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Kathryn Ann Honecker

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Class Action, Securities & Investment Fraud

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About Me

My practice focuses on class actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States, representing plaintiff classes in major consumer fraud, civil rights, employment and insurance sales practices cases and other complex commercial litigation.

I am admitted to practice law in the state courts of Arizona and Illinois, as well as the United States District Courts for the District of Arizona, the Northern District of Illinois, the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

I, along with other members of the firm, serve as co-counsel for the Lead Plaintiffs and a class of shareholders seeking relief under the federal securities laws against the Apollo Group and some of its officers. Following a nearly two month jury trial, we successfully obtained a verdict against the Defendants of approximately $275 million – one of the largest verdicts for an investor class since the law was enacted.

We currently serve as counsel for a class of non-MD healthcare providers in national class actions against major health insurance companies challenging the manner in which they calculate patients' out-of-network health insurance benefits. We are also working with attorneys at other firms in representing the families of fallen soldiers and other veterans in a national class action against a major insurance company to recover life insurance death benefits due to them, arguing that the insurance company's withholding of the benefits is wrongful and in breach of the insurance contract.

I have also represented minority policyholders in several class actions against various insurance companies under the Federal Civil Rights Act for racial discrimination in the sale and administration of life insurance policies and for discriminatory credit scoring in the sale and administration of property insurance policies. And, I have served as counsel or co-counsel in numerous consumer fraud and anti-trust class actions, and represented employees in collective actions filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

I am a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Arizona, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), and currently am co-editor of and occasional contributor to the American Bar Association’s Class Action and Derivative Suits Newsletter.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Carthage College in 1995, and my law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1998, also graduating cum laude. During law school, I served as a legal writing tutor for other law students, as a research assistant and editor for three professors, and as an intern at both the Douglas County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prior to joining Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C., in 2000, I was an associate with the law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., in Rockford, Illinois, where I practiced in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, estate planning, and medical malpractice defense. While in Illinois, I also served as an Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois and as Antitrust Counsel for the Association of Women in the Metals Industry.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Class Action: 75%
  2. Securities & Investment Fraud: 25%

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    I endorse this lawyer. Kathryn Honecker, an experienced class action attorney, is a dedicated advocate for her clients with very strong persuasive writing skills.

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Contact Info

Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint, PC

2325 E. Camelback Road
Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ, 85016

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
AZActive 200103/19/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199805/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Arizona's Top LawyersAZ Business Magazine2014
FellowAmerican Bar Foundation2014
Selected to MembershipArizona's Finest Lawyers2014
Rising Star 2011Super Lawyers2013
Rising Star 2012Super Lawyers2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Shareholder AttorneyBonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint, PC2000 - Present
Associate AttorneyHolmstrom & Kennedy, PC1998 - 2000

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Class Action and Derivative Suits CommitteeChair2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Class Action and derivative Suits CommitteeCo-Editor of the CADS Newsletter2008 - 2013
Public JusticeMember2007 - Present
Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Maricopa chapter)Member2001 - Present
The State Bar of ArizonaMember2001 - Present
The Association of Women in the Metals IndustryAntitrust Counsel1999 - 2000
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re In re Apollo Group Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No. CV-04-2147 PHX-JAT (District of Arizona)Unanimous Jury Verdict for Plaintiffs/Investors

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
ABA Class Action & Derivative SuitsClass Actions 101: A Primer on Finding Plaintiffs for Your Class Action . . . Ethically2013
The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and StrategyCAFA at a Glance2013
ABA Class Action & Derivative SuitsClass Actions 101: CAFA Diversity Jurisdiction at a Glance2013
American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee NewsletterClass Actions 101: A Primer on Elevated Health Claims2012
American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee NewsletterClass Actions 101: Rule 23(b)(2) or (b)(3)? Does It Matter?2011
American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee NewsletterClass Actions 101: Defining an Ascertainable Class2010
American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee NewsletterClass Actions 101: What Is an Opt-In Class Action?2010
American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee NewsletterClass Actions 101: Class Certification Discovery: Q&A for New Class Action Lawyers2008
The Arizona RepublicAsk the Expert: Does a wage garnishment harm my chances for getting a new job?2007

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Carthage CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Roundtable: Developing A Private Litigation Approach to Charter School AccountabilityDeveloping A Private Litigation Approach to Charter School Accountability2015
Professional Development Workshop at Arizona Summit School of LawSecrets of a Superstar Associate, the H.E.L.P. Project, and Using Social Media in the Job Search2014
The ABA's Sound Advice Audio LibraryNumerosity as It Pertains to Class Certification2013
Biennial Anti-Trust MeetingHow Antitrust Laws Affect Industry Associations1999