Michael_Potraffke

Senior Counsel

Michael Potraffke

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Location

1805 Shea Center Drive
Suite 200
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
P (720) 479-2500
F (303) 471-1855

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Bio

Michael is senior counsel in WSHB’s Denver office, handling complex litigation involving personal injury, professional liability, product liability, premises liability, employment, defamation, construction, claims and matters involving state governmental immunity acts and governmental tort liability, and various commercial disputes on behalf of clients and insurers. Michael also defends employers before state and federal agencies, including in response to charges of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and wage and hour violations. He is likewise well-versed in intellectual property matters and business transactions, and enjoys zealously representing defendants of all sizes, from small, family-owned companies to large corporations.

In addition, Michael assists our national insurance coverage practice by advising and representing domestic and international insurers on first-party property (Homeowner’s and Commercial), commercial general liability, construction defect, and professional errors and omission claims, including the interpretation of policy provisions and exclusions and first-party bad faith claims. His experience also includes providing complex insurance coverage opinions regarding construction defect losses as well as commercial trucking catastrophic losses involving multiple insurers and policies.

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2009 with majors in English and Political Science and a minor in music studies. Michael then earned his J.D. from the Indiana University – Bloomington Maurer School of Law.  In his free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, golf, and Indiana Hoosiers basketball. Michael has also spent time volunteering as a judge for the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition and as a guest speaker for the Indiana Kids’ Election program.

Education

Indiana University – Bloomington Maurer School of Law (J.D., 2012)

Indiana University – Bloomington (B.A., 2009)

Licensed to Practice in:

Colorado
Indiana
U.S. District Court Colorado
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas

Employment
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  • Represents employers in all phases of employment litigation, including trial.
  • Defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment.
  • Represents employers during all phases of EEOC and DORA investigations.

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Trial & Appellate Results

Becky McCray v. Lockheed Martin Corporation, 2020 WL 495376 (D. Colo. 2020) (slip copy) (successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice, and defeated motion for remand, of civil action involving application of Colorado’s Dram Shop Act)

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