Michael D. Drews - Senior Counsel

Michael D. Drews is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes.  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 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…

Attention Adjusters: Disclose Colorado Auto Policy Information Within 30 Days or Pay Fine

On May 22, 2019, Colorado’s Governor, Jared Polis, signed House Bill 19-1283 into law, amending C.R.S. §10-3-1101, requiring insurers to provide certain automobile policy information upon claimant request or face significant penalties. The law took effect on January 1, 2020.

Colorado’s Made Whole Doctrine and Its Effect on Subrogation Claims

Colorado’s Made Whole Doctrine first appeared in 1989, in the case of Kral v. American Hardware Mut. Ins. Co.  However, the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision was limited to whether the enforcement of agreements reducing an insured’s liability for uninsured motorist coverage was proper when such enforcement would leave an insured less than fully compensated for loss caused by the negligent conduct of a financially irresponsible motorist.

In Colorado, Defendants May Seek the Discovery and Admissibility of Medical Lien Companies’ Amounts Paid Versus Amounts Billed

An ever-increasing number of plaintiff’s firms in Colorado are sending their clients to medical lien companies, sometimes referred to as medical healthcare funding companies or medical bill factoring companies.  These companies partner with plaintiffs’ attorneys and work with physicians to: (1) elicit inflated bills from a healthcare provider; (2) pay the provider a discounted amount to satisfy the bills; and (3) assert a lien for the inflated…

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.

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