Lang & Klain, PLC




Michael W. Thal

Lang & Klain, PLC

8767 E. Via de Commercio, Suite 102
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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Michael W. Thal


Phoenix construction attorney Mike Thal represents Arizona owners, contractors, subcontractors and construction suppliers in contract and other disputes.

Mike is also a skilled and experienced advocate for contractors in Arizona Registrar of Contractors licensing and disciplinary matters. He has represented more than 80 licensed contractors in ROC issues and has successfully handled dozens of hearings.

His experience in state and federal regulatory issues includes representing employers in wage and hour and other Fair Labor Standards Act issues, and his article, "Strippers, Contractors and Employee Misclassification" has appeared in multiple trade publications.

Recent results for Mike's contractor clients include the following:

  • Recovered the entire principal ($267,500) plus 18% interest and the vast majority of the excavation contractor’s attorneys’ fees and costs in a lawsuit against a developer who refused to pay for construction work about which there were no complaints.

  • Through arbitration, we obtained 100% of the principal, 18% interest and all of a gymnasium floor subcontractor’s attorneys’ fees and costs in a lawsuit against the general contractor, who refused to pay despite being paid for the work by the owner.

  • Negotiated a settlement with an Arizona city on behalf of a general contractor in the construction of an airport runway. We convinced the city to waive liquidated damages and issue a check for more than $425,000 without having to file a lawsuit.

  • Negotiated a settlement in excess of $1 million on behalf of a subcontractor in a dispute with the general contractor on a high-profile solar project.

  • Negotiated claims against an Arizona county on behalf of an unpaid paving subcontractor. We were able to recover all of the principal, 12% interest and the majority of the client’s attorneys’ fees.

  • Successfully represented a local roofing contractor against the owner of a large condominium complex who refused to pay more than $150,000 in insurance proceeds earmarked for roofing work. We recovered the entire amount of the claim plus our client’s attorney’s fees.

  • Sued the owner of an apartment complex for wrongful termination of a contract with a roofing contractor. Without performing any work on the project, our client recovered the entire projected profit that they would have realized if the contract had been honored.

  • Sued the owner of a medical facility to foreclose on a mechanic’s lien, recovering 100% of the principal (more than $120,000) and obtaining attorney’s fees, costs and 18% interest pursuant to the Arizona Prompt Payment Act.

  • In a lawsuit for breach of contract, won a full judgment and partial recovery for a carpentry contractor against an out-of-state owner and general contractor on an Arizona hotel project.

  • Successfully represented a homebuilder in ROC complaints, lawsuits and arbitrations brought by seven homeowners in the same development. Most of the complaints and legal actions were dismissed, and our client ended up paying just $800.

Mike is a Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers honoree and was a six-time Super Lawyers Rising Stars selectee. As the name suggests, Rising Stars recognition by the widely respected Super Lawyers organization is for younger lawyers (under age 40, or fewer than 10 years of experience), and selection is limited to just 2.5% of eligible Arizona attorneys.

Practice Areas

Construction Litigation

Contractor Licensing and Complaints

Wage and Hour Compliance

Dust Control Regulation

Mechanics' Liens and Bond Claims

Commercial Litigation

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, 2018

Super Lawyers, 2018

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012-2017

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona: Construction Law Section

Scottsdale Bar Association

Construction Association Memberships

American Subcontractors Association of Arizona

Arizona Roofing Contractors Association

Mechanical Trade Contractors Association of Arizona

U.S. Green Building Council, Arizona Chapter: Governance Advisor

Court Admissions

All Arizona Courts

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona


J.D., Rutgers School of Law - Camden, 2004

B.S., Northern Arizona University, 2000

Community Activity

New Pathways for Youth: Mentor

Men's Arts Council, Phoenix Art Museum

Arizona Veterans StandDown Coalition