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Michael Gerity

Michael Gerity

Estate Planning, Business and Bankruptcy Pros
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  • Arizona, Colorado, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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Reviewed by Christopher Hildebrand November 21, 2019
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Michael provides straight forward solutions to simple and complex legal matters, which is why I refer clients to Michael Gerity. He is a great guy and a great attorney.
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Michael Gerity is a distinguished attorney in Arizona who brings a wealth of experience to every case. Whether representing a client with a commercial or intellectual property dispute, or providing legal advice for a business entrepreneur, Mr. Gerity is an aggressive and reliable lawyer who knows how to get the results clients need. He is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell in recognition of his high ethical standards and professional ability and has been selected by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for its 10 Best in Arizona list in client satisfaction for 2016 in the Litigation, Lawsuits & Disputes Division. His law firm has also been selected for inclusion in the Law Firm 500 as one of the top 100 fastest growing firms in the entire country.

Mr. Gerity has been admitted to practice law in Arizona State and Federal courts since graduating from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1994. He also is admitted to practice law in Colorado and before the United States Patent and Trademark office.

Prior to forming Israel & Gerity, PLLC, Mr. Gerity clerked for the Chief Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, served as a deputy public defender, where he received extensive trial experience, and worked for several years at a large civil litigation law firm in Phoenix. He then formed his own firm, and also served as Of Counsel to a prestigious boutique commercial litigation firm. In law school, Mr. Gerity was an Associate Note and Comment Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal, received honors in legal research and writing, and was awarded Best Appellate Brief. Mr. Gerity received his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in 1990.

Mr. Gerity has taught classes and given presentations on a wide variety of topics. Mr. Gerity’s practice areas include business formation and representation, bankruptcy, estate planning and trusts, general civil litigation and commercial litigation, and intellectual property.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks
  • Probate
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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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Professional Experience
Estate Planning, Business and Bankruptcy Pros
- Current
Managing Partner
Israel & Gerity, PLLC
- Current
Law Offices of Michael Gerity, PC
- Current
Of Counsel
Meyer, Hendricks & Bivens, PC
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
Deputy Public Defender
Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
Judge Thomas C. Kleinschmidt, Arizona Court of Appeals
Legal Clerk
Legal Clerk
Arizona Attorney General’s Office
Arizona State University
J.D. (1994) | Law
Honors: Arizona State Law Journal Associate Note and Comment Editor; Best Appellate Brief, First Year Moot Court Competition; Honors, Legal Research and Writing; East Valley Bar Association Scholarship Recipient
Activities: Assistant Project Director, Homeless Legal Assistance Project; Treasurer, Student Bar Association; Student Fellow, Center for Law, Science and Technology
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Colorado State University
B.S. (1990) | Biology, anatomy, psychology
Honors: Dean’s List; Colorado State University Honor’s Program; Elf-Aquitaine Academic Scholarship
Activities: Raptor Program (reintegrating injured birds of prey)
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AV Preeminent Peer Rating
Peer rated for highest level of professional excellence; 5.0 out of 5.0 rating.
10.0 Rating - Superb
2016 Honoree - Fastest Growing Law Firms
Law Firm 500
Named as one of the 100 fastest growing law firms in America
10 Best Client Satisfaction - Litigation, Lawsuits & Disputes Division
American Institute of Legal Counsel
Professional Associations
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel
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Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel
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American Bar Association
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Colorado State Bar  # 29202
Licensed Attorney
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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  # 41776
Licensed Attorney
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Arizona State Bar  # 015750
Licensed Attorney
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Speaking Engagements
The America Invents Act: Changes to the US Patent Laws and an Overview of Intellectual Property Law , First Friday Connect CLE Group , Scottsdale, AZ
First Friday Connect CLE Group
Basic Collection Practice , First Friday Connect CLE Group , Phoenix, AZ
First Friday Connect CLE Group
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106 Questions Answered

Q. My father just passed, and we just realized that our step mom is not able to take care of her self.
A: Hello. I am sorry to hear of your loss, please accept my condolences. The answer to your question would depend, in part, on what kind of estate planning your father had done. Your father's estate may have to go through the court process called probate in order to transfer assets to his heirs, including your step mom. Unless your father set up a trust, or had "transfer on death" designations on certain types of property, the only way that property can get transferred is through the probate process. Once you handle your father's estate, then there are a wide variety of estate planning tools that we can use to properly arrange your step mom's estate. Those include trusts, a will, powers of attorney (three different kinds), beneficiary deeds, payable on death accounts, etc. Which ones of those are appropriate for your step mom would depend upon what kinds of assets she has (which will also depend on how your father's estate gets resolved). There are a lot of moving parts to all of this, so I hate to give the typical attorney answer, but it really depends on a lot of factors. Michael Gerity
Q. Dissolving my LLC
A: Hello. You are experiencing first hand why these cut-rate online legal services are such a huge problem (and, I should add, how attorneys who do this kind of work often end up getting a fair amount of business trying to clean up all of the problems caused by these services. Anyway, I'd be happy to try and help you, but I would need to know what exactly LegalZoom has and has not done so far. Have they filed the Articles of Organization with the Arizona Corporation Commission yet? Feel free to contact us to discuss further. ***Please note the important disclaimers set forth at the bottom of this page.***
Q. We are representing ourselves in a litigation case against a home servicing company.
A: Hello. I hate to say it, but this goes WAY beyond the kind of legal advice you should be seeking on an online question and answer forum. It's not really even clear whether you are the plaintiff or defendant, and it's nearly impossible to address issues relating to dismissal without a full understanding of the underlying facts of the case. ***Please note the important disclaimers set forth at the bottom of this page.***
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202 East Earll Drive Suite 440
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Telephone: (602) 274-4400
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Notice: We are maintaining close to normal business hours during these trying times, and are available by phone or video if you would prefer.
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