Speakers

DR BARRIODr. Jorge Barrio, is a Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology with extensive experience in fluorescence and positron emitting molecular imaging probes. He has pioneered since the late 70’s the development of PET molecular probes for investigation of neurological diseases and cancer.

Dr. Barrio has more than 300 scientific articles published, highlighted by the first in vivo visualization of pathognomonic neuropathological aggregates (amyloid and tau) in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients in the late 90’s and, most recently, the visualization and quantification of tau pathology in the brain of football players with suspected CTE.

Charles Bernick1Dr. Charles Bernick, His educational path began with a BA degree in History at Rice University and then continued with an MD degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern. He has been involved in the field of neurodegenerative disease research and treatment for over 25 years, beginning as the attending neurologist for the University of California, Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

Dr. Bernick moved to Las Vegas in 1994 to join the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine, where he was chief of the division of neurology. He joined the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health as Associate Director in 2009 and has led the largest longitudinal study designed to follow professional fighters with the aim of understanding the long term consequences of repetitive head trauma. Dr. Bernick received his MPH from UNLV in 2011.

Michael BidwellMichael Bidwill.  Since Bidwill took over as team President of the Arizona Cardinals in 2007, the Cardinals have gone .500 or better in five of seven seasons (just twice in previous 20 years) and posted two double-digit win seasons (none in previous 20). In a January 2014 Phoenix Business Journal poll asking “What business leader had the best 2013?” Michael Bidwill finished first with 34% of the votes. Bidwill received the 2014 Transformational Leader Award from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Leading his list of Cardinals accomplishments is the creation of University of Phoenix Stadium. Since its opening in 2006, the team has sold out every game played there and has welcomed more than five million fans for Cardinals games. Michael was pivotal not only in helping Arizona land Super Bowl XLIX – the second in eight seasons at University of Phoenix Stadium – but he also secured the Pro Bowl for the first time this January. The two events are expected to have an economic impact well in excess of half a billion dollars.

boyd-cynthiaDr. Cynthia Boyd. For over a decade, Cynthia Boyd, Ph.D. was a neuropsychologist and the Senior Scientific Director at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Boyd provided in-service training at Naval Medical Center and has presented nationally on a variety of neuropsychological issues such as traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and malingering of psychological symptoms and cognitive dysfunction.

She is a subject matter expert on violence associated with TBI and PTSD. She has been actively involved in the legal/forensic arena, specifically regarding TBI and legal issues in returning troops. Since 2008, she has participated with the legal community to establish a Veteran’s Court in San Diego. As a representative of DVBIC, she has been an invited to provide TBI and PTSD educational trainings to members of law enforcement, district attorneys, public defenders, United States Navy JAG, and California superior court judges.

Dr. Boyd has an independent practice in forensic neuropsychology specializing in forensic evaluations of TBI, PTSD, and violent offenders. She has been retained as an expert witness in capital cases involving Veterans with TBI and PTSD.

Broglio1Dr. Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Kinesiology and Departments of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He is also Director of the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory and member of the University of Michigan Injury Center.  Dr. Broglio’s is a Certified Athletic Trainer who received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, his Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, and his Doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2006.  His first faculty position was in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign from 2006 to 2011.

Dr. Broglio has been conducting sport concussion research since 1999, in which he has continually focused on improving athlete health and safety through injury prevention, early recognition, and management. These efforts have been supported by over $30 million in funding from the National Athletic Trainers’ Research and Education Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Department of Defense and are chronicled in medical journals and book chapters. Dr Broglio was awarded the new investigator award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2011 and Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2014.

Sarah Buel Professor Sarah Buel is a clinical law professor at ASU, having spent the past 37 years working with domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, juvenile justice, and human rights matters. She teaches Domestic Violence and the Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Human Trafficking, and Professional Responsibility. Previously, Prof. Buel spent 14 years as a clinical law professor at the University of Texas, where she started and co-directed their Domestic Violence Clinic, and taught torts and criminal law. For seven years she was a prosecutor in Texas and Massachusetts, helping to establish award-winning domestic violence and juvenile programs.

As a domestic violence survivor, Prof. Buel worked full time in the day and went to school at night for seven years to obtain her undergraduate degree in 1987. She then graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990, where she founded the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project, was a member of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal, and for two years was an active member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She is a member of the ABA’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the ABA Human Trafficking Task Force, and co-chaired the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Women in Criminal Justice Committee. Prof. Buel has published more than 35 articles and book chapters, and written amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She is writing a book for NYU Press, Rethinking Abuse: A Positive Rights Approach to Gender-Based Violence. She narrated the Academy Award winning documentary, Defending Our Lives and has received over 35 awards, including the 2013 ASU Centennial Professor Award and the 2015 ABA 20/20 Vision Award.

 Javier Cardenas1Dr. Javier Cardenas is the director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center, a multidisciplinary clinic that is nationally recognized for comprehensive patient care. He is also the director of the Barrow Concussion Network, the most comprehensive statewide concussion education, prevention, and treatment program in the United States. Dr. Cárdenas provides sideline concussion coverage for Arizona State University and the NFL. He serves on the NFL’s Head, Neck & Spine Committee, the Sport Medical Advisory Committee of the National Federation of High Schools, is chair of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Sport Medical Advisory Committee, and chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries. He was awarded Arizona State University’s Young Alumni award in 2014 and the 2015 American Academy of Neurology Advocate Year for his work in concussion prevention. Dr. Cárdenas is committed to the care, treatment, and prevention of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury in children and adolescents.

Dr. Cárdenas graduated from Arizona State University with highest honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. As a special education teacher, he instructed children with traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities. For 16 years, he volunteered for Special Olympics in Arizona. His background in special education and long history of volunteerism has guided his career, leading him to the field of child neurology. He graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine with honors in Neurology. He completed a residency in pediatrics at St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, where he was recognized for his outstanding care of infants and children. Dr. Cárdenas trained in the Department of Child Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute where he received awards for academic presentations and leadership.

carson Mr. Harry Carson (Keynote Speaker)

Harry Carson’s 13-year stint with the New York Football Giants was one of the longest tenures in club history. The former linebacker served as Team Captain for 10 of his 13 seasons including the 1986 season when the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI.  He was once rated the #1 “Inside Linebacker” in NFL history according to Pro Football Weekly. Carson set the pace for his outstanding career while a student at South Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Some of Carson’s post football career honors include inductions into The College Football Hall of Fame (2002) and The Professional Football Hall of Fame (2006).

The end of Carson’s professional football career marked the beginning of his career in Sports Broadcasting. Carson is also CEO and President of Harry Carson Inc., Executive Director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, and the author of 2 books: Point of Attack (1985) and Captain for Life (2011). He is affiliated with many organizations and is involved with numerous charities.
Currently Harry has partnered with Meridian Health System Inc. in the role of spokesperson to increase traumatic brain injury awareness. His role includes working with community groups in regard to neurological education promoting prevention, early detection and treatment. In past years he has served as an Advisor to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and as a member of the Brain Injury Association’s Sports Injury Prevention Council. Through education and his own personal experiences he has established himself as an open, honest, knowledgeable internationally recognized source on Concussions in Sports.

Carson is a lecturer and motivational speaker to diverse groups that range from juvenile and prison inmates to high school scholars, from college athletes to corporate executives and political leaders. In his spare time, he enjoys enhancing his own wellness and physical fitness as well as mentoring young people and current athletes. Harry Carson is married to Maribel and is the father to Aja Gurley Carson, Dr. Donald Carson and United States Marine Corp Corporal Lucky Carson.

Larry CohenLarry Cohen is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation focusing on serious medical injury and emotional damages cases, including especially brain injury claims. He received his JD from Northwestern and has been admitted to practice in AZ since 1985. Larry also has a Master’s and Ph.D. from Syracuse University and participated in a post-doc program in clinical neuropsychology.  He was for many years adjunct faculty at the College of Law at ASU where he taught professional responsibility, pretrial practice and professional liability.

 DeubertMr. Christopher Deubert is the Senior Law and Ethics Associate for the Law and Ethics initiative of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University.  Previously, Deubert practiced commercial litigation, sports law, securities litigation, and labor/employment litigation in New York City. His sports practice focused primarily on representing NFL players in league matters, including appeals under the NFL Drug and Steroid Policies, for Commissioner Discipline, internal investigations, and related litigation. Deubert also worked for Sportstars, Inc., one of the largest NFL-player representation firms, performing contract, statistical, and legal analysis, and he performed similar work during an internship with the New York Jets. He also does research on behalf of the Sports Lawyers Association.

Deubert graduated with a joint JD/MBA degree from Fordham University School of Law and Graduate School of Business in 2010, and a BS in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts in 2006.  Chris is speaking in the course in his personal capacity and his views do not necessarily represent the views of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University or any other relevant constituent.

BetsyGrey5-19-11CROPProfessor Betsy Grey,  Professor Grey is the Alan A. Matheson Fellow, Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science and Innovation, and Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She   publishes and teaches on issues of tort law, products liability and mass tort litigation, as well as neuroscience and law. Her recent scholarly work has focused on the study of no-fault compensation systems in the United States, as well as the impact of advancements in neuroscience on tort law. Her most recent publication, along with Gary Marchant, is Biomarkers, Concussions and The Duty of Care, forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review.

Before joining the ASU faculty, Professor Grey was a commercial litigator at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner, and a trial attorney for the Civil Division of the United States Department through the Honors Program, where she represented United States agencies and officials in litigation involving constitutional, statutory and regulatory issues. A former articles editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, Professor Grey clerked for Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Grey is a member of the Professional Editorial Board for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, as well as the American Law Institute.

 Dr. Rashmi Halker (moderator) is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic and a Fellow of the American Headache Society.  She is originally from Michigan, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with high honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience before attending medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Halker completed both a neurology residency and headache fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, at the conclusion of which she received the Distinguished Mayo Brothers award for outstanding patient care, professionalism, humanitarianism, education, and research. She is now on faculty at Mayo Clinic, and specializes in headache disorders and concussion.  She has served on several institutional and national committees, is the site Primary Investigator for different clinical trials at Mayo Clinic, peer reviews research for several medical journals, and lectures nationally and internationally.  Dr. Halker is also on the executive committee for Mayo Clinic’s comprehensive concussion program, which includes several community outreach initiatives, research studies, and a return-to-play clinic for youth sports.

kiehlDr. Kent Kiehl, is a Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Law at the University of New Mexico and Executive Science Officer of the non-profit Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Kiehl conducts clinical neuroscience research of major mental illnesses and brain injury.

Dr. Kiehl’s laboratory makes use of a one-of-a-kind Mind Mobile MRI System to conduct research and treatment protocols with forensic populations. His laboratory has deployed the Mobile MRI to collect brain imaging data from over 3000 offenders at eight different facilities in two states. This represents the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository.

Dr. Kiehl also developed the Brain Safe Program, a non-invasive MRI protocol to assist with assessment of brain injury from concussion during sports play.

Dr. Kiehl lectures extensively to state and federal judges, lawyers, and lay audiences about the intersection of neuroscience and law. In the last several years he has worked with the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) to develop the educational curriculum for federal judges on neuroscience in the courtroom. He also serves as a legal consultant on criminal and civil cases involving brain imaging.

Dr. Kiehl recently published a popular audience book, The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience, which is available on Amazon.

www.kentkiehl.com

KendallDr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen is an Associate Professor in Neurogenomics at TGen and Co-Director of the TGen Center for Noninvasive Diagnostics. She received her PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior from Stonybrook University, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in NY, a Master’s degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Kansas and her B.A. from Boston University.
Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen’s laboratory uses extracellular RNA as a resource to gain insights into molecular changes associated with injury and disease. The ability to meaningfully profile peripheral biofluids to monitor the underlying severity of central nervous system injury would provide significant benefits to patient care.

Betsy-LeonardDr. Elizabeth Leonard (moderator) has more than 30 years experience evaluating children and adults with developmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. She earned a doctoral degree in Psychology at Tufts University and trained at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.Dr. Leonard has received numerous research grants from agencies including the March of Dimes, National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education. She has served on numerous boards, evaluated peer reviewed research and lectures nationally and internationally.

Dr. Leonard was formerly on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and continues to be a Member of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. She belongs to professional associations including the American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the International Neuropsychological Society.

Lifshitz-Jonny whitecoat - FINAL-webDr. Jonathan Lifshitz serves as the Director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program in a joint venture through BARROW Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix, and Phoenix Veterans Administration Health Care System.

Dr. Lifshitz received a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles and Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. After NRSA-funded post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Commonwealth University, in 2007 he joined the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) at the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor in Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2012, he was recruited to direct Translational Neurotrauma Research in Phoenix with the vision to be the destination for translational Neurotrauma research, training and clinical care, which will improve the quality of life of those with acquired neurological injury. The over-arching mission is to conduct hypothesis-driven, peer-reviewed research, while providing Socratic educational opportunities in a collaborative, partnership-driven environment.

General MaxonGeneral R. Gregg Maxon served in the United States Navy and the United States Army, retiring as a Brigadier General, Arizona Army National Guard. Gregg is a passionate advocate for all veterans. He persistently pursues fair and just outcomes on legal matters involving military members and their families. Gregg is accredited to practice before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is admitted to practice before the U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  He serves as a Judge on the Arizona Court of Military Appeals and was recently appointed as a Judge Pro Tem in the Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler Municipal Courts.  Gregg presides over the Veterans Treatment Court dockets in Tempe and Mesa.  He is a 2011 inductee into the Arizona Veteran’s Hall Of Fame.

Arthur MillerProfessor Arthur Miller CBE, is this nation’s leading scholar in the field of civil procedure and is coauthor with the late Charles Wright of Federal Practice and Procedure, the legendary treatise in the field. Professors Miller and Wright are among the most-often cited and well regarded law treatise writers today. Their multi-volume series is an essential reference for judges and lawyers. Arthur Miller is also one of the nation’s most distinguished legal scholars in the areas of civil litigation, copyright and unfair competition, and privacy.

Professor Miller is the author of more than 40 books and numerous articles, including The Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers, the first book warning of the threat to privacy posed by modern information technology. Miller is currently a University Professor at New York University and the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This professorship is conferred on outstanding scholars in recognition of the interdisciplinary dimension and breadth of their work. Previously, Miller was the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard, where he earned his law degree and taught for 36 years.

Miller is the recipient of numerous awards, including five honorary doctorates, three American Bar Association Gavel Awards and a Special Recognition Gavel Award for promoting public understanding of the law. He recently was honored by the Queen of England for his charitable and media work by being named to the Commander of the Order of the British Empire. A renowned commentator on law and society, he won an Emmy for his work on “The Constitution: That Delicate Balance,” one of the several acclaimed PBS series which he has moderated.

jmillerMr. Jeffrey Miller serves as Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy for the National Football League. Jeff oversees the NFL’s player health and safety programs, scientific research and youth football programs. Jeff previously served as head of the NFL’s Washington office. As Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, he was responsible for all state and federal legislative and regulatory initiatives and oversaw the league’s charitable foundation.

Before he opened the NFL’s Washington office in 2008, Jeff worked as the Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Antitrust and Business Competition Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Herb Kohl from 2003-2008. He previously served as counsel on the same subcommittee. As staff director, Jeff was responsible for legislation on all issues before the Committee as well as investigations and hearings concerning a range of antitrust issues including mergers and anti-competitive business practices. He led investigations into mergers in the telecommunications, media, airline, and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Jeff is a graduate of The Law School at the University of Chicago and received a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

Judge Melinda K. Poppe is Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Industrial Commission of Arizona. Prior to joining the ALJ Division, she served as Claims Manager and as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Industrial Commission. Ms. Poppe has extensive workers’ compensation legal experience. She represented policyholders in workers’ compensation and subrogation matters for CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, formally SCF Arizona, from 2003-2012 where she also served as Assistant Chief Counsel. Prior to joining CopperPoint Mutual, she was a partner in the law firm of Long, Lundmark & Poppe from 1991-2002 where she represented policyholders, insurance carriers and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation matters. She is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law and is a member of the Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Poppe is a past co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Arizona and has served as both chair and co-chair for workers’ compensation seminars at the State Bar convention and the workers’ compensation fall seminars. Ms. Poppe is also a co-author of the Arizona Workers’ Compensation Handbook (State Bar of Arizona, 1992). Ms. Poppe received her B.A. in Nursing from the University of Arizona in 1981 and her J.D. from Arizona State University in 1987. She speaks frequently on workers’ compensation topics.
Richardson_Damien_13DDr. Damien Richardson is a physician and orthopaedic surgery resident in his third year of training at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine Phoenix. He holds a Medical Degree from the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine, a Master of Public Health Degree in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering from Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona where he played his collegiate football from 19941998. Dr. Richardson is a former NFL player and 7-year veteran who spent his entire career as a professional athlete with the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently, as a resident-physician, Dr. Richardson participates in both basic science and clinical research.

JasonRobertProfessor Jason Scott Robert earned the PhD in Philosophy from McMaster University in 2000. His research and teaching focus on issues at the intersection of bioethics and philosophy of biology, with particular interest in the behavioral and brain sciences.

Dr Robert has been on faculty in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University since 2004, and currently serves as Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and as Senior Ethics Advisor to the University Provost. He also holds the Lincoln Chair in Ethics at ASU.

Judge Roslyn O. Silver; Senior United States District Judge Roslyn Silver has served as judge for the District of Arizona since her appointment in 1994. She was the first woman appointed in the Phoenix Division and the second woman appointed in the District of Arizona. In 2011 she became the first woman Chief Judge for the District of Arizona. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Silver was criminal division chief and acting First Assistant for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Phoenix. She has been a professor at the American Institute of Paralegal Studies and at the Arizona State University Center for Executive Development.

Judge Silver is a frequent lecturer; is published in journals, including Arizona Attorney magazine, the ABA Journal, and the Maricopa Lawyer; and is a contributing editor to Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, Rutter Group Practice Guide. She was chair of the Ninth Circuit Article III Judges Education Committee and the District of Arizona Local Rules Committee. She is a member of Charter 100 Arizona, the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and the Board of Visitors for the University of Arizona Law School. She is also adjunct professor and Advisory Board chair of the Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Innovation at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where she also teaches constitutional law for the Master of Legal Studies Program.

rsmithProfessor Rodney Smith (moderator), received his B.A. from Western Colorado State College, his J.D. with honors from Brigham Young University, and his LL.M and SJD from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary doctorate from Capital University. He currently serves as the Director of the Sports Law and Business Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He previously served as a Distinguished Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Liberal Education, has served on the International Board of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and recently served as a Visiting Professor at the Washington and Lee College of Law.

Professor Smith previously served as dean of the schools of law at Capital University, the University of Montana, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also taught at the University of North Dakota, Widener University, Brigham Young University, and the University of San Diego. Professor Smith held the Herff Chair of Excellence in Law and was serving as interim dean at the University of Memphis immediately prior to his service as President at Southern Virginia University.

Laurie WhiteMrs. Laurie White has been a licensed and certified athletic trainer (AT)  practicing at the high school level in Arizona for 30 years. Currently she is the head AT for Xavier College Preparatory where she also teaches courses entitled Sports Medicine and Advanced Wrapping and Taping. She serves the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association as a co-chairperson of the Government Affairs Committee and was a past member of the Arizona Board of Athletic Training for 10 years.

Originally from Danbury, CT, Mrs. White received a BS degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY and her MS from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in Exercise and Sport Science. She and her husband, Chris, also an AT, have two children – Ian age 22 and Carly age 18, both college students.

Matthew WrightMr. Matthew W. Wright, Wright Welker & Pauole PLC;  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, brain injury, wrongful death, molestations and assaults, complex products liability, 42 USC § 1983 claims, sports-related litigation, fire loss, maritime actions, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, toxic torts, and asbestos litigation. 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.  He is chief litigation counsel for the Arizona School Risk Retention Trust and its member school districts.

 

 

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