Skip to main content

Michael George Sawaya

About me

I am a Colorado native, born in Trinidad to George and Jackie Sawaya, and moved to Denver when I was three years old.  I attended Denver Public Schools, The University of Colorado and received my B.A. at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs.  I attended Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating with honors in 1975.  I am a member of The Order of Coif legal honorary society and the Phi Kappi Phi honorary society.   I started practicing law in 1975 and started my law firm on April 1, 1977.  For 14 years I carried on an active general practice of law and began specializing in injury cases only in 1989.  I have tried more than 100 civil jury trials and have appeared hundreds of times in courts throughout Colorado and in the federal courts of several states.   I am an advocate for the rights of injured people and have also spent years supporting the NAACP in an advisory capacity and as counsel. 

I started The Sawaya Law Firm 37 years ago.  I continue in the active management of the firm.  I still enjoy being in the courtroom when they let me out to participate in that activity.   The firm has grown from two partners and a secretary in 1977 to a firm of 19 lawyers and a staff of more than 80.   I have worked on nearly every kind of case in the legal industry. I enjoy mentoring new attorneys and watching them succeed in their careers.  

For the past several years I have lectured for the Colorado Bar Association on matters dealing with motor vehicle injury law.  Additionally, I am an active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. 

I achieved a Masters level of Neurolinguistic Programming.  That area of study deals with the most advanced methods of human communication.  I have used the skills he has learned in this area in practical ways which have benefited me in my legal practice. 

When not practicing law, I am a musician who plays the flute, the piccolo, the alto saxophone and the soprano saxophone. I am also a writer on spiritual matters and have authored the book Turbulence in the River, available at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver and at 

I manages and motivate the firm under twelve enduring values that include Honesty, Integrity, Honor, Truth, Freedom, Trust, Justice/Fairness, Responsibility, Family, Faith, Service/Goodwill/Charity and Hope.  I believe in those values in terms of running my law firm and in terms of the service that my firm gives to the clients.

I've worked on approximately 25,000 cases since I started my firm in 1977.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Photos and videos

1409274 1450807035

1409274 1450807004

1409274 1450806937

1409274 1450806747

Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 75%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%



Contingent (20-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • William K. Mattar

    Mike Sawaya is making a difference in his community. He does excellent work for his clients. I endorse him.


    William Mattar Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher Daniel Leroi

    Excellent attorney. Mr. Sawaya continues to provide valuable advice on Avvo each time that he responds to a question. Although I have been licensed and practicing for 24 years, including time spent as a judge and magistrate, I continually learn from his answers about different aspects of the law. I would recommend him to everyone.


    Christopher Leroi Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Sawaya Law Firm

1600 Ogden Street
Denver, CO, 80218-1414


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super Lawyer5280 Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top Attorneys in Colorado5280 Magazine2012
Super Lawyer5280 Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderThe Sawaya Law Firm1977 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Better Business BureauMemberN/A
Order of the CoifMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Personal InjuryN/A
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
BookTurbulence In The River2011
Chapter - Pertinent Legal Aspects of MTBIMinor Traumatic Brain Injury Handbook: Diagnosis and Treatment2000
Denver Law JournalLegal Perspectives In Personal Injury1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Colorado CollegeSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of ColoradoEconomicsBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Marketing AssociationTraumatic Brain InjuryN/A
Colorado Bar Association, Ethics CommitteePersonal InjuryN/A
Colorado Bar Association, CLE CommitteePersonal InjuryN/A