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Michael Lee York II

Personal injury Attorney at Chandler, AZ

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Mike York

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Michael York is a founding member of the Wattel & York personal injury law firm located in Arizona. Mr. York obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1989, and later earned his Juris Doctor from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1992. Mr. York served as a law clerk in the personal injury field from 1989 to 1992, and began actively practicing law in that area when he became licensed in 1993.


Mr. York is a Phoenix injury attorney that has represented thousands of clients in personal injury, property damage, and insurance coverage matters since 1993. Mr. York has been particularly instrumental in molding Arizona law regarding insurance coverage, as well as claims for diminished value and property damage. He has successfully handled personal injury and property damage claims during the pre-litigation phase of the claims process, and has arbitrated and tried those cases since 1993. Mr. York has also briefed and argued several cases before the Arizona Court of Appeals, including but not limited to published opinions in USAA v. DeValencia, Country Mutual Insurance v. Fonk, Yollin v. City of Glendale, and Oliver v. Henry. Mr. York has devoted his entire career to the practice of personal injury, property damage, and insurance coverage law.


Mr. York is licensed to practice law in all Courts of the State of Arizona, as well as the United States District Court, District of Arizona. Mr. York is also a member of the Arizona Association for Justice/Arizona Trial Lawyers Association.


Wattel & York personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys have extensive combined successful experience handling all different types of practice areas, including but not limited too:  Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, brain injuries, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, product liability, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, swimming pool accidents, bus accidents, boating accidents, nursing home abuse, elder abuse, wrongful death, truck accidents, construction accidents, workplace accidents, and many more.  If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of being involved in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, contact Michael York for a free legal consultation with an experienced and successful Arizona personal injury attorney. 

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Wattel & York
2175 N. Alma School Rd.
Suite B-107
Chandler, AZ, 85224
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4901 W. Glendale Avenue
Glendale, AZ, 85301
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2942 N. 24th Street
Suite 114
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
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2524 W. Ruthrauff Road
Tucson, AZ, 85705
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1102 S. 4th Avenue
Yuma, AZ, 85364
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6314 19th Street West
Suite 15
Fircrest, WA, 98466
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Posted by Caleb | August 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Micheal York is an amazing lawyer!
I was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another vehicle that ran a stop sign. I was hurt badly. The company that was insuring the vehicle I was in was giving me the run around, while the insurance company of the at fault driver was completely ignoring me. I needed help fast. A friend of mine suggested Wattel and York, so with hesitation I sent off an email. Within literally 5 minutes I received a phone call. Much to my surprise it was the attorney’s office, and not just a paralegal or legal assistant. The ACTUAL attorney called me and discussed my case! I went in the following day for a consultation and they took my case. Throughout the whole process, all I can say is how wonderful this firm is. From their legal assistants and paralegals all the way up the lawyers themselves. They’re timely and accurate in their communication, whether it is over email or telephone. I could call and talk with the attorney anytime, and they would drop what they were currently doing to answer any questions I had. My fear and despondency disappeared with sweet release as I read the demand letter that Michael York sent to the insurance companies. It was extremely well written and was “matter of fact” in its demands. The insurance companies paid out in full all that was requested from the demand letter without hesitation. I would HIGHLY recommend this law firm to anyone who was injured in an automobile accident. This law firm really does fight for you!
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Posted by Tommy | August 12, 2015
Michael York is Excellent!
August 12, 2015 (Wednesday); 2:30 p.m. EDT Sierra Vista, Arizona Thankfully, I've led a benign life. I learned when I was very young from my wise parents that life by itself is difficult enough without negatively encountering the law. I went to college with those who became attorneys, and have known attorneys through working for charities we had in common, but I never needed legal representation until I was nearly 65 years old. It was a horrific traffic accident I was in nearly three years ago that first caused me to find and secure an attorney. There were several that urged me to contact the firm Wattell & York, one friend, having been in the same circumstance years ago, saying, “You don't stand a chance against the insurance companies. Its against their best interest and bottom line that they pay out claims of any size to anyone.” My first conversation after registering was with Michael York, one of the general partners of the firm. He took his time explaining in layman's terms the course ahead, then invited me to contact him at any time I had a question, concern, or thought. He was terrific and put any trepidations I had to rest. And my confidence in he and his team only grew as my case unfolded. When complexities arose, and they always do, I was so impressed and appreciative of his long and detailed correspondence, clearly articulating options. Throughout the complex and distended process of my case, I was always kept current as to the status of all developments as they transpired. Through much communication and correspondence, it was so evident to see that the general partners of the firm and all supportive staff act as a tightly coordinated force, always pressing forward with their client's best interest in mind. In a world where insurance companies act in the settlement phase of a claim so vastly different than their cute slick promotions strongly suggesting compassion, caring, and fairness for all, I feel beyond fortunate that I retained the services of Wattell & York. Thanks to Michael York, Wattell & York is an extremely competent, well run, and efficient organization that I highly encourage anyone to retain. When you do, with a determined and tenacious team on your side, you have a tremendous chance in getting the settlement you so richly deserve. Best Wishes, Tommy Neyhart (520) 220-0221 [email protected] 4406 Big Bend Street Sierra Vista, AZ 85650
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
Outstanding service
I had a significant problem with a large auto insurance company in paying labor rates at a recommended auto body shop. After 9 months of squabbling including a demand letter from an attorney, I was referred to Mr. York. Mr. York took the case and was able to work with the insurance company in an efficient and timely matter. He was able to get me reimbursed in only a few short weeks. I would highly recommend Mr. York to anyone.
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Posted by Anthony | August 9, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very informative
Mr. York took the time to actually explain any potential issues I may have with my case. I met with several other lawyers, but was told just what the attorney thought I wanted to hear. I appreciate Mr. York's honesty and integrity, definitely not what I expected.


  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Wattel & York
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cluff & Associates
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Ostreicher & Vatz
  • 1993 - 1998


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $2,000,000
  • Slip & Fall
  • $2,000,000


  • Arizona Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Attorney
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Arizona's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BBB Accreditation A+
  • BBB
  • 2008
  • Honors
  • Arizona State University
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
Endorse Michael
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael York is an exceptional attorney who has a proven track record of success. He gets great outcomes for his clients, but more than that, he communicates with each client so that they are involved and they understand what is happening with their case. As a lawyer practicing in another area of law, I have begun referring my clients to Mr. York’s law firm when they have personal injury issues because I know and trust the lawyers there. I highly recommend Michael York and his law firm to anyone who is in need of a zealous advocate to protect their interests."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Professionalism and competence at the highest levels. I am now a competitor of Mr. York's and still am taking the time to write this endorsement."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mike York is a dedicated and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. He tirelessly fights for his client's rights on all issues. His professionalism has earned him the respect of other plaintiff's counsel as well opposing counsel. Mike York is a great teacher, mentor and friend and my career would not be where it is today without his guidance."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Michael York is one of the most knowledgeable and intelligent attorneys in the area of Arizona personal injury law."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael York is a premier personal injury attorney. He does a great job of treating his clients like real people, and maximizing their financial recoveries."
Wrongful death Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He truly cares about his clients, He works very hard and he is extremely capable, knowledgeable and effective as a trial lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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