Michael graduated summa cum laude from University of Arizona College of Law in May 1993. Ranked in the top 6% of his class, Michael served on the editorial board of the Arizona Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. His publication “Detaining for Danger Under the Bail Reform Act of 1984: Paradoxes of Procedure and Proof” 35 Ariz. L.Rev. 4 (Winter 1993) ( winner of the Snell and Wilmer Award for Best Note Published in the Arizona Law Review 1993-94) continues to be cited, despite its age, as an authority on and criticism of federal pretrial detention practices. See e.g. Stigall, Dan F. Counterterrorism and the Comparative Law of Investigative Detention, Cambria Press (2009) at 235; Hashimoto, Erica “Resurrecting Autonomy: the Criminal Defendant’s Right to Control the Case, 90 B.U.L. Rev. 1147 (June 2010); Karnow, Curtis, “Setting Bail for Public Safety” 13 Berkley Journal of Crim. Law 1 (2008).
Rated “A-V 5/5 Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell (2008-13), and a former prosecutor, Michael was also named one of “the Best Lawyers in Tucson” by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine (May 2011); named by BestofUS.com one of the Best Lawyers in the United States (2008-13); listed in Southwest Superlawyers 2011-13, rated by AVVO “10/10 Superb” 2010-13; listed in National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2013). He is also the recipient of numerous other awards and honors.
Michael’s practice focuses upon representing professionals, their businesses and families in white collar matters and government investigations; vehicular offenses including DUI; and regulatory and licensing matters.
Michael has represented a large number of active duty military personnel, law enforcement officers, security clearance holders, and licensed medical professionals (including MD’s; NP’s RN’s; DDS’s ). He also has represented a significant number of college professors, instructors and administrators; certified teachers; coaches and NCAA athletes; University undergraduate, graduate, and professional students (including Medical, PharmD, PhD Nursing and Law students); Commercial Driver’s License holders; Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card holders; disabled Veterans of the Armed Services; and non-citizen clients including H1-B Visa holders.
Michael maintains his practice in Tucson, where he resides with his wife and three children.