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Michael A. Beale

Phoenix, Arizona
Phone: 602-418-4946
Fax: 602-285-1516
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Beale began practicing law in 1968. Prior to forming Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart, P.C. he was a partner at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix. Mr. Beale practices in the areas of general tort litigation, medical malpractice, products liability, personal injury, aviation law, insurance and utility litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Mr. Beale has participated in well over 100 jury trials. He has been listed in the national publication, Best Lawyers in America , in every biannual edition since 1989. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious society of trial lawyers in the country, with membership limited to the top 1% of lawyers in the U.S. He has served as a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court.  In 2009, Mike was given the Professional Achievement Award by the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2013 he was named Lawyer of the Year for Phoenix in the area of personal injury defense by Best Lawyers.

Areas of Practice

  • Torts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. – 1968
    • Law Review: Arizona Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    • B.A. – 1965
    • Major: English


  • Faculty, Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, 1986 – 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1989 – Present
  • Professional Achievement Award, from James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, 2009
  • Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Defendant Litigation, from Best Lawyers, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Executive Committee, 1983 – 1985
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Phoenix Chapter, President, 1980 – 1981
  • State Bar of Arizona, Board of Governors, 1985 – 1987
  • State Bar of Arizona, Chairman, Local Administrative Committee 5E, 1980 – 1985
  • State Bar of Arizona, Trial Section, Past Chairman
  • State Bar of Arizona, State Bar Convention, Chairman, 1983
  • State Bar of Arizona, Former Member, Professionalism Committee
  • State Bar of Arizona, Former Member, Advertising Committee
  • State Bar of Arizona, Former Member, Conference Team, Commission on Judicial Performance
  • State Bar of Arizona, Former Member, Zlaket Rules Committee
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Judge Pro Tern, 1987 – 1998
  • Maricopa County Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 1993 – 1995
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Relations Committee, 1993


  • Phi Alpha Delta