Michael J. "Mick" Rusing

Michael J. "Mick" Rusing: Attorney with Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


Recipient: Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation); Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business Litigation; Southwest Super Lawyers, Litigation, One of Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona in Inaugural Edition; Benchmark America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorney, One of Seven "Litigation Stars" in Arizona; 2013 top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental, American Lawyer Media; 2010 Father of the Year awarded by Tucson Fathers Day Council; 2007 Environmentalist of the Year, Arizona Game and Fish. Author: "Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide," Author/Editor for Arizona, 2007 - 2016 editions; "Real Estate Litigation in Arizona," Lorman Education Services, 2007; "Managing the Cost of Electronic Discovery," General Counsel Roundtable, 2004 (Author and Editor); "The Changing Dynamics of Bear Management: Arizona's Experience with Litigation from a Bear Mauling," 7th Western Black Bear Workshop (2000); "Planning Ahead to Avoid Legal Malpractice," National Business Institute (1997); "Punitive Damages from the Plaintiff's Perspective," State Bar of Arizona, 1996; "Employment at Will in Arizona: Dogma or Dinosaur," Lorman Education Services, 1994; "Life Under the Zlaket Rules: Newfound Professionalism and Cooperation or Just New Battlegrounds?" State Bar of Arizona, Arizona Legal Skills, 1992; Organizations: Member, Commission on Appellate Court Appointments (2009-present); Member, Lawyers Advisory Board, Ninth Circuit, 2004-2006; At Large Member, Executive Committee of Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2003-2006; Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2000-2003; Chairman, Arizona Delegation, 2002; Judge Pro-Tempore, Pima County Superior Court, 1991-2010; Member, Commission on Trial Court Appointments, Pima County, 1993-1998; Board Trustee, Arizona Aerospace Foundation (Pima Air & Space Museum), 2009-present; Board Member 2009-present; President, 2009-2011; and Golf Tournament Chair, 2007 and 2008; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Tucson Chapter; Life Member; National Rifle Association, Hunting and Wildlife and Conservation Committee Member, 2004-2008; Member, Tucson Conquistadors, 2000-present; Board Member, Los Charros del Desierto, 1997-present; Life Member, Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee; Tucson Advisory Board Member, 2014-present; Steele Children's Research Center; Charter & Life Member, Arizona Antelope Foundation; Honorary Life Member, Desert Bighorn Sheep; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates.

American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Tort Liability Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Probate Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Franchise Law and Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
520-365-3828  Phone
520.529.4268  Phone
520.529.4262  Fax
University Attended:
University of San Francisco, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
Stanford University, J.D., 1980
Year of First Admission:
1980, Arizona; 1980, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; 1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 1985, U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
State Bar of Arizona (Member: Executive Committee, Trial Practice Section, 1995-2000; Disciplinary Committee, 1989-1997); Tucson Federal Bar Association (President, 1999-2000); American Bar Association (House of Delegates, 1999-2003).
Reported Cases:
Research Corp. Technologies, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., 627 F.3d 859 (2010); Jane Roe Dancer I-VII v. Golden Coin, Ltd., 124 Nev. 28 (2008); Research Corp. Technologies, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., 536 F.3d 1247 (2008); Lewis v. Newhope Family Service Adoption Agency, 223 Fed.Appx.80 (2d Cir. 2007); In Re: A&E Family Investment, L.L.C. 339 8 R 249 (Bkrtcy. D. AZ 2007); Bloxham v. Glock, Inc., 203 Ariz. 271, 53 P.3d 196 (App. 2002); Gamez v. Brush Wellman, Inc., 201 Ariz. 266, 34 P.3d 375 (App. 2001); Loral Terracom v. Valley Nat. Bank, 49 F.3d 555 (9th Cir. 1995); Robin Cable Systems L.P. v. City of Sierra Vista, 842 F.Supp. 380 (D. Ariz. 1993); Nanini v. Nanini, 166 Ariz. 287 (1990); Matter of Carragher, 157 Ariz. 219 (1988); 756 P.2d 316 (1988); In Re: Estate of Ivancovich, 151 Ariz. 442, 728 P.2d 661 (App. 1986); Gates Learjet Corporation v. Jensen, 743 F.2d 1325 (9th Cir. 1984); In re Dumas, 28 B.R. 1 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 1983); Foremost-McKesson Corp. v. Allied Chemical Co., 140 Ariz. 108 )1983); 680 P.2d 818 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1983); State v. Murphy, 131 Ariz. 354 (1982); 641 P.2d 268 (Ariz.Ct.App. 1982); Lone Mountain Ranch, Inc. v. Dillingham Inv., Inc., 131 Ariz.583 (1982); 643 P.2d 28 (Ariz.Ct.App.1982).
Successful defense of the University of Arizona in the Mt. Graham telescope litigation brought by the Apache Survival Coalition
$2.4 million plaintiffs' verdict in a class action of Yuma citrus growers brought against a packing plant
$1 million judgment against Orkin for fraud in connection with termite treatment
Successful defense of Tucson Mayor Lewis Murphy in an Open Meeting Law Prosecution
Lead counsel in a $28 million class settlement against Stratosphere, Corp. and related entities
Fee award as sanctions against Southwest Center for Biological Diversity in a lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act
Lead counsel in $5.5 million dollar class action settlement against Citizen's Utilities for substandard electrical service provided to residents of Santa Cruz County
$10 million bad faith judgment against Westport Insurance
Successful defense of multiple beryllium toxic tort cases
Hobbies & interests:
Hunting, fishing and golf
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 4.7/5.0 (7 reviews)
  • 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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