Michael J. "Mick" Rusing

Michael J. "Mick" Rusing


Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C.

Recognized since 2007

Tucson, Arizona

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Litigation - Real Estate

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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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.

Location

  • 6363 North Swan Road, Suite 151
    Tucson, AZ 85718

Education

  • University of San Francisco , B. A., graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, State Bar of Arizona

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: House of Delegates - Past Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Member
  • American College of Trail Lawyers - Fellow, Past Chair, State Committee
  • Arizona Aerospace Foundation Board - Trustee
  • Commission on Appellate Court Appointments - Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Member, Past President, Past Chair
  • Los Charros del Desierto - Board Member
  • NAMWOLF - National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms - Member Firm
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference - Past Lawyer Representative; Past State Chair
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee - Past Member
  • Ninth Circuit Lawyers' Advisory Board - Past Member
  • Pima County Bar Association - Past Chairman, Rules Committee
  • Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments - Past Member
  • Pima County Superior Court - Judge Pro Tempore
  • Safari Club International - Life Member
  • State Bar of Arizona: Executive Committee and Disciplinary Committee - Past Member
  • State Bar of Arizona: Executive Committee, Trial Practice Section; Disciplinary Committee - Past Member
  • State Bar of Arizona: Executive Committee, Trial Practice Section; Disciplinary Committee - Past Member
  • State Bar of Arizona: Executive Committee, Trial Practice Section; Disciplinary Committee - Past Member
  • Tucson Conquistadors - Member
  • Tucson Defense Bar Association - Past President, Member
  • Tucson Federal Bar Association - Charter Member, Steering Committee Member, Past President
  • YMCA - Past Board Member

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C.
Headquarters: Tucson, Arizona

7 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, Tucson (2022)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Tucson (2017)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Tucson (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Planning
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Insurance
  • Large Case Litigation
  • Mass Tort
  • Product Liability

Awards:

  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental, American Lawyer Media
  • Father of the Year, presented by Fathers Day Council Tucson, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiff, Personal Injury Litigation - Defense, Banking & Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation)
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Litigation
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Litigation, One of Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona in Inaugural Edition
  • Benchmark America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorney, One of Seven “Litigation Stars” in Arizona
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Environmentalist of the Year, Arizona Game and Fish Commission

"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 (HJ3), Tucson, AZ

"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 (Prodea Systems, Inc.), Plano, TX

"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 (Research Corporation Technologies, Inc.), Tucson, AZ

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