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Michael D. Drews - Partner

mdrews@tysonmendes.com

Denver, CO: (720) 726-5893

Norwalk, CT: (203) 493-2975

Jersey City, NJ: (201) 289-5500

New York, NY: (917) 781-4702

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Michael D. Drews is the Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York offices.  He has a wealth of experience and enjoys the challenge of handling cases that draw from diverse practice areas, including professional liability (medical and legal malpractice), premises liability, wrongful death, hospitality law, interstate trucking and transportation law, commercial law, construction defects, employment law, and bad-faith litigation.

Mr. Drews has successfully represented not only individuals and small business owners, but also hospitals, physicians, attorneys, directors and officers, large corporate entities, insurance companies, airlines, general contractors, construction managers, and interstate trucking and transportation companies.  He takes pride in his ability to counsel his clients and explain complex legal issues in an easy to understand manner. While Mr. Drews is particularly adept in the courtroom and enjoys trial work, he is equally skilled in evaluating his cases, developing a theory for a case, and working toward favorable dispositions for his clients short of trial.

Mr. Drews is admitted to practice law in Colorado, New York, Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Drews obtained his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 2002.  During law school, Mr. Drews served on the Family Court Review as a Staff Editor and Notes and Comments Editor.  His Student Note was selected for publication in the July 2002 edition and was also one of six articles published in a special edition compiled for the 2004 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Family Law Education Forum in San Antonio, Texas.  In addition, Mr. Drews was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s 2002 Law Student Ethics Award, a member of the Long Island Moot Court Competition Team, and a Law Student Advocate in the Criminal Justice Clinic. Mr. Drews obtained his B.S. in Business from Fairfield University in 1999.  During college, Mr. Drews was a Justice on the Fairfield University Student Court, hearing honor code and other student misconduct violations, and was a player on the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team (NCAA Division I).

During his free time, Mr. Drews enjoys every moment with his two amazing boys and rooting on his beloved New York Mets, Buffalo Bills, and Buffalo Sabres. He can also be found playing lacrosse all year long in various leagues and tournaments.

Recent Posts

Are Employer-Mandated Vaccines the Future? New York State Bar Association Says Yes

On August 27th, the New York State Bar Association’s Emergency Task Force on Mandatory Vaccination and Safeguarding the Public’s Health (“Task Force”) released a report detailing its discussions on the COVID-19 vaccine. Among its many recommendations, the Task Force urged lawyers, employers, and their employees to get vaccinated, as well as teachers, students (when approved for their age group), and university students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the Task Force recommended vaccine access be provided in correctional facilities and in immigration detention facilities.

Tyson & Mendes Announces Four New Partners Michael Drews, Candice Hamant, Allison Lawrence and David Ramirez Promoted to Partner

SAN DIEGO (June 8, 2021) – Leading insurance and civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the promotion of Michael Drews, Candice Hamant, Allison Lawrence and David Ramirez to partner. Drews joins the firm’s partnership in Denver, Hamant and Lawrence in Northern California, and Ramirez in the firm’s San Diego headquarters.

Exposure to First-Party Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Colorado

Claims for bad faith breach of insurance contract can arise in first-party and third-partyi contexts. This article will address the former. First-party bad faith cases involve an insurance company refusing to make or delaying payments owed directly to its insured under a first-party policy such as life, health, disability, property, fire, or no-fault auto insurance. ii In essence, the insurer’s actions expose the insured to being personally liable for the monetary obligations underlying the insured’s claims.

Colorado’s Approach to Resolve a Conflict of Laws

Have you ever been faced with a situation where an insurance policy was issued in one state, but a motor vehicle accident involving the covered auto occurs in another? Of course, the first step is to consult the policy and locate the choice of law provision, but what do you do when there is not one contained in the policy?

One Way a Plaintiff May Try to Get Around Colorado’s Noneconomic Cap in a Wrongful Death Case: Claim a Felonious Killing

The Colorado wrongful death statute specifies who may file a wrongful death claim, including time limits to each potential plaintiff’s ability to commence an action. The surviving spouse of decedent is the only person who may file a wrongful death claim in the first year after death. During the second year after death, both the surviving spouse and the surviving children of decedent are allowed to file a claim. If the decedent left no surviving spouse and no surviving children, then decedent’s parents may file a wrongful death claim.

“No Helmet, No Problem,” but Defendants Pay for It: Colorado’s Lack of a Helmet Law

Us Generation Xer’s will be the last generation who can recall a life in a world without internet, computer dependency, cellphones, safe playgrounds, and, the subject of this article, wearing helmets while riding our bicycles (we are also the last generation to recall what really good music sounds like, but I digress).  As apathetic Gen Xers retired their flannel and baggy clothes in favor of becoming responsible parents, it would be unthinkable to not outfit our children with a helmet.  Statistics support the use of a helmet…

Colorado’s Seatbelt Law and the Effect on a Plaintiff’s Damages for Not Buckling Up

Everyone is aware of the “Click It or Ticket” national campaign to ensure drivers and passengers buckle up to reduce traffic related injuries and deaths on our highways. Of course, that campaign is aimed toward the traffic infraction/moving violation punitive side of the justice system, not civil matters. So, what happens in Colorado when a plaintiff commences a civil suit for injuries and damages sustained in a motor vehicle accident, but he or she failed to use a seatbelt?

Colorado’s Premises Liability Act: History, Definitions, Defenses, and Practical Considerations

The Colorado Supreme Court said it best: “the law of premises liability in Colorado has had something of a checkered history.” In 1971, the Court overruled the common-law distinctions between trespassers, licensees, and invitees in determining the standard of care owed by the occupier of land towards those who come upon the land, because those principles occasioned harsh…

So Plaintiff Filed in the Wrong Colorado Venue Against an Insured Foreign Business Entity: Now What?

We tend to see plaintiffs filing in the wrong venue when the insured is a foreign business entity.  Reason being, foreign business entities are, by their very definition, organized under the laws of another state, so the appropriate venue is not always so clear.  When plaintiffs do it wrong in Colorado, they typically have filed the lawsuit in Boulder or Denver County.  Why?  Because those two jurisdictions tend to be the most liberal, plaintiff friendly…

Update: Colorado’s Damages Caps Have Officially Increased for the First Time in 12 Years

In July 2019, we explained in an article, entitled: “Colorado’s Damages Caps will Increase for the First Time in 12 Years on January 1, 2020,” Senate Bill 19-109 had been signed into law, which would raise the caps on noneconomic damages, derivative noneconomic damages, wrongful death, solatium, and dram shop/social host statutes for inflation.[1]  However, at the time of writing the article, the new cap amounts going into…

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