Meet Our Attorneys

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Matthew WrightManaging Partner

Matthew W. Wright is the managing partner of Wright Welker & Pauole. He holds a preeminent-AV rating, which is the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell national registry of preeminent attorneys. Mr. Wright has been named repeatedly to the list of Southwest Super Lawyers®. In addition to being a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Wright’s practice includes extensive appellate court experience with appearances before The United States Supreme Court, The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, The Arizona Supreme Court, and Arizona appellate courts.

Mr. Wright handles a volume of commercial and insurance defense litigation. Mr. Wright has litigated cases involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, complex products liability, 42 U.S.C. 1983 claims, sports-related litigation, fire loss, maritime actions, bus accidents, toxic torts, and asbestos litigation. Representative clients include The Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, Inc., Arizona State University, Arizona Board of Regents, City of Phoenix, CNA Insurance Companies, Everest Insurance, Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, Liberty Mutual, Munich Re America Corp., and the Oakland A’s.

Mr. Wright’s practice also involves representing school districts in trial, administrative hearings, and on risk management issues. He routinely presents at seminars for school districts concerning risk management issues. Similarly, he advises lobbyists concerning proposed legislation for the benefit of school districts.

Mr. Wright serves as a mediator for the Maricopa County Superior Court as a Judge Pro Tem.

Mr. Wright graduated with honors from New Mexico State University, where he was selected the Outstanding Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He played for the New Mexico State football team (WAC Conference) where he received all-conference honors as the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Mr. Wright graduated from the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he was chosen Outstanding Trial Advocate and a national member of the Order of Barristers. Mr. Wright has taught post-graduate level courses on school law as an adjunct professor for the Northern Arizona University, and has served as an adjunct professor for the trial clinic at the Arizona State University College of Law.

Admitted
The United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Arizona and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Education
The Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, AZ
Juris Doctor
Honors: Outstanding Trial Advocate
Honors: Order of the Barristers

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Outstanding Senior Award–College of Arts and Sciences
Honors: Male Scholar Athlete of the Year; New Mexico State Football, WAC Conference.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Law
  • Education Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
  • Nursing Home Care/Abuse Litigation

Notable Cases

  • Safford Unified School District v. Redding, U.S. Supreme Court 08-479
  •  Crittenden v. Eastern Arizona College, Graham County CV-2007259
  • Hatcher v. Mesa Unified School District, Maricopa County CV2011-097747

Important Appellate Decisions

Articles and Publications
The National Law Journal

Past/Present Affiliations

  • Arizona Association of Defense Council-Member
  • Defense Research Institute-Member
  • National School Boards Association-Member
  • Arizona School Board Association-Member
  • Arizona Council of School Attorneys-Member

Chris WelkerPartner

Christopher S. Welker graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University’s College of Law (J.D., 1999), where he served as Associate Managing Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal and as a student instructor in the Legal Research and Writing Program. He received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University (B.S., cum laude, 1996).

Mr. Welker is admitted to practice before all Arizona state courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. He primarily practices commercial litigation, school law, environmental law, and insurance defense litigation, representing corporations, municipalities, and individuals in all phases of litigation and administrative hearings. He has experience representing litigants in a wide spectrum of matters including contract disputes, environmental matters, professional negligence actions, and personal injury claims. Mr. Welker holds a preeminent-AV rating, which is the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell national registry of preeminent attorneys.

Admitted
1999, Arizona and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education

  • Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, AZ, 1999
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: Associate Managing Editor, Arizona State Law Journal
    Honors: Student Instructor, Legal Research and Writing
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1996
    B.S., Purchasing and Logistics Management
    Honors: cum laude

Previous Association

  • Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
    (Phoenix, Arizona; 1999-2004)

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • School Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Environmental Law

Dave PauolePartner

Dave Pauole is primarily a civil litigator in cases involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and civil rights. He has also developed a considerable appellate practice, having handled a myriad of direct appeals and special actions for parties as well as nonparties seeking to appear as amicus curiae. He has even had the unique experience of practicing before courts of last resort after successfully petitioning both the Arizona Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court for review.

Mr. Pauole regularly represents and advises Arizona school districts on matters of student rights and discipline, employment, intergovernmental agreements, legislation and policy, legal compliance, risk management, school finance, elections, etc. Mr. Pauole holds a preeminent-AV rating, which is the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell national registry of preeminent attorneys.

Admitted

  • Arizona, and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, AZ, 2002
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1998
    Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Education Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
  • Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
    • Publications

      • Race, Politics & (In) Equality: Proposition 106 Alters the Face and Rules of Redistricting in Arizona, Arizona State Law Journal (2001)

      Past/Present Affiliations

      • Arizona State Law Journal – Note and Comment Editor
      • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
      • NSBA Council of School Attorneys

      Jared ScarbroughPartner

      Jared Scarbrough, a native of Hollister, California, is a partner with Wright Welker & Pauole, PLC, and concentrates his practice on construction law, green building and construction, insurance defense and subrogation, trucking law, and commercial litigation.

      Mr. Scarbrough manages a diverse caseload of general civil and construction litigation and insurance defense and subrogation matters in various state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has been responsible for initial case assessment and budgeting, case development and litigation strategy, extensive client contact, hiring of experts, taking and defending depositions, all court appearances, including jury and bench trials, settlement negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations, and drafting pleadings, motions, discovery, and all trial-related documents.

      Mr. Scarbrough’s construction experience includes representing numerous contractors, insurance companies, and school districts in multiple states in defending and making claims related to construction defect and insurance matters, providing claims preparation assistance to school districts, insurance companies, general contractors and subcontractors, and representing numerous clients in mechanic’s lien actions in state court. His commercial litigation experience includes representation of local business owners and individuals in corporate and other business litigation matters. And his insurance defense and subrogation experience includes trucking, automobile, premises, fire, and bad faith litigation.

      Mr. Scarbrough graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a degree in history, and received his law degree with honors from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2002. He is admitted to practice law before all Arizona state courts, the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

      Admitted

      • 2002, Arizona and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
      • 2009, Supreme Court of the United States of America
      Education

      • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, 2002
      • Juris Doctor
      • Honors: cum laude
      • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1999
      • B.A., History
      Areas of Practice

      • Construction Litigation
      • Insurance Defense and Subrogation
      • Trucking Litigation
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Worker’s Compensation

      Ann-Marie AndersonPartner

      Ann-Marie Anderson, (a second generation graduate of the top-10 University of Michigan Law School) is an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell peer review rated lawyer and partner with Wright Welker & Pauole, PLC. She has 23 years legal practice experience including with large international law firms (Squire Sanders & Dempsey, LLP), as general counsel of publicly traded technology corporations (Silicon Valley and Scottsdale), as an Assistant Attorney General and she serves as a mediator. Her broad practice experience includes zealously investigating, prosecuting and defending securities litigation and regulatory matters, aviation/airport representation, corporate, m & a, litigation, real estate, development and leasing, employment, workers’ compensation, government investigations, administrative and estate planning.  She has represented publicly traded and private corporations such as Motorola, Mesa Air, Kmart, Chrysler Financial Corporation/Chrysler Automotive, the Diamondbacks Major League Baseball Team, Phelps Dodge Mining, ADM International (Dutch semiconductor), SOLON SE (German solar), RIM (Research in Motion – Blackberry), Biltmore Condominiums, AARP, publicly traded airlines, physicians and entities in the following industries: Technology, securities/investments, aviation, utilities, ERISA, insurance, renewable energy, automotive, international, finance, commercial real estate, healthcare, construction, sports and others. She has national leadership and speaking experience (including lecturing at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, Arizona Technology Council, Phi Beta Kappa Academic Society, State Bar of Arizona and various Certified Public Accounting Societies) and has appeared in national business and legal publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, Businessweek, Crain’s and others. She is an accomplished athlete, playing 4 years of varsity NCAA collegiate tennis, winning multiple state singles championships and qualifying for various United States Tennis Association regional and national championships while previously serving as a tennis professional at private clubs.

      • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, J.D.
      • A founding editor, Journal of Gender and Law 
      • Albion College, Michigan
      • B.A., Magna Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa
      • Outstanding English Major — selected by Albion College faculty
      • Women’s Varsity Collegiate Tennis Team – Captain, #1 Singles and #1 Doubles, All- Time All- Conference NCAA Honors, 3-time USTA State Singles Champion
      • Project 250 Scholarship (Outstanding Albion College Athlete/Scholar/Leader)
      • Mortar Board National Honorary
      • Pi Sigma Sigma National Public Service Honorary
      • Alpha Lambda Delta National Freshman Academic Honorary
      • Dean’s List (every semester)
      • Vice-president, Delta Gamma Sorority

      Areas of Practice

      • Securities
      • Aviation
      • Corporations
      • Litigation
      • M & A
      • Real estate
      • Employment
      • Workers’ Compensation
      • Government investigations
      • Sports Law
      • Administrative and regulatory law
      • Trusts/Estates
      • Construction
      • Healthcare

      Officer and Director Positions
      Chairman, Board of Directors, State Bar of Arizona, Securities Regulatory Council (2016 – 2017),
      Chairman, State Bar of Arizona, Administrative Law Council (2012 – 2013)
      President, University of Michigan Alumni Association (Phoenix)(2012 – Present), Board of Directors (1998 – Present)
      Chairman, Michigan Law School Class Reunions (1999 – Present)
      Chairman, Albion College Class Reunions (2008 – Present)
      Board of Directors, National University of Michigan Alumni Association (1997 – 2003)

      Member, Executive Committee, 1998 – 2002
      Chair, University Relations Committee, 1998 – 2002
      Member, Nominating Committee, 2001 – 2002
      Member, Outstanding Alumni Committee, 2000 – 2002

      Board of Directors, Big 10 Alumni Committee (2013 – Present)
      Chairman, Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Society, Western U.S. (2015 – Present)
      President, Phi Beta Kappa Academic Society (Phoenix) (2013-Present)
      Vice-Chairman, Phoenix Opera Board of Directors (2012 – Present)
      Board of Directors, University of Michigan Club of San Francisco (2000– 2002)
      Board of Directors, State Bar of Arizona Securities Regulatory Council (2013 – Present)
      Board of Directors, State Bar of Arizona, Administrative Law Council (2009–Present)
      Board of Directors, State Bar of Arizona, International Law Council (2014 – Present)
      Chairman, various Annual State Bar of Arizona Convention Programs including, Securities Regulatory, Administrative Law (2012 – Present)

      Professional Associations, Activities and Honors

      • State Bar of Arizona (May 1995 – Present)
      • United States District Court, Arizona (2005 – Present)
      • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
      • Best Lawyers in Arizona (in multiple practice areas)
      • State Bar of Arizona “Outstanding Leadership” Award (2013)
      • Airports Council International, (Member 2015 – Present)
      • Southwest Chapter of American Association of Airport Executives
      • President’s Club, Arizona State University (Invited Member)
      • Arizona Women Lawyers’ Association
      • Raoul Wallenberg International Medal Committee of the University of Michigan
      • Editor, State Bar of Arizona, Administrative Law Journal, (2009 – 2013)
      • Arizona Trial Lawyers’ Association
      • United States Tennis Association – 3-time USTA State Singles Champion (Michigan), Competitor and Qualifier in Regional Championships, in singles, mixed doubles and doubles 1986 – 2011 (5.0)(Arizona)
      • President, “Outstanding University of Michigan Club”, 2013, 2014
      • President, University of Michigan Club Receiving an “Award Excellence”, 2012, 2015 M Club
      • Arizona Energy Consortium
      • Arizona Technology Council

      Speaking Engagements

      State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2017, “Class Action Practice 2017,” Chairman, Faculty, Tucson, Arizona

      “History and Significance of Magna Carta,” Chairman, Tucson, Arizona

      State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June, 2016, “Securities Law Topics – Private Offerings in Arizona,” Panelist and Lecturer, Phoenix, Arizona

      Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, March 5, 2016, “Business and Securities Law Expert Panel and Discussion,” featured panelist, Tempe, Arizona

      Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, June 24, 2015, “Critical Legal and Accounting Update for Boards of Directors, Corporate Officers and Related Fiduciaries,” Lecturer, Phoenix, Arizona.

      University of Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Phoenix, March 19, 2015, “University of Phoenix (and former UM CFO) Tim Slottow Discusses Trends in Higher Education, Public Companies and Leadership,” Program Chairman and presenter, University Club, Phoenix, Arizona.

      State Bar of Arizona, December, 2014, “Trends in Sports Law and the NCAA: After O’Bannon and CAPA v. Northwestern Where Do We Go From Here?” Program Chairman and presenter, Phoenix, Arizona.

      State Bar of Arizona, November, 2014, “Investment Banking in the Southwest Seminar,” Program Chairman and presenter, University Club, Phoenix, Arizona.

      National Phi Beta Kappa Academic Society, October, 2014, “Arizona State University’s Growth and Development Plans, featuring ASU’s Chief Marketing Officer Dan Dillon, Chief Development Officer Dan Saftig and Director of the President’s Club Andrew Carey,” Program Chairman and speaker, University Club, Phoenix, Arizona.

      State Bar of Arizona, August, 2014, “O’Bannon and CAPA v. Northwestern and Updates to NCAA Rules, Including the Power 5 Conferences” Program Chairman and presenter, Phoenix, Arizona.

      State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 11-13, 2014, “Securities Law Seminar,” Program Co-Chairman and presenter with Congressman David Schweikert, Tucson, Arizona.

      National Phi Beta Kappa Academic Society, February 14, 2014, “Leadership Panel”, featured panelist and speaker with Arizona Supreme Court Justice Scott Bales, Mayor Greg Stanton, Rhodes Scholar/Phi Beta Kappa Secretary John Churchill and others discuss the state of Arizona’s economy and education, Arizona Biltmore Resort.

      National Phi Beta Kappa Academic Society, February 15, 2014, speaker and presenter at the “Key of Excellence Award” presentation with Arizona State University faculty members and deans, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona.

      FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), December 4, 2013, “FINRA and Related Securities Arbitrations: The Good, Bad and Ugly”, featured panelist and speaker, State Bar of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona.

      State Bar of Arizona, September 13, 2013, “Publicly Soliciting ‘Private’ Securities Offerings: New Rule 506(c) and other JOBS Act Developments”, featured speaker with U.S. Congressman David Schweikert, Phoenix, Arizona.

      National Phi Beta Kappa Academic Society, October 17, 2013, “The Relevance of Phi Beta Kappa and a Liberal Arts Education to Today’s Technology Driven Economy” featured speaker, University Club, Phoenix, Arizona.

      State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 20, 2013, “Administrative Law Issues and Updates,” Program Chairman, Arizona Biltmore Resort.

      Arizona Technology Council, October 4, 2012, Conference, “Growing Technology in Arizona”, panelist and speaker “Green Tech and Renewable Energy” addressing topics related to corporate formation, securities, venture capital finance and renewable energy, Scottsdale, Arizona.

      State Bar of Arizona, November 9, 2012, Chairman and Speaker, “Utility and Energy Regulation and Administrative Law – a Historical Perspective.”

      State Bar of Arizona 2012 Convention, June 2012, Faculty “What Lawyers Should Know about the [Federal] Administrative Procedures Act,” Arizona Biltmore Resort.

      State Bar of Arizona, November 2011, “Renewable Energy in Arizona and the World,” Chairman, (featured speakers Barry Broome, CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Brenda Burns, Arizona Corporation Commissioner)

      State Bar of Arizona, November 2010, “Renewable Energy Companies and Their Economic Impact on the Arizona and National Economies.”

      Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona. Guest speaker on the following topics: Technology, corporate law, securities, legal ethics and select employment law topics

      University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Law, Policy and the Convergence of Telecommunications and Computing Technologies Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan. March 2001. Speaker along with other technology industry and government leaders, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

      Dominic VerstegenPartner

      Mr. Verstegen primarily practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, and employment law, representing corporations, municipalities, and individuals in all phases of litigation. He is admitted to practice before all Arizona state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

      After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa with a major in Communications in 1997, he graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2000. While in law school, Mr. Verstegen was an Associate Editor on the Journal of Corporation Law, Treasurer of the Student Bar Association, and co-founded the Pro Bono Society.

      In his free time, Mr. Verstegen writes a column for the Arizona Republic / AZCentral.com.

      Education

      • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, 2000
      • Juris Doctor
      • Honors: With Honors 
      • Honors: Associate Editor, Journal of Corporation Law
      • Honors: Treasurer, Student Bar Association
      • Honors: Co-founder, Pro Bono Society
      • Honors: Assistant Director, Trial Advocacy Program
      • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 1997
        B.A., Communication
        Honors: magna cum laude
      • Areas of Practice

        • Commercial Litigation
        • Employment Litigation
        • Insurance Litigation

        Scott AndersenSenior Counsel

        Mr. Andersen graduated from Arizona State University with an economics degree in 1997, and received his law degree from California Western School of Law in 1999. He is admitted to practice before all Arizona state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He primarily practices commercial litigation, construction law, and insurance defense litigation, representing corporations, municipalities, and individuals in all phases of litigation. He has experience representing litigants in a wide spectrum of matters including contract disputes, environmental matters, negligence actions, and personal injury claims.

        As a third-generation Arizona native, Mr. Andersen enjoys practicing in areas that utilize his agricultural roots. He works with farmers, dairies, and broker’s throughout Arizona drafting contracts and works with them to resolve contract disputes.

        Admitted
        2000, Arizona, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona and United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

        Education

        • California Western College of Law, San Diego, CA, 1999, Juris Doctor
        • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1997, B.A., Economics

        Areas of Practice

        • Commercial Litigation
        • Construction Litigation
        • Insurance Litigation

        Timothy RayAssociate

        Mr. Ray graduated from Brigham Young University with a communications degree in 2008, and received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2011. While at St. Mary’s, he earned a pro bono service certificate for his work in the community of San Antonio. He is admitted to practice before all Arizona Courts and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

        Mr. Ray’s practice primarily involves construction litigation, but he also practices in areas involving insurance defense and commercial litigation, representing subcontractors and school districts in litigation.

        Admitted
        U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2014
        Arizona, 2012

        Education

        • St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 2011
          Juris Doctor
        • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2008. B.A., Communications
        • Areas of Practice

          • Construction Litigation
          • Insurance Defense
          • Commercial Litigation

          Richard CarpenterAssociate

          An Arizona native, Richard Carpenter graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as an editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. After graduating from Pitt in 2012, he earned a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from Cornell University with a concentration in human resources and organizations.

          Mr. Carpenter is admitted before the Supreme Court of Arizona and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. His primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, construction litigation, insurance litigation, and personal injury (including asbestos litigation).

          Admitted
          United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 2014
          Arizona, 2013

          Education

          • Cornell University, Master of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2013
          • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012
          • Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science (Economics), 2009
          Areas of Practice

          • Commercial Litigation
          • Construction Litigation
          • Insurance Litigation
          • Personal Injury

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          Diane BornscheuerAssociate

          Ms. Bornscheuer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1985, with a B.S. in Marketing, and with high distinction. Ms. Bornscheuer obtained her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1995, where she was a member of the law review, and also had an externship with the Hon. Carol Los Mansmann of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

          In 1996, Ms. Bornscheuer was admitted to the Arizona Bar, the United States District Court, District of Arizona, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Bornscheuer has over 19 years of experience in diverse areas of civil litigation.A substantial portion of her practice has been devoted to complex construction-related litigation. Ms. Bornscheuer also has extensive experience in employment discrimination matters, and has advised and defended public entities regarding employment/personnel issues, various types of civil rights issues, and business-related tort and contract claims.

          Admitted

          • Arizona Bar
          • United States District Court
          • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

          Education

          • Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Science Marketing with high distinction, 1985
          • Duquesne University School of Law, Juris Doctors, 1995

          Practice Areas

          • Construction Litigation
          • Commercial Litigation
          • Civil Rights

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          Carlos HernandezAssociate

          Carlos Hernandez was born in Chandler, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University with a communications degree in 2009, and received his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2013. While a law student at Marquette, he worked as a judicial extern with the Hon. William S. Pocan of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in Wisconsin.

          Mr. Hernandez is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin and Arizona. His primary areas of practice are construction litigation, insurance litigation and personal injury.

          Admitted

          • Arizona, 2014
          • Wisconsin, 2013

          Education

          • Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts Communication, 2009
          • Marquette University Law School, Juris Doctors, 2013

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          Donald B. Petrie, EsqSenior Counsel

          Don graduated from Arizona State College of law in 1991, magna cum laude, and was awarded Order of the Coif. After clerking for two summers, during law school, in Phoenix, Arizona at the law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, he joined the firm as an associate attorney and became a Shareholder in 1996. Over the next 24+ years, Don practiced law at Gallagher & Kennedy primarily in the areas of product liability defense, bad faith/coverage insurance law, and general commercial litigation. In the product-liability arena, he has represented manufacturers of off-road motorized vehicles, motorcycles, watercraft, construction equipment, building products and other goods and products in a wide variety of product-liability matters. He also gained extensive experience handling complex general commercial and insurance bad faith/coverage litigation. Over the years, Don’s pragmatic and professional style has earned him significant client loyalty and consistently successful results.

          Don has a Preeminent-Peer-Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law during 2013-2015.

          Over the past few years, Don has appeared, written, and spoken on constitutional issues. He is the radio co-host on Liberty Storm with Shane Krauser, a talk show focused on constitutional issues facing the United States. The Liberty Storm program previously has aired on The PATRIOT (960 AM), KFNX—INDEPENDENT TALK (1100 AM).

          Prior to receiving his law degree, Don was a real estate broker in Santa Fe, New Mexico and, before that, a farrier and blacksmith on racetracks (thoroughbred and quarter horse) in the western United States and a rodeo cowboy.

          Admitted

          • Arizona State Bar
          • Arizona Supreme Court
          • United States District Court for the District of Arizona

          Education

          • College of Santa Fe, B.A. (English), 1987: Cum Honore with Honors (4.0 av.), 1987
          • Arizona State University College of Law, J.D. Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, 1991

          Affiliations & Awards

          • Maricopa County Bar Association
          • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
          • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
          • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law, 2013–2015

           

          Disclaimer: The status of Partner does not connote or intend to convey any ownership or equity interest in the WWP firm.