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Steven J German

Insurance Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Steve German

  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 31 years
    Ohio - OH 31 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Class action
    Steve serves as liaison counsel and on the steering committee of a large mass tort lawsuit involving a defective medical device. He has been involved in a dozen or so mass-tort cases over the past five years.

    5 years, 100 cases

  2. Insurance
    We represent professionals, including doctors, dentists, lawyers, podiatrists, and other professionals that have suffered an illness or accident that prevents them from practicing their specialty. Insurance companies will do their best to deny claims. This can devastate families who have also lost an income due to the illness or injury.

    31 years, 250 cases

  3. Personal injury
    All sorts of injury related claims, from car wrecks to homes burning to the ground. From product liability claims to bad faith insurance claims. We have resolved cases from $10,000 to over $12 Million.

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Medical malpractice
    We represent victims of medical malpractice; from birth injuries to misdiagnosis, to failure to timely or reasonably treat a patient.

    31 years, 100 cases

  5. Wrongful death
    We handle wrongful death claims arising from defective products, including car crashes, bus accidents, trucking accidents, tire tread separations, rollovers, and medical malpractice or nursing home negligence.

    31 years, 200 cases

Mr. German started his career as a lawyer in 1993 employed by a large downtown law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, where he gained excellent litigation training and insight into how large corporations operate and defend against litigation and claims of wrongdoing. He was a member of the firm’s trial practice group, and began his career as a trial attorney learning from the finest, most accomplished trial lawyers. In 1999, Mr. German left the large firm to start his own practice, focused exclusively on helping individuals and family's harmed by defective products, car wrecks, insurance bad-faith, toxic torts, medical malpractice, and the wrongful denial of legitimate disability claims.

Mr. German’s practice began thriving from the start. This was in part due to Mr. German's unique ability to creatively resolve complex matters and to the cases that do not settle to trial. Over the past thirty years, Mr. German has earned an excellent reputation as a compassionate caring trial lawyer who forms close bonds with his clients, provides them with care and understanding knowing the hardships they faced, and uses their pain and suffering as motivation to tenaciously fight for justice without comrpomise until they are made whole.

Mr. German’s trial experience is extensive compared to his peers. Steve has handled two dozen jury and bench trials in State and Federal Courts. His portfolio of trial experience includes several jury trials against Ford and Firestone. A roadway design case against Maricopa County, and another defective roadway he brought against the City of Tucson and prevailed. He is represented clients with injuries cause by substandard care from surgeons, podiatrists, and radiologists, among other professionals. He is perhaps most passionate when he assists innocent claimants facing terrible misfortunate bring suit against disability insurance companies that purposefully deny or terminate legitimate disability claims. 

In 2017, Mr. German prosecuted a three-week federal jury trial in the US District Court of Arizona against a large insurance company that wrongfully terminated a legitimate disability claim. The $6.5 Million verdict was the third largest in all of Arizona for the year 2017. He succeeeded in proving a heightened burden of proof and prevailed by getting a verdict for $5 Million in punitive damages. The verdict was upheld in 2020 by the 9th Circuit Court. Mr. German's cases have shaped the law in Arizona in many ways, from the way rules and statutes governing civil lawsuits is interpresented and applied, and has handled cases that helped to shape the law governing wrongful denital of legitiamte insurance claims and bad faith conduct that was intended to cause an insured harm. 

In 2003, Danny Adelman became Steve's partner and together they formed Adelman German, A Law Firm, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their firm grew rapidly to include four attorneys and eight support staff. It was soon recognized as one of the very best law firms in Arizona with an excellent reputation across the country. Steve litigated and/or tried numerous medical malpractice lawsuits with Mr. Adelman. In 2018, Danny accepted the position of Executive Director for the largest non-profit law firm in the state of Arizona.

In 2022, Mr. German was chosen by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve on the Committee that licenses a brand new type of law firm, known as an ABS (Alternative Business Structure) Law Firm. Arizona is the only State in the entire country that has all togehter abolished the Rule prohibiting non-lawyer ownership of law firms. Mr. German became a pioneer and embraced the opportunity by opening and managing one of Arizona's first ABS Law Firms. His vision was to fulfil the objectives of the ABS Model, and use new-found fudning to improve access to to justice and to innovate the how law is practiced, which has been unchanged for decades. Mr. German recently left the ABS Law Firm he started in order to return to Steve German, A Law Firm, where he continues to lead the way as one of Arizona's premier mass-tort, personal injury, product liability and insurance bad-faith attorneys.

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Steven J. German
Adelman German, PLC - A Law Firm
8245 N. 85th Way
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
(480) 626-2700 (Direct Line)
Steven J. German
Adelman German, PLC - A Law Firm
8245 N. 85th Way
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
(480) 626-2700 (Direct-Line)


Steve German, A Law Firm
11201 N Tatum Blvd.
Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ, 85028

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Posted by Peter | November 2, 2014
Happy and positive result
Steve and his staff and accepted my daughter's case and we were so happy that he did! My daughter's case involved her medical bills and the denial of claims from her insurance company. From day 1, Steve and staff demonstrated professionalism, compassion and dedication throughout the process. Steve was so passionate about defending the common person against corporate injustice. He and his staff constantly kept us updated and positive throughout the process. On a personal note, he or Shari, an important member of his firm, always went out of there way to ask about our family and how things were going in our lives. It never went to trial, ending at mediation with a positive result. Steve and his staff worked tirelessly and we will forever be indebted to him. I would recommend Steve and his firm without hesitation.
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Posted by P Konstantine | October 22, 2014
Most communicable, personable, and winning attorney
Steve, his partners and I won an essential case together. Steve and his partners were the most professional and comforting during the entire case and even took it all the way to trial. The trial went great and the confidence Steve exuded in the courtroom as my lawyer... wow. I would recommend Steve German and his team to anyone needing professional help with the principle matter of justice.
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Posted by james | August 30, 2009
Steve German
From the beginning, when he said I was in error on my assumption about my case, to the successful conclusion of our case, Steve was always telling me the way it was. In the beginning this is not what I wanted to hear, but he calmed me, explained it, and ultimately made it all work out well.


  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Managing Partner
  • Steve German, A Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Partner and Owner
  • Scout Law Group, An Arizona Alternative Business Structure Law Firm
  • 2021 - 2024
  • Owner/Partner
  • Adelman German, PLC
  • 1999 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • O'Connor Cavanagh Anderson Westover Killingsworth
  • 1993 - 1999
  • Attorney
  • Begam Lewis Marks & Wolfe
  • 1992 - 1993
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  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • Orange High School
  • High School
  • 1985
  • College de Candolle
  • HS
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McClure v. Country Life Insurance Company, C.C. Services, Inc. (dba Country Financial)
  • Verdict for $6.5 Million
  • Scottsdale Insurance Company v. Anthony Cendejas
  • Upheld on Appeal (Published Decision)
  • JNS Holding Corp.
  • Impacts Procedural Rules in Arizona
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  • Arizona Alternative Business Structure Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • National Association of ABS Law Firms
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Public Affairs Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Arizona Family Planning Council
  • Board of Director
  • 2011 - Present
  • United Policyholders
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Advisory Council Cleveland Marshall Law School
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Arizona Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Bar Foundation of the American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Maricopa County Bar Foundation
  • President-Elect
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Council for Jews with Special Needs
  • President
  • 1998 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Arizona Super Lawyer - Insurance Lit and Medical Mal
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firm
  • US News & World Reports
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firm
  • US News and World Reports
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Best Personal Injury Litigator
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2013
  • Arizona's Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Benchmark Litigation - Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Benchmark Litigation: Plaintiffs Attorneys
  • 2012
  • 100 Top Lawyers in America
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Best Plaintiff's Lawyers
  • Benchmark Litigation: Plaintiffs
  • 2011
  • Best Law Firms In America: Ranked Tier. 1
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • AV-Rated Law Firm
  • Martindale Hubbel
  • 2003
  • Am Jur Award - Secured Transactions
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • 1991
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  • Scottsdale Insurance Company (subrogee to Todd Andrews) v. Anthony Cendejas, TOPA, Inc., 2009 WL 530780, 551 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 17, Ariz.App. Div. 1, March 03, 2009 (NO. 1 CA-CV 08-0001), Designation of Non-Party at Fault, 2009
  • Scottsdale Insurance Company (subrogee to Todd Andrews) v. Anthony Cendejas, TOPA, Inc.,
  • 2009
  • JNS Holding Corp. v. Superior Court in and for County of Maricopa, 183 Ariz. 98, 900 P.2d 1234, Ariz.App. Div. 1
  • JNS Holding Corp. v. Superior Court in and for County of Maricopa
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Reuters
  • Reuters Legal Podcast
  • 2023
  • American Association of Justice Winter Convention
  • Panelist and Discussion on Pros and Cons of ABS Law Firm
  • 2023
  • American Association of Justice Winter Convention
  • AAJ Roundtable Re: ABS Law Firms
  • 2022
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Steven
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Steve German. He is knowledgeable, fair, professional, tenacious and effective."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Steve on a case a few years ago and his work was impeccable. More importantly, he seemed to care about everyone involved--my client and his. I highly recommend him."

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Phoenix Insurance Lawyer Steven J German
Steven J German
Insurance Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 31 years
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