Michael is an experienced trial court litigator. His practice focuses providing comprehensive legal advice to participants in the construction industry, where he advises his clients on timely and cost-effective completion of construction projects and handles the full spectrum of construction-related disputes. Michael also has significant experience handling real estate and securities disputes.
Michael represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in a wide array of matters spanning the full range of the construction timeline, from project conception to well after completion. His areas of focus include construction and design defects, contract negotiation, warranty, scope issues, risk allocation, delays, changes, indemnification, suspension or termination of work, mechanic’s liens, payment issues and claims, Prompt Pay Act compliance, bond claims, collections, and construction disputes of any nature. He also works with clients on licensing issues and has represented owners, contractors, and subcontractors in proceedings before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.
Having represented participants on all sides of public and private construction projects, Michael offers a comprehensive perspective to his clients. He is frequently retained before litigation is commenced (often before construction has begun or while a project is ongoing) to counsel his clients to achieve the most efficient outcome. Michael is, first and foremost, an experienced litigator who always stands ready to appear in court, arbitration, and administrative proceedings. But Michael has helped many projects stay out of expensive and drawn-out litigation by counseling his clients on lessons learned in past litigated matters.
Michael is an active member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Construction Law Section and regularly attends and speaks at its events. He is also a frequent speaker to the Arizona Builders Alliance and other construction industry groups. He regularly presents to his clients’ project and business teams to counsel them on legal issues that may arise in contract negotiations or during construction.
Michael also practices real estate litigation and is versed in many of the real property-related issues that often arise in conjunction with construction projects, including judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, agreements for sale, easements, deed restrictions, quiet title actions, landlord/tenant matters, and other disputes concerning real property.
Michael represents broker-dealers, registered representatives, and registered investment advisers in court, in arbitration proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and before state and federal regulatory bodies in a wide variety of disputes involving customer suitability and supervision claims, employment-related claims, securities fraud, and expungement. Michael also advises clients on FINRA, SEC, and state regulations and licensing-related matters as well as compliance and supervisory system design. Before attending law school, Michael worked for a national securities brokerage firm, and this background enables him to provide additional insights and experience to his securities clients.
More About Michael Charles Brown
- J.D., summa cum laude, Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
- B.S., summa cum laude, Economics, Arizona State University, Phi Beta Kappa
- B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, Arizona State University, Phi Beta Kappa
Honors & Recognitions
- The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Construction Law, Litigation- Real Estate, 2022-2024
- William H. Pedrick Scholar
- Pro Bono Service Award with High Distinction
- John J. Ross Award for Excellence, Business Law Courses
- CourtWorks, Associate Director
- Arizona State Law Journal, Associate Editor
- Honors & Recognitions, 08/17/2023
- Honors & Recognitions, 08/18/2022
- Press Release, 01/10/2022
- Honors & Recognitions, 08/19/2021
- Supreme Court Update: Arbitrator Gets To Decide When A Dispute Must Be Arbitrated if the Arbitration Clause Specifically Assigns That Task to the Arbitrator01/16/2019,
- Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, 01/16/2018
- Arizona Supreme Court Holds Construction-Related Statute of Repose Applies to Public Entities and Bars ClaimLewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, 05/11/2017,
- Honors & Recognitions |  08/17/2023
- Honors & Recognitions |  08/18/2022
- Press Release |  01/10/2022