With more than 33 years of legal experience in the insurance industry, Steve Mesaros is committed to leading the firm’s insurance litigation teams in ways that deliver value to clients. A business executive as well as a seasoned litigator, Steve knows firsthand the challenges his clients face when running their business. He understands the importance of being practical, efficient, creative and results-oriented to achieve success for his clients and the firm.
A trial attorney who serves clients in the insurance industry, much of Steve’s practice involves commercial litigation, professional liability and insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He serves as chair for the firm’s Professional Liability Litigation and Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation practice groups, and is relied upon by many of the nation’s largest insurance companies for his abilities in the courtroom. Steve has experienced a great deal of success inside the courtroom during his career, including numerous multi-million dollar judgments earned on behalf of clients.
Under Steve’s leadership in recent years, the firm has been nationally recognized in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the country and among the best product liability litigation firms in Phoenix.
“ALFA Insurance Law 50-State Compendium,” co-author, 2005-2014
Contributor, “A Fifty-State Reference of Significant Case and Statutory Law Related to Life, Accident and Health Insurance Claims and Litigation,” ALFA International, 2004
Contributor, “Significant Case and Statutory Law Related to Health, Accident and Life Insurance Claims and Litigation, a Multi-State Survey,” ALFA International, 2003
HONORS AND AWARDS
Top Lawyers (Commercial Litigation), Arizona Business, 2013
RESULTS ACHIEVED FOR CLIENTS
Won the appeal in the Ninth Circuit by obtaining the reversal of a judgment in favor of the Diocese of Phoenix to pay over $1,500,000 in indemnity arising out of settlements of priest child abuse claims. It was a total victory with an order for the District Court to enter judgment for Interstate Insurance Company on all claims. A published opinion has been obtained which can be used to win future cases in all of the Ninth Circuit states.
After exchange of initial disclosures, plaintiff agreed our client had no liability and moved to dismiss our client with prejudice.
Obtained summary judgment on insurance coverage breach of contract and bad faith counts with no witness depositions being taken.
Took over a case tried by another firm after a judgment was entered for more than $34 million in compensatory and punitive damages based on admitted liability. Our appeal resulted in reversal of the prior judgment and new trial on all damage issues. The case then settled for the amount offered before the first trial.