Michael Aaron Harwin, Esq.
|1994||J.D., summa cum laude (G.P.A. 3.67), University of Arizona College of Law. Rank: 8/155.|
|1990||M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) (G.P.A. 3.72), , University of Arizona. Major: Creative Writing|
|1984||B.A. magna cum laude (G.P.A. 3.63), State University of New York, College at Potsdam. Major: English.|
AWARDS & HONORS
|2015-16||Selected by U.S. News & World Report: America’s Best Law Firms® (2016 ed.): White Collar Criminal Defense.|
|2015-16||Selected by Best Lawyers in America® 21st ed.: Criminal Defense: White Collar.|
|2015||Listed in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine (June 2015) as one of “Tucson’s Top Lawyers®”: White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense.
|2014-16||Author, (individual chapters in) Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, 2016 ed. (Thomsen Reuters /Aspatore Imprint); The Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases, 2015 ed. (Thomsen Reuters/Aspatore); Trends in DUI Discovery, 2014, ed. (A Thomson Reuters/Aspatore).|
|2006-16||AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell (5/5 Pre-eminent)[martindale.com].|
|2011||Listed in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine (June 2011) as one of “
Tucson’s Top Lawyers“: White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense.
|2011||Fellowship, Litigation Counsel of America® (LCA).|
|2006-11||AV® rated, Martindale-Hubbell (pre-eminent 5/5 rating).|
|2010||Rated “10/10” AVVO Superb.|
The Best Lawyers In The U.S.® 2008, by Best of U.S. Inc.
|1994||Order of the Coif|
|1993||Note Editor, Arizona Law Review|
|1993||Author, Detaining for Danger under the Bail Reform Act of 1984: Paradoxes of Procedure and Proof, 35 Ariz. L. Rev. 4 (Winter 1993).|
|1993||Snell and Wilmer Award for Best Note Published in Arizona Law Review, 1993-1994.|
|1991-93||American Jurisprudence Awards (top grades in selected classes):
|1984||Department Scholar, English, State University of New York, Potsdam.|
|1982-84||Sylvia Angus Memorial Creative Writing Awards, State University of New York, Potsdam:
|2000-01||ASSISTANT ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF LAW, University of Arizona College of Law.
Substantive graded courses, Legal Analysis & Reasoning (original syllabus).
|1998-present||MICHAEL AARON HARWIN, P.C., 250 North Meyer Avenue, Tucson.
|1995-97||ASSISTANT CITY PROSECUTOR, City of Phoenix.
Trial Bureau assignment. Completed 56 jury trials.
|1993-94||MENDELSOHN, OSERAN, MANCE & EISNER, P.C., Tucson, Arizona.
Associate; Law Clerk, Summer 1993commercial real estate transactions & litigation; commercial bankruptcy and RTC/FDIC related litigation)
|1991||PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Tucson.
Associate Faculty in Writing.
|1987-90||UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson.
Graduate Assistant in Teaching, Department of English; 14 sections, English 101-02 & 210 undergraduate writing courses.
|2003-04||Delegate Selection Chair, Presidential Election, Pima County Democratic Party.|
|1994||Board of Directors, Lawyers Against Hunger, Tucson, Arizona.
Organization raises funds for the Tucson Community Food Bank.
|1992||Participant, Southern Arizona Civil Rights Coalition, Tucson, Arizona.|
|1991||Staff, Casa De Los Ninos, Tucson, Arizona.
Served as direct care provider in crisis shelter for children.
|1985-91||Firefighter, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Kamiah, Idaho; National Park Service, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA.|
|1981-82||Wilderness Ranger, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ray Brook, N.Y (Region 5, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Complex).|
|1998-present||American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.|
|Arizona, Colorado, Western District of Texas, Fifth and Ninth Circuits.|
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPRESENTATION
|In litigation or administrative actions, represented officers with federal and state agencies including: U.S. Border Patrol; U.S. Customs; Tucson Police Department (T.P.D.); Pima County Sheriff’s Office; Arizona Department of Public Safety (D.P.S.); Arizona Department of Corrections (D.O.C.); USGOA Local 183; Arizona National Guard; Pima County Superior Court Pretrial Services.|
CURRENT PRACTICE: AGENCY & TRIBUNAL
|2000-06||Appearances before or litigation involving the following federal agencies/divisions: HUD Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG); FDA (CFSAN), Washington, D.C.; IRS (Criminal Investigation Division & D.O.J. tax division); IRS Civil Division, Phoenix; United States Department of Justice, Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering Section (AFMLS, Washington, D.C,); ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Sierra Vista, Tucson; CBP (United States Customs and Border Protection; FAA (Federal Aviation Administration); United States Secret Service.|
|2001-08||Matters receiving media attention: United States vs. Chan et. al. Case No. 06-00054-TUC-CKJ[ U.S. Dist. Court] (CNN) [reported as $82 million dollars in counterfeit Nike athletic shoes smuggled into the United States from China]; United States v. Ramon de Harvey, Case No. 04-03323M-TUC-JCC [U.S. Dist. Court] (Fox News/The O’Rielly Factor) [federal alien smuggling indictment]; United States v. Shipley, et al., Case No. CR 02-1618-TUC-DCB-CRP [U.S. Dist. Court] (CNN) [matter involving outbreak of Salmonella linked to produce]; United States v. Livdahl, et al. No. 05-M-7609 , [U.S. Dist. Court] [physicians indicted for marketing misbranded Botox]; United States v. Golden State Bus Lines, et al., Case No. ________ (U.S. Dist. Court) (alien smuggling conspiracy); Kelava v. Gonzales, 9th Cir. Case No. 03-73689 (Associated Press) [reported as terrorism matter]; United States v. Brooks, Case No. CR-99-721 (U.S. Dist. Court) (Wall Street Journal) (alien smuggling conspiracy); State v. Guarriello, Case No. CR 2002-1640 (Pima County Superior Court) (Corrections Officer indicted for homicide); United States v. Nassar Al Haribi, et al., case No. CR02-00880-TUC-CKJ (GEE) (U.S. Dist. Court) (New York Times) [wire fraud].|
|2000-10||Appearances in the following jurisdictions: United States District Court (Phoenix; Tucson; El Paso); Graham County Superior Court; Cochise County Superior Court; Santa Cruz County Superior Court; Pima County Superior Court; Pinal County Superior Court; Maricopa County Superior Court; and geographically (southeast to northwest): Douglas Municipal Court; Safford J.P. Court; Wilcox J.P. Court; Sierra Vista J.P. Court; Sierra Vista Municipal Court; Sonoita J.P. Court; Benson Municipal Court; Nogales J.P. Court; Nogales City Court; Ajo J.P. Court; Green Valley J.P. Court; Sahuarita Municipal Court; South Tucson Municipal Court; Tucson City Municipal Court; Pima County Consolidated J.P. Courts (Tucson); Oro Valley Municipal Court; Marana Municipal Court; Eloy J.P. Court; Casa Grande J.P. Court; Oracle J.P. Court; Mesa City Court; Chandler City Court; Gilbert Municipal Court; Tempe City Court; Phoenix City Court; Phoenix J.P. Courts (downtown, Glendale and westside); Avondale Municipal Court; Buckeye Municipal Court; Surprise Municipal Court; Wickenburg J.P. Court; Quartzite Justice Court; and Lake Havasu Justice Court.|
|2005-06||Published Opinions: Kelava v. Gonzales, 410 F.3d 625 (9th Cir.2005) amended and superseded by Kelava v. Gonzales, 434 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir.2006).|
|2010||Representative clients include: Smalls Jazz Club, New York, New York (SmallsLive Records distributed by Harmonia Mundi, Arles, France); KOLD-TV (CBS affiliate); Golden Boots, Park the Van Records; Arizona Dance Coalition;
The Rock (Tucson); and Resonance Records, Los Angeles, CA (2009 Grammy Award Winner; 2010 Grammy Nominee).
|2005-06||Published Opinions: Kelava v. Gonzales, 410 F.3d 625 (9th Cir. 2005) amended and superseded by Kelava v. Gonzales, 434 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2006).|
|2006-10||Appearances before: Arizona Board of Medical Examiners (BOMEX); Arizona Nursing Board; Arizona State Bar; United States Border Patrol Office of Internal Affairs; Arizona Department of Public Safety Office of Internal Affairs; Arizona National Guard, Office of the Commander [Art. 15 proceedings]; Board of Appeals, University of Arizona (long term suspension); Offices of Superintendent Tucson Unified School District (long-term suspension); Flowing Wells Unified School District (same); Amphitheater School District (same); Sahuarita Unified School District; City of Phoenix Licensing Appeals Board (restricted business); City of Tucson Board of Adjustment (zoning determination); Arizona Board of Pharmacy; Arizona Board of Naturopathy; Arizona Massage Board; Arizona Cosmetology Board; United States Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review (Federal Immigration Courts) situated in (by order of frequency): Phoenix, Florence, Tucson, Eloy, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco; and EOIR Board of Immingration Appeals, Falls Church, Virginia.|
|2000-10||Federal CJA Panel for Death Penalty Habeas Corpus; felonies and appeals;
Pima County Indigent Services Homicide Panel.