The Cavanagh Law Firm is pleased to announce that ten attorneys from the former Kunz Plitt Hyland & Demlong firm has moved its premier insurance coverage and litigation practice to The Cavanagh Law Firm’s Phoenix office. This strategic move by both firms creates one of the largest and most experienced insurance coverage practice groups in the Southwest.
The Cavanagh Law Firm Chairman, Kerry Griggs, commented, “Steve, Tim, Bill and their team add remarkable depth and experience to our firm’s litigation and insurance practices. These areas have been cornerstones of the firm’s success from the very beginning. We are happy that these respected attorneys will be able to offer their clients the added benefits that come from practicing at a larger firm with a diverse set of practice areas.”
With the addition of ten talented lawyers, The Cavanagh Law Firm is comprised nearly 50 lawyers in two offices, offering an impressive array of legal services, including employment, labor, insurance, tax, corporate, banking, domestic relations, estate planning, probate, environmental, bankruptcy, real estate, litigation and appellate practices.
The new attorneys include proven trial lawyers and influential thought leaders in areas related to insurance, tort litigation and other civil matters. Their former firm is designated by U.S. News and World Report as a Tier 1 insurance law firm. With an extensive array of talent and experience, the new group features several attorneys who have been AV rated by their peers for legal ability and ethics, as well as seven Arizona Super Lawyers, including founding members Steven Plitt, Timothy Hyland and William Demlong. The Cavanagh Law Firm now has 14 attorneys who are listed as Arizona Super Lawyers. Steven Plitt, Timothy Hyland and William Demlong were just named to the AZ Business Magazine’s list of 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2016. Several of the firm’s partners are regular speakers, educators, authors and editors in their respective fields.
Steven Plitt is a veteran trial lawyer. He has analyzed and litigated insurance coverage cases for nearly three decades. Mr. Plitt is a former adjunct professor of law at Arizona State University’s College of Law where he taught the insurance law curriculum. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. Mr. Plitt has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of insurance law and was identified as one of Phoenix’s Top Lawyers by Phoenix Magazine. He was selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer and chosen by Super Lawyer and his peers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. Mr. Plitt is the author of the widely recognized and authoritative insurance coverage treatise series titled Couch on Insurance 3d. He was listed by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state. Best Lawyers honored him in 2012 as Insurance Lawyer of the Year.
Timothy Hyland has focused his practice on litigation, both trial and appellate, of insurance matters, and complex commercial and personal injury litigation. Mr. Hyland’s practice involves the analysis and litigation of complex insurance claims and coverage in both the first-party and third-party contexts, including all types of policies with particular emphasis on life, health, disability (including group policies and ERISA claims), general liability, personal and commercial automobile, personal and surplus lines, and professional malpractice. Mr. Hyland devotes a substantial amount of his practice to defense of insurance bad faith and punitive damage claims against insurers. He has been a contributing author and editor of numerous books and articles. He has been honored as a Southwest Super Lawyer and was recognized by this publication as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. He was listed by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state. He has also been honored by Best Lawyers in America.
William Demlong, who is also a certified public accountant, has focused his practice on litigation, both trial and appellate, of insurance matters, including ERISA matters, and complex commercial, construction defect and personal injury litigation. Mr. Demlong has litigated substantial commercial, construction defect and personal injury matters in both federal and state courts, having tried cases in Arizona, Nevada and Illinois and having litigated matters in seven additional states. Mr. Demlong is very active within the United States District Court of the District of Arizona and was an arbitrator for the District Court, a member of that court’s Technology Committee, is past chair of the Arizona Lawyer Representative for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and twice chaired the Court’s Magistrate Selection Committee. He was recognized by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state. He was honored as a Southwest Super Lawyer and listed by this publication as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona.
Steven Plitt, Timothy Hyland, William Demlong, Elliot Wernick, Steven Gross and Connie Gould joined The Cavanagh Law Firm as Senior Members. John Wittwer and Jordan Plitt joined the firm as Members. Kimberly Suciu and Paige Pataky joined the firm as Associates.