A long time ago, my German-immigrant father handed me an article from the Sunday Parade magazine. He said, “Hey, they got a lawyer up there in Wyoming says they need lawyers who care more about helping people, than making money.” The article was by Gerry Spence. And I became interested in the power of the law to help people make their lives better.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, I attended law school at the University of Denver. While in law school, I received a scholarship, and practiced as a trial lawyer in the DU student law office, representing poor people who could not afford to pay for a “real” lawyer. We went to court together.
Since then I’ve represented a lot of good people for a lot of different problems. For 13 years I represented insurance companies, too. Sometimes I just didn’t agree with the values large corporations believe in. So I stopped. I grew up with hard working people. Those are the people I belong with.
My clients have enjoyed justice from successful jury verdicts in cases involving negligence, insurance bad faith, wrongful death, products liability, and violations of civil rights.
My work in the field of Insurance Bad Faith has been published in national trade publications. I’ve testified at the legislature on insurance issues, and as an expert witness in court, explaining what the insurance company did wrong.That case led to a very important decision from the Arizona Court of Appeals called Mendoza v. McDonald’s Corp. It helped clarify the laws, and protect working people from getting cheated by insurance companies.
I’ve been an invited speaker at several legal seminars on insurance bad faith, and workers compensation.
One of the things I’m happiest about is that, over the years, I’ve been able to work with some of the best trial lawyers in the state of Arizona, and in the country. I’ve learned alot from them. Their good work encourages me in the work we are doing here in Arizona.
I’m a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for achieving jury verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.00. Fewer than 1% of U.S. attorneys are members. I also represented the State of Arizona, Department of Insurance, Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund. However, at this time, I only work on behalf of injured and deceased persons.I belong to the American Association for Justice (AAJ), AAJ Insurance Section, and the AAJ Bad Faith Group.
Our most important work begins at home. I am a Sustaining Member of the Arizona Association for Justice, the Arizona Association of Lawyers for Injured Workers, a Next Generation Fellow of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, and previously served on the Board of the Scottsdale Bar Association.
I consider it important to remain active in community service organizations, and I’ve tried to do that. I have served on community charity boards, including the Southwest Leadership Foundation, and the Rehoboth Community Development Corporation. It is currently my honor to serve as a donor and case volunteer for the Arizona Justice Project, an organization seeking to identify and free those who are wrongfully imprisoned because of race, economic disadvantage or any other circumstance.
On a personal note, I am also a musician. I love all kinds of music, and am classically trained. These days I play the blues, and am a member of the Phoenix Blues Society.
Stacy Fergus has 18 years’ experience as a paralegal, and a B.A. in legal studies. She has recently relocated to Arizona, from the state of Connecticut. She shares integral responsibility with all the day to day administrative functions of our law practice.