John C. Quinn

John C. Quinn

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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


Garrick L. Gallagher

Garrick L. Gallagher

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Mr. Gallagher concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation throughout Arizona, the United States, and abroad. He has been interviewed by Dateline NBC, local news networks, the Los Angeles Times, London Times, and Gentlemen’s Quarterly in connection with cases he has handled, and those matters have also been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The American Lawyer.


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Garrick Gallagher joined the firm in 1988, and is a Shareholder, Director and Past President (2000-2006) of the firm. Mr. Gallagher earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1984, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.

Mr. Gallagher concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, including insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, insurance coverage litigation, excess and surplus lines, directors and officers liability, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, professional negligence, construction, and intellectual property litigation.

He regularly advises and represents parties in complex personal injury, insurance bad faith and primary/excess coverage matters. He is often hired to assist insurers with Arizona Damron and Morris Agreements involving stipulated judgments entered after denials of coverage or threatened to be entered when reservations of rights have been issued. Mr. Gallagher is frequently retained in high exposure cases and coverage disputes to manage risk and resolve difficult cases. His clients respect his ability to resolve matters efficiently.

He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV®, Preeminent™ rating, AVVO Rated 10 Superb, has been selected as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, was selected to Best Lawyers in America for 2013-2019, including 2019 Lawyer of the Year – Litigation-Insurance, was recognized in the 2010-2019 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers, was named by Super Lawyers as one of Arizona’s Top 50 Lawyers from 2012-2019, was recognized as one of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Arizona Business magazine, and has also been selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Mr. Gallagher has substantial and innovative alternate dispute resolution experience as a neutral. He regularly serves as a mediator, arbitrator and settlement conference judge. Mr. Gallagher also serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court.

He is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, the United States District Court, Districts of Arizona, Colorado and West Texas, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona (member Board of Governors; President, Young Lawyers Division, 1991-1992); Maricopa County Bar Association; The Federal Bar Association; The Defense Research Institute; and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

Education

University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
J.D. – 1984

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
B.A. – 1981
Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Western Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Joined Firm

1988

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member, Board of Governors, 1991 – 1992
  • State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division, President, 1991 – 1992
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • The Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Arizona Insurance Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Significant Representations

Mr. Gallagher is regularly retained as monitoring counsel for insurers in high exposure matters, including mass tort and property damage claims around the country. He represented the insurers as monitoring counsel in the West, Texas litigation arising out of a fertilizer plant explosion resulting in claims for over $500,000,000 in damages. He is also monitoring counsel for insurers in connection with the claims arising from the tragic 2017 shootings in Las Vegas.

Mr. Gallagher regularly represents parties in complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation matters. In Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Gallagher recovered a $5,950,000 verdict on behalf of U.S. Fire Ins. Co. in a bad faith failure to settle action against the primary insurance carrier. Mr. Gallagher represented the Insurer in insurance coverage litigation arising out of 16 class action suits seeking damages related to organic milk allegedly produced in violation of organic standards. He also represented the Insurer in insurance coverage litigation arising out of claims for $500 million in damages from alleged infringed copyrights or trademarks and appropriation of intellectual property.

In the Larry L. Hillblom probate case in Saipan, one of the largest and most litigious probate cases in the world, Mr. Gallagher successfully represented one of the heir claimants in securing the client’s share of the $600,000,000 estate.

Mr. Gallagher has evaluated liability, damages and coverage issues involving directors and officers claims involving allegations of mismanagement of assets and breaches of fiduciary duties, including claims arising out of the billion dollar collapse of Mortgages, Ltd.

In addition to regularly defending clients against multi-million dollar claims, he has recovered more than $100 million on behalf of clients in various jurisdictions.

Presentation Speeches

“The Affordable Care Act: A Better Way to Argue an Alternative Damage Award?”, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Annual Conference, March 30, 2017, Nashville, TN

Representative Clients

  • Great American Insurance Group
  • Chubb
  • Swiss Re
  • Sorenson Capital
  • Trek Bicycle Corporation
  • Overhead Door Corporation
  • City of Phoenix
  • State of Arizona

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J. Adam Tate

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Adam Tate represents individuals, corporations, institutions and insurance companies throughout the United States in a wide range of civil litigation matters, with a focus on insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, insurance defense, construction litigation, product liability, premises liability, personal injury, and commercial litigation.


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Adam Tate represents individuals, corporations, institutions and insurance companies throughout the United States in a wide range of civil litigation matters, with a focus on insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, insurance defense, construction litigation, product liability, premises liability, personal injury, and commercial litigation.

As part of his insurance practice, Mr. Tate routinely provides advice and counseling on a broad spectrum of insurance coverage issues, including Damron/Morris agreements and other unique aspects of Arizona insurance law.  He understands the challenges of the insurance industry and provides sound, practical advice to help insurers navigate a continuously changing legal landscape.  His representation of insurers has involved everything from appraisals and coverage evaluations to bad faith litigation.

Mr. Tate’s construction practice focuses on mitigating and transferring risk for general contractors and subcontractors and litigating claims when necessary.  He has a demonstrated record of obtaining favorable results for his construction clients in complex and high-exposure cases.

Mr. Tate’s practice also includes the defense of product liability claims involving a wide variety of electrical products, from small consumer items to large commercial products.

Mr. Tate earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2009 where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected a member of the Order of the Coif.  Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University.

Education

Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
Juris Doctor summa cum laude – 2009

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude – 2004

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 2009
  • Arizona, 2012

Professional Associations

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • DRI
  • J. Rueben Clark Law Society


J. Steven Sparks

J. Steven Sparks

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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.  He is currently very active in the opioid litigation on behalf of a major opioid drug manufacturer.

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 more than 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.  Mr. Sparks has also been appointed as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court.

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
  • Appointed as Judge Pro Tem by the Maricopa County Superior Court

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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Ryan P. Sandstrom

Associate

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Ryan Sandstrom is a Senior Associate with the firm, practicing primarily in the areas of insurance litigation, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, personal injury, business law, and civil litigation. In addition to Mr. Sandstrom’s insurance coverage, defense, and personal injury practice, he regularly acts as corporate counsel for large and small entities on various business transactions, internal operations and governance, and litigation matters. Mr. Sandstrom currently serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Practice Group.


Full Biography

Mr. Sandstrom earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University School of Law with honors, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Academic Scholarship, the Werner-Robertson Scholarship, and the Lillis, William and Kathleen Scholarship.  During law school, Mr. Sandstrom was a member of the Creighton Law Review Board of Editors, as well as a member of the National Trial Team, National Arbitration Team, and National Moot Court Team.  He was the Champion of the Creighton Trial Competition, and a Regional Finalist in the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition.

After law school, Mr. Sandstrom received the American Board of Trial Advocates Award in recognition of excellence in trial skills.  He also received the David A. Svoboda Award in recognition of outstanding oral advocacy and trial skills.  Mr. Sandstrom is an Associate Author and Editor of the Arizona Tort Law Handbook, and frequently publishes law review and trade journal articles on various aspects of insurance law.

As a former insurance salesman and in-house attorney with one of the largest insurance underwriters in the United States, Mr. Sandstrom has a unique and thorough understanding of insurance law.

Mr. Sandstrom is also a volunteer leader with his local church.  He is married with four children.  Mr. Sandstrom is also fluent in Russian.

Education

Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
J.D. cum laude – 2012
Law Review: Law Review Board, Research Editor, 2011 – 2012
Law Review: Law Review, Staff Editor, 2010 – 2011

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
B.A. – 2009
Major: Russian
Minor: Business Management/Finance, and Music

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2013

Joined Firm

2015

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association Coverage Litigation Section
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, American Board of Trial Advocates Award, issued by Chief Judge William J. Riley
  • Recipient, David A. Svoboda Award, in recognition of excellence of oral advocacy and trials skills
  • Champion, Creighton University School of Law Trial Competition
  • Outstanding Oralist, Creighton University School of Law Moot Court Competition
  • Best Appellate Brief Nominee, Creighton University School of Law Moot Court Competition
  • Regional Finalist, Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition

Published Works

  • Evaluating The Relationship Between Independent Insurance Adjusters And Insureds: The Case Against Imposing An Independent Duty Of Care, 48 Creighton L. Rev. 245 , March, 2015
  • Arizona Tort Law Handbook, Associate Author and Editor

Pro Bono

  • Boy Scouts of America, Volunteer Leader, 2009 – Present

Past Employment

  • Rowley Chapman and Barney, Associate, 2012 – 2013
  • Kunz Plitt Hyland & Demlong, Associate, 2013 – 2015

Languages

  • Russian


Jasmina Richter

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Jasmina Richter practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional liability defense, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.


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Jasmina Richter practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional liability defense, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

As part of her insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, Jasmina represents insurers in complex insurance coverage actions. Jasmina analyzes coverage under a wide variety of policies including commercial general liability, commercial property, professional liability, director and officer liability, aviation liability, commercial auto, garage liability, educators’ liability, managed care liability, homeowners, public entity liability, and excess policies.

Jasmina is also regularly retained by insurers that are faced with an assignment of rights, covenant not to execute and resulting consent/stipulated judgments (referred to as Damron/Morris agreements in Arizona) and the unique legal issues that arise when defending against the enforceability of those agreements.  Jasmina’s extensive knowledge and experience with Arizona law on consent judgments, gives her a particular ability to counsel clients in these cases, which typically involve complex coverage issues, bad faith allegations, and issues relating to enforceability of the consent/stipulated judgments.  Jasmina has successfully litigated cases involving numerous multi-million-dollar stipulated judgments resulting from Damron and Morris agreements, obtaining favorable results for the insurers in each.

Jasmina is also regularly retained as monitoring/coverage counsel on complex claims involving excess insurance and large loss litigation throughout the southwest states.  She regularly serves as legal counsel in cases where consent judgments are anticipated to assist in navigating coverage issues and policy limit demands to resolve cases favorably and avoid a consent judgment altogether.  Jasmina is also retained by public entities and insurers to provide counsel on risk transfer strategies and to ensure that all available coverage and indemnity obligations are triggered in cases where there are complicated contractual and additional insured issues.

Jasmina manages all aspects of her cases from depositions, to alternative dispute resolution, and on through trial.  She argues regularly before state trial and appellate courts as well as United States District Court.

Jasmina received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Pennsylvania State University. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law where she graduated with Honors in 2005.

Jasmina was named to the Southwest Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List every year from 2012 to 2018. She served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (“AADC”), and was the Chair of its Professional Liability Committee. She is also the Vice President on the board of directors for the Arizona chapter of CLM and is actively involved as a member of CLM’s Insurance Coverage, Extra-Contractual and Professional Liability Committees.  Jasmina is currently the author of CLM’s Insurance Coverage Wiki Project for Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, which provide an overview of important insurance coverage topics in those states.  She is also the author of CLM’s Extra-Contractual Wiki Projects for Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, which provide an overview of important topics in bad faith litigation in those states.

Education

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
Juris Doctor – 2005
Honors: Graduated with Honors

Pennsylvania State University, PA
Bachelor of Science
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Bar Admissions

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

Joined Firm

2005

Professional Associations

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Chair of the Professional Liability Committee
  • PLUS, Member
  • Arizona Insurance Claims Association, Member
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”), Member
  • CLM Arizona Chapter, Board of Directors, Vice President
  • CLM Member of Insurance Coverage Committee, Extra-Contractual Committee, and Professional Liability Committees
  • Author of CLM’s Insurance Coverage Wiki Project for Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada
  • Author of CLM’s Extra-Contractual Wiki Project for Arizona, Utah, and Nevada

Honors and Awards

  • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012 – 2018
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, Sustaining Member

Published Works

  • Distinctly Deliniated Fictional Characters That Constitute The Story Being Told: Who Are They and Do They Deserve Separate Copyright Protection?, Vanderbilt’s Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, Spring, 2006
  • Limiting Stipulated Judgments Resulting from a Damron Agreement to Covered Claims When the Judgment Includes both Covered and Uncovered Claims, Common Defense AADC, Fall, 2014
  • Self Defense and Intentional Torts in Arizona, Common Defense Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2015

Classes & Seminars

  • Construction Defect Disputes and Litigation: Using Coverage, Case Law, and Indemnification to Shift Liability, National Business Institute (December 2014)
  • Arizona Damron/Morris Agreements, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (March 2016)
  • Discovery in Bad Faith Litigation: Is the Attorney-Client Privilege in Jeopardy, CLM New York Insurance Coverage and Extra-Contractual Conference, December 1, 2016
  • Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers, National Business Institute Phoenix, March 2, 2017
  • The Contest of Consent: Challenging Consent Judgments, CLM Webinar Series, April 19, 2017
  • Was the Notice of Circumstance Sufficient to Preserve Coverage for a Future Claim?, CLM New York Insurance Coverage and Extra-Contractual Conference, November 30, 2017

Languages

  • Serbian
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian

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Shanks Leonhardt

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Shanks Leonhardt joined Sanders & Parks in 2007 and he focuses his practice in complex civil litigation in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, products liability, employment litigation, professional liability, procurement law, and personal injury matters.  In addition to his civil litigation work, Mr. Leonhardt also advises parties on commercial transactional matters related to technology, corporate, copyright, and entertainment law issues.


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Shanks Leonhardt joined Sanders & Parks in 2007 and he focuses his practice in complex civil litigation in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, products liability, employment litigation, professional liability, procurement law, and personal injury matters.  In addition to his civil litigation work, Mr. Leonhardt also advises parties on commercial transactional matters related to technology, corporate, copyright, and entertainment law issues.  Mr. Leonhardt has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® PreeminentTM rating, he has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers as an Arizona Rising Star from 2012 through 2018, and he was recognized in 2014 as a Top Lawyer by AZ Business Magazine in the category of “Generation Next.”

He is highly experienced in counseling and representing insurers in complex bad faith, construction defect, additional insured, personal injury and primary/excess coverage issues, including a focus on counseling, advising, and litigating cases where insurers that have been subjected to Arizona’s Damron and Morris Agreements.  Mr. Leonhardt has played a key role in negotiating favorable resolutions for insurers involving multi-million-dollar exposures arising from Damron and Morris Agreements.

Mr. Leonhardt also routinely handles commercial litigation and disputes, including issues arising from intellectual property disputes, breach of restrictive covenants, shareholder claims, contractual liability, public contracting, and other related claims.  He has successfully protected his clients’ interests in Arizona and throughout the southwest.  As a part of his complex civil litigation work, Mr. Leonhardt has successfully represented parties at mediations, arbitrations, depositions, appeals, administrative hearings and evidentiary hearings before the trial and appellate courts at the federal and state court level in jurisdictions including Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico.

Mr. Leonhardt has published numerous articles and he has been a featured speaker on insurance and liability issues related to construction law, ADA claims, and Damron/Morris Agreements.  Mr. Leonhardt earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he graduated with Honors in 2007.

Education

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
J.D. cum laude – 2007

Arizona State University
B.A. magna cum laude – 2001
Major: Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2007
  • Kentucky, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2016

Joined Firm

2007

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arizona Insurance Council
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Claims Litigation Management

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® PreeminentTM rating
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Southwest Super Lawyers as an Arizona Rising Star, 2012 – 2018
  • Top Lawyer by AZ Business Magazine in the category of “Generation Next”, 2014

Published Works

  • The Rule of Non-Liability of a Landowner for an Independent Contractor’s Employee’s Injuries on the Premises, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2016
  • Self Defense and Intentional Torts in Arizona, Common Defense, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2015
  • Limiting Stipulated Judgments Resulting from a Damron Agreement to Covered Claims When the Judgment includes both Covered and Uncovered Claims, Common Defense, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2014
  • The Proper Time to Enforce Loss Notification Time Limits, Arizona Insurance Council, 2012
  • Misrepresentation During The Sale Of A Home Does Not Trigger Coverage Under A Standard Homeowners Insurance Policy, Arizona Insurance Council, 2013

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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