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Michael McCormick defends professionals including attorneys, appraisers, and real estate brokers against professional liability, malpractice, and disciplinary actions.  He also practices real estate litigation and represents landowners in eminent domain cases against governmental entities such as CDOT and RTD.  Mr. McCormick also litigates cases relating to businesses, contracts, torts, and employment matters.

Mr. McCormick is a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Professional Liability Committee, the CBA Eminent Domain Committee, and an affiliate member of the Colorado Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.  He is a former co-editor of the CBA Eminent Domain Committee Newsletter.  He has served as faculty multiple times at the annual Colorado Eminent Domain Continuing Legal Education Conference.  Mr. McCormick is admitted to practice in Colorado, Wyoming, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Mr. McCormick formerly worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office where he represented the Colorado Department of Transportation.  He also served on the CDOT Legislative Review Executive Committee and as counsel for the Colorado Tolling Enterprise.

Mr. McCormick graduated seventh in his class from the University of Denver College of Law.  During law school, he was a Chancellor’s Scholar and was awarded the Order of Saint Ives and three Academic Excellence Awards.  He is also an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. 

2001    J.D.
University of Denver School of Law

1994    B.A.
University of Colorado
Political Science

Lawyers’ Professional Liability Insurance, Purchase and Coverage Issues, Colorado Lawyer, June 2019

Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, Larimer County Bar Association, May 15, 2019

Basics of Lawyers’ Professional Liability Insurance: A CBA-CLE Studio Session, April 11, 2019

Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, Aurora County Bar Association, April 8, 2019

Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, Arapahoe County Bar Association, September 11, 2018

Colorado Appraiser and Broker Professional Liability and Insurance Coverage – 2018 Update, Northern Colorado Association of Real Estate Appraisers (June 11, 2018)

Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance – 2018 Update By Christopher Buckman, MBA and Michael McCormick, Esq.

Professional Liability and Superseding Cause – 2018 Colorado Court of Appeals Case Danko v. Conyers (April 18, 2018)

Ethics for Attorneys, Professionalism, Colorado Eminent Domain Conference (April 3, 2017)

Going Public (or Private?) – Public-Private Partnerships and the Use of Eminent Domain, Colorado Eminent Domain Conference (April 24, 2015)

Negotiating Condemnation Clauses, Colorado Real Estate Symposium (July 10, 2014)

Preparing for a Pending Acquisition – Strategies for the Government and for Landowners, Colorado Eminent Domain Conference (August 2, 2012)

Appraiser Legal Update – Jan 2018 Newsletter CCAI

Staying Professional by Michael L. McCormick, The Docket, Denver Bar Association, April 2016

Drafting Condemnation Clauses for Leases in Colorado – Issues and Strategies, Colorado Lawyer, January 2014, Vol. 43, No. 1

Kelo Confined – Colorado Safeguards Against Condemnation for Public-Private Transportation Projects, Colorado Lawyer, March 2008, Vol. 37, No. 3

Legal Update – 2017 Florida Court of Appeal case dismisses professional negligence claim against appraiser based upon Intended User provision

Professional Liability Defense

Professional License Complaint Defense

Commercial Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Eminent Domain and Condemnation

Real Estate Broker License Defense, Liability Claims and Commissions Disputes

Appraiser License Defense, Liability Claims and Commissions Disputes


Real Estate Agents and Brokers


Professional Liability Insurance

Property Owners