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.