Richard L. Righi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Righi Fitch Law Group
2999 N 44th St, Suite 215
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-883-3929
Fax: 602-385-6777
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Defense (40%), Construction Litigation: Business (40%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Richard L. Righi is a founding partner of Righi Fitch Law Group, which has law offices in Phoenix, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Honolulu, Hawaii. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 28 years of total legal experience, Mr. Righi provides unmatched counsel and support to clients across Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Hawaii who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Construction law and construction litigation defense

·        Civil litigation defense

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Righi has achieved considerable success defending the rights of contractors, insurance companies, municipalities and other key stakeholders in complex civil litigation arising from a variety of tortious claims. He has handled cases involving insurance bad faith, personal injury, construction defects, professional malpractice and more, and he has gained a reputation for his fierce advocacy and unrelenting dedication to those he serves.

As an attorney, Mr. Righi prefers to use mediation and arbitration to help his clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. However, as a seasoned trial lawyer, he will not hesitate to take his clients' issues to court when necessary.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Righi has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with designation as among the Nation's Top One Percent of attorneys. He has also received a listing in A.M. Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, and he has received America’s Top 100 Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award as well as designation as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers.

A 1989 graduate of Miami University in Ohio, Mr. Righi obtained his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1992, where he was a member of the moot court and Delta Theta Phi. He holds his license to practice in Ohio, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Hawaii, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Hawaii. He also holds his admission to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Mr. Righi has several publications to his credits, and he is an active member of the State Bar of Arizona and Ohio as well as the Maricopa County Bar Association's Construction Law Section, where he once served on the board. He also served as president of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's Phoenix Chapter. He has also served as judge pro tempore of the Maricopa County Superior Court as well as discipline hearing panelist with the Arizona Superior Court.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 40%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Construction Defects

Selections

10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

White Papers

  • Additional Insurance In Arizona; President's Message (2010) - In addition to many reference materials for CLE seminars I have given, I have written two articles for the AADC Common Defense magazine. The first involved a discussion of Additional Insurance in Arizona. The second is the President's Message. Both articles can be accessed at the AADC website, which is www.azadc.org. The newsletters can be referenced on the right hand side under "e common defense newsletters." I co-authored an article for the inaugural Claims Litigation magazine, published by the Council on Litigation Management (CLM) discussing Procedural Agreements as a method of promoting ADR

About Richard L. Righi

Admitted: 1993, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://www.righilaw.com/our-team/richard-l-righi/

Honors/Awards

  • America’s Top 100 Lawyers, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court, 2005 - Present
  • 2015 – 2018, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • Southwest Super Lawyer, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Delta Theta Phi, Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
  • A.M. Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • Moot Court, Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Obtained a seven figure arbitration award in favor of D.R. Ward Construction against Weatherguard Roofing

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Utah, 2018
  • U.S. District Court of Hawaii, 2018
  • U.S. District Court of Utah, 2018
  • Colorado, 2020
  • U.S. District Court of New Mexico, 2018
  • Arizona, 1993
  • Hawaii, 2018
  • New Mexico, 2018
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • State Bar of Arizona and Ohio, Member
  • Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Phoenix Chapter, President; Construction and ADR Subcommittees
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Former Board Member
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2001
  • Arizona Superior Court - Attorney, Discipline Hearing Panelist, 2006 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), Past President

Pro bono/Community Service

  • AADC Barry Fish Memorial Golf Tournament, Chair
  • Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale
  • Fiesta Bowl/Phoenix Suns 3-on-3, Basketball Tournament, Fiesta Bowl Committee, Former Member and Chairman
  • Ryan House
  • Federation Foundation, Fellow
  • Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Committee, Volunteer Lawyer
  • Southwest Human Development

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “The Argument for ADR”, CLM, published in the inaugural Litigation Management magazine
  • Construction Defect Chapter in 2019 Arizona Tort Law Handbook, co-author
  • Construction Defect Chapter in 2012 Arizona Tort Law Handbook, Co-author
  • “Extending Warranties”, CLM, published in the Winter 2013 Litigation Management magazine

Educational Background

  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, B.S., Honors: Rugby Club, Major: Business, 1989

Industry Groups

  • AADC - Past President; ABOTA; CLM; FDCC; DRI; HBACA; Arizona Disciplinary Commission; Arizona's Fine
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Office Location for Richard L. Righi

2999 N 44th St
Suite 215
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Phone: 602-883-3929

Fax: 602-385-6777

Last Updated: 5/4/2021

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