Location: Phoenix, Arizona
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Fiduciary Litigation – Successfully sued and recovered over $100 million for pension funds for breaches of fiduciary duty. Recovered over $1 million in each of two cases involving breach of fiduciary duties to the elderly. Received jury verdict and collected over $4 million in shareholder derivative suit and subsequent fraudulent conveyance litigation. Represented family members in break-up of dynasty trust with assets of over $1 billion.
Business Representation – Obtained a jury verdict and collected $985,000 in brokerage fees plus attorneys’ fees due to a business broker for the sale of a business. Received a fee award for 100% of the hourly rate. Successfully defended investment banking firm charged with multimillion dollar fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and RICO. Recovered 100% of fees from plaintiff. Represented over 600 small business entities. Over thirty years representing trustees of construction industry retirement funds with assets over $150 million.
Employment Law – Obtained and collected more than $435,000 from prior employer for improper enforcement of employee non-compete. Included $300,000 in punitive damages.
Bad Faith Insurance – Recovered over $8 million in one case and negotiated a $2.6 million bad faith insurance settlement with an insurance company after obtaining a 43-page summary judgment ruling on liability for bad faith (approximately one year after insurer offered $10,000 and we countered to settle for policy limit of $165,000).
Legal Malpractice – Recovered over $4 million in suits against attorneys.
Special Situations – Represented clients in more than 600 transactions to acquire vacation property in Mexico with an aggregate value of over $150 million. Personal attorney for over 20 years and trustee of the estate for former Governor Rose Mofford.
YEAR JOINED FIRM
- Arizona, 1980
- U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1982
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1980
- Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
- J.D. – 1980
- Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
- B.S. (Cum Laude) – 1977
- Major: Business Administration
SIGNIFICANT PUBLISHED CASE
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS and MEMBERSHIPS
- American Association of Justice, January 1, 1983 – Present