Michael S. Porter

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Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Wheat Ridge, CO

The Law Firm of Michael S. Porter LLC
 | 4350 Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 300
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-940-8370
Fax: 720-512-4918
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%)
Attorney Profile

The federal False Claims Act (FCA) empowers whistleblowers to report fraud against the government and allows the whistleblower to collect 15-30% of the recovery. Michael has been litigating FCA or qui tam actions for 18 years. Michael’s successes include a $7.5M jury verdict concerning federal oil royalty fraud that resulted in a $26M settlement; an $18M settlement that resolved claims of Medicare/hospice fraud; a $6M settlement remedying gas royalty underpayments and a $4.5M settlement to resolve claims of customs fraud. Michael is committed to diligently protecting the rights of whistleblowers and uses his thorough knowledge of the False Claims Act to guide his clients each step of the way.

Originally from Colorado, Mr. Porter earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, with distinction, from the University of Illinois in 1978. He returned to Colorado to complete his law degree at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, graduating in the top 15% of his class in 1981. A licensed attorney since 1981, Michael has more than 37 years of civil litigation experience.

In addition to litigating whistleblower cases, Michael has extensive experience litigating personal injury, commercial and oil and gas disputes.  Michael has achieved a number of multi-million dollar personal injury settlements. Michael has argued in both state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, in Colorado and across the nation.

 Michael has been recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado.

 

 

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Civil Litigation (60%)

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Professional Liability (10%)

Employment & Labor (10%): Whistleblower

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Whistleblower

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019

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About Michael Porter

Admitted: 1981, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.MichaelSPorterLaw.com

Honors/Awards:

  • For excellence in the study of Uniform Commercial Code III , American Jurisprudence Award, AmJur, 1981
  • Graduating in the top 15%, University of Denver School of Law , 1981
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2016
  • One of the Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2018
  • As published in the Denver Post, Top Lawyers of Colorado, 2018
  • Top Attorneys in Colorado, Top Attorneys in Colorado, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $7,555,886.28 12 member federal jury verdict resolving claims of fraudulent underpaymen of federal oil and gas royalties, 2007
  • $6M False Claims Act settlement against the British Oxygen Group resolving claims of fraud in the payment of federal oil and gas royalties, 2003
  • $768,750 jury verdict resolving claims of underpayment of private oil and gas royalties, 2001
  • $2M personal injury/trucking liability settlement, 2008
  • $4.5M False Claims Act settlement against Otter Products LLC dba OtterBox resolving claims of customs duties fraud, 2014
  • $2.9M personal injury/premises liability settlement, 2010
  • $26M False Claims Act settlement against Kerr McGee Oil & Gas Corporation n/k/a Andadarko US Offshore Corporation resolving claims of federa oil royalty fraud, 2011
  • $500,000 personal injury/premises liability settlement, 2014
  • $18M settlement of False Claims Act claims alleging Medicare fraud against a United HealthCare subsidiary, Evercare Hospice, Inc., 2016

Representative Clients:

  • United States ex rel. Maxwell v. Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corporation, 540 F.3d 1180 (10th Cir. 2008) (decision reversing the trial court’s dismissal of the case and determining that Michael’s client was eligible as a qui tam relator)
  • United States ex rel. Fowler v. Evercare Hospice, Civil Action No. 11-cv-00642 (D. Colo. Sept. 15, 2016) (order granting Michael’s and Paul’s clients’ motion to dismiss a subsequently filed qui tam complaint on first to file grounds)
  • United States ex rel. Fowler v. Evercare Hospice, 2015 WL 5568614 (D. Colo. 2015)(decision denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss both the government’s and Michael’s and Paul’s clients’ complaints for Medicare hospice fraud)
  • Boyd v. A.O. Smith Harvestore Products, Inc., 776 P.2d 1125 (Colo. App. 1989) (review of trial court decisions dismissing claims against his client, the manufacturer of agricultural silos)
  • United States ex rel. Grynberg v. Koch Gateway Pipeline Company, 390 F.3d 1276 (10th Cir. 2004) (decision interpreting the first-to-file provision of the False Claims Act)
  • Creel v. Jahani, 2009 WL 4250065 (D. Colo. 2009) (decision denying the physician defendants’ motion to stay the case Michael’s client brought for her retaliatory discharge following her efforts to expose the physician’s Medicare fraud)
  • United States ex rel. Phillips v Front Range Home Improvements, Ltd., 2008 WL 1818003 (D. Colo. 2008)
  • United States ex. rel. Grynberg v. British Oxygen Group
  • Jones v. Estate of Brady, 2011 WL 6096303 (D. Colo. 2011) and 2012 WL 6096303 (D. Colo. 2012) (federal trial court decisions denying the defendants’ motion for summary judgment and resolving pre-trial evidentiary issues – the defendants ultimately settled the case on the second day of trial)
  • Gorman v. Tucker, 961 P.2d 1126 (Colo. 1998) (decision defining the State of Colorado’s ability to recover funds under its Medicaid lien statute, reversing a contrary trial court decision and allowing recovery for his client)
  • Berg v. United States, 806 F.2d 978, 981-983 (10th Circuit 1986) (affirmance of trial court verdict on behalf of his clients the University of Colorado Medical Center and Dr. Robert Lattes)

Educational Background:

  • University of Illinois, Economics, With Distinction, 1978

Industry Groups

  • TAF- Taxpayers Against Fraud - National False Claims Act
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Office Location for Michael S. Porter

4350 Wadsworth Blvd.
Suite 300
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Phone: 303-940-8370

Fax: 720-512-4918

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Last Updated: 1/10/2019

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