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Why Choose a Board Certified Specialist in Personal Injury?

Modern legal practice, like many professions, has become a field dominated by specialists. While anyone licensed to practice law in Arizona can represent a person for any of their legal needs, the highly specialized demands of different areas of the law mean that a person will be better served by an attorney who devotes his […]

Leighton Rockafellow Sr. has been named to the 23rd Edition of “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 […]

Arizona Attorney Board Certified in Injury and Wrongful Death

Leighton Rockafellow Sr. is Board Certified in Injury and Wrongful Death by the State Bar of Arizona.  He is also Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Specialist.  Both of those certifications were obtained in 1991.  Leighton was one of the first attorneys in the State of Arizona to […]

Leighton Rockafellow Jr. Ends Treasurer Tenure for Young Lawyers Division

Leighton Rockafellow Jr. is proud to announce he recently wrapped up his two-year tenure as the treasurer of the Young Lawyers Division of the Pima County Bar Association, but will stay on the board for another year. Read more…

Medical Malpractice Laws May Shield the Hospital

Hospital Investigations and Confidentiality By law, hospitals are required to conduct investigations when errors are committed. The purpose is to “reduce morbidity and mortality and for the improvement of the care of patients provided in the institutions.” (ARS section 36-445.) “Such review shall include the nature, quality and necessity of the care provided and the […]

The Supreme Court: How a Case Can Make Its Way to the Highest Court in the Land

The Judiciary, headed up by the Supreme Court, is one of three branches of our government whose role is to put a check and balance on the powers of the Legislature (Congress) and the Executive (President) branches. A slew of highly politicized cases have brought this least glamorous of the branches into the limelight in […]

What is a Nonparty?

Arizona is a comparative fault state. Each defendant is liable only for the amount of damages allocated to that defendant in direct proportion to that defendant’s percentage of fault. A.R.S. § 12-2506. For example, if you slip on water that has accumulated on the floor in your local grocery store and fall to the ground […]

Lawsuit Time Limits-Statute of Limitation

In the Civil realm of the law, most claims have a statute of limitation. This means that your right to file a lawsuit against a person or entity expires after a certain amount of time. The justification for these time limits is to allow businesses and people to go about their business without having to […]

Your Vehicle's Diminished Value

Here’s the scenario: You are driving along in your two-year old mint condition Chevrolet Suburban when suddenly a negligent driver decides to turn left and BAM! There’s a collision. This event triggers three separate and distinct claims against that negligent driver: 1) Personal Injury, 2) Property Damage, and 3) Diminished Value. Everyone knows about the […]

Insurance Bad Faith and Your Stolen Vehicle Claim

We purchase insurance to protect us from many unforeseen and unwelcome possibilities, including vehicle theft. Lately, insurance companies seem to be investigating stolen car claims with additional scrutiny and increasing skepticism. This may very well be considered bad faith. In 1981 Arizona adopted the independent bad faith claim. In Noble v. National American Life Insurance Company, […]

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