Jaburg Wilk

News/Publications

  • Arizona Reduces Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith Case Again: Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance

    In Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance Company, 235 Ariz. 371, 332 P.3d 597 (App. 2014), despite finding an insurer's conduct moderately to highly reprehensible, the Arizona Court of Appeals recently reduced a punitive damages award from $1,117,572 to $328,000—a 4:1 ratio to bad faith compensatory damages of $82,000. In so holding, the Court of Appeals continues Arizona's trend of reducing punitive damages … Read More

    Categories: Insurance Litigation, Article

  • Seven Jaburg Wilk Attorneys Named 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers

    Phoenix, Arizona (May 18, 2015) - Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk has seven attorneys listed as 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers. The 2015 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers magazine lists attorneys –Lawrence Wilk, Neal Bookspan, Roger Cohen, Mitchell Reichman, Lauren Garner and Nathan D. Meyer as “Southwest Super Lawyers.” Laura Rogal is a “Southwest Rising Star.” 

    Recognition … Read More

    Categories: News Release

  • Critical Change for Serving Preliminary 20-Day Notices for Arizona Public Projects

    Cemex v. Falcone Bros.

    On April 30, 2015, Arizona's most common construction industry practice for serving a Preliminary Twenty Day Notice ("Prelim") on an Arizona public project—first class mail with certificate of mailing—was invalidated by the Arizona Court of Appeals in Cemex Construction Materials South, LLC v. Falcone Brothers & Associates, Inc.  In Falcone Bros., the … Read More

    Categories: Construction, Article

  • Be a Mentor

    Fundamental No. 18 - Be a mentor.  Take responsibility, both formally and informally, to coach, guide, teach, and mentor others.  Contributing to the success of others enhances your own success and well-being, as well as the firm's.

    I have heard this refrain from numerous new JW employees: "Everyone is so nice and helpful!" Such comments reflect an aspect of the JW Way that has grown organically … Read More

    Categories: Other

  • Arizona's "Whistleblower" Laws: Tread Carefully

    A "whistleblower" is someone who reports to management (or in some cases state and federal agencies) that they believe someone in their company is engaged in illegal conduct. There are numerous federal statutes that provide remedies to employees who are terminated or retaliated against for "blowing the whistle." For example, the Sarbanes Oaxley Act prohibits publicly traded companies from discriminating against an … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • Jaburg Wilk Welcomes Real Estate and Commercial Litigation Attorney

    PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 4 , 2015)- The law firm of Jaburg Wilk announced that Tom Moring joined the firm as a Partner whose practice emphasizes complex real estate and commercial disputes.

    Moring has extensive experience in managing and performing all aspects of litigation.  He began his career at one of the largest law firms in the country before founding his own practice in 2006. He looks forward to being able … Read More

    Categories: News Release

  • Employers Beware! Government Agencies Are Out To Bust You For Misclassifying Your Employees As Independent Contractors

    Both federal and state labor authorities are hot on the trail of companies who hire employees and call them "independent contractors."  The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with a number of states, including Arizona, mandating the enforcement of laws pertaining to properly classifying employees as employees.  The DOL and these states have made this … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • Why Being at Work, While Anticipating Fun, Or Make Life/Work Balance a Goal

    Some of you may be asking, what does he mean? Some of you may be saying, life/work balance, good luck! What I mean is being on the edge of having fun, vacation, just not working for a day, etc. What I'm really talking about his life/work balance.

    We all work hard. At least I like to think that we do. One of the things that helps me stay focused at work is the knowledge that I have planned breaks, whether taking a … Read More

    Categories: Other

  • Don't be a Jerk - Always Take the High Road

    By Ash Langenberg

    Maintain professionalism at all times. Keep emotions under control. Advocating forcefully for the interest of our clients does not require bullying, condescension, foul language, or temper tantrums. This applies to co-workers, opposing counsel, and vendors. Be a "mensch".

    This week's JW way really intrigues me. I have often wondered how some people can't see the effects their words and actions … Read More

    Categories: Other

  • What is a "Non-Disparagement" Clause and Why You May Not Want to Sign One

    By David Farren

    You settle your case, and the defendant agrees to pay you a lot of money. All that’s left to do is to sign a “standard” settlement agreement prepared by the defendant’s attorney. You get to page 10 and see a paragraph titled “No Disparagement.” You see that this means neither party will “disparage” the other . . . ever. You call your attorney, who … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article