Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Michael F. Feeley, a long-time, respected member of Colorado’s political and business communities, has joined the firm’s government relations group as a shareholder. Feeley brings more than 25 years of experience to the firm’s Denver office.
“Brownstein has one of the most respected government relations practices in the West and I am proud to be a part of it,” Feeley said. “This position offers a unique blend of politics, government and business and I look forward to using my experience to help enhance the government relations practice and the firm.”
As a shareholder in Brownstein’s government relations group, Feeley’s practice will focus on state and local policy. With the firm's growing Washington D.C. practice and offices across the West, Feeley will help provide Brownstein's clients comprehensive service at the federal, state and local levels throughout the country.
“With extensive political experience, knowledge of the legislative process and years spent practicing law, Mike is a substantial addition to our esteemed government relations team,” said Bruce James, managing partner and CEO of Brownstein. “His addition boosts our capabilities and allows us to provide increased value to our clients.”
Previously, Feeley was shareholder in Isaacson Rosenbaum’s public law and policy and litigation practice groups. He also spent time at Baker & Hostetler where he was a member of the firm’s tax group and government policy practice team focusing on commercial transactions and representing clients before government agencies.
Prior to this, Feeley spent eight years in the state Legislature, seven of which he spent serving as Senate Minority Leader. During this time, he sponsored significant legislation involving telecommunications, tax reform, land use and civil rights. In a July 2000 Rocky Mountain News survey of his fellow senators, Senator Feeley was chosen as the most effective state senator, a remarkable honor for a member of the minority party.
Active in the community, Feeley serves on the Mesa State College Board of Trustees. In the past, he has served on the board of the Colorado Commission of Higher Education and was director for the West Metro Fire Protection District. He has been an active participant in Colorado politics for more than 25 years and recently served as the campaign treasurer for the successful Bill Ritter for Governor campaign.
Feeley received both his Master of Laws in taxation and Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Additionally, he spent three years as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
He is an active member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.