Michael Pearson


Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC

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Mr. Pearson has extensive civil litigation experience focusing his practice on trial law. Mike handles complex civil litigation as well FAA enforcement action cases and aircraft and helicopter accident cases. Martindale Hubbell rates Mike, and the firm, “AV” which is the highest rating possible. In addition, Michael Pearson 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.

As a Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer, Michael often handles severe personal injury matters. Michael’s aviation clients are varied including family members who have lost loved ones in airplane and helicopter accidents, those injured on domestic and international flights, and airmen accused by the FAA of violating the Federal Aviation Regulations. He has handled litigation cases for international airlines such as Air France and Zest Airways. Michael has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, Fox Business News, PBS as well as a multitude of print media sources on various issues due to his expertise regarding aviation and aviation law. Michael also handles business and complex litigation cases.

Related Experience:

Mike worked as a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control specialist in the TRACON (approach control) and Tower environments (at several different high density facilities) for over 26 years. Mike also worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the FAA, where he gained intimate knowledge regarding the FAA’s enforcement action program and accident protocol. While working as a controller he was detailed to the FAA legal division for a period of time to assist FAA attorneys. He is a graduate of many FAA classes and courses including the Department of Transportation aviation accident investigation program where he gained valuable practical and technical insight into aviation accidents. Mike is a reviewer for the Journal of Air Transportation World Wide and wrote a monthly column for a national aviation magazine. He has written an aviation law textbook, “Aviation Law”, for a major academic publisher.

Mike has taught aviation law, aviation regulations, as well as other legal subjects, at Arizona State University since 1993 and is currently an Associate Professor. Prior to accepting his academic appointment at Arizona State University, Mike taught aviation law at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Pearson often speaks at academic and professional conferences regarding aviation topics. Most recently, Pearson spoke on the subject of human factors in air traffic control at the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology conference at Wright Patterson Air Force base at the invitation of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory.
Juris Doctorate (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Arizona State University; Bachelor Business Administration (BBA) University of Houston.
Professional Honors & Activities:
Michael completed his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at the University of Houston and also holds MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees, with high honors, from Arizona State University. While attending law school, Mr. Pearson was nominated as a Pedrick Scholar due to academic excellence, and awarded honors in legal writing and research.
Presentations & Speeches:
Air Traffic Control International Symposium on Aviation Psychology 2011

Human Factors in Air Traffic Control International Symposium on Aviation Psychology 2009

Aviation Accidents Arizona Aviation Conference 2004

Aviation Enforcement Actions Arizona Aviation Conference 2004
Aviation Law, Cengage Publishing, Fall 2012.
Bar Admissions:
Arizona 1995, Colorado 1997, Dist. of Columbia 2010.
Court Admissions:
Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Arizona District Court, Ninth Circuit Ct. Appeals.