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Jim Broening and Don Wilson recognized by PHOENIX Magazine

Phoenix Magazine conducted its 2nd annual vote of the local membership of the Arizona Bar Association and both Jim and Don were named a PHOENIX magazine Top Lawyer for 2023.  The list of the Top Local Lawyers in the Phoenix metroplex is published in the September/October issue of PHOENIX Magazine and includes a page with a photo of them in our reception area and a short bio of each.

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James Broening and Michelle Donovan Obtain Defense Verdict in a Multi-Million Dollar Trial

Jim and Michelle, with outstanding assistance from litigation paralegal Sandi O’Connor, obtained a unanimous defense verdict after a two week jury trial. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award $5.5 Million for claimed medical malpractice and violation of the Arizona Adult Protective Services Act (APSA). The case involved multiple complex issues relating to the interaction between Arizona Medical Malpractice and APSA claims.…

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Jonathan Yu recognized by insurance client

In April 2023, Jonathan Yu was recognized for receiving the highest possible score from an insurance carrier client based on evaluation of his representation on claims, his responsiveness, and his ability to explain applicable law and procedure for the venue.  Congratulations, Jonathan!…

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Jessica Kokal and Bobby Sullivan net an outstanding trial result

Jessica Kokal and Robert Sullivan finished a three-week trial in February 2023 that involved a number of unique procedural and legal issues.  The ultimate jury verdict against their client was just over 3% of the total damages requested, and less than the offer of judgment served several weeks prior to trial, resulting in entitlement to Rule 68 sanctions further reducing the judgment. …

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Presentation on recent trends in spoliation case law by Jessica Kokal and Jathan McLaughlin

On October 20, 2022, Jessica Kokal and Jathan McLaughlin presented on recent trends in spoliation case law and how these trends impact claims handling.  The presentation focused on how claims handlers who are the initial point of contact with policy holders can most effectively ensure that evidence preservation is ensured from the moment the claim is made through trial.…

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Alicyn Freeman, Jessica Kokal, and Jathan McLaughlin conducted a Deposition College

Alicyn Freeman, Jessica Kokal, and Jathan McLaughlin conducted a Deposition College for a Firm client on October 18 and 19, 2022.  This two day event led approximately 60 claim handlers through the deposition process, including preparation strategies, techniques for delivering accurate and effective testimony, and best claims handling practices to make depositions as stress free as possible.  Using actual cases as examples, Alicyn, Jessica, and Jathan engaged in mock depositions with clients and highlighted both effective strategies as well as areas for improvement.…

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Presentation on changes in spoliation law by Jessica Kokal and Jathan McLaughlin

On October 5, 2022 Jessica Kokal and Jathan McLaughlin presented on changes in spoliation law throughout the county.  Jessica and Jathan presented to approximately 25 attorneys, focusing on recent developments in which have placed more significant requirements on counsel to ensure their clients are preserving and producing all relevant evidence during litigation.  The presentation included a discussion of best practices for counsel to utilize to ensure a case in litigation does not get derailed by unnecessary discovery motion practice and discussed how to broach the sometimes prickly subject of discovery sanctions with their clients and the Court.…

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