Wendi A. Sorensen

Wendi A. Sorensen

Of Counsel

Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law

Joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 2011
wsorensen@bcattorneys.com
(P)602.234.9910 (C)602.615.0520 (F)602.343.7910

Wendi has been certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death law due to her nearly three decades of litigation experience in both state and federal court.  Her practice focuses on aggravated liability and damages matters, including Federal Motor Carrier (trucking accident) cases, vehicular products liability matters, construction site injury and death matters, and premises liability cases.  She has been recognized among Arizona's Finest Lawyers and currently serves as a member of the Arizona State Bar committee responsible for conferring certification status in the area of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death law.

Prior to joining Burch & Cracchiolo, Wendi served as Chief Trial Attorney and Major Case Counsel for one of the largest commercial insurance carriers in the world.  Wendi is licensed to practice law in both Arizona and California.

Honors & Awards

Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers 2012-2014
Selected, Arizona's Finest Lawyers 2011-2014
Selected, Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona, Southwest Super Lawyers 2013
Selected, Arizona Business Magazine Top Lawyers, Specialists, 2014

 

Representative Engagements

  • Wrongful death and significant injury cases stemming from automobile and motorcycle accidents, construction site injuries, assaults and facility design defects
  • Defense of trucking litigation matters with allegations of conspicuity and logbook violations, FMCSR required maintenance, and driving technique
  • Products liability matters including vehicular safety system and tire failures, safety cage and seat belt failures, propane explosions, motorized wheelchair incline and balance failures
  • Dram shop litigation; hospitality industry litgation including sexual assaults on hotel premises
  • Construction site and workplace injuries, including related indemnification, OSHA and workers compensation issues
  • Complex injury matters including severe traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and premature birth allegedly caused by automobile accidents

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of California
Vice Chair, 2014-2015, Personal Injury Advisory Commission to the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Arizona

Presentations and Publications

  • State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Chair and Lecturer, "How to Handle a Personal Injury Case Under $50,000"
  • State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Lecturer, "Innovative Means in Mediation: Optimizing Your Position"
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Lecturer, "Supplemental Benefits Under Arizona’s Worker’s Compensation Law"
  • Developer and presenter: Numerous day-long and half-day long presentation to claims and associated staff legal office personnel throughout assigned region regarding legal developments, rules of procedure, law office claims processing procedures and litigation management
  • Developer and presenter: Numerous in-house insurance training presentations, ranging from beginning to complex, designed to develop investigation and evaluation skills of claims partners and their managers
  • Author, The “Alternative” Practice: ADR as a Means, Not Just an End.  Trial Practice: Vol. 5 #2 , Summer, 1994
     

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Teacher, Legal Procedure and Moot Court Programs, charter schools for high risk teens 1999-2006
  • Volunteer Teacher, Legal Procedure and Moot Court programs, South Mountain High School, 1993-1995
  • Volunteer, ABC No Kill Animal Shelter 1993 to 2000
  • HERO Program Mentor, 1993-1997
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Vol-Law Program Arizona State Bar Association 1986-1987

Assistant

Trisha Gallo
pgallo@bcattorneys.com
(602) 234-8713
Wendi A. Sorensen

Education

J.D., Arizona State University, 1984
•William H. Pedrick Scholar
B.S., Business/Economics and Behavioral Sciences, Westminster College, 1981
•Joseph E. Benedict Outstanding Graduate Award
•Leah Wyer Outstanding Female Graduate Award
•B.F. Skinner Outstanding Behavioral Sciences Graduate Award

Admitted In

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