Geoffrey M. Trachtenberg grew up in Arizona. He is a partner at Levenbaum Trachtenberg PLC where he manages the law firm's California and Utah offices, focusing primarily on personal injury, commercial litigation and appeals. He is Board Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death litigation, "AV-Rated" by Martindale-Hubbell, listed in "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News & World Report, and selected for the "Super Lawyers - Top 50" by his colleagues.
Mr. Trachtenberg graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and then practiced with the law firm of Irell & Manella, LLP in Newport Beach, California.
Mr. Trachtenberg is the developer and owner of the Arizona Document Database (www.azdocuments.com), which houses and organizes a vast collection of discovery and trial-related materials for plaintiffs' attorneys. He is also the co-author of the Arizona Personal Injury Lien Law & Practice Guide, a comprehensive publication on state and federal third-party recovery rights.
Mr. Trachtenberg is a director of the Arizona Association for Justice, which awarded him the Volunteer of the Year award from 2007 through 2009. He serves as a Judge Pro Tempore with the Maricopa County Superior Court and volunteers his time with a number of organizations, including the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and the Arizona Brain Injury Association.
Southwest/Flynn v. AHCCCS, ___ P.3d ___, 2011 WL 832235 (Ariz.App. Div. 1).
Progressive v. Blaud, 212 Ariz. 359, 132 P.3d 298 (App. 2006).
Jeter v. Mayo Clinic, 211 Ariz. 386, 121 P.3d 1256 (App. 2005).
Castiglione v. U.S. Life Ins. Co. in City of N.Y., 262 F.Supp.2d 1025 (D.Ariz. 2003).
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Geoff and I worked together on a very complex matter and I got to know him well. He has a brilliant grasp of the case law, excellent people skills, extensive trial experience and does not back down from a challenge. He has been a leader among Arizona trial lawyers for many years and now serves in a statewide leadership position with the State Bar. I strongly endorse him and would not hesitate to refer family and friends to him.
Barry Entrekin Personal Injury Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
While the rest of us operate on 24 hour days, Geoff must have figured out a way to get at least 30 hours of accomplishment fit into each day. He has demonstrated excellence in many different ways and done so in two different states. He has earned the respect of top lawyers throughout the legal community. Geoff Trachtenberg has shown the ability to simply achieve more than most others, a result of the combination of his impressive work ethic and legal ability.
Mark Breyer Car Accidents Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|NM||Authorized to practice law||2015||06/30/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Lawyer in AZ||Arizona Business Magazine||2015|
|Founding Member||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2014|
|Sustaining Member||Arizona's Finest Lawyers||2014|
|Certified Specialist - Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation||State Bar of Arizona||2014|
|Best Lawyer - Personal Injury Litigation - Wrongful Death||U.S.News & World Report / The Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Super Lawyer - Top 50||Thompson Reuters||2012|
|Volunteer of the Year||Arizona Assocation for Justice||2009|
|Volunteer of the Year||Arizona Association for Justice||2008|
|Volunteer of the Year||Arizona Association for Justice||2007|
|Board Member||Arizona Bar Foundation||2014 - Present|
|Board of Governors - President (2015-2016)||State Bar of Arizona||2011 - Present|
|Judge Pro Tempore||Maricopa County Superior Court||2006 - Present|
|Managing Partner - California and Utah||Levenbaum Trachtenberg, PLC||2002 - Present|
|Associate||Irell & Manella||1998 - 2002|
|Law Clerk for Judge Gary L. Taylor||United States District Court, Central District of California||1997 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|SBA Finance and Audit Committee||Vice Chair||2014 - 2015|
|Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education||Felllow||2014 - Present|
|SBA Discipline Oversight Committee||Member||2013 - 2014|
|SBA Rules Committee||Chairman||2013 - 2014|
|Superior Court of Arizona Civil Rules Study Committee||Member||2013 - Present|
|Utah Association for Justice||Member||2010 - Present|
|Consumer Attorney Association of San Diego||Member||2010 - Present|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association||Executive Officer||2002 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Ambassador||2002 - Present|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||2002 - Present|
|Association of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers||Member||2002 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Southwest Fiduciary, Inc. v. AHCCCS, 226 Ariz. 404, 249 P.3d 1104 (App. 2011).||We prevailed; awarded attorneys' fees.|
|Progressive v. Blaud, 212 Ariz. 359, 132 P.3d 298 (App. 2006).||We prevailed; awarded attorneys' fees.|
|Jeter v. Mayo Clinic, 211 Ariz. 386, 121 P.3d 1256 (App. 2005).||We prevailed; trial court reversed.|
|Arizona Attorney||New Tool Addresses Third-Party Claims to Client Funds||2014|
|Los Angeles Times||Tips in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident||2011|
|AAMIL||Taking on the Motorcycle Collision Case||2009|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association||Arizona Personal Injury Lien Law & Practice Guide||2008|
|University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Annual Lien Seminar||Walking Dead Liens: Balance Billing||2015|
|Winning the Motor Vehicle Accident Case||Breaking Bad Liens||2014|
|Learn-at-Lunch||Liens: Don't 'Should' Yourself.||2013|
|Annual Lien Seminar||AHCCCS Liens||2013|
|Liens and the Ethical Obligations to Withhold Funds||Ethical Rule 1.15: Practical Considerations & Pending Reform||2012|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Liens Seminar||How to Handle AHCCCS Liens Like a Honey Badger||2012|
|Arizona Paralegal Association||Ethical Rule 1.15: Who Gets a Slice of the Pie?||2012|
|APA Learn-at-Lunch||Ethical Rule 1.15: Who Gets a Slice of the Pie?||2012|
|Desert Divas||Group Riding Liability and Insurance Concerns||2011|
|Annual Lien Seminar||Zen and the Art of Dealing with AHCCCS Liens||2011|
|Trust Account Seminar||Third Party Rights to Clients' Property: Ethical Rule 1.15||2010|
|Annual Lien Seminar||AHCCCS Recovery Rights, Claim Mitigation & Grievance Appeals||2010|
|Learn at Lunch||Child Support Liens in Personal Injury Cases||2009|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association||AHCCCS Is NOT Above the Law: Lien Requirements||2009|
|Trial Practice Seminar||Exposing Expert Witness Bias||2008|
|Arizona Judges College||Punitive Damages Review||2007|
|Construction Defects Conference||Additional Insured Endorsements||2000|