Chuck Onofry has practiced complex tort and commercial
litigation for more than 25 years and tried or arbitrated more than 100 cases.
"I believe in providing clients with frank advice on the
risks of litigation and trial, including our perspective on settlement. While
settlement is essential to risk management, settlement is most advantageous when
the opposition knows that the client and opposing attorney have no fear of going
to trial. I relish the challenge of a difficult case before a jury and am very
comfortable taking my cases to trial."
Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death (Arizona Board of
Legal Specialization), Chuck practices extensively in the areas of:
Chuck is an elected member of the American Board of
Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization that requires members to have been lead
counsel in 20 or more jury trials. He frequently lectures on a variety of
litigation topics and has published numerous articles on the process of trying
cases before a judge and jury. Chuck is also a Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers honoree.
Before launching his practice, in 1986-1987 Chuck served as a
Federal Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Roger G. Strand, United States District
Judge for the District of Arizona.
Chuck earned his law degree at Villanova University, where he
was a staff member of the Villanova Law Review. He received his bachelor's
degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
Outside the office, Chuck and his wife Jackie live vicariously
through their two daughters, who play competitive tennis and excel academically.
The Onofrys are avid fans of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals.
Representative Trial Experience
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$10.45 million jury award against the City of Phoenix for
negligent intersection design and maintenance that resulted in the death of a
motorcyclist. The award was
third-largest in 2016.
Obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability claim against a national
hotel chain by a plaintiff who was injured when he walked into a plate glass
Successfully defended a Yuma homeowner who was sued by his neighbor for
intentional trespass and invasion of privacy.
Represented a school teacher who suffered a serious hand injury caused by an
exploding vase at an employer-sponsored Christmas party.
Represented a large Yuma farming group that suffered crop loss after a nearby
levee failed due to structural damage caused by an uncontrolled gopher
population at a nearby farm.
Represented block wall and drywall contractors in a six-week construction defect
Successfully defended a roofing company against an indemnity claim by a general
contractor that had settled a construction defect case.
Defended a homeowner against claims that he illegally converted water from a
local water company for use in his pond.
Successfully defended a woman sued for tortious interference, theft and
defamation by a former lover after she left the lover’s employment and joined a
competing trucking company.
Obtained a defense verdict for an orthopedic surgeon sued by a former employee
for an alleged breach of employment agreement.
Represented a national coffee-maker manufacturer in a $2 million fire
Defended a national equipment supplier in $5 million fire subrogation loss.
Obtained a $1.3 million jury award for insurance bad faith against an insurer
that wrongfully denied life insurance proceeds to a widow.
Obtained a defense verdict for an employee who, after leaving an architectural
firm to join a competing firm, was accused of theft, conspiracy and tortious
interference of contractual relations.
Obtained a $250,000 jury verdict for a former shareholder of an architectural
partnership for the value of his minority partnership interest.
Successfully defended an architect and his architectural firm against an alleged
copyright violation in preparing plans for a regional grocery chain.
Obtained an award for the family of a pastor who was defamed by a church leader,
who wrongfully convinced the pastor’s daughter that her father had molested her.
Defended a surviving spouse who was accused by the children of her deceased
husband of financially exploiting him during his fatal illness.
Defended the sole beneficiary of a trust from claims by his sister that she was
excluded as a beneficiary due to his undue influence and mother’s lack of
Represented a former girlfriend and business partner of a hair salon owner who
deprived her of her share of profits.
Obtained a defense verdict for a regional trucking company and one of its
drivers after they were sued for the alleged wrongful death of a pedestrian
struck in the middle of a roadway.
Obtained a defense verdict for a long-haul truck driver who was unable to
control his truck under icy road conditions and rear-ended the plaintiffs’
Obtained a defense verdict for a long-haul trucking company that
was sued for a plaintiff’s personal injuries allegedly caused by the truck
driver not timely placing warning devices after he pulled to the side of a