John Ager


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

John has been litigating cases involving catastrophic injury and death for more than 20 years. He has successfully tried many cases to verdict. He is a Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.  He is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, indicating his peers rank him at the highest level of ethical and professional excellence.  He is listed in Super Lawyers for his work in medical malpractice cases.  John is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and recognized by Best Lawyers and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, leading invitation-only associations of experienced trial lawyers and judges.  He is co-chairman of the State Bar of Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Arizona’s leading trial college for developing lawyers, where he also serves on the faculty.  In addition, he is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, the committee responsible for drafting and reviewing the rules governing the way civil cases are litigated.

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law, J.D. 1996
    • Arizona Law Review
    • Board of Governors, American Bar Association, Law Student Division
    • Extern to U.S. District Court Judge Hon. Richard Bilby
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, President
  • 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 State Courts
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Supreme Court

Appointments

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016-Present
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tempore, 2013-Present
  • State Bar of Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Co-Chair, 2010-Present
  • State Bar of Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Faculty, 2007-Present
  • State Bar of Arizona Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 2007-Present

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, 2017- Present
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Medical Malpractice, 2015-Present
  • Phoenix Magazine, Top Attorneys in Arizona, 2014-Present
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2014-Present
  • Board Certified Specialist, Personal Injury and Death Litigation, 2014-Present
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Law Firms In Arizona, 2013-Present
  • 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

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, 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, Damron v. Sledge and        Its Progeny, 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 Trial Lawyers Association,  Litigation Strategies, 2018
  • 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

Professional Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2014-Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers, 2007-2106
  • American Association for Justice, 2000-present
  • Arizona Association for Justice, 2000-present
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, 1998-present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, 1996-present
  • American Bar Association, 1996-2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Case Settlement Reviews
  • Channel 12 Lawyers on Call
  • Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program