Michael Helland is an associate attorney with Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. and a member of the Family Law Team. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of New Mexico and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Having clerked for the Honorable Andrew P. McCallin in Denver District Court Michael has experience working closely with multiple judges in districts around the metro area. While serving as Judge McCallin’s law clerk he primarily served in a domestic docket where he drafted hundreds of orders ranging from decrees of dissolution of marriages, child support, and allocation of parental responsibilities. He was also a judicial fellow in Arapahoe County serving on a civil docket with the Honorable Charles M. Pratt and the Honorable Elizabeth Volz.
In a short time, Michael has gained a vast amount of hands-on experience having worked for two years in the trenches of Colorado courtrooms. Clients speak of his outgoing and encouraging personality, but also of his level of compassion for people suffering from the difficulties of family law disputes. Michael observed over 100 or more court proceedings during his time as a law clerk. This provides him with insight and experience into the litigation aspects of family law matters very few attorneys see in their many years of practice.
Michael was thrilled to accept a coveted spot on CCB’s domestic relations team and in doing so is guaranteed extensive hands-on training and mentorship that is not offered in many other firms whose focus is on the billable hour and who pay their associates on a commission like basis. At CCB our associates do not profit from the time they work on matters, as our focus is on providing excellent service to our clients and ensuring that our client’s needs are met, their matter is well handled, and that the best of what we have to offer as a team, and a firm, is provided to them throughout representation. Michael continues to be mentored by several of CCB’s top attorneys. Michael bills at an affordable hourly rate, making his services widely available and effective to clients. And because of the firm’s work structure in teams, each client is able to receive the benefit of multiple attorneys and have the lower hourly rate attorneys or paralegals handling those tasks that are best suited for them.
Michael’s primary focus has been on establishing and expanding his knowledge base in the area of family law, with an emphasis on same-sex couple representation, divorce, and custody related matters. Michael understands the many special issues that surround same-sex relationships and break-ups, and he looks forward to tackling the challenges along with his clients and assisting them navigate the difficult waters of divorce/custody litigation (whether through mediation, arbitration, settlement, collaborative divorce, and/or via courtroom litigation).
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico he moved to Denver in the summer of 2014 and has no plans to leave as he enjoys the city’s great food and brewery scenes; however, he does miss the authentic chile from New Mexico.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
- Child Support
- Protection Orders
- Post-Decree Modifications of Custody, Child Support, and Maintenance
- Civil Litigation
- Colorado, 2017
- University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
- J.D. – 2017
- University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- B.A. – 2014
- Major: Political Science
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Denver Bar Association
- Colorado LGBT Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
- Honorable Andrew P. McCallin in Denver District Court, Clerk