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Loren A. Suddes - Phoenix, AZ

1850 North Central AvenueSuite 1900 Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Updated: 05/15/2024

Phoenix Commercial Litigation Lawyer

Overview

As a senior member of the law firm, Mrs. Suddes is a seasoned litigator who focuses primarily on personal injury, property damage, construction, and commercial litigation. In her practice, Mrs. Suddes handles all aspects of claims, from initial investigation through the litigation process to settlement or trial. She utilizes thorough discovery, strategic motion practice, and effective communication to vigorously litigate cases to resolution or trial. Mrs...

As a senior member of the law firm, Mrs. Suddes is a seasoned litigator who focuses primarily on personal injury, property damage, construction, and commercial litigation. In her practice, Mrs. Suddes handles all aspects of claims, from initial investigation through the litigation process to settlement or trial. She utilizes thorough discovery, strategic motion practice, and effective communication to vigorously litigate cases to resolution or trial. Mrs. Suddes strives to resolve matters for her clients when appropriate by early and continuous evaluation and settlement exploration. Her practice involves proceedings in both State and Federal Courts and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration through private neutrals, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and JAMS.

In 2020, Mrs. Suddes received the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP) through the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) and takes pride in managing her practice in an effective and efficient manner to meet her clients’ goals. Mrs. Suddes’ wide variety of experience and cases keeps her engaged and excited about practicing law.

Mrs. Suddes’ personal injury practice entails defending individuals and businesses against claims arising from automotive, motorcycle, bike, and truck accidents as well as incidents on their property and products, such as slips, trips, and falls or mechanical and product failures. These claims include uninsured and underinsured motorist, wrongful death claims, dram shop/intoxication liability, and dog bite liability. Her intentional tort defense work includes defending defamation and invasion of privacy claims as well as assault, battery, and emotional distress claims.

Mrs. Suddes’ construction practice is focused on defending construction defects claims against general contractors and subcontractors, including the risk transfer issues involved in those claims, and handling other construction related disputes between product sellers, manufacturers, developers, installers, suppliers, and consumers. She also handles complaints before the Registrar of Contractors.

Mrs. Suddes’ property damage work includes first and third party claims arising from fire, weather, and products.

Additionally, she has significant experience handling matters involving insurance coverage, bad faith claims, and contract claims.

Mrs. Suddes’ clients range from insureds and insurers for both personal and commercial lines, to publicly traded companies and privately owned businesses, to individuals. Some of the industries she has represented include solar and energy, technology, telecommunications and security, farming and agricultural, restaurants and hospitality, transportation, and construction.


About Loren A. Suddes

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Senior Member

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Construction Defects
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • Transportation
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability

Representative Cases

  • Second-chaired 10-day jury trial in construction defect case currently on appeal after vacating $5.6 million default judgment against client.
  • Second-chaired 4-day jury trial in breach of contract case resulting in favorable settlement after court awarded client a new trial upon motion.
  • Summary judgment granted in favor of client insurer interpreting notice of cancellation endorsement of policy. Plaintiffs appealed and Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of defense.
  • Summary judgment in favor of client enforcing limitation of liability clause limiting damages to $250 in a case involving millions and, ultimately, securing dismissal of all claims.
  • Favorable settlement for client in premises liability case seeking over $20 million after teenager fell off treadmill at physical therapy office and sustained permanent debilitating brain injuries.
  • Favorable settlement for client after vacating default in an amount of $10 million, litigating and filing a motion for summary judgment on causation in case involving plaintiff’s semi-truck rear-ending client’s semi-truck on interstate and plaintiff sustaining severe spinal cord injuries.
  • Favorable settlement under policy limits for client facing excess exposure after plaintiff motorcyclist alleged client turned left in front of him and client argued plaintiff’s motorcycle’s headlight was not lit.
  • Favorable settlement for semi-truck driver client when plaintiff-pedestrian claimed truck hit her as she walked behind it while client was reversing.
  • Favorable settlement for client in indemnification case arising out of damages caused by house fire allegedly caused by faulty product.

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2011

Other Affiliations

  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA), Member

Education

  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Phoenix, Arizona, 2011
    J.D.
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: William H. Pedrick Scholar
    Honors: John J. Ross Award for Excellence in Business Courses
    Honors: Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology
  • Arizona State University, 2006
    B.S.
    Honors: summa cum laude

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • Loren Suddes, Certified Litigation Management Professional, Jan 15, 2021
  • NBI – The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit, Jun 1, 2019
  • The Application of Arizona’s Anti-Deficiency Statute to Partially Constructed Homes, Jan 1, 2015

Office Information

Address

1850 North Central AvenueSuite 1900 Phoenix, AZ 85004

Fax

  • (602) 322-4100

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Loren A. Suddes

Included on the 2024 Southwest list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Southwest Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Loren A. Suddes on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2023

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