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The attorneys of Kunz Plitt Hyland & Demlong, P.C., include proven trial lawyers and influential thought leaders in areas related to insurance, tort litigation and other civil matters. With an extensive array of talent and experience, the firm features several attorneys who have been AV rated* by their peers for legal ability and ethics, as well as numerous Arizona Super Lawyers. Several of the firm's partners are regular speakers, educators, authors and editors in their respective fields.

Founding partner Donald R. Kunz began practicing law in Phoenix in 1955 and in 1978 began handling his first bad faith action brought against an insurer on a first-party basis, before Arizona law had even recognized the validity of first-party bad faith. That case, and other subsequent cases, are still among those most-cited in Arizona with regard to insurer bad faith. Mr. Kunz is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a founding member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, a founding fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation, and he has recently completed two terms in office as a member of the Peer Review Committee of the State Bar of Arizona.

Partner Steven Plitt is the chairperson of the firm's insurance practice group. A veteran trial lawyer, he has analyzed and litigated insurance coverage cases for nearly three decades. Mr. Plitt is a former adjunct professor of law at Arizona State University's College of Law where he taught the insurance law curriculum. Mr. Plitt has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of insurance law and was identified as one of Phoenix's Top Lawyers by Phoenix Magazine. He was selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer and chosen by Super Lawyer and his peers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. Mr. Plitt is the author of the widely recognized and authoritative insurance coverage treatise series titled Couch on Insurance 3d.

Partner Timothy R. Hyland has specialized his practice in the litigation, both trial and appellate, of insurance matters, and complex commercial and personal injury litigation. Mr. Hyland's practice involves the analysis and litigation of complex insurance claims and coverage in both the first-party and third-party contexts, including all types of policies with particular emphasis on life, health, disability (including group policies and ERISA claims), general liability, personal and commercial automobile, personal and surplus lines, and professional malpractice. Mr. Hyland devotes a substantial amount of his practice to defense of insurance bad faith and punitive damage claims against insurers. He has been a contributing author and editor of numerous books and articles.

Partner William M. Demlong, who is also a certified public accountant, has specialized his practice in the litigation, both trial and appellate, of insurance matters, including ERISA matters, and complex commercial, construction defect and personal injury litigation. Mr. Demlong has litigated substantial commercial, construction defect and personal injury matters in both federal and state courts, having tried cases in Arizona, Nevada and Illinois and having litigated matters in seven additional states. Mr. Demlong is very active within the United States District Court of the District of Arizona and was an arbitrator for the District Court, a member of that court's Technology Committee, is past chair of the Arizona Lawyer Representative for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and twice chaired the Court's Magistrate Selection Committee.

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*AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.