Ed Comitz heads the firm’s professional disability insurance practice, and with nearly three decades of experience, he has earned a national reputation for successfully prosecuting claims based on fraud, insurance bad faith, and unfair claims practices in the professional disability insurance industry.
Mr. Comitz has extensive experience securing “own-occupation” and specialty-specific disability insurance benefits for his professional clients, resolving coverage disputes, and litigating disability insurance bad faith cases (including successfully assisting physicians, dentists, attorneys and other professionals in reversing denials of their disability claims, principally in federal courts). For in-depth information about this practice area, please visit disabilitycounsel.net.
Mr. Comitz is also experienced in assisting with the practice management needs of physicians, dentists and other healthcare providers in virtually all areas, including providing consultation and representation in corporate and partnership disputes, regulatory and insurance compliance, employment issues, independent contractor and managed care agreements, breach of non-compete and anti-solicitation agreements, state licensure issues, board hearings, succession planning, business and personal divorce (including practice valuation), and collections.
Arizona Business Magazine has recognized Mr. Comitz as as one of the Top 5 Business Leaders in Arizona in the area of Healthcare, and one of the Top 500 Business Leaders in Arizona overall. Referring to the honorees, Editor-In-Chief Michael Gossie commented: “The drivers of Arizona’s economy who are profiled … are catalysts for Arizona’s economy. They are leaders. They are innovators. They have influence. And when they speak, they make things happen. And together, they are guiding Arizona toward greatness.”
Mr. Comitz has received an AV-rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory predicated on his achievement of the “highest level of professional excellence.” He is recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer by Law and Politics, and has been named a “Top Attorney” by Ranking Arizona (Healthcare, Commercial Litigation). Mr. Comitz has also served as an adjunct professor at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court.
In prior large firm practice, Mr. Comitz served as counsel and on trial teams involving several high-profile consumer protection cases, including, among many others, Grant v. Arthur Andersen, L.L.P. et al., the securities fraud and consumer class action arising out of the collapse of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona. In those proceedings, class counsel and others reached settlements totaling $238 million, including a $217 million settlement with Arthur Andersen relating to its role as auditor for BFA. The $217 million settlement with Arthur Andersen is the largest settlement amount ever paid by a Big Five accounting firm not associated with the savings and loan crisis, and twice the settlement amount Arthur Andersen has ever agreed to in settlement of an auditing claim.
While associated with the international law firm, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P. (now, Squire Patton Boggs), Mr. Comitz worked as a lead attorney on multi-billion dollar antitrust litigation involving key participants in the satellite communications industry.
Mr. Comitz is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to his pro hac vice appearances around the country, Mr. Comitz is admitted to practice in the State of Arizona; and the U.S. District Court, Districts of Arizona and Colorado. He received his B.A. in journalism, magna cum laude, from Creighton University and his J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University, where he was a Merit Scholar and Associate Editor of the Law Review.