Michel P. Williams, Director

Michel P. Williams

Michel P. Williams (“Mike”) joined Senn Visciano Canges in 2013 as a Director and is a Member of the Executive Committee. He has been practicing law for over thirty years, the majority of which was with an old-line Denver firm.

Mike’s practice is, in some fashion, connected to real estate. This includes extensive experience in acquisition and disposition of office, industrial, retail and multi-family properties, including commercial leasing and tenant relations. In addition, Mike assists lenders in pre-foreclosure workouts, foreclosures, loan modifications and servicing REO property needs. Mike’s clients’ needs range from single asset real estate and development companies to owners to national REIT’s and insurance companies. Over the past several years, Mike has been involved in numerous commercial property sales and acquisitions ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to several hundred million dollars, providing due diligence, title, and loan and closing assistance.

Mike has been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1999, named a Super Lawyer – Real Estate since 2015 and named one of The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate since 2017. Mike has assisted the Denver Metro Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and worked with BOMA’s legislative and government affairs committees including providinf expert testimony before the Colorado State Legislature on behalf of BOMA, NAIOP and their members. Mike presents seminars for BOMA, IREM and the Colorado and American Bar Associations on a range of current real estate issues.

Mike is a second generation Coloradan and obtained his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in 1986, where he was active in student leadership and his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. Mike attended The University of Denver, where in 1989 he received his Juris Doctorate, and was a member of Denver Law Review and Phi Alpha Delta.

Education

  • B.A., Colorado State University (1986)
  • J.D., University of Denver (1989)

Publications

  • The 3D’s: Distress default and Dealing with Debtors – Tenant Issues in Today’s Economic Climate, Denver Metro BOMA, March 2009
  • Aftermath of September 11th-Disaster Perspective and Response Panel, Denver Metro BOMA, November 2001
  • Certificate of Insurance, Denver Metro BOMA, June 2004
  • Risk Management and the Insurance Crisis, Denver Metro BOMA, August 2002

Presentations

Making the Work Letter Work for You: How to Write a Work Letter that is Clear and Comprehensive, Colorado Real Estate Update, CLE in Colorado Inc., October 20, 2017

Drafting Subleases and Assignments in Commercial Real Estate, Clear Law Institute, LLC, September 20, 2017

Assignment and Subleasing Issues and Concerns, Cushman & Wakefield Management Training Meeting, August 23, 2017

Drafting Subleases and Assignments in Commercial Real Estate, Professional Education Broadcast Network, June 20, 2017

Negotiating and Documenting Work Letters for Commercial Leases 29th Annual Spring Symposia Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association April 20, 2017

Structuring Purchase and Sales Agreements for Retail and Shopping Centers: Perspectives of Buyers and Sellers. Stratford Publlications, Inc. webinar, August 18, 2016

Industrial Space Leases:  Negotiating Key Provisions, NBI, Inc., webinar, June 22, 2014

Membership - Professional Associations

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Real Property and Trust subcommittee member
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Banking Law subcommittee member
  • Mission Hills Church, attorney advisor since 2000
  • Volunteer Attorney – Littleton Life Center Legal Aid Clinic