Attorney Profile
Michael Mclachlan

Michael McLachlan

Attorney Profile: Michael Mclachlan

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.

LAW SCHOOL: University of Arizona, J.D., 1973.

COLLEGE: University of Nebraska and Southern Colorado State College, B.A., (with honors), 1970.

ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS: 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.

MEMBER: 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 AND 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).

PERSONAL: Born: Dover, Delaware, April 18, 1946. Married: November 24, 1984 to Barbara Jean Hall, Children: Brian Hall McLachlan and Kathryn Jean McLachlan.

813 Main Ave Suite 308
Durango, CO 81301
970-247-8236 • 970-749-5933

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Accidents/Personal Injury
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Will/Probate Contests
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Real Estate Litigation


  • Entity Formation
  • Real Estate


  • Regulations
  • Eminent Domain

Real Estate

  • Contracts
  • Transactions
  • Liens
  • HOAs