William Schrank 2018-08-14T14:23:01+00:00

William “Bill” Schrank

PARTNER

    

wschrank@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602.263.1766
FAX: 602.200.7853

Legal Assistant: Raquel Auriemma
602.263.1766
rauriemma@jshfirm.com

Bill dedicates his practice to defending corporations, businesses and other entities in tort litigation. His philosophy is to be purposeful and meaningful in action, and respectful of all parties involved. Bill believes that the emphasis should be placed on resolving matters in the best interest of the client; not simply litigate. Using this approach, Bill represents commercial transportation companies in trucking and motor coach crashes; businesses in dram shop liability, premise liability and security incidents; persons and entities against wrongful death actions; and businesses in “Special Event” injuries. Throughout his more than 30 years of practicing, Bill has served as sole or lead counsel in numerous jury trials, and has been involved in thousands of informal settlement negotiations, and hundreds of mediations and arbitrations.

Outside of the firm, Bill stays physically active by running, mountain bike trail riding, hiking, and undertaking nearly any activity that will get the heart pumping. His other interests include playing fantasy football, traveling and photography. Since 2014, Bill has been the official photographer of the firm’s publication, The JSH Reporter, and many of his photos appear on the firm’s website. In his younger years, Bill coached youth ice hockey and served on the Board of Directors for the Foothills Gymnastics Association.

  • Franklin v. Clemett et al., June 2015
  • Beary v. Hendrickson Trucking, Mediation 2016
  • Paul v. Hideaway, Mediation 2017
  • Garcia v. Convoy Systems, Mediation 2017

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), Member, 1994-Present; Board of Directors, 2010-Present; General Counsel, 2013-Present
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member

Professional Recognitions & Awards

  • Selected, Top Attorney in Insurance Law by ALM, 2014
  • Listed, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated in Martindale Hubbell

Presentations & Publications

In addition to his law practice, Bill is a frequent guest speaker for a variety of organizations. His presentations and publications include:

  • “Getting to the Sobering Truth of a Dram Shop Claim in Arizona,” Co-Author, The JSH Reporter, Fall 2017
  • “Be Careful What You Ask For: Effective Use of Daubert and Expert Witness Challenges,” Arkansas Trucking Seminar, September 2015
  • “Enhancing Your Skills: Resolving Cases Outside the Courtroom,” Arizona State Bar CLE by the Sea, July 2015
  • “Taking The Bite Out Of Damages: Recoverability, Legal Defenses, and Current Trends,” JSH Annual Seminar: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt,November 2014
  • “Trends and Tactics in U.S. Litigation,” Issues in the Mine Field of Civil Litigation Involving a Commercial Motor Carrier, 2014
  • “Arizona Law:  Tell Me Something I Didn’t Know,” JSH Webinar, January 2013
  • “Guarding Against the Pitfalls in U.S. Litigation,” Issues in the Mine Field of Civil Litigation Involving a Commercial Motor Carrier, 201
  • “10 Things You Need to Know About Arizona Law,” 2009
  • “Written Discovery With a Purpose,” September 2008
  • “Handling Tough Deposition Questions: Preparation Prevents Perspiration,” 2007
  • “Hotel Alcohol Liability Issues: ‘The Buck Stops Here,’” 2006
  • “Settlement Negotiations: Strategy and Tactics,” 2004

Education

University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with Distinction, 1984
Order of the Coif Order of the Barrister Allen Moot Court Board
Phi Delta Phi Nebraska Law Review

Concordia College, B.A., Biology, summa cum laude, 1979

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1984 
U.S. Federal District Court, 1984