Wendi A. Sorensen

Wendi A. Sorensen

Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law

Shareholder— Joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 2011

Wendi has been certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death law due to her 35 years 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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American Board of Trial Advocates
Super Lawyers 2022
Best Lawyers - 2023
Phoenix Top Lawyer - 2022


Wendi serves as Chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Legal Specialization, the committee responsible for setting standards and vetting potential certified specialists in Arizona.

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.


To schedule a MEDIATION appointment with Wendi, please click your preferred available date.

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

  • Chair, Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Chair, Personal Injury Advisory Commission to Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Arizona 2015-2016
Certified Specialist: Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Honors & Awards

Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2013, 2015-2022

Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2023

Arizona's Finest Lawyers 2011-2022

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

Southwest Super Lawyers 2012-2022

Arizona Business Magazine Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, 2014, 2017-2022

Arizona Business Leaders Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2019-2022

Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyers, Arbitration & Mediation, 2022

Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyers, Bad Faith Insurance Coverage, 2022

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of California

Chair, State Bar of Arizona, Board of Legal Specialization 2020-2022, 2022-2024
Chair, Personal Injury Advisory Commission to the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Arizona 205-2016
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016-2022
Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2022


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

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


5 stars
M. David Karnas:

This was my first mediation with Wendi and highly recommend her. As a plaintiff’s lawyer it is always great to experience a mediator who has genuine empathy and can relate to my clients.

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"