Category Archive: News

  1. WLG receives regional designation in 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

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    Today, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” announced that the Wieneke Law Group has been designated a Tier 2 firm in the Scottsdale region for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

    The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

    About Us:  Wieneke Law Group attorneys have represented Arizona governmental entities, their employees, school districts, elected officials, corrections personnel, and federal employees in a variety of matters ranging from civil rights claims involving allegations of malfeasance in office, police misconduct, failure to provide medical care, Bivens, and employment matters. Our vast experience allows us to provide high quality, cost-effective legal services to our clients.

  2. Kathleen Wieneke Presents on Litigating Police Liability Claims

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    Kathleen Wieneke Presents on Litigating Police Liability Claims

    Kathleen Wieneke recently recorded a National Business Institute (NBI, Inc.) webinar entitled “Law Enforcement Liability: Ultimate Guide.”  In the multi-part webinar, available on November 6, 2018, Kathy shares her experience and vast knowledge of litigating police liability claims, as well as other common liability issues that arise when defending law enforcement. 

    Among the topics Kathy covers are evidentiary issues, affirmative defenses, immunity, discovery, summary judgment, trial, and appeals, as well as common liability issues, including excessive force, pursuit, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, shooting incidents, automobile incidents, detainee suicides, off-duty activities, and vicarious laibility.

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    Kathleen Wieneke

    With police liability claims on the rise, this program is a can’t miss for attorneys, law enforcement officials, city and county administrators, and risk managers.

    Kathleen Wieneke is a founding partner with Wieneke Law Group, PLC. She has distinguished herself in defending cities, counties, and the State of Arizona in claims of excessive force, officer-involved shootings, false arrest, malicious prosecution, police pursuit, wrongful death, road design, and claims by citizens and inmates arising out of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Bivens. Kathy has also handled a wide range of employment litigation, including claims made under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and breach of contract claims before various state and federal courts, as well as government agencies.

  3. Kathy Wieneke recognized in 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America®

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    Kathy Wieneke
    Kathleen Wieneke

    Kathy Wieneke was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for her work representing defendants in personal injury cases.

    About Kathy

    Kathy has spent over 30 years defending excessive force claims and litigating road cases, amassing extensive experience and expertise. In recognition of her accomplishments, professionalism, and legal skills, Kathy has received numerous distinctions and honors for her accomplishments over the past 31 years.

    About Best Lawyers®

    Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and they receive almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

  4. WLG Attorneys to Present on Public Safety Response to the Mentally Ill

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    This week, Kathleen Wieneke and Christina Retts will be presenting on “The Public Safety Response to the Mental Health Crisis,” at the Arizona Public Risk Managers’ Association (PRIMA) 2018 Summer Education Series in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Using videos and examples from their collective 40 years of experience defending law enforcement, the always-entertaining Kathy and Tina will delve into the practical and legal pitfalls confronting law enforcement when dealing with mentally ill suspects.

    Arizona PRIMA is dedicated to provide public risk managers with resources that assist in creating and sustaining proactive risk management programs that are fiscally prudent.

    Kathy Wieneke has spent over 30 years defending law enforcement in excessive force cases.  In recognition of her accomplishments, professionalism, and legal skills, Kathy received numerous distinctions and honors, including being named an Arizona Super Lawyer by Arizona Super Lawyers Magazine, achieving AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and being accepted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is a Member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and was selected to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for her accomplishments over the past 31 years.

    Christina Retts is WLG’s master strategist, and brings 14 years of experience defending law enforcement personnel against a broad range of civil claims, including excessive force, officer-involved shootings, TASER, less-lethal weapons, K-9 use, positional and restraint asphyxia and excited delirium.

  5. Courtroom star brings her talents to the stage

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    Kathy Wieneke isn’t just a star in the courtroom, she is also a star on stage.  On Thursday, June 28, Kathy (singer) and her fellow multi-talented lawyers, Bill Shostak (keyboard), Steve Evans (bass), Booker Evans (lead singer), Tim Ducar (drums), and Lee Holtry (guitar) reunited their band, the Stilettos, to take the stage at the Arizona State Bar Convention for the annual “Lawyers Got Talent” competition.   The Stilettos last performed at the 2011 State Bar Convention in Tucson, where they won second place.  This year, The Stilettos again delighted the crowd with Motown hits, bringing home an even greater honor – the People’s Choice Award!

    In addition to being a trial warrior and singer of Motown hits, Kathy Wieneke is a classically-trained violinist.  As much as she enjoys performing with The Stilettos, she is not planning to quit her day job.  Her passion remains being the voice for others in the courtroom.  Her practice is dedicated to helping those who are sued, including governmental entities in claims involving road design, employment, school liability, and civil rights.


    Kathy on Stage at Bar Convention   Stilettos at Bar Convention
     

  6. Arizona Attorney Magazine recognizes significant defense verdict

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    Arizona Attorney Top Ten Civil Verdicts 2017For the third time in six years, Arizona Attorney Magazine  recognized a Kathleen Wieneke defense verdict as one of the significant defense verdicts of the past year.  In the personal injury and Section 1983 civil rights action, Ms. Wieneke tried and successfully defended law enforcement officers accused of falsely detaining the plaintiff and then allegedly using excessive force in his arrest.

    In 2012, Ms. Wieneke obtained a defense verdict in another law enforcement case that was also recognized in the annual Civil Verdicts issue.  In spite of having to try the case in a climate where public sentiment against the police was running high, Ms. Wieneke successfully defended a law enforcement officer involved in the shooting of a suspect who fled from police after attempting a “beer run” (shoplifting beer) at a convenience store.

    Finally, in 2014, Arizona Attorney recognized Ms. Wieneke’s results in a road design case arising out of a freeway car crash.  The plaintiff alleged that the median’s slope caused her to travel under the cable barrier and into oncoming traffic, causing her to sustain a traumatic brain injury and loss of her left arm.  Ms. Wieneke successfully countered the plaintiff’s theory of the case before a jury, resulting in another defense verdict.

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    Kathy Wieneke has spent over 30 years defending excessive force claims and litigating road cases, amassing extensive experience and expertise.  In recognition of her accomplishments, professionalism, and legal skills, Kathy has received numerous distinctions and honors, including being named an Arizona Super Lawyer by Arizona Super Lawyers Magazine, achieving AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and being accepted as an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates for her extensive trial experience.  She is a Member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and was selected to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for her accomplishments over the past 31 years.

  7. Kathleen Wieneke receives Lifetime Achievement award

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    America’s Top 100 Attorneys® announces the Lifetime Achievement selection of Kathleen Wieneke.  Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award.

    Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or a single great year of success, but rather on a lifetime of hard work, ethical standards, and community enriching accomplishments that are inspiring among the legal profession.  To help ensure that all attorneys selected for membership meet the very high standards expected for selection, candidates for lifetime membership are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, lifetime achievements, significant case

    results, peer reputation, and community impact.  With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community.

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  8. WLG attorneys present on “Defending the Roadway Case”

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    On May 17, 2018, Kathleen Wieneke and Tara Zoellner presented at the Twenty-First Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar/HR Summit in Prescott, Arizona, presented by the Arizona Counties Insurance Pool.  Their session, “Defending the Roadway Case” focused on pertinent case law, immunities, and statutory affirmative defenses.Kathy presenting on Defending the Roadway Case

    Kathy Wieneke has spent over 30 years litigating road cases, amassing extensive experience and expertise, particularly, in highway median barrier cases.  In recognition of her accomplishments, professionalism, and legal skills, Kathy received numerous distinctions and honors, including being named an Arizona Super Lawyer by Arizona Super Lawyers Magazine, achieving AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and being accepted as an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates for her extensive trial experience.  She is a Member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and was selected to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for her accomplishments over the past 31 years.

    From case inception through appeal, Tara Zoellner has spent the past eight years defending public and private entities and their employees against a variety of claims, including excessive force, wrongful death, sexual assault, deliberate indifference to medical needs, and retaliation.  She has been recognized as a Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers Magazine.

  9. Utah passes “free range parenting” law

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    Utah passes first-of-its-kind “free range parenting” law, which “exempts from the definition of child neglect various activities children can do without supervision, permitting ‘a child, whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm, to engage in independent activities …,'” such as walking, running, or biking to school, traveling to commercial or recreational facilities, playing outside, and remaining at home unattended.