Michael J. Crawford is a shareholder who practices in the Litigation Section. He is a trial lawyer with an extensive background in civil and commercial litigation, plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice matters. Michael’s practice focuses on wrongful death and 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 $30 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 Cavanagh Molloy Jones, and was a partner at Chandler Udall, LLP, before coming to Mesch Clark Rothschild in 2006.
In 2007, Michael was elected to serve a three-year term on the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, and was re-elected to a second term in 2010. He is a former adjunct professor of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers 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 Rialto Theater Foundation (Past President), the Downtown Tucson Partnership
(Executive Committee), and the Lohse Downtown YMCA. He is 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.
• State Bar of Arizona, 1991
• U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 1991
• Rialto Theater Foundation (past President)
• Downtown Tucson Partnership (executive committee)
• Lohse Downtown YMCA
• 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