Michael A. Harwin

Michael A. Harwin: Attorney with Law Offices of Michael Harwin

Biography

Michael Harwin graduated summa cum laude from University of Arizona College of Law in May 1993. Ranked in the top 6% of his class, Michael served on the editorial board of the Arizona Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

His publication “Detaining for Danger Under the Bail Reform Act of 1984: Paradoxes of Procedure and Proof”35 Ariz. L.Rev. 4 (Winter 1993) ( winner of the Snell and Wilmer Award for Best Note Published in the Arizona Law Review 1993-94) continues to be cited, despite its age, as an authority on and criticism of certain federal pretrial detention practices. See e.g. Stigall, Dan F. Counterterrorism and the Comparative Law of Investigative Detention, Cambria Press (2009) at 235; Hashimoto, Erica “Resurrecting Autonomy: the Criminal Defendant’s Right to Control the Case”, 90 B.U.L. Rev. 1147 (June 2010); Karnow, Curtis, “Setting Bail for Public Safety” 13 Berkley Journal of Crim. Law 1 (2008).

A former prosecutor with extensive trial experience, Michael is listed in Best Lawyers in America®, 21st ed. for Criminal Defense: White Collar (2015); rated “A-V 5/5 Preeminent”® by Martindale Hubbell (2008-15); listed in Arizona Superlawyers ® 2012-2013 (as a “Top Lawyer in Arizona”) for DUI Defense; named one of “the Best Lawyers in Tucson” by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine (May 2011) for criminal defense: white collar; named by BestofUS.com one of the “Best Lawyers in the United States” (2008-15) for criminal defense & Immigration Law; rated by AVVO “10/10 Superb” 2010-15 primarily for his work as a Tucson DUI Lawyer; listed in National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2013); and awarded a Fellowship by the Litigation Counsel of America [LCA] primarily for his work as a noted trial and appellate attorney. He is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors.

Michael's practice focuses on representing professionals, their businesses and families.

An AV ® rated litigator (Martindale-Hubbell) and former prosecutor, Michael has been named by Best Lawyers in America ® for Criminal Defense: White Collar 2015. A summa cum laude graduate, Michael served on the editorial board of the Arizona Law Review, where he received three American Jurisprudence awards. For the past 15 years Michael has maintained a private practice in Tucson, where.resides with his wife and three children. Employment: 2000-01 ASSISTANT ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF LAW, University of Arizona College of Law.; Substantive graded courses, Legal Analysis & Reasoning (original syllabus).; 1998-present MICHAEL AARON HARWIN, P.C., 250 North Meyer Avenue, Tucson.; Litigation practice.; 1995-97 ASSISTANT CITY PROSECUTOR, City of Phoenix.; Trial Bureau assignment. Completed 56 jury trials.; 1993-94 MENDELSOHN, OSERAN, MANCE & EISNER, P.C., Tucson, Arizona.; Associate, beginning September 1994 (commercial real estate transactions & litigation; commercial bankruptcy and RTC/FDIC related litigation); Law Clerk, Summer 1993.; 1991 PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Tucson.; Associate Faculty in Writing.; 1987-90 UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson.; Graduate Assistant in Teaching, Department of English; 14 sections, English 101-02 & 210 undergraduate writing courses. Civil Associations: 2003-04 Delegate Selection Chair, Presidential Election, Pima County Democratic Party.; 1994 Board of Directors, Lawyers Against Hunger, Tucson, Arizona.; Organization raises funds for the Tucson Community Food Bank.; 1992 Participant, Southern Arizona Civil Rights Coalition, Tucson, Arizona.; 1991 Staff, Casa De Los Ninos, Tucson, Arizona.; Served as direct care provider in crisis shelter for children.; 1985-91 Firefighter, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Kamiah, Idaho; National Park Service, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA.; 1981-82 Wilderness Ranger, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ray Brook, N.Y (Region 5, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Complex). Speaking Engagements: 2013 Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice Seminar (Collateral Consequences); 2012 Tucson Public Defender's Office (Collateral Consequences of Domestic Violence); 2012 State Bar of Arizona DUI seminar (Collateral Consequences). Awards & Recognition: AV ® rated, Martindale-Hubbell.; Listed Best Lawyers in America ® 2015 for Criminal Defense: White Collar; Author (Chapter) Trends in DUI Discovery 2014 ed. (Thompson Reuters); Listed as "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" (2013), American Trial Lawyers; Fellowship, Litigation Counsel of America 2011; Listed in Superlawyers ® for Criminal Defense: DUI (2013); Listed as one of "Tucson's Top Lawyers" Tucson Lifestyle Magazine (May 2011); 2008-14 Listed in "The Best Lawyers In The U.S." ® 2008, by Best of U.S. Inc.; 1994 Order of the Coif; 1993 Note Editor, Arizona Law Review; 1993 Author, Detaining for Danger under the Bail Reform Act of 1984: Paradoxes of Procedure and Proof, 35 Ariz. L. Rev. 4 (Winter 1993).; 1993 Snell and Wilmer Award for Best Note Published in Arizona Law Review, 1993-1994.; 1991-93 American Jurisprudence Awards (top grades in selected classes):; Corporations (Fall 1993); Constitutional Law (Fall 1992); Civil Procedure (Fall 1991).; 1984 Department Scholar, English, State University of New York, Potsdam.; 1982-84 Sylvia Angus Memorial Creative Writing Awards, State University of New York, Potsdam:; Academic Year 1983-84; Academic Year 1982-83.

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Assault
  • Commercial Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Drug Crimes
  • DUI/DWI
  • Felonies
  • Litigation
  • Taxation
  • White Collar Crime

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
855-287-3317  Phone
520-624-9207  Fax
www.michaelharwinlaw.com/about.html
University Attended:
State University of New York College at Potsdam, B.A., English, magna cum laude, 1984; University of Arizona, M.F.A., Creative Writing, 1990
Law School Attended:
University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1994
Year of First admission:
1994
Admission:
1994, Arizona and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; 1997, Colorado; 2000, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas and U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th and 9th Circuits
Memberships:
American Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Languages:
Spanish
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., July 7, 1960
ISLN:
909621801

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    5.0/5.0 on 04/11/17 on 04/11/17

    Michael is very professional yet kind and very thorough and knowledgeable. Given the situation Micheal made the process very easy

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    Michael is very professional yet kind and very thorough and knowledgeable. Given the situation Micheal made the process very easy

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    5.0/5.0 on 03/27/17 on 03/27/17

    Last summer my wife was charged with a DUI, while she was attending UofA and because of her immigration status we needed a lawyer that was experienced in both matters. We...

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    Last summer my wife was charged with a DUI, while she was attending UofA and because of her immigration status we needed a lawyer that was experienced in both matters. We are really glad we picked Michael Harwin, because this one mistake could get my wife deported. Micheal was able to get all the charges dropped and we couldn't be happier.

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  • Michael A. Harwin

    5.0/5.0 on 10/24/15 on 10/24/15

    Would highly recommend Michael Harwin to review and solve your case. He did an awesome job with our daughter's case. He got most if not all the charges dropped/lowered.

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    Would highly recommend Michael Harwin to review and solve your case. He did an awesome job with our daughter's case. He got most if not all the charges dropped/lowered.

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  • Michael A. Harwin

    5.0/5.0 on 02/07/14 on 02/07/14

    I was stopped for a DUI and felt that my life had ended. I had actually pulled over and went to sleep because I was feeling unable to drive, but the officers didn't take...

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    I was stopped for a DUI and felt that my life had ended. I had actually pulled over and went to sleep because I was feeling unable to drive, but the officers didn't take that into consideration at all. I was so confused as what to do next. I went online and started doing some investigation. What I found out scared me. This situation could've cost me a lot of money and possibly my job. I read a lot of reviews on lawyers and decided to make some appointments. I went to see Michael Harwin and then cancelled all the other appointments. He was very easy to talk to and he was honest and upfront about the situation. He told me the best way to proceed then kept me informed along the way. Whenever I had questions or concerns, I would e-mail or call him and receive prompt, honest answers from either himself or his assistant. About a month into the case, I received a letter saying the case was dismissed and called him. He explained that the case could still be re-opened. I appreciated the honesty. I received a call from him the other day (4 months later) to give me info. about MVD and he told me my case was dismissed for good. It can't haunt me anymore! I was so relieved and I felt that I could breathe again! I am so glad that I hired Michael. I was concerned at first about spending the money on a top-notch lawyer, but his rates were not that bad especially when you consider the money he saved me. And he gave me back my life!

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    5.0/5.0 on 02/04/14 on 02/04/14

    First I have to say, I have never had a run in with the "the law" and I am naieve to all things legal. So when I let my dog off his leash and got a ticket from...

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    First I have to say, I have never had a run in with the "the law" and I am naieve to all things legal. So when I let my dog off his leash and got a ticket from an overzealous dog cop, I was devastaed. Especially to learn this was a misdemenor felony. I contacted Mr Harwin and initially spoke to his assistant Letty. Letty is an angel. Letty walked me through the whole process and was so kind and responsive to every email or phone call I made. I was actually suprised at how responsive she was and how much meeting her in the front end, really put my mind at ease. Then came time for me to meet with Mr Harwin. As I mentioned, I am not accustomed to lawyers, all I know are the stories I have heard, so I was trepedatious as I made my way to our appointment. As soon as I walked in however, my fears diappeared. Mr Harwin was engaging, honest, to the point, compassionate and above all else, really cared about my case. Even though I imagine that for him, this case was "small potatos", he understood that it was a big deal to me, and he really showed up for me everty step of the way. I am very grateful to Mr Harwin, Letty and my family member who referred me. I would recommend Mr Harwin to anyone looking for an attorny who is different than all the stories we hear about lawyers. Someone who cares, hes fair and he does his job and does it well. Thank you Mr Harwin and Letty, I really appreciate you both from the bottom of my heart

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    5.0/5.0 on 08/04/13 on 08/04/13

    Mr.Harwin was excellent. He was very professional as well as understanding. I was charged with DUI although i was not drinking. However none the less the state was asking...

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    Mr.Harwin was excellent. He was very professional as well as understanding. I was charged with DUI although i was not drinking. However none the less the state was asking for jail time, fines, and revoke my drivers license etc. After doing some research and I came across Mr. Harwin. Gave him a call we talked about my case. Mr.Harwin was very understanding about my situation. Throughout the process Mr.Harwin kept excellent communication. We didn't even go to trial he got me a plea I accepted.

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  • Michael A. Harwin

    5.0/5.0 on 05/21/13 on 05/21/13

    I received an extreme DUI July 2012 in Tucson, Az. With the assistance of a friend, found Mr. Michael Harwin. His credentials, reputation and track record is why I chose...

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    I received an extreme DUI July 2012 in Tucson, Az. With the assistance of a friend, found Mr. Michael Harwin. His credentials, reputation and track record is why I chose to hire Mr. Harwin for my case. Mr. Harwin and his staff care about their clients. They continuously kept me informed on any changes in my case, which is extremely reassuring especially when you find yourself in a predicament such as a DUI. It took a little over 10 months to find out the results of my case

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  • Michael A. Harwin

    5.0/5.0 on 11/12/12 on 11/12/12

    Best Criminal Lawyer in Tucson. Mike Harwin is a Trustworthy, Responsive, Knowledgeable criminal lawyer, Mike Kept me informed. I recommend Michael Harwin.{newline}I used...

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    Best Criminal Lawyer in Tucson. Mike Harwin is a Trustworthy, Responsive, Knowledgeable criminal lawyer, Mike Kept me informed. I recommend Michael Harwin.{newline}I used Michael 2 months ago. Michael handled my son's Criminal Defense matter.{newline}I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers. Mr. Harwin is an excellent Criminal Lawyer...he defended my son when he needed legal counsel...Thank you Mike Harwin

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  • Michael A. Harwin

    5.0/5.0 on 09/17/12 on 09/17/12

    I thought I was gonna get convicted of drunk driving and criminal speeding but Mr. Harwin got me out of all charges. He did everything in his power to help me get out of...

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    I thought I was gonna get convicted of drunk driving and criminal speeding but Mr. Harwin got me out of all charges. He did everything in his power to help me get out of this difficult situation. I'm glad that I picked him to represent me.

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