Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Personal Injury

Gallagher & Kennedy’s Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury and Wrongful Death practice group is one of Arizona’s most respected and successful plaintiffs’ practices.  Group chairman Patrick J. McGroder III has been a champion of the rights of injured victims for over forty years, and the rest of the Gallagher & Kennedy plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation team collectively have another 100 years of experience protecting the rights of those harmed by others. Gallagher & Kennedy attorneys have obtained over $500 million dollars in verdicts, awards and settlements on behalf of their clients, including over $120 million in 2010-2012 alone.

Gallagher & Kennedy plaintiffs’ attorneys have represented victims and their families in some of the highest-profile cases in Arizona, including:

  • The parents of Edwin Pellecier and Jesse Ramirez in their claim against the State of Arizona and the responsible mental health care provider arising out of the beating death of Edwin and Jesse by a mental health patient,
  • The families of Scott Bowerbank and Jim Cox in their lawsuit arising out of the mid-air collision of Channel 3 and Channel 15 news helicopters,
  • The family of one of the participants killed in the 2009 Sedona Sweat Lodge tragedy,
  • Jason Schechterle in his product liability case against Ford for manufacturing defective police cars, and
  • The family of Dawn Rae Nelson against Officer Dan Lovelace and the City of Chandler Police Department for Mrs. Nelson’s murder.

G&K was also co-lead counsel for the victims of the Mexican Hat, Utah ski bus rollover crash, leading the representation of the dozens of injured and deceased victims of that accident and two other catastrophic motor coach accidents involving the same manufacturer.

Gallagher & Kennedy attorneys understand that the cost of legal services can be a major concern after a serious injury, death of a loved one, or other personal or business tragedy. To accommodate victims of wrongdoing who may not otherwise have the financial means to pursue justice and fair compensation, the Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury and Wrongful Death group primarily works on a contingent fee basis.  A contingent fee is simply a percentage of the recovery, paid at the conclusion of the case. If there is no recovery, there is no fee.  By retaining a Gallagher & Kennedy attorney on a contingent fee basis an injured party can be reassured that they are receiving the highest quality legal representation without having to pay the fees and costs of doing so until a recovery is obtained at the conclusion of the case.

Besides representing plaintiffs who have been injured and physically harmed, the group also handles other business and commercial litigation on a contingent fee, hourly, or hybrid fee basis, including legal and other professional malpractice claims, insurance bad faith litigation, fraud and misrepresentation lawsuits, and breach of contract actions.

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Pat McGroder, addressing settlement reached with State of Arizona on behalf of twelve Granite Mountain Hotshot families at June 29th press conference, is flanked by (l to r) co-counsel Tom Kelly and Shannon Clark, Hotshot family members, State Forester Jeff Whitney, Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Governor Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato.