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Michael J S Rusing

Insurance Attorney at Tucson, AZ

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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.

Licensed for 42 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1980
Updated 09/18/2022

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Rusing Lopez & Lizardi PLLC
6363 N SWan Rd Ste 151
Tucson, AZ, 85718-3637

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Member
  • Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC
  • 1992 - Present
  • Partner
  • Snell & Wilmer
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Shareholder
  • Bilby & Shoenhair, P.C.,
  • 1980 - 1989

Education

  • Stanford Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of San Francisco
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Associations

  • Commission on Appellate Court Appointments
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 1998 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Tucson chapter)
  • Charter Member/Steering Committee Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • N/A
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • N/A
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • N/A
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • N/A
  • United States Supreme Court
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • N/A
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Chair, State Committee
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Ninth Circuit Lawyers’ Advisory Board
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • 2000 - 2003
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Federal Bar Association (Tucson chapter)
  • President
  • 1999 - 2000
  • State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Pima County Superior Court
  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • 1991 - 2010
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Chairman, Rules Committee
  • 1991 - 2001
  • State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice Section
  • Disciplinary Committee
  • 1989 - 1997
  • Tucson Defense Bar
  • President
  • 1989 - 1990
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Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Real Estate
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America: Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America: Personal Injury Litigation - Plantiffs
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Father of the Year
  • Fathers Day Council Tucson
  • 2010
  • Environmentalist of the Year
  • Arizona Game and Fish Commission
  • 2007
  • Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2004
  • One of Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona in Inaugural Edition
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • N/A
  • America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Litigation
  • Chambers USA
  • N/A
  • One of Seven “Litigation Stars” in Arizona
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Aspen Publishers
  • Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona
  • 2011
  • Aspen Publishers
  • Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona
  • 2010
  • Aspen Publishers
  • Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona
  • 2009
  • Aspen Publishers
  • Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona
  • 2008
  • Aspen Publishers
  • Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, Author/Editor for Arizona
  • 2007
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Real Estate Litigation in Arizona
  • 2007
  • General Counsel Roundtable
  • Managing the Cost of Electronic Discovery
  • 2004
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I hired Mick as local counsel for a trademark infringement litigation I filed in federal court in Tucson against a restaurant on behalf of one my clients in Houston. Mick came highly recommended, and he definitely lived up to the high praise I heard from other Tucson lawyers during my search for local counsel. Mick's legal acumen was apparent and he was an asset from the very start. He knows the local court there very well, and provided sage and on-point guidance for us throughout the litigation. You will be very well taken care with Mick representing you in any civil litigation matter."
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Tucson Insurance Lawyer Michael J S Rusing
Michael J S Rusing
Insurance Attorney
Tucson, AZ
Licensed for 42 years