Michael D. Plachy

Michael D. Plachy

mplachy@lrrc.com vCard
303.623.9222 fax
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Mr. Plachy is a trial lawyer who represents companies in civil lawsuits ‎involving significant financial or reputational exposure. He has tried ‎many complex commercial, real estate, construction, product ‎liability, and class action cases.

Mr. Plachy also regularly advises businesses concerning corporate ‎governance, risk management, and strategic planning issues. 

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Colorado Courts in the Community, Volunteer
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center Advisory Board
  • Race for Research, Co-Founder and Organizer, an annual charitable event that has raised more than $750,000 for cancer research
  • Judicial Nominating Commission 18th Judicial District, appointed by Governor, Attorney General, and Chief Justice of Colorado Supreme Court
  • Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Commissioner, 2007-2010
  • University of Colorado Foundation Board of Trustees

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel for City and County of Denver in tax dispute against national online travel companies. Prevailed at trial, and ultimately affirmed by Colorado Supreme Court.
  • Represented City and County of Denver in lawsuit filed by the ACLU regarding First Amendment rights of demonstrators during Democratic National Convention. Case was tried and the City prevailed on all claims
  • Obtained $22.6 million jury verdict and judgment against The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in the first homeowner lawsuit brought as a result of damages caused by Entran II hose
  • Lead trial counsel for defendant, a national apartment complex owner, in suit by hundreds of plaintiffs claiming exposure to toxic substances. Prevailed on all claims
  • Lead defense trial counsel in mass tort litigation against multi-national escalator manufacturer. All claims resolved on terms favorable to client
  • Lead trial counsel for a national car rental company defending against an antitrust class action; summary judgment awarded in United States District Court; affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; certiorari denied by United States Supreme Court
  • Co-lead trial counsel for a multinational corporation in an employment action brought by a terminated employee. Summary judgment awarded in favor of employer on all claims
  • Lead trial counsel for a large healthcare provider in the arbitration of an employment dispute; favorable verdict on all claims
  • Lead regional trial counsel for large automobile brake manufacturer in numerous asbestos cases
  • Lead counsel for State of Colorado in Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund litigation against multinational defendants

Representative Clients

  • FirstBank 
  • Dollar Rental Car Company 
  • Honeywell, Inc. 
  • KONE Inc. 
  • Baker Hughes Corp.
  • Macy’s Department Stores 
  • Brinker International, Inc. 
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Denver 
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Tyco International 
  • US Bank 
  • Dave & Busters, Inc. 
  • City & County of Denver, Colorado 
  • States of Colorado, Louisiana, and Nevada

Representative Reported Cases

  • City and County of Denver v. Expedia, et.al., 2017 CO 32 (Colo. 2017)
  • Amica Mut. Ins. Co. v. FirstBank of Boulder, 2010 WL 1250100 (Colo. App. 2010)
  • ACLU v. City & County of Denver, 569 F. Supp. 1142 (D. Colo. 2008)
  • Toth v. Gates Rubber Co., 216 F.3d 1088 (10th Cir. 2000)
  • Union Ins. Co. v. Houtz, 883 P.2d 1057 (Colo. 1994)
  • Vista Resorts, Inc. v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 117 P.3d 60 (Colo. App. 2004)
  • Two Denver Highlands v. Stanley Structures, Inc., 12 P.3d 819 (Colo. App. 2002)
  • Western Surety Co. v. Smith, 914 P.2d at 451 (Colo. App. 1995)

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Related Events

Past Events


  • Benchmark Litigation - "Local Litigation Star" in Colorado, 2016-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, 2019-2021
  • Colorado Super Lawyers - 2012 Top 100 Ranking - Business Litigation, 2010-2020
  • Law Week Colorado - "Lawyer of the Year", 2008

Other Info


J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 1992, Order of the Coif
B.S., University of Colorado, 1988

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 1992

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Colorado
Colorado State Judicial District Courts
Colorado Court of Appeals
Colorado Supreme Court