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Michael A. Watts


Biographical Information


I am a partner with Retherford, Mullen & Moore. I handle cases in multiple practice areas, including general insurance defense (auto, premises liability, commercial general liability), professional liability defense, and bad faith litigation. My favorite part of being an attorney is trial. I have tried multiple cases over the years, taken and defended hundreds of lay and expert witness depositions, prepared and argued motions and litigated countless cases. Some of my recent successes include:    

Defense verdict for a local hospital in a medical malpractice case;

Defense verdict for a large insurance company on a bad faith claim;

Defense verdict in a wrongful death trial involving claims of civil conspiracy, negligence and negligent entrustment;

Defense verdict in a medical malpractice case involving wrongful death claims against an emergency room physician;

Defense verdict in a personal injury automobile accident case;

Defense verdict in a trial involving claims of breach of contract and negligence against a trucking company;

Securing a preliminary injunction on behalf of a hospital client.

I have been nominated as a “Rising Star” by my peers through Colorado Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015 and 2016. I maintain a “10/10 – superb” rating on the attorney website Avvo. I am a volunteer with Hire Heroes, and organization that helps military veterans find employment in the civilian sector. I am a member of the Claims Litigation Management Alliance, an alliance of insurance industry professionals and attorneys. I also am a member of the Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association.

Outside of the office, I am married and have three children. I mountain bike, camp/hike and exercise often.



Practice areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Defense
  • Self-Insurance Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Architects and Engineers Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Law
  • Pharmacy Law
  • Municipal Liability
  • Intellectual Property


  • Colorado, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2009


  • University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, B.A., 2006

Associations and memberships

  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association


Retherford, Mullen & Moore serves clients in all jurisdictions and counties throughout Colorado, including Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo and all points beyond the Front Range.