Michael F. Beethe
Mike Beethe heads the business transactions and civil litigation practice of Comitz | Beethe. Mr. Beethe received his MBA along with his law degree, and then worked as trial lawyer for years, where he gained experience litigating commercial contracts. His unique dual perspective allows him to not only discern the underlying objectives and motivations of large businesses—like the disability insurance industry—but also take action to protect policyholders’ rights when their insurers improperly terminate or deny disability benefits.
Mr. Beethe routinely offers practical advice and creative solutions to physicians, dentists and other professions regarding practice transitions, including formation, sales and mergers, employment and human resource issues, non-compete and anti-solicitation agreements, disability insurance coverage and risk avoidance, independent contractor and managed care agreements, and general advice and consultation on a variety of other healthcare business concerns.
Education and Bar Admissions
Mr. Beethe received a B.A., M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. During law school, Mr. Beethe was the Editor-in-Chief of The Urban Lawyer, the highly-circulated American Bar Association publication on government law. Mr. Beethe was also a member of the U.M.K.C. Law Review, and published his Comment, Railroads Suing Injured Employees: Should the Federal Employers’ Liability Act Allow Railroads to Recover From Injured Railroad Workers For Property Damages?
Mr. Beethe is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona, and is also admitted to practice in the Arizona Supreme Court, Missouri Supreme Court, Kansas Supreme Court and the United States District Court, District of Arizona.
Michael Beethe’s practice focuses on corporate and healthcare law, real estate development, and commercial transactions. He is an experienced transactional attorney, with a strong litigation background in a broad range of practice areas, including negotiation and documentation of asset sales and purchases, contract drafting and negotiation, mergers, consolidations, financing arrangements, corporate governance matters, joint ventures, new entity formation and operations, and legal consultation for healthcare, real estate, retail and service entities.
Mr. Beethe worked as a trial lawyer for years, giving him greater insight and perspective on risk management issues facing his clients. This is bolstered by Mr. Beethe’s advanced education in business administration, which he obtained simultaneously with his juris doctor.
Mr. Beethe excelled on the Arizona State Bar Exam, earning the third-highest score in the state. He has received an AV-rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory predicated on his legal expertise and professionalism. He is recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer by Law and Politics, and AZRE has named Mr. Beethe among the “People to Know in Commercial Real Estate.” Mr. Beethe is also named a “Top Attorney” by Arizona Business Magazine and Ranking Arizona in the areas of Real Estate, Real Estate Transactions, and Commercial Litigation. In addition, Mr. Beethe is ranked “Superb” by Avvo, which rates and profiles over 90% of licensed attorneys in the U.S. based on research, client reviews, lawyer disciplinary histories and peer endorsements.