Lawyers of Distinction wishes to welcome Michael C. Payne, Esq., of Greeley, Colorado as on of our newest members!

Attorney Mike Payne’s legal practice focuses on representing financial institutions, private lenders, businesses and individuals in complex commercial real estate and business litigation and transactions.  Specifically, Mike assists his clients with the establishment, explanation and enforcement of creditors’ rights in the areas of: Agricultural, Asset-based; Commercial and Real Estate Lending; Bankruptcy; Acquisition and Disposition of Distressed Investments; Foreclosure; and Fiduciary and Lender Liability Litigation.

Mike was named a Colorado Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine in 2010, 2015 and 2016. In 2013, he was named to the Northern Colorado Business Report’s 40 Under 40 Leaders Honor Roll, which recognizes emerging leaders in Northern Colorado. He has also been rated as an AV Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings, indicating that Mike has been recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. For more information about the rating, visit

Mike is a member of the Colorado Bar Association (including the Business, and Real Estate Sections), the Larimer County Bar Association and the Weld County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mike serves on the Real Estate Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, the Board of Directors for the Northern Colorado Chapter of the Risk Management Association, and the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County. Mike is an affiliate member of the Northern Colorado Commercial Association of Realtors and is a former member of the Planning Commission for the Town of Windsor. Mike is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Northern Colorado and is a past President of the Byron White Chapter of the American Inn of Court. Additionally, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor, Colorado.

Mike is a proud two-time graduate of the University of Kansas, having obtained both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from that institution.
Mike is a founding member of Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC and spends his time between the firm’s Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley offices. He represents clients across all of Northern Colorado and Denver. He currently lives in Windsor with his wife, three children, and their enormous dog. If he ever gets a spare moment, Mike enjoys golfing, tennis, and cycling.

Again, Congratulations Michael on becoming a Lawyer of Distinction.