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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2013, Contributor to Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy
    • B.A., cum laude, Arizona State University, 2007, Music Performance
Michelle Buckley’s experience in complex litigation gives her the tools to provide effective and innovative legal solutions to achieve clients’ desired outcomes and goals. She brings a collaborative and strategic brand of representation to each matter, and clients value her ability to zealously advocate for them throughout the entire litigation process.  Michelle focuses her practice on commercial business disputes, including complex contractual matters, business torts, construction, insurance and product liability litigation.
  • Won motion to dismiss for design-build contractor in subrogation action seeking damages in excess of eight figures. 
  • Obtained summary judgment and award of attorneys’ fees for international semiconductor manufacturer in multi-million dollar property damage dispute.
  • Secured defense verdict for property developer as lead counsel in a breach of contract arbitration.
  • Obtained summary judgment for national homebuilder in multi-million dollar construction defect arbitration.
  • Successfully negotiated early settlement for policyholder in an insurance fraud and bad-faith action against selling agent, insurer and marketing company. 
  • Secured successful resolution of contract dispute for software developer which included a substantial payment to the client on its counterclaims. 
  • Won early dismissal of action to pierce the corporate veil for national financing institution.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement and service agreement to resolve multi-million dollar contract dispute on behalf of global Fortune 1000 company. 
  • Representation of real estate investment firm in breach of contract action against vendor resulting in favorable settlement. 
  • Representation of automobile manufacturers in product liability and catastrophic injury actions.
  • Representation of policyholders in a variety of insurance coverage claims including, property and business interruption loss and bad-faith litigation. 
text icon Publications & Presentations
Diversity in Law Firms: Behind the Times
Contributing Author; The Business Case for Diversity
August 2014