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Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I obtained a B.S., in finance with a minor in economics from Miami (Ohio) University in 2000. I then spent a year working in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and then enrolled at Case Western Reserve University, where I graduated in 2004 with a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree. My love of snowboarding, hiking, and fly fishing inspired my move to Colorado to further pursue these activities and my legal career. Until 2008, I practiced insurance law exclusively in the areas of workers' compensation and subrogation. 


I am rated AV Preeminent with Martindale-Hubbell, and Super Lawyers Magazine named me a Colorado "Rising Star" in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.





Construction Litigation
Risk Management


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
  2. Construction: 25%
    10 years
  3. Transportation: 20%
    3 years
  4. Business: 20%
    10 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John Christopher Haas

    Michael has proven himself to be an adept litigator and creative problem-solver in the construction defect field of law.


    John Haas Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Paul Leo Vorndran

    Michael is expert at construction defect cases, and I highly recommend him.


    Paul Vorndran Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Allen & Curry, P.C.

789 Sherman Street
Suite 500
Denver, CO, 80203


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarColorado Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarColorado Super Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberAllen & Curry, P.C.2015 - Present
Senior AssociatePendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow, P.C.2013 - Present
Senior AssociateGrund Dagner, P.C.2008 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.N/A2013 - Present
Associated General Contractors of AmericaN/A2013 - Present
Colorado Lawyers CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.Member2013 - Present
Legislative Committee - Associated Builders and ContractorsMember2013 - Present
Legislative Committee - Associated General ContractorsMember2013 - Present
United States District Court for the District of ColoradoMember of the Bar2008 - Present
Colorado Defense Lawyers' AssociationMember2008 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2008 - Present
United States District Court of Appeals for the Tenth CircuitMember of the Bar2008 - Present
Mesa County Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2007
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Garrison Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Barco, 2011 WL 9274 (D.Colo. Jan. 3, 2011)Summary judgment granted in my client's favor.
Garza v. The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack of Delaware, Inc., No. 10-CV-00365-REB-KLM, 2011 WL 486197 (D.Colo. Feb. 7, 2011)Judge found in my client's favor
Lassiter v. DriscollSummary Judgment in my client's favor.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Merit Builder Magazine - the magazine of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.Marijuana Use: Protected Lawful Activity or Legitimate Basis to Terminate an Employee?2014
Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow, P.C.Contractors Beware! Just Because You're Done with the Job Doesn't Mean You're Off the Hook!2013
Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & CrowDenver Regional Counsel of Governments Issues Its Denver Metro Area Housing Study2013
Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & CrowThe Automatically Renewing Contract Provision - Valid Under Colorado Law?2013
Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow"The Importance of Personal Counsel in a Construction-Defect Lawsuit" or "If You're My Attorney, Why are You Telling Me I need to Hire Another Attorney?"2013
Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & CrowBut Wait a Minute, Didn't I Pay You to Clear the Snow and Ice?2013
Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & CrowIt's All Fun and Games . . . .2013
Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & CrowAhh . . . So You've Signed a Release and Waiver of Liability?2013
Carreg PublishingDiploma in Mountain Medicine2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve UniversityFinanceOther - Masters2004
Case Western Reserve University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2004
Miami University of OhioFinanceBSBA2000
Miami University of OhioFinanceBSBA2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wilderness Risk Management Conference, Portland, OR"Mock Trial Jury Focus Group."2012
America Outdoors Association Regional Conference, Daytona, FL"What to Expect When You Are Sued."2012