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Attorney Mick Rusing heads up the firm’s litigation section, which covers virtually every area of civil litigation.  A lawyer for over thirty years, Mr. Rusing has tried well over 100 cases in federal and state courts in diverse areas such as breach of fiduciary duty, contract, ERISA, employment, environmental, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, patent infringement, products liability, securities, trusts and estates, will contests, and wrongful death.  He has argued cases before the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Although Mr. Rusing still maintains a significant part of his litigation practice in the injury area, including products liability and malpractice, in recent years his focus has been on significant business litigation frequently involving the prosecution and defense of fraud actions, partnerships disputes or other business entity litigation among principals, and matters involving real estate or construction.


Mr. Rusing has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2004, and is the current State Chair for the State of Arizona.  Mr. Rusing was also selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation.  The Chambers and Partners USA Survey of America’s Leading Business Lawyers recognized Mick as a top litigator in Arizona.  According to the survey, “Rusing is no stranger to multi-million dollar disputes…” and peers acknowledged him as “one of the finest: he has all the right attributes you want in a lawyer.”  In the first Arizona Super Lawyer poll Mick was chosen as an Arizona Super Lawyer, and one of the top 50 lawyers in Arizona. Mr. Rusing is “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated” through the Martindale Hubble PEER REVIEW RATINGS Process.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 13%
    4 years
  2. Class Action: 13%
    4 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 13%
    4 years
  4. Insurance: 13%
    4 years
  5. Other: 48%
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Contact info

Rusing Lopez & Lizardi PLLC

6363 N SWan Rd Ste 151
Tucson, AZ, 85718-3637


AZActive 198004/25/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America: Personal Injury Litigation - PlantiffsBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in America: Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Banking & FinanceBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Real EstateBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Regulatory EnforcementBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in America: Personal Injury Litigation - DefendantsBest Lawyers in America2012
Father of the YearFathers Day Council Tucson2010
Environmentalist of the YearArizona Game and Fish Commission2007
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2004
One of Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona in Inaugural EditionSouthwest Super LawyersN/A
America’s Leading Lawyers for Business LitigationChambers USAN/A
One of Seven “Litigation Stars” in ArizonaBenchmark LitigationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding MemberRusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC1992 - Present
PartnerSnell & Wilmer1989 - 1992
ShareholderBilby & Shoenhair, P.C.,1980 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Commission on Appellate Court AppointmentsN/A2009 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/A1998 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Tucson chapter)Charter Member/Steering Committee Member1995 - Present
United States Supreme CourtN/AN/A
Federal Circuit Court of AppealsN/AN/A
Second Circuit Court of AppealsN/AN/A
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitN/AN/A
United States District Court for the District of ArizonaN/AN/A
State Bar of ArizonaN/AN/A
American College of Trial LawyersChair, State Committee2011 - 2013
Ninth Circuit Lawyers’ Advisory BoardN/A2004 - 2006
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive CommitteeN/A2003 - 2004
Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceN/A2000 - 2003
American Bar Association, House of DelegatesN/A1999 - 2003
Federal Bar Association (Tucson chapter)President1999 - 2000
State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice SectionExecutive Committee1995 - 2000
Pima County Commission on Trial Court AppointmentsN/A1994 - 1998
Pima County Bar AssociationChairman, Rules Committee1991 - 2001
Pima County Superior CourtJudge Pro Tempore1991 - 2010
State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice SectionDisciplinary Committee1989 - 1997
Tucson Defense BarPresident1989 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
Aspen PublishersBusiness Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona2011
Aspen PublishersBusiness Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona2010
Aspen PublishersBusiness Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona2009
Aspen PublishersBusiness Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona2008
Aspen PublishersBusiness Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona2007
Lorman Education Services publicationReal Estate Litigation in Arizona2007
General Counsel RoundtableManaging the Cost of Electronic Discovery2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of San Francisco School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977