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Michael F Beethe

Real estate Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 23 years
    Missouri - MO 26 years
    Kansas - KS 26 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1997
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1998
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Animal law
    Equine-related litigation and transactions, including sales, leases, liens, liability litigation, breeding contracts and entity formation.

  2. Commercial real estate
    Commercial litigation and transactions including negotiation and drafting of contracts, financing arrangements, distressed asset litigation, sales and purchase transactions, and consultation for healthcare, real estate, retail and service entities.

    27 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Corporate litigation and transactions including entity formation, mergers, consolidations, financing, corporate governance matters, joint ventures, and general consultation.

    27 years

  4. Real estate
    Commercial real estate litigation and transactions including negotiation of asset sales and purchases, contract drafting and negotiation, and financing arrangements.

    27 years

Michael Beethe’s practice focuses on real estate and business litigation. He is an experienced litigator, with a strong background in real estate and business transactions. In addition, Mr. Beethe assists his clients in the areas of corporate law, real estate development, commercial and healthcare transactions and complex loan workouts.

Mr. Beethe has received an AV-rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory predicated on his legal expertise and professionalism. For 12 straight years (2012-2023), he has been recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer by Law and Politics, and AZRE has named Mr. Beethe among the “People to Know in Commercial Real Estate.” Mr. Beethe is also named a “Top Attorney” by Arizona Business Magazine and Ranking Arizona in the areas of Real Estate, Real Estate Transactions, and Commercial Litigation. 

Mr. Beethe is one of the nation’s leading equine law practitioners. He is actively involved as a principal in Beethe Arabians, his family’s flourishing and respected Arabian horse operation. An experienced horseman, Mr. Beethe has earned National Championships in ten different disciplines, in the Arabian and National Show Horse arenas, and has three times been named Amateur Exhibitor of the Year by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association. Mr. Beethe is a National/Regional certified judge for both Arabians and National Show Horses, and has judged multiple regional and national shows. He is widely published in monthly Equine Law columns in nationwide magazines such as The Arabian Horse Times and Saddle & Bridle. He has also been a featured speaker at many Equine Law seminars, including the National Equine Law Conference, sponsored by the University of Kentucky School of Law.

Mr. Beethe received a Master’s in Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. During law school, Mr. Beethe was the Editor-in-Chief of The Urban Lawyer, the American Bar Association’s official publication on real estate and government law, and the third most highly circulated law journal in the nation. Mr. Beethe was also a member of the U.M.K.C. Law Review, where he published his Comment, Railroads Suing Injured Employees: Should the Federal Employers' Liability Act Allow Railroads to Recover From Injured Railroad Workers For Property Damages? Following law school, Mr. Beethe excelled on the Arizona State Bar Exam, achieving the third-highest score. He is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona, and is also admitted to practice in the Arizona Supreme Court, Missouri Supreme Court, Kansas Supreme Court (inactive) and the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

Specialties: Real Estate and Business Litigation, Corporate Law, Real Estate Development, Commercial and Healthcare Transactions, Complex Loan Workouts and Equine Law


Beethe Law, PLLC
1430 E. Missouri Avenue
Suite B-200
Phoenix, AZ, 85014

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Posted by Tom and Marilyn | May 2, 2012
Professional, intelligent, great strategist -- the one we'll always hire
We have both been attorneys since 1976. During our careers, we have encountered many attorneys and have hired a fair number. We have never met a more competent attorney than Mike Beethe. He is very professional, intelligent, well-versed in the law, and displays exceptional strategy ideas. If we ever need to hire an attorney in the future, it will certainly be Mike. We recommend him without reservation. Tom and Marilyn Husband
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Posted by Jason | January 17, 2012
Business Client
Mike has worked for both my company and me over the past three years. I deal with a lot of attorneys in my business and I have yet to find one as competent and insightful as Mike. His mastery of business law is top notch and his negotiation skills are off the charts. Although I am headquartered out of MN, I continue to use Mike for all of my legal issues. He is extremely responsive and does a great job at looking at the issue from all angles. Mike is truly a great lawyer and I will continue to recommend him whenever I can.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2011
Outstanding Lawyer with great attention to detail
Mike and his team are some of the best in the business. If you are looking for great representation with high class service, look no further.
Posted by Cindy | November 8, 2011
Business Client
I have used Mr. Beethe for multiple business matters-purchase contracts, ex employee litigation, debt collection, etc. He has been well prepared, highly intelligent in his legal strategies and most of all has advised me in a way that has been the most cost effective and outcome oriented for my various businesses. His billings have been fair, reasonable and accurate and I have and will continue to refer business to him.
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Posted by Pamela | November 8, 2011
Quality Representation
Mike Beethe has represented my interests in a caring and responsive fashion. He gave me good advice and earned my trust almost immediately. He is knowledgeable and made sure that I was continually informed of the progress of the case. Working with him was easy and I would ask him to represent me again in a heartbeat if I needed a lawyer. I would recommend him readily to anyone needing his expertise or needing referral.
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Posted by Gary | November 8, 2011
Michael F Beethe has represented all my legal matters exclusively for the last 6 years.
Michael Beethe has represented my interests in a variety of cases over the past 6 years. He has done so perfectly, we my needs and reputation as his highest concern. He has been intelligent in his recommend courses of action and/or defense. He has been fair and honest in his billing and invoicing. I already have referred several friends to his practice and will continue to do so.
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Posted by Kenneth | November 8, 2011
Brilliant Lawyer with Common Sense
Mike Beethe is an extremely competent lawyer with extensive experience in negotiating settlements with creditors. His intelligence and experience were very calming in the heat of the battle. Mike is exceptional at strategizing and working diligently to achieve optimal results. His support staff is exceptional as well. I can't say enough about Mike and what he has done for my family. My wife Christine and I feel very thankful and appreciative to be one of his clients. It is so comforting to have some like him to help guide you through very stressful entanglements. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Doug | November 8, 2011
A great lawyer
Mike has handled extremely difficult business transactions with volatile people on the other side, he has helped me successfully close these transactions and handled the difficult people in a very professional manner. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2011
You can feel confident!
Mike helped me with a business purchase agreement. He was very efficient, knowledgeable and demonstrated superb negotiating skills. I am again currently working with him for assistance with a breach of contract case and I am confident that he will achieve the best possible result on my behalf.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2011
An honest attorney...
Mr. Beethe is beyond reproach. He has respresented me and my family in numerous cases on a number of various issues. We have never been represented by any attorney who has been so honest, thorough and intelligent.
Posted by Dennis | November 8, 2011
Limited exposure, early impressions
Michael has worked for me on a limited basis to this point. From this exposure I have been very satisfied with his command of the issues and general knowledge based on actual experience. He has instilled a level of confidence that has helped me deal with concerning issues. In all cases his responsiveness has been very satisfactory and has answered all of my questions or endeavored to get the answers in a timely manner. His communication skills are excellent. He can explain a complicated issue in a simplified manner without talking down. He listens. I consider him an asset and in a sense a partner in my dealings.
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Posted by Amy | November 8, 2011
Highly recommended
Mr. Beethe is and exceptional attorney to work with based on his professionalism, knowledge and skill at handling a wide variety of matters. He treats all cases large or small with the same level of commitment and dedication to his clients.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Member
  • Beethe Law PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • 2008 - Present
  • Member
  • Comitz | Beethe
  • 2010 - 2021
  • Shareholder
  • Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint PC
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dunn, Keller, Gillespie, Johnston & Latz
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Farris Law Firm
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Hubble, Sawyer, Peak & O'Neal
  • 1994 - 1997
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  • University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • JD
  • N/A
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • MBA
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Shepard v. Hewitt
  • Jury verdict for client affirmed on appeal


  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Missouri State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ellison Moot Court Team
  • Member
  • 1996 - 1997
  • American Bar Association's The Urban Lawyer
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • 1995 - 1997
  • The U.M.K.C. Law Review
  • Staff Member
  • 1995 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best of Arizona: Construction & Real Estate Law
  • Ranking Arizona
  • 2011
  • People to Know in Commercial Real Estate
  • AZRE (Arizona Real Estate)
  • 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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  • The Urban Lawyer
  • Case Digest, Walz v. Town of Smithtown
  • 1995
  • America's Bridle & Bit
  • Defamation and the Horse Industry
  • N/A
  • Equine Veterinary Malpractice
  • N/A
  • The successful lease
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of Kentucky School of Law - National Equine Law Conference
  • Equine Law
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is an excellent attorney who knows how to optimize results for his clients."
Business Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Michael Beethe's work. His intelligence, knowledge, and experience are unparalleled. I especially admire Mike's problem-solving skills and his ability to provide creative, thoughtful solutions to clients' challenges."