John C. Quinn

John C. Quinn

Associate

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John C. Quinn is an associate at the firm, concentrates his practice on a broad range of tort litigation matters including personal injury, products liability law, insurance coverage and liability law, and public entity liability litigation.


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John C. Quinn is an associate at the firm, concentrates his practice on a broad range of tort litigation matters including personal injury, products liability law, insurance coverage and liability law, and public entity liability litigation.

While concentrating his practice on a broad range of tort litigation matters, Mr. Quinn routinely provides research on high-level legal issues with insights, implications, and recommendations that impact long-term litigation and competitive strategy. As a part of his complex civil litigation work, Mr. Quinn also has successfully represented parties at mediations, depositions, and appeals, before the trial and appellate courts at the federal and state court level.

Mr. Quinn graduated magna cum laude, earning his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Arizona in 2011. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School, where he was an editor for the Baylor Law Review. During his final semester of law school, Mr. Quinn participated in Baylor’s rigorous Practice Court program. After graduating law school, he returned to Arizona and received the highest score on the February 2015 Arizona Bar Examination.

Education

Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas
Juris Doctor – 2014

University of Arizona
B.A. – 2011
Major: History

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2015

Joined Firm

2018

Professional Associations

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Arizona State Bar Association, Member

Languages

Spanish

Honors and Awards

Placed first on the February 2015 Arizona Uniform Bar Examination


J. Steven Sparks

J. Steven Sparks

Shareholder

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Steve Sparks handles complex civil litigation matters with an emphasis on product liability, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, personal injury, toxic tort (asbestos), professional liability, and liquor liability. Mr. Sparks joined Sanders & Parks in 1995 and he currently serves as the firm’s Vice President.


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Steve Sparks handles complex civil litigation matters with an emphasis on product liability, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, personal injury, toxic tort (asbestos/benzene), professional liability, and liquor liability. Mr. Sparks joined Sanders & Parks in 1995 and he currently serves as the firm’s Vice President. He has previously served in other positions on Sanders & Parks’ Executive Committee and he is a shareholder and director of the firm.

Mr. Sparks has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® PreeminentTM rating and has been honored by AVVO (a peer-reviewed professional organization) with its highest rating – Superb Rated Attorney. Mr. Sparks has also been awarded the Client’s Choice Award by AVVO. He is licensed to practice law in both Arizona and California and maintains an active practice in both jurisdictions.

Mr. Sparks is frequently called upon to handle complex insurance coverage and bad faith matters for insurance carriers. He has considerable experience providing coverage advice and litigating insurance law matters arising out of commercial, homeowners, automobile and workers’ compensation policies. He also represents insurers in connection with Damron and Morris Agreements under Arizona law. Mr. Sparks also routinely represents insurance agents and brokers in professional negligence claims. Since 2010, Mr. Sparks has been consistently recognized as one of Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys and one of the Valley’s Top Lawyers (Insurance). He has also been selected as among the Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Litigation.

For many years, Mr. Sparks has led a team of Sanders & Parks attorneys in defending complex asbestos litigation matters for a wide variety of national and international product manufacturers and suppliers, as well as premises owners and employers. He is regularly called upon to litigate claims arising out of alleged occupational and/or non-occupational exposures to asbestos-containing products and allegations of disease, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Such claims involve a wide array of products, including brake linings and other friction material, valves, pumps, gaskets and household products.

Mr. Sparks is a seasoned trial attorney with a diverse practice involving matters of product liability (e.g., off-road vehicles, pharmaceuticals, electrical equipment, asbestos-containing products), personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, public entity issues, and professional negligence, including lawyer, agent/broker and accountant/tax advisor malpractice. Mr. Sparks has defended accounting, legal and tax professionals in claims alleging nearly $100 million in damages stemming from the implementation of allegedly deficient tax advice.

Mr. Sparks also serves as general counsel for a number of businesses throughout the State of Arizona and provides advice and representation on business-related issues including transactional matters, contract drafting/review and employment disputes.

Mr. Sparks is licensed to practice in the State of Arizona and the State of California. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the State Bar of California, the Maricopa County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Sparks has volunteered his time with the Arizona High School Mock Trial program and has served as the head coach of the highly successful Brophy College Preparatory Mock Trial Team.

Education

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
Juris Doctor – 1993

  • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award – Advanced Torts
  • Honors: With Distinction

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – 1989

  • Honors: With Distinction
  • Major: Finance

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993
  • Arizona, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1998

Joined Firm

1995

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of California
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arizona Insurance Claims Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Representative Clients

  • Admiral Insurance Company
  • Armed Forces Insurance Company
  • Burlington Insurance Company
  • Honeywell International
  • Stillwater Insurance Company
  • Tyco International

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America – Insurance Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Highest AV® PreeminentTM Rating
  • AVVO (A Peer-Reviewed Professional Organization) With its Highest Rating – Superb Rated Attorney
  • Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • AVVO Client’s Choice Award

Presentation Speeches

  • Presenter, “Liquor Liability: From Opening to Last Call” – live presentation to Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Arizona
  • Presenter, “When the Dog Bites – An Overview of Liability and Coverage Issues” – live presentation to Arizona Insurance Claims Association
  • Presenter, “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage in Arizona” – live presentation to USAA Insurance Company
  • Presenter, “Unique Aspects of Arizona Coverage Law” – live presentation to Admiral Insurance Company
  • Presenter, “Insurance Coverage Basics in Arizona – Damron/Morris, Insurance Bad Faith and Reservation of Rights” – live presentation to Admiral Insurance Company
  • Presenter, “The Insurance Bad Faith Set-Up – A Primer” – live presentation to Stillwater Insurance Company
  • Presenter, “The Ins and Outs of the Employer Sanction Law in Arizona” – Healthcare Providers Conference
  • Presenter, “Trying the Wrongful Death Case” – live presentation to USAA Insurance Company
  • Presenter, “Coverage Issues in Homeowners Policies” – live presentation to USAA Insurance Company

Pro Bono

  • Arizona High School Mock Trial – Head Coach – Brophy College Preparatory
  • Volunteer High School Teaching Program

Fraternities / Sororities

Sigma Alpha Epsilon


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Jeffrey L. Smith

Shareholder

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Mr. Smith is a shareholder and director at Sanders & Parks Mr. Smith concentrates his practice on a broad range of tort litigation matters including personal and catastrophic injury, products liability law, marine and watercraft liability, warranty law, insurance coverage and liability law, public entity liability litigation, oil and gas law, liquor and dram shop liability law, and appeals. Mr. Smith regularly handles claims involving multiple of millions of dollars.


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Mr. Smith is a shareholder and director at Sanders & Parks Mr. Smith concentrates his practice on a broad range of tort litigation matters including personal and catastrophic injury, products liability law, marine and watercraft liability, warranty law, insurance coverage and liability law, public entity liability litigation, oil and gas law, liquor and dram shop liability law, and appeals.

While concentrating his practice on a broad range of tort litigation matters, Mr. Smith’s practice emphasizes defending product liability claims involving manufacturers accused of causing personal injury or property damage as a result of a manufacturing, design or warning defect in a product. This includes warranty and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act litigation. Mr. Smith has defended numerous manufacturers over the years including vehicle manufacturers, appliance manufacturers, and manufacturers of component parts whose part is alleged to have caused the personal injury or property damage. Mr. Smith has represented manufacturers in nearly every significant manufacturing market including small and medium size manufacturing companies to fortune 500 manufacturing companies, and has successfully defended cases with damage claims in excess of seven figures.

Mr. Smith earned his Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was a member both of the Law Journal and the Moot Court Honor Board. As an undergraduate, Mr. Smith was captain of the University of Wyoming football team.

Mr. Smith is licensed to practice law in Arizona and Florida, and is an inactive member of the Georgia Bar. Mr. Smith is a member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. He is also a member of the prestigious Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”). Membership with CLM is by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.  Mr. Smith has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® PreeminentTM rating.


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Robin E. Burgess

Robin E. Burgess

Shareholder

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Ms. Burgess is an experienced trial attorney who emphasizes health care, medical malpractice, product liability, professional liability, employment law, personal injury and municipal liability in her practice.


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Ms. Burgess is an experienced trial attorney who emphasizes health care, medical malpractice, product liability, professional liability, employment law, personal injury and municipal liability in her practice. She has tried cases in state and federal courts, on issues ranging from complex medical negligence claims, to police use-of-force and constitutional claims, and has argued appeals in Arizona’s Appellate and Supreme courts, and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2013 she prosecuted a murder-for-hire case as a special prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office resulting in a conviction on all counts, and in 2014 she prosecuted a high profile fraud matter, also as a special prosecutor. She serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Maricopa County Superior Court, and also acts as a mediator for settlement conferences.

In the healthcare field, Ms. Burgess counsels and represents individual physicians and chiropractors, as well as hospitals, group homes, behavioral health providers, nurses and paramedics. In addition to litigation, she handles representation of healthcare providers before their licensing boards and provides counseling to clients to help them avoid litigation when possible. Ms. Burgess also regularly represents public entities, in various tort and civil rights litigation matters. She has handled cases involving public transit, accident, roadway design, police and detention officers’ use of force, civil rights, employment, personal injury, prison break and wrongful death claims for various municipalities. She has been an expert witness regarding notice of claim issues.

Ms. Burgess, a firm Shareholder and Director since 2000, is a member of Sanders & Parks’ management team, serving as the firm’s Secretary/Treasurer. She earned her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, in 1991. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, cum laude, from Wellesley College, in 1988. While at Georgetown, she was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Virginia in 1991, and Arizona in 1993. Following law school, Ms. Burgess was an associate attorney in Washington, D.C., where she focused on health care and corporate transactional practice. Before joining Sanders & Parks, she spent a year as Judicial Clerk with the Honorable Susan A. Ehrlich of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. She is licensed to practice law before the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth and Ninth Circuits.

Ms. Burgess has been recognized for her legal skills by her peers. Since 2013, she has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of healthcare law, and has been named to Arizona’s Top 50 Lawyers since 2015. Since 2014 she has also been selected as one of Arizona’s top 25 women attorneys. AZ Business Magazine listed Ms. Burgess as one of the top 100 lawyers in Arizona in 2015-2018, and she has been selected as one of Arizona’s Business Leaders. She was recognized as a Woman of Achievement by In Business Magazine. She has also been ranked as one of the top healthcare attorneys in Arizona by Ranking Arizona magazine. She is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized as a top healthcare attorney nationally, and has appeared on CBS as a legal analyst/expert.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
J.D. – 1991

  • Law Journal: Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Member, 1989 – 1991

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
B.A. – 1988
Major: American Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Arizona

Joined Firm

1994

Professional Associations

  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Member
  • Arizona Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia Bar Association, Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors

Reported Decisions

  • State v. Rozenman, 2017 WL 6047727 (Ariz. App. 2017)
  • Spring v. Bradford, 243 Ariz. 167, 403 P.3d 579 (2017)
  • Smith v. Arizona et al, 620 Fed. Appx. 574 (9th Cir. 2015)
  • Russell v. Talley, 2012 WL 724298 (Ariz. App. 2012)
  • Morgan v. Foreman ex rel County of Maricopa, 193 Ariz. 405, 973 P.2d 616 (App. 1999)

Representative Clients

  • MICA
  • Banner Health
  • Dignity Health
  • National Mentor Healthcare
  • City of Phoenix
  • Maricopa County
  • State of Arizona

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