Murphy & Decker, P.C.
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MICHAEL J. DECKER
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TEL: 303.468.5980
Direct: 720.644.5442

Michael J. Decker

Mike Decker is an experienced litigator who practices in the areas of construction law, products liability, and complex commercial litigation. He has received an AV-Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards based on reviews from fellow lawyers and judges in Colorado. He has been recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer every year from 2012 through 2017. Only 5% of all lawyers in Colorado receive this distinction each year. Mr. Decker has been recognized in several editions of The Best Lawyers in America, and is currently honored in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Construction Litigation.

Mr. Decker previously worked as in-house counsel for one of the country’s largest insurance companies.  While there, he was the primary attorney responsible for the defense of construction claims in Colorado.  Mr. Decker has acted as lead litigation counsel in more than 100 construction defect actions.  He currently represents general contractors, trade contractors, and design professionals in litigated disputes and contractual negotiations.

Over the past 18 years, Mr. Decker has successfully litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts. Mr. Decker has represented numerous automobile manufacturers, product designers, and equipment manufacturers throughout Colorado and the United States.  He regularly represents large and small companies in a wide variety of litigated disputes including claims for breach of contract, negligence, products liability, personal injury, and employment law matters.

Areas of practice

  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Liability
  • Auto
  • CGL
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction law
  • Civil litigation
  • Insurance defense
  • Products liability
  • Personal injury
  • Commercial law

Admitted to practice

  • Colorado, 1998
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 1999
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999
  • Wyoming, 2014
  • United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, 2015

Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Colorado Super Lawyer in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Recognized in the 20th Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Construction Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial and Construction Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial and Construction Litigation

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Juris Doctorate, with honors, 1998
  • Valparaiso University, B.A., 1995

Professional associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Wyoming Bar Association

Community activities

  • Contributing author to The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law

Published cases

  • Copper Mountain, Inc. v. Industrial Systems, 208 P.3d 692 (Colo. 2009)
  • State Farm v. Kastner, 97 P.3d 1256 (Colo. 2003)
  • Burchett v. South Denver Windustrial, 42 P.3d 19 (Colo. 2002)
  • Richmond Am. Homes v. Steel Floors, LLC, 187 P.3d 1199 (Colo. App. 2008)
  • Serna v. Kingston Enterprises, 72 P.3d 376 (Colo. App. 2002)
  • Hussion v. ICAO, 991 P.2d 346 (Colo. App. 1999)
  • Shaw Construction LLC v. United Builder Services, Inc., 296 P.3d 145 (Colo. App. 2012)

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