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The State Of Our Courts During COVID-19

Trials are still suspended. Hearings are remote. When will this end? Most court rooms throughout the country have been operating on a limited basis during the time of COVID-19. Our Pima County Superior Court is no different. Leighton Sr. and Leighton Jr. recently attended a video-conference seminar held by numerous Superior Court judges representing the […]

Leighton Rockafellow Announces Re-launch of His Novel of Legal Suspense: Diminished Capacity

Diminished Capacity: The Re-Launch of Leighton Rockafellow’s Novel Leighton Rockafellow has re-launched Diminished Capacity, a novel of Legal Suspense.  (Think John Grisham style prose.) This full-length legal novel is set in Tucson and features two exciting stories interwoven together. Story one is a murder trial.  The defense: Diminished Capacity.  Follow the story of this psychological […]

Amending a Lawsuit Complaint in Arizona

A lawsuit’s complaint can be amended even after trial has concluded When a Plaintiff files a lawsuit (a Complaint), he or she often has imperfect information. For example, he or she may have the wrong corporate entity, or perhaps the Defendant’s name is incorrect in the police report. Sometimes a Defendant will respond to a […]

Government Entity Immunity in Arizona

Statutory immunity can make claims against Arizona’s government entities difficult Thinking of suing the State of Arizona for a bad road? Thinking of suing the Sheriff’s Department for not making an arrest and letting someone go who later causes harm? Thinking of suing the City for a bad intersection? Think twice. It is not so […]

Increased Insurance Limits in Arizona

Arizona Increases Minimum Limits for Car Insurance A new law in Arizona went into effect on July 1, 2020. It is good news for Arizona drivers. Liability minimum limits have increased from $15,000 per person /$30,000 per incident /$10,000 property damage to $25k/$50k/$15k. If you previously held a minimum limits policy, your coverage was automatically […]

COVID-19 Personal Injury Claims Against an Arizona School District

Will the new school year bring a new class of personal injury claims against the schools? Not likely. As Arizona prepares to send its students back to school, parents and school district administrations across the state face a multitude of decisions. On July 24, 2020, Governor Ducey announced Arizona’s “Open For Learning” plan outlining the State’s […]

Jenny’s 20th Anniversary With Rockafellow Law

​We Celebrate Jenny Schultz On Her 20 Year Anniversary with Rockafellow Law This week the Rockafellow Law Firm is proud to celebrate the 20th work anniversary of Jenny Schultz. Jenny started with the Rockafellow Law Firm in July 2000 as a legal assistant. From the onset she has been an integral part of the Rockafellow […]

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 […]

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