Brandi Blair 2018-06-19T12:26:59+00:00

Brandi Blair

PARTNER

    

bblair@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602.263.1786
FAX: 602.200.7808

Legal Assistant: Gladys Negron
602.263.1786
gnegron@jshfirm.com

Brandi is committed to providing clients with exceptional legal counsel. Prioritizing client service, she educates clients not only on the issues relating to their case, but also on Arizona law specific to the client’s industry, applications of the law, and best practices for avoiding and minimizing future liability. By working as a team to reduce liability exposure, Brandi is able to craft winning defense strategies under the circumstances that matters move into litigation. Because of this, the vast majority of Brandi’s cases are settled pre-trial or won on dispositive motion.

Brandi defends clients against claims involving dram shop liability, premises liability, wrongful death and personal injury, professional liability, and Section 1983 defense. She represents clients in a variety of industries including retail and hospitality, medical and healthcare, legal, accounting, and governmental and quasi-governmental entities.

Prior to earning her undergraduate degree, Brandi served in the United States Army as an Aerial Intelligence Specialist aboard the OV-1 Mohawk aircraft.

Outside the firm, Brandi enjoys traveling, scuba diving and the outdoors. She is also a horse enthusiast and rides dressage, a highly-skilled form of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance.

• Obtained defense verdict in favor of client in a Section 1983 case where Plaintiff alleged that his civil rights had been violated, had been subjected to overt retaliation from prison officials, and had been denied necessary medical care.
• Obtained summary judgment in favor of municipal client where Plaintiffs alleged that their family member committed suicide due to medical negligence and security failures. Summary judgment was upheld on appeal.
• Obtained defense verdict in favor of client in a Section 1983 case where Plaintiff alleged negligent medical care while serving a prison sentence, which negatively impacted his life expectancy and overall medical prognosis.
• Obtained summary judgment in favor of a tavern where Plaintiff was seriously injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver that had allegedly been overserved at the tavern. Summary judgment was upheld on appeal.
• Obtained summary judgment in favor of medical group where Plaintiff alleged she suffered extensive and permanent scarring to her face following a cosmetic procedure. Successfully defended the summary judgment award on appeal.
• Prevailed on declaratory action in federal court where Plaintiffs sought to enforce Navajo Tribal Jurisdiction over motor vehicle accident that occurred on state highway. The award was ultimately upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Brandi is an active member of firm leadership, serving on the Charity Committee and Recruiting Committee, where she also mentors new associates. Her memberships outside the firm include: 

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member 
  • The Horace Rumpole Inn of Court, Barrister 
  • Arizona Bar Association, Member 
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member 
  • USLAW Network, Women’s Law Committee

Professional Recognitions & Awards

  • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-Present 

Presentations & Publications

  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Defending a Dram Shop Case,” Co-Presenter, Local First Liquor Liability Seminar, February 2017
  • “The Perils of Jingle Bells: Understand and Avoid Liquor Liability,” Author, The Record Reporter, Vol. 101 / No. 138, November 2015
  • “The Art of Responding to Being Underestimated,” Co-Presenter, 2015 USLAW Women’s Connection Conference, May 2015
  • “Update in Correctional Health Law and Ethics,” Co-Presenter, American Jail Association’s 34th Annual Conference and Jail Expo, April 2015, 2016, 2017
  • “Emerging Trends: An Overview of New Case Law and Developments,” Presenter, JSH Annual Seminar: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt, November 2014 
  • “Off With Their Heads! How to Avoid Falling Victim to Female Stereotypes in the Courtroom,” Co-Presenter, USLAW Webinar, August 2014 
  • “Update in Correctional Health Care Law and Ethics,” Presenter, American Jail Association Conference, April 2014 
  • “ABA v. NSA: An Unhelpful Exchange,” Author, DRI Today, March 2014 
  • “Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Guide to Arizona Premises Liability,” USLAW Compendium, Co-Author, February 2014 
  • “Thugs, Thieves, and Litigation: A Few Things to Consider When Your Civil Suit Becomes a Criminal Problem,” Presenter, USLAW Women’s Connection, May 2012 
  • “Describing the Empty Chair,” Author, JSH Reporter, Winter 2009 

Education

University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 2007
University of Arizona B.A., summa cum laude, 2005 

Bar Admissions

Arizona
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona