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For over 25 years, Steve Dawson has dedicated his practice to suing insurance companies that cheat their policyholders.  He has litigated cases involving virtually every kind of insurance coverage, whether medical, disability, auto, homeowners, or commercial liability.  He has represented individuals, families, and companies in cases against their insurance companies. Mr. Dawson has consulted with clients and attorneys throughout the country, has frequently lectured on the topic and has been called upon to act as an expert witness. He is a participant in Arizona's Finest Lawyers, an invitation only directory of the state's most prominent and prestigious lawyers.  Mr. Dawson was selected in every year since 2007 as one of a few Southwest Super Lawyers, following a selection process that included peer nominations, a blue ribbon panel review and independent research of candidates.


Practice areas


  1. Insurance Fraud: 90%
  2. Personal Injury: 10%



Contingent (33-45%)

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Contact info

Dawson & Rosenthal P.C.

6586 Highway 179 B-2
Sedona, AZ, 86351


AZActive 198107/09/2016
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 America2017
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2017
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Sustaining MemberArizona Finest Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDawson & Rosenthal1995 - Present
PartnerThur Dawson & O'sullivan1983 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cano v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co.$325,000 verdict
Clabough v. State of ArizonaOver $4 million verdict
Nardelli v. MetLife Auto & HomeOver $55 million verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Arizona State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Arizona seminarBad Faith InsuranceN/A
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association seminarTrial PracticeN/A
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial PracticeN/A
Arizona Trial CollegeTrial PracticeN/A
AAJ Annual ConventionBad Faith InsuranceN/A