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.


Full Biography

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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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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