John C. Hendricks

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  • Partner at Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P. (89 Attorneys)
  • 16767 North Perimeter Drive, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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John handles business and complex litigation, including contracts, insurance coverage, employment law, products liability, and Uniform Commercial Code cases, environmental and environmental insurance coverage litigation, CERCLA contribution actions, toxic torts, intellectual property, insurance defense, and personal injury litigation. He was lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal courts in Arizona, California, Iowa and Illinois; including a three-month environmental insurance coverage case involving soil and groundwater contamination caused by chlorinated solvents, BTEX compounds, and PAH’s; a UCC breach of warranty suit involving more than $20 million in damages due to defective nitrocellulose lacquer; intellectual property litigation over computer software trademarks and copyright, petroleum pumping equipment and direct vent gas fireplaces; product liability litigation involving destruction of a foundry; toxic tort litigation concerning chronic low-level manganese exposure; and environmental litigation over manufactured gas plant sites and leaking underground storage tanks. John has handled at least 32 jury trials, and more than 50 non-jury trials and countless evidentiary hearings.

John’s professional experience also includes representing financial institutions and lenders with a wide variety of matters in legal proceedings in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court matters. Past clients include: CIT Group Inc.; McMorgan & Company; Arizona Laborers, Teamsters And Cement Masons Local No. 395 Pension Trust Fund; Arizona Laborers, Teamsters and Cement Masons Local No. 395 Defined Contribution Pension Trust Fund; Arizona Operating Engineers Defined Benefit Pension Trust Fund; Arizona Operating Engineers Defined Contribution Pension Trust Fund; Arizona State Carpenters Pension Trust Fund; Arizona State Carpenters Defined Contribution Pension Trust Fund; Data Sales Co.; First National Bank of Muscatine, Iowa; and First National Bank of Gordon, Nebraska.

John’s employment law experience includes, but is not limited to, handling numerous wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment and retaliation matters involving administrative complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Arizona Attorney General’s office, as well as employment-related litigation in state and federal court.

John is experienced in electronic case management, electronic discovery and electronic trial presentation, including:

•Consulting with clients prior to suit, or at the initiation of litigation, to develop policies and procedures essential for preservation of evidence and complying with state and federal rules regarding the preservation and production of electronic evidence;
•Identification and retrieval of potentially-relevant electronic evidence, including cost-benefit analysis of various methods and tools for identifying and retrieving e-data;
•Electronic production of evidence, including analysis of the format for production (e.g., native, .tiff or other formats);
•Analysis and implementation of cost-effective, case-specific solutions to meet preservation obligations;
•Litigation involving electronic evidence, including taking and defending depositions of IT personnel and third-party e-discovery vendors, and discovery motion practice involving e-discovery, spoliation of evidence and technology issues; and
•Use of Summation, PowerPoint, Trial Director and other electronic legal tools for discovery, case management, arbitrations, mediations, motions and trials.

Prior Experience

•Prior to joining Meagher & Geer in August, 2005, John was a partner at the Phoenix firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker from 1998 to 2005, and was Litigation Department Chair, Vice-President and Shareholder of Stanley, Lande & Hunter in Davenport, Iowa, from 1982 to 1998.

Community Involvement

•Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Southern Arizona


•Selected as a 2014 Top-Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense Law” by The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine and Martindale-Hubbell
•Awarded the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, AV Preeminent (AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies)


•Feb 14, 2011
Arizona Court of Appeals restricts use of Morris agreements
•Feb 1, 2010
There is no basis for a disability discrimination claim where auto dealer fired disabled car salesman, unable to drive a car.


•Jan 20, 2011
Clients Prevail: Arizona Court of Appeals Restricts use of Morris Agreements
•Jan 2, 2008
Meagher & Geer Announces New Partners


15 - 17,

John Hendricks is Faculty Member at Deposition Skills Seminar Arizona State University Mercado
•Nov 1, 2012
Deposition Skills: Arizona Program
Appearance on KPNX


•Feb 1, 2011
Insurance Law Update

Arizona Restricts Use of Morris Agreements

Thomas Crouch, John Hendricks, Kurt Zitze

Areas of Practice (16)

  • Insurance
  • Insurance - Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance - Reinsurance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Mass Tort/Toxic Tort
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Professional Liability
  • Employment
  • Electronic Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Safety
  • Toxic Tort & Environmental
  • Life Sciences
  • Securities and Financial Services

Education & Credentials

University Attended:
Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1979
Law School Attended:
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1982
Year of First Admission:
1982, United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa; 1999, United States District Court, District of Arizona; 1982, United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa; 2000, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1998, United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2000, United States District Court, Central District of California; 1984, Illinois; 2004, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 1998, California; 1982, Iowa; 1999, Arizona; 2003, United States District Court, Eastern District of California; 2001, United States District Court, Northern District of California; 2001, United States District Court, Southern District of California

Professional and Trade Associations

•American Bar Association
•State Bar of Arizona
•Maricopa County Bar Association
•Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
•State Bar of California
•Iowa State Bar Association, previously served in the following groups:
•Federal Practice Committee, 1996-98
•Environmental Section Council, 1995-98
•Litigation Section Long Range Planning Committee, 1990-92
•Annual Meeting Committee, 1989-92
•Executive Council, Young Lawyers Section, 1983-88
•Bridge the Gap Committee, 1985-88 (Chair, 1988-89)
•Illinois State Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Representative Cases: Leflet v. Redwood Fire & Casualty Ins. Co., 226 Ariz. 297, 247 P.3d 180 (Ariz.App. 2011) (court restricts the use of Morris agreements and finds insureds who enter into such agreements to the benefit of one carrier and to the detriment of another carrier violate the policy's cooperation clause). Kirkish v. Mesa Imports, Inc., 2010 WL 364183 (D. Ariz. 2010) (finding employer did not discriminate based on disability in violation of the ADA). DeSantiago v. Pargas, 2009 WL 794929 (Ariz. App. 2009) (vacating and remanding for further proceedings on issue whether $8.3 million stipulated judgment in wrongful death case was unreasonable). Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church v. Church Mut. Ins. Co., 476 F.Supp.2d 1135 (D. Ariz. 2007) (granting insurer's motion for summary judgment on plaintiff's punitive damage claim). Prior Experience; Prior to joining Meagher & Geer in August, 2005, John was a partner at the Phoenix firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker from 1998 to 2005, and was Litigation Department Chair, Vice-President and Shareholder of Stanley, Lande & Hunter in Davenport, Iowa, from 1982 to 1998.

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