Mark G. Worischeck

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Sanders & Parks P.C.
 | 3030 North Third Street, Suite 1300
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-532-5795
Fax: 602-230-5054
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Aviation and Aerospace (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

 

Mark G. Worischeck is the managing shareholder of Sanders & Parks, P.C., of Phoenix, Arizona. He concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation involving insurance defense; insurance coverage; insurance bad faith; aviation; employment law; personal injury; professional liability; and product liability. 

Mr. Worischeck has earned Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV® PreeminentTM rating.  He has been recognized as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers and selected to be included in Best Lawyers in America for 2013-2019 for his work in aviation law, commercial and construction litigation,  insurance law, insurance litigation, personal injury and product liability litigation.   He was  named by Best Lawyers as: 2019 Phoenix - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"; and 2016 Phoenix - Insurance "Lawyer of the Year".  He is recognized in the 2010-2019 editions of Southwest SuperLawyers and designated by SuperLawyers as one of Arizona's Top 50 Lawyers for 2011-2018.  Mr. Worischeck has also been chosen by AZBusiness Magazine as one of Arizona's Top 100 Lawyers from 2009-2018; identified as a 2015 Leader in Construction Litigation; and is a recipient of the Lexology Client Choice Award (Arizona: Insurance 2016).  

Mr. Worischeck is a member of the Aviation Insurance Association (AIA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Bar Association, the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and is a panel attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Other legal affiliations include the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and Claims Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).

In addition to his legal activities, Mr. Worischeck taught insurance law as an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He also serves as a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court.

 

 *AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Aviation and Aerospace (30%): Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents

Insurance Coverage (30%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

Personal Injury - General (10%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About Mark Worischeck

Admitted: 1986, Arizona

Professional Webpage: http://www.sandersparks.com/Attorney-Profiles/Mark-G-Worisch...

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Selected to Best Lawyers of America, 2013
  • Recipient of the Lexology Client Choice Award (Arizona: Insurance 2016)
  • Named by Best Lawyers as 2019 Phoenix - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Chosen by AZBusiness Magazine as one of Arizona's Top 100 Lawyers, 2009-2018.
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Named by Best Lawyers as 2016 Phoenix - Insurance Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed Pilot, Arizona, 1990
  • AV Rated, 1993

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Arizona State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Member, Aviation Insurance Association (AIA)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court, 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Guest Lecturer, Torts - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, Insurance Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State Universty, 2006
  • Presenter, Insurance Bad Faith, State Bar of Arizona, 1995
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, 2010 - 2012, Insurance Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2010
  • Presenter, Bad Faith Insurance Law Seminar, State Bar of Arizona. Presentation regarding the defense perspective on workers' compensation bad faith, 2012
  • Presentation to Fireman's Fund Insurance Company's corporate headquarters staff in Novato, California and webcast to Fireman's Fund's adjusters and claims representatives on "The Peculiarities of Arizona Insurance Law". Areas covered included insurance bad faith, Damron/Morris agreements and reservation of rights., 2012
  • Presenter, Insurance Law Institute, State Bar of Arizona. Presentation regarding insurance bad faith, including workers' compensation bad faith, 2014
  • Panel Member:  “The Millennials in Action:  Lessons Learned about Juror Decision Making from Mock Trials.”  Panel Session at the 2014 CLM Annual Conference.  Panel  focused on Millennials as jurors and how these jurors make decisions regarding liability, causation and damages.  April 10, 2014
  • Panel Member, "Solutions to Workers' Compensation Bad Faith Lawsuits: A State and National Perspective", Panel Session at the Arizona Self-Insurers Association 2014 Annual Conference. September 26, 2014
  • Presenter: "Reptile Alert: Recognizing and Addressing the Reptile Theory in Litigation," Fireman's Fund Insurance Advanced Technical Seminar. October 30, 2014
  • "How to Prepare For and Beat the Reptile – Can the Insurance Company Wear the White Hat?", webinar presentation to employees of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (formerly Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company), February 9, 2016
  • Panel Member, "Lizards Loose in the Courtroom: Representing the Carrier Client in the Age of Reptile Advocacy", Panel Session at the 24th Annual ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Program, February 28, 2016
  • Presenter, "Damron, Morris and Goettl Agreements Under Arizona Law", Webinar presentation to Allianz Resolution Management, May 16, 2016

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Chappell v. United States of America, Federal Aviation Administration, U. S. District Court, District of Arizona Cause No. CIV 01-1286-PHX-PG: Represented plaintiffs in a case against the Federal Aviation Administration for wrongful death damages regarding a mid-air collision.  Matter settled before trial for high seven figures, 2002
  • Canyon Ambulatory Surgery Center and El Dorado Surgery Center, LLP v. SCF Arizona, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV2003-024399 (Consolidated): Successfullyrepresented defendant insurance carrier in a case of first impression involving the repricing and payment of over $6 million ofmedical bills. (Judgment for the defendant), 2008
  • Waldersen, et al. v. State National, et al., Maricopa County Superior Court, CV2010-034067. Represented insurance company in a $30 million stipulated Damron judgment matter obtaining an excellent resolution., 2013
  • Farrar v. Destiny Schools, et al., Gila County Superior Court Cause No. CV99-0218: Successfully represented Arizona charter school in a case of personal injuries. (Defense verdict), 2003
  • Drey v. St. Luke’s Health Systems and Centric Elevator Corporation, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV93-23985: Successfully represented defendant elevator maintenance company in a claim for personal injuries.  (Defense verdict), 1995
  • Berry v. Courtesy Chevrolet, Pima County Superior Court Cause No. CV2263441: Successfully represented car dealership defendant in a claim for personal injuries and property damages. (Defense verdict), 1993
  • Richerson-Rose, et al. v. State of Arizona, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV2003-002093. Represented plaintiffs in a road design case against the State of Arizona involving a closed head brain injury.  Matter settled before trial for multiple seven figures, 2004
  • Dude, et al. v. Bulk Transportation, et al., Graham County Superior Court, CV2011-00149.  Represented 5 Native American plaintiffs in a case against an interstate trucking company and its contracted driver involving a tractor trailer/pick-up truck collision which resulted in five injured family members, two of which were minors who sustained severe, lifelong injuries.  The matter settled before trial for high seven figures., 2012
  • Quintero v. Yuma Union High School District, et al., Yuma County Superior Court Cause No. S1400CV02002000700: Successfully represented defendant school district in a claim for personal injuries. (Defense verdict), 2004
  • Yahweh v. City of Phoenix, No. 1 CA-CV 16-0270, 2017 WL 2952236 (Ariz. Ct. App. July 11, 2017), 2017
  • Von Hamm v. Becker, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV95-12601: Successfully represented defendant in a claim for personal injuries involving an automobile accident. (Defense verdict), 1996
  • Muse v. May Department Stores dba Foley's Department Stores, Pima County Superior Court Cause No. 285906: Successfully represented defendant retailer in a wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation case. (Defense verdict), 1994
  • Transcontinental Insurance Company, et al. v. Kitchell Contractors, Inc. of Arizona, et al., U. S. District Court, District of Nevada Case No. 2:06-CV-00533-RCJ-GWF: Represented defendant contractor in a suit brought by CNA Insurance Company seeking to deny coverage for construction defect claims with costs of repair asserted to be in excess of $20 million.  Asserted bad faith claims over and against the carrier.  Matter settled favorably in favor of defendant contractor, 2007
  • Yslava v. Hughes Aircraft Company v. City of Tucson, U. S. District Court, District of Arizona Cause No. CIV 91-525-TUC-ROS: Represented defendant City of Tucson in a longstanding toxic tort case involving the alleged contamination of Tucson city water with TCE. Matter settled favorably in favor of City of Tucson without payment of any money, 1999
  • John Snowberger v. Phoenix Union High School District, et al., Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV2002-022093: Successfully represented defendant school district in a sports-related personal injury claim. (Defense verdict), 2005
  • Walker v. JLG Industries, Inc., et al., Maricopa County Superior Court, CV2011-006996. Represented the Plaintiff, an electrician, in a product liability action against JLG Industries, Inc., the manufacturer of the subject JLG ES Series Scissor Lift. Plaintiff was operating a JLG Scissor Lift at approximately 25 feet when it catastrophically collapsed due to the failure of the upper lift cylinder retention pin hardware. The matter settled shortly before trial for a confidential amount., 2013
  • LeFaivre v. Square D, et al., Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV95-02974: Successfully represented product manufacturer defendant in a wrongful death case involving a forklift accident. (Defense verdict), 1998
  • Anderson v. Centric Elevator Corporation, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV93-03032: Successfully represented defendant elevator maintenance company in a claim for personal injuries. (Defense Verdict), 1994
  • Criner v. Nowak, Maricopa County Superior Court Cause No. CV90-23194: Successfully represented defendant in personal injury claim involving automobile accident. (Case settled mid-trial), 1992

Representative Clients:

  • USAA
  • Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (formerly Fireman’s Fund Insurance)
  • Motorola
  • City of Phoenix
  • Schneider Electric USA
  • CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
  • Kitchell Contractors
  • AIG Aerospace
  • Starr Companies
  • QBE  
  • Macy’s, Inc.
  • Carolina Casualty Insurance

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court from 2010 to the present

Educational Background:

  • University of Arizona, B.S. in Finance (With Distinction), 1983

Industry Groups

  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Trial Lawyers
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Comments

  • “Mark is tremendously skilled in his representation of his clients in insurance coverage and Insurance coverage litifgation. He always achieves unexpected and outstanding results for his clients due to his knowledge of the field and ability to find creative and winning arguments. Mark's opponents respect him and know they have their hands full when he represnts the other side. His negotiation skills are top notch. Mark has been successful both in trial,through Motion practice and ADR in achieving great results for his clients.”
  • “Mr. Worischeck has shown his remarkable trial skills especially in the area of insurance coverage disputes. His ability to discern and analyze the complex issues involved in such disputes is excellent.”
  • “Mark is a terrific lawyer.”
  • “Mark Worischeck is the most talented insurance coverage attorney that my company has ever retained. He knows the substantive law in this area extremely well and utilizes this knowledge in a professional and creative manner on his client's behalf. He takes complex insurance issues and develops unique solutions that do not always involve litigation. He has been and remains a critical part of my company's overall risk management.”
  • “Mark is a highly-seasoned insurance litigator and insurance coverage guru. Even on the most difficult coverage issues, and on pretty much any kind of policy, he will dig, research, and evaluate until he comes up with inevitably the right issue -- even on cases of first impression.”
  • “My law firm has worked with Mark Worischeck and several lawyers from his firm over the last several years. Clients who have been referred to him have been very pleased. Mark, as managing partner of Sanders & Parks, PC, runs a very professional and effective law firm. As a practicing trial attorney, Mark is considered one of the best in the area of isurance by his peers.”
  • “very effective lawyer, he finds a way to win for his clients”
  • “tenaciuos and effective litigator”
  • “Excellent lawyer of the highest ethical standards”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Mark G. Worischeck

3030 North Third Street
Suite 1300
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phone: 602-532-5795

Fax: 602-230-5054

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Last Updated: 11/9/2018

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