James Brewer is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Scottsdale office. His practice focuses on insurance defense litigation, including insurance coverage disputes, personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, premises liability, and bad faith litigation.
Mr. Brewer has successfully resolved numerous cases involving personal injury, premises liability, property damage, insurance coverage, wrongful death, multiple bodily injury, and property damage, obtaining many favorable settlements and saving his clients substantial amounts. He has also obtained decisions for the defense at multiple arbitrations.
Mr. Brewer earned his J.D. in 2012 from Loyola New Orleans College of Law, where he served as an executive member of Phi Alpha Delta and received certificates in Civil Law and International Law. Mr. Brewer is licensed to practice law in Arizona.
In his free time, Mr. Brewer enjoys spending time with his son, traveling, hiking, watching sports, and reading.
In Smith v. D.C. Concrete Co., an Arizona appellate court took on a matter involving issue preclusion.[i] Plaintiffs appealed from a trial court’s entry of summary of judgment on their claims of fraud, fraud on the court…
The Arizona Supreme Court recently determined the scope of a liquor licensees’ liability in a dram shop case. In Roberto Torres, et al v. JAI Dining Services (Phoenix) Inc., the Court reviewed whether an overserved patron’s decision to drive while intoxicated after safely reaching home or a similar resting place constituted an intervening and superseding cause that would break the chain of causation as a matter of law, thus relieving the defendant liquor licensee of liability. The Court found the patron’s actions were not an intervening and superseding cause and, therefore, the issue was properly submitted to the jury to decide.
Cases involving school districts’ liability are on the rise across the country. The Arizona Supreme Court recently drew a clearer line for future litigants, narrowing the duties of schools. In a case where a high school student killed his classmate off-campus, the Court held that there was no duty because students had safely left the school’s control.
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently confirmed a trial court’s ruling and granted defendant’s motion to set aside for noncompliance with Ariz. R. Civ. P. 55(a)(2)(D)— failure to provide notice to a company’s attorney.