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Donald R. Kunz

Donald R. Kunz

Location:
Phoenix, Arizona
Phone:
602-331-4600
Fax:
602-331-8600
Email:
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Mr. Kunz is in the 56th year of a vigorous and varied trial practice. Currently, Mr. Kunz devotes his extensive experience largely to matters involving insurance coverage (counseling) and issues of insurer bad faith (again, counseling).  Mr. Kunz is one of the few lawyers in the United States who has ever tried and/or appealed an "APEX" case (the kind of tangled litigation which arises under the mining laws of the Western United States).  Mr. Kunz is looked upon by his peers as being a lawyer who is pre-eminent in the field of legal ethics; in that connection, Mr. Kunz has been named by the State Bar of Arizona as a lawyer who "exemplifies professionalism."

Mr. Kunz has been lead counsel in numerous trials of many other types, both bench and jury, in literally every county in the State of Arizona, in Arizona's Court of Appeals, Divisions 1 and 2, and in the Arizona Supreme Court. The same thing has been true in the Trial and Appellate Courts of the Arizona Federal Judiciary. He has been on appeal more than a hundred times, including appeals to the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona, the Supreme Court of the State of Idaho, and the Supreme Court of the State of Wyoming.

Mr. Kunz is a Fellow in 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 of office as a member of the Peer Review Committee of the State Bar of Arizona. On the judicial side, at the request of the Arizona Supreme Court he has on two occasions served as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I.
 
Over the past 25 years Mr. Kunz has been an active participant in organized archaeological digs on the Giza Plateau (Great Pyramids) of Egypt under the auspices of Harvard University and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago; Luxor, Egypt (Valley of the Kings), under the auspices of the University of California at Berkeley, American University in Cairo, and the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition; and the site of Ancient Carthage in North Africa, under the auspices of the University of Georgia at Athens and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has recently completed his third stint as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Research Center in Egypt, with offices in Cairo.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. - 1955
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Iowa
    • B.A. - 1951
    • Major: English Literature

Representative Cases

  • Borland v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 147 Ariz. 195 (1985)
  • Borland v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 709 P.2d 552 (1985)
  • Trus-Joist Corp. v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 152 Ariz. 95 (1986)
  • Trus-Joist Corp. v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 735 P.2d 125 (1986)
  • Massachusetts Casualty Ins. Co. v. Nystrom, 148 Ariz. 208 (1986)
  • Massachusetts Casualty Ins. Co. v. Nystrom, 713 P.2d 1266 (1986)
  • Gatecliff v. Great Republic Life Ins. Co., 154 Ariz. 502 (App. 1987)
  • Gatecliff v. Great Republic Life Ins. Co., 744 P.2d 29 (App. 1987)
  • Gatecliff v. Great Republic Life Ins. Co., 170 Ariz. 34 (1991)
  • Gatecliff v. Great Republic Life Ins. Co., 821 P.2d 725 (1991)
  • Campbell v. State Farm Mutual Auto Ins. Co

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
  • Lecturer, Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • State Bar of Arizona, Counsel, Administrative Committee 5-J
  • State Bar of Arizona, Past Member, Peer Review Committee
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Chairman, Ethics Committee
  • Coalition for Responsible Mining Law, Vice President
  • Defense Research Institute, 1965 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Participant, Giza Plateau
  • Participant, Harvard University
  • Participant, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • Auspices, University of California at Berkeley
  • Auspices, American University in Cairo
  • Auspices, University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition
  • Auspices, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Auspices, University of Michigan

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi