Michael J. Thomson

Michael J. Thomson
(303) 442-3366

Mike Thomson joined Purvis Thomson, LLP in the fall of 2001. Since then, he has represented people injured as a result of the actions of others in a variety of civil lawsuits. Mike limits his practice entirely to representing injured persons against wrongdoers, insurance companies, and corporations. The majority of his cases involve either serious automobile and trucking accidents or complex litigation including product liability, civil rights violations, brain injury/spinal cord injuries and wrongful death. He was the lead attorney in separate wrongful death product liability actions against Taser International, Inc. and Daimler Trucks North America, Inc. He was lead counsel in a defective seatback case against an Auto Manufacturer in which the jury returned a verdict of more than $2.9 million in damages.

Mike Thomson’s practice has given him significant experience in Federal and State District Courts as well as Federal and State Appellate Courts. He is licensed to practice in Colorado state courts, Denver Federal District Court, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court. His experience both before and after joining the firm gives him detailed knowledge of the operations of various governmental entities and the laws which govern the operations of such entities. Mike does a significant amount of pro bono work.

He grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, graduating from Elk Grove High School in 1984. He is the oldest of 10 children. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1991 summa cum laude with a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting. His love for the mountains brought him to Boulder, Colorado where he attended law school. Mike Thomson graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1994. He is married to Teresa Steele Thomson, a retired principal from Denver Public Schools. They have six adult children and seven grand-children. He and his wife live in Denver. Mike regularly meets with clients in both Boulder and Denver offices for Purvis Thomson, LLP.

After graduating from law school, Mike worked as a political consultant in the state of Colorado for candidates for U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, State Legislature, District Attorney, and local school board. From January 1999 thru June 2000, Mike Thomson was the Director of Community Relations and Lobbyist for the Boulder Valley School District. During his tenure with the school district, the Daily Camera in an editorial once referred to him as “The ambassador for our schools.” Just as he was a strong advocate for the students of Boulder Valley School District, he is now a strong advocate for his clients and their rights.

Mike has spent his entire legal career working with John Purvis and Bill Gray (a now retired former partner in the firm), working for them as a law clerk while he was in law school and then returning to the firm as an associate attorney in 2001. He is honored to be part of a law firm that practices law with such distinction and integrity.

When not practicing law, Mike spends a great deal of time with his wife, children, and grand-children. Mike coached girls’ competitive fastpitch softball for nearly a decade. Mike loves hanging out with his beautiful wife, rooting for his beloved Chicago sports teams (the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls) and Denver teams, playing the guitar, and singing classic rock and folk songs.

Awards & Accolades

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
    Constitutional Law
    Civil Rights
    Product Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2002


  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado J.D. - 1994
  • Central Michigan University B.S. - 1991
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Major: Accounting

Appellate Decisions in Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
    Boulder Bar Association, Member
    Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    American Bar Association, Member
    Association of Trial Lawyers, Member
    American Association of Justice (Traumatic Brain Injury group), Member
    North American Brain Injury Society, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Treasurer, Front Range Girls Fastpitch Association


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