Sacks Tierney P.A.

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Scottsdale-Phoenix | 480.425.2600

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Michael L. Kitchen, Jr.

Michael Kitchen’s practice focuses on business litigation, including partnership disputes, real estate matters, business torts, and employment contracts, as well as estate and trust litigation.

Michael strives to provide the highest quality and personalized service possible, with a highly results-focused approach to litigation. He has obtained excellent results in numerous matters, including full trials as well as appeals.

A third-generation Arizona native, Michael attended Scottsdale Saguaro High School (go Sabercats!), where he met his future wife. Except for a seven-year foray attending college and law school in Tucson, Michael has spent his life in the Phoenix area. He lives in Scottsdale with his wife and their five children and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, history, politics, and appreciating the beautiful outdoors of Arizona.

Practice Area

Commercial Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Probate Litigation

Trial Practice

Appeals

Contracts

Representative Trial Experience

Successful resolution during jury trial in a multimillion-dollar accounting liability case. 2002-CC-0869 (La. 2003)

Successful verdict in a jury trial concerning a complex partnership dispute. CV2004-018733 (2005)

Successful verdict in a jury trial concerning a complex partnership dispute. CV2008-052857 (2011)

Successfully defended a company from multimillion-dollar claims in a jury trial. CV2008-000141 (2012)

Prevailed in a bench trial concerning a trust dispute. PB2012-051133 (2014)

Prevailed in a jury trial concerning the breach of a commercial property contract. CV2014-052598 (2015)

Successfully defended a client from multimillion-dollar claims in a partnership dispute. 76-122-Y-000037-13 (2016)

Prevailed in a jury trial concerning claims asserted in the context of a partnership dispute. CV2013-002402 (2018)

Prevailed in two successive bench trials concerning a partnership dispute. CV2019-054728 (2020)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Arizona

BAR and Court ADMISSIONS

Arizona, 1999

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1999

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

REPRESENTATIVE COURT OF APPEALS DECISIONS

Prevailed on appeal concerning a claim against the Arizona Attorney General, overcoming the defense of absolute executive immunity. 214 Ariz. 175 (Div. 1, 2007)

Prevailed on appeal in the defense of a racketeering claim relating to labor dispute. 615 F.3d 312 (4th Cir., 2010)

Prevailed on appeal in a real estate purchase contract matter. 2019 WL 4793123 (Div. 1, 2020)

Prevailed on appeal in a business dispute. 2020 WL 6140626 (Div. 1, 2020)

Prevailed on appeal in a business purchase contract matter. 2020 WL 1862376 (Div. 1, 2020)

Prevailed on appeal in a contract and business tort case relating to a real estate utility dispute. 2 CA-CV 2004-0042 (Div. 2, 2005)

Prevailed on appeal in a partnership contract dispute. CA-CV 2005-0321 (Div. 1, 2006)

EDUCATION

J.D., James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, 1999; Editor: Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law

B.A., University of Arizona (History), 1995

Language Fluency

English, German