Tort & Insurance Law
Tort Lawyers in Arizona
Jennings Strouss has an extensive tort and insurance defense practice, providing full litigation representation to clients in state and federal courts, before administrative tribunals, mediations and in arbitration hearings. Insurance coverage reviews and coverage advice are provided to counsel and carriers, along with representation in declaratory actions and bad faith disputes. The firm represents leading insurance carriers and risk management administrators as well as corporate and individual insureds in various tort litigation matters.
Among its trial attorneys is a vast amount of courtroom experience at both the federal and state level. Jennings Strouss has four elected members in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Election to membership in ABOTA requires applicants to complete 20 cases as lead counsel before a jury in a contested tort case, and admission is based on factors such as integrity and professionalism, as well as trial experience and performance.
Several Jennings Strouss attorneys are also certified as "personal injury and wrongful death" specialists by the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Legal Specialization. Firm attorneys are also actively engaged with the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel (FICC), and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA).
Due to the potentially high cost of litigation, our tort and insurance attorneys emphasize and practice skills needed to resolve conflicts outside the courtroom, when appropriate for the client's interests, utilizing mediation, arbitration or other alternative dispute resolution techniques in resolving disputes. The firm further conducts meetings and workshops to advise clients on preventing potential litigation situations before they arise.
The firm utilizes a "team" approach to tort litigation matters and a responsible, primary contact attorney to assure open and efficient communication regarding the status of files. Clients are invited to be involved with the placement of a file with the appropriate lawyer or lawyers.
Productive case management through utilization of the latest in technical software and continual training is an established practice. Efficient staffing, using the most appropriately skilled attorney required to handle a particular matter, and utilizing skilled paralegals and nurse consultants where desired and cost effective, is fostered.
Medical and Other Professional Malpractice
Our firm regularly defends doctors, nurses, dentists, hospitals and other medical practitioners against claims of professional malpractice. In addition, our attorneys routinely appear before peer review and administrative boards to assist medical professionals regarding licensing.
Our medical malpractice defense attorneys are assisted by a staff of highly skilled nurse consultants (all experienced registered nurses) who assist in file assessment, summarizing and obtaining medical records and preparing witnesses and experts for trial. The firm also has extensive experience in liability defense of other professionals as well, including contractors, architects and engineers, accountants, lawyers and insurance professionals.
- Defending the manufacturers of medical implant devices against claims of product defects
- Defending a hospital nurse against claims of negligence in the administration of medicines
- Defending an obstetrician against claims of ineffectively monitoring the birth of a severely disabled baby
Our attorneys are regularly involved in defending all types of tort liability cases, including claims involving motor vehicle accidents, transportation and trucking claims, premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, construction site accidents, property damage, false arrest and excessive force cases.
- Defense of a $50 million property damage/class action claim resulting from a warehouse fire
The firm is highly experienced in the defense of a wide range of products liability claims involving asbestos, breast implants, mitral heart valves and other medical implant devices, medical equipment, rental equipment, electrical switchboards, chemicals and pesticides, recreational and sporting goods equipment, tires, automobile parts, lawnmowers and yard equipment, and various other types of other commercial and industrial equipment.
Insurance Coverage and Disputes
The firm has extensive experience in insurance coverage, contract and regulatory issues, including advice, interpretation, contract drafting, and litigation and resolution of insurance disputes. Our attorneys are actively engaged in various aspects involving the insurance codes and regulations, and regularly become involved in the defense of claims against insurance agents and brokers. The firm has significant experience relating to first and third-party bad faith insurance claims.
Director & Officer Liability
The firm has defended directors and officers of corporations and other organizations against claims involving securities, RICO, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty or duty of loyalty, negligence and related claims. We have represented directors of savings & loan associations, utilities, high-tech companies, insurance companies, health care institutions, title insurers, banks and manufacturing companies. Although our efforts are often in defending lawsuits in federal and state courts, we are frequently involved in environmental and other insurance coverage issues as well.
The firm represents construction companies, contractors, developers, architects and engineers in a variety of construction-related matters, including dispute resolution. The firm has extensive experience in defending negligence claims stemming from construction site accidents.