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Michael Dean Vaughn

Family Attorney at Delta, CO

4.7   29 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 18 years
    Oklahoma - OK 25 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State OK
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Resigned- Voluntary No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    60%

    26 years, 1,050 cases

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    20%

    17 years, 325 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    20%

    26 years, 625 cases

25+ YEARS EXPERIENCE. FORMER AIR FORCE JAG. IN PERSON OR VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE.

I have practiced law for 20 years. Seven of those years were spent as an attorney with the Air Force. I have been practicing in Colorado for the last 13 years. In my spare time I spend time with my wife and daughter. I also enjoy sking, biking, and spending time with my dogs.

Awards

Silver Client Champion

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Location

The Law Offices of Michael D. Vaughn
The Law Offices of Michael D. Vaughn
PO Box 2500
Crested Butte, CO, 81224
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by Carrie | April 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you
I am very grateful for all the hard work that Michael put in. His advice throughout the process was very helpful and I am very happy with the way everything turned out. Thank you!!
Posted by Joe Tinnerello | March 27, 2016
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Looking for a good lawyer? Read this review!
Michael is exactly the person you're looking for when, as a visitor to the area, you find yourself needing legal services. Great communication at each step of the process... and was consistently reliant all the way through; first call to last. It appeared to me that Michael has been in practice in the area for a good deal of time. I say this because his contacts appear able to reduce the time, drama and expense of a legal dispute. And the icing on the cake! The price is reasonable... fair... has value... You pick the term. All I can tell you is that I walked away feeling like it was "money well spent" on what could have been a disaster. All the best...
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Posted by Dena | August 24, 2023
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Amazing job
Michael and Andy are an incredible team. They were able to get us the results we wanted. Dedicated and willing to communicate and work after hours to get things organized for trial. If you are looking for an attorney that fights for you, hire him!
Posted by Mary | January 15, 2023
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Outstanding, dedicated attorney
Michael is an outstanding, trustworthy attorney who treats all of his clients with kindness and respect. His preparedness and calm are priceless in highly stressful situations. He cares about everyone affected by the case, especially children. His paralegal Andy is a huge asset, responding to communications promptly and always with kindness and patience. They're an incredible team, I genuinely credit them for saving my family. I recommend Michael Vaughn without reservation.
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Posted by Laura | May 23, 2022
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Navigating new territory with ease
Michael helped us with a case that involved a fairly new statute. He is knowledgeable, professional, and highly effective. We'd definitely use his services again [but hopefully we won't need them!]
Posted by Clint | November 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Vaughn Review
Michael is very personable and a straight shooter. He has a great work ethic and is very Attention to detail. Michael knows the Law! Michael has high Integrity. Michael's direct and to the point style works. When emotions are high it helps keep things focused. Michael did a great job giving me a voice again. He truly cares. He backed up everything he told me. In family Law or any Law that isn't easy. I Highly Recommend him!
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Posted by Natalie | October 19, 2021
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Divorce
Michael was very personable and represented me well. Would highly recommend him and Andy. They helped me through a difficult time!
Posted by Julie | March 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Recommended
Michael helped me settle my divorce case after years of unsuccessful attempts. He is good at negotiating and mediating with the opposing counsel. He is realistic and honest in what to expect and is detailed in the financial aspects. I recommend Michael Vaughn as a lawyer who is very detailed and dedicated to resolution.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2019
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Bankruptcy
Michael was above and beyond wonderful.His professionalism put us at ease and we were able to get through this difficult time knowing we were in good hands. He is easy to talk to and never overwhelmed us with a lot of jargon...yet always always answered our questions thoroughly. Andy, his paralegal, also went above and beyond for us. He was right on top of everything and gave us answers quickly!!!
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Posted by Brittany | November 2, 2018
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Best Attorney I've ever had
I chose Mr. Vaughn because he was prior military and would understand our unique situation. My case was almost 10 years old and extremely confusing. I could not be more happy with the hard work and dedication out of their office. Mr. Vaughn is professional but also makes you feel comfortable. He knows his family law very well and both him and Andy were able to help me feel confident before we entered the court room. I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by Dale | February 28, 2018
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Trustworthy
Michael met with me and my family for consultation and provided direct and honest advice that proved accurate and essential to assist in producing the best possible outcome. We are extremely thankful and would highly recommend entrusting your situation in him to advise and produce your best outcome.
Posted by Kellie | February 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Michael and Andy are both professional and friendly. They answer your questions honestly, they have quick response to messages and seem more like friends you've known most of your life. Don't let that confuse you though, when Michael puts on his suit and represents you, he is a brilliant lawyer. I'm very thankful for them, for the job they did on my case. I would have been so lost without them. They kept me informed of every step, explained each situation, gave me good honest advise, was very professional in dealing with my former husband, and Michael stood by me at every proceeding from beginning till I was back out to my car. The money was well spent, and every bill itemized and easy to understand exactly what every dollar went for. I'm still waiting for my refund of excess retainer, but I have every confidence it will be refunded honestly with no hidden fees. I referred my son to them during my case, and they were invaluable for him and his son in his custody case. I would refer them to anyone in need of a good lawyer and I would hire them again. (Hoping I never need to.) I will miss Andy's sunny disposition. He always was positive and happy, and it was contagious. Thank you both for everything, it was a pleasure to have you represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2018
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Child Custody
Michael, is extremely knowedgable in parental responsibilities cases. He did a good job walking me through the process, advocating for me in court, and working through a challenging case. A good family law attorney is hard to find you just found one!
Posted by Rob | December 12, 2017
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Recommended
Michael and his assistant, Andy, were efficient, informative, helpful and very friendly! Any questions or concerns, no matter how seemingly minor, were ignored. Prompt and informative responses to calls and emails. I had no issues working with this firm and would recommend them without equivocation!
Posted by Kimberly | November 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, professional, knowledgeable and likable!
Michael Vaughn helped me with a difficult divorce--including a restraining order, and then a lease-purchase for real estate. He is very knowledgeable, performs well in a timely manner, presents a professional appearance in court, and talked through options where I always felt I was involved and made informed decisions. In addition, he is likable and trustworthy.
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Posted by carl | August 4, 2016
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Civil Litigation
I retained Michael for a highly controversial restraining order by the officials of my home town. A secondary issue arose during the proceedings which Michael addressed brilliantly. The complaint was dismissed. He was supportive of my concerns throughout this ordeal and kept me informed. It is without hesitation that I recommend Michael Vaughn for anyone in need of quality legal services.
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Posted by Ray | October 20, 2015
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Professional, honest, flexible, understanding and accomodating
I was extremely pleased and completely satisfied with the services provided by Michael Vaughn and his team. Actually, my expectations were exceeded. At first, finding a lawyer filled me with anxiety. However, after my initial consultation with Michael I felt completely confident in my decision to hire him. While the terms of hiring a lawyer were not ideal, because I was only in Colorado for 48 hours, the experience with Michael and his staff was great. I am an Active Duty Officer in the US Army. Michael’s experience as US Air Force JAG officer was exactly what I needed in this divorce case and was confident in his ability to represent me. They understood the complexity and demands of being in the military and were willing to work around my Army duties and obligations. Michael ensured that my rights and protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act were protected while still complying with Colorado Law. The entire staff was extremely professional as well as courteous especially when dealing with opposing counsel. My case was handled with importance, careful attention to detail and sufficient interaction; Michael & his staff were very quick to respond, as well as reach out to me when needed. This included extensive emailing and long distance phone calls while I was deployed for a year to Afghanistan. Not once did I feel out of the loop or that my case would be better represented elsewhere. I have never left a teleconference or hung up the phone grumbling; as a matter of fact Michael and his team bent over backwards before during and after the case was over. During the trial Michael was brilliant; asking the right question to ask at the right time and support me at all times through direct and cross examinations. I am very grateful to have had Michael represent me because of his trustworthiness, knowledge and expertise. I recommend Michael Vaughn 100%, especially for a Military related divorce.
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Posted by Sandy | September 23, 2014
Ouray County Parental Rights-Parental Alienation Case
I can not say enough nice things about Michael Vaughn. Being a parent, my focus was on my child and having Mr. Vaughn as my attorney was a God send. He is trustworthy and patient. He worked hard on this case and did not miss a single detail. I could not have gone thru this without him. He is very personal and professional and he was great at putting me at ease. I would recommend him to anyone who is going through such difficulties and struggles and needs legal representation.
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Posted by Sarah | June 27, 2014
A Wonderful Choice!
I went to Michael having spent an exhausting amount of time trying to navigate a contempt case against my ex-husband, by myself. He met with me within a day of my calling his office. I was immediately at ease, even before discussing fees or committing to representation, he got in contact with his paralegal to look up some information regarding some of the issues. I was finally able to detach myself from the stress of the legal process and allow him to take over. His representation in court and efforts made to avoid an even longer battle were wonderful. Michael kept me well informed and just like our initial meeting, completely at ease. His friendliness and professionalism won me over. He helped to close this chapter in my life and I’m so grateful. I absolutely would (and have) recommend him to anyone!
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Posted by Dominick | December 3, 2013
Hire if you want brains!
Michael is the kind of attorney will let you know straight up what you're looking at with no bull crap he is smart and not the bulldog type but the kind who knows how to pinpoint and breakdown bricks in the house of your accuser ! Rated a 5!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Michael D. Vaughn, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Brown Schottelkotte Stimpert & Vaughn, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • McCarthy Schultz & Vaughn, LLC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Kennedy Childs & Fogg, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Asst. Judge Advocate
  • United States Air Force
  • 1998 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • John Doe v. Jane Doe
  • Full custody and decision making for father

Associations

  • Delta Bar Association
  • President
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Crested Butte Avalanche Center
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Delta Area Mountain Biker’s Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Commendation Award x3
  • United States Air Force
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Air Force Law Review
  • Exculpatory Polygraph Admissibility: The Scheffer Court Flinches But Leaves Hope for the Future
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Central Circuit Defense Counsel Conference
  • Computer Crimes
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 26
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
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