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Anne M. Orcutt

Anne Orcutt

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Phoenix, Arizona

Anne is an associate with the firm and focuses her practice on corrections defense, public entity and municipal liability, products liability, premises liability, and wrongful death/catastrophic injury defense.  Anne has also defended civil rights, constitutional, Americans with Disability Act, negligence, police use of force, road design, class action, and employment claims in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Anne attended law school at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, where she was an associate editor and staff writer on the Arizona State Law Journal.  Anne received CALI awards for Legal Research and Writing and the Civil Justice Clinic, was a William H. Pedrick Scholar, received the outstanding clinical student award from the Clinical Legal Education Association, and won first place in the Peter Baird 3L writing competition.  During law school, Anne externed for Judge Randolph Haines on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona, Judge James Teilborg on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and Judge Donn Kessler on the Arizona Court of Appeals.  Anne also worked at the Arizona Attorney General's Office in the special litigation division.

Following law school, Anne clerked for Judge Michael Brown on the Arizona Court of Appeals before joining a boutique civil litigation firm, where she handled all aspects of civil litigation from depositions to motions practice to jury trials for governmental and private clients in Arizona, California, Washington, D.C., and Ohio.

Prior to law school, Anne was a writer and editor for a website in Washington, D.C.  Anne also worked for the Department of the Army for five years in Germany and Maryland doing strategic planning, management consulting, and performance measurement.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability
  • Public Entity and Municipal Defense
  • Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2012
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Oklahoma, 2013
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 2013


  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • Juris Doctor cum laude - 2011
    • Honors: CALI Awards for Excellence, Legal Research and Writing, Civil Justice Clinic
    • Honors: Outstanding Clinical Student Award
    • Honors: First place, 3L Writing Competition
    • Honors: William H. Pedrick Scholar
    • Law Review: Associate Editor 2010 - 2011, Staff Writer 2009 - 2010
  • University of Maryland, Overseas Division
    • Master of Arts in Counseling - 2004
  • Claremont McKenna College
    • Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 2000
    • Major: Literature

Published Works

  • Cessante Ratione Legis Cessat Ipsa Lex: Arguing for a Narrow Application of the Invited Error Doctrine in Arizona, 42 Ariz. St. L. J. 491 , 2010


  • “Save $$$ Early on: A Roadmap to Success,” , Presenter, Client Seminar, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Arizona State Bar Association, Member
  • Maricopa Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Girl Scouts of America, Troop Leader
  • Corte Madera Home Owner’s Association, Secretary
  • Paz de Cristo, Volunteer