Michael J. Rusing - Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC

Michael J. Rusing

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 520-529-4268

Attorney Mick Rusing heads up the firm’s litigation section, which covers virtually every area of civil litigation.  A lawyer for over thirty years, Mr. Rusing has tried well over 100 cases in federal and state courts in diverse areas such as breach of fiduciary duty, contract, ERISA, employment, environmental, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, patent infringement, products liability, securities, trusts and estates, will contests, and wrongful death.  He has argued cases before the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Although Mr. Rusing still maintains a significant part of his litigation practice in the injury area, including products liability and malpractice, in recent years his focus has been on significant business litigation frequently involving the prosecution and defense of fraud actions, partnerships disputes or other business entity litigation among principals, and matters involving real estate or construction.

Mr. Rusing has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2004, and is the current State Chair for the State of Arizona.  Mr. Rusing was also selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation.  The Chambers and Partners USA Survey of America’s Leading Business Lawyers recognized Mick as a top litigator in Arizona.  According to the survey, “Rusing is no stranger to multi-million dollar disputes…” and peers acknowledged him as “one of the finest: he has all the right attributes you want in a lawyer.”  In the first Arizona Super Lawyer poll Mick was chosen as an Arizona Super Lawyer, and one of the top 50 lawyers in Arizona. Mr. Rusing is “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated” through the Martindale Hubble PEER REVIEW RATINGS Process.

Stanford University School of LawJ.D. 1980

Client Comments

"Mr. Rusing is a brilliant attorney who can get the job done and get to the essential elements very fast without unnecessary delays and maneuvers to run up the hours and bill the client. He is very easy to work with, since he listens to what you need and tries very hard to get the best possible outcome for what the client wants, as opposed to just doing what he thinks is the easiest thing to do. He is very honest and candid about the strength of the case and will try to settle it fast if he thinks that would be in the best of the client, irrespective of his own interest. Furthermore, he has an excellent support team that complements his brilliant mind for recognizing the problems and addressing them in the strongest legal terms. I wholeheartedly recommend him."

-Hamid Saadatmanesh

"He is an excellent strategic analysis. He has a compelling style before judges and juries and a dominating presence before opposing counsel. He is extremely easy to work with and has an unparalleled knowledge of the Arizona judiciary. He is a top-tier lawyer and would be so in ANY jurisdiction."

-Timothy Reckart
General Counsel
Prodea Systems, Inc.

"During my tenure as in-house counsel, Mick represented our company in a variety of sophisticated legal matters, most notably several litigation matters crucial to our company's success. Not only is Mick one of the best litigators with whom I have had the pleasure of working, he also communicates and relates to the trier of fact with an ease and effectiveness that provides his clients with a significant advantage in adversarial proceedings. Mick provides efficient, cost-effective representation and clearly understands when litigation scenarios warrant a more or less aggressive posture. Mick is clearly one of the top lawyers in America."

-Kevin Kane
Associate General Counsel
Research Corporation Technologies, Inc.

Office Location

6363 North Swan Road, Suite 151
Tucson, AZ 85718
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants of the Tucson Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants of the Tucson Metro Area
Michael J. Rusing has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Michael J. Rusing has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Breach of Contract, Business Planning, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Construction, Fiduciary Duties, Insurance, Large Case Litigation, Mass Tort, Product Liability)
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs