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 2016 and 2017 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:
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 SBA 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. During his term, Geoff’s focus was “access to justice.” To further this goal he developed the SBA’s Public Service Center, which connects pro bono and modest means clients with attorneys willing to assist them for little or no cost.
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. He also volunteers his time with a number of public service organizations and devotes significant time to assisting poor and indigent families with free legal services.
- 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
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 1997
- California Law Review, Editor
- Ecology Law Quarterly, Member
- McBaine Moot Court Honors Competition
- Prosser Award (Civil Procedure)
- Best Brief Award (Moot Court)
University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, December 1993
- Magna Cum Laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Lovaas Autism Institute, Senior Therapist
- Behavior Modification, Lecturer
Irell & Manella LLP, Newport Beach, California
Litigation and Corporate Associate, 1998–2002
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
- Author, Third-Party Interests: Liens and Subrogation Rights (2016)
- Co-Author, Arizona Motorvehicle Accident Deskbook, 2nd Ed. (2016)
- Co-Author, Arizona Personal Injury Lien Law & Practice (2008)
- Lawyers on Call – Channel 12 KPNX TV
- Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education — Fellow
- Maricopa County Youth Assistance Foundation
- Arizona State Bar – Fee Arbitration Panel
- Public Law Center
- Volunteer Lawyers Program
- Adjunct Professor, Arizona Summit Law School
- MedCath Inc. Employee Health Care Plan v. Stratton, 79 F.Supp.3d 1046 (D.Ariz. 2015),
aff’d by 680 Fed.Appx. 615 (9th Cir. 2017).
- Shirar v. Guerrero, 673 Fed.Appx. 673 (9th Cir. 2016).
- GoDaddy.com LLC v. Monson, 209 F.Supp.3d 1139 (D. Ariz. 2016).
- United Behavioral Health v. Maricopa Integrated Health Sys., 240 Ariz. 118, 377 P.3d 315 (2016).
- Premier Physicians Group, PLLC v. Navarro, 240 Ariz. 193, 377 P.3d 988 (2016).
- Cramer v. Starr, 240 Ariz. 4, 375 P.3d 69 (2016).
- Abbott v. Banner Health Network, 236 Ariz. 436, 341 P.3d 478 (2016).
- Apollo Educ. Grp. Inc. v. Henry, 150 F.Supp.3d 1078 (D. Ariz. 2015).
- Abbott v. Banner Health Network, 236 Ariz. 436, 341 P.3d 478 (App. 2014).
- Southwest Fiduciary, Inc. v. AHCCCS, 226 Ariz. 404, 249 P.3d 1104 (App. 2011).
- Progressive v. Blaud, 212 Ariz. 359, 132 P.3d 298 (App. 2006).
- Jeter v. Mayo Clinic, 211 Ariz. 386, 121 P.3d 1256 (App. 2005).
- Castiglione v. U.S. Life Ins. Co. in City of N.Y., 262 F.Supp.2d 1025 (D. Ariz. 2003).
- Petrovich v. Branciforte, 2017 WL 117108 (Ariz. App) (Memorandum Decision) (Jan. 12, 2017).
- Puch v. Key Health Med. Solutions, Case No. CA-CV 12-0578 (Memorandum Decision) (Oct. 31, 2013).
- Skoglund v. Neste Dev. Nevada, LLC , Case No. CA-CV 12-0429 (Memorandum Decision) (May 7, 2013).
Cape Town, South Africa, 1971