Colorado State University System Board of Governors has appointed Michael D. Nosler to serve as General Counsel for the Colorado State University System. Nosler’s appointment is effective December 1, 2008. As the university’s chief legal counsel, Nosler will oversee the attorneys at CSU’s Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses, as well as provide legal counsel to the new online CSU-Global Campus.
Nosler will lead a legal team responsible for advising the CSU System chancellor, the Board of Governors, administrators, faculty and staff. He will provide counsel on matters including application of Federal and State policies, university governance, student affairs, policy formation, employment issues and grievances, health care, intellectual property, real estate transactions and bond offerings. Nosler will also serve as a liaison to the Attorney General’s Office.
"The university is very fortunate to have such an accomplished lawyer oversee the CSU System’s legal affairs," said Douglas L. Jones, chair Board of Governors. "Mike brings extensive court and jury trial experience and an exceptional knowledge of law in matters that translate well to issues confronting public universities.
"As a CSU alumnus, the Board appreciates his ardent passion for his alma mater," added Jones. "CSU has hired the best of all possible worlds – an outstanding lawyer, civically-minded, and an enthusiastic alumnus."
Nosler will leave Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons LLP where he has been a practicing attorney specializing in employment law for more than 30 years and was the managing partner for 11 years.
"Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons sends its sincerest congratulations to ‘Noz’ as he joins the Colorado State University System as General Counsel. He will truly be missed at RJ&L but our loss will be CSU’s gain," said Fred Baumann managing partner at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons.
Throughout his career, Nosler has been committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession. In 2001, he encouraged the creation of the Diversity in Law Program at Colorado State University. This program includes law and ethnicity courses to encourage minority students to pursue a career in criminal justice or law. In addition to helping format this successful program within the College of Liberal Arts, Nosler also persuaded Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons to provide scholarship funds for up to eight students of diverse ethnic backgrounds who are considering careers in law or criminal justice.
As a fourth generation Coloradan, Nosler has very deep roots in his community. Through his years of practice with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, he has had the opportunity to be a member of the University Club of Denver, the Denver Economic Club and the Board of Governors for the Denver Economic Development Corporation.
Nosler is also an advocate for the chronically mentally ill, disabled and elderly populations in the state of Colorado. He is currently the vice president of Senior Housing Options, an organization that provides services and housing to disabled persons. In conjunction with his work with Senior Options, Nosler has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Legal Center for Persons with Disabilities and the Aged.