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School Law

Wright Welker & Pauole has assembled a school law team for representation of school districts in trial, administrative hearings and on risk management issues. The practice involves advising and representing districts and their insurance trusts on a variety of matters, including property and casualty losses, personal injury litigation, including bus accidents, the acts of employees and students of the district, complex construction litigation, contracts, student disciplinary hearings, teacher termination hearings, wage-hour litigation, discrimination and sexual harassment litigation, Title VII and Title IX litigation and interpretation of statutes, regulations and governing board policy. The firm also advises school districts on legislation and assists on lobbying activities.

Aviation Law

Airports, publicly traded and privately held airlines, aerospace and other aviation industry clients come to Wright Welker & Pauole, PLC to solve their more difficult challenges in the industry. We represent airports, airlines and other aviation interests in the U.S. and internationally.

Our lawyers have experience in handling matters involving civil aviation regulation and enforcement, airport and aircraft finance, procurement, leasing, land use and dispositions, carrier operating agreements, mergers and alliances, securities regulation and filings, aircraft acquisition and disposition, airpark business development and related agreements, airport terminal construction and expansion projects, airport technology enhancements, aviation environmental issues, litigation, corporate governance, operational issues, concession contracts, employment and ERISA matters, neighboring community interests and FAA regulated incentives.  We closely follow the aviation industry and are an excellent resource regarding industry trends, strategies and practices.

We also have broad knowledge and experience related to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Air Force and other government uses, as well as with other state authorities and federal agencies. Our lawyers serve as members and chairpersons of prestigious aviation related organizations, including, the American Bar Association, State Bar of Arizona and others.

Product Liability

Wright Welker & Pauole’s attorneys have extensive experience in defending product manufacturers and dealers in product liability litigation involving a wide range of products and goods, including motorcycles, all terrain, water and recreational vehicles, water vehicles, heavy machinery, construction equipment, building products, electrical components, vehicle components and other goods and products.  Our lawyers have worked with engineers and technical experts in myriad areas, such as mechanical and biomechanical engineering, product design, accident reconstruction and other scientific disciplines, in order to develop and present the strongest and most effective defense possible for its clients and their products.

Construction Litigation

The construction and public contracting practice consists of both litigation and transactional work. Our attorneys have substantial experience drafting construction and other public contracts, general conditions, subcontracts, design agreements and related documents for both public and private projects. We have negotiated these documents with the largest development, design and construction firms in the United States. An important part of our practice includes auditing our clients’ construction documents. We comprehensively evaluate all contracts and other legal forms the clients use and update them based on recent legislation and judicial decisions.

The firm’s lawyers enjoy unparalleled experience in providing claims-avoidance and other legal services during construction. We assist owners behind the scenes by analyzing job progress and the project schedule, reviewing critical job correspondence and responding to important designer and contractor correspondence. We have provided these services on a number of public and private projects – including casinos, a major league baseball stadium and water and wastewater treatment plants.

WWP lawyers have also represented clients in virtually every kind of litigated construction and public contracting dispute – including bid protests; delay, disruption, impact and differing site conditions claims; design and construction defects; construction accidents; architect and engineer professional negligence; surety claims and bad faith; and prime/subcontractor disputes. These cases have involved WWP lawyers in complex, multi-party suits and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. We represent owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors and insurers in all aspects of construction law ranging from large public works projects to custom-built homes. The firm’s attorneys have also served as arbitrators and mediators in complex construction disputes.

Insurance Law

Wright Welker & Pauole has particular expertise in a wide range of tort and insurance law matters. The firm’s experience is based on handling a large volume of insurance defense work for major insurance carriers, insurance trusts and large municipalities. Types of insurance matters and lawsuits handled by the firm’s attorneys include insurance coverage opinions, insurance bad faith, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, complex products liability, legal malpractice, construction accidents, open range cases, maritime actions, bus accidents, recreational user liability and premises liability and toxic torts including sick-building cases. The firm’s attorneys have the specialized knowledge and versatility required to handle the most complex personal injury cases and a volume of soft tissue cases effectively and economically.

Environmental Law

The firm’s environmental practice is dynamic and focused. We have represented local and national interests in endangered species matters and leaking underground storage tanks remediations. Our environmental attorneys have extensive experience in handling sophisticated environmental problems in these areas. We have been involved in federal and state administrative settlement negotiations and we have litigated environmental claims in federal and state court.

The firm’s attorneys have assisted clients with environmental due diligence contract drafting and negotiations on a wide variety of real estate and lending transactions. Representative clients in this area have included large and small industrial, commercial, manufacturing and real estate companies, as well as major insurance companies.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Wright Welker & Pauole has an accomplished litigation practice with expertise in all problem areas typically encountered in the business world. We are committed to quality, aggressive advocacy, service and cost-effective case management. The firm’s trial lawyers have appeared in federal and state courts at all levels, and they routinely handle complex matters encompassing all substantive areas of law. WWP’s reputation as a new firm with excellent trial attorneys qualifies us in a wide variety of litigation matters ranging from personal injury and product liability suits to construction and professional malpractice claims.

The firm has substantial complex litigation experience. Among others, its lawyers have defended a winning bidder in a $250 million state contract bid protest, and a major league baseball franchise in a construction dispute involving a $37 million delay/impact claim. The firm’s lawyers have long been recognized for their successful trial practice, but they also have played an important role in advising clients in the areas of risk management, litigation avoidance and alternative dispute resolution.

Business and Real Estate

In diverse and sophisticated real estate matters, Wright Welker & Pauole’s lawyers have represented owners, development companies, contractors, property managers, architects and homebuilders in developing, constructing, leasing and managing office buildings, industrial buildings, airparks, shopping centers, and other commercial properties. Our lawyers also have experience in related environmental, landlord/tenant, employment, contract, banking and finance issues. We have served as counsel to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for the procurement of the $1 billion Automated Train Project. Our lawyers have also represented and served as general counsel to a wide array of public and private companies in general and complex business, corporate, governance, venture capital, merger and acquisition, finance and securities matters (including private placement offerings, also known as Reg. D offerings), in various industries, including, technology, aviation, education, finance, medical device, automotive and hybrid, energy, utilities, sports, healthcare and others.