Robert Beardsley

Robert Beardsley

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Robert Beardsley is an associate with the firm, practicing in the areas of medical malpractice, construction defect, personal injury and municipal liability. Mr. Beardsley is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully tried over 35 cases to verdict.


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Robert Beardsley is an associate with the firm, practicing in the areas of medical malpractice, construction defect, personal injury and municipal liability. His primary focus is defending doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers in malpractice cases. As a former prosecutor, he is an experienced trial lawyer. He has completed over 35 trials to verdict, most of which were complex and often high-profile felony cases involving child or intimate partner abuse and homicide. In 2019, he tried two such first-degree murder trials. In both cases the juries returned verdicts of guilt for all charged counts. Mr. Beardsley has significant experience presenting complex medical testimony to lay jurors. He has been a featured speaker to several multi-disciplinary panels on the topics of felony domestic violence, strangulation, witness recantation and trial advocacy. While in law school, Mr. Beardsley completed a judicial externship clerking for the Honorable Thomas D. Ferraro in the United States District Court and was awarded the Law College Association Scholarship for academic merit.

Education

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, JAMES E. ROGERS COLLEGE OF LAW, Tucson, AZ

Juris Doctor, May 2011

  • Student Bar Association
  • Law College Association Scholarship (awarded for academic merit)
  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Student Advocate
  • Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, AZ

Bachelor of Arts, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Major in Political Science, Minor in Spanish, May 2008

  • Dean’s List Honor Recipient
  • Certificate of Middle Eastern Studies

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, ALCALA DE HENARES CAMPUS, Alcala de Henares, Spain

  • (August 2003-December 2003)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2019

Joined Firm

2019


William H. Kennedy

Associate

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William Kennedy is an associate at the firm, focusing primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense. William was born and raised in Tucson and attended the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.


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William Kennedy is an associate at Sanders & Parks focusing primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense. William earned his B.A. in Theology & Religious Studies and Politics in 2013 from Saint Mary’s College of California. William graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and received a certificate in International Trade and Business Law. While attending law school, William studied abroad in Rhodes, Greece with Tulane University and the Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law. William was a researcher for the Regulatory Science Consultative Service at the University of Arizona and participated in the Yaqui Human Rights Project as a student advocate. Prior to coming to Sanders & Parks, William worked in civil litigation and bankruptcy.

Education

The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
Juris Doctor – 2016

Saint Mary’s College of California, B.A., 2013
B.A. 2013
Majors: Theology & Religious Studies, Politics

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Arizona, 2017
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona, 2017

Joined Firm

November 2018

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Languages

Spanish


John C. Quinn

Associate

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


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

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

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

Education

Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas
Juris Doctor – 2014

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

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2019

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. Arthur Eaves

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Mr. Eaves is a senior owner and director of the law firm.  He defends doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers in malpractice cases.   Mr. Eaves also represents governmental entities in various capacities.


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Mr. Eaves is a senior owner and director of the firm.  He has been defending doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers in malpractice cases for 16 years.  Mr. Eaves is a trial lawyer and regularly defends complex medical cases in Arizona courts.  Mr. Eaves is a respected trial attorney and is called upon to represent various governmental entities in high profile cases which are likely to go before a jury.  He has been recognized by his peers as a SuperLawyer and as one of America’s Best Attorneys.

Arizona Malpractice
Mr. Eaves handles cases involving allegations of malpractice against physicians, attorneys and other professionals in Arizona.  Mr. Eaves also practices before various professional boards including the Arizona Medical Board and the State Bar of Arizona in matters involving administrative complaints against doctors, lawyers and other professionals.

Governmental Entities
Mr. Eaves represents the City of Phoenix as well as Maricopa County in medical malpractice cases, personal injury cases, and cases involving allegations of Constitutional violations. Mr. Eaves also has the honor of serving as a special prosecutor in complex criminal prosecutions from time to time.

Arizona Administrative Law
Mr. Eaves protects the rights of professionals who have been accused of unprofessional conduct in the State of Arizona. He represents Arizona residents as well as others who stand accused of some ethical violation before the Arizona State Bar, the Arizona Medical Board, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and others.

Education

University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Little Rock, Arkansas
Juris Doctor – 1999
Honors: Member, National Moot Court Team
Honors: Member, Trial Advocacy Team
Honors: Best Oral Advocate
Honors: President, Student Bar Association
Honors: Theresa Hoover Volunteer Service Award

University of Arkansas
Honors: Editor, College Newspaper
Honors: President, Greek Council
Honors: Greek Council Member of the Year
Major: Literature
Major: History

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit

Joined Firm

November 2003

Professional Associations

  • Arizona Bar Association, Member
  • Arizona Bank Fraud Task Force, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Claims and Litigation Management

Representative Clients

  • Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA)
  • Dignity Health
  • Maricopa County
  • State of Arizona

Significant Representations

  • Haught v. Sharma et al.: Mr. Eaves defended his clients in this month-long medical malpractice trial.  Plaintiffs asked for more than $16 million in damages during closing arguments.  The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Mr. Eaves’ clients.
  • Elmore v. Thygerson; Mr. Eaves defended his client in a 3-week, medical malpractice, wrongful death, jury trial.  The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Mr. Eaves’ client.
  • Heinemann v. Dacanay; Mr. Eaves defended his client in a 3-week, medical malpractice, jury trial. Plaintiffs settled the day before closing arguments.
  • State v. Rozenman; Mr. Eaves was appointed as special prosecutor in this Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder case which went to a 9-week jury trial.  The jury convicted the defendant who was sentenced to life in prison.
  • Milke v. Maricopa County; Mr. Eaves represents Maricopa County in this wrongful conviction case in which the Plaintiff claims she was wrongfully sent to death row for the murder of her 4 year old son.

Honors and Awards

  • Eaves was recognized by the Chief of the Phoenix Police Department for his efforts in targeting and prosecuting some of the toughest gangs in the City of Phoenix.
  • Eaves was the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
  • Eaves was given the Theresa Hoover Volunteer Service Award for creating a team which remodeled seized drug houses so that they could be converted to homes for recovering addicts and their families.
  • Eaves was honored by the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association for his assistance with a summer camp for underprivileged children.
  • Eaves was honored to be selected by his peers as a SuperLawyer
  • Eaves has been recognized by his peers as a Best Lawyer in Arizona and a Best Lawyer in America.

Presentation Speeches

  • Guest Lecturer – Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law
  • Presenter — Patient Directed Healthcare and the Digital Data Revolution – A look at how patient’s access to data regarding their health will affect litigation against physicians.

Past Employment

  • Lewin & Schneider
  • Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Chi Fraternity

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Molly B. Adrian

Associate

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Molly B. Adrian is an associate at the firm, focusing primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense and civil litigation.


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Molly B. Adrian is an associate at the firm, focusing primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense and civil litigation. Molly attended the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, graduating in 2015 with a certificate in Law, Science and Technology. During law school, she completed several externships in government offices and in the private sector, participated in the Law and Neuroscience Research Cluster, and received pro bono honors.  She was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in October 2015.  Molly completed her undergraduate studies at Emory University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Economics and a minor in Anthropology.

Prior to joining Sanders & Parks, Molly worked at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, providing counsel for various programs within the Arizona Department of Health Services.  As a fourth generation Arizonan, she has strong roots in the Valley and is proud to live and work in this community.

Education

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Juris Doctor – 2015

Emory University
B.A. – 2011
Major: Economics
Minor: Anthropology

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2015


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


Dillon J. Steadman

Associate

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


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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


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