|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2016||02/26/2017|
|NM||Authorized to practice law||2015||06/30/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Volunteer of the Month||State Bar of Arizona||2017|
|Top 100 Lawyer in AZ||Arizona Business Magazine||2016|
|Top 100 Lawyer in AZ||Arizona Business Magazine||2015|
|Founding Member||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2014|
|Sustaining Member||Arizona's Finest Lawyers||2014|
|Certified Specialist - Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation||State Bar of Arizona||2014|
|Best Lawyer - Personal Injury Litigation - Wrongful Death||U.S.News & World Report / The Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Super Lawyer - Top 50||Thompson Reuters||2012|
|Volunteer of the Year||Arizona Assocation for Justice||2009|
|Volunteer of the Year||Arizona Association for Justice||2008|
|Volunteer of the Year||Arizona Association for Justice||2007|
|Board Member||Arizona Bar Foundation||2014 - Present|
|President, Board of Governors||State Bar of Arizona||2011 - Present|
|Judge Pro Tempore||Maricopa County Superior Court||2006 - Present|
|Managing Partner - California, New Mexico, Texas, Utah||Levenbaum Trachtenberg, PLC||2002 - Present|
|Associate||Irell & Manella||1998 - 2002|
|Law Clerk for Judge Gary L. Taylor||United States District Court, Central District of California||1997 - 1998|
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|State Bar of Arizona||President||2014 - Present|
|Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education||Director||2014 - Present|
|Superior Court of Arizona Civil Rules Study Committee||Member||2013 - Present|
|Consumer Attorney Association of San Diego||Member||2010 - Present|
|Utah Association for Justice||Member||2010 - Present|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Association of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Ambassador||2002 - Present|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association||President||2002 - Present|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||2002 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Arizona Judicial Council||Member||2015 - 2016|
|Arizona Supreme Court's Civil Justice Reform Committee||Member||2015 - 2016|
|SBA Finance and Audit Committee||Vice Chair||2014 - 2015|
|SBA Rules Committee||Chairman||2013 - 2014|
|SBA Discipline Oversight Committee||Member||2013 - 2014|
|Premier Physicians Group, PLLC v. Navarro, 240 Ariz. 193, 377 P.3d 988 (2016).||We prevailed.|
|United Behavioral Health v. Maricopa Integrated Health Sys., 240 Ariz. 118, 377 P.3d 315 (2016).||We prevailed.|
|Apollo Educ. Grp. Inc. v. Henry, 150 F.Supp.3d 1078, 1083-84 (D. Ariz. 2015).||We prevailed; application for fees pending.|
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|State Bar of Arizona||Arizona Motorvehicle Accident Deskbook, 2nd Ed.||2016|
|Arizona Attorney||Own Your Work||2016|
|State Bar of Arizona||Third Party Interests: Liens & Subrogation||2016|
|Arizona Attorney||The Secret to Failure||2016|
|Arizona Attorney||Spurring Public Service||2016|
|Arizona Attorney||The Secret to Failure||2016|
|Arizona Attorney||Leader in a Hurry||2015|
|Arizona Republic||The Truth About Lawyer Discipline||2015|
|Arizona Attorney||Thanks Made Visible||2015|
|Arizona Attorney||Tax Credit for Justice||2015|
|Arizona Attorney||New Tool Addresses Third-Party Claims to Client Funds||2014|
|Los Angeles Times||Tips in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident||2011|
|AAMIL||Taking on the Motorcycle Collision Case||2009|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association||Arizona Personal Injury Lien Law & Practice Guide||2008|
|University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||Bench Bar Conference||2016|
|Annual Convention||President's Message||2016|
|Scottsdale Bar Association||Everything You Never Wanted to Known About Healthcare Provider Liens||2015|
|Annual Paralegal Conference||Personal Injury Strategies for Plaintiff and Defense Paralegals||2015|
|Annual Lien Seminar||Walking Dead Liens: Balance Billing||2015|
|Winning the Motor Vehicle Accident Case||Breaking Bad Liens||2014|
|Learn-at-Lunch||Liens: Don't 'Should' Yourself.||2013|
|Annual Lien Seminar||AHCCCS Liens||2013|
|Liens and the Ethical Obligations to Withhold Funds||Ethical Rule 1.15: Practical Considerations & Pending Reform||2012|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Liens Seminar||How to Handle AHCCCS Liens Like a Honey Badger||2012|
|Arizona Paralegal Association||Ethical Rule 1.15: Who Gets a Slice of the Pie?||2012|
|APA Learn-at-Lunch||Ethical Rule 1.15: Who Gets a Slice of the Pie?||2012|
|Desert Divas||Group Riding Liability and Insurance Concerns||2011|
|Annual Lien Seminar||Zen and the Art of Dealing with AHCCCS Liens||2011|
|Trust Account Seminar||Third Party Rights to Clients' Property: Ethical Rule 1.15||2010|
|Annual Lien Seminar||AHCCCS Recovery Rights, Claim Mitigation & Grievance Appeals||2010|
|Learn at Lunch||Child Support Liens in Personal Injury Cases||2009|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association||AHCCCS Is NOT Above the Law: Lien Requirements||2009|
|Trial Practice Seminar||Exposing Expert Witness Bias||2008|
|Arizona Judges College||Punitive Damages Review||2007|
|Construction Defects Conference||Additional Insured Endorsements||2000|
Posted by Jesse
My motorcycle collision was pretty brutal. I had multiple surgeries spanning two years. Geoff and his outstanding professional team took care of me and had me informed every step of the way. Geoff and his team got me a good and fair settlement. I would strongly recommend their services. I hope I am never in another motorcycle or car accident again but if I am, I'll be calling them for their professional help once again. -Jesse Utah
Posted by Jesse
We had a representative from the Law Tigers visit us in the hospital just a day after my wife's initial call to get started on our motorcycle injury case.
Anytime we have had to go in and talk with Geoff, Brooke, Scott, or Dolly, it was like catching up with an old friend and that alone made the whole process easier to go through. We were never made to feel like a question or concern was dumb. We were always given a real outlook of our case and never sugar coated or given to much of an optimistic outcome.
They were personally invested in our case and did not make it seem like a business transaction. We were presented with the best case scenario from the get go and although it took longer then we wanted it to, Geoff and his team did their best to get us to the best case scenario.
There is no other lawyer I would ever recommend to represent someone dealing with a motorcycle/car accident then Geoff and his team.
We truly appreciate everything they have done for us and we would have not gotten the outcome we did without them.
Posted by Alec
In my first Moot Court Case at Law School, the Professor made us Switch Sides the day before the trial to make us focus on the other side's arguments. Looking at my case from the Defendant's point of view, I realize that my case was Very Difficult to Win for the following reasons:
1) I crashed my bike all by myself through improper braking technique, probably by locking the front wheel and not releasing it soon enough.
2) My Age is a factor here. I might have had a Lot of Good Training, but apparently I was not able to apply that training in an Emergency.
3) I fell down quickly and didn't see anything the Defendant did beyond his initial entry into the intersection. Things would have been different had I stayed upright longer, had seen where D ended up, noted color and make of his car, etc. Also Different if I had crashed swerving to avoid D. As Mike said in his Closing Statement, at the point I lost contact with D, for all I know, he could have been turning right into the #2 or #3 lane -- I didn't know, before I fell down, that he was trying to cross all the lanes to make a left turn.
4) Non-impact cases are Hard to Prove, as the jury sees that I crashed my bike, D didn't hit me or my bike, and, in this case, by All the evidence, didn't enter my lane. The Jury thinks if I had just braked properly, no harm, no foul. Which is True! Why should D pay for My crashing My bike when D clearly stopped in time?!
5) Therefore, we should Not have been so Optimistic and I should have taken the $30K offered by D to settle. I think we both got a little greedy... (Of course, this is Easy to Conclude, given the result. The Jury clearly Didn't Get It. We won two votes. The case would have Probably been won with a better jury, and I realize that. This case was probably Lost at Voir Dire, through no fault of our own in the selection process. I Never felt Connected to the Jury, and I don't think you did, either!)
At the trial, in retrospect, you might have done things a bit differently (but I'm not a trial lawyer: What do I Know?!):
1) Deal More Directly with the Problem of My Crashing My Bike, which seemed to me to be an Elephant in the Room, with us consistently saying that I did Nothing Wrong. Admit I lost control by braking improperly, but stress that it was an Emergency and Perfection is Not Required. I did the Best I Could in a Life-Threatening Situation. D's actions Caused me to apply my brakes in the first place. He clearly Didn't See Me as he entered the intersection.
2) Prove Emergency. D thought we would collide when he first saw me (perhaps this point was not stressed Enough at the trial). Distances, Speeds, where D ended up, No Crystal Ball, Reasonable (though Not Perfect) actions in Dire, Life-Threatening Emergency, etc.
3) In light of one of the juror's comments after trial, it might have been a Good Idea to make sure the Jury knew what the Burden of Proof in a Civil Case is!
I don't know if any of the above will help you in your next case or not, and I truly wonder whether tackling My Crashing My Bike head on is the best tactic. Clearly you didn't think so or you would have done it. But it always did Bother Me that we weren't addressing this issue, and I take the Blame for not bringing this issue up.
I was very impressed by your Passionate Commitment to my cause and your Excellent Preparation. You did Everything you could to win. With a Different Jury, we well might have won. We always Roll the Dice at a jury trial. But I Do think you might have been More Optimistic than the Facts of My Particular Case merited. On the other hand, it's your Job to be Optimistic, isn't it?
All I can Really Say, at the end of it, is THANK YOU for Representing Me So Spectacularly!
Barry Entrekin, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Geoff and I worked together on a very complex matter and I got to know him well. He has a brilliant grasp of the case law, excellent people skills, extensive trial experience and does not back down from a challenge. He has been a leader among Arizona trial lawyers for many years and now serves in a statewide leadership position with the State Bar. I strongly endorse him and would not hesitate to refer family and friends to him.
Mark Breyer, Car accident Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
While the rest of us operate on 24 hour days, Geoff must have figured out a way to get at least 30 hours of accomplishment fit into each day. He has demonstrated excellence in many different ways and done so in two different states. He has earned the respect of top lawyers throughout the legal community. Geoff Trachtenberg has shown the ability to simply achieve more than most others, a result of the combination of his impressive work ethic and legal ability.
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