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40 North Central Avenue
Suite 2700
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Phone: 602-263-1700
Fax: 602-651-7599

Location Information


Georgia A. Staton
Partner


gstaton@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602-263-1752
FAX: 602-200-7854

Education

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
J.D., 1974
B.A., English and Russian, 1971

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1977
Kansas (Inactive), 1974
Illinois (Inactive), 1983
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court, 1980






Georgia A. Staton


Ms. Staton joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli in 1984, and has been a Partner since 1992. She practices primarily employment, governmental liability and personal injury defense. Ms. Staton has tried over 75 cases to verdict. She has successfully tried scores of cases in both state and federal court including wrongful death, Title VII, discrimination and sexual harassment claims, excessive force allegations against law enforcement including pursuit cases and SWAT actions. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Ms. Staton is also a Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.


Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Fellow -- American College of Trial Lawyers; Vice Chair of Arizona State Committee (2015 - 2017)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Member)
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona (Lawyer Representative, 2010 to present)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Member, 1996 to present)
  • Government and Administrative Law Committee (Chair, 1999 to 2000)
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (Member, 1995 to present)
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)

Teaching Experience

  • Arizona Trial College (Faculty Member, 1991 to present)
  • Arizona State University College of Law (Adjunct Faculty Member, 1994 to 1996)
  • Defense Research Institute, Speaker:
    -   "Case Evaluation - Making it Matter" - Sharing Success -  
        A Seminar for Women Lawyers, 2008
    -   "Use of Technology in Trial - First Grader's Approach to
        Trial Practice," February 2007
    -   "Age Discrimination...The 'Graying' of Employment
        Lawsuits," 2004
    -   "Employment Retaliation Claims - the Tail that Wags the
        Dog," 2001
    -   "Current School District Liability Issues: Sexual 
        Harassment, School Searches and Disaster Plans,"
        2000
    -   "Americans with Disabilities Act," 1997
    -    "Jury Selection in Sexual Harassment Cases," 1996
  • Public Practice Legal Seminar; Speaker, "Handling Section 1983 Cases," May 2005
  • State Bar of Arizona, Speaker:
    -   "Trial Advocacy Today," 2004 to 2009
    -   "Getting Inside the Jury's Mind," May 2005
    -   "The Art of Opening Statements," April 2005
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Speaker:
    -   "Providing Accommodation to the Deaf Under Title III of 
        The Americans With Disabilities Act," 2001
    -   "Parallel Proceedings - A Discovery Minefield," 1998
  • Counsel on Education in Management; Speaker, "Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA," 1999
  • "The Persuasion Edge: Winning Persuasion Strategies and Tactics for Trial Lawyers,"  (Instructor)
  • Evidence Workshop, State Bar of Arizona (Instructor, 1988)
  • Federal Trial Advocacy (Instructor, 1987)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Instructor, 1985 to 1987)
  • Faculty member of the following Maricopa County and Arizona Bar Association CLE Seminars, 1985 to present:
    -   RICO - The Ultimate Commercial Weapon
    -   Dram Shop Liability
    -   Making a Record; Objections
    -   Comparative Negligence/Contribution
    -   Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Issues
    -   Ethics in Practice
    -   Intangible Damages
    -   Liquor Liability in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
    -   Sexual Harassment: Surviving the Nightmare
    -   Ethical Questions for Lawyers in Personal Injury Cases
    -   Negotiation Strategies for Women Lawyers
    -   Sexual Harassment Litigation
    -   Juror Challenges Under Batson
    -   Legends of Litigation ... Discovery and Deposition

Professional Recognitions & Awards

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, 2015-2017
  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2010, 2013 - Present    
  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers -- Top 25 Female Lawyers in Arizona, 2013 - Present
  • President's Award, Arizona Women Lawyer's Association, 2006
  • Sarah Herring Sorin Award, Arizona Women Lawyer's Association, 2007
  • Listed Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, Arizona Business Magazine, 2015
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated on Martindale Hubbell

Presentations & Publications

  • "Keeping Up with Appearances: Trends in Appearance-Based Discrimination," Co-Presenter, 12th Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar/HR Summit, May 2017
  • “Cross Examination,” Presenter, 2016 American College of Trial Lawyers CLE, April 2016
  • "Jury Selection: How to Lose A Trial Before You Even Start," Presenter, Current Issues in Governmental Liability Seminar, November 2015
  • "Sham Affidavit," Presenter, 2015 American College of Trial Lawyers CLE Event, May 2015
  • “Policies and Procedures: Do You Have One For This?” Co-Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool’s Eighteenth Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, May 2015
  • "Notice of Claims: It's Not That Hard," Presenter, ABOTA's Day with the Masters CLE, April 2015
  • “You Think You Know What Juries Are Thinking?....Think Again,” Presenter, 2014 JSH Annual Seminar: Current Issues in Governmental Liability, November 2014
  • "Jones, Skelton & Hochuli Attorney Finds Honor in Job," AZCentral, Who's Who in Business, 2014
  • “Internal Investigations (It’s A Dirty Job, But Somebody Has To Do It),” Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool HR Summit, June 2014
  • “Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims (Revenge is the Name of A Television Show, It is Not An Employment Practice),” Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool HR Summit, June 2014
  • “Background Investigations (Or How To Set Yourself Up For a Lawsuit Without Really Trying),” Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool, 2014 Public Practice Legal Seminar, May 2014
  • "Who's The Boss: Employer Liability After Vance v. Ball State, Is the Line Really as Bright as the Court Intended?" Co-Author, IADC Employment Law Newsletter, July 2013
  • “First Grader’s Approach to Trial Presentations-Use of Technology in the Courtroom/Handling Personnel Appeals Board Cases,” Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool's Sixteenth Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, Prescott, May 2013
  • "From Focus Group to Verdict," Presenter, American College of Trial Advocates CLE, April 2013
  • "A Practical Guide to Opening Statements and Closing Arguments," Speaker, Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar, Defense Research Institute,  January 2013
  • “First Grader’s Approach to Trial Presentations – Use of Technology in the Courtroom,” Presenter, JSH Current Issues in Government Liability Seminar, November 2012
  • "Course and Scope Issues," Presenter, Arizona Public Risk Management Association's 5th Annual Summer Educational Series, August 2012
  • "Mum's Not the Word - Intersection of Title VII and The NLRB," Author, Arizona Attorney, November 2005
  • "Campus Violence - School District Liability and Students' Fourth Amendment Right," Author, Arizona Attorney, August 2000
  • "Rule 68 Offers of Judgment" "Defense Counsel's Sword," Author, Defense Counsel Journal, July 2000
  • "A Practical Perspective on Employee Violence and Americans with Disabilities Act," Author, Arizona Attorney, April 1999
  • "Parallel Proceedings - A Discovery Minefield" Author,
    Arizona Attorney, July 1998
  • "Sexual Harassment: The "Reasonable Woman," Author, Standard, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, December 1991