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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 […]

Think Twice Before Filing For Bankruptcy If You Have A Personal Injury Claim

Bankruptcy is unpleasant in many ways.  It becomes very unpleasant in personal injury situations. We always ask our clients if they have recently filed for bankruptcy, or if they are planning to.  We need that information because if there is a personal injury case that occurred prior to the bankruptcy filing period, it becomes an […]

Gotcha! Surprise Evidence Doesn’t Actually Exist.

We all have seen legal dramas where someone pulls something out of a hat and a surprise witness or surprise piece of evidence comes in to save the day for the side that appeared to be losing. This makes for good TV or movie scenes, but never truly happens in an Arizona court room. Arizona, […]

What’s My Case Worth?

Personal Injury Attorneys are asked this question daily. The answer depends on these basic factors: The severity of the crash or incident The extent of injuries and damages The amount of medical treatment required The amount of money available from Insurance or other sources The share of liability We use these five factors to determine […]


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