Two Renaissance Square

40 North Central Avenue
Suite 2700
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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

Location Information


Joseph J. Popolizio
Partner


jpopolizio@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602-263-1741
FAX: 602-200-7876

Education

Western New England College
School of Law
J.D., 1990

Boston College
B.A., cum laude, 1986
Independent Major in
American Studies,
Political Science and History


Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1996
U.S. District Court,
District of Arizona, 1996
Colorado River Indian Tribes
Tribal Court, 2012
U.S. District Court,
District of Connecticut
Connecticut (Inactive) 
District of Columbia (Inactive)
U.S. District Court,
District of Columbia (Inactive)


 

Joseph J. Popolizio


Joseph J. Popolizio has been a Partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, since 2006.  His primary areas of practice include governmental liability, civil rights, corrections defense, wrongful death, personal injury,  and commercial and business litigation.   Mr. Popolizio has also successfully defended clients in high profile matters involving the Department of Justice and the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission.


Representing both public and private sector clients in a host of civil litigation matters, Mr. Popolizio’s practice is diverse.  He has defended governmental entities, municipalities, and private prisons in cases involving Section 1983, civil rights, and excessive force claims in police and detention settings.  Mr. Popolizio has also represented private sector clients in cases involving commercial tort law, including interference with business advantage, defamation, tortious interference with contractual relationships, quiet title, suretyship, community association issues, and product liability.


His representation of companies in these areas and risk management, combined with his jury trial and arbitration experience, is well recognized.  Mr. Popolizio's ability to handle a myriad of complex civil litigation matters has been a hallmark of Mr. Popolizio’s career.


Representative Cases

  • Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, et al v. Joseph M. Arpaio, et al, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, CV-0702513-PHX-GMS
  • United States of America v. Maricopa County, et al, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, CV12-00981-PHX-ROS
  • United States of America v. Joseph M. Arpaio, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, No. CV10-01878-PHX-GMS
  • Gotbaum v. City of Phoenix, 617 F. Supp. 2d 878 (D. Ariz. 2008)
  • Bella Vista Condominium Ass'n v. Gyadu, 754 A.2d 160 (Conn. 2000)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore
  • State Bar of Arizona Professionalism Committee, 2011 to present
  • Maricopa County Superior Court Bench Bar Committee
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute (Lawyers' Professionalism and Ethics Committee; Vice Chair of the Webinar Committee)

Civic/Community Associations

  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (participant in 2 marathons & 2 centuries with Team in Training and past Board Member)
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training
    • Rock Star Status - Recognition for Exceptional Fundraising
  • Courthouse Experience, 2000 to 2003
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1996 to 1998

Professional Recognitions & Awards

  • Listed, Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Trial Courts in Maricopa County Award for Significant Contributions to the Administration of Justice, Law Day, May 1, 2003

Presentations & Publications

  • “Social Media in Litigation, Friend or Foe,” Co-Presenter, Arizona PRIMA Chapter Meeting, December 2016
  • "Anatomy Of A Lawsuit" Co-Presenter, 2016 PRIMA Summer Education Series, July 2016
  • “Work Comp and General Liability Claims Issues,” Co-Presenter, 2015 PRIMA Summer Education Series, July 2015
  • "Rapid Fire Drill  - AZ Case Law Updates," Presenter, JSH Seminar, October 2013
  • "Defending Police Liability Claims," Presenter, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2013
  • "1983 Claims: Judgment Call or Judgment Day?" Co-Presenter, Arizona Public Risk Association's Summer Educational Series, Flagstaff, September 2013
  • “Handling the Police Liability Claim: An Overview of State Law and 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 Actions Against Police Departments and Officers,” Presenter, National Business Institute, Handling the Police Liability Claim, May 22, 2013
  • "Ethical Pitfalls of Multiple Client Representation," Co-Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool's Sixteenth Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, Prescott, May 2013
  • “1983 Claims: Judgment Call or Judgment Day” Co-Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool's Sixteenth Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, Prescott, May 2013
  • "Overview of Police Liability Claims," Presenter, The Arizona Paralegal Association Annual Spring Seminar, May 2013
  • “Ethical Pitfalls of Multiple Client Representation,” Co-Presenter, JSH Current Issues in Government Liability Seminar, November 2012
  • “Excessive Force: Judgment Call or Judgment Day,” Co-Presenter, JSH Current Issues in Government Liability Seminar, November 2012
  • "Police Liability Claims," Presenter, National Business Institute, Legal Issues Involving Local Governments, October 10, 2012
  • "Course on Professionalism," Presenter, State Bar of Arizona, 2012
  • "Appropriate Application of Comparative Fault Principles Under A.R.S. Section 12-2506," Presenter, PRIMA Summer Educational Series, Flagstaff, AZ, August 18, 2011
  • "Are You Talking About Me? An Overview of Defamation Law," Presenter, Arizona Paralegal Association Seminar, April 11, 2008
  • "Defamation: When Disparaging Statements Result in Liability," Co-Author, JS&H Reporter, Spring 2008
  • "The Role of the Paralegal in the Litigation Process," Presenter, Arizona Paralegal Association Seminar, January 11, 2005