Robert E. Wisniewski

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Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski, P.C.
 | 519 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-234-3700
Fax: 602-230-7579
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010, 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Attorney Profile

Robert E. Wisniewski focuses his practice on seeking justice for the injured worker. Providing representation to clients throughout Arizona, Bob helps people who have been injured on the job or who have contracted an occupational illness obtain the benefits to which they are entitled under their employer's insurance coverage and state law.

A specialist in workers' compensation law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Arizona, Bob is one of the premier workers’ compensation attorneys in Arizona, and has practiced workers’ compensation law for over 40 years in the Greater Phoenix area and the state of Arizona. 

As a Fellow and a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Attorney Wisniewski is acknowledged by his peers as possessing the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership for more than twenty years.  He is committed to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College and has shown significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing, and/or distinguished published writings on Workers’ Compensation and related fields of law.

He served as an officer in the United States Air Force, and a Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) officer, US Air Force Reserves. Admitted to practice before all Arizona state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Wisniewski actively writes and lectures on all aspects of Worker’s Compensation law.  Additionally, he is an active member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the Arizona Association for Justice, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and chosen a Super Lawyer for the past five years.  “Best Lawyers® named Bob Wisniewski Lawyer of the Year 2017 - Workers’ Compensation Phoenix – Claimants, Phoenix, Arizona.” Mr. Wisniewski serves on the Board of Directors for Kids’ Chance of Arizona, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships to the children of Arizona’s injured workers.


Practice Areas
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Workers' Compensation (100%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010, 2013 - 2020

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About Robert Wisniewski

Admitted: 1976, Arizona

Professional Webpage:


  • Workers' Compensation Wage Advisory Commission, Member, Term 1996 - 1999, Appointee of President of Senate, State of Arizona
  • Awardee, Panel Counsel Member of the Year, Professional Hockey Players Assn, 2017
  • Arizona & New Mexico - Workers' Compensation Law, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Lawyers Listing - Clients' Choice, 2013-2018, AVVO, 2018
  • Kids' Chance of Arizona, Executive Board Member, 2012 - 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year-Workers' Compensation Law, Claimant's Law, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Lawyers Listing Rating 10.0 Superb, AVVO, 2015-2018
  • Fellow, College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, 2018
  • Phoenix Magazine, Selectee, Phoenix Top Attorneys (Workers' Compensation), 2007 - 2016
  • Awardee, Runner-up Diamond Award 2016-2017, Kids Chance of Arizona, 2017
  • Lawyers Listing - Top Contributor 2014-2018, AVVO, 2018
  • Board of Governors, College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, 2018-2021, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, 1985 to Present, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Arizona Member, Workers' Compensation Section, 1978 to present, 2018
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, Workers’ Compensation Workplace Injury Section (WILG), 2018
  • Arizona Association of Lawyers for Injured Workers (AALIW), Member 2009-to date; Board of Directors 2012-2015; Chair-Community Relations, Sub Committee (2014-2016), 2018
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Seminar Committee Member, 1991-present, 2018
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice, and Litigation Sections; Labor & Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Arizona, Sole Practitioners Section, Member, 1992 to present, 2018
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America/Arizona Association for Justice, Member, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors for Kids' Chance of Arizona, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships to the children of Arizona's injured workers. 2012-Present, 2018
  • Founder of the educational scholarship to Phoenix College for minority students., 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Presenter with Dr. Joyce Vesper, PhD., "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" (PTSD) in Workers' Compensation-Explanation, Evidentiary Issues and Every State Law Survey", 20th Anniversary Convention, Workers' Injury Litigation Group (WILG), Chicago, Ill., October 4, 2015
  • Speaker, "Lien on Me" Workers' Compensation Liens. Arizona Trial Lawyers Annual Liens Seminar Phoenix, Arizona. February 05, 2016
  • Article, "Evidence/Proof Issues - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)," Workers’ Injury  Law  and Advocacy Group ("WILG") First Watch Magazine, Winter, 2015
  • Article, "10 Things Every Injured Worker's Attorney Should Know", The College Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Newsletter, July, 2016
  • Speaker, "Lien back for the Ride"- Workers' Compensation Liens. Arizona Association for Justice- Annual Liens Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona, February 03, 2017
  • Co-Presenter/Co-Lecturer, "No Tengo Documentos- Practical Hurdles and Considerations in Pursuing and Defending Undocumented Workers Claims" with Javier C. Grajeda, Esq. American Bar Association, Mid­ Winter Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, Section of Labor and Employment Law; Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section. March, 2017
  • Lecturer, "Damages & Liens in Personal lnjury- Workers' Compensation Lien Walkthrough, National Business Institute, Phoenix, Arizona. June 22, 2017
  • Presentation - "Workers' Compensation Interface with Legal Nurse Case Managers/Consultants,"  Legal Nurse Consultants Association, Phoenix, Arizona. July 11, 2017
  • Co-Presenter with Christopher S. Norton, Esq. Recent Arizona Court Decisions 2016-2017,  The  Gibbs Rules Applied. 2017, Annual Seminar, The Industrial  Commission of Arizona,  Phoenix, Arizona. August 11, 2017
  • Article, "Tips on Representing Injured Workers," The Advocate, Newsletter. Arizona Association for Justice, (Jan-Feb 2018 edition); First Watch Magazine, (WILG) Workers Lawyers Litigation Group, (Summer 2018 edition), 2018
  • Speaker, 2018 Arizona Workers’ Compensation Claims Association, Spring Seminar, "Role of the Injured Workers' Lawyer and What I Expect from the Claims Adjusters in the Claims Process:­ Piecing Together The World of Workers' Compensation," Phoenix, Arizona. March 9, 2018
  • Speaker, Orchard Medical Consulting Seminar, "Workers' Compensation Interface with Legal Nurse Case Managers (LNCM)" Phoenix, Arizona, June 12, 2018
  • Panel Member/Speaker, Professional Hockey Players Association, Annual Meeting of Players, Representatives, "When to File Workers' Compensation; Why to File; How to File and Never Settling Medical Benefits" Orlando, Florida, June 21, 2018
  • Speaker, State Bar of Arizona, Annual Convention Phoenix Arizona; Workers' Compensation Boot Camp with Mark Kendall, Esq. "Protecting Client's Interest, Arizona Workers' Compensation Liens and Other Liens" Phoenix, Arizona, June 28, 2018
  • Article, "Baddies, Bullies, Buddies and Billers: A Perspective on Litigation Personalities" (revised), The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Newsletter, (Spring 2018); First Watch Magazine, (WILG) Workers Lawyers Litigation Group, (Summer 2018), 2018

Representative Clients:

  • State Compensation Fund of Arizona, dba SCF Arizona v Hon. Dean M. Fink/Juan Manuel Lopez Verduzco, 233 P .3d 1190 (App. 2010) – Allowed Worker’s compensation carrier to intervene under Rule 24, ARCAP in tort action to protect carrier’s interests. Applied A.R.S 23- 1023© retroactively as it was a procedural right., 2010
  • Tabler v. Industrial Commission of Arizona, 47 P.3d 1156, 202 Ariz. 518, (App. 2002) Oral Compromise and Settlement agreement may be approved and enforced despite death of claimant before execution of written compromise and settlement agreement., 2002
  • Word v. Industrial Commission of Arizona, 857 P2.d 1328, 175 Ariz. 474 (App. 1993). Judge cannot modify caption to add party who has not received notice or opportunity to be heard., 1993
  • Young v. Industrial Commission of Arizona, 63 P.3d 298, 1204 Ariz. 267, (App. 2003). Prior out- of- state industrial scheduled award. Converts Arizona scheduled injury to unscheduled., 2003
  • Special Fund Division v. Industrial Commission of Arizona, 897 P.2d 643, 182 Ariz. 341 (App. 1994). Apportionment appropriate despite failure to provide notice to Special Fund., 1994
  • Special Fund Division vs. Industrial Commission/ Richard Bombara/JAR Inc., dba Jet Action Rental, 250 P.3d 564 (App. 2010). Discussion of election of remedies under ARS 23-1024 (B) interplay between tort filing and worker’s compensation claim., 2010
  • Hobson v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., 19 P 3d. 1241, 199 Ariz. 525 (App 2001). ARS 23-1023 © does not compel workers’ compensation lienholder to pay equitable portion of attorney’s fees and costs incurred by claimant in third party tort litigation., 2001


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Office Location for Robert E. Wisniewski

519 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phone: 602-234-3700

Fax: 602-230-7579

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Last Updated: 10/30/2019

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