FGMC is proud to welcome Michael J. Gates as a new Associate with the firm

Michael is a Colorado native born in Fort Collins to a career military officer. After studying trumpet at the Lamont School of Music, he took the plunge into law school. He is a civil litigation specialist with considerable experience in business and commercial litigation, employment disputes, general liability, and insurance matters. He has assisted clients with matters such as trade secret protection, employee discipline and investigation, civil rights, insurance coverage, and premises liability.
When not focused on work, Michael enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and son. He plays the trumpet, hacks at golf balls, hikes, rides his bike, and is a pretentious wine snob.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations

* Colorado Bar Association
* Denver Bar Association, former Chair of the Young Lawyers Division
* Defense Research Institute

Reported Cases:

* Rivera v. Cormaney, 248 Fed.Appx. 37, 41, 2007 WL 2575517 (10th Cir. 2007)
* Coleman v. City and County of Broomfield, 2007 WL 324561 (D.Colo. 2007)
* Fischer v. Adams County School Dist. No. 12, 2006 WL 2067957 (D.Colo. 2006)

Practice Areas

* Civil Litigation
* Employment Law
* Insurance Defense
* Appellate Proceedings


* University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1999
* University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, BA in Music, 1995


* Colorado
* United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
* United States Supreme Court

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