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Michael Shumway



Michael Shumway is an accomplished litigation and appellate attorney. His practice focuses on corrections, law enforcement, and governmental liability defense—including defending 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Bivins, and state law tort claims civil rights—both at the trial and appellate level.

Prior to turning his legal talents to civil defense, Michael was a Deputy County Attorney. He was the Appellate Section Chief for the Navajo County Attorney’s Office, where he handled all appeals and petitions for post-conviction relief. He represented the State of Arizona before both the Arizona Supreme Court and Arizona Court of Appeals. In addition to his appellate advocacy, Michael reviewed and charged cases, presented to the grand jury, prepared and argued substantive trial motions, consulted on trial strategy, and presented multiple felony trials to a jury—obtaining a guilty verdict each time.

After finishing law school, Michael began his legal career serving as a law clerk to Chief Justice Robert Brutinel of the Arizona Supreme Court.

In 2022, Michael was recognized as the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council Appellate Prosecutor of the Year. In 2023, he was named as a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Appellate Advocacy.

Presentations and Publications:

  • Presenter, Navajo County Attorney’s Office, “Navigating a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief,” 2022


A sixth-generation Arizona native, Michael was born and raised in northern Arizona. His pioneer ancestors founded the town of Shumway, Arizona—located between Snowflake and Show Low. When not in the office, he can be found coaching one of his kids’ many sports teams, walking one of his three bullmastiffs, or rooting for his University of Arizona Wildcats.