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Michael W. Coriden is an experienced business lawyer and veteran General Counsel with an extensive background in business operations, including over forty-five years experience negotiating and implementing domestic and international business transactions, business formation and management, real estate acquisition and development, engineering and construction projects, and environmental permitting and compliance. 

Mr. Coriden counsels clients on commercial, environmental, and natural resource transactions throughout the United States as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Europe, Central Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America. He also counsels individuals and families on real estate, estate planning and probate, and general personal legal matters.

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Michael Coriden attended Grinnell College and the University of Iowa, graduating in 1971. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1974. In 1983, Mr. Coriden earned an MBA degree from the University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business. In 1973, Mr. Coriden attended the University of San Diego School of Law's Institute of International and Comparative Law in Paris, France studying international business law.

Michael Coriden and his wife Karen Coriden, D.V.M. moved to Evergreen, Colorado in 1979. Their three daughters graduated from Evergreen High School. Karen is the owner of Blue Spruce Animal Hospital in Evergreen.

From 1975 to 1977, Mr. Coriden served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa working on criminal prosecution and environmental protection matters.

His corporate counsel experience includes serving as corporate attorney for Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc. (engineering and construction), Counsel for The Louisiana Land & Exploration Company (oil & gas, mining, and forestry), General Counsel for Tenneco Minerals, a division of Tenneco, Inc. (mining and oil & gas), and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for CF&I Steel Company (steel manufacturing, real estate, and oil & gas), and Associate General Counsel for Grynberg Petroleum Company (domestic and international oil & gas and agriculture).

In 1993-1995, Mr. Coriden worked with New York City-based LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae (a 750 attorney international law firm) to open and develop the firm's Denver law office. In 1999-2001, Mr. Coriden provided contract legal counseling to the U.S. Department of Energy on environmental issues affecting nuclear weapon manufacturing waste disposal issues.

Michael Coriden is also a skilled litigator representing clients throughout the United States in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court [Martin v. OSHRC (CF&I Steel Corp.), 499 U.S. 144 (1991)].

Mr. Coriden is licensed to practice law in Colorado, the United States Supreme Court and the Federal District and Appellate Courts for Colorado. 

Mr. Coriden’s non-profit experience includes serving on the Boards of Directors for Friends of the Evergreen Library, Friends of the Pueblo Library, Pueblo Diversified Industries, and the Center for Hearing, Speech and Language. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mountain Area Land Trust, a non-profit organization promoting conservation of Colorado’s land, water, and wildlife through conservation easements and education.