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October 11, 2019

Colorado lawyer Michael S. Beaver to receive ABA James K. Carroll Leadership Award

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2019 — The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Colorado attorney Michael S. Beaver with its James K. Carroll Leadership Award, which recognizes an attorney or judge who has demonstrated leadership qualities in service to the section.

The award will be presented at the section’s Fall Leadership Meeting Oct. 16-19 at the Grand Wailea Hotel in Hawaii, during the TIPS Traditional Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6-9 p.m.

“Mike Beaver has shown his strong and enduring leadership in his committed service to TIPS that has been invaluable. Mike continually sets an example that others are willing to follow,” said Thea M. Capone, TIPS chair.  

Beaver is a partner with Holland & Hart LLP in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He works with clients to achieve optimal resolution of employment, insurance and benefit plan disputes, and to develop practical preventive strategies. His employee benefits experience includes cases brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, involving pension and welfare benefit claims, insured life, health and disability claims, fiduciary issues, independent contractor status and class actions. Beaver leads a team of lawyers who litigate employee benefit issues, resulting in dozens of trial court and appellate decisions that have helped shape controlling law.

He is a regular author and speaker, presenting at programs sponsored by the ABA, DRI, Western Pension & Benefits Council, Colorado Bar Association and others. Beaver has previously served on the ABA TIPS Council, was General Committee Board chair and currently serves as co-chair of the section’s Book Publishing Board. He also frequently provides training for employers, managers and client staff concerning a range of employment, recreational liability and insurance claim issues. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Beaver earned his J.D. from the Sturm College of Law.

Watch a tribute: The TIPS James K. Carroll Leadership Award

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There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or [email protected].

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has over 14,000 members and more than 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website,

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