Micalann C. Pepe

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Micalann Pepe

Micalann C. Pepe primarily practices in the areas of insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation. Her diverse practice also includes commercial and civil litigation.  Before joining Jaburg Wilk, she successfully first-chaired multiple bench and jury trials with the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office through a law student Rule 38(d) program.

She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Southwest Super Lawyers beginning in 2015, and was selected as an inaugural member of the Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch in 2020 and has been named continuously since then. Micalann was also named as Litigation Counsel Associate Fellow and was selected to American Bar Association TIPS Leadership Academy for 2018-2019.

Micalann grew up in small-town South Dakota where she enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing with her Grandpa, and learning the long-standing work ethic that the Mid-West is known for. She moved to Arizona to pursue dual degrees at Arizona State University, ultimately graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and a B.S. in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. She continued her education at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, graduating cum laude. 

She is the Insurance Industry Institute Co-Chair, Projects and Objectives Vice Chair, Insurance Coverage Committee Vice Chair, and on the Admissions Committee for the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Micalann holds leadership positions in ABA TIPS, and currently serves as Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. Micalann is Immediate Past President of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.  Additionally, she is on the Executive Board of the Arizona non-profit, Gabriel’s Angels. Micalann was also recently elected to membership for the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. 

Micalann is a co-author and contributor to publications focusing on developments in insurance law for the Defense Research Institute, The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, ABA TIPS, and other professional groups.  Micalann was chosen as a participant in the inaugural class of the AADC’s “Ladder Down program which focused on honing leadership, business development, and mentoring skills for women lawyers.  

Professional Experience

  • American Bar Association TIPS ICLC, Chair, 2023
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Insurance Industry Institute Co-Chair, 2023
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Insurance Coverage Section, Vice Chair, 2023
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Projects and Objectives Committee, Vice Chair, 2023
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Membership Development Committee, Vice Chair, 2023
  • President of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2022
  • Membership Vice Chair: Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2021
  • Diversity Vice Chair: Property Insurance Committee, 2021
  • Vice Chair: Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee, 2021
  • Member: Revenue Enhancement Standing Committee, 2021
  • Member: Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee, 2021
  • Editor: TortSource Editorial Board, 2021
  • Faculty member for Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Commercial and General Liability 2021 Bootcamp
  • AADC, “Women in the Law Liaison”, 2019-2020
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Diversity Law Institute, Member, 2019
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Law Institute, Member, 2019
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member, 2019
  • American Bar Association TIPS Vice Chair Property Insurance Law Committee 2019-2020
  • American Bar Association TIPS Vice Chair Self-Insurers and Risk Managers General Committee 2019-2020
  • ABA TIPS Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee and ABA Tips Revenue Enhancement Standing Committee
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Board Member, 2017- Present
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Judicial Selection Committee, 2017-Present
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers’ Division, President, 2016-2017
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers’ Division, Vice President, 2015-2016
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers’ Division Executive Board Member, 2011-2017
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Division
  • ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice, Member
  • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Member 2015- Present
  • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Vice Chair 2017-Present
  • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Year Planning Committee, 2015-Present
  • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Year Dine-Around Coordinator, 2015-Present
  • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Year Toolbox Co-Coordinator, 2017-Present
  • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Service Project Coordinator, 2017-Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, Blog Contributor, 2011-2016
  • Ladder Down: A Women’s Leadership Program
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
Education
  • J.D., Arizona State University,Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Cum Laude, 2011
  • B.A., Arizona State University,College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,Women and Gender Studies, Magna Cum Laude, 2008
  • B.S., Arizona State University,W.P. Carey School of Business, B.S. Finance, Magna Cum Laude, 2008
Bar Admissions
  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Arizona
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Awards & Recognition

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top lawyer 2023

Litigation Counsel of America - Associate Fellow

Community Involvement
  • Gabriel's Angels, Vice-Chair, 2020
  • Gabriel's Angels, Board of Directors, 2019
  • Arizona State University Mentor Network, Mentor
  • Wills for Heroes
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, We the People, Judge.
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