Hon. Michael R. McVey (retired)


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Michael R. (“Mike’) McVey joined the Firm as a shareholder in December 2013.  He has been a member of the Arizona Bar since 1981.  Mike currently practices in the areas of family law, criminal law, government entity representation, civil practice, and special counsel to government entities.  Mike undertakes assignments as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Special Master and Parenting Coordinator.

From 1993 to 2013, Mike served as an Arizona Superior Court Judge.  During that term, he was assigned to Criminal, Family, Juvenile and Civil Divisions of the Court, including multiple terms as a Family Court judge.  In addition to his normal trial court calendars, Mike also assisted other trial court Judges, by resolving complex discovery disputes and conducting settlement conferences.

Mike has represented clients in complex Family Law matters such as division of community assets and debts, legal decision making and parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance and served as a Parenting Coordinator.  Mike also represented clients in personal injury defense cases. 

Following his admission to the Arizona Bar, Mike served as a City of Phoenix Prosecutor from 1981 to 1982.  He then entered private practice with the Phoenix law firm Harrison & Lerch, where he practiced in the areas of criminal law, family law and complex civil litigation.  In 1986, Mike returned to his passion for public service, practicing as a Maricopa County Prosecutor from 1986 to 1987, then serving from 1987 until his appointment as a Judge in 1993, as an Assistant Arizona Attorney General.  At the Attorney General’s office, Mike practiced in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Division, from 1987 to 1990, investigating complex white collar crimes, and then served as the Unit Chief of the Drug Enforcement Section of the office, from 1990 until 1993, investigating, pursuing indictments, criminally prosecuting defendants, and pursuing civil forfeiture actions against drug cartels charged with importing and distributing significant volumes of illegal drugs in Arizona. 


Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona College of Law, in 1981. 

Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree from the Arizona State University May, 1978.


Adjunct Professor, Arizona Summit Law School.  Since 2008, Mike has taught Constitutional, Juvenile, and Family Law to second and third year law students, and supervised students in externship placements with law firms, government agencies, and the courts.

Criminal Year in Review.  Since 2007, Mike has been an annual presenter of the Criminal Year In Review lecture for criminal prosecutors and defense attorneys across Arizona summarizing opinions issued by the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court, interpreting the Arizona Criminal Code over the preceding 12 months.

Faculty.  Since 1981, Mike has been a lecturer for Arizona State Bar, teaching a variety of programs and seminars.  Since 2000, he has been an annual presenter at the A View From the Bench program educating law enforcement officers and Child Protective Services (CPS) case managers regarding presentation of effective courtroom testimony.  From 2002-2003, Mike served as Faculty Chair of the Committee for Professionalism of Arizona lawyers, for the State Bar of Arizona.