Michael Pearce


Michael J. (Mike) Pearce is a founding member of Maguire Pearce & Storey, PLLC, where, since 2007, his practice has focused exclusively on water related matters. He has been involved in interstate litigation concerning the Colorado River Basin, the Missouri River Basin and the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint River Basin. He has represented several interests in the Arizona general stream adjudications and through the Arizona Assured Water Supply program. Known for getting things done, Mr. Pearce has successfully assisted numerous cities, districts, private land developers, mining companies and individuals in difficult water development, allocation and transfer issues.

Mr. Pearce received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona, College of Law in 1981, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1978, both with distinction. Mr. Pearce was formerly a Director in the Phoenix law firm of Fennemore Craig, P.C. (2002-2005). He was also Chief Counsel of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (1995-2002), representing the State of Arizona in interstate and international water issues and managing the Department’s nine member legal division. Before joining the Arizona Department of Water Resources in 1989, he was in private practice in Phoenix, focusing primarily on banking transactions.

Mr. Pearce is licensed to practice in the states of Arizona and California, the United States Supreme Court, The Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He has written and spoken widely on matters of water policy and served many years on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He is the former Chair of the Arizona State Bar Environment and Natural Resources Law Section, and the former Chair of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Water and Natural Resources Policy Committee.