Michael R. Ayers focuses his practice primarily in commercial ligation, including consumer finance, professional liability, construction defect, and employment law. He also handles products liability, contract claims and personal injury defense matters. Mr. Ayers has actively handled cases in more than 24 states and has engaged in site inspections, expert testing, hearings, mediations, trials, arbitrations and depositions. Mr. Ayers earned his J.D. (2003) from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.A. (2000) from California Polytechnic State University. He is licensed to practice in Arizona, Nevada and Florida.
Clients he has represented include: The Viking Corporation; Wendy's International, Inc.; FDIC; Archicon L.C.; Hartford Insurance Company; Nationwide Insurance Company; AIG; Safeco Insurance Company; Chubb Insurance Company; USAA; Scottsdale Insurance Company; State Farm Insurance; Dallas National Insurance Company; and Capital Insurance Company. Mr. Ayers has actively handled cases in more than 24 states, involving products liability, construction defect, fire investigation, contract disputes and the Carmack Amendment.
Most notably, Mr. Ayers exceeded the anticipated result in cases handled in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Nevada and Utah.
Mr. Ayers joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in November 2008. Previously he was a senior associate at Bauman Loewe Witt & Maxwell, PLLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was for three years an associate at Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig, LLP, in Tampa, Florida.
During law school, Mr. Ayers was the Special Events Coordinator for the Civil Comparative Law Society and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity.
He spent a summer studying at the University of College London.
- Maricopa County Bar Association
Honors & Awards
- Recipient of an American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship (2000–2003)
Winning a motion for summary judgment in Nevada, successfully recovering his client's full contract damages, attorneys' fees, costs and late fee; the court included prejudgment interest on the contract damages, attorneys' fees and costs.
A successful jury and bench trial, where he assisted in reaching a defense verdict and recovering the full amount on a mechanic's lien claim.
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2003
Editorial Member, University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review
B.A., Philosophy, California Polytechnic State University, 2000
- Academic Honors 1998 - 2000
- Gila River Tribal Court
- Hopi Tribal Court
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida