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Shanks Leonhardt

Shanks Leonhardt

Practice areas:

Insurance, Contracts & Agreements, Commercial, Entertainment

About Me

As an owner at Sanders & Parks, I focus my practice in complex civil litigation in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, products liability, aviation law, employment litigation, professional liability, and personal injury matters. In addition to my civil litigation work, I also routinely advise parties on commercial transactional matters related to technology, copyright, and entertainment law issues.

I am highly experienced in counseling and representing insurers in complex bad faith, construction defect, additional insured, personal injury and primary/excess coverage issues, including a focus on counseling, advising, and litigating cases where insurers that have been subjected to Arizona's Damron and Morris Agreements. My work in these areas includes negotiating favorable resolutions for insurers involving multi-million-dollar exposures arising from Damron and Morris Agreements.

I also routinely handle products liability claims, including successfully resolving commercial and personal injury claims arising out of industrial equipment, aircraft components, and concrete sealant. My practice also includes handling employment law matters for employers involving discrimination, retaliation, and "whistleblowing" activities.

I have successfully represented parties at mediations, arbitrations, depositions, appeals, and various hearings before the federal and state courts in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. I also advise parties on transactional and litigation matters related to copyright and entertainment law issues.

I earned my Juris Doctor degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. As an avid musician, I participated in programs during law school such as the Volunteer Legal Assistance for the Arts designed to provide free legal services to artists and musicians. I was also a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Students Association and the Intellectual Property Students Association.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Insurance: 65%
    8 years
  2. Commercial: 15%
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 15%
  4. Entertainment: 5%

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

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    Shanks is a very knowledgeable attorney who provides aggressive and effective representation for his clients. Through his extensive litigation experience, Shanks is able to resolve a wide array of complex civil matters. I fully endorse this lawyer's work.

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    Corey Richter Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey Lincoln Smith

    Shanks is a really good lawyer. He is as smart as they come. I highly endorse Shanks as an attorney.

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    Jeffrey Smith Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact Info

Sanders & Parks, Professional Corporation

3030 N Third St Suite 1300
Phoenix, AZ, 85012-3099

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
KYAuthorized to practice law201004/03/2014
AZActive 200703/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Southwest Rising StarsSuperLawyers2015
Southwest Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2014
Top Lawyers - Generation NextArizona Business Magazine2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Southwest Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Southwest Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Committee Member, Great Strides ScottsdaleCystic Fibrosis Foundation2008 - 2009
Summer ExternUnited States District Court, District Of Arizona2005 - 2005

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Arizona Insurance CouncilMember2012 - Present
Arizona Association of Defense CounselMember2007 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Van Heeswyk v. Jabiru Aircraft Pty., Ltd., 229 Ariz. 412, 276 P.3d 46 (Ct. App. 2012)Reversal and remand

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Common Defense, Arizona Association of Defense CounselSelf Defense and Intentional Torts in Arizona2015
Common Defense, Arizona Association of Defense CounselLimiting Stipulated Judgments Resulting from a Damron Agreement to Covered Claims When the Judgment includes both Covered and Uncovered Claims2014
Arizona Insurance CouncilMisrepresentation During The Sale Of A Home Does Not Trigger Coverage Under A Standard Homeowners Insurance Policy2013
Arizona Insurance CouncilThe Proper Time to Enforce Loss Notification Time Limits2012

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
State Bar of Arizona ConventionConstruction Defect Disputes & Litigation2015
National Business Institute SeminarConstruction Defect Disputes and Litigation: Using Coverage, Case Law, and Indemnification to Shift Liability2014
In-House Insurance Corporation PresentationInsurance Coverage Basics in Arizona - Damron/Morris, Insurance Bad Faith and Reservation of Rights2014