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Wendi A. Sorensen

Shareholder— 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 providing mediation services and defending 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. 

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Assistant

Kami Kline
kkline@bcattorneys.com
(602) 234-8713

American Board of Trial Advocates Super Lawyers Top 25 in Arizona
Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Construction

Construction Defect Litigation

Labor & Employment

Personal Injury Litigation

Areas Of Concentration

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Auto/Trucking Litigation

Construction Defect Litigation

Dram Shop/Liquor License Liability

Equine Litigation

Government/Public Entity Liability

Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage Litigation

Insurance Defense Litigation

Insurance/Transportation

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death-Insurance Defense

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death-Plaintiff

Premises Liability Litigation

Product Liability Litigation

Professional Liability Litigation

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

Biography

Wendi serves on the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Legal Specialization, the committee responsible for setting standards and vetting potential certified specialists in Arizona. She also serves as a Judge Pro Tem and as a member of the Executive Board of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Phoenix Chapter).

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.

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 Leadership

Judge Pro Tem
Executive Board, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Phoenix Chapter
Member, Arizona Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of California

Member,State Bar of Arizona, Board of Legal Specialization
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"
In the News

Wendi Sorensen: The Creative Mediation PracticeAttorney at Law Magazine

Honors & Awards

Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2013, 2015-2019

Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2019

Arizona's Finest Lawyers 2011-2019

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

Southwest Super Lawyers 2012-2019

Arizona Business Magazine Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, 2014, 2017-2019

Arizona Business Leaders Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2019

Certifications & Specialties

Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law