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Michael Pearson

Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2880
Biography

Clinical Associate Professor, Aviation Programs, Fulton College    

Michael Pearson is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University (ASU). He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in aviation law and aviation regulations. He has taught full-time at ASU since 1993.

Pearson is also an AV rated founding and managing member of the trial law firm Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Pearson has extensive civil litigation experience focusing his practice on trial law. Mike handles personal injury, wrongful death, complex civil litigation as well FAA enforcement action cases and aviation accident cases. Martindale Hubbell rates Mike, and the firm, "AV" which is the highest rating possible and he has achieved the highest rating possible by "AVVO." In addition, Michael is listed in the Bar Register as a Preeminent Lawyer. He is a Multi-Million Dollar Advocate and was elected one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers. He has also been honored by the National Trial Lawyers Association and named as one of the Top 100 Trial Attorneys throughout the entire state of Arizona, one of America's Top 100 Attorneys, America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, the Nations Top One Percent, and selected as a "SuperLawyer" by his peers.  While his office is in Arizona Michael litigates cases nationwide. Mike is licensed to practice law in several state and federal jurisdictions. In addition, he provides consulting services to clients regarding compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations.

He has broad-based professional experience including employment with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the Tower and TRACON environments as an air traffic controller since 1984. He also worked for the FAA as a Quality Assurance Specialist and is a graduate of the Department of Transportation's Aircraft Accident Investigation program. As Quality Assurance Specialist he investigated accidents and incidents from a human factor standpoint. 

Mike also held an appointment at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University from 1994 through 1998. Mike is a pilot and the author of "Foundations of Aviation Law", a textbook published by a major academic publisher, used in graduate and undergraduate courses. Michael holds MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees from Arizona State University. He graduated with honors near the top of his class, achieved honors in legal writing and research, and was conferred status as a Pedrick Scholar due to academic excellence. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Houston.  

Pearson is a founding member of the Association of Collegiate Training Institutions (ACTI) and is a member of the American Association For Justice (AAJ), Arizona Trial Lawyers Association (AzTLA), National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association, University Aviation Association (UAA), and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He serves on the AAAE Contract Air Traffic Tower Board (USCTA). 

For further information see: http://www.airaccidentlaw.com,  http://www.azlaw.com/bio/michael-pearson.cfm , http://www.cpwaviation.com, http://www.faalawyers.com

Education:

JD, Arizona State University (Cum Laude)
MBA, Arizona State University
BBA, University of Houston 1987 (Summa Cum Laude)

Expertise:

Airplane and helicopter accidents, Aviation Law, Law, Air Traffic Control

Research Interests

Michael's research interests include: (1) Aviation legal issues including complex aviation tort litigation/liability issues such as government negligence and remedies; (2) Aviation law issues involving administrative law and the enforcement process; and (3) Complex civil and tort litigation.

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
AMT 456Organized Labor in Aviation
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 491Aviation Management Capstone
AMT 526Aviation Labor Relations
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
AMT 456Organized Labor in Aviation
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 522Aviation Law
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
AMT 456Intro to Organized Labor
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 526Aviation Labor Relations
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
AMT 456Intro to Organized Labor
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 522Aviation Law
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
AMT 456Intro to Organized Labor
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 526Aviation Labor Relations
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
AMT 456Intro to Organized Labor
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 522Aviation Law
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
AMT 456Intro to Organized Labor
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 526Aviation Labor Relations
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
AMT 456Intro to Organized Labor
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 522Aviation Law
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law and Regulations
OMT 456Intro to Organized Labor
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 526Aviation Labor Relations
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 442Aviation Law/Regulations
OMT 456Intro to Organized Labor
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 522Aviation Law
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
AMT 201Air Traffic Control
AMT 442Aviation Law/Regulations
ATC 491ATC Capstone
AMT 526Aviation Labor Relations
Honors / Awards

PROFESSIONAL:

  • Martindale Hubbell "AV" rating
  • Highest rating possible by "AVVO"
  • Bar Register as a Preeminent Lawyer
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association-  Top 100 Trial Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • SuperLawyer 
  • Top Attorneys in America
  • Top Lawyers in Arizona

ACADEMIC:

  •  Law School Honors Gradute- Top 15 Percent of Class
  •  Law school Honors in Legal Writing and Research
  •  Law School Pedrick Scholar for Academic Excellence
  •  Business School- Top Ten Percent of Class
  •  Undergraduate - University of Houston- Summa Cum Laude 4.0 GPA
Professional Associations
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
  • Association of Collegiate Training Institutions (ACTI)
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association (IATSBA)
  • Member of Arizona, Colorado, and District of Columbia Bar Associations
Consulting
  • Compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)
  • Aviation Regulatory Law
  • Aviation Accident Law
  • Air Traffic Control
Board
  • Association of Collegiate Training Institutions (ACTI) - Board, General Counsel: 2014- present
  • United States Contract Tower Association (USCTA) - Board Member: 2014- present
  • Arizona Center for Youth Resources (ACYR) - Board Member: 2009-2012 
Industry Positions
  • FAA Certified Professional Air Traffic Controller (CPC)
  • FAA Quality Assurance Specialist (QAS)
  • Association of Collegiate Trianing Institutions (ACTI) General Counsel
  • Attorney at Law