Marcus McAkin2017-05-19T17:05:26+00:00


Marcus has represented Colorado public entities since 2002, and is a founding member of the law firm of Michow Cox & McAskin LLP. He represents and counsels Colorado municipalities on a broad range of local government legal matters.

Prior to attending law school, Marcus obtained his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Marcus serves as the City Attorney for Central City, Colorado and as general counsel for the Colorado New Energy Improvement District, and assists the firm with the day-to-day representation of its other municipal clients including Lakewood, Cherry Hills Village, Castle Pines, Lyons, and Milliken. Mr. McAskin routinely advises clients on land use issues including planned unit developments, annexations, real estate matters, and development agreements and also has experience with assisting with the successful negotiation of multiple economic development agreements. Mr. McAskin’s practice includes all aspects of municipal representation with a special emphasis on special districts, annexation, land use planning and zoning.

In addition, Marcus represents Park County, Colorado as special counsel in valuation matters pending before the State Board of Assessment Appeals. Marcus also serves as a hearing officer for the City of Fort Collins on land-use related matters.

Prior to forming Michow Cox & McAskin, LLP in March of 2016, Marcus practiced municipal law with the firm of Widner Michow & Cox, LLP. Prior to 2009, Marcus practiced with the Denver law firm of Grimshaw & Harring, P.C. (now known as Spencer Fane) where he represented numerous special districts as general counsel. Mr. McAskin’s practice emphasized representation of metropolitan districts, intergovernmental authorities and business improvement districts with respect to tax and revenue issues, election matters, personnel matters, real estate matters, TABOR compliance, consultant contracts, and intergovernmental agreements.



 Colorado Law Institute, CLE International. “Zoning Map Amendments.” 2016 Land Use Law: How-To Conference (22nd Annual Conference). Denver, November 2016.

Colorado Law Institute, CLE International. “Zoning Map Amendments.” 2014 Land Use Law: How-To Conference (20th Annual Conference). Denver, November 2014.

American Planning Association, Colorado Chapter.   Presentation with Brian Connolly, Esq. and Derek Holcomb, AICP, Deputy Planning Director, on Best Practices for Public Hearings, Crested Butte, October 2014.

Colorado Municipal League. “Recent Supreme Court Takings Decisions.” 2013 Municipal Law Update. Steamboat Springs, October 2013.

Colorado Municipal League. “Havana Business Improvement District Case Study.” Steamboat Springs, June 2008.

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute. Regional Land Use Planning in the West: Cases Studies and Lessons Learned, William C. Davidson and Marcus A. McAskin, (eds.) (2001).


Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Municipal League
American Planning Association, Colorado Chapter
Colorado Supreme Court


B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1994
M.U.R.P., University of Colorado, Denver, CO 2000
J.D., Order of St. Ives, University of Denver, Denver, CO, 2002
American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law
and in Advanced Mediation