Michael attended Arizona State University (ASU – Tempe, AZ) where he obtained his B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) in 1979 and J.D. (Cum Laude) in 1982. He is peer review rated as AV by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest possible rating. Michael has been named a Southwest Super Lawyer from 2012-2017 in civil defense litigation. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC) serving as President in 2002-2003. He serves on the State Bar of Arizona Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee. He served on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations (Chairman 1998) and was a registered and designated lobbyist with the Arizona State legislature. He testified before the United States Senate (Commerce Committee) on the issue of Tort Reform.
In 2016, Michael received a Lifetime Achievement from America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is a designation received by less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States.
Michael is a trial attorney, primarily for the defense. His practice areas include: Professional (E&O) Liability; Bodily Injury; Products Liability; Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith; Contract disputes, Premises Liability; and, Construction Defects. Michael represents Employers in Title VII matters (discrimination; wrongful termination, harassment; hostile work environment) and on EEOC charges. Michael also serves as an expert in insurance bad faith and attorney professional liability. Michael also handles appellate matters.
Michael regularly serves as an Arbitrator or Mediator. He has also been retained as an expert witness for insurance bad faith, attorney professional malpractice claims and and on insurance coverage matters. He has taught classes and/or seminars for other attorneys, claims professionals, and college students on the issues of: Ethics; Comparative Bad Faith; Usage of Paralegals in Insurance Defense Litigation; Mediation; Insurance Coverage; Construction Defect Litigation; and, Use of Experts in Litigation.
See belowOral Argument on Bad Faith Verdict Upheld by Division 1 Court of Appeals in Nguyen v. ACIC, CV12-0862 (January 2014)
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