Jaburg Wilk

News/Publications

  • Travel Extensively and Meet People

    Make travel your norm. We all need to take breaks from work and recharge. If you wait for when you have more time or retire, that time may never come. Or maybe you will retire one day, but be physically unable to go to the places you always hoped and planned to. This is part of work/life balance. 

    When you travel, immerse yourself in local culture and places. Attempt to meet (hopefully interesting) locals to … Read More

    Categories: Other, Blog

  • An Arizona Insurer Owes No Duty to Pay the "Undisputed Amount" of a UM or UIM Claim

    Although the Arizona Court of Appeals resolved this issue 20 years ago, I frequently see insureds' counsel argue that an insurer must pay the "undisputed amount" of a UM or UIM claim—and I just saw this argument last week—so this post is a refresher.

    The Holding

    In Voland v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Arizona, 189 Ariz. 448, 453, 943 P.2d 808, 813 (App. 1997), the Arizona Court of Appeals held "the … Read More

    Categories: Other, Blog

  • Blended Families During the Holidays – Remember the Holidays are Supposed to be Fun!

    Holidays are supposed to be fun! Getting a divorce, having a custody battle or navigating blended families certainly is not fun, regardless of the time of year. However, during the holidays it can be especially difficult and it is a good time to try to put aside your differences, even if you just place them on the back burner for a few hours.  The … Read More

    Categories: Family Law, Article

  • Application of Discounts in Valuation of Interests in Privately Held Entities

    When representing high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings, frequently one of the assets is an ownership interest in a privately held business or professional practice.  Establishing a value for the business can be one of the most hotly contested aspects of the divorce.  Standards, or definitions, of value have been developed as a framework for answering the … Read More

    Categories: Family Law, Article

  • Jaburg Wilk Attorney, Maria Speth Named to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

    PHOENIX, Ariz. (11/17/2017) – Maria Speth, intellectual property attorney and partner at the Phoenix law firm of Jaburg Wilk was selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2017.  Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys … Read More

    Categories: Other, News Release

  • Jaburg Wilk Expands Construction Litigation Practice

    PHOENIX, Ariz. (11/28/2017) – The law firm of Jaburg Wilk announced that Heather M. Hampstead joined the firm as an associate attorney in their construction defect litigation group. 

    Before joining Jaburg Wilk, Heather represented clients in civilcar litigation, administrative law and construction defect defense matters. Heather is a United States Air Force veteran and continues to support the military … Read More

    Categories: Other, News Release

  • Jaburg Wilk Attorneys and Local Girl Scout Troop Partner to Hold Winter Coat Drive for the Homeless

    PHOENIX, Ariz. (11/22/2017) – Employees of the Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk gathered 50 coats to be distributed to the homeless.  In addition to the coats, they also collected gloves, scarves, sweaters and other types of outdoor clothing.   One of the firm’s employees is a Girl Scout Den Leader and her daughter is a Girl Scout.  Her Girl … Read More

    Categories: Other, News Release

  • 'Zeran v. AOL': The Anti-Circumvention Tool

    If I were an expert survivalist who was offered one tool to survive alone in the elements, I would probably choose a fire starter … but maybe a knife, a pot, or duct tape. Really, I would want all of those items because no one tool has the versatility I would want. But, for an expert in defending website operators from against claims, choosing one tool is easy. Zeran v. AOL is the survivalist’s … Read More

    Categories: Internet and Technology, Article

  • Try to Be Different Not Better

    I know you may be thinking I want to be seen as different by my peers. But showing people you’re different will go a long way to proving you are better. For instance, I’ve written about my firm’s intentional culture known as the JW Way because it makes us different than most other law firms. 

    What I’ve found is that most potential clients and referral sources are attracted to the JW … Read More

    Categories: Other, Blog

  • Arizona District Court Denies Motion to Remand in Bad Faith Case, Despite Plaintiff Seeking Only $57,000 in Compensatory Damages

    The Holding

    In Hoarau v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2017 WL 3328078 (D.Ariz. August 4, 2017), the Arizona District Court denied an insured's Motion to Remand in an insurance bad faith, punitive damages, and declaratory judgment case.  

    The Takeaway

    Insurers may consider attorney fees and punitive damages when considering whether a case on the borderline of the $75,000 minimum amount in … Read More

    Categories: Insurance Litigation, Blog