William A. Nebeker

William A. Nebeker

Partner

Office: Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 602-256-0000
nebeker@knchlaw.com

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William A. Nebeker has been described as a “Lawyer’s lawyer” and a “bet the company Litigator”. He earned this reputation through years of trial work by first defending various municipalities in a myriad of cases as House Counsel for insurer Home Insurance, and then by representing through trial many other clients, product manufacturers, and ultimately all of the major public homebuilders in lawsuits involving injuries and damages reaching into the $100,000,000 dollar range. Mr. Nebeker has tried to conclusion over 65 civil jury trials. 

As a result of his vast experience as a trial lawyer, Mr. Nebeker has achieved many distinguished awards and honors. These include being selected as one of the first lawyers certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization for personal injury and wrongful death litigation. In addition, Mr. Nebeker was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as an Advocate Level Member and has been named a Super Lawyer for the Southwest Region of the United States for the past four years. Through peer review, he was also selected into Fellowship by the Litigation Counsel of America, a Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. Recently, he was included into the Arizona’s Finest Lawyers organization devoted to identifying the top 10% of Arizona lawyers. Mr. Nebeker is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell®, the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Nebeker is State Chair for the Counsel on Litigation Management and serves as a Board Member within the Home Builder’s Association of Central Arizona (HBACA). He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Arizona Association of Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Mr. Nebeker is an active member of the Arizona and California Bar Associations. 

William A. Nebeker was the founding partner of the Phoenix office for the law firm of Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck, LLP. His practice areas include construction litigation, product liability, premises liability, and commercial litigation. Mr. Nebeker received his B.S. degree in political science from Arizona State University and his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. 

Mr. Nebeker is a recognized national speaker on construction litigation issues and has successfully represented developers and general contractors in all phases of litigation for the past 30 years in both Arizona and California. Mr. Nebeker has spoken at and presented written materials for the following organizations: The State Bar of Arizona; The Maricopa County Bar Association; Claims and Litigation Management Alliance; Defense Research Institute; MC Consultants’ Construction Law Seminars; West Coast Casualty; Mealey Publications; Lorman Educational Services; and National Business Institute. 

The Arizona office, currently managed by Mr. Nebeker, includes five partners and five associate attorneys as well as four paralegals. The caseload involves traditional litigated cases including automobile, premises, and product liability. In addition, in the construction defect arena, the firm is currently representing Beazer Homes, Courtland Homes, Maracay Homes, Meritage Homes, D.R. Horton Homes, Toll Brothers, Shea Homes and Pulte/Del Webb Homes. Recently, this firm was named Pulte Homes Litigation Counsel of the Year (2006 and 2008). 

Mr. Nebeker has several published opinions in the Arizona and California Court of Appeals. See: Gouvis Engineering v. Superior Court, 43 Cal.Rptr.2d 785 (1995); Camelot by the Bay Condominium Owners’ Assn. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 27 Cal.App.4th 33, 32 Cal.Rptr.2d 354 (1994); Equitable General Ins. Co. v. Helm, 128 Ariz. 6, 623 P.2d 365 (Ariz. 1981); La Jolla Village Homeowners’ Assn. v. Superior Court, 212 Cal.App.3d 1131, 261 Cal.Rptr. 146, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 12,277 (Cal.App. 1989); Decca Design Build v. American Automobile Insurance Co., 206 Ariz. 301, 77 P.3d 1251 (Div. 1 2003). 

 

Education

  • Arizona State University, 1972 - B.S. Political Science
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, 1976 - J.D. 

States Licensed to Practice

  • State Bar of California, 1976
  • State Bar of Arizona, 1977
  • State Bar of Colorado, 2013

Professional Associations

  • Arizona Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Professional Recognition

  • AV peer rated by Martindale Hubbell®
  • Arizona State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, 1991
  • Advocate level member of ABOTA
  • Southwest Region Super Lawyer
  • Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arizona State Chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and Chair of the Construction Site Accidents Subcommittee and of the Construction Products Subcommittee
  • Sustaining Member - Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Reported Decisions

  • Gouvis Engineering v. Superior Court, 43 Cal.Rptr.2d 785 (1995)
  • Camelot by the Bay Condominium Owners' Assn. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 27 Cal.App.4th 33, 32 Cal.Rptr.2d 354 (1994)
  • Equitable General Ins. Co. v. Helm, 128 Ariz. 6, 623 P.2d 365 (Ariz. 1998)
  • La Jolla Village Homeowners' Assn. v. Superior Court, 212 Cal.App.3d 1131, 261 Cal.Rptr. 146, Prod.LiabRep. (CCH P 12,277 Cal.App. 1989)
  • Decca Design Build v. American Automobile Ins. Co., 410 Ariz.Adv.Rep. 6 (2003)

Speaking Engagements

  • See attached resume for complete list of speaking engagements

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Litigation
  • E-Discovery And Data Management
  • General Legal Defense
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation
  • Commercial Trucking and Transportation Defense Litigation