Michael P. Denea is a distinguished criminal defense attorney based in Phoenix, Arizona. With over twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Denea is the founder and principal attorney of the law firm Michael P. Denea, PLC where he provides high-quality representation in all felony and misdemeanor matters, including cases involving assault, murder, automobile crimes, and white collar crimes, among many other issues. As a Sustaining Member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, he possesses a lengthy track record of positive case results including acquittals after trial, case dismissals, and victories on appeal.
As he tells it, Mr. Denea’s path to a career in law was rooted in his desire to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people:
I have always had a passion for helping individuals in difficult circumstances. I find that many of those who are facing criminal charges are good people who have found themselves in tricky situations. I went into criminal defense because I wanted to be of service to these people.”
After graduating from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986, Mr. Denea went on to earn his Juris Doctor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1989. Since being admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1991, Mr. Denea has become one of his state’s top criminal defense attorneys. Today, he is known for providing effective, knowledgeable, and experienced representation to clients, whether they have been charged with misdemeanors or serious felony crimes. Mr. Denea provides the highest degree of professionalism and care while producing tangible results for his clients.
What sets Mr. Denea apart from his colleagues in criminal defense law is his experience handling the most serious of cases and his ability to provide comprehensive representation to his clients from pre-to-post-trial. Admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, District Court (Arizona), and the Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit), Mr. Denea has handled numerous criminal cases at the highest levels. He is also one of the few lawyers in Arizona to offer start-to-finish representation for any case including pre-trial, trial, and appellate, as well as post-trial services such as Post Conviction Relief.
Mr. Denea’s trustworthiness and success in the courtroom have been widely recognized by clients and colleagues alike. Among other honors, he has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers and has received a Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. His law firm also holds an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau.
As a leader in his field, Mr. Denea keeps a close eye on trends and changes pertinent to criminal law. In particular, he notes a troubling increase in the number of private prisons in Arizona:
It’s a massive problem. I’m deeply troubled by the fact that corporations are profiting from the warehousing of individuals. I’m also particularly concerned with respect to the onerous nature of mandatory sentencing guidelines both here in Arizona and nationally. We need to work to reverse this trend.”
With over a quarter century of experience dedicated to criminal defense, Mr. Denea shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, he hopes to continue growing his firm and intends to add new attorneys while increasing their capacity to provide top-quality representation throughout Arizona. A true leader in his field, Mr. Denea remains one of the most sought after criminal defense attorneys in his state.
Oberlin College (B.A., 1986)
Arizona State Bar • United States District Court, District of Arizona • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit • United States Supreme Court
Professional Memberships & Community Involvement
Maricopa County Bar Association • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice • Maricopa County Board of Public Health • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
Awards & Honors
Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, Sustaining Member • Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys (2016) • A+ Rating, Better Business Bureau • Top 100 Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Law Firms (2017)