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Dev Sethi

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Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.  He has represented families in several claims against Sierra Tucson.

In addition to his work in the area of products liability, Dev has represents vulnerable individuals in abuse cases; individuals and families in suits against state, local and federal government agencies in a wide range of issues; and individuals involved in trucking and bicycle accidents.

In 2012, Dev obtained and collected a $5,000,000 judgment against a Tucson hospital that discharged his client, who was under the influence of hospital administered morphine, without an escort. Dev tried that case to a Pima County jury, obtained a complete victory for his client, and worked to defend the jury's decision in the Arizona Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Arizona. You can read more about Dev's landmark victory here.

In 2015, Dev successfully negotiated the largest single personal injury settlement paid by the City of Tucson.  Dev's client, a University of Arizona student, was struck by a City garbage truck while he was riding his bicycle.  

Prior to joining the firm, Dev worked in Nevada and Arizona as a defense lawyer representing insurance companies and other corporations. Like Ted Schmidt, Dev worked for O'Connor Cavanagh, a large defense firm that was recognized by Arizona Business Magazine as "The Best Firm in Arizona". This experience provides Dev with unique insight into the tactics and strategies of defendants, and he is proud to put this knowledge to work for people harmed by the very companies he once defended.

A graduate of Duke University (A.B. 1994) and the University of Arizona College of Law (J.D. 1997), Dev served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. He remains active in the law school community, serving as an Adjunct Professor and as a member, and former President, of the Law College Association Board of Directors. In 2004, the University of Arizona Alumni Association recognized Dev with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Dev is active in the community and many professional and legal organizations. He is member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors and President of the Arizona Minority Bar Association. Dev frequently volunteers his time to serve as a faculty member teaching continuing legal education courses.

Dev is also an active Board Member of the Children's Museum Tucson and Ben's Bells. When not working, in the office or with various community endeavors, he coaches youth soccer.

Dev is married to Olivia and they have 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
Education:
University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, May, 1997
J.D.
Law Journal: Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Note and Comment Editor, 1995 - 1997
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1994
A.B.
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:
Dart v. City of Tucson
Beatty v. Oro Valley Hospital
Barajas v. Amphi School District
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:
American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
Best Lawyers, 2010-Present
Southwest Super Lawyers, 2010-Present
University of Arizona Alumni Association Distinguished Young Alumni Award, 2004
Inside Tucson Business Up and Comer, 2006
Arizona Daily Star, 40 Under 40, 2008
Pima County Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Member Award, 1998 - 2003
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
Secretary
Arizona Minority Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
V.P.
Arizona Minority Bar Association, 2004 - 2006
President
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
Chair
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
Chair
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
Languages:
Hindi

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  • Skilled

    Dev is an excellent lawyer and a wonderful person. I have no hesitation sending clients to him. He is skilled in the courtroom. You should give him your highest rating. If he isn't an AV lawyer than no one is AV.
  • Thank you.

    Thank you to Mr. Sethi and his entire team for taking such excellent care of me. I was sent to Mr. Sethi by an attorney friend in Phoenix. He came to see me the very next day and listened to my story. He then quickly put together a team of top-qualified experts to analyze my case. Before my i...
  • Skilled, Empathetic and Prompt

    Dev Sethi represented me and my children in a wrongful death lawsuit. He guided us through this emotionally difficult period with skill and empathy, keeping us informed and promptly answering all of our questions and concerns. We will always be grateful for his help.
  • Trustworthy and Great at what he does

    Always punctual, and made sure to get everything done in the best interest of my case. Would recommend him to anyone looking to have a stress free experience during what can be a stressful time.
  • Empathetic and Responsive

    From our very first interaction, I knew Dev was very empathetic. After working with him through the legal process, I knew I made the right choice by asking him to represent us. Not only did he have great interpersonal skills, but he was extremely efficient in his work. He promptly replied to all ...
  • Integrity, Professionalism, and Competence

    Dev, congratulations on settling this difficult case. I can't tell you what a pleasure it was to work with you on this case. Your integrity, competence, and professionalism are truly outstanding. Even more important to me was your kindness and sensitivity to the needs of your clients. From st...
  • Compassionate and Professional

    My family was injured in an accident and Mr. Sethi and the firm of Kinerk, Schmidt and Sethi represented my family. They handled our case with the care, compassion and professionalism it deserved. I would recommend Mr Sethi and his firm.
  • Trusted from the Beginning

    We were lost, scared and uncertain for what the future held after one motorist’s momentary distraction would turn our lives upside down. While in the hospital at our most vulnerable time, we agreed to speak to Dev Sethi, who was referred to us by a mutual friend. Finding someone who would take ca...
  • Professional

    Dev represented my son Stuart who had horrific injuries resulting from a car accident. Even though we were all in Australia, his and his teams' professionalism and Dev's talents as our representative meant that the final outcome was outstanding.
  • Thank you, Dev.

    Dev and his team were great.  I was the unfortunate victim of medical malpractice in a Tucson hospital.  My care was reported as a "never event" and a "sentinal event."  Even with that, the process was long, but Kinerk Schmidt & Sethi had the tools and knowledge to make it easy on me and get ...
  • Bright and Thoughtful

    Dev is an extremely bright and thoughtful lawyer. His ethics are above reproach. He is what we should hold up as an example of what an attorney means to our community.
  • One of the Best

    Dev is one of the best in the field, and is both sympathetic and empathetic to his clients while also being realistic. I refer everyone to Dev.
  • Words Cannot Express Our Gratitude

    Dev, you were such a calm, comforting support throughout this whole ordeal.  From the moment we called to dealing with the insurance companies to closing this chapter in our lives.  We are so grateful and appreciative.  Dan N.
  • Outstanding Litigator

    An outstanding litigator and supporter of community programs.
  • Outstanding

    Outstanding trial skills, and true gentleman as well.
  • A Remarkable & Talented Attorney who Kept His Client Number One

    I actually became acquainted with Dev's name and reputation when I saw he was one of the very qualified instructors at an upper level CLE course in Phoenix. Shortly thereafter Dev contacted me to help his client who had been injured in a dude ranch riding accident. My expertise is in horse relate...
  • Thanks, Dev.

    When my family was involved in a car accident, we turned to Dev Sethi for help.  Not only did Dev do a great job of handling our case, but he also did a great job of keeping us in the loop the whole time.  He was there fighting for us the whole time even through arbitration to ensure that the ins...
  • Dedicated Caring Attorney

    Mr. Dev Sethi was a dedicated and caring attorney. He made my entire family feel comfortable and confident from the first time we met. He was very knowledgeable with the laws pertaining to my case and helped us understand them as well. He worked hard to achieve our end result. At the end of my ca...
  • We Cannot Thank You Enough.

    Dear Dev, We cannot thank you enough for all of your help and generosity.  It was wonderful to have your calm, reassuring voice in the darkness after the collision.  Thank you for everything.  Mark and Kerry F.
  • Excellent Plaintiff Attorney

    I had a very unusual case that required Dev to obtain a lot of background. Dev listened to the facts, quickly grasped the issue(s) and went to work for me and my best interests. As a result of the case being unusual, Dev and I were in contact a great deal. Dev always responded to any question/con...
  • Superb

    Dev is a superb and highly respected lawyer. His ethics and character are second to none.
  • Reflecting after Two Years

    This May is two years since my unfortunate accident. On a weekly or bimonthly basis I think about how fortunate I was to have such excellent legal representation. It is because of your hard work on my case that I was able to reach a nice settlement. I know I have said it before, but I just wan...
  • Excellent Service

    Thank you so much for everything! From the moment we first met with your firm, we knew we were in good hands. You helped us get through this tough time, and you will forever be in our hearts. Thank you for excellent service! God bless and Happy Holidays!
  • Highest Ethics

    Mr. Sethi is an excellent attorney, who exhibits the highest ethics.

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