Kerry M Griggs is a Senior Member in the Phoenix office of The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A. and serves as Chairman of the firm's Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for over eight years. He has also served as the firm's general counsel and risk manager. Kerry attended Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, and received his J.D. in 1995, graduating in the top 15% of his class. Kerry was recently honored as a "Southwest Super Lawyer" and has been named as a "Top Attorney in Arizona" by Phoenix Magazine.
Kerry's practice focuses on civil litigation and first party insurance disputes. His specialties include products liability, consumer product warranties, wrongful death, insurance coverage, insurance special investigations, administrative practice and real estate litigation. He represents a number of consumer product manufacturers, dealers and financing companies, including Winnebago Industries, Kenda Rubber Industrial, Tiffin Motorhomes, Raleigh America, Lazydays RV, Sand Limo by Joe Fab, Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, and subsidiaries of Thor Industries. His insurance clients include The Hartford, AAA, Century-National, and American Summit.
Kerry has been lead counsel in numerous State and Federal District Court product liability and commercial warranty law suits. One of his recent trials involved the defense of a large U.S. bicycle distributor against claims of personal injury and product defect. The injured plaintiff claimed total disability from a bicycle accident. After a three-week jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict. Another recent trial involved the defense of a high-end RV manufacturer against UCC and breach of contract claims. Another recent trial involved the defense of a municipality and general contractor in connection with a work-site accident. Kerry regularly advises insurance companies on first party coverage matters and coordinates coverage and special investigations, including examinations under oath and arson investigations. He has served as an appraiser in a number of first party insurance losses.
Kerry serves on the products committee of The Harmonie Group, an international affiliation of independent law firms. In this capacity, he has made numerous presentations to professional audiences concerning product liability law. He recently authored a paper and lectured in Toronto and Chicago concerning indemnity considerations in U.S. product liability litigation. Kerry acted as a Regional Editor of an ABA publication, Bad Faith and Punitive Damages
Annotations to First-Party Insurance Cases, Statutes and Regulations, 2d ed., (American Bar Association 2000). He has also been a guest lecturer for the Phoenix Association of Realtors and other local professional real estate licensee organizations, addressing various risk management topics key to managing real estate brokerages. He has represented numerous real estate agents and brokerages in civil litigation, and in general risk-management matters. In addition, Kerry is a regular guest lecturer for the Arizona Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, addressing the appropriate investigation and litigation of civil arson cases, including the avoidance of excess exposure. He has investigated and litigated a number of RV fire cases, through his RV products practice. Kerry is very well-versed in current issues facing both first-party and third -party insurance carriers doing business in the State of Arizona.
Kerry is a member of the American Bar Association, Arizona Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and The Harmonie Group. His personal interests include off-road motor sports, metal and machine work, SCUBA diving, and recreational target shooting.
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