Michael Mihm’s trial practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in legal malpractice litigation and commercial, corporate, and business tort litigation, and select personal injury cases. Michael is also represents clients in larger probate litigation matters. He is one of the few plaintiff counsel in the United States to be certified as a specialist in legal malpractice law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA).
His legal malpractice clients are often companies or business people. His legal malpractice cases typically involve underlying business or real estate transactions, including tax, estate planning, intellectual property, land use, and many other matters. Michael's trial teams have recovered some of the largest legal malpractice jury verdicts and settlements in the U.S.
In recent years, Michael has tried cases to verdict or handled lawsuits in California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Texas. In October 2016, Michael obtained a nearly $2.0 million arbitration award (later confirmed as a judgment) in a breach of contract dispute on behalf of an minority owner being squeezed out of a recreational marijuana business. In April 2014, Michael obtained a $2.5 million jury verdict on behalf of the owners of a prominent Colorado retail business, Applejack Associates, Inc., in a legal malpractice case arising out of an attorney's breach of fiduciary duty when aiding a trustee in an attempt to seize control of the family-owned company. In June 2013, Michael and his partner, Mike Ogborn, obtained a $12.8 million jury verdict in state district court of Salt Lake City, Utah. The verdict, then one of the largest plaintiff legal malpractice jury verdicts in U.S. history, arose out of a prominent law firm's mishandling of a development application for a 8,650 acre ranch near Park City, Utah. http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/2013/06/stoel-rives-ordered-to-pay-128m-in.html?page=all .
Michael's business litigation often involves claims arising from breach of contract, corporate control, oil & gas transactions, real estate disputes, oppression of minority business owners, and claims arising from breaches of fiduciary duty and other misconduct by company insiders.
Michael typically becomes involved in probate litigation matters at the request of probate lawyers when it appears that a matter is likely to go to trial.
Michael is a Past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), an approximately 1,300 member organization for plaintiff and consumer trial lawyers in Colorado. Michael served as President of CTLA from August 2014 - August 2015.
Michael has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2011-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Legal Malpractice Law-Plaintiff, for which he was named the Denver Lawyer of the Year in 2015 and, again, in 2017.
Since 2005, Michael has served as managing editor of Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado, 2017 Ed. (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2017). This two-volume, 57-chapter treatise, updated annually, focuses on lawyers' professional liability and legal ethics issues. Michael recruited some of Colorado’s most knowledgeable lawyers in their respective fields to write chapters for the book. Michael wrote or co-wrote 6 chapters in the book.
Michael is rated AV® Preeminent™ and 5.0 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell, and is rated “10.0 out of 10 Superb” by Avvo.com. In 2006, Michael was designated as a Colorado Super Lawyer®, and he has received this designation each year since 2006. Michael is also active in the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, a highly-selective alliance of about 200 top-rated, independent law firms located in more than 135 cities around the world.
Michael is married to Nanette Mihm; they have two adult children, and one toddler grandchild. Michael and Nanette make their home in Roxborough, Colorado. When not practicing law, Michael’s outside interests include travel, film, jazz, and American History.