Michael E. McLachlan

USA: Colorado

Law Offices of Michael E. McLachlan, P.C.
813 Main Ave Suite 308
Durango, CO 81301
United States

Tel: 970-247-8236
Fax: 970-749-5933

Email: mike@dgoattys.com
Web: www.dgoattys.com

The Law Offices of Michael E. McLachlan, P.C. provide a wide variety of legal services in the Four Corners region.

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.

Mr. McLachlan has extensive jury trial experience. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates(ABOTA) as he has tried in excess of 50 civil jury trials to a verdict.

Mr. McLachlan is AV rated with Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing his highest professional and ethical reputation.
Through over 42 years of combined litigation, appellate and business experience, the Law Offices of Michael E. McLachlan, P.C. are able to provide first rate legal services to its clients on a wide variety of issues.

Present Practice Areas: Civil Practice; Complex Litigation; Personal Injury; Trials and Appeals in all Courts.

Past Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, Governmental Entity Defense and Local Governmental Law.

Admitted: 1973, Colorado and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1999, U.S. Supreme Court.

Education: University of Arizona, J.D., 1973, University of Nebraska and Southern Colorado State College, B.A., (with honors), 1970. Honors Graduate, Southern Colorado State College, selected to Alpha Chi, National Honors Society; Associate Editor, Arizona Law Review (1972-73).

Military Service: Corporal, United States Marine Corps (1965-67); Viet Nam Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal.

Memberships: Southwest Colorado, Colorado Bar Association; American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate); Fellow Emeritus and Treasurer, 2002-Present; Colorado Bar Foundation; Master Advocate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Public Service: Law Clerk to Justice Edward C. Day, Supreme Court of Colorado (1973-74); Assistant District Attorney, Sixth Judicial District (1974-76); La Plata County Attorney (1995-98); Colorado Solicitor General (1999-2000); Colorado Title Setting Board (1999-2000); Member and Chairman, Southern Ute Tribe-State of Colorado Environmental Control Commission (2000-2003).

Professional Service: Legal Counsel, Durango City Charter Commission (1977). Member, Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee (1987-1992, Chairman 1993); Chairman, Commission on Judicial Performance, Sixth Judicial District (1990-1993); Member, Colorado (Member Board of Governors 1986-90; 1997-98) and Southwest Colorado Bar Associations, (1976-present, President 1988); Member, Colorado Bar Association Litigation Council (1992-1999, Chairman, 1998). Member, Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions (1996-2002); Member, American Judicature Society (1992-2003); Fellow Emeritas, Colorado Bar Foundation (1996 Member, Board of Trustees and Treasurer 2002 – Present).

Professional Distinctions & Awards: Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates (1992) (Certified Fifty Jury Trials to Verdict); Master Advocate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1992); Fellow, International Society of Barristers (1999); The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury (2002 – Present).

Transactional Government Real Estate
Accidents/Personal Injury Entity Formation Regulations Contracts
Litigation Real Estate Eminent Domain Transactions
Appellate Advocacy Liens
Complex Civil Litigation HOAs
Will/Probate Contests
Wrongful Death
Insurance Disputes
Real Estate Litigation