Michael F. Beethe
Attorney Mike Beethe heads the business transactions and civil litigation practice of Comitz | Beethe. In addition to building his own successful practice, he has worked with fellow founding member Ed Comitz to build the firm into one of the largest and most successful professional disability practices in the country.
As our firm has handled hundreds of disability claims for professionals over the years, we know that the transition out of practice can give rise to several other legal issues. For example, you may end up in a dispute with your landlord over a lease that needs to be terminated. Or you may end up in a dispute with your partners over the value of your partnership interest, or whether they are required to buy you out in the event of disability. While some partnership agreements address what happens in the event of disability, many do not, and some physicians and dentists don’t even have a formal written agreement in place (or they have an agreement, but it is out-of-date because they never updated it).
Sorting all of these issues out on your own while also trying to manage a disability claim on the side can be a headache, to say the least. And even if the transition is relatively amicable one, it is still important to ensure that everything is properly documented. This is particularly true when a professional is simultaneously filing a disability claim, because most insurance companies request practice sale documents during the claim investigation process and go over them with a fine tooth comb, looking for anything that they could use to challenge your claim or offset/reduce your monthly benefit.
When these issues arise, Mr. Beethe works with our clients to evaluate the dispute, bring the matter to resolution through negotiation or litigation, and appropriately document the resolution of the dispute. In doing so, he coordinates these efforts with disability attorneys Ed Comitz and Derek Funk, to ensure that the agreement reached takes into account our clients’ ongoing disability claims and the particular provisions of our clients’ disability policy or disability policies.
Mr. Beethe has extensive experience litigating and resolving disputes on behalf of professionals and their businesses. As he has a masters in business and a law degree, 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 benefits or deny disability claims, including in instances of bad faith and unfair business practices.
Mr. Beethe’s practice focuses on corporate and healthcare law, as well as commercial transactions. He has a strong litigation background in a broad range of practice areas, including negotiation and documentation of asset sales and purchases, contract drafting and negotiation (including associate contracts), mergers, financing arrangements, corporate governance matters, joint ventures, new entity formation and operations, and legal consultation for healthcare entities.
Mr. Beethe has worked as a trial lawyer for years, giving him greater insight and perspective on risk management issues facing his clients. He and his firm have represented professional and institutional clients in complex litigation matters involving unfair business practices, business torts, class actions, and fraud and securities matters. He is widely recognized as a leader in defending the rights of victims of corporate and other large-scale wrongdoing, including against insurance companies on the toughest disability claims/cases.
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 recognized as a “Top Attorney” by Arizona Business Magazine and Ranking Arizona and 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.
Mr. Beethe lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and two children. He is an experienced horseman, has earned National Championships in ten different disciplines in the Arabian and National Show Horse arenas, and has been named Amateur Exhibitor of the Year by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association three times. He is also a National/Regional certified judge for both Arabians and National Show Horses, and is one of the nation’s leading equine industry legal practitioners.
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 U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.