ATTORNEYS MICHELE NELSON BASS
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) – 1981-1985 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major, Business Administration Minor
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law – 1986-1989 Juris Doctor – International Law Focus with Honors
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Primary Editor, The Transnational Lawyer – Inaugural Edition Spring 1988
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - American Jurisprudence Award – International Business Transactions – 1988
Cambridge University, Trinity College, England – 1984 Public Policy
United States Department of Justice, Washington D.C., Appellate Section of the Antitrust Division
U.S. District Court -Eastern District of California, The Honorable Raul A. Ramirez
En Banc Decision, Colorado Supreme Court-2002
Cooper v. The Aspen Skiing Company, 48 P.3d 1229 (Colo. 2002)
Represented David Cooper, the prevailing party
National Law Journal Top Defense Verdict of the Year-2004
Defended dive equipment manufacturer, AquaLung, in a four week, multi-million dollar scuba diving product liability jury trial in Santa Barbara Superior Court – Bolour v. AquaLung.
Memberships and Certifications
American Bar Association (“ABA”) – Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections
Women’s Advocate Committee ABA – Litigation
Vice-Chair of Sports Law Committee – Litigation and Torts Law Section ABA (1993-1994)
NAUI Scuba Diver, 1984 UCLA
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority – UCLA
Ms. Bass is a twenty- four (24) year civil trial lawyer with successful litigation experience in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country. She was affiliated with a boutique law firm located in CA and HI for over 20 years (from her office in Aspen) specializing in the defense of admiralty and recreational scuba diving cases involving wrongful death, intellectual property, product liability and professional negligence (trademark clients included “BodyGlove,” and “Greg Noll– Hawaiian Big Wave Surfer” surfboards and clothing line). Her practice areas include, employment, construction, real estate development, commercial/business and appellate work.
She has been a full-time resident of Aspen for eighteen (18) years. She is married to Raifie Bass, and they have two young sons. She is a lifelong skier, hiker and road bike rider as well as a passionate scuba diver and world traveler.