Feeley, Michael F.

Thirty years navigating state government in Colorado. Actively involved in shaping public policy. Brings a legal and business perspective to government relations challenges.

Few can rival Mike Feeley’s breadth of experience in law, public policy and state government relations. Whether representing a client in federal court or advising on the best approach to working with government decision makers, Mike is committed to helping his clients achieve optimal outcomes. A former Colorado senator who served as senate minority leader for seven of his eight years in office, he uses this first-hand experience to solve important issues. Mike represents clients—FedEx, InnovAge, Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado State University, Empower Retirement and Fidelity Investments to name a few—before Colorado legislative and executive branches. Previously serving as co-chair of Brownstein’s Government Relations Department, Mike works hand-in-hand with the firm’s Washington, D.C., office when his clients need a federal approach.  

Maintaining an active legal practice as a litigation and tax attorney in addition to his government relations work allows Mike to offer a comprehensive perspective to his client’s challenges. Mike’s practice at the nexus of law, state government and business means he has the ability to shepherd solutions that can have a huge impact on his clients’ business objectives. 

Mike’s passion for public policy extends beyond his professional commitments. He remains active in the public policy arena serving in a variety of appointed state positions under Democratic and Republican administrations since his time as a Colorado senator.

Representative Matters
  • On behalf of the City of Colorado Springs, secured $9M for a new cybersecurity intelligence center in partnership with the University of Colorado and federal Department of Defense and amended legislation to reduce the regulatory burden on the City’s Fire Department and EMS responders.

  • On behalf of the trade association, CINEMA, spearheaded and successfully passed first-of-its-kind in the nation legislation to promote movie and television production in Colorado that had been attempted by other lobbying entities for the prior seven years without success. Since that time, worked with the Governor and Office of Economic Development and International Trade to secure over $15M in funding for the movie and television rebate program. Recently secured $5.3M in state funding for the rebate program which resulted in Quentin Tarantino choosing Telluride, Colorado as the location for directing his 8th feature film, The Hateful Eight.

News & Events

Board Member, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Board Member, West Metro Fire Protection District
Board Member, Special District Association of Colorado
Board Member, Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado
Former Board Member, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce


United States Marine Corps, 1971-1974

Publications & Presentations
  • LL.M. in Taxation, 2003, University of Denver
  • J.D., 1982, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.A., 1977, magna cum laude, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2021

  •  Government Relations Lawyer of the Year, Denver, 2014, 2018, 2020

5280 Top Lawyers, Government Relations, 2015-2021

2014 Barrister's Best Government Lawyer, Colorado Law Week


Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association