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Michael W Pearson

Practice areas:

Aviation Accidents, Aviation, Wrongful Death, Litigation

About Me

 


Michael
Pearson handles aviation, civil itigation, injury, and wrongful death cases. Along with domestic cases Mr. Pearson has successfully handled matters
as Arizona litigation counsel, for such international firms as
Gosschalks Solicitors and Air France, S.A. (formally Société Air
France). Gosschalks is a commercial law firm specializing in commercial
property, company law, licensing, civil litigation, employment, and
medical negligence founded in the early 1800's and located in England.
Air France is the French flag carrier and is one of the world's largest
airlines.


 


 Mike has
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 is currently finishing an
aviation law textbook “Aviation Law” for a major academic publisher.


 


Michael
completed his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at the University of
Houston and also holds MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees, with high honors, from
Arizona State University. While attending law school, Mr. Pearson was nominated
as a Pedrick Scholar due to academic excellence, and awarded honors in legal
writing and research. He graduated near the top of his class despite working
full time for the FAA while attending law school.


 


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 at 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 Air
Force Research Laboratory.


 


Mr.
Pearson has extensive civil litigation experience focusing his practice on
trial law. Mike handles matters including wrongful death cases (including
aircraft and helicopter accidents), FAA enforcement action cases, complex
litigation, and serious personal injury matters. He is currently a member at
Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC. Martindale Hubbell rates Mike, and the firm,
“AV” which is the highest rating possible. In addition, Michael Pearson is
listed in the Bar Register as a Preeminent Lawyer. 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
airman 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 is selective in the cases he accepts in order to provide
unparalleled time, dedication, and focus to his clients and is often referred
cases by other attorneys due to his extensive background in aviation matters.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Aviation: 40%
    20 years
  2. Aviation Accidents: 40%
    20 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
    20 years
  4. Litigation: 5%
    20 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-450/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Kristen M Curry

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mike for over a decade and he is one of the most dedicated lawyers that I know. He works tirelessly for his clients and he has an incredible grasp of legal issues.

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    Kristen Curry Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Shannon L Clark

    Mike is a very knowledgable trial lawyer. His legal acumen is unrivaled, and he combines excellent litigation skills with a common sense, practical approach to cases that served his client well. He's a great attorney to work with.

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    Shannon Clark Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC

814 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85007-2105

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
AZActive 199507/14/2015
DCInactive 201005/25/2015
COInactive199708/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest Lawyers2011
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2008
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Pedrick ScholarArizona State University1994
Honors- Legal Writing and ResearchArizona State University1994
Cum Laude GraduateArizona State University1994
Summa Cum Laude Graduate- 4.0University of Houston1987

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing MemberCurry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC2003 - Present
Managing memberLaw Offices of Michael Pearson, PLC1995 - 2003
FacultyEmbry-Riddle University1994 - 1996
ProfessorArizona State University1993 - Present
Quality Assurance SpecialistFederal Aviation Administration1992 - 1995
Certified Professional ControllerFederal Aviation Administration1984 - 2010

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
District of Columbia BarMember2010 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Arizona Call A Teen (ACYR)Board of Directors2007 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
National Transportation Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1996 - Present
University Aviation AssociationMember1994 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember1994 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A1994 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Gilding v. Carr, 608 F.Supp.2d 1147 (D.Ariz., 2009)Favorable to client
Robertson v. State of Arizona, et. al.Favorable to client- confidentiality agreement
Foley adv. Tanner, et. al.Favorable to client- confidentiality agreement

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
TextbookFoundations of Aviation Law2014
CPW Legal GuidesAviation Law: What You Really Need to Know2011
CPW Legal GuidesWhen The FAA Investigates You2010
Journal of Air Transportation WorldwideReviewer2010
The CRM Insight: The Aircrew Journal for Cockpit/Crew Resource Management.Editorial Board1999

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State UniversityBusinessMBA1994
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of HoustonBusiness/Pre-MedicalBBA1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
International Symposium on Aviation PsychologyAir Traffic Control2011
International Symposium on Aviation PsychologyHuman Factors in Air Traffic Control2009
Arizona Aviation ConferenceAviation Accidents2004
Arizona Aviation ConferenceAviation Enforcment Actions2004