John A. Micheaels

Attorney John Micheaels

Phoenix, Arizona
Phone: 602-650-2465
Fax: 602-285-1516

Mr. Micheaels began practicing law in 1979. His practice is concentrated in the areas of medical negligence, general tort liability, professional liability, and insurance bad faith.

Mr. Micheaels has taken over 75 trials to a jury in the state and federal courts in Arizona. He has a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” attorney rating and is a State Bar Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. He is currently listed in Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years and is a Fellow in two of the most prestigious societies of trial lawyers in the country, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (with membership limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the U.S.) and the American College of Trial Lawyers (with membership limited to only 1% of lawyers in the U.S.). He has been named by Phoenix Magazine for a number of recent years as one of the top lawyers in the Valley specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice and civil litigation.  He has been chosen as Lawyer of the Year for the Phoenix area by Best Lawyers in the Areas of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Law for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. John was named the 2017 Arizona Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Medical Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Trucking Accident Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, State Bar


  • J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law, 1979
    • Moot Court Board
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1974
    • With Highest Honors

Admitted to Practice

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Arizona
  • Arizona Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations / Listings

  • Arizona Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers (2017)
  • Lawyer of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates – Phoenix Chapter
  • Top 100 lawyers in Arizona according to Arizona Business Magazine. (2016)
  • Phoenix Lawyer of the Year – Best Lawyers – (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • International Society of Barristers (Fellow)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Associate); President, Phoenix Chapter, (1995 – 1997)
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys
  • Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness; Member (1992 – 1999)
  • Commission on Trial Court Appointments for Maricopa County; Commissioner (1987 – 1991)
  • Maricopa County Superior Court; Judicial Civil Study Advisory Committee (1983 – 1986)
  • State Bar of Arizona
    • 1989 State Bar Convention, Chairman
    • Trial Practice Section, Chairman (1985 – 1986)
    • Committee on Jury Instructions, Member (1988 – 1989)
    • Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, Member (1983 – 1984)
  • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Chairman (1987 – 1989; 1994-1995; 1997-1999)