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Michael J. Crawford

Michael J. Crawford is a trial lawyer with an extensive background in plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice matters. Michael’s practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury matters with an emphasis on drowning cases, spinal cord injuries and cases involving traumatic brain injury.

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, Michael has recovered over $45 million in damages for his clients.

Michael, who served on the Tucson City Council from 1995 to 1997, received his B.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University and his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1991. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable William E. Druke, Arizona Court of Appeals, after which he joined the Pima County Public Defender’s office, Felony Division. In 1999, he went into private practice working for O’Connor Cavanaugh Molloy Jones, and was a partner at Chandler Udall, LLP, and at Mesch Clark Rothschild from 2006 to 2020.

In 2007, Michael was elected to serve a three-year term on the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, and was re-elected to another three-year term in 2010. He is a former adjunct professor of the University of Arizona College of Law and currently serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Pima County Superior Court.

Michael is active in the community, serving on numerous boards including the Downtown Tucson Partnership (Chairman) Pima County Bar Association, and the Lohse Downtown YMCA, he is the former President of the Rialto Theater Foundation, a former Chair of the Tucson Convention Center Commission, a former member of the Board of the Tucson Downtown Alliance, the Rio Nuevo Citizens Advisory Committee, The Haven, the City of Tucson Blue Ribbon Charter Advisory Commission, and Arizona Common Cause.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury

  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Arizona, 1991

  • U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 1991

Education

  • J.D. - University of Arizona, 1991

  • B.S. - Wright State University, 1988

Professional

  • Crawford Law, PLLC 2020 - Present

  • Mesch Clark Rothschild, 2006 - 2020 Shareholder

  • Chandler & Udall LLP, Tucson AZ (formerly Chandler, Tullar, Udall & Redhair LLP) 1999 - 2006 Partner

  • O’Connor Cavanagh Molloy Jones, Tucson AZ, 1999

  • City of Tucson, Ward III, Tucson AZ 1995 - 1997 Council Member

  • Pima County Public Defender, Tucson AZ 1994 - 1998 Assistant Pima County Public Defender Felony Division

  • Honorable William E. Druke, Chief Judge Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, Tucson AZ, 1992 - 1994 Judicial Clerk

  • Kerrey for President, Tucson AZ 1991 - 1992 Campaign Coordinator

  • Dickerson, Butler, Rabb & Rodriguez, P.C., Tucson, AZ 1990 - 1991 Law Clerk

Organizations

  • Downtown Tucson Partnership (Chairman/Executive)

  • PCBA Board Member

  • Lohse Downtown YMCA

Previous Services

  • Rialto Theater Foundation (past President)

  • Tucson Convention Center Commission (former Chair)

  • Tucson Downtown Alliance (former member)

  • Rio Nuevo Citizens Advisory Committee

  • The Haven

  • City of Tucson Blue Ribbon Charter Advisory Commission

  • Arizona Common Cause