The Law Offices of Michael A. Urbano, PLLC

Michael Urbano

Attorney and Counselor at Law

The Law Offices of Michael A. Urbano, PLLC

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Once you get to know me, you’ll understand that it’s difficult to summarize my background on a single page. In my younger years, I was everything from a member of the military to a flight test engineer, a professional pilot, and a policeman in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I also proudly hold five degrees — but that’s not where I get my wisdom.

My insight comes from the real world. I’ve lived a full life, and my experience allows me to better read others and relate to people of all kinds. This works to my clients' advantage because, when you’re in the courtroom, you want an attorney who has a blend of both book smarts and street smarts, and that’s exactly what I’ve come to attain.

Still, if you’re in search of an attorney to represent your criminal or family law case, you need more than just a lawyer who’s effective in trial. These are personal matters, and you deserve to be represented by someone you can trust and relate to on a human level. For this reason, I often meet with clients outside the firm. Because let’s face it — we’re going to be a lot more comfortable with each other after we’ve sat down and possibly even have a beer together.

Many of my clients are going through some of the most difficult moments of their lives, and I believe it’s important for me to lighten the mood and help them unwind. If you stop by my office, you’ll see things like a smashed guitar autographed by one of my divorce clients. His ex-wife got angry and destroyed one of his most prized possessions, so after the divorce was finalized, my client signed the guitar and gave it to me as a thank you present. If that doesn’t sum up my practice, I don’t know what does. I find the humor in stressful situations and always strive to turn dire circumstances around. So, if you end up working with me, we’re going to have a good time.

I’ve been told what makes me unique from other attorneys is the fact that I answer my phone 24/7 and that I consider all of my clients to be my friends. I tell all of my people, “out of every client that I currently represent, the most important case to you is yours!” I consider every one of my client’s circumstances and situations equally important.

Whether it’s in criminal court or family court, my favorite part of my job still is going to court. Getting in front of a judge and/or jury and changing lives for the better. I’m privileged to make an honorable difference in the world every day and always stand behind the truth.

When you work with me, you get me — not a team of assistants and paralegals. I’m your advocate every step of the way. I'm Attorney Michael Urbano.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Criminal Law Assault and Battery, Bribery, Burglary, Capital Offenses, Civil Forfeiture, Crime Victims Compensation, Criminal Antitrust, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Defense, Criminal Forfeiture, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Death Penalty, Drivers License Suspension, Driving While Intoxicated, DUI/DWI, Electronic Surveillance, Expungements, Extortion, Extradition, Federal Criminal Law, Felonies, Forensic Accounting, Forensic DNA, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, Forgery, Grand Jury Practice, Habeas Corpus, Hit and Run, Homicide, International Criminal Law, International Extradition, Mail Fraud, Malicious Prosecution, Manslaughter, Misdemeanors, Money Laundering, Murder, Parole and Probation, Post-Conviction Remedies, Search and Seizure, Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault, Shoplifting, Stalking, Theft, Traffic Violations, Vehicular Homicide, Victims Rights, Weapons Charges, White Collar Law, Wire Fraud, Wiretapping, Drug Offenses, Domestic Violence
Family Law Adoptions, Agency Adoptions, Alimony, Annulment, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Child Abduction, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Advocacy, Child Care, Child Custody, Child Custody Mediation, Child Dependency, Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Support, Child Welfare, Childrens Rights, Civil Unions, Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Family Law, Community Property Law, Day Care, Divorce, Divorce Arbitration, Divorce Mediation, Divorce Taxation, Domestic Partnerships, Domestic Relations, Domestic Torts, Domestic Violence, Equitable Distribution, Family Arbitration, Family Mediation, Fathers Rights, Foster Care, Gay and Lesbian Family Law, Grandparents Custody, Grandparents Visitation Rights, Independent Adoptions, International Adoptions, International Child Abduction, International Child Custody, International Family Law, Interstate Adoptions, Interstate Child Custody, Interstate Support, Juvenile Criminal Law, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Legal Separation, Marital Agreements, Marital Property Distribution, Marital Property Law, Marital Property Settlements, Matrimonial Bankruptcy Law, Matrimonial Law, Military Divorce, Name Changes, No Fault Divorce, Non-Traditional Family Law, Orphans Court Practice, Palimony, Parental Kidnapping, Parental Rights, Parenting Time, Paternity, Post Divorce Modification, Postnuptial Agreements, Premarital Agreements, Private Adoptions, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, (QDROs), Restraining Orders, Same Sex Marriage, Spousal Support, Step Parent Adoptons, Surrogacy Law, Termination of Parental Rights, Third Party Custody, Uncontested Divorce, Visitation Rights


  • Federal
  • Arizona

Employment History

  • Attorney practicing in Criminal Defense, Juvenile Criminal Defense, and Family Law. | The Law Offices of Michael A. Urbano, PLLC

    2004 - 2018

    What I want my clients to know about me:

    I’m kind yet fierce. I will never take a case to trial that I know we will lose. However, I will never plea out a case that we can win at trial. I put it all on the line every day for my clients, speaking for those who cannot represent themselves. I learned in the military, “Never leave a fallen soldier behind.” The same applies in court.


  • Juris Doctorate and Master of Science, Aeronautical Engineering | Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

    1994 - 2003

    My Education:
    Juris Doctor - University of Nevada’s William S. Boyd School of Law
    Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, with a specialization in Aviation & Aerospace Management, Summa Cum Laude - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Master of Science in Aeronautical Science, with a specialization in Aviation & Aerospace Safety Sytems, Summa Cum Laude - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering - Arizona State University
    Dual Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering & Technology - Arizona State University

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  • Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County

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