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Geoffrey M. Trachtenberg

Geoffrey M. Trachtenberg, Levenbaum, Cohen, Trachtenberg

Geoffrey M. Trachtenberg is a partner at the firm who focuses on personal injury, litigation and appeals, particularly related to motorcycle injury and wrongful death cases. He is Board-Certified in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death litigation, a distinction requiring a significant amount of trial experience that is given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Geoff is “AV-Rated” by Martindale-Hubbell, listed in “Best Lawyers in America” by U.S. News & World Report, and featured as one of the “Top 5” personal injury attorneys for 2018 in Arizona Business Leaders. He was also selected for the “Super Lawyers – Top 50” in Arizona and listed in the Top 100 lawyers for 2017 and 2016 the Arizona Business Magazine. The Arizona Attorney has written a feature article about him here.

Geoff graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and then practiced with the law firm of Irell & Manella, LLP in Newport Beach, California.

Geoff is well-known amongst his peers, earning their respect for his honesty and dedication to justice:

“While the rest of us operate on 24 hour days, Geoff must have figured out a way to get at least 30 hours of accomplishment fit into each day. He has earned the respect of top lawyers throughout the legal community. Geoff Trachtenberg has shown the ability to simply achieve more than most others, a result of the combination of his impressive work ethic and legal ability.” — M. Breyer, Esq.
“Geoff and I worked together on a very complex matter and I got to know him well. He has a brilliant grasp of the case law, excellent people skills, extensive trial experience and does not back down from a challenge. He has been a leader among trial lawyers for many years and now serves in a statewide leadership position with the State Bar. I strongly endorse him and would not hesitate to refer family and friends to him.” — L. Entrekin, Esq.
“Geoff has one of the sharpest legal minds I’ve come across in my 37 years as an attorney. His legal analysis is brilliant, and he’s skillful at developing theories that advance the law and the interests of his clients. He’s a dedicated trial attorney, who works hard to obtain justice for his clients.” — H. Snyder, Esq.

Geoff is also a well-recognized expert in the area of medical liens and subrogation rights. He regularly speaks on the topic and is the author of Third-Party Interests: Liens and Subrogation Rights, a comprehensive publication on state and federal third-party recovery rights.

See him here in Hospitals Go After Accident Victims’ Settlement Money.

Geoff is the past-President of the State Bar of Arizona (2015-2016). The President leads the Board of Governors which itself oversees the Bar’s $15 million annual budget and licenses approximately 18,000 attorneys throughout the state.

Geoff is also the past President of the Arizona Association for Justice (2016-2017), previously known as the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. AzAJ consists of about 700 lawyers and is the sole Arizona bar association specifically dedicated to protecting the rights of tort victims and insurance consumers.

For ten years, Geoff also served as a Judge Pro Tempore with the Maricopa County Superior Court and he volunteers his time with a number of organizations, including the the Arizona Brain Injury Association and assisting poor and indigent families with free legal services.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona State Bar, 2000
  • California State Bar, 1997
  • Utah State Bar, 2010
  • New Mexico State Bar, 2015
  • Texas State Bar, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2016
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2016

Education

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 1997
Law Journals:

  • California Law Review, Editor
  • Ecology Law Quarterly, Member

Activities:

  • McBaine Moot Court Honors Competition

Honors:

  • Prosser Award (Civil Procedure)
  • Best Brief Award (Moot Court)

University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, December 1993

Honors:

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Activities:

  • Lovaas Autism Institute, Senior Therapist
  • Behavior Modification, Lecturer

Prior Employment

Irell & Manella LLP, Newport Beach, California
Litigation and Corporate Associate, 19982002

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Law Clerk for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor 1997–1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court (2007-2017)
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Arizona — President (2015-2016)
  • Arizona Association for Justice – President (2016-2017)
  • Arizona Judicial Council
  • American Association of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Utah Association for Justice

Pro Bono Activities

Representative Cases

Birth Information

Cape Town, South Africa, 1971