When a trial judge gets something wrong, or when governing law should be challenged or new law interpreted, the only remedy is to appeal to a higher court. The firm has the reputation and experience in doing that when necessary, as the following cases illustrate:
Appeals (a selection of published opinions)
State Farm Ins. v. Premier Manufactured Systems, Inc., 217 Ariz. 222 (2007)
(applying comparative fault to participants in the chain of distribution of a defective product), Law v. Superior Court of Arizona, 151 Ariz. 147 (1988) (adopting seat belt defense in Arizona),
Broadbent v. Broadbent, 184 Ariz. 74 (1995) (abolishing parental tort immunity in Arizona),
Parker v. Vanell, 170 Ariz. 350 (1992) (construing new comparative negligence statute),
Webb v. Gitten, 217 Ariz. 363 (2008) (professional negligence claim was assignable to creditor harmed by insurance agent’s error),
Garcia v. General Motors, 195 Ariz. 510 (App. 1999) (seat belt defense in conflicts between state laws),
Cook v. Orldn Exterminating Company, Inc., 227 Ariz. 331 (App. 2011) ( economic loss rule barred homeowners’ tort claims for ineffective termite extermination services),
Drucker v. Greater Phoenix Transportation Co., 3 P.3d 961 (Ariz. App. 1999) (uninsured motorists benefits for taxicab drivers),
State Farm Ins. v. Connolly, 212 Ariz. 417 (App. 2006) (claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress, not limited by “per person” liability limits in insurance policy),
Adiutori v. Sky Harbor Intl. Airport, 880 F. Supp. 696 (D.Ariz. 1995) ajf’d in table form, 103 F.3d 107 (9th Cir. 1996) (airport transportation system complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act) Knox v. Southwest Airlines, 124 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir. 1997) (qualified immunity for police officers at the airport, after arrest on the premises).
Robert L. Greer INJURY PRACTICE Mr. Greer has been lead counsel in in more than 90 jury trials in areas of aircraft design and maintenance, pilot error, governmental entity defense, consumer product design, airport premises safety, insurance coverage and bad faith, highway design and signage, escalator and elevator mishaps, bus and rental vehicle accidents and dram shop litigation. Damage issues have involved wrongful death, amputation, partial paralysis, post-traumatic head injuries and stress, multiple orthopedic injuries, vocational disability, loss of profits and business opportunities and property damage and loss of value
INSURANCE PRACTICE Mr. Greer also works in areas of insurance coverage, bad faith and products liability litigation. In the past, he was with a national law firm whose clients were Lloyd of London and domestic insurers as well as manufacturers. Early in his career he was managing attorney for a major property and casualty insurance company. He advised the company on insurance coverage, prepared declaratory relief actions, defended tort claims and taught coverage and good practices to insurance adjusters. He obtained a $5 .4 million verdict against the world’s largest insurance company for breach of contract and bad faith.
EDUCATION: University of Arizona (Juris Doctor, 1978) Northern Arizona University (B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1975) Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi TEACHING
AND PUBLICATIONS: Adjunct Professor (Civil Litigation) Northern Arizona University, 1983. Author/Editor, “Insurer’s Guide to Arizona Law” (Baird Williams & Greer, 2001) “Ethical Pitfalls For the Personal Injury Attorney” (A TLA 1995) “Pretrial Discovery, Techniques and Practice,” How to Handle a Motor Vehicle Accident Case (Arizona Bar, CLE: 1989);
“The Seat Belt Defense in Arizona,” Arizona Bar Journal, April/May 1988, 16 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Arizona State Bar (Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 1992 – 1998)
State Bar of New Mexico United States District Court, Districts of Arizona and New Mexico United States Court of Appeals, Ninth and Tenth Circuits Pro hac vice admissions in California, Utah, Nevada, North Dakota and the Navajo Nation Federal Bar Association Defense Research Institute Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors, 1985-1988)
Arizona Association for Justice Reuben Clark Law Society PEER RECOGNITION Certified Specialist, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, State Bar of Arizona, since 1991.
Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America, http://www.lawdragon.com Spring 2006 Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, http://www.litcounsel.org 2010 to present Southwest Super Lawyer, 2007 – 2018, in personal injury and products liability Martindale-Hubbell Legal Ability Rating: “AV” (from Very High to Preeminent) since 1998 The Best Lawyers in America in insurance law, personal injury and products liability, 2013 to present Leading Lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona Business Journal, January 20, 2006 Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, Attorneys (products liability) 2010 Judge Pro Tern, Superior Court of Arizona (1993 -2005, 2017 – present)