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America’s Most Honored Lawyer Recognition

The Cavanagh Law Firm is proud to recognize that many of our attorneys have recently received professional honors as America’s Most Honored Lawyers by American Registry. Thirteen of the Firm’s attorneys have been awarded the recognition of America’s Most Honored Lawyers 2020 – Top 1%. 

Specifically, the recognition is “Awarded for continuous professional recognition an accomplishment realized by the Top 1% of American lawyers. All qualifying public recognitions of excellence are certified by The American Registry and include significant mentions in the press, honors by recognized trade groups, and acclaimed recognitions by peers or clients.”

Recognition Benchmarks

American Registry is a rating organization that specializes in recognizing the top business professionals in their specific fields for their unmatched excellence and reputation. These outstanding achievements in various practices have been recognized nationally through this peer review rated accomplishment. Researchers for American Registry are in a unique position to qualify top professionals across all industries. These researchers specialize in authenticating the legitimacy and value of each candidate’s professional and business recognitions.

Honorees are carefully selected from a comprehensive database of publicly acknowledged professionals in their specific areas of work. Criteria for qualification include each attorney that has repeated, authenticated, and publicized honors from the press, peers, and trade groups as well as clients over a five year period.

The Cavanagh Law Firm Honorees and Accomplishments

Our exceptional attorneys cover various practices within the Cavanagh Law Firm. We are fully committed to serving our clients and supporting our communities. The Firm brings experience and dedication to each matter. 

Honorees of America’s Most Honored Lawyers 2020 – Top 1% are listed below.

Kerry Griggs

With over 20 years of experience in law, Senior Member Kerry Griggs focuses on commercial litigation and first-party insurance disputes. His specialties include real estate litigation, products liability, consumer product warranties, insurance coverage, insurance special investigations, and administrative practice. He has taken numerous cases through jury trials, arbitrations, and bench trials.

Terry Rakow

With a focus on real estate, corporate matters, and complex family trusts, attorney and Senior Member Terry Rakow assists his select group of clients in connection with any and all legal matters that require attention utilizing his approximately 47 years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Steven Plitt

Steven Plitt maintains a national insurance law consulting practice. Highly regarded by courts throughout the United States, Mr. Plitt consults with the nation’s largest law firms regarding insurance-related litigation. 

Timothy Hyland

As a successful bad faith, insurance coverage, and insurance defense litigator, attorney Timothy Hyland takes a highly strategic and ethical approach to all areas of litigation. For 35 years, Mr. Hyland has been representing clients in complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation matters with clarity of purpose, open and direct negotiations, and a resolution oriented approach.

Christina Hamilton

As a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1992, Christina Hamilton handles complex divorce matters. Through strong experience, Ms. Hamilton also specializes in custody litigation, business valuations issues, and other forensic matters with poise and grace.

Peter Guild

The focus of the legal practice of Peter Guild, one of the Founding Senior Members of the Cavanagh Law Firm, include estate and succession planning, as well as general commercial law. As a Certified Tax Specialist, Mr. Guild assists in disputes entailing financial and commercial matters associated with complex divorce and succession planning.

Philip Gerard

Philip Gerard has been practicing family law for 45 years and has handled many complex matters with an emphasis on financial, tax, valuation, and other forensic aspects of divorce cases.  He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers, America’s Best Lawyers and Martindale Hubbell.

William Demlong

Attorney William Demlong has handled insurance coverage and bad faith cases for insurers in over ten states, including Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada where he actively practices. He also practices in the area of professional negligence, construction defect, commercial litigation and significant personal injury claims.  With over 30 years of experience, Bill sets the bar for a top-notch attorney in offering his wisdom, experience and integrity to those he represents.

Helen Davis

President and Chair of the Board of The Cavanagh Law Firm, Helen Davis is a recognized authority in the practice of family law with over 20 years of experience handling complex financial issues, high-level custody litigation, and premarital agreements. Ms. Davis is certified as a  Family Law Specialist by the Arizona State Bar, is a Fellow of the American Academy if Matrimonial Lawyers, and is adjunct faculty at The Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. 

Elliot Wernick

For more than 26 years, attorney Elliot Wernick has focused on counseling and representing clients and insurers in complex litigation matters, including commercial, tort and insurance coverage matters, in both state and federal court.  This Senior Member also volunteers his time in both the legal and non-legal communities and has an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale Hubbell.  

Steven Gross

Steven Gross serves as national and regional coverage counsel for large motor carrier transportation insurance advising clients on bad faith litigation in over 19 states.  Mr. Gross is the managing editor of the Arizona Tort Law Handbook published by the Arizona State Bar. 

Cassandra Meyer

Cassandra Meyer maintains a diverse litigation practice in the areas of premises, auto, products, commercial, and professional liability. Attorney Meyer also specializes in insurance coverage and bad faith defense for insurers across all lines of coverage.  Ms. Meyer’s extensive litigation and coverage background provides her with the ability to be able to find thoughtful and practical solutions for her client’s cases.

Richard Mear

Richard Mear’s litigation practice is driven by his desire to obtain effective and efficient results for his clients. Attorney Mear’s extensive experience in all aspects of litigation makes him a success in this industry keeping clients top-of-mind in all matters he takes on.

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