I am a Partner of Udall Shumway and have practiced law for nearly 30 years. I joined Udall Shumway in 2001 after 13 years as an Associate and Partner with a major regional law firm.
My primary practice areas are employment law, personal injury and wrongful death, and commercial litigation.
My employment law practice includes both counseling clients on employment issues and litigation. I counsel clients in the preparation of employee handbooks and manuals including the implementation of drug testing policies and compliance with federal and state workplace laws. I also draft and interpret restrictive covenant agreements and trade secret policies.
In my litigation practice, I represent employers defending against claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair labor practices involving the NLRB, disputes relating to the Arizona wage law, the Fair Labor Standards Act, COBRA and ERISA. I have also defended employers in claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, fraud, negligent hiring and supervision, infliction of emotional distress and whistle blower claims and have defended municipal entities in the defense of Section 1981 and 1983 claims and First Amendment issues.
In my personal injury and wrongful death practice, I have litigated numerous cases involving the use or operation of automobiles, trucks and trailers, motorcycles, motor homes and boats.
My legal background makes me uniquely qualified to handle such cases. Acting as Assistant General Counsel for U-Haul International early in my legal career, I represented the company in catastrophic injury and death claims throughout the United States. In addition, prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked as an insurance company claims investigator. During my tenure, I investigated virtually all types of accident and injury claims on behalf of the insurance carriers.
My experience in commercial litigation includes the successful prosecution and defense of disputes relating to large and small businesses, partnerships and corporations, construction disputes [including bond claims], the buying and selling of businesses, real estate and environmental issues, creditor/debtor disputes, and the representation of professionals, including attorneys, doctors, nurses and psychologists, in disagreements with their regulatory boards.
Licensed since 1978
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|MN||Not Authorized - Non-payment of fees||1978||06/29/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2011 Top Lawyers List (Labor & Employment)||Arizona Business Magazine||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Attorney||Udall Shumway PLC||2001 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Arizona||Member||N/A|
|Arizona Association of Defense Counsel||Member||N/A|
|International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)||Member||N/A|
|Udall Shumway PLC Website||Constructive Termination||2015|
|Udall Shumway PLC Website||Employers, Employees and Covenants Not to Compete||2014|
|Udall Shumway PLC Website||Employment Law Attorney, Bradley Gardner Discusses the Misappropriation of Trade Secrets||2014|
|Udall Shumway PLC Website||Are Your Workers Really Independent Contractors?||2014|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|