Michael A. Goldman
Phone: (970) 259-8747
Michael Goldman enjoys a varied practice as principal with the firm of Goldman, Nicholson & Mack P.C. His practice primarily focuses on civil and criminal litigation in both the State and Federal Courts. He has represented plaintiffs in personal injury/wrongful death and civil rights claims as well as defended individuals, businesses and governmental entities in actions brought against them. Michael is comfortable in the courtroom having tried approximately 100 cases before a jury.
Growing up, Michael Goldman spent much time between Colorado and New York. Soon after graduating from law school, Mr. Goldman served a brief stint at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Appellate Section, and then moved to Durango where he served as Deputy District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, State of Colorado, from 1988 through 1995. In August 1995, he left the prosecutor’s office for private practice, however, serving as La Plata County’s Attorney from 1995-2009.
Presently, he serves on the Board of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, the second oldest bike race in America. Additionally, he is a member of the Southwest Colorado Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Justice Advisory Act Panel, and was also appointed by Colorado’s Governor serving two terms from 2012-2019 to the 6th Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. Previously, he was appointed to and served on the Sixth District’s Judicial Nominating Commission from 1999-2005 and the Governor’s Commission on Civil Justice Reform in 2000, the board of the Manna Soup Kitchen and also serves as its counsel along with the Adaptive Sports Association.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Land Use Law
Trial and Appeals
Columbia University, B.A., 1984
University of Denver, J.D., 1987
U.S. District Court, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1996
U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
SK Finance SA v. La Plata County, Board of County Commissioners, Colorado, 126 F.3d 1272 (10th Cir. 1997);
Animas Valley Sand and Gravel v. Board of County Commissioners of County of La Plata, Colorado, 8 P.3d 522 (Colo. App. 2000);
Animas Valley Sand and Gravel v. Board of County Commissioners of County of La Plata, Colorado, 38 P.3d 59 (Colo. 2001) cert. denied 550 U.S. 956 (May 21, 2007);
United States v. Headman, 594 F.3d 1179 (10th Cir. 2010) cert. denied 130 S. Ct. 3401 (2010), Trial Counsel;
United States v. Wells, 38 F.3d 1246 (10th Cir. 2022), Trial Counsel.