John Ager | Phoenix Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer

John Ager

I am  a life-long Arizona resident. I earned my  undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where I double majored in rhetoric and social science with an emphasis in legal theory. I earned my law degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona where I was a member of Arizona Law Review and served as an extern to U.S. District Court Judge Hon. Richard Bilby.

I have been litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases, specializing in medical malpractice cases, for 25 years.  I am a board certified specialist in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.  I have successfully tried many cases to verdict.  I am a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, both leading, invitation-only associations of experienced trial lawyers and judges. I am rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, indicating my peers rank me at the highest level of ethical and professional excellence.   I have been recognized annually for many years by Best Lawyers in America for his work in personal injury cases, most recently as Lawyer of the Year for 2022.  I am  also recognized annually by Southwest Super Lawyers for my work in medical malpractice cases.  For 8 years, I was co-chair of the State Bar of Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Arizona’s premiere development program for trial lawyers.  I am a graduate of the College and continue to serves on the faculty.  I am a member of the State Bar of Arizona Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, the leading  committee responsible for drafting and reviewing the rules governing the way many civil cases are litigated.


  • University of Arizona College of Law, J.D. 1996
    • Arizona Law Review, Writer
    • Extern to Hon. Richard Bilby, U.S. District Court
    • American Bar Association, Law Student Division
      • National Board of Governors 1995-96
      • School Representative 1994-96
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
      • School President 1995-96
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A. 1991
    • Double Major in Rhetoric and Social Science
    • NCAA Men’s Swimming Team
    • Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Bar Admissions

  • All Arizona Courts
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation
    • 2022 Lawyer of the Year – Phoenix
    • 2016-Present
  • Arizona Association for Justice
    • 2022 Volunteer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers, Medical Malpractice
    • 2015-Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Certified Specialist, Personal Injury and Death Litigation
    • 2014-Present
  • Phoenix Magazine, Top Attorneys in Arizona
    • 2014-Present
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers (Association Dissolved)
    • 2014-2018
  • North Valley Magazine, Top Personal Injury Lawyer, 2013
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services, Top 50 Pro Bono Lawyers, 2013
  • Arizona Business Magazine, Top Attorneys in Arizona, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
    • 2011-Present
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb,
    • 2010-Present
  • Arizona Attorney Magazine, Top 10 Verdicts in Arizona, 2008
  • American Bar Association, Silver Key, 1996


  • Statewide Taskforce on Jury Selection, Workgroup, 2021
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tempore, 2013-Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, College of Trial Advocacy
    • Co-Chair, 2010-2018
    • Faculty, 2007-Present
  • State Bar of Arizona Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 2007-Present
    • Rule 16.3 Subcommittee, Chair
    • Rule 35 Subcommittee, Chair
    • Rule 57 Subcommittee, Chair
    • Rule 7.1 Subcommittee, Chair
    • Rule 37 Subcommittee, Chair
    • Rule 30 Subcommittee, Chair
    • Rule 17 Subcommittee, Chair
  • State Bar of Arizona, Fee Arbitrator

Professional Associations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2021-Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2014-Present
    • Phoenix Chapter President, 2022
    • Phoenix Chapter Vice President, 2020-2021
    • Phoenix Chapter Treasurer, 2019
    • Phoenix Chapter Board, 2016-Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • American Association for Justice, 2000-present
  • Arizona Association for Justice, 2000-present
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, 1998-present
    •  Membership Chair 2012-2016
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, 1996-present
  • American Bar Association, 1996-2013

Published Decisions

  • Keggi v. Northbrook Property and Cas. Ins. Co., 13 P.3d 785 (Ariz. App. 2000)
  • Childress Buick v. O’Connell, 11 P.3d 413 (Ariz. App. 2000)

Published Works

  • Advocate, Taking on a Medical Malpractice Case, 2019
  • Advocate, Settling a Minor’s Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Claim, 2018
  • Advocate, Major Changes Coming to the Rules, Again!, 2018
  • Advocate, Major Changes to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, 2017
  • Arizona Attorney, The Limits of the Cooperation Clause, A Primer, March 2016
  • Advocate, Rule 7.1 – Use it Wisely, 2016
  • Advocate, Civil Practice and Procedure Rules Update, 2014
  • Advocate, Trial Lawyers are Certifiable, 2013
  • Advocate, 2012 Amendments to Rules Affecting Civil Practice, 2012
  • Advocate, Recent Amendments to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, 2011
  • Advocate, Changes to the Rules Governing Civil Practice and Procedure, 2010
  • Advocate, Recent Amendments to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, 2009
  • Advocate, Recent Amendments to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, 2008

Teaching and Presentations

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Civility Matters, 2021
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Medical Malpractice Perspectives, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona Convention, Medical Malpractice Roundtable, 2020
  • State Bar of Arizona, Daubert and Expert Witnesses, 2020
  • State Bar of Arizona, Civil Rules Update, 2020
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Ethics and ER 5.4, 2020
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association,  Litigation Strategies, 2018
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Civility Matters, 2017
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Damron Agreements, 2017
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, An Evening of Ethics , 2016
  • State Bar of Arizona, Professionalism Course, 2015-Present
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Civil Practice-Rules Update, 2014
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Ethics Night at the Movies, 2014
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Ethical Issues in Cinema, 2013
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Supreme Court Jeopardy, 2012
  • Medical Malpractice 101, 2012
  • State Bar of Arizona, College of Trial Advocacy, 2008-Present

Pro Bono/Community Activities

  • Maricopa County Superior Court – Settlement Advisor
  • Channel 12 Lawyers on Call
  • Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • All Saints’ Episcopal Day School Dad’s Club, Chairman