Michael J. Hyman was appointed to serve as the Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in September 2018. As Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Hyman manages the day-to-day operations of more than 200 attorneys and staff. In addition, Mr. Hyman works closely with the City Attorney in providing legal and policy advice to the Mayor and the City on a wide range of projects, initiatives, and issues.
Prior to becoming Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Hyman served as an attorney for the City of Aurora for 32 years, spending the last four years as the City Attorney. Mr. Hyman has extensive experience in municipal finance, urban renewal and land use law. During his tenure with Aurora, he played a lead role in bringing a number of significant projects to fruition, including the Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center, the Prairie Waters water delivery system and the repurposing of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center as a state-of-the-art medical campus and bioscience research facility. Perhaps his proudest achievement was serving as co-counsel in City of Aurora v. Acosta – the case that established “de-Brucing” as a fundamental principle of Colorado law.
Mike was born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and moved to Colorado in his formative years. He attended the University of Denver where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Public Affairs and Political Science. After college, he attended law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he was named to the Order of the Coif. He and his wife of 33 years, Cindy, are proud parents of two adult sons. Mike is thrilled at being given the opportunity to join the Denver legal team and to manage one of the largest public law offices in the Western United States.