Michael R. Altaffer

Michael R. Altaffer: Attorney with Resnick & Louis, P.C. AV stamp icon
  • Partner at Resnick & Louis, P.C. (77 Attorneys)
  • 8111 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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Michael has a wide variety of experience in defending personal injury and property damage claim matters for insurance companies for over 30 years. He has trial experience in personal injury defense, property damage claim defense, insurance coverage litigation, construction defect litigation, fire loss litigation and subrogation litigation. He has successfully defended insurers in litigated insurance coverage cases and bad faith cases, including matters involving Morris/Damron/Peaton/Helme agreements, arising from first and third party insurance claims in state and federal court in Arizona as well as in arbitrated matters when required by insurance policies.In addition to trial work, Michael has extensive experience in providing insurance company clients with evaluation, advice and counsel on all aspects of insurance coverage analysis, insurance coverage opinions, insurance claim investigations and claim handling with respect to first party and third party claims arising from commercial and personal lines of liability insurance, property insurance, and Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage insurance. He has reviewed and handled thousands of first party and third party bodily injury and property damage claims.Over the years, Michael has given frequent presentations to insurers regarding claims handling practices, updates on legal issues, and Damron/Morris/Peaton/Helme agreements in Arizona.Michael has received the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Rating for the past 20 years. He has been recognized as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is a member of Arizona Finest Lawyers. In 2017, he was recognized by America’s Top 100 Attorneys-Arizona.Always active in the community, Michael has served on the Board of Directors for Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies since 2015 and is currently the Chair-Elect for 2018.Michael is licensed to practice law in Arizona, and has been admitted to United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit.

(Also Practicing Individually)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Construction Defect
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Subrogation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602-726-2313  Phone
(602) 456-7572  Phone
(602) 456-7572  Fax
University Attended:
East Texas State University, B.S., 1978
Law School Attended:
Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., Associate Editor, Texas Tech Law Review, 1984
Year of First Admission:
1985, Arizona; 1985, United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Maricopa County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Arizona; Arizona Association of Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute, Inc.; National Fire Protection Association
Birth Information:
Sweetwater, Texas, November 23, 1954

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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