Michael L. Piccarreta

Accomplishments
  • Past President, State Bar of Arizona
  • Past President, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Past Chair, State Bar of Arizona Criminal Rules and Criminal Justice Section
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona College of Law
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Law, 27 consecutive years
  • Best Laywers in America, Tucson Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Listed in Southwest Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Biography

Michael L. Piccarreta received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Toledo (1971, 1974).

Mr. Piccarreta’s practice is limited to the criminal defense of corporations and individuals. Mr. Piccarreta has extensive experience in representing corporations and corporate officers for alleged improprieties such as securities violations, fraud, environmental matters, and other complicated white collar crimes. Mr. Piccarreta has extensive experience in representing those accused of murder, fraud, narcotics and marijuana violations, money laundering, vehicular homicide, and other serious matters.

Mr. Piccarreta has been involved in many highly publicized cases and as a result has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Daily Rundown, Inside Edition, CBS News, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and Investigation Discovery. He has been quoted in most major American newspapers. 

Mr. Piccarreta served as president of the State Bar of Arizona. He is a past president and a founding member of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He served on and chaired various committees for the State Bar of Arizona including the Criminal Rules Committee and Criminal Justice Section.

Mr. Piccarreta has been well recognized by his peers. He was selected by peer review to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 27 years and was repeatedly selected as one of the leading individuals for white collar crime litigation in the state of Arizona by Chambers USA. He was regularly selected as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers and named as one of Tucson’s leading lawyers by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine.

Mr. Piccarreta has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law teaching Advanced Criminal Trial Practice.

Mr. Piccarreta was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as its State Chairman.  Nomination for invitation, peer-reviewed fellowship, by fellow members of the bar and bench, is limited to one percent of the lawyers in the state.  He was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization which is limited to 500 trial lawyers in the United States.  He was honored to be the recipient of the State Bar of Arizona Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award and was also honored by the Pima County Bar Association as the recipient of the Robert J. Hooker Criminal Justice Award.  He has been selected by the Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense for Tucson, Arizona in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015.  He is the proud recipient of a President’s Commendation from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice.  Mr. Piccarreta was a Co-Honoree of the Year by the Southern Arizona and Southern California chapters of the ACLU.  He is an AV-rated lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell and a co-recipient of the Freedom Fund Honoree of the Year for the NAACP Tucson Chapter. 

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