I studied mathematics at Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute before transferring to SUNY Oneonta to become a teacher. While searching for my first permanent teaching position, my father suffered a heart attack and I went to work in his custom woodworking business. That was intended to last only until he got back on his feet. Ten years later, I was still at it. Then, for family reasons, my wife and I moved to Arizona. The initial plan was for me to get a masters degree and return to teaching, until my father-in-law suggested that I consider law school, which at the time in Arizona was very affordable. "Besides," he argued, "even if you did not like law, you would still have an advanced degree to use to get back to teaching." As it turns out, the practice of law was a perfect fit.
While custom woodworking and the practice of law might appear to have nothing in common, both require patience, exacting standards, and attention to detail. My father and I never worried about satisfying a customer becuase invariably my father's standards and expectations were much higher than the customers. If he was satisfied, the customer was satisfied. That is the same work ethic I apply in my practice.
I am admitted to practice in Arizona, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer (Southwest) Employee Benefits/ERISA||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Closing Argument Finalist||Arizona Association of Defense Counsel||1995|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Kevin Koelbel, P.C.||2009 - Present|
|Attorney||Counters & Koelbel, PC||2000 - 2008|
|Associate||The Cure Law Firm||1999 - 2000|
|Associate||Hobson & Ringler||1996 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Arizona Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|MedFlight911||Executive Board Member||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona||Unauthorized Practice of Law Committe Member||2010 - Present|
|Bachelder v. America West Airlines, 259 F.3d 1112 (9th Cir. 2001)||client reinstated with back pay|
|Hunt v. Pasternack, 192 F.3d 877 (9th Cir. 1999)||Court of Appeals reversed district court in favor of my client|
|Morgan v. Admin. Comm. of Wal-Mart Stores, 214 F. Supp. 2d 1047 (D. Ariz. 2002)||Judgment in favor of the employee|
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|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||N/A||J.D.||1995|
|State University of New York, College at Oneonta||Mathematics||B.S.||1984|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Mathematics||N/A||N/A|
|2015 AzELA Convention||Really? Forcing Defendants to Narrow the Issues in Dispute in Pleading Practice||2015|