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Phillips Law Group
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Jeffrey L. Phillips
Jeffrey Phillips graduated from Arizona State University in 1990 where he earned a Juris Doctorate in Law and started along the road to a successful legal career. Before law school, Mr. Phillips received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1986 from Arizona State University. Additionally, Mr. Phillips has developed a wide background of experience in business, real estate and finance.
Jeffrey Phillips is licensed to practice law in Arizona. As a part of our Phoenix, Arizona firm, he has served as a personal injury lawyer representing those injured in vehicle accidents, defective products, pharmaceutical litigation, social security disability, and slip and fall. He has represented clients in felony charges throughout Arizona in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Gila, Mojave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties.
Jeffrey Phillips has received considerable recognition for his volunteer work. In April 1994, he received the Volunteer Attorney of the Month Award from Community Legal Service. In 1996, he was presented with the William T. Burmingham Award in recognition for the volunteer work he performed throughout the year. In 2002, his work in assisting low income bankruptcy clients contributed to Phillips and Associates being honored with the Volunteer Lawyer Program Bankruptcy Service award.
Mr. Phillips works with attorneys throughout the United States, helping seriously injured clients.
Trey Dayes is a trial attorney who has been practicing since 1996. He was successful in obtaining a $3.8 million settlement for a client. He is currently a managing partner at Phillips Dayes Law Group PC and of counsel for Phillips Law Group PC. Mr. Dayes is licensed to practice law in Arizona and Utah, as well as representing clients nationwide in overtime, defective products, dangerous pharmaceuticals and employment cases. Mr. Dayes has represented several large corporations and municipalities in Arizona and Utah.
Mr. Dayes received his Juris Doctor from the Brigham Young University J. Rueben Clark Law School in 1996, where he was chosen to be an Editor and Note and Comment Editor for the BYU Journal of Public Law. He also authored "Drafting a Limited Liability Clause that will Pass the Scrutiny of Utah Courts." He has attended the AAJ Advanced Medical Trial Skills College in Phoenix, Arizona.
After gaining this vast experience, Mr. Dayes is now litigating claims for workers and employees who were not paid overtime or who were discriminated against, as well as claims against medical professionals for wrongful death and catastrophic injury, defective products, and dangerous pharmaceuticals.
- Prosecution for failure to pay overtime
- Discrimination and Harassment
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- Labor Law
- Employment Law
- Collective Actions for Unpaid Overtime Wage
- Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injury from Medical Malpractice
Since 1998, Tim has devoted his life to helping people and their loved ones against wrongdoers – be them negligent or reckless drivers, corporations, hospitals, drug manufacturers, nursing homes, product manufacturers or insurance companies. Tim’s tireless devotion toward his clients has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and clients.
During his study at the Arizona State College of Law, Tim clerked for one of Phoenix’s premier personal injury firms, Solomon, Relihan & Blake, P.C. After graduating from ASU in 2000, he was admitted into the Arizona State Bar on December 15, 2000. Following his admittance, he was asked to join S.R.B. as an attorney and launched head first into a practice of law motivated to undo the wrongs suffered by his clients at the hands of the strong.
Through the course of his professional life, he has obtained numerous million dollar settlements for his clients. He has obtained a judgment of $10.6 million for a family whose son was fatally shot at a house party. He has represented numerous clients at trial including recovering a judgment of $487,500 for a husband and his wife that was injured by a gasoline truck whose last offer to settle before trial – was $50,000. Regardless of numbers, sometimes the biggest satisfaction comes from the smallest victories.
Tim is presently married to Monica and they have two beautiful children, Havana, age 9, and Jake, age 1. Tim is an active member of the “Dad’s Club” at the school his daughter attends, Ss. Simon & Jude Catholic School. He has served as a “Big Brother” for the Big Brother/Big Sisters of Central Arizona, and is a volunteer coach for the City of Phoenix’s Sports program completing four seasons as a soccer coach. Professionally, he has served as a “Fee Arbitrator” for the State Bar of Arizona, has been asked to lecture for the State Bar of Arizona to other attorneys on personal injury matters and has addressed the Arizona Association for Justice (formerly Arizona Trial Lawyers Association) doing its “Learn at Lunch” seminars. He is admitted to practice in the State Bar of Arizona and U.S. District Ninth Circuit.
Since 2003, he has continuously sharpened his legal expertise at Phillips Law Group, P.C., appearing in numerous television commercials, trying to inform all people that sometimes everyone needs a person to speak up for their needs and to speak for justice, no matter what their familiarity with the legal system. In 2012, Tim was named Managing Attorney for the firm’s personal injury department.
R. Daniel Adams is an attorney in the Social Security Disability Department at the Phillips Law Group. During his career, Mr. Adams has capably represented hundreds of disabled Americans before administrative law judges at the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Mr. Adams is licensed to practice in the state of Utah and nationally before the Social Security Administration and has traveled extensively throughout the United States to assist the disabled in obtaining their benefits.
Mr. Adams is passionate about helping the disabled to obtain the help that they need. He has successfully represented clients with both physical and psychological disabilities such as depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.
Mr. Adams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University after which he returned to his hometown to receive a Juris Doctorate at the University Of San Diego School Of Law. Mr. Adams enjoys college football, the great outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.
RuthAnn James was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree in Literature and Communications from Pace University, Pleasantville, NY. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY.
RuthAnn moved to the Phoenix area in 1993 and was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona the same year. In 1994 she joined the law firm of Goldberg & Osborne where she practiced plaintiff's personal injury, wrongful death and negligence law. RuthAnn remained with Goldberg & Osborne as Managing Attorney until 2006. RuthAnn eventually opened her own practice and where she continued to represent plaintiffs in actions involving personal injury, wrongful death and general civil litigation.
On June 1, 2009 RuthAnn joined the firm of Phillips Law Group where she continues to pursue justice for victims hurt as a result of another's negligence.
RuthAnn is admitted to practice before the Arizona Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court in Arizona. She is a member of the Arizona State Bar, Maricopa County Bar Association and Arizona Trial Lawyers Association.
Peter is an attorney in the Social Security Disability department at Phillips Law Group. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Kansas in 2001. After several years in the workforce, he chose to go to law school and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston. Upon graduation he moved to Arizona to be closer to his wife's family and enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities available here. He chose to work in the Social Security Department to help people who are disabled, in need of governmental assistance,and who cannot help themselves.
In his spare time, Peter enjoys activities with his family such as hiking, camping, fishing, playing golf, and watching competitive sports of all kinds.
Jeffrey L. Grayson is an attorney in the personal injury litigation division of the firm. He grew up in Phoenix but moved to Tucson to pursue his undergraduate studies in Psychology. After college, he attended law school in Auburn Hills, Michigan at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he excelled at civil procedure and oral advocacy. In 2009, He returned to Arizona to complete an internship with the Pima County Public Defender's office in Tucson.
After graduating from law school and passing the bar, Jeff began his career as a personal injury litigation associate in Tucson. He also assisted in the creation development of his firm's workers' compensation division. In 2012, he joined Phillips Law Group where he was excited to return to the Phoenix area and personal injury litigation. He has spent years helping injured people and enjoys fighting for the rights of accident victims and injured workers.
Beyond the court room, Jeff enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, running and off-roading and he takes great joy in volunteering in his community. Also, he likes to spend time with family and friends.
George Sarkisov was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. His family moved to Moscow during the escalating ethnic conflicts in Soviet Central Asia, during the 1980’s. With his family, he immigrated to the United States in 1991. He attended Sacred Heart Preparatory, in Atherton, California. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2002 from Arizona State University, and subsequently received his law degree from Arizona State University in 2005. While in law school, he was the Director of the Homeless Legal Assistance Project, serving the legal needs of the homeless community in Phoenix, Arizona. His efforts were recognized with the Student Fellow Award upon graduation. George Sarkisov is one of the few native Russian speaking attorneys in Maricopa County and Arizona.
For many, protecting their rights alone in a new country, through a foreign legal system, and at times against powerful adversaries, can be an impossible task. That’s why a strong knowledge of the system, and quality legal representation, are indispensable. George Sarkisov relies on his own connections to the legal community, to direct those seeking legal representation outside his areas of practice, to knowledgeable attorneys in those fields. In this role as a liaison between Russian speaking people and the legal community, George hopes to provide guidance and understanding to Russian speaking consumers in retaining a lawyer.
Upon admission to the Arizona State Bar, George began his practice in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and insurance. As an immigrant himself, George Sarkisov has a deep appreciation of the rule of law, and a particular understanding of the special needs of those who are new to this country. Because of that, George makes time to advise Russian speaking individuals from all regions of Eastern Europe on legal issues that concern them. These include topics such as how the various coverages under automobile insurance work, how health insurance works, and other issues.
George joined Phillips Law Group to lead the expansion of the firm’s workers’ compensation department and continue its tradition of providing quality legal services to the victims of personal injury, including those injured on the job. He is dedicated to securing immediate medical and wage loss benefits for the injured workers, without regard to who was at fault for their injuries.
George Sarkisov is a Board Member of the Homeless Legal Assistance Project, providing guidance and mentoring to law students, and assistance at homeless shelters in the valley.
He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association (AZTLA), and Arizona Association of Lawyers for Injured Workers (AALIW).
Kurt Maahs is a trial attorney that has been litigating cases for over 18 years. Mr. Maahs practices in the firm’s personal injury litigation department. Mr. Maahs graduated from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1994, where he was a member of the school’s trial advocacy team and a student court justice. Mr. Maahs is licensed to practice in the federal and state courts in Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
Mr. Maahs has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of cases throughout his career. These include cases involving multi-million dollar exposure and significant injuries such as traumatic brain injury, paraplegia and burns. Mr. Maahs’ experience includes automobile liability, premises liability, trucking, products liability, workers’ compensation, employment law, professional liability, insurance, and commercial litigation. Throughout his career, Mr. Maahs has represented consumers and numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Walgreens, United Technologies, Nationwide, State Farm, Chubb Insurance, Auto-Owners, Hartford, AIG, Johnson and Johnson, Marriott, Phillip Morris, Home Depot and DaVita.
Mr. Maahs uses his vast experience to pursue and protect the rights of consumers. Mr. Maahs knows the importance of helping individual clients of the firm secure justice against insurance companies and corporations. In addition to his prior legal experience, Mr. Maahs worked on his family’s farm, at a lumber company, and as a construction worker. Mr. Maahs has also suffered significant personal injuries (from which he was fortunate enough to fully recover) and been injured while working as a construction worker. These experiences give him an understanding of the daily hardships suffered by people who are injured.
In his spare time, Mr. Maahs spends time with his family, usually running between his children’s school and sports activities. Mr. Maahs also enjoys hiking, running, reading, and following the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Mr. Maahs is also active with Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court , the Arizona Association for Justice, and the Arizona Bar Association, where he serves on the Peer Review Committee.
Dennis Evans is an attorney in the Social Security Disability Department at the Phillips Law Group. During his career, he has capably and successfully represented hundreds of disabled Americans before administrative law judges at the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Mr. Evans comes to Phillips Law Group from one of the largest disability firms in the nation. This transition allows him to quickly assess a client’s case while still bringing a more personal touch to each case. Mr. Evans is licensed to practice in the state of California and nationally before the Social Security Administration and he has traveled extensively throughout the United States to assist the disabled in obtaining their benefits.
Mr. Evans has a special place in his heart for those that are disabled and unable to help themselves as he has had family members who have been disabled and unable to help themselves only to find success in the process upon finding the right people to help. Mr. Evans' life experiences help him understand and support those in need because of their medical conditions. These experiences have allowed him to gain insight into the process and how to best approach each and every person he represents.
Mr. Evans received a Bachelor of Science degree with cum laude honors in Business Administration, Human Resource Management from California State University, Sacramento. He was able to obtain these honors while working full-time in a management position. Upon graduating he attended the University of San Diego, School Of Law. While at USD, Mr. Evans graduated with a Juris Doctorate and a LL.M in Taxation. He is the proud parent of three young boys and enjoys spending every spare minute playing with them and enjoying the quiet moments with his wife. He enjoys all things baseball and sports in general and during the summer months can be seen watching any and all ball games that he can. He further enjoys the outdoors and going camping with his family.
Joel F Friedman has been representing disabled and injured Arizonans since 1982, after graduation from Villanova Law School, outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has an A.B. in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College (1977), and between college and law school he worked for the United States Postal Service and attended graduate school at the State University of New York - New Paltz, studying English literature and literary criticism.
Mr. Friedman began his Social Security law practice on his arrival in Arizona, and he has represented claimants on appeals, at administrative law judge hearings, and in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Friedman was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2001, and in 1987 he testified before the Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means, United States House of Representatives. Mr. Friedman has been a conference speaker many times in the past 23 years for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR), State Bar of Arizona, private seminar sponsors, and Arizona and New Mexico legal services, on medical and legal issues related to Social Security, Arizona workers’ compensation, long term disability, and Medicare benefits. Mr. Friedman has been a member of NOSSCR since 1984, and he served on the Board of Directors from 1993 - 2003, including as President from 2001 - 2002.
Mr. Friedman added Arizona workers’ compensation case to his practice about 20 years ago, and he has been certified in workers’ compensation law since 1999 by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Friedman has been a speaker at the State Bar of Arizona annual conference and several times at annual State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section conferences, including on neuropsychological and psychological assessments for the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI), the coordination of Social Security, Medicare, and workers’ compensation benefits, and the settlement of medical benefits claims.
Mr. Friedman arrives at Phillips Law Group after 2 ½ years in a solo practice, in which he continued representing individuals with Social Security disability, retirement, and survivors’; Arizona workers’ compensation; ERISA and private long-term disability (LTD); and Medicare benefits claims. He will be focusing on workers’ compensation and LTD cases, with continued representation of selected complex Social Security claims
Mr. Friedman has been a volunteer lawyer for the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Homeless Legal Assistance Project (HLAP), at the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) and, for the last several years, with Victory Place veterans residential and vocational program. He was recognized by the HLAP for his services in 2011 - 2012, and continues to attend monthly legal clinics for the residents, with law students. Mr. Friedman has also been involved in the youth soccer community for more than 15 years, and he is a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Grade 8 licensed referee.
Sean Davis earned his Juris Doctor from Phoenix School of Law in 2013, where he participated in a number of clinical programs.
Before attending law school, Sean graduated magna cum laude in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. He received a variety of academic scholarships throughout his attendance, and was placed on Arizona State University Dean’s List for a number of his semesters at Arizona State.
Sean enjoys helping honest, hard-working people who have suffered wrongful termination or discrimination, and people who have not been paid proper minimum or overtime wages.
Dawn Sauer earned her Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law in 2003, where she earned prestigious clerkships at the California Attorney General’s Office and the United States Department of Justice.
Before law school, Ms. Sauer graduated from University of California, San Diego in 1996, with a B.A. degree in Psychology. In 1997, she graduated from the police academy at the top of her class, where she also earned the highest grade in the history of the academy. Ms. Sauer worked in law enforcement through her graduation from law school, including six years with San Diego Sheriff’s Department.
Ms. Sauer has been a licensed attorney in California since 2003, and after relocating to Phoenix, she joined the Arizona Bar in 2013. Ms. Sauer’s practice focuses on representing employees who have been discriminated against by their employer, wrongfully terminated, or who have not been paid proper wages and/or overtime as required by state and federal law. Ms. Sauer’s legal experience also includes litigating on behalf of clients who have suffered catastrophic injury, as a result of automobile accidents, falls, assaults, and medical malpractice.
John Collins earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2005, where he participated on the Editorial Board of the Brigham Young University Law Review as a Lead Notes and Comments Editor. He also became involved with the BYU Trial Advocacy Program and was a finalist in the 2003 Woody Deem Trial Advocacy Competition. In addition, John was recognized by the faculty for his appellate acumen being named a finalist for Best Brief in the 2003 1L Moot Court Competition.
Before attending law school, John graduated magna cum laude in Honors Studies from Texas Tech University. He received Texas Tech’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship throughout his attendance and was awarded membership in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
John has enjoyed helping real people fight injustice since 2005. In addition to representing clients in employment law issues, including wrongful termination, discrimination, and disputes involving overtime and minimum wage issues, John has litigation experience in the areas of commercial law, contract law, real estate law, and personal injury, in which he helped negotiate a seven-figure policy-limit settlement for one client.
Jose A. Montano is a founding member and partner of Montano Arentz and Associates. The firm was founded in Phoenix, Arizona. Jose is originally from Hermosillo, Mexico, and is a graduate of Arizona State University with honors and the Arizona State University College of Law in 2003. Mr. Montano is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, admitted to practice in Arizona, the United States Federal Court of Arizona and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Montano practices in the areas of criminal defense, bankruptcy and Immigration. He has dedicated his primary area of practice to cases in Federal Court.Mr. Montano has successfully defended numerous “high profile” defendants in criminal cases involving white collar crimes and drug related offenses. Additionally, Mr. Montano is recognized as a top Immigration Attorney in Arizona. He has dedicated a large portion of his practice to helping immigrants from around the world in their time of need. Mr. Montano and his staff have successfully represented many clients in Bond Hearings to obtain their release from custody, and in related or other proceedings to help them achieve their dream to live in the United States of America.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Montano also has a broad background in Business and Real Estate, and is the managing partner of Montano Arentz & Associates. Mr. Montano is involved in numerous community service organizations, and is also a member of the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association. He is highly recognized and respected for his work in the Hispanic community, and has been featured and interviewed on Channel 3 TV in Phoenix for his legal opinion in local cases.
Robert Arentz is a founding member and partner of Montaño Arentz Handler, PLLC. The firm was founded in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Arentz graduated with honors in 1973 from Michigan State University, and attended Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating in 1978. Mr. Arentz is admitted to practice law in Arizona, California, various Federal Courts and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Arentz has focused his practice over the past 25 years on criminal and DUI defense. He has served as a criminal defense attorney here in Arizona on many high profile and complex criminal cases, including death penalty litigation, numerous felony trials and appeals. In 1984, Mr. Arentz helped to create the Public Defenders Office in Cochise County, Arizona. He served as director of the office for over 5 years. From 1993 until 2010, Mr. Arentz was the Supervising Attorney for Arizona’s largest criminal defense firm.
Mr. Arentz, in addition to managing the firm, limits his practice to criminal law and has successfully represented individuals facing serious criminal charges for the past 25 years. He has represented the accused facing charges from local and state law enforcement, the federal government, including the DEA, FBI and Secret Service. Mr. Arentz relies on his many years of criminal defense experience to provide dedicated, affordable representation to all of his clients.
Dee attended undergrad at Wake Forest University. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1991. While in law school, Dee interned at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City and at the United States Justice Department Civil Rights Division's Honors Program in Washington, D.C. After graduation, she moved to Biloxi, MS and began in the practice area of Social Security Disability Law in 1992. She moved to Phoenix, AZ and was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1994. Dee is licensed to practice nationally before the Social Security Administration in all states.
She has also worked as a Staff Attorney for the Arizona State Bar Association, and has worked in the legal department for the Arizona Diamondbacks Professional Baseball Organization. "My greatest privilege; however, is advocating and fighting for the rights of the disabled and the injured and for the disadvantaged, poor, and displaced. " She volunteers for several non-profit organizations whose missions are to protect those rights.
Personal tidbit: Dee travels extensively worldwide and is a music and Arts aficionado. She also follows college basketball, hailing from two schools in the ACC.
Dee is a member of NOSSCR- the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives.
David R. Mika grew up in Chicago, Illinois. In 1974, Mr. Mika graduated from Lane Technical High School, a Chicago public school having about 8000 students. In 1977, Mr. Mika graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration after receiving a full academic scholarship. Mr. Mika also graduated from John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1980 and was admitted to the Illinois state bar that year. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Mika relocated to Arizona and was admitted to the Arizona state bar in 1983. Mr. Mika is admitted to the bar in federal district courts in Illinois and Arizona and to the federal Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits. Over his career, Mr. Mika has practiced business law, civil litigation, personal injury law and, since 1992 has primarily practiced in the area of criminal defense. Mr. Mika has represented clients in many jury and nonjury trials and administrative hearings. Mr. Mika is married to a former fellow law school student who is an administrative law judge in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Mika has two adult children. Mr. Mika now enjoys helping people obtain social security and other disability benefits and believes his many years of experience in jury and nonjury trials and administrative hearings make him extremely qualified to handle your hearing.