Since his admission to practice in 1978, Michael Mandig has tried dozens of court and jury trials to verdict and judgment in state and federal courts, and has practiced before the United States Court of Claims. He has handled appellate cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Arizona. His experience includes defense of engineering and architectural malpractice claims, pursuit of complex construction litigation claims against private and governmental defendants, antitrust and franchise termination litigation, financial fraud and money laundering cases, real estate, escrow and title insurance claims, trade name, trademark and trade secret disputes, and litigation of claims arising in closely-held corporations and real estate investment partnerships.
In the public utility law area, Mr. Mandig assists as counsel for one of Arizonaâ€™s leading rural electric cooperatives, including in extensive litigation concerning the deregulation of the electric industry. The litigation successfully blocked deregulation on state constitutional grounds.
Mr. Mandig has extensive experience in international litigation and international commercial matters, including commercial product liability, agricultural financing, produce distribution, motor vehicle financing, real estate investment, international insolvency, cyber-squatting, defamation, corporate malfeasance, and international asset tracing. Fluent in written and spoken Spanish, Mr. Mandigâ€™s work also includes international commercial transactions involving the production of fruits and vegetables, resolving troubled Mexican real estate investments, and advising U.S. construction clients concerning Mexican joint venture and similar opportunities. Mr. Mandig also helps nonprofit organizations conducting religious and humanitarian operations in Mexico, and advises a leading Mexican daily newspaper concerning its Arizona reporting and distribution operations.
In addition to his regular legal practice, Mr. Mandig has worked for many years on law reform projects in Latin America. In 2008 he was invited by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy to join a team of trainers who will teach oral advocacy in Mexico. In Costa Rica he has trained over 300 judges and government attorneys in oral advocacy and case management skills. Since 1999, he also has taught oral advocacy in Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador as part of Proyecto ACCESO. In addition, Mr. Mandig was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law, teaching International Litigation. He teaches the Professionalism course of the State Bar of Arizona.
In the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mr. Mandigâ€”who has served as a mediator or arbitrator in dozens of casesâ€”has completed 60 hours of mediation training and has delivered mediation skills training to lawyers, judges and other professionals from the United States and abroad.
In 2003, he was selected as one of the 50 best lawyers in Arizona in a poll conducted by the Arizona Business Journal, and is now listed in Southwest Superlawyers (business litigation) and The Best Lawyers in America (International Trade and Finance).