Elizabeth S. Fitch

Elizabeth S. Fitch

Founding Member
Location:
Phoenix, Arizona
Phone:
602-903-4547
505-908-3970
Email:

Elizabeth S. Fitch is a founding member of Righi Fitch Law Group. She is a trial attorney with over 28 years of civil defense experience and has the AV Preeminent Rating. Beth has defended numerous multi-million dollar cases ranging from catastrophic injuries to construction defect cases. She has represented all types of professionals from lawyers to architects. Because of her defense of insureds under general liability insurance policies, Beth has successfully handled the entire gamut of complex tort cases ranging from construction mishaps to wrongful death to sexual harassment. She has been featured twice in Attorney At Law and co-authored the Construction Defect chapter of the Arizona State Tort Law Handbook. In 2014 she was again recognized as a Super Lawyer and inducted into Arizona's Finest Lawyers.

Her practice has concentrated on representing businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation matters. The nature of complex litigation not only requires experience and knowledge about the substantive law but also requires sophistication in addressing the interrelated contractual and complex insurance issues. She has developed expertise in risk management and assists clients with risk transfer strategies such as pursuing indemnity and primary, excess, and additional insurance coverage for clients.

Beth focuses her time working with clients on strategic planning for the complex cases. Recognizing that clients are best served by quick resolution of cases, at the outset of every case she looks for innovative solutions that bring about the client's desired result in an economical and expedient manner.

Beth is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The CIPP/US certification is the preeminent privacy credential in the US private sector. Beth serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for her law firm. Beth counsels companies and insureds on cyber liability and responding to data breaches. Beth coordinates the Cyber Early Response Team for Themis Advocates Group and is published on Cyber liability risks.

Beth is a third generation Arizonan and comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. Her great grandmother founded successful wholesale and retail businesses. Her dad followed in this tradition and started a successful retail business and cattle ranch. As a result she understands the business needs of clients and applies entrepreneurial principles to her practice.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense and Bad Faith Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Cyber Liability
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Business Tort Litigation
  • Governmental Liability Defense
  • Complex Civil Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (IAPP)
  • Certified Litigation Project Management Professional (CLM)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985

Education

  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Arizona State University, Arizona
    • B.S. cum laude - 1982
    • Major: Accounting

Published Works

  • “The Year of the Cyber Breach”
  • “Law Firms Beware: Data Privacy Laws and Best Practices”
  • “Business Risk Transfer Fundamentals in Uncertain Economic Times”
  • “Anatomy of the Construction Defect Lawsuit”
  • “Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure”
  • “Will Implied Warranties Extend to Foreclosures and Investment Residences?”

Classes/Seminars

  • CLM panel discussion: “Sinking the Ship: Complex Insurance Coverage Issues and Meaningful Mediation”, 2015 - Present
  • WCC panel discussion, “Peeling Another Layer of the Onion: Are You Crying or Savoring the Sweet Taste of Consent Judgments?”, 2015 - Present
  • WCC panel discussion, “A Multi-Jurisdictional Review of Consent Judgments and Bad Faith Set-Up Cases”, 2014 - Present
  • CLM panel discussion, ”Stepping Into Your Professional Success”, 2014 - Present
  • DRI Diversity Conference, “Career Development Resources for Diverse Attorneys”, 2013 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™*, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System
  • Southwest Super Lawyer, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Recommended Insurance Attorney, AM BEST
  • Top Valley Construction Lawyer, North Valley Magazine
  • Superb Lawyer, AVVO
  • “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers”, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, President, 2000
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Executive Committee, 1996 - 2000
  • CLM Claims College -Construction, Executive Committee
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Ladder Down, Co-founder
  • Themis Advocates Group, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tempore, 1996 - 2003
  • Claims and Litigation Management, Member
  • Arizona Insurance Claims Association, Member