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Associate Counsel

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
January 09, 2018

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Michael Scott Hartsock, JD

Phoenix, AZ ***** 480-***-****


Juris Doctor Arizona Summit Law School, Phoenix, AZ – 2017 Cum Laude

Arizona Summit Law Review Staff Editor – 2016; Vice Managing Editor 2017 – Arizona Summit Law Review Volume X

Certificate of Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Arizona Summit Law School, Phoenix, AZ – 2016

Bachelor of Science, Political Science Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – 2011

Theta Delta Chi Fraternity Philanthropy Chair – 2009; Treasurer – 2010-2011, Arizona State University


American Express, Scottsdale, AZ October, 2017 – Current

Associate Counsel

Review and interpret client service contracts for specific verbiage to ensure project compliance with any and all client agreements. Communicate with global migration managers and additional general counsel personnel around the world to answer any inquiries pertaining to client agreements and offer advice on what consequences may occur from any proposed actions by the organization. Analyzed company contracts and created tools for better researching data within said contracts.

Wells Fargo, Tempe, AZ August, 2017 – October, 2017 (3 Month Contract)

Legal Operations Clerk (Temp)

Assist Operations Paralegals in responding to legal orders. Track documents and file court documents and legal orders. Respond to and coordinate incoming and outgoing correspondence. Prioritize time frames associated with subpoenas, levies and other legal documents.

The Goldwater Institute, Phoenix, AZ August, 2016 – March, 2017

Law Clerk

Researched and drafted memorandums pertaining to a number of issues for civil matters either in litigation or inquiries for issues prior to litigation from 1st Amendment violations and right to try inquires, to civil procedure issues and gift clause violations. Attended hearings for cases in litigation (Indian Child Welfare Act class action suit) as well as hearings of multiple Arizona Commission Boards (Appellate Court Judicial Nomination Commission, Arizona Cooperation Commission) and took notes accordingly regarding particular proprietary issues as needed.

Credited as research assistant in Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law - Arizona State Law Journal – Summer 2017 – Volume 49 – Issue 2.

Cavanaugh Law Offices, Phoenix, AZ August, 2016 – January, 2017

Law Clerk

Researched and analyzed case and statutory law country-wide and summarized research in legal memorandums all pertaining to a number of different issues within insurance law from earth movement and ensuing loss doctrines, to criminal act exclusions. Prepared these comprehensive briefs in order to detail the history of particular past holdings as well as certain trends in courts across the country relating to these insurance law matters.

Rose & Associates, Scottsdale, AZ April, 2016 – September, 2016

Law Clerk

Drafted motions to dismiss and a number of motions related to discovery issues; researched and drafted legal memorandums regarding complex legal research and analysis; all in family law related matters. Gained great experience by taking part in multiple trials, hearings, & settlement conferences, where questions and evidence I had drafted was presented to the court or judge pro tem. Was also able to work with prospective clients and discuss possible routes to take regarding their specific legal issues from divorce and separation options to custody and property distribution.

Friendly House Immigration Department, Phoenix, AZ September, 2014 – April, 2017

Limited Practice Student; Volunteer

Interviewed legal residents and collected all information necessary to prepare the proper documentation in order to nationalize and become U.S. citizens. Even had the opportunity to attend a nationalization ceremony at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Court House.

Veterans Stand Down Clinic, Phoenix, AZ September, 2014 – March, 2017

Limited Practice Student; Volunteer

Offered legal help to Veterans with issues regarding everything from Family law to Criminal law. Had the opportunity to work with attorneys to format arguments and present them in front of judges in order to create solutions in an attempt to either grant relief for prior judgements or dismissal of certain charges entirely.

Probate Lawyers Clinic, Phoenix, AZ September, 2014 – February, 2017

Limited Practice Student; Volunteer

Interviewed prospective clients and recorded necessary information regarding their specific situations involving property rights issues during probate in order to better prepare the volunteer attorney in assisting the client with those issues.

Homeless Shelter Clinic, Phoenix, AZ September, 2014 – May, 2015

Limited Practice Student; Volunteer

Worked with mostly indigent individuals in order to help resolve issues ranging from obtaining a form of identification (driver’s license, passport etc.) to Criminal inquiries of how to possibly set aside prior judgements or even be granted a form of relief from judges whom would appear at the clinic.

Father Matters, Phoenix, AZ September, 2014 – May, 2015

Limited Practice Student; Volunteer

Worked one on one with fathers to prepare necessary documents in order to handle child custody issues either pre or post-divorce decree.

DriveTime/GO Financial, Mesa, AZ April, 2013 – May, 2014

Senior Human Resources Coordinator

Trained all new employees on software functionality as well as onboarding/background/recruiting

Ran background checks on new employees. Managed employee payroll – audited job codes, pay rates, and benefits for all new employees. Operated talent brewed websites with use of HTML formatted scripts for recruiting new employees. Ran corporate internship recruiting, interview, and new hire process.

Hyatt Regency North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ January, 2012 – April, 2013


Multitask at a high rate of efficiency while maintaining great customer service.

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