Micalann C. Pepe

Micalann C. Pepe

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Jaburg | Wilk
 | 3200 North Central Ave., Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602.248.1000
Fax: 602-248-0522
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Micalann C. Pepe primarily practices in the areas of insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation. Her diverse practice includes commercial litigation, civil litigation, and transaction matters. Ms. Pepe also assists businesses with their wide-ranging needs, including contract review and litigation. She has a wide-range of experience, including: medical marijuana, DUI, foreclosures, and workers’ compensation litigation. Before joining Jaburg Wilk, Ms. Pepe successfully first-chaired multiple bench and jury trials with the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office through a law student Rule 38(d) program. 


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  • About Micalann Pepe

    Admitted: 2011, Arizona

    Professional Webpage: http://www.jaburgwilk.com/our-people/micalann-c-pepe


    • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member, 2019
    • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021
    • Named Associate Fellow of Litigation Council of America
    • Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV Preeminent 
    • American Bar Association TIPS Leadership Academy 2018-2019
    • Recognition of Excellence as Litigation Council of America, Associate Fellow

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • ABA TIPS Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee and ABA Tips Revenue Enhancement Standing Committee
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Law Institute, Member, 2019
    • American Bar Association TIPS Vice Chair Self-Insurers and Risk Managers General Committee 2019-2020
    • American Bar Association TIPS Vice Chair Property Insurance Law Committee 2019-2020
    • AADC, "Women in the Law Liaison", 2019-2020
    • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member, 2019
    • ABA Tort Trip & Insurance Practice, Member
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Diversity Law Institute, Member, 2019
    • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Service Project Coordinator, 2017-Present
    • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Year Planning Committee, 2015-Present
    • Defense Research Institute, Member, Blog Contributor, 2011-2016
    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyeision Executive Board Member, 2011-2017
    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Board Member, 2017- Present
    • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Year Toolbox Co-Coordinator, 2017-Present
    • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Division
    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers' Division, Vice President, 2015, 2016
    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Judicial Selection Committee, 2017-Present
    • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Member 2015- Present
    • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Year Dine-Around Coordinator, 2015-Present
    • ABA TIPS, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Vice Chair 2017-Present
    • Ladder Down: A Women’s Leadership Program
    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers’ Division, President, 2016-2017

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Arizona State University Mentor Network, Mentor 
    • Gabriel's Angels, Vice-Chair, 2020
    • Gabriel's Angels, Board of Directors, 2019
    • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, We the People, Judge
    • Wills for Heros

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Nevada Supreme Court Adopts Majority Rule Requiring Prejudice Before Denying Untimely-Noticed Claims, DRI Today, Featured Article, Defense Research Institute, 2011
    • Is the Duty to Defend Always Broader Than the Duty to Indemnify?, DRI Today Blog, Defense Research Institute, 2011
    • CLM State Claims Resource Guide: Arizona, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, 2013
    • Researvation of Rights Compendium for DRI's Insurance Law Compendium, Defense Research Institute, 2014
    • Coverage For Directors' Alleged Theft Of Client Funds Precluded By Scottsdale Insurance Co.'s Professional Services Exclusion, FDCC Hot Cases, The Federation Of Defense & Corporate Counsel, 2015
    • Coverage Basics for Defense Attorneys, Fall Litigation Basics CLE, Arizona Association Of Defense Counsel, YLD, 2015
    • Coverage Attorneys as Accomplices in Bad Faith, Moderator, Mid-Year Meeting, ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2016
    • Millennials in the Workplace: The Integration of Generations, Speaker, NALS, 2016
    • Arizona Court of Appeals Confirms “Subcontractor Exception” to “Your Work” Exclusion Does Not Apply to Additional Insured General Contractor Seeking Coverage For Defective Work of Named Insured Subcontractor, Co-Author
    • To “prove” compliance with the contracts or leases requiring additional insurance coverage, the parties will often rely upon a “Certificate of Insurance.”, Illusion of Insurance Coverage, JaburgWilk.com
    • Commercial contracts often require the party with less bargaining power to procure insurance for the party with more bargaining power as a way to shift risk and potential liability. General Contractors often require a Subcontractor's policy to name the General Contractor as an "Additional Insured.", Compliance with Contractual Provisions to Procure Insurance: The Illusion of Coverage Provided by Certificates of Insurance, JaburgWilk.com
    • The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment granted to an insurer because, under the Policy’s definition of “occurrence” as an “accident,” a single event caused by several independent acts constitutes a single occurrence., Arizona Court of Appeals Holds Multiple Negligent Acts Constitute a Single Occurrence Under CGL Policy, JaburgWilk.com

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Ms. Pepe is proud to have been chosen as a participant in the inaugural class of the AADC’s “Ladder Down” program focused on honing leadership, business development, and mentoring skills for women lawyers.

    Educational Background:

    • Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, B.S. Finance, Magna Cum Laude; Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Women and Gender Studies, Magna Cum Laude, 2008

    Industry Groups

    • Commercial Litigation
    • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation
    • Insurance Coverage
    • White Collar Criminal Defense

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    Office Location for Micalann C. Pepe

    3200 North Central Ave.
    Suite 2000
    Phoenix, AZ 85012

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    Last Updated: 1/13/2021

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