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Michael J. Frazelle

     Mr. Frazelle has over 35 years experience handling and trying civil cases in Arizona and California.  The focus of his practice is Commercial Litigation, Construction Defect Litigation, Government Liability Litigation, Insurance Coverage Analysis & Litigation, Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation and Real Estate Litigation.  He has tried approximately 80 cases to verdict and arbitrated approximately 200 cases to conclusion.  He has handled approximately 50 appeals and 10 of those with which he has been involved have resulted in published appellate opinions. 

Areas of Practice
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Coverage Analysis & Litigation
Government Liability; Construction; Professional Liability; Real Estate

Litigating Percentage
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialists
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation, State Bar of Arizona, 1993

Bar Admissions
Arizona, 1979
California, 1980
U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1982
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1985
U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1998

Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
J.D. – 1979
Honors: Moot Court
Law Review: Southwestern University Law Review member, 1978-1979

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
B.A. – 1975
Honors: Dean’s List

Representative Cases
Greenwood v. Arpaio, et al,. 217 Ariz. 438, 175 P.3d 687 (Court of Appeals 2008)
Tyman v. Hintz Concrete, inc., et al., 214 Ariz. 73, 148 P.3d 1146 (Supreme Court 2006)
Araiza v. U.S. West Business Resources, Inc., 183 Ariz. 448, 904 P.2d 1272 (Court of Appeals 1995)

Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of Arizona, Member
State Bar of California, Member
American Board of Trial Advocates [ABOTA], Associate Member, 
1991 – Present

Pro Bono Activities
Volunteer Judge – Oplinger Closing Argument Competition – ASU School of 
Law, 1998 to Present

Volunteer Judge – Jencks Cup Competition – ASU School of Law, 
2005 – Present

Volunteer Judge – Spritzer Oral Argument Competition – ASU School of 
Law, 2012 – Present