Michael Altaffer, Partner

Email: maltaffer@rlattorneys.com
Phone: (602) 456-7572

Michael has a wide variety of experience in defending personal injury and property damage claim matters for insurance companies for over 30 years. He has trial experience in bad faith litigation, insurance coverage litigation, personal injury defense, property damage claim defense, construction defect litigation, fire loss litigation and subrogation litigation. He has successfully defended insurers in litigated insurance coverage cases and bad faith cases. These include matters involving Morris/Damron/Peaton/Helme agreements, arising from first and third party insurance claims in state and federal court in Arizona, as well as, in arbitrated matters when required by insurance policies.

In addition to trial work, Michael has extensive experience in providing insurance company clients with evaluation, advice and counsel on all aspects of insurance coverage analysis and claim handling. He has conducted thousands of Examinations Under Oath and prepared more than a thousand coverage opinions in connection with first party claims and third party claims arising from liability insurance, property insurance, and Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage insurance. He has reviewed and handled thousands of first party and third party bodily injury and property damage claims.

Over the years, Michael has given frequent presentations to insurers regarding claims handling practices, updates on legal issues and Damron/Morris/Peaton/Helme agreements in Arizona.

Michael has received the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Rating for the past 20 years. He has been recognized as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and is a member of Arizona Finest Lawyers. In 2017, he was recognized by America’s Top 100 Attorneys-Arizona.

Always active in the community, Michael has served on the Board of Directors for Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies since 2015 and is currently the Board Chair for 2018 and 2019.

Michael is licensed to practice law in Arizona, and has been admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Education:
  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law
  • B.S., East Texas State University, 1978

Professional Affiliations:
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Section on Litigation
  • Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Arizona State Bar Association
  • Trial Practice Section
  • Construction Law Section
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • CLM-Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Licenses & Admissions:
  • State of Arizona, 1985
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, 2013

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