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Feb8

Jathan McLaughlin prevails at the Court of Appeals in a matter arising out of an administrative hearing

Attorney Jathan McLaughlin recently prevailed at the Court of Appeals in a matter arising out of an administrative hearing.  The case, dealing with contract termination, was litigated by the Firm at the administrative hearing level and through two sets of appeals – to the Lower Court of Maricopa County Superior Court and the Court of Appeals – prevailing at every stage.…

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Nov20

Richard Chambliss secures dismissal on behalf of legal malpractice client

In defending a legal malpractice action in which the plaintiff asserted a claim for wrongful institution of civil proceedings, Mr. Chambliss prepared a motion for summary judgment that set forth the detailed investigation the lawyer had done before filing the lawsuit in the underlying action.  Mr. Chambliss coupled the motion with a demand the claims be dismissed or Defendant would pursue fees pursuant to Rule 11.  On the eve of oral argument, Plaintiffs agreed to dismiss the claims against the lawyer, with prejudice.  Pursuant to stipulation, the Court dismissed the claims in November.…

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Oct4

Tyler Abrahams secures dismissal of Complaint and monetary sanctions due to Plaintiffs’ discovery violations

On behalf of his attorney clients, Tyler Abrahams obtained a judgment in his client’s favor after proving the plaintiffs had suppressed and spoliated evidence throughout the litigation.  Mr. Abrahams oversaw a two year long forensic discovery investigation into the plaintiffs’ computers and email accounts.  His detailed analysis and arguments established how the plaintiff’s misdeeds were severe violations of Rules 11 and Rule 37.  The Court agreed that the only appropriate sanction was a complete dismissal of the Complaint.  The court also awarded the defendants their attorneys fees and costs incurred in having to retain a forensic expert to prove the …

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Sep29

Kate Corcoran inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers

Kate Corcoran has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony at which Kate became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 850 persons during the Induction Ceremony at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the College in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting had a total attendance of 1,020.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those …

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Sep27

“Cake Wars” – Cody Hall presents CLE on the conflict between religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws

Cody presented a continuing legal education seminar featuring the recent Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 138 S.Ct. 1719 (2018).  The presentation highlighted the tension inherent between religious freedom and anti-discrimination statutes.  Cody addressed the established bodies of law supporting both sides of this ongoing cultural and legal debate.  Cody’s presentation can be downloaded here.

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Sep18

Katherine Corcoran and Michelle Donovan obtain unanimous wrongful death defense verdict

Kate Corcoran and Michelle Donovan obtained an unanimous wrongful death defense verdict in a week-long trial in Yavapai County.  Plaintiffs claimed that the defendant psychiatrist failed to provide appropriate medical care to their son, causing his death.  After two and half hours of deliberation, the eight person jury returned a unanimous verdict for the defendant psychiatrist. …

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Aug28

Jessica Kokal conducts CLE on litigation holds

Because of the growing body of case law regarding the duty to preserve, the importance of protecting the client and the firm from discovery sanctions is expanding and the future of this body of law is still yet to be seen.  As a result, the firm is making every effort to educate its attorneys and their clients about the importance of litigation holds being sent at the right time and to the right people to ensure discovery and litigation move as smoothly as possible.  Jessica Kokal, an attorney at Broening Oberg Woods & Wilson, presented on this issue and the …

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