8767 E. Via de Commercio,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Michael W. Thal
attorney Mike Thal represents Arizona owners, contractors, subcontractors and
construction suppliers in contract and other disputes.
Mike is also a skilled and experienced advocate
for contractors in Arizona Registrar of Contractors
licensing and disciplinary matters. He has represented more than 80 licensed
contractors in ROC issues and has successfully handled dozens of hearings.
His experience in state and federal regulatory
issues includes representing employers in wage and hour and other Fair Labor
Standards Act issues, and his article, "Strippers,
Contractors and Employee Misclassification" has appeared in multiple trade
Recent results for Mike's contractor clients
include the following:
Recovered the entire principal ($267,500) plus 18% interest and the vast majority of the excavation contractor’s
attorneys’ fees and costs in a lawsuit against a developer who refused to pay
for construction work about which there were no complaints.
Through arbitration, we obtained 100% of the principal, 18%
interest and all of a gymnasium floor subcontractor’s attorneys’ fees and costs
in a lawsuit against the general contractor, who refused to pay despite being
paid for the work by the owner.
Negotiated a settlement with an Arizona city on behalf of a
general contractor in the construction of an airport runway. We convinced the
city to waive liquidated damages and issue a check for more than $425,000
without having to file a lawsuit.
Negotiated a settlement in excess of $1 million on behalf
of a subcontractor in a dispute with the general contractor on a high-profile
Negotiated claims against an Arizona county on behalf of an
unpaid paving subcontractor. We were able to recover all of the principal, 12%
interest and the majority of the client’s attorneys’ fees.
Successfully represented a local roofing contractor against
the owner of a large condominium complex who refused to pay more than $150,000
in insurance proceeds earmarked for roofing work. We recovered the entire amount
of the claim plus our client’s attorney’s fees.
Sued the owner of an apartment complex for wrongful
termination of a contract with a roofing contractor. Without performing any work
on the project, our client recovered the entire projected profit that they would
have realized if the contract had been honored.
Sued the owner of a medical facility to foreclose on a mechanic’s
lien, recovering 100% of the principal (more than $120,000) and obtaining
attorney’s fees, costs and 18% interest pursuant to the
Arizona Prompt Payment Act.
In a lawsuit for breach of contract, won a full judgment
and partial recovery for a carpentry contractor against an out-of-state owner
and general contractor on an Arizona hotel project.
Successfully represented a homebuilder in ROC complaints,
lawsuits and arbitrations brought by seven homeowners in the same development.
Most of the complaints and legal actions were dismissed, and our client ended up
paying just $800.
Mike is a Best Lawyers® and Super
Lawyers honoree and was a six-time Super Lawyers Rising Stars selectee. As the name suggests, Rising Stars recognition by the
widely respected Super Lawyers organization is for younger lawyers
(under age 40, or fewer than 10 years of experience), and selection
is limited to just 2.5% of eligible Arizona attorneys.
Licensing and Complaints
Wage and Hour
Dust Control Regulation
Mechanics' Liens and Bond Claims
The Best Lawyers in America®,
Construction Law, 2018
Super Lawyers, 2018
Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012-2017
State Bar of
Arizona: Construction Law Section
Scottsdale Bar Association
American Subcontractors Association of Arizona
Arizona Roofing Contractors Association
Mechanical Trade Contractors Association of Arizona
U.S. Green Building Council, Arizona
Chapter: Governance Advisor
All Arizona Courts
U.S. District Court for the District of
School of Law - Camden, 2004
Arizona University, 2000
New Pathways for Youth: Mentor
Men's Arts Council, Phoenix Art Museum
Arizona Veterans StandDown Coalition