Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information

Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


7955 South Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85284-1050

Established: 1999

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Bad Faith
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Discrimination
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Business Law
  • Construction Defect
  • ERISA
  • Governmental Liability
  • Health Care
  • Homeowners
  • Labor and Employment
  • Securities
  • Transportation
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dram Shop
  • Liquor Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Coverage Litigation
  • Harassment
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Elder Abuse
  • Short Trials

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About Us

After years of practicing law at large firms, Daniel J. O'Connor and Dan Campbell began practicing law together in 1999. They have over 60 years of collective experience between them, which includes hundreds of trials, arbitration and mediations. The firm's practice focuses on civil trial and appellate work in all aspects of personal injury, products liability and insurance litigation, as well as commercial, real estate, construction law and defects, and labor litigation. The firm is Arizona counsel for several of our national clients and regularly appear in matters throughout the southwest region of the United States on their behalf.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Ace Haulers, Inc.
  • Corporate Express Delivery Systems, Inc.
  • FedEx
  • Kohler Company
  • Los Abrigados Resort & Spa
  • Navajo Express, Inc.
  • Savers, Inc.
  • Wyndham International

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Personnel Information

Partners


Daniel J. O'Connor, Jr.

Tempe, AZ

Admitted
  • Arizona, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Instructor, Mesa Community College, 1986; Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court, 1996-Present

Memberships:
  • American (Tort and Insurance Law Section) and Maricopa County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Arizona Insurance Claims Association
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Illinois Benedictine College, B.A., 1978
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1984

Born: 1956

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John Daniel Campbell

Tempe, AZ

Admitted
  • Arizona, 1978
  • Nebraska, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Seminar Instructor, NBI, Insurance Coverage, 1998

Memberships:
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Nebraska State and Maricopa County (Alternative Dispute Resolution Section) Bar Associations
  • Arizona Insurance Claims Association
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
Certifications:
  • Certified Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
Education:
  • Arizona State University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1975
  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1978

Born: 1953

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Shane P. Dyet

Tempe, AZ

Admitted
  • Arizona, 2006
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Arizona State Bar
Education:
  • Utah State University, B.S., 2001
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2005

Born: 1974

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Justin D. Holm

Tempe, AZ

Admitted
  • Arizona, 2007
  • Colorado, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2012
Memberships:
  • American, The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Arizona
Education:
  • Arizona State University, B.S. (cum laude), 2004
  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 2006

Born: 1978

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Associates



Kristopher L. Smith

Tempe, AZ

Admitted
  • Arizona, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Park University, B.S. (with distinction), 2010
  • Arizona Summit Law School, J.D., 2013

Born: 1981

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Karen J. Stillwell

Tempe, AZ

Admitted
  • Arizona, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2015
Education:
  • Northern Arizona University, B.S., 2000
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, J.D., 2003

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