Daryl Williams featured in the Phoenix Business Journal

Gilbert-based software helps lawyers defend clients more efficiently, effectively in courtroom

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Phoenix commercial trial attorney Daryl Williams has been using computers to keep track of documents since the late 1980s.

The partner at Baird, Williams & Greer Law in Phoenix discovered Gilbert-based TrialDirector two years ago, and has been instrumental in helping inData Corp. with its seventh major version due out in February or March.

“The electronic management of documents before trial is essential for proper preparation for trial,” Williams said. “And the electronic presentation of evidence for the court and/or jury is likewise essential to an efficient presentation of the case.”

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BWG Partner Jim Reed featured in Arizona Republic profile

Arizona Republic profiles reporter Richard Ruelas featured an article on Baird Williams & Greer partner Jim Reed in Sunday’s Republic. The article focuses on Jim’s work in the Federal Court of Claims on behalf of retired ATF Agent Jay Dobyns entitled “Jay Dobyns v. United States“. The lawsuit went seven years, resulting in a plaintiff’s verdict and the denial of the Justice Department’s counterclaims for royalties for Mr. Dobyns bestseller “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.” The litigation law firm of Baird Williams & Greer congratulates our partner Jim Reed.

Read the article here!

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BWG Partner Craig LaChance Wins Important Victory in Antitrust Case

BWG partner Craig LaChance persuaded a federal court today to modify a protective order in a massive, ongoing antitrust suit. BWG’s client, Aerotec International, sued Honeywell, alleging various violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act. To facilitate discovery, the parties agreed to a blanket protective order at the outset of the case. Under the order, all the documents exchanged in discovery and all court proceedings were sealed. After years of discovery and millions of documents exchanged, the United States District Court of the District of Arizona granted summary judgment to Honeywell. Aerotec has appealed the decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

As part of the appeal, LaChance moved on behalf of Aerotec to modify the protective order and unseal all the documents associated with the summary judgment proceedings. He argued that because the documents had been submitted in a judicial proceeding they were now public documents and thus should be unsealed. Honeywell objected to disclosure of several sealed documents, contending they contained trade secrets and confidential business information, which, if released, could cause competitive harm. In a published opinion, the federal district court granted Aerotec’s motion to unseal, finding Honeywell had not shown compelling reasons as to why the documents should remain sealed; Honeywell did not articulate a specific harm nor show how this harm outweighed the public’s right to access to judicial documents. Accordingly, the court unsealed all the summary judgment documents.

UPDATE: Link to the court’s opinion.

Robert Greer argues before the Arizona Court of Appeals

BWG partner Robert Greer argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals on May 6, 2014, on issues never before decided in Arizona.  It had to do with the power of the state to sue an owner of land, whose ownership was public record, for environmental damages which were agreed to be paid by party to whom the land had been leased 15 years earlier.  The earlier judgment could not be paid, so the state turned to the landowner and sued on the same claim.

Robert Greer is no stranger to oral argument before the Court of Appeals.  Throughout his thirty-six year career, his litigation practice has brought him before the court numerous times.  Check out Robert’s biography for more information.  And to view a video of this particular oral argument, follow this link and click “Watch This Video On YouTube” in the window.

 

Daryl Williams quoted regarding aviation industry lawsuit

Daryl Williams, a partner at BWG, was quoted in an Arizona Republic article regarding an aviation industry lawsuit involving the Glendale Municipal Airport.  Nearly 20 pilots have filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against the airport, alleging breach of contract, broken promises, changing contracts, and loss of property value.  Daryl is the attorney for hangar owner Valley Aviation Services.

Daryl has particular expertise in this area.  He is a pilot who regularly flies his own plan in connection with his commercial litigation practice.  He also has extensive experience handling legal matters for aviation industry clients.

To contact Daryl about his aviation or commercial litigation legal practice, call BWG at 602-256-9400.

 

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BWG Case Against the ATF Appears on ABC (KGUN9-TV)

Reed Interview

Baird Williams & Greer Attorney James Reed answers questions from the media after conducting closing arguments for Dobyns verse United States.

Baird Williams & Greer filed a $10M federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice on behalf of former ATF Agent Jay Dobyns, maintaining he was betrayed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Dobyns claimed the ATF ignored death threats against him and his family, as well as tried to frame him in an effort to cover-up their own corruption. BWG Attorney James B. Reed served as lead counsel on the case, which made headlines in Washington D.C. and Tucson, Ariz. for its riveting evidence and stunning testimony. ABC (KGUN9-TV) located in Tucson covered the story locally and included an interview with BWG Attorney Reed. You can watch the entire story here.

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BWG Attorney Reed Weighs in on ATF Case: Dobyns vs. United States

As lead counsel, Baird Williams & Greer Attorney James B. Reed makes an appearance on a National Rifle Association News Special Report from Ginny Simone, weighing in on the Dobyns vs. United States case. Reed represents retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Jay Dobyns in a contract dispute suit in which Dobyns maintains while serving as an undercover agent paid to infiltrate the Hells Angels, the ATF failed to adequately protect him and his family against threats and violence made by the gang.

Arizona’s Economic Loss Rule – Arizona Attorney Magazine

Baird, Williams and Greer Partner, Craig LaChance, has published an article in the Arizona Attorney Magazine on the Arizona Supreme Court’s recent economic loss rule decision in Flagstaff Affordable Housing v. Desing Alliance. In that case, the Court held that the economic loss rule—which bars tort claims and limits a plaintiff to contract remedies when the only loss suffered is economic—precludes negligence claims in construction defect cases. In a thoughtful analysis of the Flagstaff decision, Craig critiques the court’s reasoning, contending the court has tacitly and improperly rooted the decision in 19th century legal assumptions.