Dillon J. Steadman

Dillon J. Steadman

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Dillon Steadman practices in the areas of products liability, professional liability, aviation liability, and insurance defense.


Full Biography

Dillon Steadman is an associate at the firm, practicing primarily products liability, aviation liability, and professional liability.

Dillon earned his law degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, where he was on the Dean’s List and won the award for Outstanding Performance in Legal Writing.  Dillon was the Senior Articles Editor of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, which published his article on the purchase of homes proving to be former methamphetamine laboratories.

During law school, Dillon tried DUI cases before Tucson juries through the University’s prosecution clinic in partnership with the City of Tucson.  Dillon also provided volunteer legal services to clients in need of family law help through Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s domestic relations clinic.  Also during law school, Dillon helped startup businesses with their intellectual property needs through the IP clinic and worked for TechLaunch Arizona to evaluate patentability of inventions generated by University students and professors.

Before law school, Dillon earned a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Arizona.  As an undergraduate, Dillon played several intramural sports, winning championships in volleyball and soccer, and studied embryonic development in the cellular biology laboratory.  Dillon is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French and Portuguese.

Education

University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
Honors: Dean’s List
Honors: Outstanding Performance in Legal Writing
Law Journal: Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Senior Articles Editor

University of Arizona
B.S.: Molecular and Cellular Biology
B.A.: Spanish and Portuguese

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Joined Firm

June 2018

Professional Associations

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Young Lawyers Division
  • DRI

Past Employment

  • Jones, Skelton & Hochuli
  • Fennemore Craig

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French


Edward R. Glady Jr.

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Mr. Glady practice includes a broad range of subject matters as clients have asked him to assist them in a number of diverse matters over his thirty-two year career. Able to assist clients in the boardroom as well as the courtroom, Mr. Glady has won the confidence of his clients by addressing legal challenges and disputes ranging from realizing business opportunities to resolving claims for personal injuries.


Full Biography

Mr. Glady practice includes a broad range of subject matters as clients have asked him to assist them in a number of diverse matters over his thirty-two year career. Able to assist clients in the boardroom as well as the courtroom, Mr. Glady has won the confidence of his clients by addressing legal challenges and disputes ranging from realizing business opportunities to resolving claims for personal injuries. He has accomplished that result by bringing keen legal insight as well as common sense to each new legal challenge, as well as an abiding concern for each client’s unique situation.

His experience extends to matters that touch upon most aspects of businesses, from formation to protection of assets to contractual issues to employment concerns to dispute resolution. He brings a technical background and understanding that is especially useful for entities and individuals whose business interests include innovation. And his knowledge and understanding of the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights provide all clients with the security that their assets will profit them without interference by third parties.

Mr. Glady’s practice has also includes extensive experience in the courtroom. He has represented both corporate and individual clients in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal regulatory and administrative agencies. Matters he has handled run the gamut from airplane and other vehicle mishaps to insurance disputes to product liability claims to fights over contract obligations. He has been involved in patent and trademark litigation, business divorces, environmental disputes, and employment claims. He has tried cases to juries and judges, but also resolved cases early on when appropriate. A dogged advocate for his clients, he also understands his role as advisor as well, so that each client dispute in which he gets involved is handled in a way to serve the client’s best interests.

AREAS

Insurance coverage regarding business and personal risks; personal injury (both plaintiff and defense); aviation; patent, trademark, and copyright; business issues and disputes; internet issues; product liability; employment; environmental; professional malpractice defense; and construction law.

Insurance Coverage:
Mr. Glady is highly experienced and respected regarding insurance coverage matters. He has been involved with insurance coverage matters for almost 30 years. He acts as national counsel for a New York based insurance company for all of its environmental coverage matters. He has acted as a lead counsel in a coverage dispute involving over a billion dollars of claims. He has been asked by numerous national, international and foreign companies to assist with insurance matters. He has also been asked to assist with insurance language drafting. Because of his work with policies ranging back to the 1920s, he has amassed a significant body of knowledge and documents regarding the evolution of policy language and its interpretation that assists clients seeking to understand how policy language applies to any set of facts. Mr. Glady’s practice is not limited to representing insurers, as he has also assisted many policyholders in successfully presenting claims to insurers. He also assists both insurers and insureds when claims of bad faith arise and are litigated. He is a regular lecturer on insurance issues for businesses, professional and the construction industry.

Representative Matters:

  • Acted as a lead counsel in a coverage dispute between a Fortune 100 company and its insurers regarding a billion dollars’ worth of claims at sites around the United States and territories. Matter settled on very favorable terms for the insurer.
  • Represented an insurer involving over 1600 individual injury claims arising from alleged exposure to toxic substances. Matter settled on very favorable terms for the insurer.
  • Represented an entity going through reorganization in its claim against its Directors and Officers insurer. Obtained a settlement for twice the policy limit.
  • Represented an insurer in a lawsuit involving alleged medical malpractice aboard a medical transport aircraft. Matter settled on very favorable terms for the insurer.
  • Represented a religious organization in a coverage dispute with multiple carriers over alleged abuse claims. Matter settled for coverage at full limits.
  • Represented a major insurer in a significant coverage lawsuit with a developer over alleged construction defects. Matter settled on very favorable terms for the insurer.
  • Assisted a carrier in its revision of its liability policies to plain language versions.
  • Advises and represents insurers regarding asbestos claims.
  • Advises and represents insurers and businesses regarding insurance issues related to the construction industry.

Aviation:

Over his career, Mr. Glady’s background as an Aerospace/Mechanical engineer has equipped him to conduct significant legal work for aviation clients. He has represented manufacturers, airlines, retailers, repair stations, storage yards, owners, and pilots in compliance and litigation matters. Much of this work has been complex tort and commercial litigation, including multi-state and wrongful death claims. Mr. Glady has also represented airports in various matters, including safety, security, operational and environmental issues.

As the development and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”) (also called “drones”) has skyrocketed, Mr. Glady has been asked to advise and represent clients on issues ranging from licensing/compliance to potential liability to proper usage. Mr. Glady has also been called upon by a number of groups and organizations to teach their members about federal rules and regulations governing UAVs, as well as discuss potential future uses and the legal issues such uses might involve. Mr. Glady constantly monitors UAV innovation to keep himself and his clients up-to-date on the many entrepreneurial opportunities that promise to dramatically change many aspects of life and commerce.

Representative matters:

  • Successful defense of airliner manufacturer for passenger wrongful death and injury claims related to New Zealand crash.
  • Successful defense of small aircraft manufacturer after crash at Scottsdale Airport.
  • Successful defense of component manufacturer against wrongful death claims brought in connection with Turkish crash of police helicopter.
  • Favorable result from defense of fixed base operator after fatal crash of light aircraft.
  • Representation of airline after fatal crash in Denver.
  • Representation of airline after fatal crash in Dallas.
  • Successful defense of airport in personal injury claim involving passenger boarding plane.
  • Successful representation of aircraft storage yard after subsequent failure of component returned to service from storage.
  • Favorable result from defense of pilot before the FAA.
  • Favorable result from representation of Tucson Airport in alleged police abuse case.
  • Part of legal team assisting the City of Phoenix with the airport people mover project.

Patent:

Mr. Glady has conducted patentability and clearance searches, prepared patent applications and worked with inventors in obtaining patent protection for their ideas.  Mr. Glady counsels clients regarding IP matters and works with inventors, entrepreneurs and companies to investigate and obtain when appropriate patent, trademark and copyright protection.  He also assists clients in the enforcement of intellectual property rights, obtaining injunctions and judgments when justified.  He has also successfully defended individuals and companies improperly charged with violations of intellectual property rights of others.

Representative matters:

  • Obtained and successfully enforced a patent involving a flexible fueling neck for automobiles.
  • Successfully defended a large warehouse club and a utility knife manufacturer against patent infringement claims involving another manufacturer who had never previously lost an enforcement action.
  • Successfully enforced patent rights regarding a backyard pool design, including payment of past damages and the preparation of a license for future sales.
  • Successfully defended a large corporation against patent infringement claims involving Y2K issues.
  • Successfully enforced patents rights for an inventor whose business partners attempted to take his rights away.
  • Successfully prosecuted a trademark and trade secret case against a former employee of a large Phoenix door retailer and installer.
  • Successfully defended an aftermarket auto parts manufacturer against claims of trademark and trade dress infringement.
  • Successfully enforced trademark and copyright rights involving a national seafood restaurant chain.
  • Represented software designer in licensing negotiations.

Environmental:

Mr. Glady has extensive experience handling toxic tort and environmental litigation cases. Some representative matters include:

  • A groundwater pollution case involving a large municipal water supply and 1800+ plaintiffs seeking $35 million dollars. The case settled for pennies on the dollar
  • Pollution matters involving airports around the country
  • Leaking UST’s associated with gas stations
  • Glady represented the City of Phoenix for a number of condemnation matters where the city had to deal with assorted businesses that had contaminated soil and water through the release of fuel, solvents and chemicals
  • He has handled cases involving the TCE plumes in Scottsdale and Phoenix
  • He has worked with clients on matters involving allegations of improper disposal of toxic materials, such as asbestos pipes, paint sludge and car batteries
  • He has dealt with regulatory agencies on air, soil and water contamination issues

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
J.D. – 1983
Honors: With Honors
Law Review: Georgetown Law Review, 1981 – 1983
Law Review: Georgetown Law Review, Third Year Editor, 1982 – 1983
Law Review: “Identification and Evidence Suppression” Sections of Annual Criminal Law Review, 1982

University of Arizona, Arizona
B.S. – 1980
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Outstanding Graduating Senior from College of Engineering, 1980
Honors: President, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 1980
Honors: Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1980
Major: Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Joined Firm

July 1, 2014

Professional Associations

  • DRI
  • ABA
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Aviation Insurance Association

Honors and Awards

  • Southwest Super Lawyer, 2008 – 2018

Published Works

  • “Nanotechnology Liability Outlook 2019: Still In The Dark?”, The SciTech Lawyer Vol. 16 No. 1, ABA, Fall 2019
  • “Nanotechnology Liability: Do We Steer or Just Go Along for the Ride?”, 52 Jurimetrics 3, Spring, 2012
  • “Estoppel Effect of Stipulated Judgments”, DRI Article, May, 2003
  • Editor, Arizona Section of DRI 2001 publication regarding the “Preservation of the Attorney-Client Privilege for Insurers in Coverage Disputes”

Classes & Seminars

  • Frequent Lecturer for seminars for Architects and Engineers regarding liability and insurance issues
  • Lecturer at ASU’s 2011 Nanotechnology Conference in Phoenix on Nanotechnology Liability
  • Current Lecturer at ASU Nanotechnology Class on Nanotechnology Liability
  • Frequent Lecturer at CLE Programs. Topics include Ethics, Aviation Litigation, Insurance, Design-Build Issues, Construction Liens and Other Forms of Collection
  • Lecturer, University of Arizona Aerospace & Mechanical Engineer Senior Symposium on Introduction to Legal Issues, 1988 – 1995

Reported Decisions

  • Luck v. Sundstrand Corp.¸236 F.3d 1137 (9th Cir. 2001)
  • Brown v. 3M, et al., 265 F.3d 1349 (Fed. Ct. 2001)

Past Employment

  • Fennemore Craig
  • North and Berron
  • Mitten, Goodwin & Raup/Goodwin Raup/Shughart Thomson/Polsinelli
  • Lewis Brisbois

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Amanda M. Breemes

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Ms. Breemes concentrates her practice on a broad range of tort litigation matters including personal and catastrophic injury, premises liability, and public entity liability litigation. Ms. Breemes also represents individuals, corporations, institutions and insurance companies throughout the United States in a wide range of civil litigation matters, with a focus on insurance bad faith, insurance defense and commercial litigation.


Full Biography

Ms. Breemes concentrates her practice on a broad range of tort litigation matters including personal and catastrophic injury, premises liability, and public entity liability litigation. Ms. Breemes also represents individuals, corporations, institutions and insurance companies throughout the United States in a wide range of civil litigation matters, with a focus on insurance bad faith, insurance defense and commercial litigation.

In addition, Ms. Breemes represents employers before state and federal administrative agencies and in federal and state court actions involving Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Ms. Breemes earned her Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. During law school, Ms. Breemes was an editor of the South Dakota Law Review. Ms. Breemes is admitted to practice in Arizona, Colorado and the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

Education

University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
Juris Doctor – 2013

  • Law Review: South Dakota Law Review, Editor

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota
Masters of Business Administration – 2013

Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science – 2008

  • Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

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

Joined Firm

2015

Professional Associations

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Ladder Down Program Participant
  • Arizona Bar Association, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member

Honors and Awards

Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016 – 2019

Pro Bono

  • Chapter Advisor for Kappa Kappa Gamma at Arizona State University
  • Salvation Army
  • United Way Women United
  • Girls on the Run

Fraternities / Sororities

Kappa Kappa Gamma


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Mark G. Worischeck

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Mark Worischeck’s practice emphasizes complex civil litigation, primarily in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, aviation, construction litigation, personal injury and product liability. He also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Worischeck has served as the firm’s Managing Shareholder since 2008.


Full Biography

Mark Worischeck’s practice emphasizes complex civil litigation, primarily in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, aviation, construction litigation, personal injury and product liability. He also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Worischeck has served as the firm’s Managing Shareholder since 2008.

Mr. Worischeck is highly experienced in counseling and defending insurers in construction defect, additional insured, personal injury and primary/excess coverage issues. He counsels and represents insurance carriers on a wide range of coverage and bad faith matters involving claims for contractual and extra-contractual damages under commercial, directors and officers liability, workers’ compensation, automobile, homeowners and umbrella policies. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice representing insurance companies in bad faith matters with a particular focus on insurers that have been subjected to Arizona Damron and Morris Agreements. Mark is often consulted by insurers to assess and troubleshoot complex coverage issues and high exposure tort cases and assists them in reaching global settlements. Representative insurance clients include AIG Aerospace, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, Premier Claims, QBE, Starr Companies and USAA.

Mr. Worischeck handles personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those arising out of aviation accidents. Mr. Worischeck’s aviation experience includes claims of product liability, maintenance failure, and piloting error. He has been lead counsel on cases involving mid-air collisions, engine failure, power line strikes and structural failures.

Mr. Worischeck also defends product manufacturers against product liability claims. His clients include Motorola and Schneider Electric USA.

Mr. Worischeck has also successfully defended employers in employment disputes in both state and federal courts. His clients include the City of Phoenix, Macy’s, Inc. and EdKey, Inc.

Mr. Worischeck has served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2010, conducting numerous settlement conferences.

Mr. Worischeck is frequently asked to serve as a mediator and arbitrator.  He draws upon his trial and insurance background to provide effective alternative dispute solutions in various legal matters including personal injury, insurance coverage, construction, employment and commercial disputes.

Mr. Worischeck also taught Insurance Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University from 2010-2012.

Mr. Worischeck has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® PreeminentTM rating.  He has been recognized as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and selected to be included in Best Lawyers in America for 2013-2020 for his work in Aviation Law, Commercial and Construction Litigation, Insurance Law, Insurance Litigation, Personal Injury and Product Liability Litigation.   He was also named by Best Lawyers as 2019 Phoenix – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”; and 2016 Phoenix – Insurance “Lawyer of the Year”.  He is recognized in the 2010-2019 editions of Southwest SuperLawyers and designated by SuperLawyers as one of Arizona’s Top 50 Lawyers for 2011-2019.   Mr. Worischeck has also been chosen by AZBusiness Magazine as one of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers from 2009-2019; identified as a 2015 Leader in Construction Litigation; and is a recipient of the Lexology Client Choice Award (Arizona: Insurance 2016).

Mr. Worischeck earned his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1986, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, with distinction, in 1983. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona; the United States District Court, District of Arizona; the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Mr. Worischeck is a licensed private pilot with ratings to fly various single-engine aircraft. He is a member of the Aviation Insurance Association (AIA), the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and is a panel attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

PROFESSIONAL
Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tempore (2010-Present)

Education

Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
J.D. – 1986

University of Arizona, Tucson
B.S. – 1983
Honors: With Distinction
Major: Finance

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

Joined Firm

March, 1988

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arizona Insurance Institute
  • Aviation Insurance Association (AIA)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, Panel Attorney
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Panel Attorney
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Representative Clients

  • AIG Aerospace
  • Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (formerly Fireman’s Fund)
  • City of Phoenix
  • CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
  • Kitchell Contractors
  • Macy’s, Inc.
  • Motorola
  • Premier Claims
  • QBE
  • Schneider Electric USA
  • Starr Companies
  • USAA

Significant Representations

Representative Jury Trials

  • Canyon Ambulatory Surgery Center and El Dorado Surgery Center, LLP v. SCF Arizona, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV2003-024399 (Consolidated): Successfully represented defendant insurance carrier in a case of first impression involving the repricing and payment of over $6 million of medical bills. (Judgment for the defendant). (2008)
  • John Snowberger v. Phoenix Union High School District, et al., Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV2002-022093: Successfully represented defendant school district in a sports-related personal injury claim. (Defense verdict). (2005)
  • Quintero v. Yuma Union High School District, et al., Yuma County Superior Court Cause No. S1400CV02002000700: Successfully represented defendant school district in a claim for personal injuries. (Defense verdict). (2004)
  • Farrar v. Destiny Schools, et al., Gila County Superior Court Cause No. CV99-0218: Successfully represented Arizona charter school in a case of personal injuries. (Defense verdict). (2003)
  • LeFaivre v. Square D, et al., Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV95-02974: Successfully represented product manufacturer defendant in a wrongful death case involving a forklift accident. (Defense verdict). (1998)
  • Von Hamm v. Becker, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV95-12601: Successfully represented defendant in a claim for personal injuries involving an automobile accident. (Defense verdict). (1996)
  • Drey v. St. Luke’s Health Systems and Centric Elevator Corporation, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV93-23985: Successfully represented defendant elevator maintenance company in a claim for personal injuries. (Defense verdict). (1995)
  • Anderson v. Centric Elevator Corporation, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV93-03032: Successfully represented defendant elevator maintenance company in a claim for personal injuries. (Defense verdict). (1994)
  • Muse v. May Department Stores dba Foley’s Department Stores, Pima County Superior Court Cause No. 285906: Successfully represented defendant retailer in a wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation case. (Defense verdict). (1994)
  • Berry v. Courtesy Chevrolet, Pima County Superior Court Cause No. CV2263441: Successfully represented car dealership defendant in a claim for personal injuries and property damages. (Defense verdict). (1993)
  • Criner v. Nowak, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV90-23194: Successfully represented defendant in personal injury claim involving automobile accident. (Case settled mid-trial). (1992)

Significant Settlements

  • Walker v. JLG Industries, Inc., et al., Maricopa County Superior Court, CV2011-006996. Represented the Plaintiff, an electrician, in a product liability action against JLG Industries, Inc., the manufacturer of the subject JLG ES Series Scissor Lift. Plaintiff was operating a JLG Scissor Lift at approximately 25 feet when it catastrophically collapsed due to the failure of the upper lift cylinder retention pin hardware. The matter settled shortly before trial for a confidential amount. (2013)
  • Waldersen, et al. v. State National, et al., Maricopa County Superior Court, CV2010-034067. Represented insurance company in a $30 million stipulated Damron judgment matter obtaining an excellent resolution. (2013)
  • Dude, et al. v. Bulk Transportation, et al., Graham County Superior Court, CV2011-00149. Represented five Native American plaintiffs in a case against an interstate trucking company and its contracted driver involving a tractor trailer/pick-up truck collision which resulted in five injured family members, two of which were minors who sustained severe, lifelong injuries. The matter settled before trial for high seven figures. (2012)
  • Transcontinental Insurance Company, et al. v. Kitchell Contractors, Inc. of Arizona, et al., U. S. District Court, District of Nevada Case No. 2:06-CV-00533-RCJ-GWF: Represented defendant contractor in a suit brought by CNA Insurance Company seeking to deny coverage for construction defect claims with costs of repair asserted to be in excess of $20 million. Asserted bad faith claims over and against the carrier. Matter settled favorably in favor of defendant contractor. (2007)
  • Richerson-Rose, et al. v. State of Arizona, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV2003-002093. Represented plaintiffs in a road design case against the State of Arizona involving a closed head brain injury. Matter settled before trial for multiple seven figures. (2004)
  • Chappell v. United States of America, Federal Aviation Administration, U. S. District Court, District of Arizona Cause No. CIV 01-1286-PHX-PG: Represented plaintiffs in a case against the Federal Aviation Administration for wrongful death damages regarding a mid-air collision. Matter settled before trial for high seven figures. (2002)
  • Yslava v. Hughes Aircraft Company v. City of Tucson, U. S. District Court, District of Arizona Cause No. CIV 91-525-TUC-ROS: Represented defendant City of Tucson in a longstanding toxic tort case involving the alleged contamination of Tucson city water with TCE. Matter settled favorably in favor of City of Tucson without payment of any money. (1999)

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® PreeminentTM rating
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America for 2013-2020
  • Best Lawyers 2019 Phoenix – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Best Lawyers 2016 Phoenix – Insurance “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Southwest SuperLawyers 2010-2019
  • SuperLawyers Arizona’s Top 50 Lawyers for 2011-2019
  • AZBusiness Magazine – Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers 2009-2019
  • AZBusiness Magazine 2015 Leader in Construction Litigation
  • Lexology Client Choice Award (Arizona: Insurance 2016)

Published Works

  • Your Jury Box in the 21st Century – Getting to Know (and Manage) the Millennial Juror , The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Litigation Management Magazine, Fall, 2014
  • The Proper Time to Enforce Loss Notification Time Limits, Arizona Insurance Institute, 2012

Presentation Speeches

  • Presenter, “Damron, Morris and Goettl Agreements Under Arizona Law”, Webinar presentation to Allianz Resolution Management. May 16, 2016
  • Panel Member, “Lizards Loose in the Courtroom: Representing the Carrier Client in the Age of Reptile Advocacy”, Panel Session at the 24th Annual ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Program, February 28, 2016
  • Presenter, “How to Prepare For and Beat the Reptile – Can the Insurance Company Wear the White Hat?”, webinar presentation to employees of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (formerly Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company), February 9, 2016
  • Panel Member: “The Millennials in Action: Lessons Learned About Juror Decision Making from Mock Trials,” 2015 Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Southern California Conference, July 16, 2015
  • Presenter, “Unique Aspects of Arizona Law – Damron/Morris Agreements”, webinar presentation to QBE Insurance Company, June 2, 2015
  • Presenter, “Technology, Tattoos, and Too Many Selfies: An Introduction to the Land of the Millennials”, webinar presentation to Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, March 18, 2015
  • Presenter, “Reptile Alert! How to Deal with the Reptile Lawyer”, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, March 5, 2015
  • Presenter, “Workers’ Compensation Bad Faith: Defense Perspective”, State Bar of Arizona Insurance Law Institute, January 30, 2015
  • Presenter, “Reptile Alert: Recognizing and Addressing the Reptile Theory in Litigation,” Fireman’s Fund Insurance Advanced Technical Seminar, October 30, 2014
  • Panel Member, “Solutions to Workers’ Compensation Bad Faith Lawsuits: A State and National Perspective,” Panel Session at the Arizona Self-Insurers Association 2014 Annual Conference, September 26, 2014
  • Panel Member, “The Millennials in Action: Lessons Learned about Juror Decision Making from Mock Trials,” Panel Session at the 2014 CLM Annual Conference. Panel focused on Millennials as jurors and how these jurors make decisions regarding liability, causation and damages, April 10, 2014
  • Presenter, Insurance Law Institute, State Bar of Arizona. Presentation regarding insurance bad faith, including workers’ compensation bad faith, 2014
  • Presenter, Bad Faith Insurance Law Seminar, State Bar of Arizona. Presentation regarding the defense perspective on workers’ compensation bad faith, 2012
  • Presenter, “The Peculiarities of Arizona Insurance Law,” Presentation given to Fireman’s Fund corporate headquarters staff in Novato, California and webcast to Fireman’s Fund’s adjusters and claims representatives. Areas covered included insurance bad faith, Damron/Morris agreements and reservation of rights, August 16, 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Insurance Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State, 2010 – 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Torts, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, 2006
  • Guest Lecturer, Insurance Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, 2005
  • Presenter, Insurance Bad Faith, State Bar of Arizona, 1995

Reported Decisions

  • Saenz v. State Fund Workers’ Compensation Insurance, 189 Ariz. 471, 943 P.2d 831 (App. 1997).
  • Yslava v. Hughes Aircraft Company, 188 Ariz. 380, 936 P.2d 1274 (1997).
  • Jane Doe One v. Garcia, 5 F. Supp.2d 767 (D. Ariz. 1998).
  • State Compensation Fund v. Yellow Cab Company of Phoenix, 197 Ariz. 120, 3 P.3d 1040 (App. 1999).
  • Stout v. State Compensation Fund, 197 Ariz. 238, 3 P.3d 1158 (App. 2000).
  • McEvoy v. Aerotek, Inc., 201 Ariz. 200, 34 P.3d 979 (App. 2001).
  • Stout v. State Compensation Fund, 202 Ariz. 300, 44 P.3d 178 (App. 2002).
  • Daly v. Royal Insurance Company of America, 2002 WL 1768887 (D. Ariz. July 17, 2002).
  • Alanco Technologies, Inc., et al v. Carolina Casualty Insurance Co., 2004 WL 5653220 (D. Ariz. Sept. 20, 2004).
  • Alanco Technologies, Inc., et al v. Carolina Casualty Insurance Co., 2005 WL 6242305 (D. Ariz. Oct. 31, 2005).
  • Alanco Technologies, Inc., et al v. Carolina Casualty Insurance Co., 2006 WL 1371633 (D. Ariz. May 17, 2006).
  • Biltmore Associates, L.L.C. v. Twin City Fire Insurance Co., 2006 WL 2091667 (D. Ariz. July 21, 2006) (represented Carolina Casualty Insurance Company).
  • Biltmore Associates, L.L.C. v. Twin City Fire Insurance Co., 2007 WL 496766 (D. Ariz. Feb. 13, 2007) (Represented Carolina Casualty Insurance Company).
  • Biltmore Associates, L.L.C. v. Twin City Fire Insurance Co., 2007 WL 1412536 (D. Ariz. May 11, 2007) (represented Carolina Casualty Insurance Company).
  • Biltmore Associates, L.L.C. v. Twin City Fire Insurance Co., 2007 WL 2422053 (D. Ariz. Aug. 22, 2007) (represented Carolina Casualty Insurance Company).
  • Biltmore Assocs., L.L.C. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., 572 F.3d 663 (9th Cir. Ariz. 2009) (represented Carolina Casualty Insurance Company).
  • Canyon Ambulatory Surgery Center and El Dorado Surgery Center, LLP v. SCF Arizona, 225 Ariz. 414, 239 P.3d 733 (App. 2010).
  • Lee v. City of Kingman, et al., No. 3:14-CV-08218 JWS, 2015 WL 5013876 (D. Ariz. Aug. 25, 2015) (Dismissal of client City of Kingman).
  • Lee v. City of Kingman, et al., No. 3:14-CV-08218 JWS, 2015 WL 5648027 (D. Ariz. Sept. 25, 2015) (Dismissal of client Mohave County Fair Association)
  • Yahweh v. City of Phoenix, 400 P.3d 445 (App.2017).

Past Employment

  • Shimmel Hill Bishop & Gruender, Associate Attorney, 1986 – 1988

Awards