Edward O. Comitz, Esq. is a founding member and head of the healthcare and disability insurance practice at Comitz | Beethe and has earned a national reputation for prosecuting claims on behalf of individuals based on fraud and unfair business practices in the insurance and healthcare industries. He has extensive experience in disability insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, representing physicians and other professionals in reversing denials of their disability claims, principally in federal courts.
Mr. Comitz has also represented institutional and professional clients in complex litigation matters involving antitrust, business torts, class actions, corporate and partnership matters, employment, fraud, professional liability, securities, breach of non-compete and anti-solicitation agreements, unfair competition and receiverships. He has received an AV-rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. In addition, Mr. Comitz was named a Southwest Super Lawyer by Law and Politics in its inaugural edition.
Mr. Comitz has served as lead or co-lead counsel and on litigation teams on several high-profile consumer protection cases, including, among many others, Grant v. Arthur Andersen, L.L.P. et al., the securities fraud and consumer class action arising out of the collapse of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona. In those proceedings, class counsel and others reached settlements totaling $238 million, including a $217 million settlement with Arthur Andersen relating to its role as auditor for BFA. The $217 million settlement with Arthur Andersen is the largest settlement amount ever paid by a Big Five accounting firm not associated with the savings and loan crisis, and twice the settlement amount Arthur Andersen has ever agreed to in settlement of an auditing claim. In addition, Mr. Comitz has worked on trial teams in multi-billion dollar antitrust litigation involving key participants in the satellite communications industry. Mr. Comitz was previously associated with the international firm, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P