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Mr. Pearson has extensive civil litigation experience focusing his practice on trial law. Mike handles complex civil litigation as well FAA enforcement action cases and aircraft and helicopter accident cases. Martindale Hubbell rates Mike, and the firm, "AV" which is the highest rating possible and he has achieved the highest rating possible by "AVVO." In addition, Michael is listed in the Bar Register as a Preeminent Lawyer. He is a multi-million dollar advocate and was elected one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers. He has also been honored by the National Trial Lawyers Association and named as one of the "Top 100 Trial Attorneys" throughout the entire state of Arizona.
As a Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer, Michael often handles severe personal injury matters. Michael's aviation clients are varied including family members who have lost loved ones in airplane and helicopter accidents, those injured on domestic and international flights, and airmen accused by the FAA of violating the Federal Aviation Regulations. He has handled litigation cases for international airlines such as Air France and Zest Airways. Michael has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, Fox Business News, PBS as well as a multitude of print media sources on various issues due to his expertise regarding aviation and aviation law. Michael also handles business and complex litigation cases.
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. While working as a controller he was detailed to the FAA legal division for a period of time to assist FAA attorneys. 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. Mike is a reviewer for the Journal of Air Transportation World Wide and wrote a monthly column for a national aviation magazine. He has written an aviation law textbook, "Aviation Law", for a major academic publisher.
Mike has taught 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.
Larue v. Brown, 693 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 18 (App. Div. I, August 19, 2014); Gilding v. Carr, 608 F.Supp.2d 1147 (D.Ariz., 2009); Mitchell v. City of Flagstaff, 2011 WL 5826014 (D.Ariz. 2011).