Ralph E. Hunsaker

Senior Member


rhunsaker@cavanaghlaw.com
Phone: 602-322-4026
Fax: 602-322-4103

Practice Areas

Professional Liability , Product Liability, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device, Personal Injury, Litigation, Insurance Defense

Industries

Transportation, Hotels and Resorts, Internet, Manufacturing, Natural Resources, Non-Profit Organizations, Restaurants, Retail, Sports and Recreation, Wholesale and Distribution

Representative Experience

Ralph E. Hunsaker graduated from the University of Arizona Law School in 1962 and was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1962.  

He is admitted to practice before all the courts of Arizona, various federal courts, including the United States District Court, District of Arizona, Ninth Circuit, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Ralph E. Hunsaker specializes in Insurance, Medical and Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury, Water, General Commercial and Commercial Litigation, Bad Faith and Product Liability.

Representing the State of Arizona, he argued before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Arizona v. California, which involved the allocation of water rights to the Colorado River among the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Mexico, United States and various Indian tribes.  He was Chief Counsel for the Interstate Stream Commission, Arizona Water Commission, Department of Water Resources and is currently Chief Counsel for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District.

Litigation experience has been primarily in the defense of civil litigation, including representation of various governmental agencies including Maricopa County, the City of Scottsdale, the City of Flagstaff, multiple insurance carriers, and a broad base of litigation practice including all areas indicated above.  He was lead trial counsel in Allen v. United States, a claim for approximately 1,200 persons against the federal government for cancer-related illnesses and deaths caused by open air testing of nuclear weapons in Nevada.

Mr. Hunsaker has tried to conclusion over 150 jury trials in multiple areas, has been a lecturer at seminars on various tort subjects and has been elected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers which requires that he be elected by his peers after fulfilling certain requirements including a minimum number of trials.


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Associations & Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Phoenix Association of Defense Counsel

Awards & Recognition

  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Insurance, 2015-present

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1962

Education

  • University of Arizona (J.D., 1962)
  • Board of Editors
  • Arizona Law Review, 1960-62
  • University of Arizona (B.S., 1959)