As co-chair of Brownstein's Government Relations Department, Mike coordinates the firm's lobbying and public policy work in multiple states and integrates the state work with the firm's Washington, DC office. In Colorado, he provides representation before the legislative and executive branches for clients such as FedEx, Comcast, SAS, Colorado State University, Corrections Corporation of America and the Colorado Auto Dealers Association. At the federal level, he leads the Brownstein team providing representation for the City of Aurora, Colorado and Jefferson County, Colorado.
Mike served in the Colorado State Senate from 1993 to 2001 and was selected by his caucus to serve as the Senate Minority Leader for seven of his eight years in office, from 1994 to 2001. As a member of the General Assembly's Executive Committee, Mike was responsible for policy and administrative oversight of the Colorado Legislature. During his last year in office, in a Rocky Mountain News survey of his Senate colleagues, Mike was chosen as the Senate's "Most Effective Member," a remarkable honor for a member of the minority party.
Mike is also a member of the firm's Litigation Group. Since his admission to the Colorado Bar in 1982, he has successfully tried cases at all levels of state and federal court. After receiving his Master of Laws in Taxation, Mike practiced in the tax department of a major national firm. Mike's current practice draws upon a diverse and unique experience. He meets client objectives by providing a full range of options through business, litigation and governmental strategies.
Mike has remained active in the public policy arena and has served in appointed state positions under Democratic and Republican administrations
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit