Michael A. Harwin

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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
  • Felonies
  • Litigation
  • Taxation
  • White Collar Crime

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
855-287-3317  Phone
520-624-9207  Fax
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, Arizona; 1998, Colorado
American Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., July 7, 1960

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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Tucson, Arizona

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