No matter what the type of organization, playing an active role in the political decision-making process and policy formation is no longer a luxury—it is an imperative.
A coronavirus pandemic (or even the threat of such a pandemic) could easily make it more difficult for parties to perform their obligations under many types of contracts—especially contracts requiring travel or involving the delivery of goods and services. In the event that one of the parties to a contract can’t perform as a result of an actual or potential coronavirus outbreak, would the doctrine of force majeure allow them to suspend their performance or terminate the contract?
Mike Feeley provides representation before the Colorado legislative and executive branches for clients such as FedEx, Comcast, SAS, Colorado State University, Fidelity Investments and the Colorado Auto Dealers Association. Mike formerly co-chaired the firm’s national Government Relations Department and has represented clients in Washington DC, Sacramento and Santa Fe.
Mike served in the Colorado State Senate from 1993 to 2001 and was selected by his caucus to serve as the Senate Minority Leader for seven of his eight years in office, from 1994 to 2001. As a member of the General Assembly's Executive Committee, Mike was responsible for policy and administrative oversight of the Colorado Legislature. During his last year in office, in a Rocky Mountain News survey of his Senate colleagues, Mike was chosen as the Senate's "Most Effective Member," a remarkable honor for a member of the minority party.
Mike is also a member of the firm's Litigation Group. Since his admission to the Colorado Bar in 1982, he has successfully tried cases at all levels of state and federal court. After receiving his Master of Laws in Taxation, Mike practiced in the tax department of a major national firm. Mike's current practice draws upon a diverse and unique experience. He meets client objectives by providing a full range of options through business, litigation and governmental strategies.
Mike has remained active in the public policy arena and has served in appointed state positions under Democratic and Republican administrations.
On behalf of the City of Colorado Springs, secured $9M for a new cybersecurity intelligence center in partnership with the University of Colorado and federal Department of Defense and amended legislation to reduce the regulatory burden on the City’s Fire Department and EMS responders.
On behalf of the trade association, CINEMA, spearheaded and successfully passed first-of-its-kind in the nation legislation to promote movie and television production in Colorado that had been attempted by other lobbying entities for the prior seven years without success. Since that time, worked with the Governor and Office of Economic Development and International Trade to secure over $15M in funding for the movie and television rebate program. Recently secured $5.3M in state funding for the rebate program which resulted in Quentin Tarantino choosing Telluride, Colorado as the location for directing his 8th feature film, The Hateful Eight.
Board Member, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Board Member, West Metro Fire Protection District
Board Member, Special District Association of Colorado
Board Member, Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado
Former Board Member, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
United States Marine Corps, 1971-1974
Colorado Supreme Court Gives OK to Legislative Work Pause, Session is Officially on HoldBrownstein Client Alert, April 3, 2020
Questions Abound as Colorado General Assembly Extends Suspension of Legislative Session
Brownstein Client Alert, March 26, 2020
Fate of Colorado Legislative Session Unclear in Midst of COVID-19Brownstein Client Alert, March 13, 2020
Emerging Issues in Health Care Policy Brownstein Podcast Series, May 16, 2019
Will Opportunity Zones Succeed in Stimulating Investments?Brownstein Client Alert, March 13, 2019
Colorado Bills that Could Affect Development in 2019
Brownstein Client Alert, January 23, 2019
How Do Opportunity Zone Deals Really Work?Brownstein Client Alert, January 10, 2019
Colorado 2018 General Election Results & AnalysisBrownstein Client Alert, November 8, 2018
Treasury Releases Guidance on Opportunity ZonesBrownstein Client Alert, November 2, 2018
Brownstein Podcast Series: New Tax Incentives in Qualified Opportunity ZonesBrownstein Podcast Series, October 8, 2018
Colorado 2018 Primary Election Results and AnalysisBrownstein Client Alert, June 27, 2018
Legislative Roundup — One for the Record BooksCo-author, Law Week Colorado, May 21, 2018
Forecast 2018: Healthcare Legislative UpdateSpeaker, Colorado Managed Care Collaborative (CMCC) Healthcare Forum 2017, Aurora, CO, October 31, 2017
Urban Renewal Applicability Bill Provides Certainty to Urban Renewal Community; Plus Two Other Urban Renewal BillsCo-author, Brownstein Client Alert, April 3, 2017
Experience Denver Transit Tour Podcasts - Episode 1Brownstein Podcast Series, April 23, 2016
Will this be the Year for Construction Defect ReformCo-Author, Colorado Real Estate Journal, March 2016
Colorado Legislative Session Wrap-UpBrownstein Client Alert, May 26, 2015
Split Legislature Could Create Contentious SessionCo-Author, Law Week Colorado, January 14, 2015
Two Colorado Supreme Court Decisions Address Independent Contractor RelationshipsBrownstein Client Alert, June 2, 2014
Urban Renewal Once Again on Legislative AgendaBrownstein Client Alert, October 21, 2013
New Employment Laws - How They Will Impact EmployersBrownstein Client Alert, June 4, 2013
Client Update: U.S. Supreme Court Partially Overturns McCain-Feingold, Allowing Corporations, Labor Unions and Non-Profits to Make Limited Expenditures from General FundsBrownstein Client Update, January 25, 2010
Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2020
• Government Relations Lawyer of the Year, Denver, 2014, 2018, 2020
5280 Top Lawyers, Government Relations, 2015-2020
2014 Barrister's Best Government Lawyer, Colorado Law Week
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association