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I have been practicing law in Arizona since 1988. I was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, attended the Pennsylvania State University; and obtained my undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. I earned my law degree, cum laude, from the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane Washington.
I worked in law firms and as a sole practitioner. I have represented private and public corporations, individual creditors and debtors, government agencies, local, regional and national financial institutions. I have experience representing a wide base of client interests. My practice is now focused on creditor’s rights and commercial litigation.
Early in my career, I gained significant knowledge representing federal agencies in all aspects of closed-bank litigation. I have considerable experience with the enforcement of debt instruments; foreclosure and receivership of real property. I have represented creditors, debtors and trustees in proceedings under Chapter 11 and Chapter 7, and receivers appointed in Federal Court to collect judgments arising out of securities litigation. I have represented contractors and suppliers in all aspects of construction litigation. I have successfully asserted bond claims against sureties and pursued lien foreclosure litigation on behalf of suppliers and contractors.
I understand the parties’ issues and concerns, and have the experience to offer solutions. My ability to offer creative solutions comes from representing clients for over twenty two years and seeing issues and resoling them from multiple points of view.
I have appeared in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the Superior and Justice Courts throughout the State of Arizona. I earned an AV Peer Rating, the highest, from the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, which is defined as: "Very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar." I attended the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy (1992) and was a speaker for Lorman Seminars, Advanced Collection Techniques (November 2004); Collection Practices in Arizona (November 2005).
Hourly ($225-350/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)
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I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Michael on numerous commercial collection cases over the past years. He always provides high-quality, dedicated legal representation for matters both large and small. He is my "go-to" co-counsel in Arizona! I highly recommend him to any creditor in need of commercial collection counsel.
Russell Mikow Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I have referred several matters to Michael and his firm over the past few years. He is well versed in the law and communicating timely with others. In addition, you will be hard pressed to find a nicer person. I highly recommend him for your commercial litigation and bankruptcy needs.
Daniel Spilotro Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|Manders Foundation Scholarship||Manders Foundation Scholarship Recipient||1988|
|Attorney||Windtberg & Zdancewicz||2012 - Present|
|Attorney||Michael Zdancewicz, PLLC||2004 - 2009|
|Attorney||Gerstman and Zdancewicz, P.C.||1998 - 2004|
|Instructor - Real Estate||Lamson College||1997 - 1997|
|Attorney||Michael Zdancewicz, P.C.||1995 - 1998|
|Attorney||Dillingham Cross, P.L.C.||1995 - 1995|
|Law Clerk, Honorable Melvyn Shelley||Arizona Court of Appeals - Division I||1988 - 1989|
|Attorney||Kalish, Forrester & Torres, P.C.||1988 - 1995|
|Law Clerk||Department of Justice - United States Attorneys Office - Eastern District of Washington||1986 - 1988|
|Correctional Office||State of Alaska||1983 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Board of Advisers to the Dean - Gonzaga University School of Law||Advisory Board||2013 - Present|
|Paz de Cristo Community Center.||Board of Directors||2012 - Present|
|Tempe Sister Cities||Supporter||2010 - Present|
|Commercial Law League of America||N/A||N/A|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|State Bar of Arizona||N/A||N/A|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctorate||1988|
|University of Alaska - Fairbanks||Justice Studies||Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|State Bar of Arizona, CLE||Collection Law: Debtors, Assets & Judgments||2013|
|Foreclosure Defense Essentials CLE||Foreclosure Defense Essentials||2012|
|Collection Law: Debtors, Assets and Judgments||Collection Law: Debtors, Assets and Judgments||2012|
|Seminar||Colections: The Good, the Bad the Profitable||2011|
|Collection Practices in Arizona||Collection Practices in Arizona||2005|
|Advanced Collection Techniques||Advanced Collection Techniques||2004|