Michael P. Cross

Partner

Mike Cross understands he has two roles in every case. Whether it is a business dispute, construction litigation, or an insurance coverage claim, Mike zealously advocates for his clients while counseling them regarding the financial impact of litigation. Mike understands the effect litigation can have on a company and works with his clients to create an aggressive litigation strategy based on the client’s specific needs while always remaining cognizant of the bottom line.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial & Contract Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporation, Partnership & LLC Disputes
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Medical Device and Product Litigation
  • Business Torts & Fraud

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, J.D.
  • Purdue University, B.S., Business Management

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Experience

When a restaurant failed to take reasonable steps to make its parking lot safe after a snowstorm, Mike obtained a $1.4 million verdict as lead counsel for his severely injured client.

Experience

When a chain of dental clinics placed profits above the welfare of its patients, Mike was part of the team of litigators who obtained in excess of $40 million for over two thousand children who were forced to undergo unnecessary and improper dental procedures.

Experience

When project owners and general contractors improperly diverted construction proceeds, Mike has represented numerous construction companies to obtain payment for the work they performed, often obtaining judgments for three times the amount of the original claim and attorney fees pursuant to the Contractor’s Trust Fund Statute.

Experience

When a general contractor wrongfully terminated a small, family-owned subcontractor, Mike successfully tried the case, obtaining a large judgment for his client for lost profits, then pursued the general contractor’s owner pursuant to a veil-piercing theory, resulting in a favorable settlement.

Experience

When defending a business entity against allegations of theft of trade secrets, Mike ended the five-day trial before it ever began by obtaining dismissal of all claims on the morning of the first day.

Experience

When a maintenance worker left a malfunctioning industrial garage door unattended, Mike obtained a large recovery for the child who sustained severe injuries as a result of the dangerous condition.

Experience

When a construction company failed to warn motorists of a dangerous lane drop-off, Mike obtained a large settlement for his client who was severely injured in a single vehicle accident.

Mike helps businesses navigate the turbulent waters of litigation, often when the fate of the company is at stake. Mike focuses particularly on construction litigation, representing developers, subcontractors, and everyone in between. Mike understands the devastating effect of even a single project going off the rails. He works with his clients during contract negotiation and in the initial stages of the dispute to put them in the best position possible, then aggressively litigates on behalf of his clients through trial and beyond.

Mike also represents those who have been harmed by the negligence of others. Mike specializes in difficult cases, obtaining sizeable recoveries for clients who sustained devastating injuries resulting from uniquely dangerous conditions. Mike’s clients include those who have been harmed by medical device and drug manufacturers who profit from knowingly dangerous products and pharmaceuticals.

Mike grew up in Indiana, working summers building warehouses. Mike learned the construction trade first-hand, from swinging a hammer to pouring concrete. Mike attended Purdue University where he majored in Business Management with a minor in finance. After college, Mike attended Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, receiving his juris doctor degree in 2006. Because he always wanted to live in Colorado, Mike transferred to The University of Denver Sturm College of Law for his final semester of law school, and he has made his home in Colorado since. Mike began his career practicing class action and insurance bad faith litigation in Colorado Springs. He joined the firm of Ogborn Summerlin & Ogborn, LLC in 2009, and he joined Ogborn Mihm, LLP at its founding in 2012.

Mike is an active member of the American Association of Justice and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, organizations committed to the protection and advancement of individual rights. Mike is also an active member of the American Subcontractors Association and the Associated General Contractors of America.

Mike and his wife, Ali, spend their time chasing their two young children, Maylin and Bowen. Mike used to be an avid skier, angler, and golfer.

Articles

  • Co-Authored with Nicole M. Quintana, Chapter 11, “Contacts with Represented Parties and Their Current and Former Employees,” in Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado, 2018 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc.).
  • “The Contractors Trust Fund Statute – The Severe Penalties for Robbing Peter to Pay Paul,” Trial Talk, Vol. 66, Issue 5, Aug/Sept 2017.
  • Click here to view Mike’s blawg, “Constructing Solutions,” which provides updates and analysis of legal issues facing the Colorado construction industry.

Associations

  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Subcontractors Association

Awards