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Adult Protective Services Act

Protecting Vulnerable Adults in Arizona APSA stands for the Adult Protective Services Act.  It was first enacted in Arizona in 1980.  It has been amended several times, and each amendment has added provisions to protect vulnerable adults from neglect, abuse and exploitation. Unlike Arizona’s wrongful death act, APSA claims for abuse and neglect, including pain […]

When Medical Devices Harm

Medical device makers are nearly immune from lawsuits if their devices should injure, kill, or otherwise harm. A new case from Arizona’s Court of Appeals reaffirms some established law that makes suing medical device manufactures for negligence extremely difficult. Conklin v. Medtronics, Inc, held that the  premarket-approval (PMA) paragraph of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic […]

If I Was In A Car Accident; Do I Need A Lawyer?

At the Rockafellow Law Firm, we are asked this question almost daily. It is an important question that must be carefully considered. As you may expect, the answer depends on multiple factors, including the following: 1.    Fault: Who caused the crash? In many cases this is an easy question. In others, it can be difficult […]

Attorney Leighton H. Rockafellow, Sr. Has Been Recertified in Civil Trial Law With The National Board of Trial Advocacy

The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) has recertified Leighton H. Rockafellow, Sr. of the Rockafellow Law Firm as a civil trial advocate.  Mr. Rockafellow has been an NBTA member in good standing for 25 years.  The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit […]

Jurisdiction: Many Factors Determine Where You Can File Your Lawsuit

One of the first classes every law student takes is civil procedure.  One of the principal lessons of civil procedure is “Jurisdiction” or where suit should be filed. General rules are you that file suit in the county where the incident occurred or in the county where the Defendant resides.  If an event occurred in […]

How Much Insurance is Enough?

Commercial Vehicle Minimum Coverage Since 1972, minimum coverage in Arizona for passenger cars has been $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident if two or more persons are injured, and $10,000 for property damage. In 1972, the average new car cost less than $5,000. The average new car cost is now over $30,000. Uninsured and underinsured […]

Top 10 Civil Verdicts in Arizona in 2016

Every year the “Arizona Attorney” the official State Bar publication for lawyers, prints an article on the Top 10 Civil Verdicts in Arizona for the previous year.  Here are the results for 2016 in order of size: $27,625,000.  This was a partnership dispute over alleged misappropriation of funds from one partner by another.  The behavior […]

Lemon Law in Arizona

“Lemon Law” is the term coined for laws that protect consumers who purchase a defective vehicle. It’s a term you may have heard before. Unless you are directly affected, then it’s likely something you know little about.   How Does Your Car Qualify as a Lemon? In Arizona, a new car qualifies as a lemon […]

Leighton Rockafellow Sr. Named in The Best Lawyers In America

Leighton Rockafellow Sr. has been named to the 23rd Edition of “The Best Lawyers In America©.” This is a peer reviewed group.  Leighton’s inclusion is in the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Since its inception in 1983, “Best Lawyers®” has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The 2017 Edition […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution: What is it?

Arbitration, Mediation, and Settlement Conferences.  What are they and what do they mean to our clients? Arbitration is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) vehicle that is being used more frequently to resolve legal disputes.  In Civil Cases, it is Mandatory for cases involving $50,000 or less in Pima County.  The court controls the case, but […]


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