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When receiving just compensation for injuries caused by a negligent person or company requires an experienced Arizona trial attorney, you can count on our knowledge, responsiveness and success.

High Standards. In earning their place among Arizona's most highly regarded personal injury trial lawyers, our attorneys have developed a reputation for professional standards that are widely respected by judges, jurors, clients and opposing attorneys.

To be an Aiken Schenk personal injury attorney means (a) rejecting frivolous claims, (b) trusting the common sense of Arizona juries, and (c) seeking only just and reasonable compensation

Personal Attention. Unlike high-volume personal injury law firms where you do not meet your attorney until your case goes to trial, Aiken Schenk's personal injury attorneys offer you direct personal attention and hands-on representation – from the initial interview through the drafting of the complaint, discovery, depositions, settlement negotiation and trial.

Contingency Fees. Aiken Schenk levels the playing field for injury victims by offering free consultations, contingency fee arrangements and advancing costs. You do not pay any attorney fees or costs unless you receive compensation for your injuries or the death of a loved one. The amount of our fee is a percentage of what you receive, and that percentage is agreed upon before you hire us.


Best Law Firms Tier 1 Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury

Aiken Schenk is a 2017 Best Law Firms® Metropolitan Tier 1 (Phoenix) honoree for Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation. Aiken Schenk's personal injury and wrongful death attorneys offer personal attention, high professional standards, and a track record for multi-million-dollar settlements and jury verdicts.

Richard M. Gerry

Of Counsel

Richard Gerry


Richard Gerry's multi-million-dollar trial victories in wrongful death, public safety and catastrophic injury cases have attracted national attention. His major victories include:

  • $36 million jury verdict (Graham v. ValueOptions) for the family of a man killed by a mental patient who had not received treatment;

  • $3 million settlement (Adamowicz v. Ryan et al) for the adult children of a 68-year-old woman who was killed by a drunken teenage driver; and

  • $9 million jury verdict (Hudgins v. Southwest Airlines) for the false arrest of two men who were given authorization to carry weapons aboard an airliner.

More multi-million-dollar results

J. Tyrrell "Ty" Taber

Ty Taber


Ty Taber has won dozens of multi-million-dollar and six-figure settlements and jury verdicts during more than 30 years of representing victims of negligence.

Ty is a certified specialist in personal injury law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization) and vice president of the Arizona Association for Justice. His victories (view a more detailed list) in negotiated settlements and as lead counsel in numerous jury trials include:

  • a $4 million jury verdict for the parents of an eight-year-old girl killed while horseback riding;

  • a $2.7 million verdict for a 20-year-old woman stranded for 10 days on a state highway; and

  • a settlement of more than $1 million for a worker who, while on the job, was crushed between a tractor trailer and a loading dock.

Alfred W. Ricciardi

Al Ricciardi


In addition to handling cases involving wrongful death and serious bodily injury arising from auto collisions and road design, Al Ricciardi is nationally known for his multi-million-dollar settlements of tire separation and rollover accident claims. While disclosure of the details of these settlements is prohibited by confidentiality agreements, the cases include:

  • a young woman catastrophically injured in a tire separation and rollover of a 15-passenger van;

  • wrongful death of a woman arising from a tire separation and vehicle rollover; and

  • a young man catastrophically injured due to a dangerous road design.

Jason Covault

Jason Covault



Jason Covault focuses on serious personal injury claims, including medical negligence, elder abuse, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.

Jason began his legal career as a criminal prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and has extensive trial experience. Prior to joining Aiken Schenk in March 2014, Jason was a litigation associate with a major regional law firm, where he primarily represented freight and passenger railroads in tort lawsuits, including Federal Employers Liability Act and grade crossing claims.

The three-time Super Lawyers Rising Stars honoree has represented individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of personal injury, contract, tort, malpractice, and general litigation matters.

Pouria Paknejad

Pouria Paknejad


An elected member of the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Governors, Pouria Paknejad has a strong reputation for trial work. His recent representative cases include acting as lead plaintiff’s counsel for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who was seriously injured when struck by a semi-truck. He achieved a favorable settlement after large-scale discovery showed that the trucking company had a history of not servicing trucks that were in disrepair.