Michael Fairhurst

Michael Fairhurst
Member of the Board of Directors


Michael Fairhurst headshot


Mr. Fairhurst has devoted his entire legal career to representing people whose rights have been violated. He has only represented people – and never corporations or other large entities – who have been subjected to abuses of power. Mr. Fairhurst has extensive experience with issues ranging from employment discrimination to retaliation to police misconduct to prisoners’ rights to disability rights to complex questions of constitutional law, and more. Mr. Fairhurst joined Killmer, Lane & Newman as an Associate Attorney in 2013. Since then, Mr. Fairhurst has been part of the winning trial team in several major employment and civil rights cases. This includes the Marvin Booker v. City and County of Denver case, which resulted in the largest civil rights jury verdict at the time in Colorado history. Mr. Fairhurst became a Senior Associate Attorney at Killmer, Lane & Newman in 2016 and a Partner in 2018.


Mr. Fairhurst obtained his juris doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2012. Mr. Fairhurst graduated magna cum laude from Williams College in 2007.


Mr. Fairhurst is admitted to practice law in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the State of Colorado.


Super Lawyers Rising Star (2018, 2017, 2016)


Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, Treasurer (2018)

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Board Member (2017 – Present)

Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, Outreach Officer (2017)


Pleading and Proving Municipal Liability Claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (July 2017)