Michael Keating

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized as one of the top attorneys in Colorado securing some of the largest personal injury lawsuit verdicts in our state’s history.
  • Named by Colorado Super Lawyers to the Top 100 attorneys in the state (2016-2023)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2015-2024)
  • Past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association 2017-2018 (the largest specialty bar in Colorado)

Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers for Serious Accidents

Legal Services for Fatal and Catastrophic Accidents

I am a trial lawyer with Keating Wagner Polidori Free and over the last two decades, I have obtained some of the largest personal injury verdicts in Colorado history. I take a deeply personal approach with my clients, recognizing that each case is unique and requires not only legal expertise and experience, but also empathy, compassion, and dedication. My clients show such resilience at a devastating time in their lives, and this is why I am committed to absolute preparation for their personal injury case, and commiseration for their circumstances. This also means fighting for every penny possible, no matter how much money is involved.

Unlike cases involving damage to property, serious personal injury cases involve negligence that has caused harm to the body, the mind, and/or the emotional state of a victim. The powerful expertise needed in these cases calls for a plaintiff attorney who can effectively represent the client during settlement negotiations, both in and out of court.

Serious Colorado Personal Injury

I focus on all aspects of personal injury law including wrongful death, products liability, utility and electrical cases, vehicle collisions, and motorcycle accidents. I specialize in catastrophic and complex personal injury cases, that can include matters involving  fire and explosion injuries. I represent the everyday person fighting against the large corporation or insurance company. I am dedicated to delivering strategic advice and counsel to my clients, and when litigation is necessary, to deliver record verdicts in both Colorado state and federal court. I have been a trial advocate since the beginning of my career.

I have a hard-earned reputation of fighting for my clients and my success is truly unparalleled I have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for my clients in catastrophic personal injury cases. In addition to my role at Keating Wagner, I have also served on the board of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the state’s largest specialty bar association, serving as the Association’s President for the 2017-2018 year.

Key Experience in Personal Injury Cases

I have an award-winning law practice and I have argued successfully in front of the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. My firm has prevailed against Fortune 500 companies including Ford Motors, Toyota, Kroger, and Qwest (now CenturyLink). My law firm won the largest personal injury verdict in Colorado history on behalf of our client, Andrew Blood. In 2011, I secured the largest verdict in Federal District Court in Colorado, involving a product liabilities case against Ford Motor Company. I also secured the largest personal injury verdict in Arapahoe County in 2014 in a case involving the drowning of a teenager at a pool.

Additional Background Information

I began practicing law in 2001 while I worked as deputy district attorney in Adams County. I learned to appreciate the importance of law and what it can do from my father, Bill Keating. His philosophy of dedication to clients was a key lesson that I learned. My goal is to give a voice to those people that have very little voice in a time when they are hurt by products or someone else’s negligence.

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Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2001

U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2001


University of Denver College of Law, JD, 2001

Indiana University BA, English & History, 1997

Honors & Awards

I have been honored with numerous awards throughout my career as an attorney,  acknowledging my exceptional performance of delivering successful outcomes for my clients. Some of these include:

The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2015-2024

The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2015-2024

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2014-2023

Colorado Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, 2016-2023

5280 Magazine, Denver’s Top Attorneys, Personal Injury: Plaintiff, 2015-2023

AV (4.6/5.0), Martindale-Hubbell, 2022

2018 Legal Professional Award from Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA)

Law Week Colorado, Barrister’s Best Overall Litigators, 2014

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2010-2013

New Trial Lawyer of the Year, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2010

Professional Organizations

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2017-2018

Colorado Bar Association, Member (Join 2002)

Denver Bar Association, Member (Join 2002)

Adams County Bar Association, Member

Continental Divide Bar Association, Member

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