University of Colorado Regent Michael Carrigan is a Colorado native, a civic leader, a proud CU alumnus, and a recognized attorney who practices with the well-respected Denver law firm of Holland & Hart. A Democrat, Carrigan has served on the CU Board of Regents since 2004, and represents Colorado’s 1st Congressional District. In 2010, he was re-elected to a second six-year term and is the senior Democrat on the Board of Regents.
In June 2012, Carrigan’s fellow Board members voted to elect him chair, the first Democrat to hold that position in more than 10 years. As chair of the Board, Carrigan makes all major appointments, presides over meetings and leads the Board in its oversight over CU’s $3 billion budget. He graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1990, and from the University of Colorado Law School in 1994.
After six years of experience as a prosecutor, Carrigan currently is a senior litigator and partner at Holland & Hart. His civic leadership includes time spent as a volunteer teacher at an inner-city high school in the Bronx, N.Y., and as a volunteer worker at a community center in La Paz, Bolivia. He also has served two of Colorado’s largest charities, serving on the Easter Seals Colorado board of directors and working with the Latin American Research and Service Agency.
In 2007, Carrigan received the prestigious Richard Marden Davis Award for his professional and civic contributions. The annual award recognizes a Denver attorney under the age of 40 who has combined excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership. It is sponsored by the Davis Graham & Stubbs law firm, the Denver Bar Foundation and the Davis family.
Carrigan will serve until January 2017.