Brian Kaven

Brian Kaven

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Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 1974
bkaven@bcattorneys.com
(P)602-234-9904 (F)602-343-7904

Brian Kaven is the senior attorney among the firm's personal injury and tort defense attorneys and concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury defense, discrimination and wrongful termination defense, defense of governmental entities, professional malpractice and general litigation.  He has been listed in the last 7 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers and is included among Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.  Brian is a member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.  He is an AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 peer review rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell.

Since 1992 Brian has been certified as an Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona and has personally handled hundreds of litigated cases. He tries cases in state and federal court and  Brian was just recertified for the next 5 years

Prior to joining the firm, Brian was in private practice with a small Phoenix law firm and then received further trial experience working as a public defender.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers 2007-2014  Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Selected, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers 2011-2014
  • Ranked AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5* in Martindale Hubbell (*AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies)

Representative Engagements

Defended multi-national golf cart manufacturer in a products wrongful death case.
Defended major governmental entity and two of its agencies, and agency heads in contract and wrongful termination lawsuit.
Defended multi-state insurance carrier in agency and employment litigation.
Defended four-year college in Title IX litigation.
Defended hospital and surgeons in case involving alleged medical malpractice and resulting permanent paralysis.
Defended international charitable organization in a wrongful death case.
Defended religious body accused of maintaining unsafe daycare center.
Defended international resort accused of negligence in the death of an employee.
Defended assisted living facility accused of elder abuse.
Defended interstate trucking business in double wrongful death.
Defended food adulteration cases.
Defended premises security and death case.
Defended insurance carrier in bad faith litigation.

Professional Leadership

Former member, State Bar of Arizona Civil Practice and Procedures Committee
Member, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Defense Research Institute
American Bar Association
• Section on Litigation
• Section on Tort and Insurance Practice
• Section on Employment Law

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Arizona
Maricopa County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Assistant

Susan Galindo
sgalindo@bcattorneys.com
602-234-8723
Brian Kaven

Education

J.D.cum laude, Arizona State University College of Law, 1972
• Associate Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, Law and the Social Order

B.A. with honors, University of California at Santa Barbara, History, 1968
• Dean's list

Admitted In

Arizona
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Arizona