- University of Colorado Law School (J.D. 2008)
Valedictorian, Ranked First in Class
Order of the Coif
Outstanding Student Award
Production Editor, Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law
- University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A. 1999)
- Colorado Bar Association
- Appointed by Colorado Governor to Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission
- Recognized as a Colorado Rising Star by Super Lawyers in Intellectual Property Litigation
- Recognized as a Lawyer of the Year by Law Week Colorado
- Much Ado About Nothing: The Biotech & Pharmaceutical Industries Have Little to Fear in the Post-eBay World, 6 Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law 179 (2007)
Mike's practice involves litigating on behalf of and advising news, entertainment, and other media clients on copyright and trademark matters, as well as defending against content and newsgathering claims. He has experience with all stages of litigation, from managing e-discovery to arguing motions in court to representing clients at evidentiary hearings.
Prior to joining LSKS, Mike was an associate with Hogan Lovells, where his practice involved a wide range of litigation matters. Mike previously served as law clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was also a judicial intern to the Honorable Allison H. Eid of the Colorado Supreme Court.
Before beginning his legal career, Mike worked as a systems administrator for a biotechnology company in Boulder, Colorado.
Panoramic Images v. John Wiley & Sons (N.D. Ill. 2014). Mike was second chair and trial counsel during a six-day jury trial in connection with six stock photographs used in both textbooks and trade books. The publisher acknowledged liability for use of the images, and the jury subsequently awarded damages significantly below the plaintiff’s demand.
Viesti Associates, Inc. v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC, 2015 WL 585806 (D. Colo. 2015). Mike and his LSKS colleagues represented textbook publisher McGraw-Hill Education in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against it by a stock photography agency that allegedly obtained temporary ownership of copyrights in hundreds of photos for the sole purpose of litigation. The court granted summary judgment to McGraw-Hill Education and dismissed all 1,191 copyright claims, holding that the agency lacked any copyright ownership interest sufficient for standing to sue over the photos.
Pond-S-Scapes, LLC v. NPG of Texas, L.P. (N.M. Dist. Ct. 2012). Mike and Steve Zansberg successfully defended a television station in a libel lawsuit arising out of a consumer-affairs report on a dispute between a homeowner and pond-construction company. The court found that the station’s account of the homeowner’s allegations was substantially true, that the plaintiffs were limited-purpose public figures based on their advertising of their construction services, and that the plaintiffs had presented no evidence of actual malice. In addition, the court ruled that the case should be dismissed as a sanction for a pattern of discovery abuses by the plaintiffs.
People v. Perrish Cox, 39 Media L. Rptr. 2148 (Colo. Dist. Ct. 2011). Mike and Steve Zansberg represented the Associated Press and The Denver Post in obtaining an order unsealing the redacted arrest warrant affidavit for a Denver Broncos football player charged with sexual assault. The court rejected the accused’s argument that the media lacked standing to intervene and held that the First Amendment right to inspect judicial records was not outweighed by competing interests. Mike and Steve were subsequently named two of Colorado’s “Lawyers of the Year for 2011” by Law Week Colorado based on their work on this matter.
- Michael Beylkin
- 1888 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado and the Northern District of Illinois