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Steven Plitt

Mr. Plitt is the Chairperson of the Insurance Practice Group. He has analyzed and litigated insurance coverage cases for 29 years. He has advised clients regarding insurance coverage issues in 40 states. Mr. Plitt is currently teaching insurance law at the University of Arizona's College of Law. He is a former adjunct professor of law at Arizona State University's College of Law where he taught the insurance law curriculum. He has been a licensed insurance broker since 1974. Mr. Plitt is listed as one of The Best Lawyers In America® in the field of insurance law. He 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 current senior author of the widely recognized and authoritative insurance coverage treatise series titled Couch On Insurance 3d. Mr. Plitt and his team are rewriting and revising the treatise series. This treatise series comprises 24 volumes of substantive texts covering all aspects of insurance. He is the author of Arizona Liability Insurance Law which is a major hardbound treatise on Arizona insurance coverage. He is also an author of the national treatises The Claim Adjuster's Automobile Liability Handbook and Practical Tools for Handling Insurance Cases. He is a Senior Contributing Editor for Arizona Tort Law Handbook, as well as a Senior Contributing Editor and Editorial Board Member of the nationally recognized Insurance Litigation Reporter.

Unlike most coverage lawyers, Mr. Plitt is a veteran trial lawyer having tried to juries coverage and bad faith cases in both state and federal courts. For many years, Mr. Plitt defended numerous tort claims before juries and, as such, he has significant experience regarding the underlying issues from which coverage cases arise in the third party liability coverage area. Because of his trial experience, Mr. Plitt is often called upon to monitor complex high exposure cases and to independently advise the insurance company regarding strategy and exposure of the cases. Most insurance coverage lawyers are "litigators" who do not actually try cases to juries. Mr. Plitt is the exception.

Mr. Plitt's practice involves the analysis and litigation of complex insurance coverage claims in both the first-party property and third-party liability contexts. He has been involved in the litigation of complex environmental and construction defect coverage claims for both primary and excess coverage layers. His coverage experience includes the analysis of all types of policies including general liability, advertising injury, personal injury, professional malpractice, personal and commercial auto, excess/umbrella coverage, homeowners, fire, flood, premises liability, environmental, environmental impairment, directors and officers, employment practices liability, and surplus lines.

Examples of complex insurance matters Mr. Plitt has handled are:

  • fire explosion at waste reclamation plant resulting in $12 million property loss and catastrophic multi-million dollar bodily injury claims;
  • international product liability claims arising from chemical induced delamination of computer circuit boards resulting from Taiwanese manufacturing operation;
  • listeria infestation of national meat processing facility resulting in disputed total coverage claim alleged in excess of $30 million and ensuing bad faith litigation;
  • first and third-party coverage claims arising from major warehouse fire to FDA certified pharmaceutical warehouse involving toxic chemicals resulting in a toxic tort class action litigation and property loss claims with a disputed value ranging between $60 million to $100 million dollars;
  • a claim brought by a major national airline for business interruption coverage resulting from an electrical data glitch causing an electrical shut-out of the airline's ability to perform reservations for flights for seven days resulting in a business interruption claim in the $10-$15 million range;
  • coverage litigation where the underlying claims involved one of the nation's largest international hotel chains and claims asserted in four class action lawsuits, seeking in excess of $200 million alleging that the hotel chain systematically designated and charged its patrons fees improperly designated as taxes;
  • coverage claim in excess of $7 million and alleged bad faith as part of $32 million overall loss asserted by international mining company under an environmental impairment liability policy regarding a catastrophic tailings impoundment failure and resulting environmental damage;
  • multi-million dollar intellectual property/drug licensing coverage claim and alleged bad faith involving claims in excess of $200 million by major medical research and drug companies;
  • Arizona counsel for priest/clergy malpractice coverage regarding claims of sexual abuse perpetrated by Roman Catholic priests.
  • potential coverage claim alleging damages in excess of $30 million arising from manuscripted environmental remediation policy for reclamation project being remediated under the Brownfield's Revitalization Act.
  • coverage dispute arising from class action litigation brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act where a $40+ million judgment was entered against the policyholder.
  • coverage litigation arising from sale of tainted/infected meat products which resulted in a $9 million judgment against the wholesaler/distributor policyholder.

A significant part of Mr. Plitt's practice involves the analysis and litigation of insurance company bad faith claims. He is frequently called upon by clients to review and analyze claim files while they are currently being processed by the client in order to assist with claim handling practices in order to avoid potential bad faith claims. He is a frequent lecturer to insurance companies on how to effectively manage their claim handling processes in order to comply with regulatory requirements and principles of good faith and fair dealing.

Mr. Plitt's practice includes complex civil litigation including the litigation of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases arising in the context of accidents in the work place, resulting from trucking and automobile trafficking, product liability and premises liability. These cases involve a sophisticated level of practice regarding all fields of medicine, including but not limited to neurology, neuropsychology, orthopedics, and neurosurgery. These complex cases involve the routine use of economic testimony, analysis of life care plans, vocational rehabilitation issues and the management of significant numbers of coordinated experts.

TEACHING:

University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

  • (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Fall 2010-Present) (Class taught: Insurance Law)

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

  • (former Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law, 2000-2005) (Classes taught: Insurance Law & Regulation; Liability Insurance; Advanced Coverage Research and Analysis)

EDUCATION and SCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES:

University of Connecticut: LL.M., Insurance Law, 2012

  • Graduated "With Honors"
  • CALI Award of Excellence - Workers' Compensation
  • Recipient 2012 Insurance Law Center LL.M. Prize--Awarded to the outstanding LL.M. graduating student.
  • Honors Thesis - A Practical Exploration Into The Policy Architecture Of Directors & Officers Insurance Coverage

University of Arizona: J.D. With Distinction, 1982

  • Recipient, Best Oral Advocate Award, Second Year Moot Court Competition
  • Member, U of A National Moot Court Team
  • Editor, Second Year Moot Court Board
  • National Order of Barristers

Arizona State University: B.S. Political Science, 1978

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude and "With Honors"
  • Honors Thesis - The Panama Canal: A Question of Sovereignty

JUDICIAL LAW CLERKSHIPS, JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS, INTERNSHIPS and BOARDS

  • Law Clerk to Judge Robert J. Corcoran, Arizona Court of Appeals, 1982-1983
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court (2012-2014) assigned to the Civil and Civil ADR dockets
  • Legislative Intern to the Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Insurance, House of Representatives, Arizona State Legislature, 1979
  • Senior Contributing Editor and Editorial Board Member- Insurance Litigation Reporter (2006 - Present)
  • CLAIMS JOURNAL, Editorial and Advisory Board Member (2012-present)

AMERICAN LAW INSTITUTE

Mr. Plitt has been elected to the American Law Institute. The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute is made up of distinguished lawyers, judges and law professors. The Institute publishes Restatements of the law, model statutes, and principals of law that are influential in courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

  • Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance (Members Consultive Group)

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF COVERAGE AND EXTRACONTRACTUAL COUNSEL

Mr. Plitt has been elected to the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC). ACCEC is comprised of preeminent coverage and extracontractual counsel in the United States and Canada. ACCEC is equally divided between policyholder counsel and insurer counsel.

LICENSED INSURANCE BROKER

  • Mr. Plitt has been a licensed insurance broker in Arizona since 1974 to present (Property and Casualty; Accident and Health; Life)

PUBLICATIONS:

Books Published

  1. Senior Author, Couch on Insurance 3d (re-writing and revising entire treatise)
  2. Practical Tools for Handling Insurance Cases. (2 Volumes, Thomson Reuters 2011)
    • 2012 Supplement (159 pages)
  3. The Claim Adjuster's Automobile Liability Handbook. (West Publishing 2009)
    • 2013 Cumulative Supplement (139 pages)
  4. CAT Claims: Insurance Coverage for Natural and Man-Made Disasters. (Thomson West 2008)
  5. Arizona Liability Insurance Law (705 pages, hardbound), the State Bar of Arizona (1998)
    • 2001 Supplement (115 pages)
    • 2006 Supplement (426 pages, hardbound)
  6. Senior Contributing Editor, Arizona Tort Law Handbook, the State Bar of Arizona (2012)
  7. Construction Defects: Claims and Coverage: "Progressive Losses-Triggers of Coverage, Numbering of Occurrences and Allocation Among Successive Policies" (DRI Defense Library Series) (Ch. 3, Part II)

Academic Journals and Law Reviews

  1. Delay, Manipulation, and Controversy:  The Impact Of The 2012 Amendments To 28 U.S.C. § 1446 On The Battles For Removal Of Cases To Federal Court. Phoenix L. Rev., Vol. 6, No. 2 (Spring 2013)
  2. When Constitutional Challenges To State Cancellation Moratoriums Enacted After Catastrophic Hurricanes Fail: A Call For A New Federal Insurance Program. BYU J. of Pub. Law, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Fall 2012)
  3. A Jurisprudential Survey Of Bad Faith Claims In The Workers' Compensation Context And A Call For A Unified Statutory Remedy. Conn. Ins. L.J., Vol. 18.2, p. 451 (2011-2012)
  4. Are State Court Garnishment Actions An Effectual Impediment To Federal Declaratory Judgment Jurisdictions: Is Timing Everything. Conn. Ins. L.J., Vol. 15.1 (2008-2009)
  5. Prohibiting De Facto Insurance Redlining: Will Hurricane Katrina Draw a Discriminatory Redline In The Gulf Coast Sands Prohibiting Access To Home Ownership? 14 Wash.& Lee J. Civil Rts. & Soc. Just. 199 (Spring 2008)
  6. The Practical Ramifications of Dual Sovereignty In Prosecuting Declaratory Judgment Actions Against State And Federal Governments. Conn. Ins. L.J., Vol. 14.2, p. 445 (2007-2008)
  7. Charting A Course For Federal Removal Through The Abstention Doctrine: A Titanic Experience In The Sargasso Sea Of Jurisdictional Manipulation. 56 DePaul L. Rev. 107 (Fall 2006)
  8. The Punitive Damages Lottery Chase Is Over: Is There A Regulatory Alternative To The Tort Of Common Law Bad Faith And Does It Provide An Alternative Deterrent? 37 Ariz. St. L.J. 1221 (Winter 2005)
  9. Judicial Abstinence: Ninth Circuit Jurisdictional Celibacy For Claims Brought Under The Federal Declaratory Judgment Act. 27 Seattle U. L. Rev. 751 (Issue 3, Spring 2004)
  10. The Evolving Boundaries Of Damron/Morris Agreements: A Search For The Missing Link, A Judicial Determination Of The Length Of A Reasonable Person's Arm, And Other Progressive Issues. 35 Ariz. St. L.J. 1331 (2003)
  11. The Elastic Contours Of Attorney-Client Privilege And Waiver In The Context Of Insurance Company Bad Faith: There's A Chill In The Air. 34 Seton Hall L. Rev. 513 (2003)
  12. Disability Under A Judicial Microscope: The Struggle To Define The Rights And Remedies For Claims Brought Under The Rehabilitation Act. 47 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 269 (2003)
  13. Board Of Trustees Of The University Of Alabama vs. Garrett: Is Constitutional Authority For Sale And Is State Sovereign Immunity The Purchase Price? 13 Geo. Mason. U. Civ. Rts. L. J. 151 (Spring 2003)
  14. The Changing Face Of Global Terrorism And A New Look Of War: An Analysis Of The War-Risk Exclusion In The Wake Of The Anniversary Of September 11, And Beyond. 39 Willamette L. Rev. 31 (Winter 2003)
  15. The Changing Landscape Of The Eleventh Amendment Immunity In The Context Of The Americans With Disabilities Act And The Rehabilitation Act After Garrett: Are Arizona School Districts Beyond Suit? 34 Ariz. St. L.J. 873 (Fall 2002)

Other Professional Publications

  1. Negligent Infliction Of Emotional Distress Claims And Uninsured Motorists/Under Insured Motorists Coverage. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Fall 2013)
  2. Seeking Reimbursement Of Defense Costs In The Context Of Reservation Of Rights:  The Washington Supreme Court Weighs In. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 17 (October 1, 2013)
  3. Is The Risk Of Relapse Into Substance Abuse Enough To Constitute A Current Disability For Doctors? The Voice, Vol. 12, Issue 36 (September 11, 2013)
  4. State And Federal Courts Continue To Fill The Gap On The Question Of Whether The Lack Of Exhaustion Of Primary Insurance Can Trigger Excess Coverage.  Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 15 (September 9, 2013)
  5. Insurance Coverage for Discounting the Price of Goods for Sale? Insurance Journal Magazine, Vol. 91, No. 17 (September 9, 2013)
  6. In Alaska, A Claim Of Self-Defense Was Unavailing Where Insured Entered Inconsistent ‘No Contest’ Plea. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 2, Vol. 23, No. 48 (September 6, 2013)
  7. 5th Circuit Affirms Matador Decision. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 23, No. 46 (August 23, 2013)
  8. Two Essential Discussions That Should Be Used In All Reservation Of Rights Letters. In-House Defense Quarterly (Summer 2013)
  9. The Kentucky Supreme Court Utilizes The Integral Parts Test In Hit-And-Run UM Cases. Claims Journal (August 13, 2013)
  10. High-Stakes Poker In New York Over Insurer’s Decision Not To Defend Its Insured. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 23, No. 44 (August 9, 2013)
  11. Notifying Excess Insurers For Additional Insureds. Insurance Journal (August 9, 2013)
  12. Does Uninsured Motorist Coverage Apply To Negligent Infliction Of Emotional Distress Claims? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 12 (July 23, 2013)
  13. The Selective Tender Rule Rejected In The Workers’ Compensation Context. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Summer 2013)
  14. R.I. Court’s Ruling On Self-Insured Retentions In Med-Mal Policies. Ins. Journal (July 23, 2013)
  15. Intervention Nuances Under California Law. Claims Journal (July 22, 2013)
  16. No Bad Faith In The Workers’ Compensation Context: Texas Supreme Court Puts An Exclamation Point On Its Prior Case. Claims Journal (July 15, 2013)
  17. Washington Law Reverse-Preempts The Federal Arbitration Act In The Insurance Context. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 2, Vol. 23, No. 40 (July 12, 2013)
  18. Enforcement Of UIM Exhaustion Clauses: The Utah Supreme Court Weighs In. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 10 (June 26, 2013)
  19. Voluntary Payment Clauses. Claims Journal (June 26, 2013)
  20. Denying Coverage And Reserving Rights Simultaneously: Georgia Supreme Court Says Insurer Can’t Have Its Cake And Eat It Too. Claims Journal (June 24, 2013)
  21. Utilizing The “Place Of Injury” Test Regarding Territorial Limitation Clauses In Insurance Policies. Claims Journal (June 17, 2013)
  22. Washington Supreme Court Limits Insurers’ Right To Jury Trial In Bad-Faith and Coverage Cases. Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 1, Vol. 9, No. 3 (June 11, 2013)
  23. Reasonable Expectation Doctrine Trumps Insured’s Duty To Read Insurance Policy. Claims Journal (June 10, 2013)
  24. All-Risk Coverage For Stigma Claims Involving Real Property. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 9 (June 5, 2013)
  25. Direct Physical Loss In All-Risk Policies: The Modern Trend Does Not Require Specific Physical Damage, Alteration. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Spring 2013)
  26. Providing Notification To Insureds Of The Opportunity To Purchase UM/UIM Insurance: Is “English Only” Enough? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 7 (May 1, 2013)
  27. Application Of The Equality Of Consideration Test In Coverage Disputes. Common Defense (Spring 2013)
  28. The Ongoing Debate Over Bad Faith And Workers’ Compensation. Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 8, No. 25 (April 16, 2013)
  29. Taking Level 3 Communications To The Next Level: Polishing The ‘Insured Vs. Insured’ Exclusion. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 23, No. 26 (April 5, 2013)
  30. The Inherent Tension Between Professional Ethics Regarding Mistakes And Insurance Policy Liability Admission Clauses. The Voice, Vol. 12, Issue 13 (April 3, 2013)
  31. Legislation Regulating Coverage For Faulty Workmanship Cannot Be Applied Retroactively. Claims Journal (April 1, 2013)
  32. Insurer’s Obligation To Notify The Insured Of The Need For Allocated Verdicts And Settlements. Claims Journal (March 28, 2013)
  33. Pollution Exclusions In Indiana Require List Of Specific Substances, State Supreme Court Says. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 23, No. 22 (March 8, 2013)
  34. Analyzing Recent Cases Involving Bad Faith Set-Ups. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 3 (March 4, 2013)
  35. When Using Colossus Independent Judgment Is A Must. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Winter 2013) and Claims Journal (May 9, 2013)
  36. Can An Excess Insurer Sue A Primary Insurer’s Defense Counsel For Malpractice? Claims Journal (February 26, 2013)
  37. Does Defense Counsel Retained By Primary Insurer Have An Actionable Attorney-Client Relationship With An Excess Insurer? Claims Journal (February 26, 2013)
  38. Is There A Right To Pre-Litigation Independent Counsel? Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage, Vol. 23, No. 20 (February 22, 2013)
  39. Excess Insurers Prejudiced When There is No Notice of Underlying Suit. Claims Journal (February 21, 2013)
  40. Insuring Contractual Liability. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 2 (February 2013)
  41. New York Court's Latest Take On Insured's Duty To Read Policy. Ins. Journal (February 19, 2013)
  42. New Twist On The Question Of An Insurer's Duty To Defend Criminal Proceedings. Claims Journal (February 11, 2013)
  43. Can An Unborn Fetus Qualify As A "Resident of Household" For Coverage Determinations? Claims Journal (January 23, 2013)
  44. Can An Insured Restrict The Insurer's Right To Use Pre-Litigation IMEs? Claims Journal (January 15, 2013)
  45. Sexual Assaults In Taxicabs And Application Of The Automobile Exclusion In CGL Policies. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 20 (December 2012)
  46. Application Of The 'Insured vs. Insured' Exclusion To Federal Takeovers Of Financial Institutions. 23 No. 7 Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1 (November 21, 2012)
  47. Determining Insured Status On Auto Liability Coverage. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Fall 2012)
  48. The Risk Landscape of Cyberspace. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 90, No. 21 (November 2012)
  49. Insurers Finally Get Right To Jury Trial In New Jersey. 23 No. 4 Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1 (November 2, 2012)
  50. When Does the Filing of a Declaratory Judgment Action Constitute Bad Faith? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 17 (October 2012)
  51. Is Texas Turning The Corner By Allowing Exceptions To The Strict '8-Corners' Rule? 22 No. 51 Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1 (September 28, 2012)
  52. Florida Public Adjuster Waiting Period Deemed Unconstitutional. Claims Journal (October 1, 2012)
  53. The Arizona Court of Appeal Moves Close To A One-To One Ratio in Punitive Damage Bad Faith Cases. Common Defense (Fall 2012)
  54. Determining Insurance Coverage For Sexual Misconduct Under Arizona Law: A Microcosm Of The National Debate. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 15 (September 2012)
  55. Challenging Fraudulent Joinder, The Clock Is Ticking. The Voice, Vol. 11, No. 36 (September 12, 2012)
  56. Coverage For Diminished Value Following Post-Crash Repairs Debate. Claims Journal (August 28, 2012)
  57. Stepping Outside Of UM Coverage: Assaults By An Insured Outside A Vehicle. Claims Journal (August 22, 2012)
  58. Do Insurance Brokers Have An Obligation To Offer The Cheapest Coverage Available? Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 90, No. 15 (August 2012)
  59. Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Expands Insurer's Duty To Settle Under California Law. Claims Journal (July 31, 2012)
  60. Minnesota High Court Blurs Line Between Coverage Determination And Amount Of Loss In Appraisal. Claims Journal (July 17, 2012)
  61. Telephone Consumer Protection Act And Violations of Seclusion. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Summer 2012)
  62. Evaluating Medical Payment Coverage Questions. Claims Journal (May 7, 2012)
  63. Understanding the Right of Reimbursement for Defense Costs When Reserving Rights. Claims Journal (May 1, 2012)
  64. Policy Buyback Limitations. Claims Journal (April 23, 2012)
  65. Examinations Under Oath. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring 2012)
  66. Incomplete Claim Investigations May Create Coverage Where No Coverage Exists. Claims Journal (March 12, 2012)
  67. To Sue Or Not To Sue: Allowing Private Litigation Over Insurer Bad Faith In The Workers' Compensation Context. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 2012)
  68. Vandalism, Vacancy And The Absence Of Property Coverage. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 18 (November 2011)
  69. A Framework Of Adjusting Medical Claims Involving Possible Experimental Treatment. Claims Journal (October 27, 2011)
  70. Interpreting Immunity: Why It's Wise To Use Caution With Insurance Fraud Cases. SIU Today, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Fall 2011)
  71. The Extension Of Insurance To Cover The Plaintiff's Financial Risk Of Litigation: "Bodily Injury" "Property Damage" And "Attorney's Fees" Caused By An Occurrence? Common Defense (Fall 2011)
  72. Be Careful What You Say When Issuing A Binder. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 17 (September 2011)
  73. Read The Policy. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 15 (August 2011)
  74. Exploring Experimental Treatment Exclusions. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 10 (July 2011)
  75. A Review Of ISO's Fungi And Bacteria Exclusion. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 8 (May 2011)
  76. Bad-Faith Cases: Preserving Affirmative Defenses. DRI For the Defense, Vol. 53, No. 5 (May 2011)
  77. Communicable And Transmission Of Disease Exclusions. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 7 (May 2011)
  78. Bragging About An Agent's Book Of Business May Create A Greater Legal Duty Of Care. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 9 (May 2011)
  79. Implied Consent To Representation Is Not Enough. Common Defense (Spring 2011)
  80. The Perils Of Testing The Contours And Boundaries Of Morris Agreements. Common Defense (Spring 2011)
  81. Vigilance Guards Against Short Fuse, Third-Party, Bad Faith Set-Ups. Claims Journal (April 7, 2011)
  82. Agency E&O Liability For Failing To Procure Coverage. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 6 (March 2011)
  83. Voluntary Intoxication And The Application Of Intentional Act Exclusions. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 3 (March 2011)
  84. A Roadmap For NAIC's Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act. Claims Journal (March 3, 2011)
  85. What Every Claim Adjuster Should Know About Bad Faith. Claims Journal (February 3, 2011)
  86. Are You Crazy?: Determining Mental Capacity As A Pre-Requisite To The Attachment of an Intentional Act Exclusion. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 20 (December 2010)
  87. Do Standard Automobile Liability Insurance Policies Cover Drive-By Shootings? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 21 (December 2010)
  88. Annulment Of Liability Policies Post-loss (Policy Buy-Back/Release). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 19 (November 2010)
  89. A Requiem For Ingenix. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 15 (September 2010)
  90. A Critical Review Of The Practice Of Setting Up Insurance Companies For Bad Faith. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 10 (July 2010)
  91. A Recent Challenge To UM/UIM Offering Requirements For Excess And Umbrella Coverage Has Revived An Old Debate. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 7 (May 2010)
  92. Splitting Claim Files: Managing The Concern For Conflicts Of Interest Through Use Of Insurance Company Conflict Screens. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 6 (April 2010)
  93. Mortgage Demands For Homeowner Coverage: When The Insured Property Has Been Stripped During Foreclosure. In-House Defense Quarterly (Winter 2010)
  94. Wrap-Ups And Agent E&O Exposures. Claims Journal (December 22, 2009)
  95. Shifting Attorneys' Fees To The Losing Party: Is It Covered Under The Policy? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 20 (November 2009)
  96. Determining Permissive User Status In Automobile Liability. Claims Journal (November 16, 2009)
  97. A Basic Understanding Of Lloyd's Of London Which Every Insurance Lawyer Should Have. Common Defense (Fall 2009)
  98. A Reminder On Managing Agency E&O Risk. Claims Journal (November 10, 2009) and Ins. Journal (November 11, 2009)
  99. It's Time To Review Essential Procedures For Managing E&O: Systems, Checklists, Guidelines, Manuals Among Tools Useful In Reducing Agency Errors. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 87, No. 21 (November 2, 2009)
  100. Insuring The Emerging Markets In Bio And Nanotechnology. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 17 (October 2009)
  101. Timely Claims Reporting: A Serious Obligation For Agencies. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 87, No. 18 (September 21, 2009)
  102. Understanding Basic Principles Of Biomechanical Engineering In Low Speed Rear-End Collision Scenarios. Claims Journal (September 10, 2009)
  103. Coverage Issues Associated With Federal Clean Water Act Violations For Discharging Land Fill Into Waterways. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 13 (August 2009)
  104. A Critical Analysis Support A Proportional Methodology For Determining Covered Damages Where Continuous And Progressive Injury Is Involved. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 11 (July 2009)
  105. Compendium Of References To Insurance Company Bad Faith Set Up Situations. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 11 (July 2009)
  106. The Fifth Amendment To The U.S. Constitution Is No Bully To A Carriers' Right To An Examination Under Oath. IASIU, SIU Today, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Summer 2009)
  107. Counting The Number Of "Occurrences" Where The Predicate Tort Involves A Pattern Of Conduct Or Interrelated Process. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 7 (May 2009)
  108. The Discoverability Of Reserve Information In Bad Faith Cases. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 3 (March 2009)
  109. How to Avoid Agency Errors And Omission Claims: Advising Clients On Specific Dollar Values Of Coverages They Need To Consider May Create Unnecessary Exposures. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 87, No. 3 (February 2009)
  110. A Jurisprudential Survey Regarding Submission Of Coverage Questions To Appraisal In The Homeowner Policy Context. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 21 (December 2008)
  111. The Pedigree of USAA v. Morris: How To Answer Clients When They Call To See If The Morris Decision Can Be Challenged. e-Common Defense (November 2008)
  112. Triggering Coverage in Construction Defect Cases. e-Common Defense (November 2008)
  113. Strategic Planning For An Increasing Direct Writer Marketplace. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 86, No. 22 (November 2008)
  114. Claim Investigation When The Insured Raises The Fifth Amendment Privilege. Claims Journal (November 3, 2008)
  115. The Inherent Tension Between The Fifth Amendment Right Against Self-Incrimination And The Insurance Company's Contractual Right To Cooperation: Can A Jurisprudential Balance Be Achieved? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol 30, No. 18 (October 2008)
  116. A Survey Of Ingenix As An Evaluative Tool In Assessing Usual, Customary And Reasonable Medical Charges For Insurance Companies. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 17 (October 2008)
  117. The Modernization Of Arizona's UM/UIM Written Offer Requirement. e-Common Defense (September 2008)
  118. Lennar Corp. v. Auto-Owners Insurance Co., Expanding Coverage For Faulty Workmanship Claims. e-Common Defense (September 2008)
  119. The Impact Of Certificates Of Insurance in Determining The Availability Of Coverage For Additional Insureds. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 14 (August 2008)
  120. Advertising Injury Coverage For Fax Blasting And Lantham Act Claims. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 13 (August 2008)
  121. Effectively Using E-Sign To Underwrite UM/UIM Coverage. Claims Journal (July 1, 2008)
  122. Analyzing The Innocent Co-Insured Exception To Intentional Acts In Community Property States. Claims Journal (June 10, 2008)
  123. Limiting Bad-Faith Exposure: Blindly Accept Colossus Recommendations At Your Own Risk. Claims Magazine, Vol. 56, No. 6 (June 2008)
  124. Is The Race Really On? Application Of Racing Exclusions Within Standard Automobile Liability Policies. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 9 (June 2008)
  125. A Different Perspective On Payment Of Profit And Overhead When Insureds Do Repairs. Claims Journal (May 5, 2008)
  126. Federal Preemption Of State Statutory Requirements: Written Offers/Rejections Of UM/UIM Coverage In The Modern Age. DRI For The Defense, Vol. 50, No. 5 (May 2008)
  127. Reasonable Expectations For Agents' E&O. Ins. Journal-National, West Region, Vol. 86, No. 6 (March 2008)
  128. The Justicability Of Increased Insurance Premium Claims: A Uniformity Of Dismissal? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 2 (March 2008)
  129. Use Of Independent Medical Examinations: Analyzing Bad Faith Exposures Arising In First-Party Coverage Determinations. In-House Defense Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Spring 2008)
  130. Understanding Federal Bankruptcy Court Stays And How To Procedurally Reach Available Insurance Coverage Of The Bankruptcy Debtor. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 21 (December 2007)
  131. Directors And Officers Entitlement To D&O Policy Benefits When The Corporation They Served Files Bankruptcy. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 20 (December 2007)
  132. Attorney's Fees And Declaratory Judgment Actions In Arizona. DRI National State-by-State Compendium Regarding the Awardability of Attorney's Fees in Declaratory Judgment Actions (December 2007)
  133. A Survey Of Professional Liability Coverage For Claims Brought Under The Federal False Claims Act. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 17 (October 2007)
  134. A Developing Body Of Law: Daubert And The Insurance Bad Faith Expert. In-House Defense Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Summer 2007)
  135. Colossus Under Attack: The Legal Efficacy Of Computerized Evaluation Of Bodily Injury Claims. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 8 (May 2007)
  136. Bad Faith Cases: A General Overview Of The Advice Of Counsel Defense. In-House Defense Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Spring 2007)
  137. Claims For Embezzlement Of Client Funds. DRI For The Defense, Vol. 49, No. 3 (March 2007)
  138. Regulating Insurance Company Claim Handling Practices: Rethinking The Unthinkable (Abandonment of the Common Law Tort of Bad Faith). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 1 (2007)
  139. Discipline Without Assumptions? A Systematic Approach To Coverage Analysis. In-House Defense Quarterly, Vol. 2, No.1 (Winter 2006)
  140. A Methodical Approach To Analyzing The Application Of The Absolute Pollution Exclusion. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 28, No. 19 (December 2006)
  141. Medical Payments Coverage: A Policy Inside A Policy. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 28, No. 14 (November 2006)
  142. Building A General Understanding Of Directors & Officers Insurance Policy Architecture. DRI For the Defense, Vol. 48, No. 5 (May 2006)
  143. All Things Being Considered Equal: Third Party Bad Faith In Arizona. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 27, No. 6 (1991)
  144. Darner's Neglected Tenant: Abandonment Of Ambiguity Doctrine. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 27, No. 4 (1990)
  145. Does Your Insurance Stack Up? Multiple Coverage Problems And The Standard Automobile Liability Insurance Policy. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 26, No. 5 (1990)
  146. Guaranteeing Personal Injury Recoveries: A Practical Guide To Arizona's Property And Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 26, No. 2 (1989)
  147. Insuring Against An Evil Mind: Punitive Damages Awards And The Uninsured And Underinsured Motorist. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 25, No. 9 (1989)
  148. Let's Make A Deal: A Requiem for Reservation Of Rights Defenses In Arizona. Arizona Bar Journal, Vol. 23, No. 6 (1988)
  149. When Is A Standardized Insurance Contract Binding: The Development Of The Reasonable Expectation Doctrine In Arizona. Arizona Bar Journal, Vol. 23, No. 5 (1988)
  150. The Mode Of Operation Rule: A Slippery Issue For The Arizona Trial Bar. Arizona Bar Journal, Vol. 21, No. 4 (1986) (republished by West Publishing Company, WestLaw National Text and Periodicals -Torts Database, 1986)

Published Case Studies

  1. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. Schwan (Montana) (Duty to Defend). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 17 (October 1, 2013)
  2. Caron v. Horace Mann Ins. Co. (Massachusetts) (Policy Interpretation/Reformation). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 17 (October 1, 2013)
  3. Tweton v. Country Preferred Ins. Co. (North Dakota) (UIM/Stacking).  Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 14 (August 20, 2013)
  4. American States Ins. Co. v. LaFlam (Rhode Island) (UM/UIM/Contractual Time Limits).  Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 14 (August 20, 2013)
  5. De Smet Farm Mutual Ins. Co. of South Dakota v. Busskohl (South Dakota) (Rescission).  Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 14 (August 20, 2013)
  6. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. v. SGS Petroleum Service Corp. (Texas) (Excess Insurance/Notice-Prejudice).  Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 14 (August 20, 2013)
  7. Colony Ins. Co. v. Human Ensemble, LLC (Utah) (Bad Faith/Duty to Advise). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 9 (June 5, 2013)
  8. O&G Industries, Inc. v. Aon Risk Services Northeast, Inc. (Connecticut) (Agents & Brokers). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 4 (March 18, 2013)
  9. Fedderson v. Columbia Ins. Group (South Dakota) (Property Insurance/Innocent Co-Insureds). Ins. Lit Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 1 (February 4, 2013)
  10. Pistalo v. Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. (Indiana) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 1 (February 4, 2013)
  11. American Building Supply Corp. v. Petrocelli Group, Inc. (New York) (Agents & Brokers). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 21 (December 23, 2012)
  12. Prest v. Louisiana Citizens Property Ins. Corp. (Louisiana) (Agents & Brokers). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 21 (December 23, 2012)
  13. Jones v. Farmers Ins. Exchange (Utah) (Bad Faith). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 18 (October 26, 2012)
  14. Bannister v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., (10th Cir. [Oklahoma]) (Bad Faith/Failure to Investigate/Causation). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 18 (October 26, 2012)
  15. Stancil v. ACE USA (New Jersey) (Bad Faith/Workers' Compensation). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 18 (October 26, 2012)
  16. Continental Cas. Co. v. North American Capacity Ins. Co. (5th Cir. 2012 [Texas]) (Contribution/Defense Costs). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13 (August 13, 2012)
  17. Pedicini v. Life Ins. Co. of Alabama (6th Cir. 2012 [Kentucky]) (Bad Faith/Narrow Policy Interpretation). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13 (August 13, 2012)
  18. Hoover v. Maxum Indemnity Co., (Georgia) (Estoppel/Duty to Defend). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13 (August 13, 2012)
  19. In re XL Specialty Ins. Co. (Texas) (Bad Faith/Discovery). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 12 (July 30, 2012)
  20. Goheagan v. American Vehicle Ins. Co. (Florida) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10 (July 9, 2012)
  21. Yan Fang Du v. Allstate Ins. Co. (California) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10 (July 9, 2012)
  22. Amerex Group, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co. (New York) (Appraisal). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10 (July 9, 2012)
  23. Quade v. Secura Insurance (Minnesota) (Appraisal). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10 (July 9, 2012)
  24. Illinois Union Ins. Co. v. NRI Construction, Inc. (Georgia) (Liability Insurance/Reimbursement). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 8 (June 11, 2012)
  25. Vision One LLC v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co. (Washington) (Property Insurance/Ensuing Loss). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 8 (June 11, 2012)
  26. Sprague v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America (Washington) (Property Insurance/Ensuing Loss). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 8 (June 11, 2012)
  27. Ennen v. Integon Indemnity Corp., GMAC, (Alaska) (Bad Faith/Standing). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 6 (April 16, 2012)
  28. Universal Underwriters Inc. Co. v. LKQ Smart Parts, Inc., (Illinois) (Liability Insurance/Spoliation of Evidence). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 2 (February 17, 2012)
  29. Rogue v. Allstate Ins. Co., (Colorado) (Automobile Insurance/Road Rage). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 2 (February 17, 2012)
  30. Employers Mutual Cas. Co. v. Holman Building Co., LLC, (Alabama) (Procedure/Intervention). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 1 (February 3, 2012)
  31. Emerson Electric Co. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, (Missouri) (Agents & Brokers/Fiduciary Duty). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 18 (November 4, 2011)
  32. Remodeling Dimensions, Inc. v. Integrity Mutual Ins. Co., (Minnesota) (Insurance Defense Counsel). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 14 (September 9, 2011)
  33. Weingarten Realty Management Co. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., (Texas) (Duty to Defend). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 12 (August 12, 2011)
  34. Stuart v. Pittman (Oregon) (Agents and Brokers). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 10 (July 8, 2011)
  35. Wood v. New Jersey Manufacturers Ins. Co., (New Jersey) (Bad Faith/Procedure). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 10 (July 8, 2011)
  36. Lennar Corp. v. Transamerica Insurance Co. (Arizona) (Bad Faith/Defenses). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 8 (May 23, 2011)
  37. Allstate Ins. Co. v. Herron (Alaska) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 6 (April 22, 2011)
  38. Langwith v. American National General Ins. Co. (Iowa) (Agents and Brokers). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 4 (March 25, 2011)
  39. Westport Ins. Corp. v. VN Hotel Group, LLC (Florida) (Liability Insurance/Legionnaires Disease). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 4 (March 25, 2011)
  40. Ballesteros v. American Standard Ins. Co. of Washington (Arizona) (UIM/UIM). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 3 (March 7, 2011)

SPEAKER/PRESENTATIONS

  1. “Arizona Tort Law Handbook Seminar” (August 27, 2013) (Topic: Product Liability/Product Liability Exclusions in CGL Policy) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  2. “25th National Advanced Forum On Bad Faith Litigation” (July 30-31, 2013) (Topic: Bad Faith Set Ups) Sponsored by American Conference Institute.
  3. “Effective Strategies For Avoiding Federal Court Removal In Insurance Cases” (May 21, 2013) Sponsored by Thomson Reuters.
  4. Discipline Without Assumptions: An Essential Exploration Into Coverage Analysis,” (April 23, 2013) (Topic: Systematic Insurance Coverage Analysis). Sponsored by Thomson Reuters.
  5. “Texas 20th Annual Insurance Symposium,” (April 5, 2013) (Topic: Problems with Complex Coverage Analysis). Sponsored by Cooper & Scully as approved by Texas State Bar and Texas Department of Insurance.
  6. "Arizona Tort Law Handbook Seminar," Speaker (February 1, 2013) (Topic: Dram Shop/Assault & Battery Exclusion/Intoxication Exclusion) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  7. "2013 Arizona Insurance Law," Chairperson/Speaker (January 31, 2013) (Topic: 2012 Amendments to 28 USCA § 1446) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  8. "Bad Faith Insurance Law," Chairperson (August 30, 2012) (Topic: Panel Member) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  9. "2012 Annual Convention," Speaker for Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group/Insurance Law Section (July 28-August 1, 2012, Chicago, IL) (Topic: Effective Strategies for Avoiding Federal Court Removal in Insurance Cases) Sponsored by the American Association for Justice.
  10. "22nd Annual CLE by the Sea," Speaker (July 18, 2012, San Diego, CA) (Topic: Witness Issues Arising in Civil Cases-Experts) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  11. "Litigation Basics II CLE" (April 26, 2012) (Topic: A Young Associate's Guide to Preparing for Bad Faith Litigation) Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers Division.
  12. "Arizona Insurance Law" (January 27, 2012) (Topic: Directors & Officers Coverage) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  13. The Medical Protective Company, National Claim Department Annual Conference (July 21, 2011, Fort Way, IN) (Topics: Bad Faith; Claim Handling).
  14. "21st Annual CLE by the Sea," Chairperson and Speaker (July 14-16, 2011, San Diego, CA) (Topic: Settlement Agreements) Sponsored by the State Bar Arizona.
  15. "Arizona Insurance Law" (January 27, 2011) (Topic: Insurance Coverage - Analysis & Interpretation) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  16. "Insurance Coverage Litigation" (October 11, 2010) (Topics: Interpreting Coverage Under the Insurance Contract and Bad Faith Litigation) Sponsored by the National Business Institute.
  17. "Arizona Insurance Law" (January 22, 2010) (Topic: Automobile Liability Coverage) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  18. "Insurance Coverage Litigation" (October 12, 2009) (Topic: Common Types of Insurance Coverage Disputes) Sponsored by the National Business Institute.
  19. "American Conference Institute's 19th National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation," Compendium Of References To Insurance Company Bad Faith Set Up Situations (San Francisco, April 29-30, 2009) (Topic: Manufactured Claims: Strategically Avoiding and Properly Defending Against "Bad Faith Set-Ups") Sponsored by American Conference Institute.
  20. "Arizona Insurance Law" (January 23, 2009) (Topic: Third-Party Bad Faith in Arizona) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  21. "Litigation Basics for the Civil Defense Associate" (December 2, 2008) (Topic: Fundamentals of Insurance Coverage Analysis) Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers Division.
  22. Guest Lecturer (March 6, 2008) (Topic: Discovery Issues in Bad Faith Litigation) Arizona State University College of Law (LAW 691).
  23. "Arizona Insurance Coverage" (January 25, 2008) (Topic: Complex Coverage Analysis) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  24. "Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute" (April 11-13, 2007, Chicago, Illinois) (Topic: Expert witnesses and Insurance coverage litigation) Sponsored by DRI.
  25. "Daubert and Use of Expert Witnesses in the Insurance Bad Faith Content" (April 4, 2007) Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
  26. "Arizona Insurance Coverage" (January 25, 2007) (Topics: Complex Insurance Coverage Analysis and Directors & Officers Coverage) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  27. "Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium" (December 7-8, 2006, New York, NY) (Topic: Dirty Sox and Clean Directors: The Impact of Enron on D&O Issues) Sponsored by DRI.
  28. "Western Regional Claims Counsel Conference" (October 25, 2006, San Diego, CA) (Topic: Effective Use of "Colossus" Injury Analysis and Advice of Counsel to Avoid Bad Faith Liability Exposures) Sponsored by Progressive Insurance Group.
  29. "Complex Insurance Coverage Analysis" (September 20, 2006, Hartford, CT) Sponsored by Thomson/West Publishing.
  30. "Federalizing Catastrophic Insurance Losses" and "The Evolution of Disclosure Obligations Regarding Disseminating Health Information to Applicants by Life, Health & Disability Insurance Companies" (September 20, 2006, Hartford, CT) Sponsored by Thomson/West Publishing.
  31. "2005 NDDLA/SBAND Seminar" (September 23, 2005) (Topic: Discipline Without Assumptions, A Systematic Approach To Coverage Analysis) Sponsored by State Bar Association of North Dakota.
  32. "Insurance Coverage Topics" (February 9, 2005) (Topic: Use of Demonstrative Exhibits for Bad Faith Trials) Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
  33. "Arizona Liability Insurance Coverage" (May 14, 2004) (Topic: Analyzing and Litigating Insurance Coverage Cases) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  34. "Learn at Lunch" (January 14, 2004) (Topic: Waiver of Attorney Client Privilege and Advice of Counsel in the Context of Insurance Bad Faith) Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.\
  35. "Tort Law" (December 5, 2003) (Topic: Insurance Bad Faith Analysis and Litigation) Sponsored by State Bar of Arizona.\
  36. "The Nuts and Bolts of Litigating Insurance Coverage Questions" (January 8, 2003) (Topic: Discipline Without Assumptions, A Systemic Approach to Coverage Analysis) Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
  37. "Arizona Liability Insurance Coverage" (September 20, 2001) (Topics: Damron/Morris Agreements and Third-Party Bad Faith) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  38. "Insurance Litigation in Arizona" (October 20, 2000) (Topic: Morris Agreements and Third-Party Bad Faith) Sponsored by Lorman Education Services.
  39. "Advanced Litigation Techniques Seminar" (December 10, 1999) (Topic: Bad Faith and Coverage Issues) Sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
  40. "The Most Advanced Insurance Seminar of the Year" (October 1, 1999) (Topic: Morris/Damron Agreements - How to Avoid the Often Subtle and Serious Pitfalls) Sponsored by the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association.
  41. "Arizona Liability Insurance Coverage" (April 30, 1999) (Topic: Insurance: Developments in Judicial Rulings on Reservation of Rights Defenses and Morris Agreements) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  42. "The Phoenix Mini-Bar" (June 19, 1998) (Topic: How to Understand and Litigate Insurance Coverage in Arizona) Sponsored by Continuing Legal Education Options (CLE-Ops).
  43. "The Law of Insurance Bad Faith: A Balanced Perspective" (April 24, 1998-Tucson; May 1, 1998-Phoenix) (Topic: Third-Party Bad Faith) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  44. "Sing a Song of Six Torts" (April 18, 1997) (Topic: First Party Bad Faith) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  45. "Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage Litigation: Environmental Coverage, Common Negligence and Bad Faith" (June 13, 1996) (Topic: Bad Faith) Sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
  46. "Essentials in Insurance and Bad Faith" (March 31, 1995) (Topic: Insurance Bad Faith from the Defense Perspective) Presented at the Arizona Statewide Minority Lawyers Bar Convention.
  47. "Law of Insurance Bad Faith: A Beginning, but Not the End" (March 10, 1995) (Topic: Third Party Bad Faith) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  48. "Tort Reform: The November 8 Vote, What's Law? What's Not" (November 10, 1994) (Topic: Insurance Bad Faith, the Defense Perspective) Sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
  49. "Insurance Coverage Issues" (March 1, 1994) (Topic: Reservation of Rights Defenses and Morris Agreements) Sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
  50. "Insurance Coverage Litigation: An Overview of Key Areas of Concern to Lawyers" (November 18, 1993) (Topic: The Concurrent Causation Doctrine and the Standard Automobile Liability Policy) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  51. "Auto Insurance" (November 15, 1991) (Topic: Arizona's Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund) Sponsored by Arizona Trial Lawyers Association.
  52. "Insurance Coverage Litigation: An Overview of Key Areas of Concern to Lawyers" (March 9, 1990-Phoenix; April 20, 1990-Tucson) (Topic: Multiple Coverage Problems and the Standard Automobile Liability Insurance Policy; Arizona's Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  53. "Arizona Bad Faith Insurance Law: What Every Practitioner Should Know" (December 14, 1990) (Topic: Third-Party Bad Faith) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  54. "Contemporary Problems in Insurance Related Litigation" (May 5, 1989) (Topic: Developments in the Law Regarding Uninsured and Underinsured Automobile Liability Insurance Policies) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona.
  55. Provided in-house training seminars on claim handling, bad faith, insurance regulations, Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Act, and Advice of Counsel to twenty insurance companies and affiliated insurance groups.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION:

  • Recipient, Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Legal Education Award, Arizona State Bar Association, 1999
  • Listed in "Who's Who in American Law" (5th Edition)
  • Listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" (1978-1979).
  • Listed in "PHOENIX MAGAZINE®" as one of Phoenix's Top Lawyers (November 2006)
  • Listed in "THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®" (2007* - 2014) *First year insurance law was considered for inclusion within Arizona
  • Selected 2012* Phoenix Insurance Lawyer of the Year by BEST LAWYERS® *First year awarded in Arizona
  • Listed in "SOUTHWEST SUPER LAWYERS®" (2007* - 2013) *inaugural year
  • TOP 50 Lawyers in Arizona, "SOUTHWEST SUPER LAWYERS®" (2007 - 2013)
  • Listed in "CORPORATE COUNSEL ALMANAC" as one of the top lawyers in the field of insurance law in the United States (2006)
  • Listed in "ARIZONA'S FINEST LAWYERS®" (2011*) *inaugural year
  • AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1982; U.S. District Court (Arizona), 1982; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1983; U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit), 1989; U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • Licensed Insurance Broker, Arizona, 1974 to present (Property and Casualty; Accident and Health; Life)
  • Chairman, CLE Committee, Young Lawyers Division, Arizona State Bar Association, 1990-1992
  • Member, Arizona State Bar Association, CLE Committee, 1990-1993, 2001-2004