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About Michael Watts

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, employment law defense, and bad faith litigation. I also represent licensed professionals in actions brought against them by State licensing boards. 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 involving surgical complications;
  • 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 for a local hospital in a medical malpractice case involving post-surgical privacy issues;
  • 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 permanent injunction on behalf of a hospital client;
  • Multiple dismissals and other favorable results representing licensed professionals (physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, etc.) in licensing board actions.

I have been nominated as a “Rising Star” by my peers through Colorado Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 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 and currently serve on the Board of Directors.

I frequently present continuing legal education seminars, including multiple presentations on legal ethics.

I am married and have three children. I mountain bike, lift weights, camp and backpack.


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

Practice areas

Associations and memberships

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


  • University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, B.A., 2006
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law Defense
  • 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
  • Criminal Defense