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A Short Summary of 2019’s Top Arizona Jury Verdicts

Annually, we report the top ten verdicts in Arizona for the previous year.  As usual, last year’s top ten are an interesting microcosm of society and the culture we live in. Last year, six of the top verdicts were tort (injury-related) cases.  The other four were business or insurance disputes. Number one is a very […]

A summary of Pima County Superior Court’s Current Operations

Pima County Superior Court’s Current Operations Legal services are included on the long list of “essential” services in Arizona. Aside from depositions and mediations taking place by Zoom, some reduced hours (10-3, M-F), and more working from home, it has been business as (mostly) usual here at the Rockafellow Law Firm.  However, the same can’t be said […]

Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that […]

Can You Bring an Emotional Distress Claim Related to COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not only potentially deadly, but can be transmitted by individuals who are not showing any symptoms, so people might fear that they’ve contracted the illness even if they feel fine. While the virus has existed in the United States for months, obtaining a test is still difficult in […]

The Scheduling Order – Arizona’s Tiering System

The Courts attempt to speed up the litigation process Several months ago we reported on the new “tiering system.” Just a reminder, there are now three tiers of classification for cases:  1:  Up to $50,000:  2: $50,000 to $300,000: and 3: $300,000 and above.  Depending on the classification, discovery is designed to be “proportional” to the […]

Meet the Firm’s New Director of First Impressions: Karen

Rockafellow Law Firm’s New Employee and Long-time Friend Karen Joins the Staff Our new receptionist/bookkeeper/director of first impressions is Karen Harrington.  This is not Karen’s first time working at Rockafellow Law Firm. Karen worked for us in the same position from 1982-1984.  She brought with her a vast skill set including certified property appraiser, bank […]

Trial Procedure: A Brief Overview

A brief summary of trial procedure We are often asked about trial procedures with questions such as:  “Do I have to be there?”  “Will it take all day?”  “Will I have to testify?” Yes, yes, and yes.  Most trials last a minimum of 4 days.  Some take longer. The client is the star witness.  The […]

What is Lawsuit Bias and Do You Play a Part?

Lawsuit bias explained Many of our intake calls start out like this: “I am sorry to call and bother you. I want you to know that I am not one of “those people” who sue over anything: But…………” Then the caller goes on to tell us about something horrible that never should have happened, and […]

Arizona Raises Car Insurance Limits

After 47 years, Arizona will finally see an increase in the minimum car insurance limits required by law In June, Governor Ducey signed a law that will increase Arizona’s required minimum insurance limits for car insurance policies purchased after July 1, 2020. The current minimum amount of insurance required by law is $15,000 per injured person, […]

What to Expect and How to Prepare for a Deposition

Depositions can be intimidating. Here’s what to expect and how to prepare: A deposition is a formal interview, usually conducted by opposing counsel. The person being deposed (deponent) is sworn under oath to tell the truth and the entire interview is transcribed in real time by a court reporter. A deposition can also be video-recorded […]

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