complex the case may appear. Michael and his team routinely use focus groups and cutting-edge trial techniques to discover and best present the client’s case at trial. Michael understands that a client’s goals and objectives are paramount. Thus, the team includes the client in every major decision of the litigation process. Michael and his team never forget that, ultimately, the case is the client’s case.

Michael’s Expertise in Legal Malpractice Litigation

Michael has prosecuted or defended hundreds of legal malpractice lawsuits, has tried many such cases, and has also served as an expert witness in many such suits. Since 2005, Michael has served as an author and managing editor of Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2018). This two-volume, 57-chapter treatise, updated annually, focuses on lawyers’ professional liability and legal ethics issues. Click here to see more about or purchase Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Edition.

Michael’s legal malpractice clients come from all walks of life, but are most often companies or business people. His legal malpractice cases mostly involve underlying business or real estate transactions, including intellectual property, patent law, tax law, land use, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, and many other matters. However, Michael also handles non-business related legal malpractice cases. For example, Michael and his colleague, Elizabeth “Betsy” Hyatt, represented pro bono a young man who was sentenced to life in prison at age 15 for a murder that he did not commit, and who, after 14 years in prison, was released from custody. Michael and Betsy sued the negligent criminal defense counsel on the young man’s behalf and recovered a confidential settlement.

Michael’s Expertise in Commercial and Corporate Litigation

Michael also has a significant business and corporate litigation practice. Michael’s business litigation often involves claims arising from breach of contract, corporate control, oil and gas transactions, real estate disputes, oppression of minority business owners, partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, intellectual property disputes, computer fraud, and claims arising from breaches of fiduciary duty and other misconduct by company insiders.

Michael’s Expertise in Personal Injury Litigation

Michael also personally tries select medical malpractice, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. For example, in 2017, Michael and his team tried (and lost) a medical malpractice case, but then negotiated a $3.0 million settlement in a wrongful death case arising from an automobile-bicycle accident. Michael’s firm has a significant personal injury practice and recently obtained a $100 million settlement in a products liability claim arising from a helicopter crash.
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/02/01/dave-repsher-air-crash-settlement.

Michael’s Trial Experience

In recent years, Michael has tried cases to verdict or handled lawsuits in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Texas. More recently, in July 2019, Michael tried and won (for the defendants) a jury trial involving a partnership dispute among partners over a luxury real estate development and golf course community. Michael and his team obtained a jury verdict of $1.2 million on a counterclaim. In January 2019, Michael and his colleague, James “Jim” Fogg, tried a surcharge action in probate court filed against a trustee accused of looting millions of dollars from several trusts. Michael and Jim recovered an $8.7 million judgment, including treble damages for civil theft, and almost $900,000 in attorney fees. In June 2013, Michael and his partner, Mike Ogborn, obtained a $12.8 million jury verdict in state district court of Salt Lake City, Utah. The verdict, then one of the largest plaintiff legal malpractice jury verdicts in U.S. history, arose out of a prominent law firm’s mishandling of a development application for an 8,650 acre ranch near Park City, Utah. http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/2013/06/stoel-rives-ordered-to-pay-128m-in.html?page=all. Michael also represents clients in select probate or inheritance litigation matters, usually involving very large estates and usually at the request of probate lawyers when it appears that a matter is headed to trial.

Michael has been inducted as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming.

Michael’s Bar Leadership

Michael is a past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), an organization of approximately 1,300 plaintiff and consumer trial lawyers in Colorado. CTLA is the largest specialty bar organization in Colorado. Michael served as an officer of CTLA from 2010 through 2016 and continues to serve on the board of directors.

Michael is a past-president of the Board of Directors of CLE in Colorado, Inc., the publishing and continuing education arm of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He served for six years on the Board.

Michael is the past chair of the Lawyers’ Professional Liability Committee for the Colorado Bar Association. He also served for a number of years on the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association’s Litigation Section.

For several years, Michael served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he taught a course on law firm management and professional ethics titled “Private Law Firms.”

Michael was heavily involved with a multi-year initiative of a subcommittee of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, that developed an on-line platform for Lawyer Self-Assessment. The Self-Assessment program is designed to help lawyers better serve clients, simplify lawyers’ professional lives, and help prevent malpractice claims and ethics complaints. https://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/AboutUs/LawyerSelfAssessmentProgram.asp Michael’s book on Lawyers’ Professional Liability provides much of the source material for the Self-Assessment program. This innovative program is among the first such programs in the United States.

Michael is active with the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. Michael is the current the Chair of the Primerus Personal Injury Institute and has for many years served on the Institute’s Executive Committee.

Michael writes and often speaks on trial practice, professional ethics and malpractice prevention to lawyers and bar associations.

Personal

Michael grew up in rural Michigan and Oregon, the eldest of six children. Michael worked his way through college and graduated with honors. While in college, Michael also served for a year as a missionary in the Republic of Indonesia, teaching English as a Second Language.

After college, Michael attended the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Michael began his legal career in 1983 as an associate attorney with a banking law firm in Beverly Hills, California. In 1985, he moved his young family to Colorado, resolving to become a trial attorney, and soon became a trial partner in one of Colorado’s largest defense firms. In 2003, Michael formed the boutique trial law firm of Starrs, Mihm & Caschette LLP to focus on plaintiff-side legal malpractice litigation and commercial and business tort litigation. In 2012, after both of Michael’s partners became district judges, Michael formed Ogborn Mihm, LLP, with Murray and Mike Ogborn. Michael served as the firm’s managing partner for many years and is now the co-managing partner with Mike Ogborn.

Michael is married to Nanette Amier Mihm. Michael and Nanette have two adult children and two small grandchildren with whom they are enamored.

Articles

  • Managing Editor, Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2005-2018). This two-volume, 53-chapter book focuses on legal ethics and lawyers’ professional liability issues. Managing editor and contributing author since 2005. Annually updated and expanded. https://cle.cobar.org/Books/Product-Info/productcd/ZLPLIB18B
  • Chapter 4, “Conflicts of Interest,” in Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2005-2018).
  • Co-Author with Nicole M. Quintana, Chapter 49, “Fundamentals of Legal Malpractice Litigation,” in Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2018).
  • Co-Author with Nicole M. Quintana, Chapter 50, “Causation and Damages in Legal Malpractice Litigation,” in Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2018).
  • Co-Author with Nicole M. Quintana, Chapter 51, “Common Law Legal Malpractice Claims,” in Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2018).
  • Co-Author with Nicole M. Quintana, Chapter 52, “Statutory Legal Malpractice Claims,” in Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2018).
  • Co-Author with Nicole M. Quintana, Chapter 53, “Defense to Legal Malpractice Claims,” in Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2018).
  • “Thinking Like a Business Owner: Why it is Important to Your Legal Career,” 2017 Primerus Young Lawyers Section, Client Service Boot Camp, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Law Vegas, Nevada (February 8-10, 2017).
  • “CTLA Teaches,” Trial Talk, Vol. 64, Issue 4, June/July 2015, at 5.
  • “New Lawyers: The Key to CTLA’s Future,” Trial Talk, Vol. 64, Issue 3, Apr/May 2015, at 5.
  • “New Lawyers: The Key to CTLA’s Future,” Trial Talk, Vol. 64, Issue 3, Apr/May 2015, at 5.
  • “Finding Our Moral High Ground,” Trial Talk, Vol. 64, Issue 2, Feb/Mar 2015, at 5.
  • “Look to the Future,” Trial Talk, Vol. 63, Issue 7, CTLA’s Special 60th Anniversary Issue, October 2014, at 5.
  • “Tip Of The Spear,” Trial Talk, Vol. 63, Issue 5, Aug/Sept 2014, at 5 (Remarks on Election as CTLA President, August 7, 2014).
  • Co-Author with Nicole M. Quintana, “Tort or Breach of Contact? The Economic Loss Rule and Why It is Important to Your Practice,” Trial Talk, Vol. 63, Issue 5, Aug/Sept 2014, at 29.
  • “Avoiding Legal Malpractice in Interstate Trucking Cases,” The Lawyer’s Log Book, Vol. 1, No. 4, Oct-Nov 2011, at 32.
  • Co-author with L. Dolan, Chapter 6, “Legal Bases for Lawyers’ Liability for Malpractice,” Colorado Attorney’s Professional Liability Handbook (Robin L. Beatty ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1999).
  • Co-author with L. Dolan, Chapter 7, “Common Law Legal Malpractice Claims,” Colorado Attorney’s Professional Liability Handbook (Robin L. Beatty ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1999).
  • Co-author with L. Dolan, Chapter 8, “Statutory Legal Malpractice Claims,” Colorado Attorney’s Professional Liability Handbook (Robin L. Beatty ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1999).
  • Co-author with L. Dolan, Chapter 9, “Liability to Third Parties,” Colorado Attorney’s Professional Liability Handbook (Robin L. Beatty ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc.,1999).
  • Co-author with L. Dolan, Chapter 10, “Conflicts of Interest,” Colorado Attorney’s Professional Liability Handbook (Robin L. Beatty ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1999).
  • Co-author with L. Dolan, Chapter 11, “Damages for Injuries or Losses Caused by Legal Malpractice,” Colorado Attorney’s Professional Liability Handbook (Robin L. Beatty ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1999).
  • Co-author with L. Dolan, Chapter 12, “Defenses to Legal Malpractice Claims,” Colorado Attorney’s Professional Liability Handbook (Robin L. Beatty ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1999).
  • “Risks of Multi-State Practice of Law,” Whoops: Colorado Bar Association Malpractice Prevention News, April, 1999.
  • “Software Piracy and the Personal Computer: Is the 1980 Software Copyright Act Effective?,” IV Computer Law Journal 1971 (1983).

Presentations

  • “Avoiding Malpractice,” International Society of Primerus Law Firms Young Lawyers Conference, Denver, Colorado (March 2019).
  • Panelist, with Matthew T. Kirsch, Gerald D. Pratt, and Jessica Yates, “Ethics Opinions Update,” Colorado Bar Association Colorado Litigators’ Summit (October 2018).
  • Panelist, with Johannes S. Kingma (Atlanta), Ralph B. Levy (Atlanta), and Tamara F. Goodlette (Denver), “Master Class in Attorney Malpractice Mediations: Select Topics for the Expert,” 2017 ABA Fall National Legal Malpractice Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado (September 2017).
  • “Pro-Active Management Based Regulation,” sponsored by the Office of Attorney Regulations Counsel, Colorado Bar Association (July 2017).
  • Faculty Member and Speaker, 2017 Primerus Young Lawyers Section, Client Service Boot Camp, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Law Vegas, Nevada (February 2017).
  • “Simplifying Your Case to Win,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Steamboat Springs, Colorado (August 2016).
  • Panelist, with Nancy Cohen and Christopher Buckman, “Anatomy of a Legal Malpractice Claim: What Plaintiffs Look for and How to Defend,” Denver Bar Association (June 2016).
  • “Simplifying Your Case to Win,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Blockbuster Seminar, Denver, Colorado (January 2016).
  • “Rules of the Road for Protecting Clients and Preventing Legal Malpractice,” Colorado Bar Association Litigation Council, Denver, Colorado (November 2015).
  • “Ethical Pitfalls of Auto Accident Cases,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Blockbuster Seminar, Denver, Colorado (January 2015).
  • “Tip of the Spear,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Snowmass, Colorado (August 7, 2014)(remarks on election as CTLA President).
  • “Rules of the Road for Protecting Clients and Preventing Legal Malpractice,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Snowmass, Colorado (August 2014).
  • “Is it a Breach of Contract or a Business Tort? Why it Makes a Difference in Business Litigation,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Snowmass, Colorado (August 2013).
  • “Malpractice Prevention: Lawyers’ Duties to Prospective Clients and Non-Clients,” CLE in Colorado, Inc., Denver, Colorado (live and video web presentation) (June 2012).
  • Moderator and Program Planner, “Malpractice Prevention for Boutique Law Firms,” International Society of Primerus Law Firms (telephone and audio webinar) (November 2011).
  • “How to Avoid Legal Malpractice in Interstate Trucking Cases,” Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America Super Summit, St. Louis, Missouri (September 2011)
  • “Ten Things You Don’t Want Me to Find in Your File,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Blockbuster Auto Seminar, Denver, Colorado (January 2011).
  • “Legal Malpractice from a Plaintiff’s Perspective,” Colorado Bar Association and CLE in Colorado, Inc., Legal Malpractice Prevention Seminars, Denver & Colorado Springs, Colorado (January 2011).
  • Moderator and Program Co-Chair, “Beating Goliath: How CTLA’s Davids Took on One of the World’s Largest Corporations and Won,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Vail, Colorado (August 2010).
  • Moderator and Program Planner, “Hardball Tactics and Stupid Lawyer Tricks: Maintaining Civility in Litigation,” ABA Section of Litigation and ABA Center for Continuing Education (telephone and webcast seminar) (February 2010).
  • “Conflicts of Interest” and “Top 10 Ways to Get Sued or Grieved in Small Law Offices,” Utah State Bar Fall Forum, Salt Lake City, Utah (November 2008).
  • “Common Law and Statutory Legal Malpractice Claims,” Colorado Bar Association Preventing Legal Malpractice Seminars (January 2007).
  • Co-Chair and Moderator, Colorado Bar Association, Preventing Legal Malpractice Seminars (January – February 2006).
  • “Finding Insurance for Your Professional Negligence Claim,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Finding Insurance for Your Personal Injury Claim Seminar, Denver, Colorado (April 2005).
  • “Practice Management Software” and “Electronic Discovery” in “Overcoming Your Fears: Using Technology in Ligation Seminar,” National Business Institute, Inc., Denver, Colorado (March 2005).
  • Speaker and Moderator, “Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar,” with M. Ewing, National Business Institute, Inc., Denver, Colorado (July 2004).
  • Speaker and Moderator, “Damages in Colorado Civil Trial Practice,” with D. Brown, National Business Institute, Inc., Denver, Colorado (March 2003).
  • Speaker and Moderator, “Damages in Colorado Civil Trial Practice,” with D. Brown, National Business Institute, Inc., Lakewood, Colorado (January 2002).
  • “Hiring and Firing Clients,” Colorado Bar Association, Tuesdays at the Bar (February 2001).
  • “Successfully Presenting the Complex Case to a Colorado Jury,” with M. Burg, National Business Institute, Inc., Denver, Colorado (January 2001).
  • “Restatement (Third) of Law Governing Lawyers: Malpractice Highlights and New Directions,” Colorado Bar Association Convention, Vail Colorado (September 1999).
  • “Recent Developments in Professional Liability Cases,” Colorado Bar Association and CBA/CLE in Colorado, Inc., Legal Malpractice Seminars (Jan-Feb, 1999).
  • “Preventing Legal Malpractice,” Boulder County Bar Association (December 1997).
  • “Fee Agreements and Client Communication,” Colorado Bar Association and CBA/CLE in Colorado, Inc., Legal Malpractice Seminars (January 1997).
  • “Legal Malpractice: Trends and Prevention,” Weld County Bar Association (November 1996).
  • Speaker with D. Breakstone, “Lawyer Liability Under the Restatement (Third) of Law Governing Lawyers,” Colorado Bar Association Convention, Vail, Colorado (September 1996).
  • Program Chair and Moderator, Colorado Bar Association and CBA/CLE in Colorado, Inc., Legal Malpractice Prevention Seminars (January-February 1996).
  • “How to Terminate the Attorney-Client Relationship Without Getting Sued,” Colorado Bar Association and CBA/CLE in Colorado, Inc., Legal Malpractice Prevention Seminars, Fort Collins, Colorado (February 1995).
  • Program Chair and Speaker, “Malpractice Prevention: Detecting and Handling Conflicts of Interest Issues in a General Practice,” Colorado Bar Association Convention, Keystone, Colorado (September 1994).
  • Speaker with H. Tucker, “Malpractice Prevention Tips for Elder Law Attorneys,” CBA/CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1994 Elder Law Seminar (June 1994).

Associations

  • Immediate Past President, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2015-2016
  • President, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2014-2015
  • President Elect, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2013-2014
  • Vice President, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2012-2013
  • Secretary, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2011-2012
  • Treasurer, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2010-2011
  • Executive Committee, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-Present
  • Legislative Counsel, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-Present
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2008-Present
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2014-Present
  • President, International Society of Primerus Law Firms Personal Injury Institute, 2019-2020
  • Executive Committee, International Society of Primerus Law Firms Personal Injury Institute, 2017-Present
  • Quality Assurance Board, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, 2016-Present
  • Member, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, 2010-present
  • President, Board of Directors, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (publishing and Continuing Legal Education non-profit arm of the Colorado Bar Association and Denver Bar Association), 2013-2014
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2012-2013
  • Member, Board of Directors, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2008-2014
  • Co-Editor, Business Torts Committee Website, American Bar Association, 2005-2007
  • Co-Director, Litigation Section Programs, Business Torts Committee, American Bar Association, 2008 – 2010
  • Corporate Counsel Committee, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1983-Present
  • Counsil of Presidents, American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), 2014-2016
  • AAJ State Delegate, American Association for Justice, 2013-2016
  • Member, California Lawyers Association (formerly California Bar Association), 1983-Present
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Litigation Section Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, 2016-2019
  • Professional Liability Committee Chair, Colorado Bar Association, 1997-1999
  • Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association, 2014-2015
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, 1985-Present

Awards