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About Michael N. Widener

I teach and practice law concurrently while acting as a part-time government land use official for the City of Phoenix. I am a certified specialist in Real Estate Law through the State Bar of Arizona. I write academic papers when time permits between the demands of work and occasional teaching assignments. I teach real property law, land use law, water law, sports law and corporate law, most recently at the Arizona Summit Law School in Phoenix. I also have served as an arbitrator and mediator in state and federal courts. As a public servant, I am a zoning adjustment Hearing Officer for the City of Phoenix; and I currently am a Member of the Arizona State Liquor Board. My scholarly pursuits mostly focus on how local governments regulate land use, the built environment and sustainability in urban areas. In 2018, ABA Books Publications released my book, Joint Tenancies: Property Leasing in Cannabis Commerce, a book for law students and new lawyers in real estate practice.


Present Adjunct Professor, Arizona Summit Law School
Present State Liquor Board Member, State of Arizona ‐ Liquor Licenses and Control

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Land use law, Real property law, Secured lending law, and Business mergers and acquisitions transactions

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  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Sports Law
  • Land Use Law and Policy


1979 - 1982 J.D., University of Arizona ‐ College of Law
1973 - 1974 M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ UIUC School of Information Sciences
1968 - 1972 B.A., University of Virginia - Main Campus ‐ College of Arts & Sciences

Contact Information

Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C.
2325 East Camelback Road, Suite 300, AZ 85016


Intellectual Property (1)

Professional Ethics (3)

Sports Law (1)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)

Real Property and Land Use Law (18)