Michael E. McLachlan

Michael E. McLachlan: Attorney with Law Offices of Michael E. McLachlan PC


Michael McLachlan has argued before the United States Supreme Court and earned the highest professional accolades and recognitions in the legal profession, including the distinguished honor of being named in “The Best Lawyers in America” for Personal Injury for the previous 10 years. Michael is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, has been recognized as a Master Advocate by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, served as a Member of the Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee from 1988-1993, and formerly served as the Solicitor General for the State of Colorado.

Associate Editor, Arizona Law Review, 1972-1973. Recipient: Personal Injury, The Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2009. Author: Chapter 6, "Effective Household Products Liability", Personal Injury Handbook (James Pub. 1991). Law Clerk to Justice Edward C. Day, Supreme Court of Colorado, 1973-1974. Assistant District Attorney, Sixth Judicial District, Colorado, 1974-1976. Member: Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee, 1987-1992; Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, 1996-2002. Chairman, Commission on Judicial Performance, Sixth Judicial District, 1990-1993; Chairman, Commission on Judicial Performance, Sixth Judicial District, 2007—. La Plata County Attorney, 1995-1998. Solicitor General, State of Colorado, 1999-2000. Chairman, Southern Ute Tribe - State of Colorado, Environmental Control Commission, 2001-2003. Master Advocate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1992.

International Society of Barristers.

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Civil Practice
  • Complex Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Wills
  • Workers Compensation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
970-247-8236  Phone
970-247-8689  Fax
University Attended:
University of Nebraska and Southern Colorado State College, B.A., with honors, 1970
Law School Attended:
University of Arizona, J.D., 1973
Year of First admission:
1973, Colorado and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 1999, U.S. Supreme Court; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Southwest Colorado Bar Association
Corporal, United State Marine Corps 1965-1967
Birth Information:
Dover, Delaware, April 18, 1946
Reported Cases:
Hill v. Colorado, 530 U.S. 703 (2000); Sanderson v. Colorado, 12 P.3d 851 (Colo. App. 2000); Board of County Commissioners of La Plata County v. Moga, 947 P.2d 1385 (Colo. 1997); Sanchez by and Through DeFerdinando v. School Dist. 9-R, 902 P.2d 450 (Colo. App. 1995); Smith v. Zufelt, 880 P.2d 1178 (Colo 1994); Shandy v. Lunceford, 886 P.2d (Colo. App. 1994); Jones v. Board of Educ. of School Dist. 50, Archuleta and Hinsdale Counties, 854 P.2d 1386 (Colo. App. 1993); Board of County Commissioners, La Plata County v. Bowen Edwards Associates, Inc., 830 P.2d 1045 (Colo.1992); Seeley v. Board of County Commissioners for La Plata County, 791 P.2d 696 (Colo. 1990); Lee v. Colorado Dept. of Health, 718 P.2d 221 (Colo. 1986); Uptain v. Huntington Lab, Inc., 723 P.2d 1322 (Colo. 1986); Mountain Gravel and Const. Co. v. City of Cortez, 721 P.2d 698 (Colo. App.1986); Professional Health Care, Inc., v. Bigsby, 709 P.2d 86 (Colo. App. 1985); Trinity Universal Ins. Co. v. Hall, 690 P.2d 227 (Colo. 1984); People in Interest of M.S.H., 656 P.2d 1294 (Colo. 1983); Deaton v. Mason, 616 P.2d 994 (Colo. App. 1980).
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  • Accepts Visa
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
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