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Dev K. Sethi

Dev Sethi

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Dev Sethi is one of Tucson's most respected personal injury lawyers, and has successfully litigated many extremely complex cases. He has an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, a legal peer review rating service, and has represented plaintiffs in several high profile personal injury cases—even achieving a $5,000,000 verdict against Oro Valley hospital. This was a landmark victory, which had been appealed by the hospital, moving first through the state civil court system, then the state appeals court and finally, the Supreme Court of Arizona, with a final decision in favor of the client.

Dev has played a significant part in several auto part and system cases, including the Goodyear Load Range E Tire, a scandal in which Goodyear was investigated for having engaged in a "silent recall" by replacing tires that had tread separation, rather than recalling this dangerous product that had been linked to a number of serious injuries and fatal accidents. He also served in a case against Ford Motor Company involving 15-passenger vans, and a range of other high profile product liability cases. He is a focused, talented and dedicated personal injury lawyer, and has a 10.0 Avvo "Superb" rating.

His background serving as a defense attorney for insurance companies and other corporate giants has given Dev great insight into how these companies defend against injury claims, while working for O'Connor Cavanagh, a well-known corporate defense firm. This knowledge has proven to be of great benefit to his personal injury clients. He is also deeply involved in filing claims for victims of abuse, bringing cases against government entities at the city, county, state and federal levels, and seeking justice for victims in truck and auto accident cases.

Dev graduated from Duke University (A.B. 1994) and then gained his Juris Doctor degree from the Arizona College of Law in 1997, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. He continues to be involved in the legal education field, serving as an Adjunct Professor, and is a current member and former president of the Law College Association Board of Directors. He has been recognized by the University of Arizona as a recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

He donates his time as an active Board Member of both Children's Museum Tucson and Ben's Bells, as well as coaching youth soccer. He shares his life with his wife Olivia and their two young children.

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Areas of Practice:
Products Liability
Medical Malpractice
Premises Liability
Automobile Accidents
Bicycle Accidents
Governmental Liability
Elder Abuse
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Nevada, 1997
Arizona, 1998
U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1998
University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, May, 1997
Law Journal: Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Note and Comment Editor, 1995 - 1997
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1994
Major: Public Policy Studies
Published Works:
Ten Tips for Settling a Case, Arizona Attorney, September, 2007
Successfully Handling the Products Liability Case, The Advocate, March, 2006
Politics Threaten Arizona's Independent Judiciary, Inside Tucson Business, January 23, 2006
Liability Waivers and Releases: Worth the Paper They Are Printed On?, American Bar Association Journal for Small Firms and Solo Practices, May, 2004
Please Release Me: Prospective Exculpatory Covenants in Arizona, Arizona Attorney, March, 2003
Representative Cases:
Allstate Ins. Co v. Universal Underwriters, 178. 3d 106 (Arizona Court of Appeals Division Two 2000)
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Speaker, All India Institute of Medical Science Forum on Indians in America
Speaker, City Of Las Vegas Arts Council, 1998
State Bar of Arizona Mandatory Professionalism Course (Trial Practice and Diversity Sessions)
Chair, State Bar of Arizona CLE by the Sea, 2008
Proving the Product Defect, American Association of Justice Annual Convention 2007, 2007
Chair, The Curmudgeon's Guide to the Law, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention 2007, 2007
Chair, Trial Practice Section Presentations, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention
Chair, Civil Justice and the Power to Do Good, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention 2005, 2005
Chair, Hot Issues in Trial Practice, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention 2004
Winning Short Trial Strategies
Successful Deposition Strategies
Negotiating and Settling Injury Cases
I Know What You Did Last Summer - What Secrets Social Networking Sites Hold
Prosecuting and Defending UM/U1M Cases
Handling Automobile Accidents - A to Z
Topics in Complex Litigation, State Bar of Arizona CLE by the Sea
State Bar of Arizona 2004 Bench and Bur Roundtable
Advanced Legal Writing
Writing to Win
White Mountains Trial Skills Seminar, 2003
White Mountains Trial Skills Seminar, 2004
Advanced Cross-Examination and Impeachment Techniques
A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - Developing and Using Visual Themes
Effective Representation in the Mandatory Arbitration System
Cross-Examination of Economic Experts in Personal Injury and Death Cases
Joint Tortfeasor Liability in Arizona
Employer Obligations for the Acts of Employees and Independent Contractors
Please Release Me: The Application of Liability Waivers in Arizona
Winning Your Case in Opening Statement
Medical Malpractice 101 - A Primer for Fourth Year Medical Students
Honors and Awards:
Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
University of Arizona Alumni Association Distinguished Young Alumni Award, 2004
Inside Tucson Business "Up and Comer", 2006
Pima County Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Member Award, 1998 - 2003
Southwest Super Lawyers 2010
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Fox Theatre Foundation - Bollywood, 2004 - 2007
Member, Fox Committee
Tucson Children's Museum, 2006 - Present
Board of Directors
Tucson Children's Museum, 2008
Golf Tournament Chair
Tucson Children's Museum, 2008
Executive Committee
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2001 - Present
Adjunct Professor
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2007 - Present
Law College Association Board, Executive Committee
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Friend of the Dean
University of Arizona College of Fine Arts, 2005 - 2006
Dean's Advisory Board
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2005 - Present
Board of Directors
Arizona Minority Bar Association, 2000 - 2002
Arizona Minority Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
Arizona Minority Bar Association, 2004 - 2006
State Bar of Arizona - Consumer Information and Education Task Force, 2008
State Bar of Arizona - Diversity Task Force, 2006 - Present
State Bar of Arizona - Leadership Institute
Board of Directors
State Bar of Arizona - Trial Practice Executive Council, 2002 - Present
State Bar of Arizona - Trial Practice Executive Council, 2007
State Bar of Arizona, 2005 - Present
Appointments Committee
Supreme Court of Arizona Judicial Performance Review, 2006 - Present
Pima County Young Lawyers Division, 1999 - 2001
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Pima County Young Lawyers Division, 2002 - 2003
Golf Tournament Chairman
Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Law Week, 1998 - 2000
American Association of Physicians of Indian Decent (APPI) - National Pro Bono Counsel
Indian Association of Southern Arizona, 2001 - 2002
Board of Directors
Indian Cultural Center of Tucson
Founding Member and Trustee
Tucson Big Brothers Big Sisters, 1998 - 2000
Board of Directors
University of Arizona Supreme Court, 1996 - 1997
Chief Justice
Pro Bono Activities:
Wills for Heroes, 2005 - 2007
Meet a Lawyer, 1998 - 2003
VLP Referral Panel, 1998 - Present

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