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Phoenix Attorney
Michael S. Dulberg

Phone: 602.274.7611


Languages: English

Mike Dulberg joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 2000 as a shareholder after practicing for sixteen years at Horne, Bistrow & Dulberg P.C., an Arizona law firm that concentrated on Construction Contracts and Construction Litigation.  Mike also served as Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office from 1978-1984 where he tried more than forty felony cases.
For nearly 30 years, Mike’s practice has focused on construction law and commercial litigation. He represents public and private owners, general contractors, major subcontractors and design professionals on public and private projects in contract drafting and negotiation, claims preparation, arbitration and trial of claims, surety claims, job site injuries and design professional liability issues. Mike has also handled administrative proceedings pursuant to the Arizona Procurement Code and complaints before the Registrar of Contractors. He has lectured to the State Bar of Arizona, as well as construction industry groups on construction law.


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1978
    Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Research Committee
  • A.B. cum laude, Columbia College, 1975, Political Science


  • Arizona
  • New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction

Areas of Concentration

  • Administrative Law
  • Architecture and Engineering Contracts and Related Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction & Project Finance
  • Construction Bonds and Liens
  • Construction Contracts & Related Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Lien Enforcement

Honors & Awards

  • Selected, Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Construction Litigation, 2015 edition
  • Selected, Arizona Business Magazine, Top Lawyers in Arizona in Construction Litigation, 2014
  • Selected, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2014
  • Ranked AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5*

Other Relevant Employment

  • Partner  – Horne, Bistrow & Dulberg PC, 1984-2000
  • Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney, 1978-1984

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona

Community Involvement

  • Member, Columbia College Alumni Association
  • Member, Harvard Law School Alumni Association
  • Board Member, Arizona Common Cause, 1986-1988
  • Member, Standards Committee, Valley Citizens League, 1986-1988
  • Member, Air Quality Task Force, Valley Citizens League, 1988-1989
  • Member, Citizens Curriculum Advisory Council, Paradise Valley School Board, 1986-2009

Presentations and Publications

  • Regularly presents at State Bar seminars and construction industry groups on construction issues

Attorney News & Announcements

Representative Engagements

  • Successfully handled claim by engineering firm against general contractor for intentional interference with contractual relations arising out of major infrastructure project, resulting in jury verdict of more than $3 million
  • Defended  State agencies from multi-million dollar delay claim arising from construction of public facilities
  • Prosecuted contractor’s sizeable mechanics’ lien claim on Cave Creek condominium complex
  • Defended $3.7 million lien foreclosure claim and settled for nominal amount
  • Prosecuted homeowner’s claim against national builder for structural deficiencies, resulting in favorable settlement
  • Negotiated $40 million construction contract for one of largest downtown Phoenix commercial developments
  • Defended numerous multi-million dollar heavy construction claims against public entities
  • Defended municipality against significant delay claim arising from major sewer installation project, resulting in favorable settlement
  • Represented national hotel chain in connection with delay claims and mechanics’ lien claims arising out of construction of North Scottsdale hotel
  • Represented national engineering firm in multiple actions involving municipality and other design professionals arising from multi-million dollar flood control project
  • Defended multi-million dollar claim brought by municipality against pipeline manufacturer for sewer pipe leaks, resulting in favorable settlement
  • Prosecuted to judgment Owner’s breach of contract claim against contractor on construction of multi-building apartment complex In Peoria
  • Represented owners of unique Mesa restaurant against architect claims of wrongful termination and architectural copyright
  • Represented contractor and successfully negotiated resolution of claims arising from construction of shopping center in Oak Creek
  • Represented Owner and favorably resolved numerous mechanics’ lien claims against hotel property in Chandler
  • Negotiated construction contract  for Old Town Scottsdale hotel
  • Drafted construction contract on Northern Arizona car dealership
  • Handles all sizes of disputes involving construction issues, including delay and disruption claims, liens, contracts

Contact This Firm

Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

1850 North Central Avenue
Suite 1700
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

Law Firm Contact: David M. Villadolid

Tel: 602.274.7611

Fax: 602.234.0341



Member Since: 2009

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