Jason Bliss is a senior member of The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A. He has 16 years of diverse experience in a wide array of litigated matters. He has been first chair trial counsel in personal injury and landlord/tenant jury trials as well as in consumer fraud and landlord/tenant bench trials. He has conducted evidentiary hearings on zoning and related issues. He has obtained temporary restraining orders and/or preliminary injunctions on behalf of various clients. He has argued scores of dispositive motions in state and federal courts. He has taken hundreds of lay and expert witness depositions.
A significant portion of Mr. Bliss' current practice focuses on the defense of commercial lines insureds, with an emphasis on defending tire defect allegations, dram shop allegations, and construction-related allegations. Mr. Bliss has defended and resolved several catastrophic injury, multiple-fatality tire defect lawsuits. He has successfully defended national and local construction clients against allegations of defective construction or design. In dram shop lawsuits, Mr. Bliss has successfully defended numerous liquor licensee clients against liquor liability claims involving death or serious personal injury.
Mr. Bliss also handles insurance coverage matters, including coverage opinions and the litigation of insurance-coverage related disputes. On behalf of insurer clients, Mr. Bliss has filed and litigated declaratory judgment actions involving coverage for wrongful death claims, catastrophic construction-site injury claims, and other serious injury claims. In Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, he prevailed on two dispositive motions ultimately establishing no coverage for the contested coverage portions of a combined wrongful death and coverage lawsuit.
Mr. Bliss also has considerable experience litigating non-insurance commercial disputes. In a real estate matter, Mr. Bliss represented the seller of a home accused of inadequate disclosure of an alleged construction defect. The case proceeded to the first day of a jury trial where it settled pursuant to terms in which the builder paid all settlement amounts including a portion of Mr. Bliss' client's attorney fees. Mr. Bliss also has recent experience litigating commercial disputes on behalf of clients in the banking industry, including cases involving the special considerations applicable to FDIC-purchased loan portfolios and other assets. Mr. Bliss also has experience litigating banking issues including successor corporate liability, trust fund liability, and fraudulent transfers.
In addition to the above areas, Mr. Bliss has litigated cases involving a host of additional subjects. He has litigated a copyright case in federal court involving construction plans. He has litigated a defamation case involving the development of a shopping center. He has defended the State of Arizona against allegations of negligent roadway design and/or inadequate traffic control. He has defended a funeral home client against allegations related to the handling of human remains.
Mr. Bliss and his wife and children reside in the downtown Phoenix area within the Willo Historic District. Mr. Bliss has served as the Vice-President of the Willo Historic District, the President of the Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court, the Vice-President of the Litigation Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, and he is a member of the Phoenix Art Museum Men's Arts Council. He is also a graduate of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy.
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