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Steve German has been practicing law in Arizona since 1993, and is also licensed in Ohio. Steve spent six years employed at a large law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. 

In 1999, Steve started his own law firm, devoting his practice to protecting individual rights. His clients are victims of insurance companies that refuse to pay long-term disability benefits, victims (and surviving families) of rollover and tread-separation accidents, nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, and other tort-related incidents. 

Beginning in 1999, Steve formed a close allegiance and working relationship with Tab Turner, an Arkansas attorney, who has twice been named national Trial Lawyer of the Year, and who is perhaps best known for his work against Ford (Rollovers) and Firestone (Tread-Separations). That close working relationship continues to this day as together they routinely litigate catastrophic loss claims against Ford, Firestone, Cooper Tire, TRW, and other large corporations that manufacture automobiles and tires. 

From the mid-1990s to the present, Steve has resolved individual disability income claims, either by obtaining monthly benefits for clients, settling claims, and/or negotiating buy-outs, totaling in the tens of millions of dollars. Since 1999, Steve and the Firm have litigated and resolved rollover and tread separation cases with Tab Turner in the southwest United States, totalling tens of millions of dollars.  Steve and his Firm are currently litigating cases of local and national interest, including a Utah bus crash that killed nine, and injured dozens more, when a chartered bus rolled on its return trip to Phoenix from Telluride Ski Resort.

In 2003, Danny Adelman joined Steve, and together they formed Adelman German, PLC. The practice has thrived and grown considerably over the past eight years. Together, Danny and Steve have successfully represented numerous families and children who were catastrophically injured as a result of hospital and professional negligence. Steve has successfully litigated individual cases that have resolved in amounts ranging from the high hundreds of thousands of dollars, up to $12 million.

Adelman German currently staffs four full-time attorneys at its Scottsdale office, and a support staff including several top tiered para-professionals and support staff.  The firm is well-rooted in the community, and actively is engaged in numerous charitable organizations and philanthropies. 


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    23 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Insurance: 35%
    23 years, 250 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    23 years, 100 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 15%
    23 years, 200 cases



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Kent S Berk

    I highly recommend Steve German. He is knowledgeable, fair, professional, tenacious and effective.


    Kent Berk Probate Attorney
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Contact info

Adleman German PLC

8245 N 85th Way
Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-0001


AZActive 199305/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Law FirmUS News & World Reports2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Law FirmUS News and World Reports2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Personal Injury LitigatorBenchmark Litigation2013
Best Lawyers in America - Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Benchmark Litigation - Plaintiff's Personal InjuryBenchmark Litigation: Plaintiffs Attorneys2012
Arizona's Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Plaintiff's LawyersBenchmark Litigation: Plaintiffs2011
Best Law Firms In America: Ranked Tier. 1The Best Lawyers in America2010
AV-Rated Law FirmMartindale Hubbel2003
Am Jur Award - Secured TransactionsCleveland-Marshall College of Law1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/PartnerAdelman German, PLC1999 - Present
AttorneyO'Connor Cavanagh Anderson Westover Killingsworth1993 - 1999
AttorneyBegam Lewis Marks & Wolfe1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticePublic Affairs Committee2014 - Present
Arizona Family Planning CouncilBoard of Director2011 - Present
United PolicyholdersMember2010 - Present
National Advisory Council Cleveland Marshall Law SchoolMember2003 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1998 - Present
Arizona Association for JusticeMember1998 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember1994 - Present
National Bar Foundation of the American Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2003
Maricopa County Bar FoundationPresident-Elect1999 - 2002
Council for Jews with Special NeedsPresident1998 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Scottsdale Insurance Company v. Anthony CendejasUpheld on Appeal (Published Decision)
JNS Holding Corp.Impacts Procedural Rules in Arizona
Ronald B. Joseph v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 2009 WL 2782683 (D.Ariz. 2009)Remanded and Defendants Pay Attorney Fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
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, 2009Scottsdale 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. 1JNS Holding Corp. v. Superior Court in and for County of Maricopa1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Ohio State UniversityInternational Relations & FrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Orange High SchoolN/AHigh School1985
College de CandolleFrenchHS1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Insurance Coverage LitigationInsurance Coverage Issues2012
Disability Benefits Law WorkshopPrivate Disability Insurance2012