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Michael Beaver

Of Counsel

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Mike works with clients to achieve optimal resolution of employment, insurance, and benefit plan disputes, and to develop practical preventive strategies.

Focused on client objectives, Mike has led the defense of hundreds of cases brought against employers and insurers.  He also counsels and defends clients in the ski and recreation industries.

Mike’s employee benefits experience includes cases brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), involving pension and welfare benefit claims, insured life, health and disability claims, fiduciary issues, independent contractor status, and class actions.  He has led the defense of cases in federal courts throughout the United States, as well appeals in several federal circuits.  He has also been involved in extensive non-ERISA benefits and insurance litigation in the state courts.  Mike leads a team of Holland & Hart lawyers who litigate employee benefit issues, resulting in dozens of trial court and appellate decisions which have helped shape controlling law.

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Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation, 2015-2019; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2020-2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2008-2016; Employment & Labor, 2017-2022
  • James K. Carroll Leadership Award from the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Insurance Law, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2007-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Labor and Employment – Denver, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Insurance Law – Denver, 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent® Rating

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
    Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
    Governing Council, 2006-2009
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • ABA/TIPS, Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association

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