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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 teaching assignments. I teach real property law, land use law, water law, sports law and corporate law, primarily at the Arizona Summit Law School in Phoenix. I also have served as an arbitrator and mediator in state and federal courts and as 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.


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

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


19791982 J.D., University of Arizona ‐ College of Law
19731974 M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ UIUC School of Information Sciences
19681972 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)