Steven Plitt

Senior Member


splitt@cavanaghlaw.com
Phone: 602-322-4038

Practice Areas

Professional Liability , Litigation, Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage, Insurance Bad Faith

Industries

Insurance

Representative Experience

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Steven Plitt is one of Arizona's premier insurance coverage lawyers. Although he has provided coverage advice in 40 states, he currently manages a robust regional insurance coverage practice.  His practice involves the handling of complex, high exposure insurance coverage and bad faith cases. Unlike most coverage lawyers who are only litigators, Mr. Plitt has first chair jury experience having tried to jury verdict cases in both state and federal court. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Plitt has extensive litigation experience and has managed a large litigation practice throughout his professional career. He has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel and The American Law Institute where he serves as a consulting member on the ALI's development of the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance Law. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for insurance coverage (10 years) and in 2012, he was selected as the Insurance Lawyer of the Year - Phoenix by Best Lawyers. Mr. Plitt has been selected every year (10 years) as one of the top 50 lawyers in Arizona by Southwest Super Lawyers. Only a handful of lawyers have continuously made the list for each year it has been published.

Mr. Plitt has a national reputation as an insurance law scholar and commentator.  As an Adjunct Professor, he has taught the Insurance Law curriculum at Arizona State University College of Law and is currently teaching insurance law at the University of Arizona College of Law.  He is the current successor author of the nationally recognized and authoritative insurance coverage treatise Couch on Insurance 3d.  He has also authored other national treatises on insurance law.  Regarding Arizona law, his is the author of Arizona Liability Insurance Law and the senior contributing editor o the Arizona Tort Law Handbook.  Mr. Plitt has authored more than 290 law reviews and other professional legal publications involving insurance law issues.  His scholarly writings have been cited by the Supreme Courts in 29 states, the Intermediate Appellate Courts in 20 states, 10 of the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, 38 Federal District Courts, the Federal Court of Claims and the Federal Bankruptcy Court.  His writings have been cited in more than 87 scholarly articles on insurance law issues.  These numbers are constantly out of date as more courts throughout the United States rely upon Mr. Plitt's throught leadership on common and cutting edge insurance coverage issues.

Mr. Plitt has been an expert consultant and witness for both insurance companies and insureds.  He has reviewed and analyzed more than 5,000 claim files in his practice career from 100 different insurance companies.  He has been retained in excess of 460 retentions throughout the United States.  He is a nationally recognized expert in the area of insurance claim handling practices, insurance company compliance with the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as industry standard, custom and practice.  He has been a licensed insurance broker (Arizona) since 1974.  He also consults as an expert in insurance agent E&O claims. 

Mr. Plitt's practice includes the handling of professional liability, wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases.

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Publications & Presentations

News

Associations & Activities

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  • American Law Institute
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • Arizona Insurance Institute
  • Insurance Litigation Reporter, Senior Contributing Editor and Editorial Board Member, 2006 - present
  • Claims Journal, Editorial and Advisory Board member, 2012 - 2014
  • Claims Litigation management Alliance (CLM), Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP)


Awards & Recognition

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  • Martindale- Hubbell AV Rating
  • AZ Business Magazine, Top 10 Lawyers in Arizona (Employee Benefits and Insurance)
  • AZ Business Magazine, Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona (all categories)
  • Listed in Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Southwest Super Lawyers 2007* - 2015, *inaugural year
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona, 2007 - 2015
  • Corporate Counsel Almanac, listed as one of the top lawyers in the field of Insurance Law in the U.S.
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012* Phoenix Insurance Lawyer of the Year, *first year awarded
  • Best Lawyers in America, Phoenix Insurance Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2007*-present, *first year Insurance Law was considered for inclusion in Arizona
  • Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix's Top Lawyers, November 2006
  • State Bar Association, Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Legal Education Award Recipient, 1999
  • "Who's Who in American Law", 5th Edition
  • "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges", 1978 - 1979


Education

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  • University of Connecticut (L.L.M., Insurance Law, With Honors, 2012)
  • CALI Award of Excellence, Workers Compensation
  • Insurance Law Center L.L.M. Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2012
  • Honors Thesis - A Practical Exploration Into the Policy Architecture of Directors and Officers Insurance Coverage
  • University of Arizona (J.D., With Distinction, 1982)
  • Best Oral Advocate Award, Send Year Moot Court Competition
  • U of A National Moot Court Team
  • National Order of Barristers
  • Arizona State University (B.S., Political Science, summa cum laude and 'with honors', 1978)
  • Barrett Honors College Graduate
  • Honors Thesis - The Panama Canal:  A Question of Sovereignty


Judicial Clerkships

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  • Hon. Judge Robert J. Corcoran, Arizona Court of Appeals, 1982 - 1983
  • Legislative intern to the Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Insurance, House of Representatives, Arizona State Legislature, 1979


Teaching

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  • University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Insurance Law, 2010 - Present
  • Arizona Summit Law School, Adjunct Professor, Insurance Law, 2014, 2015
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, Insurance Law & Regulation, Liability Insurance, Advanced Coverage Research and Analysis, 2000 - 2005
  • Claim Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) - Developed an online, continuing education compliant course for claim adjusters on the NAIC Model Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act, state-specific UCSPAs, and accompanying insurance department regulations
  • Industry Teaching - Provided in-house training seminars on claim handling, bad faith, insurance regulations, Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act, and Advice of Counsel to 21 insurance companies with adjusters attending from 11 different states