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Mike Black has been a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix since 1984, having practiced law for over 31 years as a criminal litigator.


A board-certified criminal law specialist, Mike emphasizes the aggressive defense of white-collar and other serious crimes. He has tried more than 125 jury trials in several states during 31 years as a trial lawyer and has defended hundreds of cases.


Mike has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Southwest Super Lawyers and appears in the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers.


A writer in Phoenix Magazine (April, 2000) stated, "Mike Black [is] regarded by many as the finest defense attorney in the state." He has lectured extensively on criminal law issues to lawyers and also appears frequently as an expert legal commentator on Phoenix television stations.


Nationally he has appeared on The Today Show and Court TV. Clients benefit from Mike's breadth of experience as a former prosecutor, as well as his understanding of the complex issues that citizens face in this electronic era.

Mike has appeared as an expert legal commentator on many television channels and programs, including:

The Today Show (NBC)
Court TV (MSNBC)
Channel 15 (ABC)
Channel 12 (NBC)
Channel 10 (FOX)
Channel 8 (PBS)
Channel 5 (CBS)
KFYI and KTAR (radio news programs)


Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 25%
  2. White Collar Crime: 25%
  3. Federal Crime: 25%
  4. Criminal Defense: 25%



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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael . He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Sean C Chapman

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mike on several cases. He is, simply put, one of the very best criminal defense lawyers in Arizona. He is very well respected in the legal community and extremely skilled in the courtroom.


    Sean Chapman White collar crime Attorney
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Contact info

Michael V. Black

3219 East Camelback Rd, # 446
Phoenix, AZ, 85018

Michael V. Black

335 East Palm Lane
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

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AZActive 198307/06/2016
FLMember in Good Standing - CLER Exempt198106/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2007
RecognizedBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Certified Specialist, Criminal LawArizona Board of Legal SpecializationN/A
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Bar Register of Pre-eminent LawyersMartindale-HubbellN/A
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMichael V. Black1997 - Present
PartnerBlack & Gottlieb1993 - 1997
Judge Pro TemporeMaricopa Country Superior Court1989 - 1992
PartnerFields & Black1985 - 1990
Assistant AttorneyFederal Public Defender Of Arizona1983 - 1985
Assistant State's AttorneyBroward County State Attorney's Office1981 - 1983
Assistant Attorney GeneralSouth Dakota Attorney General1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member1995 - Present
Arizona Bar FoundationMemberN/A
State Bar of ArizonaJury Instructions SectionN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
St. Thomas More SocietyMemberN/A
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association (Phoenix Chapter)Board of Directors2010 - 2013
State Bar of Arizona Criminal Jury Instruction CommitteCriminal Jury Instruction Committee2009 - 2012
State Bar of ArizonaBoard of Governors2001 - 2003
State Bar of Arizona, Rules of Professional Conduct CommitteeMember1999 - 2001
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors1998 - 2000
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors1995 - 1997
Arizona Supreme Court Committee on More Effective Use of JuriesMember1993 - 1996
State Bar of Arizona, Criminal Rules CommitteeMember1991 - 1995
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeBoard of Directors1990 - 1996
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeFounding Member1989 - 1989
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1989 - 1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
St John's UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Arizona Annual ConventionMeeting with the Media: A Practical Guide to Success2003
National Business InstituteThe Criminal Trial from Start to Finish: The Defense2002
Maricopa County Bar Association SeminarFederal Criminal Practice: Basic to Advanced2002
Maricopa County Bar Association SeminarThe Nuts and Bolts of Federal Criminal Practice2000
Maricopa County Bar Association SeminarAdministrative and Criminal Prosecution of Securities Fraud Cases1999
AACJ Annual SeminarAvoiding the Witness Chair1999
Maricopa County Bar Association Annual SeminarLaw and Order: Ethical Issues for Criminal Attorneys1998
F.B.I. Supervisors Training ProgramRole of the Defense Attorney in Federal Criminal Prosecutions1998
AACJ Annual Seminar, Prime-Time LiveWhen Your Ethics Are Seriously Called Into Question1998
District of Arizona Federal ConferenceEthics in the United States District Court1997
State Bar of Arizona Annual ConventionJury and Attorney Selection Tactics for High Profile and Unusual Cases1995
National Hispanic Bar Association ConferenceCommon Evidentially Issues in Federal Criminal Cases1994
Maricopa County Bar Association Annual SeminarElectronic Surveillance1993
District of Arizona Federal-Mini ConferenceHandling Large Document Cases1993
AACJ Annual SeminarMoney Laundering Pretrial Motions and Defenses1993
State Bar of Arizona Criminal Justice SeminarDefending Multiple Conspiracies1992
Maricopa County Bar Association SeminarFederal Criminal Banking, Money Laundering and Structured Transaction Statutes1992
Maricopa County Bar Association Annual ConferenceThe Arizona Grand Jury: What It Is and How It Works1989
FBI Agents Annual ConferenceA Defense Attorney's Perspective1989
Arizona Capital Representation ProjectAggressive Defense of Capital Cases in ArizonaN/A