Born and raised in Texas, Mike moved to Colorado after graduating from law school in 1974. He started his legal career as a VISTA Volunteer attorney, and later, as a staff attorney at Pikes Peak Legal Services in Colorado Springs. It was in Colorado Springs that Mike met his future wife, Nancy Ziglar. In 1979, Mike and Nancy moved to Boulder where Mike assumed the directorship of the University of Colorado Student Union Legal Services Office. In 1981, Mike joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Law School, first as the director of the University of Colorado Institute of Law and Aging, and then as an Associate Clinical Professor of Law, in the CU Legal Aid and Defender Program and as an adjunct professor teaching evidence and trial advocacy. Following the birth of their first child, Mike and Nancy decided to relocate to Ouray, Colorado, which they did in June, 1983. In 1984, after a brief stint as a partner in a two-person law firm, Mike joined forces with Rich Tisdel as a partner and shareholder, forming what became known as The Tisdel Law Firm. The Tisdel Law Firm was renamed Hockersmith & Mueller, P.C. in 2014.
Since arriving in Ouray, Mike has served as a member of 7th Judicial District Bench/Bar Relations Committee. He also was the president of the 7th JD Bar Association from 1986 to 1987. Mike served the Ouray School District as a member and president of the District Accountability Committee. Mike has represented Ouray County as an assistant County Attorney from 1985 – 1995, and as the Ouray County Attorney from 1995 – 2000. Mike currently serves on the 7th Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, which evaluates the performance of our local judges when they stand for retention by a vote of the electorate.
Civil litigation, conservation easements, land use and zoning, real estate, easement issues, boundary disputes, contracts, commercial law, business formation, landlord/tenant issues, sale and purchase of business assets and probate.
EDUCATION, BAR MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS
Bachelor of Arts with honors in Government – University of Texas at Austin, 1971. Doctor of Jurisprudence – University of Texas at Austin, 1974.
Admitted to practice in Texas, 1974.
Mike has provided representation to numerous community and arts organizations, often personally participating in many local and regional theatrical and musical productions. Mike regularly enjoys hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, playing the clarinet and Irish “tin” whistle, and hanging out with his wife, daughters and grand-daughters.