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CASE RESULTS

At Baird Williams & Greer, LLP, we have a reputation for excellence and skilled representation.  We are a results-driven law firm and our success rate is second to none.

Since established, our attorneys have collected hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results, but we believe they are a testament to our diligence, persistence, professionalism and commitment to our clients’ needs. The following summaries are a few examples of legal case results that have earned us a reputation for excellence.

Special Agent Jay Dobyns (ret’d) v. United States and the U.S. Department of Justice

Federal Judge Francis M. Allegra of the United States Court of Federal Claims released his trial court opinion following a three week trial to the bench, finding in favor of 27 year United States Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) undercover Special Agent Jay Dobyns (ret’d), against the defendant United States and the U.S. Department of Justice.

A full press release with information about the case can be found here:

PRESS RELEASE – BAIRD WILLIAMS GREER CLIENT ATF AGENT JAY DOBYNS DEFEATS US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN US COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS

VERDICT/SETTLEMENT: $173,000.00

RCS v. ABC Development Learning Centers

Baird Williams & Greer represented Arizona-based RCS Capital Development against Australian-based A.B.C. Learning Centres Limited. The lawsuit case arose out of a breach of contract by A.B.C.’s United States subsidiary with RCS for the development of child care centers in Arizona. The case was tried successfully by Baird Williams & Greer Attorney Daryl M. Williams in the Arizona State Superior Court. The jury rendered a verdict against A.B.C., resulting in the largest Arizona judgement in 2010.

VERDICT/SETTLEMENT: $47,031,574

Valley Aviation v. City of Glendale

Summary coming soon…

VERDICT/SETTLEMENT: $1,777,918

Baptist Foundation of Arizona v. The Arizona Attorney General

Summary coming soon…

VERDICT/SETTLEMENT: $577,000,000

JURY TRIALS

 (a selection from 90 cases tried to conclusion)

Wrongful Death / Severe Injury Case

Wrongful death /severe injury case tried in Globe, Gila County, Arizona.  It involved the fiery crash of a helicopter doing aerial game surveys near Coolidge Dam and took three weeks to try.  There were complex legal issues involving the loaned servant doctrine, the standard of care of a professional pilot, and the liability of the United States, a non-party.  Verdict for less than demand.

Claim Against Insurer: Superior Court, Maricopa County Arizona

Superior Court, Maricopa County Arizona, claim against insurer which denied coverage under a directors and officers insurance policy.  Verdict in excess of $4 million including punitive damages.  Upheld on appeal.

Products Liability Case: United States District Court, Arizona

United State District Court, Arizona: defense of a products liability case arising from the crash of a MD 500 helicopter in Kentucky as a result of fuel starvation.  Alleged fuel gauge defect.  Judge granted judgment n.o.v. for the defendant, after $1.7 million verdict. See. Thomas v. McDonnell-Douglas Helicopter Co., 67 F.3d 308 (Table) 9th Cir. (1995).

Defense of a Turbine Engine Over-hauler: United States District Court, Utah

United States District Court, Utah, defense of a turbine engine over-hauler who allegedly negligent in inspection of the turbine engine of a Bell 216 helicopter used in logging operations.  Jury awarded less than what was offered.

Defense of a Wrongful Death: Pima County Superior Court

Pima County Superior Court, defense of a wrongful death as the result of the crash of a medical helicopter in bad weather in eastern Arizona.  We offered 1.2 million against a $3.7 million demand.  Verdict for $925,000.

Products Liability Case: Superior Court, Apache County Arizona

Superior Court, Apache County Arizona, products liability case arising from propane fire; settled with one defendant, lost in trial against a second defendant, but reversed on appeal then settled for a confidential amount.  A related insurance claim was arbitrated though the International Chamber of Commerce and resulted in a $950,000 award.

Defense of a Wrongful Death: Superior Court, Maricopa Arizona

Superior Court, Maricopa Arizona, defense of a wrongful death case involving a commercial tractor-trailer which ran a stop sign.  Plaintiffs verdict for $36 million, reversed on appeal.

Defense of a Construction Defect Case: Maricopa County Superior Court, Arizona

Maricopa County Superior Court,  defense of a construction defect case involving injury to a pedestrian at the airport after the city attempted to remedy defects of the general and subcontractor of Terminal Four at Sky Harbor Airport.  There was also a declaratory relief action for indemnity from the general contractor for damages assessed against the city. Trial court gave indemnity for fees and judgment to city.

Defense of a Pilot: United States District Court, Arizona

United States District Court, Arizona, crash of a tour plane, a Cessna 206, at Grand Canyon Airport.  Seven passengers were severely injured.  We defended the pilot.  The maintenance company was also sued for engine failure.  The jury apportioned fault 70% maintenance, 30% pilot and awarded $9.3 million.  We settled for $500,000 before jury came back with verdict.  See Dunn v. Grand Canyon Airlines, 66 F.3d 334 (Table), 1995 WL547723 (9th Cir. 1995)

Claim Against an Airline: Superior Court, San Diego County California

Superior Court, San Diego County California, claim against an airline from a loose bag falling on the plaintiff’s previously injured neck when flight attendant opened overhead bin.  Settled for $400,000 after jury found for plaintiff on liability during bifurcated trial.  Settlement recouped in part against U.S. government, whose employee loaded the bag.  See USAIR Inc. v. U.S. Dept of Navy, 14 F.3d 1994 (9th Cir. 1994)

Appeals

(a selection of published opinions)

State Farm Ins. v. Premier Manufactured Systems, Inc.

217 Ariz. 222 (2007) (applying comparative fault to participants in the chain of distribution of a defective product)

Parker v. Vanell

170 Ariz. 350 (1992) (construing new comparative negligence statute)

Broadbent v. Broadbent

184 Ariz. 74 (1995) (abolishing parental immunity in Arizona)

Cook v. Orkin Exterminating Company, Inc.

258 P.3d 149 (Ariz. App. 2011) (economic loss rule barred homeowners’ tort claims for ineffective termite extermination services)

Garcia v. General Motors

195 Ariz. 510  (App. 1999) (seat belt defense in conflicts between state laws)

Law v. Superior Court of Arizona

157 Ariz. 147 (1988) (adopting seat belt defense in Arizona)

Drucker v. Greater Phoenix Transportation Co.

3 P.3d 961 (Ariz. App. 1999) (uninsured motorists benefits for taxicab drivers)

Adiutori v. Sky Harbor Intl. Airport

880 F. Supp. 696 (D.Ariz. 1995) aff’d in table form, 103 F.3d 107 (9th Cir. 1996)(airport transportation system complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act)

Knox v. Southwest Airlines

124 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir. 1997) (qualified immunity for police officers at the airport, after arrest on the premises).

  • Distinctions

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    • Certified Specialist, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, State Bar of Arizona, since 1988.

    • Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America, http://www.lawdragon.com Spring 2006

    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, http://www.litcounsel.org  2010 -2015.

    • Southwest Super Lawyer, 2007 – 2015, in personal injury, products liability and insurance coverage

    • Martindale-Hubbell Legal Ability Rating: “A V” (from Very High to Preeminent)

    • The Best Lawyers in America (19th Ed. 2013) in insurance law, personal injury and products liability

    • Leading Lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona Business Journal, January 20, 2000

    • Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business,  Attorneys (products liability) 2010

    • Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court of Arizona (1993 – 2005)