Michael Payne, JD, CPA is a native Arizonan, where he is licensed as both a Certified Public Accountant and Attorney. Mike has over 12 years of experience working with business owners, individuals, and nonprofit organizations to meet their financial goals and compliance obligations. If there’s one thing Mike thrives on, it’s building relationships and connections in the community. He understands the special trust you put in your CPA and lawyer, and his goal is to make each of his clients feel like they are his only client.
Mike grew up working on a farm and understands the value of rising early, working hard, and getting the job done right the first time. Having worked for both large CPA firms and law firms, Mike has carried these principles into his professional career, helping his clients across the nation solve their complex business, legal, and tax issues. During this time, Mike worked with some of the most talented tax and legal professionals in the nation and gained valuable experience working directly with federal and state governing agencies. Now as a small business owner himself, Mike enjoys working with local businesses and their owners and families, as well as nonprofit organizations nationwide.
Awarded full academic scholarship offers from ASU, U of A and NAU, Mike first attended NAU and earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2008. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU in 2012.
Mike met his wife Ashley in junior high school and never looked back. They are the proud parents of five beautiful children. Outside of work and family, Mike is an Arizona sports fanatic and enjoys camping, shooting, snowboarding, and off-road motorsports.