A born leader, Jeff thrives in the courtroom and has unflagging stamina in trial, winning more than $150 million in trial recoveries to date on behalf of his clients.

Overview

A highly rated trial lawyer, Jeff focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability, securities, banking, real estate, construction and other general commercial disputes. He is a core member of the firm’s litigation practice in Phoenix and is a past member of the firm’s national board of directors.

Jeff was trial counsel in a month-long aiding and abetting fiduciary duty trial that resulted in an $86 million judgment for the client. Jeff also recently received a $5 million jury verdict for a Wall Street private equity firm in a professional liability case against one of the largest law firms in Detroit. In another high profile case, Jeff was trial counsel in a fraud case against former Arizona Gov. J. Fife Symington III, winning $20 million for the client.

Experience

Also accomplished before appellate courts, Jeff obtained the first ruling from the Arizona Court of Appeals upholding the validity of a voter referendum petition that failed to comply with constitutional requirements.

Known for his work on behalf of financial institutions, Jeff successfully argued BMO Harris Bank v. Wildwood Creek Ranch, 236 Ariz. 363, 340 P.3d 1071 (2015) before the Arizona Supreme Court, which changed the law regarding personal liability for borrowers on secured loans.

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Recognitions

Recognitions

Recognized in Chambers USA

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in several categories, including, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Construction Litigation

Included in Southwest Super Lawyers'® annual listing of top litigation attorneys

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Past Chair

Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

State Bar of Arizona, Construction Law Section

Admissions

  • Arizona, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2018

Education

Loyola University, J.D., 1985

Pomona College, B.S., Government, 1981

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