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Michael Vincent Switzer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lakewood, CO

4.4   7 reviews

Licensed for 23 years

About Michael

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FACING DIVORCE CAN BE TOUGH. GIVE US A CALL TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS.

Hello:

 

I am a native of Colorado, the best State!  I have a wonderful wife and the father of 4 children, two of whom are all but grown and moved out.

 

I enjoy skiing, fishing, and have dabbled in flight school and training.

 

I started my own practive after working 15 years in a well known "big" family law firm and resigning partnership there.

 

We are a very personable office and will treat you like our family.

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Licensed for 23 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 01/13/2023

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

Contact Michael

Switzer Family Law Office, LLC
1690 Kipling Street
Lakewood, CO, 80215

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
7 years of exceptional service
I've been a client of Mike's for years. He is one of Colorado's top Attorneys. He has an exceptional knowledge of the law and is extremely well spoken and well versed. I appreciate his attention to detail and truly believe he has a vested interested in you personally as a client. Angelica is also a definite asset. If you want your ex-spouse to be nervous, hire Mike. My ex went through four Attorneys to try and handle him. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to win!
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Posted by Feras Derany | October 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
You are the best Mr. Michael.
Mr. Michael answered my question and gave me direct and straight forward consultation, he also replied to my comments and private question to him.. i am really so thankful and appreciative to his work ethics and values... and i would diffidently use his services and recommend him..
Posted by Aaron | June 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Total confidence
Michael Switzer took over my child support reduction case at the last hour. We had two weeks before the hearing and He and his team performed at the highest level. I wanted an attorney with a winners attitude and that's what I got with the Switzer Law Firm.
Posted by Eugene P. Reilly | May 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret
Mr. Switzer has help me in a very exhausting legal problem for a number of years. He and his paralegal have been by my side throughout this issue working tirelessly, and all the while encouraging me and handling the legal details. I cannot say too many good things about this team. But if you are in a fight....these are the people you want in your corner!
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Posted by Scott | May 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Well Prepared
Mike has been representing me in a very high conflict case for three years now. First, during my divorce and now through a battle over parenting time and parental rights. He's kept on top of everything. Nothing has ever been filed late with the court and he's always made sure that my end of the work has been completed on time as well. Mike has a very easy manner in the courtroom, but knows when and how to become more aggressive if the situation requires it. Personally, I prefer "aggressive Mike", but it's best to just step back and trust him to approach the issues as he sees best. Additionally, he has always researched issues thoroughly, been well prepared, and I have never seen him caught off guard. Actually, seeing him so well prepared that he's rendered opposing counsel unable to provide intelligent responses is enough reason alone to recommend his services. Mike has always been extremely professional, straight forward, and supportive throughout the entire process. While encouraged to remain hopeful during these difficult times, I've never been fed false expectations and this has been very important to me. Last, and most importantly, Mike firmly believes in sticking to the high road. Even in the midst of many underhanded things being done to me, he insisted that I remain level headed, continue to approach the issues without sinking to the opposition's level, and to always keep my focus on my little boy rather than allowing myself to be pulled into separate conflicts being created to distract from the true issues. Not only can you put your faith in Mike to work extremely hard for you, but you'll also be able to look at yourself in the mirror everyday while you employ his services.
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Posted by Janis | May 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend and Refer this Attorney - Family Law - Grandparent Rights
Without hesitation, Mr. Switzer was professional, personable, effective and efficient in a family legal matter concerning grandparent rights. Mr. Switzer was a calming and rational influence during the entire case and together we pursued what was in the child's best interest. He kept me apprised of all phases and scheduled response times. Mr. Switzer always listened to my concerns and was fair and honest with potential outcomes. I felt we worked as a team. Because of his in-depth knowledge and expertise in family law, I was provided grandparent visitations and I now spend family time with my granddaughter without conflict. I'm thankful and grateful to have had Mr. Switzer as my attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All talk and no action
I interviewed several attorneys regarding my divorce - most offered a free initial consultation. After speaking with Michael Switzer I felt he was the one. He listened keenly to the details of my marriage and the issues of the divorce (money) and offered several notions that seemed to enhance my position. I believed he was willing and able to aggressively argue on my behalf so I hired him. Unfortunately his representation was far from what I was lead to believe. His aggressive counsel quickly evaporated and was replaced with vague explanations of the law and the process. He made promises that never happened and I felt less and less in control of my financial destiny. My stress level went through the roof as my wife stole property and money from me and asked for a settlement that was 50% higher than the worst case scenario that Mr. Switzer calculated. And as these events happened Michael Switzer kept telling me to, "Hang in there - this will all pass". I have never hired an attorney before and never had any legal trouble so I confess I didn't know what to expect - yet as I relayed the events of my divorce to friends and family they all - each and every one of them - suggested I should get another attorney - and I sure wish I had. My divorce is now over and it cost me tons of money. I never got back the property or money my wife stole and if I had read a review like this before hiring Michael Switzer I would have appreciated the insight.
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Response from Michael Switzer April 26, 2016
Dear Sir: I am sorry you were dissatisfied with the results in your case. As I recall, things happened as your case was progressing that caused the costs and strategy to change. I am quite sure you did not settle for 50% more than your "worst case" scenario! Regardless, I truly enjoyed getting to know you and wish you the best.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner attorney
  • Litvak Litvak Mehrtens & Epstein, PC
  • 1999 - 2014

Education

  • University of Denver College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 25 Best Divorce Lawyers in Denver
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Best of 2016
  • Thumbtack
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • People's Law School, Colorado Free University
  • Basic Family Law
  • 2008
  • Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals
  • Complex Financial Matters
  • 2007
  • Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals
  • Preparing Financial Statements Quickly and Effectively
  • 2006
  • Lawyers Public Information Foundation
  • Palimony and Common Law Marriages
  • 2004
  • The Colorado Lawyer
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities of Grandparents and Third Parties
  • 2001
  • CBA Family Law Conference Outline
  • Double-Dipping and Excess Earnings
  • 1999
  • Annual Survey of Colorado Law
  • Family Law
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lecture
  • Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information
  • 2006
  • Lecture
  • Mediation, Arbitration, Special Masters: Taking It to the Next Level
  • 2004
  • Lecture
  • Palimony and Common Law Marriages
  • 2004
  • Lecture
  • Family Law Update
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Very competent attorney and a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is one of the most professional attorneys I've ever worked with. He zealously advocated for his client as an opposing counsel is a very contentious and emotional case, while not allowing that zealousness to slip into the kind of unproductive behavior that sadly often characterizes such cases. I endorse Michael."
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I clerked for Mike while we were at the same firm together. Mike is passionate about what he does and has a great deal of experience with Colorado's courts and all areas of family law. Mike genuinely cares about his clients, and he makes a terrific advocate for those needing an insightful and intrepid attorney. I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an exceptional lawyer with whom I worked for many years. He now has his own firm and I would recommend him to any client. Mike is skilled, ethical and smart, The kind of person you want handling a family law case."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mike has all the tools to help parties needing a divorce: compassion, great analytical skill, excellent advocacy, and plain old common sense. Mike worked in my law firm for more than a dozen years and then needed to follow his dream of hanging his own shingle. As with everything Mike does, he approached this discussion with me with honesty and integrity. I've been able to observe Mike's work on cases since leaving the law firm, and he continues to provide very high quality service at an excellent value to his clients."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I strongly recommend Mike Switzer in the area of family law. Mike and I worked together for approximately seven years and his knowledge of the law, straightforward manner and ability to find solutions for his clients is something I admired and still admire. I highly recommend Mike."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent family law attorney. I've know Mike since law school. He is effective with his representation of his clients while understanding the difficulty that all people face going through a divorce."
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