Twentieth Judicial District, 2018-March
The son of working-class parents, Michael worked two jobs in high school. He loaded trucks for UPS and worked at a deli while attending Nassau Community College and, using student loans, he graduated from Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.
After law school, Michael served for twelve years as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He quickly rose to supervisory positions, including Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and ultimately was promoted and became responsible for the management, budget, and personnel of the District Attorney’s Office (an agency with over 1,200 employees), while continuing to prosecute serious cases. In 2009, Michael was recruited to head up the Colorado DNA Justice Review Project, an effort that led to the exoneration of an innocent man wrongly convicted of murder. Just months after arriving in Colorado, Michael was promoted to serve as the head of the Criminal Justice Section for the Attorney General. Currently, Michael serves as the second-in-command for the District Attorney’s Office for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. He is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the office, including major case decisions, budget, personnel, serving as a liaison with members of the community, law enforcement, and the
Michael has served on numerous groups leading to significant criminal justice reform. Notably, Michael received the Innocence Project’s Award for Advocate for Innocence and Justice. Michael has helped establish problem-solving courts and diversion programs to help offenders get back on the right track. Michael has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado Law School, the University of Denver Sturm School of Law, and at Fordham University. He also serves on the Board of the National District Attorneys Association.
Michael and his wife, Antonia, have been married for fourteen years, and are the parents of ten-year-old twins. He is a proud resident of Boulder. When he is not working or spending time with his family, you can find Michael running Colorado’s spectacular trails as he trains for his next ultra-marathon. Michael has twice finished the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run (2013 and 2016), as well as many 50-mile races around the state.