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Michael Fairhurst

Civil rights Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   3 reviews

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights

    10 years, 20 cases

  2. Employment and labor

    10 years, 15 cases

  3. Constitutional
    My civil rights and criminal defense cases very frequently involve issues relating to the United States Constitution. Thus, well over 50% of my cases have constitutional components.

    10 years, 5 cases

  4. Criminal defense

    10 years, 15 cases

I am the founding Partner of Killmer, Lane & Newman’s Western Slope office based in Carbondale, CO. I've devoted my entire legal career to representing people whose rights have been violated. I have only represented people – and never corporations or other large entities – who have been subjected to abuses of power. I have extensive experience with issues ranging from police misconduct to prisoners' rights to disability rights to employment discrimination and retaliation, and more. I joined Killmer, Lane & Newman as an Associate Attorney in 2013. Since then, I have been part of the winning trial team in several major employment and civil rights cases. This includes the Marvin Booker v. City and County of Denver case, which resulted in the largest civil rights jury verdict at the time in Colorado history. I became a Senior Associate Attorney at Killmer, Lane & Newman in 2016 and a Partner in 2018.

Licensed for 9 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 01/13/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Killmer Lane Newman, LLP
1543 Champa St Ste 400
Denver, CO, 80202-2981
Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP
201 Main St.
Carbondale, CO, 81623
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Posted by Michelle | January 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Caring Attorney Representation
When I contacted Michael, I was broken. I had been discriminated against, was very ill, and I felt defeated. Michael listened; that was the biggest thing for me. Instantly I felt relief, like someone besides me cared. I received exceptional advice and Michael understood my anger and gently helped me move past that. Michael is extremely knowledgeable on civil rights and all the other areas of law that will support your case. He is kind, patient, attentive to your needs and never forces his opinion on you. These are the things that make Michael an exceptional and caring attorney. When you think about the reasons you seek attorney representation isn't it important someone first listens to you and follows through? Not one message was ignored, not one thought dismissed. I was the most important client he had and I felt the genuineness of that. I would recommend Michael without any hesitation as an attorney who listens to his clients and follows through to get you the absolute best results.
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Posted by jeanne | January 13, 2015
efficient attorney
I have been a client of Michael's for a little over a year now. From the start, Michael has shown that he is both a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. He is tenacious in discovering all the facts concerning my case and always takes the time to listen to what I have to say. In addition to his many positive attributes, Michael is extremely prompt and informative with his correspondence. I strongly recommend Michael and his firm to anyone in our community.
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Posted by Yasir | January 11, 2015
Very Satisfied client!
Micheal Fairgust is very professional, reputable, and everything is filed and done in an appropriate manor. I'm very satisfied after working with him!


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Sheppard, White & Kachergus
  • 2012 - 2013


  • University of California - Berkeley
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Williams College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • Smith v. Kremmling, et al.
  • plaintiff's verdict
  • Bauman v. Bishop, et al.
  • directed verdict in favor of plaintiff
  • Walton et al. v. City and County of Denver et al.
  • plaintiffs' verdict


  • Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association
  • Outreach Officer
  • 2016 - 2017
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
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  • Quinnipiac Health L.J.
  • Traffic-Light-Labeling on Restaurant Menus: A Call for the Communication of Nutrition Information through Color-Coded Prices
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • CTLA civil rights committee
  • Defeating Claims of Qualified Immunity in Civil Rights Cases
  • 2020
  • CTLA civil rights committee
  • Pleading and Proving Municipal Liability Claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Civil rights Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an experienced and very smart civil rights lawyer who achieves great results for his clients. We worked together on a case recently and Michael brought strategic insight and also wrote brilliant legal pleadings. We ended up winning a great outcome. I wholeheartedly recommend him to any potential client seeking representation in civil rights cases."
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is one of the leading civil rights attorneys in Colorado. Talented, compassionate, ethical, and deeply committed to his clients, Michael has the legal skills and depth of knowledge to successfully litigate the most challenging cases. His track record of exceptional results is proof of his ability, and his sterling reputation within the civil rights community is a real asset to his clients. As a fellow attorney, I consider Michael to be an authority on civil rights law and one of the most effective advocates in the field."
Civil rights
Civil rights

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Denver Civil rights Lawyer Michael Fairhurst
Michael Fairhurst
Civil rights Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 9 years