Bruno, Robert J.
Address: 3030 N. 3rd St. Ste. 1300, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Lawyer Firm: Sanders & Parks PC
|Areas of Practice||Business and Commercial Litigation, Directors and Officers Litigation, Employment and Labor Law, Insurance Defense and Coverage, Intellectual Property Litigation, Litigation and Appeals, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation|
Mr. Bruno, a senior litigation attorney, joined the firm in 1973 shortly after it was founded. Mr. Bruno has served as firm president, a member of the firm’s management committee and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Bruno’s practice emphasizes complex civil litigation, primarily in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, employment law, directors and officers liability, construction litigation, personal injury, professional liability defense and products liability.
Mr. Bruno is one of the select group of Arizona lawyers elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and has served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest A-V Preeminent rating. Mr. Bruno is recognized in the 2007 – 2017 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers, in the 2011 through 2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America and is listed in Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys for 2010 through 2017. Mr. Bruno is also a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) whose mission is to further the practice of Litigation Management through ethics, cooperation, and education.
Mr. Bruno chairs a team of Sanders & Parks attorneys representing insurance companies in bad faith matters with a particular focus upon insurers that have been subjected to Arizona Damron and Morris agreements. Mr. Bruno has written extensively on the Damron/Morris issue including Damron Revisited – Reasonableness the True Judgment Limit, published in the Arizona Attorney; and Arizona Damron Agreements – An Unusually Dangerous Danger Zone for Liability Insurers which appeared in the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Journal.
Mr. Bruno’s experience in the Damron/Morris area has contributed to the success of the Sanders & Parks Damron/Morris Group in protecting insurers from excessive Damron and Morris judgments including, in 2013, obtaining an excellent result for an insurer that was subject to a $30,000,000.00 stipulated Damron judgment.
Mr. Bruno’s diverse practice has included the representation of a steel company in the defense of a product liability claim involving an allegedly defective product that threatened the integrity of the $4 billion Central Arizona Project Canal; representation of the Arizona Board of Regents in a federal district court trial involving allegations of gender discrimination in the tenure program at the University of Arizona; and the successful representation of a manufacturer of an item of semiconductor processing equipment that exploded and contaminated a fabrication facility.
Mr. Bruno also successfully defended a major distributor of electronic parts in a classic U.C.C. 2-207 "battle of the forms" resulting in the seminal Arizona appellate decision on commercial indemnity claims, Schweber Elec. v. National Semiconductor Corp., 174 Ariz. 406, 410, 850 P.2d 119, 123 (App.1992).
Mr. Bruno has testified as an expert witness in a London arbitration concerning a $50 million coverage dispute arising out of a directors and officers policy.
Mr. Bruno is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Arizona, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Bruno has authored articles published in various journals including Arizona Damron Agreements.
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