Meet Michael R. Altaffer

Michael R. Altaffer


Michael is a partner in the Phoenix office of Koeller Nebeker Carlson Haluck and concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury and property damage litigation, and insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.  He is regularly involved in insurance claims consulting for insurers on all aspects of coverage analysis and opinions for first-party and third-party claim investigations and claim handling for both commercial lines and personal lines of insurance including property insurance, liability insurance, auto insurance,  Uninsured and Underinsured motorist coverage, property damage appraisals, arson and fraud, construction insurance matters and general insurance matters.

Michael has conducted numerous jury trials on insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, personal injury defense, and the defense of property damage claims.  He has participated in contested matters before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.  Michael has also made frequent presentations to insurers regarding claims handling practices, updates on legal issues, and Damron, Morris, Peaton and Helme agreements in Arizona.

Born and raised in Texas, he graduated from East Texas State University and attended Texas Tech School of Law where he served as an Associate Editor on Law Review.  After graduation, Michael moved to Arizona and joined one of the largest firms in Phoenix.  He has been AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell for more than 20 years and has been selected to SuperLawyers in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.  He is a member of Arizona Finest Lawyers and was recognized by America’s Top 100 Attorneys-Arizona.

Michael is currently Past-Chair of Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2015.  He was previously a volunteer and leader in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the Jan Arnold Award in 2008 for his volunteer work with the Sunnyslope High School Gridiron Club.
When not in the office, he likes to explore the far reaches of Arizona on both the well beaten paths and the not so often travelled paths.  Otherwise, spending time with his grandchildren and working in his yard keeps him occupied away from work.

  • Construction Claims & Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury & Accident Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage & Related Matters

  • Arizona State Bar Association
    • Trial Practice Section
    • Construction Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Section on Litigation
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

  • AV peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys – Arizona

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  • East Texas State University, 1978 – B.S. English, Physical Education and Health Science
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, 1984 – J.D.
States Licensed to Practice
  • State Bar of Arizona, 1985
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • United States District Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit