Michael can analyze and build a legal case brick by brick. That is because Michael grew up around construction. With a grandfather who was a mason, Michael remembers spending a lot of time as a child on job sites. In fact, as soon as Michael could push a wheelbarrow, he would move sand, rock, and gravel for his grandfather. It was on these sites that he learned the value of hard work. Applying what he learned to his academics, Michael earned a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Marquette University. As an undergraduate, he worked as a mechanic, where he did everything from paint rooms to replace an entire building’s water system.
Michael began his legal career while in law school when he worked as a construction law clerk at Beltzer, LLC. It was with Beltzer, LLC that Michael received his legal training from Buck Beltzer. Following law school, Michael clerked for the Denver Juvenile Court presiding judge, Honorable D. Brett Woods, and the other Juvenile Court judges, Honorable Donna J. Schmalberger and Honorable Laurie Clark. After clerking, Michael joined Beltzer Bangert & Gunnell LLP, where he once again gets to work alongside Buck as well as numerous other well-respected construction attorneys.
Michael earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he was a member of the Construction Law Society, earned several highest-grade awards, and was a teaching assistant for numerous professors, including the Advanced Legal Writing professor. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado.