Michael W. Pearson

Michael W. Pearson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Curry Pearson & Wooten PLC
 | 814 West Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-258-1000
Fax: 602-523-9000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Michael Pearson handles a wide variety of litigation in state and federal courts across the United States. Clients include family members of the 19 Granite Mountain firefighters who lost their lives in the sixth-deadliest firefighter disaster in American history, as well as persons catastrophically injured or killed due to the negligence of others. His aviation clients include those injured in airplane and helicopter accidents, as well as airlines, entities and airmen accused by the FAA of violating the Federal Aviation Regulations. General litigation clients range from large business entities to everyday individuals who have lost property or have been unfairly treated. Mike’s aviation law textbook, “Foundations of Aviation Law,” is used by students in numerous institutions of higher learning. He is a graduate of the Department of Transportation aviation accident investigation program, a certified air traffic control specialist (CPC) and a professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught aviation law, aviation regulations, and other legal subjects since 1993. Since the firms inception Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC has successfully tried, and settled, multiple seven figure cases.

Employment and Industry Experience:

Certified Professional Air Traffic Control Specialist (Tower/TRACON)(1984- 2010); Control Tower Operator (1984-2010); FAA Quality Assurance Specialist (1992-1994); Private Pilot; Professor, Aviation Law, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1991-1994); Professor, Aviation Law, Arizona State University, 1994— current. Author: "Foundations of Aviation Law", Ashgate Publishing, Fall 2014.

Industry and Peer Ratings:

AV Rated; Super Lawyers; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; Arizona's Finest Lawyers; National Trial Lawyers Association- Top 100 Trial Attorneys; AVVO "10" rating, America's Top 100 Attorneys, America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.

About Michael Pearson

Admitted: 1994, Arizona

Professional Webpage: http://www.azlaw.com/bio/michael-pearson.cfm

Honors/Awards:

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. The quality of our membership is very impressive and includes many of the top trial lawyers in the country. Many of our members have achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar results (several members have won billion dollar cases). Their practice areas include most areas of litigation, including: major personal injury, products liability, malpractice, construction, environmental, employment, insurance and business litigation. The common fact is that they have each demonstrated, in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. Certification by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum provides recognition of such accomplishment and a national network of experienced colleagues for information exchange, assistance and professional referral.
  • AV Rating Preeminent. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings reflect a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating. An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. Mr. Pearson has held a 5.0 rating since 1996.
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorney by The National Academy of Jurisprudence.  NAJ is an invitation-only, national organization of premier attorneys actively practicing law. Formed and managed by a board of trial attorneys, NAJ focuses not only on offering distinction and recognition for top attorneys who provide excellent service, but also benefits and support for those attorneys to continue to deliver. NAJ membership is comprised of attorneys with only exceptional legal credentials and a dedication to premier representation of their clients. Each attorney is held to the highest professional standards of ethics. The NAJ’s membership is exclusively by invitation only. Each nomination undergoes a strict vetting process to ensure that only the leading attorneys are invited to join the organization. Membership may be revoked at any time due to disciplinary actions through the attorney’s State Bar.   The purpose of the National Academy of Jurisprudence (NAJ) is to promote through recognition the professionalism and excellence of those Trial Attorneys who have earned the designation as a Premier 100 trial attorney as found by the National Academy of Jurisprudence. The Attorneys selected as Premier 100 Trial Attorneys have been recognized by the bench and bar as leading Trial Attorneys in the United States as found by the National Academy of Jurisprudence.
  • Superior Rating -10 AVVO. AVVO profiles contain helpful information including experience, background, disciplinary history, and reviews from clients.The AVVO Rating evaluates a lawyer's background, based on the information known about the lawyer. The rating is calculated using a mathematical model that considers the information shown in a lawyer's profile, including a lawyer's years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. For over 90 years, the Bar Register has been a unique guide to the legal community's most eminent professionals. It includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. It is the mission of America’s Top 100 to recognize annually and on a lifetime basis the most qualified and accomplished professionals in law (among other professionals). Membership in each specific category is by invitation-only after a multi-phase selection process including third-party research and statistical analysis of a candidate’s professional experience, achievements, significant results, community impact, peer reputation, consumer satisfaction, and other proprietary factors specific to each profession. With these high standards, less than 1% of professionals in the United States are selected for membership as one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. Membership selection is intended to help the community identify the cream of the crop in each profession and assist with professional networking among the Nation’s top legal professionals.
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers. Membership in Arizona's Finest Lawyers is peer-reviewed. Nominations come from current members and our Executive and Advisory Boards. All nominations must identify proposed members with demonstrated leadership and professional standards consistent with AFL’s established criteria and guidelines for membership.  Except for law faculty, membership is limited to licensed members (both active and inactive) of the Arizona State Bar for at least ten years. Exceptions may be made for in-house counsel registered with the Arizona State Bar Association, on an ad hoc basis. We will also consider for membership law professors who might not be Arizona State Bar members, but who have established substantial contacts in, and have contributed to the Arizona legal community through legal scholarship, and outreach. Each nominee will have demonstrated a level of competence and recognition within the top ten percent of bar membership, registration, or law faculty, and will have been widely accepted as honest, ethical, and professional. Nominees, except exempt individuals, such as law faculty, will have consistently complied with all State Bar CLE standards, and will not have a public record of formal discipline. 
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national rules.
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys. Lifetime Achievement Recipient. It is the mission of America’s Top 100 to recognize annually and on a lifetime basis the most qualified and accomplished professionals in law (among other professionals). Membership in each specific category is by invitation-only after a multi-phase selection process including third-party research and statistical analysis of a candidate’s professional experience, achievements, significant results, community impact, peer reputation, consumer satisfaction, and other proprietary factors specific to each profession. With these high standards, less than 1% of professionals in the United States are selected for membership as one of America's Top 100 Attorneys. Membership selection is intended to help the community identify the cream of the crop in each profession and assist with professional networking among the Nation’s top legal professionals.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • FAA - Control Tower Operator (CTO), Certified Professional Controller (CPC) and Private Pilot ratings.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • United States Contract Tower Association (USCTA), AAAE- Board Member, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Mr. Pearson often speaks at academic and professional conferences regarding aviation topics. Most recently, Pearson spoke on the subject of human factors in air traffic control at the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology conference at Wright Patterson Air Force base at the invitation of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory.
  • Mr. Pearson has taught aviation law as well as other classes at several university's. He has been a professor at Arizona State University since 1994.
  • Author of college law book/text "Foundations of Aviation Law."
  • When The FAA Investigates You. Is a publication written for those suspected by, and charged with, violations of the federal aviation regulations (FARs). A basic guide to assist airports, mechanics, pilots, and any Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificate holder in handling their specific issue with the FAA.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Since the firms inception Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC has successfully tried, and settled, multiple seven figure cases.

Representative Clients:

  • Air France, Zest Airways, TALON Air, FUGA, Global Jet, Keystone Aviation, APFL, IAFF, Pacific Financial Association, Inc., Dutch Brothers Coffee, and hundreds of civil, personal injury, and other litigated cases.

Educational Background:

  • BS, MBA, JD
  • Education Awards- Mr. Pearson completed his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at the University of Houston. Michael also holds MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees, with high honors, from the Arizona State University. While attending law school, Mr. Pearson was nominated as a Pedrick Scholar due to academic excellence, and awarded honors in legal writing and research. He graduated at the top of his class. As an undergrad, He graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA from the University of Houston. Mike worked as a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control specialist in the TRACON (approach control) and Tower environments (at several different high density facilities) for over 26 years. Mike also worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the FAA, where he gained intimate knowledge regarding the FAA's enforcement action program and accident protocol. He is a graduate of many FAA classes and courses including the Department of Transportation aviation accident investigation program where he gained valuable practical and technical insight into aviation accidents. He is a private pilot. Mike teaches aviation law, aviation regulations, as well as other legal subjects, at Arizona State University since 1993 and is currently an Associate Professor. Prior to accepting his academic appointment at Arizona State University, Mike taught aviation law at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Pearson often speaks at academic and professional conferences regarding aviation topics. Most recently, Pearson spoke on the subject of human factors in air traffic control at the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology conference at Wright Patterson Air Force base at the invitation of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory.

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • AZTLA
  • IATSBA
Office Location for Michael W. Pearson

814 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Last Updated: 12/12/2018

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