Mr. Poli is Merlin Law Group’s West Coast Managing Attorney. With a history as a top-rated personal injury and business litigation attorney, and having been licensed in the industry since 1980, Michael brings great experience and perspective to his work. Mr. Poli graduated from Arizona State University with his bachelor’s degree in business administration then continued to Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he received his law degree. Michael worked with the Arizona State Law Journal as a Comment Editor and Symposium Editor from 1979-1980. He also was a law clerk to the Honorable William A. Holohan, Supreme Court of Arizona from 1980-1981. Mr. Poli’s other areas of work have included civil trial law, appellate litigation, banking and creditors rights, insurance litigation, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith. Mr. Poli’s work with the representation of banks and lenders has included many forms of litigation, such as lender liability lawsuits, common law fraud, and bad faith claims. He has experienced success in litigation relating to the construction industry, including lien claims, bond claims, and other similar lawsuits through the stages of litigation. The list of experience continues with the successful prosecution of a variety of plaintiff’s cases. Personal injury and wrongful death have been frequent areas of practice. Mr. Poli won a multi-million dollar jury verdict for medical malpractice, a multi-million dollar recovery for “dram shop” liability (the improper sale of alcohol), and multiple multi-million dollar recoveries against insurance companies in bad faith and coverage disputes. He has also had victory with a jury verdict in favor of the client on racketeering claims. Mr. Poli is well respected by his peers, as shown by his AV Preeminent rating through Martindale-Hubbell.
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University – B.S. Business Administration