Michael A. Harwin - Law Offices of Michael Harwin PC

Michael A. Harwin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015

Michael, a former prosecutor,   graduated summa cum laude from University of Arizona College of Law in May 1993, where he  served on the editorial board of the Arizona Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Recognized nationally for his work in white collar  criminal defense, Michael is listed in  Best Lawyers America®, 21st ed. and  rated by Martindale Hubbell®  A-V 5/5 Preeminent.  He has also been listed in Arizona Superlawyers®  as one of the top Tucson DUI lawyers  and named by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine® as one of the Best Lawyers in Tucson (May 2011).   He has also been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers®as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer;  honored with a fellowship at the Litigation Counsel of America®, and rated by AVVO® 10/10 Superb, primarily  for his work as a  Tucson DUI lawyer.

A recognized speaker and author,  Michael recently authored several book chapters for Thomsen Reuters including those appearing in  Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, 2016 ed.: Leading Lawyers On Interpreting Today's Drug Cases.  Developing a Thorough Defense, And Protecting A Clients Rights (Thomsen Reuters /Aspatore Imprint) [Chapter IV];  The Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases, 2015 ed.: (Thomsen Reuters/Aspatore)[Chapter III]Trends in DUI Discovery, 2014, ed.: Leading Lawyers on Developing Effective and Innovative Discovery Practices (Aspatore Books/ Thomson Reuters)[Chapter III]

 He is regularly both asked to speak at attorney continuing legal education seminars and consulted by other attorneys in the area of professional and collateral consequences of criminal charges and convictions, particularly for licensed professionals and non-citizens.  His recent speaking engagements include:  “Collateral Consequences of Common Crimes: Representing Professionals" presented at the Arizona Public Defender’s Association Annual Conference, Tempe, Arizona (June 22-23, 2016);  “Set Traps and Hidden Triggers: Prohibited Possessors, Domestic Violence and other Matters” presented at the Arizona Public Defender’s Association Annual Conference, Tempe, Arizona (June 22-23, 2016);  “Collateral Consequences of Common Crimes: DUI and Vehicular Offenses” presented at the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice 29th Annual DUI Conference (May 2-3, 2016); “Former ER 1.3 Duty of ‘Zeal’” presented at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (March 25th, 2016);  “Ethical Issues in Immigration Representation” presented at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (December 3, 2015);  “Collateral Consequences of Common Crimes: DUI and Vehicular Offenses” presented at the  Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice 28th Annual DUI Conference (April 30-May 1, 2015).

Michael focuses on representing professionals, their businesses and families in criminal  defense and regulatory matters, vehicular offenses including DUI,  and white collar matters.   For the past 15 years he has maintained his practice in Tucson where he resides with his wife and three children.  

Additional Information


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.


2000-2001 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.,  Litigation practice.

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, beginning September 1994 (commercial real estate transactions & litigation; commercial bankruptcy and RTC/FDIC related litigation); Law Clerk, Summer 1993.

Associate Faculty in Writing.

Graduate Assistant in Teaching, Department of English; 14 sections, English 101-02 & 210 undergraduate writing courses. 

State University of New York College at PotsdamBA 1984University of ArizonaMFA 1990University of Arizona College of LawJ.D. 1994

Case History

In 2011, Michael was part of a federal team that overturned the death penalty

Associated Press & Arizona Republic: Appeals Panel Tosses Arizona Man’s Death Sentence 
Cronkite News Service: Appeals Court Overturns Death Sentence for Man Convicted in 1992 Buckeye Murder 

In 2004, Michael defended a high profile Phoenix political activist,

See Arizona Republic: Brothers Deported After Phoenix Bust and Activist Accused of Smuggling 2 Into U.S.

In 2005 he also represented an anti-communist dissident in a federal matter involving accusations of terrorism.

Croation National Press: SAD protjeruje Hrvata zbog otmice iz 1978);
ArizonaDailyStar: INS Seeks to Deport émigré as ‘Terrorist’


Office Location

239 North Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
United States

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Governmental Investigations)