Mike is a trial lawyer who handles complex commercial litigation and serves as strategist and adviser to a wide variety of sophisticated businesses in the financial services and investment, construction, automotive, pharmaceutical and cannabis industries, among others, as well as government entities. He is also a law enforcement academy instructor and former police sergeant with deep knowledge of criminal, constitutional and use-of-force law.
Mike practices regularly in Colorado, California and New York, and appears in state and federal courts and in FINRA and AAA arbitration nationwide. Named a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” by Law Week Colorado, he currently chairs the firm’s Investments & Asset Management Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the Cannabis Law, Financial Services Industry and Appellate practice groups, among others.
Mike’s management philosophy harnesses the power of diverse, egalitarian and well-rounded legal teams in which all members’ life experiences and talents foster entrepreneurial, creative solutions for clients. Relatedly, Mike has a determined commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and to community service more broadly, especially service that supports historically underrepresented communities. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and the Colorado Center for Legal Inclusiveness “Champions’ Roundtable” as well as a supporter of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the Denver Public Schools Foundation, among other community groups.
Mike has litigated an array of complex commercial cases, often involving significant exposure. Representative engagements include the following:
Financial Crisis Litigation
For more than a decade, Mike has litigated the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis, including as lead counsel to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate for mortgage-backed securities (RMBS)-related matters. In that role, he defended more than $80 billion in mortgage-related claims brought against the Lehman estate and prosecuted thousands of claims against sellers of defective mortgage loans. Mike has also represented both institutional investors and investment banks in several multibillion-dollar RMBS trials, achieving, in one case, what the New York Post called “a whopping defeat” of an $11.4 billion claim.
Brand and Business Protection
Mike has substantial experience in brand and business protection, both as a preventative strategist and adviser and as a litigator. He has provided counseling and litigated cases involving trade secrets, trademarks, raiding and non-compete agreements in the financial services, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Mike immerses himself in clients’ businesses to thoroughly understand their goals and challenges and to design comprehensive legal strategies in which litigation is only one of many tools for achieving success.
Business Divorce and Corporate Governance
Mike represents companies, senior executives and founders in disputes concerning corporate governance and business divorce and in internal investigations. These cases are often highly charged, and managing both the legal and emotional aspects of these disputes is critical to preventing further harm to the organization and its people.
Mike represents investors and entrepreneurs in the legalized cannabis industry, which requires sophisticated counsel who can adapt to ever-changing business and legal environments and provide reliable advice to clients in a field with little legal precedent. In this respect, Mike excels because of his experience handling multibillion-dollar bet-the-company matters, the laser-focus and steady hand he developed in his military and law enforcement service and his aptitude for solving difficult—often novel—legal problems. Clients in the cannabis space (and beyond) benefit from Mike’s personal experience as an entrepreneur and business owner as well as the extensive resources of the firm’s Cannabis Law Practice Group, which is ranked among the nation’s leaders by Chambers USA.
Before Fox Rothschild
Mike served as a combat medic in the Israel Defense Forces and later as a metropolitan Denver area police officer. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Colorado and first in his class from the University of Denver College of Law, Mike began his legal career with the international law firm of Arnold & Porter, and later formed Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC (RBF Law), for which he was recognized as an Elite Boutique Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. RBF Law merged with Fox Rothschild in June 2018.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Mike uses his platform to support social justice and public interest organizations, and he maintains an active pro bono practice. Mike’s pro bono efforts include a matter in the area of school safety and gun violence prevention, helping secure asylum for an Eritrean torture victim and ensuring the legal right of a high school gay/straight alliance club to exist and provide support to the student population.
Honors & Awards
- Named to a list of 250 Cannabis Law Experts by Databird Research Journal (2018)
- Lawyer of the Year, Law Week Colorado (2017)
- Ranked in Chambers USA
- Rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Elite Boutique Trailblazer, The National Law Journal (2017)
- Colorado Super Lawyers for Securities Litigation (2014-2020)
- Top 100: 2015, Colorado Super Lawyers
- Local Litigation Star in Colorado by Benchmark Litigation (2017-2020)
- Local Litigation Star in Colorado – Plaintiff, Benchmark Litigation (2014)
- Colorado Rising Stars (2010-2013)