Wendi A. Sorensen

Wendi A. Sorensen

Shareholder

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 Chair of the Arizona State Bar committee responsible for recommending attorneys for 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, Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2013, 2015-2017

Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers 2012-2017

Selected, Best Lawyers in America, 2017, 2018

Selected, Most Influential Women in Business in Arizona, Arizona Business Magazine 2015

Selected, Arizona's Finest Lawyers 2011-2017

Selected, Arizona Business Magazine Top Lawyers, 2014, 2017

Representative Engagements

  • 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
  • Wrongful death and significant injury cases stemming from automobile and motorcycle accidents, construction site injuries, assaults and facility design defects
  • 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
Chair, 2015-2016, Personal Injury Advisory Commission to the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Arizona
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, "Pre-suit Strategies for Defending Potential Claims Against Commercial Carriers", Primerus Defense Institute Transportation Seminar 
  • Seminar Chair, numerous presentations to independent trucking companies on liability law and evidence preservation through the Arizona Trucking Association 
  • Author, The “Alternative” Practice: ADR as a Means, Not Just an End.  Trial Practice: Vol. 5 #2 , Summer, 1994
  • State Bar of Arizona, Seminar Lecturer, "Innovative Means in Mediation: Optimizing Your Position"

Assistant

Kami Kline
kkline@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