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


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. 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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Jeffrey L. Smith

Shareholder

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


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

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

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

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


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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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Brianna M. Jagelski

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Brianna Jagelski is an associate at the firm, focusing primarily in medical malpractice defense. Ms. Jagelski advocates on behalf of individual healthcare providers, physician’s groups, hospitals and other types of healthcare providers, both in court and in State licensing boards.


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Brianna Jagelski is an associate at the firm, focusing primarily in medical malpractice defense. Ms. Jagelski advocates on behalf of individual healthcare providers, physician’s groups, hospitals and other types of healthcare providers, both in court and in State licensing boards. In the spring of 2018, Ms. Jagelski second-chaired a four-week medical malpractice jury trial which resulted in a full defense verdict. The plaintiffs sought over $16 million in damages.

Prior to joining Sanders & Parks, Ms. Jagelski practiced medical malpractice defense at a prominent law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Jagelski attended the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she was a participant in the National Health Law Moot Court and was a manuscript editor for the Natural Resources Journal. Ms. Jagelski also participated in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, a program which provides legal representation for indigent native peoples for various legal issues, and remains active in volunteering for similar programs.

Education

University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
J.D. – 2015

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
B.A. – 2012

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 2015
  • Idaho, 2016
  • Arizona, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2018


Robin E. Burgess

Robin E. Burgess

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


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

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

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

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

Education

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

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

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

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Arizona

Joined Firm

1994

Professional Associations

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

Reported Decisions

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

Representative Clients

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

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Amanda M. Breemes

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


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

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

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

Education

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

  • Law Review: South Dakota Law Review, Editor

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

Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science – 2008

  • Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

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

Joined Firm

2015

Professional Associations

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

Honors and Awards

Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016 – 2019

Pro Bono

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

Fraternities / Sororities

Kappa Kappa Gamma


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