Michael T. Mihm, Esq.
Michael Mihm has 26 years of trial experience involving a wide variety professional liability claims and business disputes. He represents businesses and individuals – mostly plaintiffs — in legal malpractice, litigation, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. In 2006, Mr. Mihm was named as a “Colorado Super Lawyer®” for business litigation in the inaugural edition of Colorado Super Lawyers®, and he has been named as aColorado Super Lawyer® in every year since.
He 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.
Mr. Mihm is one of Colorado’s most experienced legal malpractice trial lawyers. While he now mostly represents businesses and individuals in claims against their former lawyers, Mr. Mihm once defended many of Colorado’s most prominent lawyers and law firms. He has tried numerous legal malpractice cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and the defendant lawyers. He is the Managing Editor of Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, Second Edition (CLE of Colorado, Inc., 2005, Michael T. Mihm ed.), a two-volume, 42-chapter book on the law of lawyer’s professional liability and professional ethics. Mr. Mihm and his associate lawyers also contributed eight chapters to the book, and he continues to edit the annual updates to the book. Mr. Mihm also authored more than half of the chapters in the first edition of the book, first published in 1999.
Mr. Mihm is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He is an active member of the Business Torts Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. He is a past chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Lawyers Professional Liability Committee. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars on topics ranging from trial advocacy skills to professional liability issues.
Mr. Mihm is admitted to practice in California and Colorado. He is currently representing, or has recently represented, clients in lawsuits filed in state or federal courts in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Utah. In 2009, he tried cases to verdict in New Mexico and Texas.
Areas of Practice
- Legal Malpractice Litigation
- Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation
- Medical Negligence Litigation
Recent Trials and Cases of Note
- Michael Mihm and Booka Smith recently represented a husband and wife in a personal injury action in which the husband was catastrophically injured in a construction crane accident,Paul Snow and Patrece Snow vs. RMS Cranes, et al. We settled our clients’ claims for $2.785 million shortly before trial.
- Michael Mihm and Anna Martinez recently represented a woman in a medical negligence claim against a New Mexico hospital and emergency room physician arising out of the death of her husband from an undiagnosed subdural hematoma, Jill Lau vs. San Juan Regional Medical Center, et al. We settled our client’s claims against the hospital and the emergency room physician for a confidential amount shortly before trial. Mr. Mihm and Ms. Martinez tried the claims against the remaining defendant, a New Mexico oral surgeon; however, after a three-week trial the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant oral surgeon.
- Michael Mihm recently represented a private equity fund that sued the former CEO of one of its companies, along with the CEO’s spouse, for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and embezzlement, International Beauty Products, LLC vs. Garth Beveridge and Dinah Beveridge. After a 10-day trial, a Texas state court jury found the defendants liable for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and civil conspiracy, and awarded damages of $632,000 to our client; the trial court later awarded attorney fees and other relief. Later, after a second bench trial, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas denied the defendants’ discharge in bankruptcy and entered a non-dischargeable judgment of $554,000 against the former CEO, plus substantial other equitable relief.
- Michael Mihm and Booka Smith recently defended the owners of a start-up energy conservation company in a lawsuit brought by a former business partner who claimed that our clients had misappropriated his business opportunities. Mr. Mihm and Ms. Smith also pursed a legal malpractice case against the lawyer who had advised our clients about the business opportunity. The case settled for a confidential amount before trial.
- Michael Mihm recently represented the minority owners of a Colorado casino in a dispute with the majority owner. Mr. Mihm settled the matter on favorable terms for the client without filing suit.
- “Michael Mihm represented a real estate development partnership against the partnership’s former managing partner in claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and conversion, Florado Partners, LLC v. Ronald D. Gollehon, et al. After a three-week arbitration, the arbitrator awarded substantial damages, plus other relief. The district court affirmed the arbitration award and entered judment for $983,000.
- University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California, J.D., 1983 Notes and Articles Editor, USC Major Tax Planning Journal (1981-1983) Notes and Articles Editor, USC Computer Law Journal (1981-1982)
- Walla Walla College, College Place, Washington, B.A., Cum Laude, 1980
- Professional Activities
- Lectures and Seminars
- News Articles and Press Releases
- Articles and Publications
- Bar Admissions