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Michael J. Gates

colorado employment law attorney

Michael is a Colorado native born in Fort Collins to a career military officer.  After studying trumpet at the Lamont School of Music, he plunged into law school.  He is a civil litigation specialist with considerable experience in construction industry disputes, business and commercial litigation, employment disputes, general liability, and insurance matters.  He has assisted clients with matters such as construction defect disputes, construction contract disputes, trade secret protection, employee discipline and investigation, civil rights, insurance coverage, and premises liability.


Office: (303) 333-9810

Fax: (303) 333-9786

Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance and Insurance Defense
  • Appellate Proceedings

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member Construction and Employment Law Sections
  • Denver Bar Association, Member and former Chair of the Young Lawyers Division
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Member


  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


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