Michael J. Bland

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Michael J. Bland

Michael Bland counsels high-net-worth families, business owners, executives, entertainers, and professionals, on tax and estate planning strategies, wealth transfer and preservation tactics, business succession planning, and charitable giving methods, while integrating those techniques with each client’s business, tax, and personal goals and values.

Mr. Bland also represents trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries in the administration of trusts and estates. In this area, Mr. Bland advises on matters including the appointment and discharge of fiduciaries, tax and valuation issues, the filing of necessary tax returns, the distribution of property to beneficiaries, trust compliance requirements, the reformation of trusts and estates, and controversies involving fiduciaries and beneficiaries.


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • Illinois State University, B.S., 1990


  • Colorado Bar Association - Trust and Estate Section; Taxation Law Section; Elder Law Section; Statutory Revisions Committee
  • Illinois Bar Association - Trusts and Estates Section
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Denver Estate Planning Council
  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council


  • Colorado, 2000
  • Illinois, 1993
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Awards & Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019 -2021
  • 5280 Magazine - Denver Five Star Wealth Manager/Estate Planning Attorney, 2011-2015
  • Denver Art Museum Advisory Board, 2013 – present
  • The Harry L. and Eva J. Puksta Foundation Advisory Board, 2013 – present
  • Colorado Public Radio Advisory Board, 2011-2012

Speeches & Publications

  • "How the right trust enhances the value of inheritance," Denver Business Journal, 2010
  • "Beware of Federal Super Creditors," Trust & Estates, 2010
  • 'Selected Estate Planning Topics,’ YPO Denver, 2014
  • ‘A look at Continuity & Estate Planning Issues for Business Owners,’ 2012 Guest lecture Series, 2012
  • ‘Exemption Portability: Is Traditional Credit Shelter Planning Dead?,’ Wealth Advisor Series, 2011
  • ‘Advising Clients in the Wake of the New Estate & Gift Tax Law,’ Annual Exit Planning Conference, 2011
  • ‘Uncertainty Resolved...For Now Estate Planning With the New Estate Tax Laws,’ Accountant Series, 2011
  • ‘Estate Planning Strategies: Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts,’ Roundtable Discussion, 2009
  • ‘A Lawyer’s View of Psychology of Estate Planning – How to motivate clients to plan in difficult times,’ Advisor Series, 2009
  • ‘Solid Estate Planning in Uncertain Times,’ Annual Tax Conference, 2008
  • ‘Estate Planning Basics II’, ALT Life Center, 2008
  • ‘Estate Planning Basics I’, ALT Life Center, 2008


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