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Michael D. Drews - Senior Counsel

Michael D. Drews is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Denver office.  Mr. Drews has a wealth of experience and enjoys the challenges of handling cases that draw from a number of diverse practice areas, including professional liability, premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance law and bad-faith litigation, employment law, interstate trucking and transportation law, commercial law, and construction defects.

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 easy to understand ways.  While Mr. Drews is particularly adept in the courtroom and enjoys trial work, he is equally skilled in evaluating his cases, developing a theory of the case, and working toward favorable dispositions for his clients short of trial, for instance settling matters by way of mediation.

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 (Determining the Effective Representation of a Child in Our Legal System: Do Current Standards Accomplish the Goal?, 40 Fam. Ct. Rev. 383 (2002)).  His Student Note 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 player on the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team (NCAA Division I) and a Justice on the Fairfield University Student Court, hearing honor code violations and other student misconduct.

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

Colorado’s Damages Caps Will Increase for the First Time in 12 Years on January 1, 2020

On April 8, 2019, Colorado’s Governor, Jared Solis, signed Senate Bill 19-109 into law, increasing the caps on damages.[i] The law represents the first increase in damage caps in twelve years and will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

Statute of Limitations Considerations in Colorado: Has Plaintiff Started the Party Too Late?

We are all familiar with the notion of statutes of limitations, with the legal terms having found its way into the average law person’s lexicon.  However, what appears to be a relatively simple legal theory can actually give rise to a multitude of considerations.  This article is intended as a survey of the commonly encountered ones, as well as a guide to evaluating a potential violations of an applicable statute of limitations.

Has a Plaintiff Really Exhausted His or Her Administrative Remedies in Discrimination-based Employment Lawsuits? A Tenth Circuit Prospective

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is responsible for enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (“EPA”), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”), Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), Sections 102 and 103 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”).

Colorado Bar Fights: Who is Liable? A Landlord, a Tavern Owner or Both?

“Mean Streets,” “Roadhouse,” “Boondock Saints,” and “A Bronx Tale” all have epic bar fight scenes.  The common denominator is a tavern frequented by, let us just say, a rough crowd and a tavern owner who is presumably looking the other way.  Of course, it is just Hollywood.  Or is it?  What about our neighborhood watering holes?  Those establishments are not immune from the occasional or sometimes frequent disagreements among patrons devolving into fisticuffs or worse.

Colorado’s Construction Defect Action Reform Act: “If You Build It, [Lawsuits] Will Come”

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Colorado’s population increased 13.2 percent between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2018.[i]  In the last full calendar year alone, Colorado added almost 80,000 people, making it the seventh fastest-growing state in the country.  Naturally, these new residents, in addition to the natives, need places to live, learn, shop, play, and get health care.  So it should be no surprise Colorado has experienced a building boom paralleling its population increase.

Liability or Lack Thereof Under Florida’s Dram Shop Statute

Under the common law doctrine, a vendor was absolved of liability related to its sale of alcoholic beverages because the consumption of the alcohol was considered the cause of the conduct and the resulting damages, which the vendor had no control over.

Injured on the Job? Want to Sue Your Employer? Not So Fast

When a person is injured in the workplace, generally speaking, the only compensation the employee is entitled to comes from his or her employer’s worker’ compensation insurance. To the chagrin of employees and plaintiffs’ attorneys, while a workers’ compensation claim can certainly result in money and benefits, both temporary and permanent disability payments are usually considered not adequate to compensate the employee. Further, typical forms of non-economic damages recoverable in civil actions are not available before a workers’ compensation board, such as pain and suffering and punitive damages seeking to punish an employer for dangerous work conditions or inadequate safety policies and procedures. However, conduct a state-by-state survey and one will find vastly different exclusivity statutes, providing for wide-ranging exceptions. So, knowing the scope of recovery under your state’s workers’ compensation is important.

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