Doug Dalton’s 35-year practice has covered a wide range of civil litigation areas—ranging from representing a corporate defendant in a mineral rights case that resulted in what was then the longest jury trial in Arizona history (8 1/2 months) to representing the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case that resulted in the largest personal injury jury verdict in Arizona history ($28 million). He has handled jury trials within the state of Arizona in Maricopa County Superior Court, Pima County Superior Court, Yavapai County Superior Court, Apache County Superior Court, and the U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona; he has represented clients in state and federal court litigation outside Arizona; and he has handled cases establishing various new legal standards, including insurance bad faith, Rawlings v. Apodaca, et al., 151 Ariz. 149, 726 P.2d 565 (1986), legal malpractice, Kremser v. Quarles & Brady, L.L.P., et al., 201 Ariz. 413, 36 P.3d 761 (App. 2001), and breach of fiduciary duty, Whetman v. IKON, 209 F.R.D. 94 (E.D. Pa. 2002); Whetman v. IKON, 191 F.R.D. 457 (E.D. Pa. 2000).

Representative Matters


  • Best Lawyers®, Commercial Litigation, 2008-2024
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2010-2018
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • State Bar of Arizona, Professionalism Course, 2000, 2001



  • National Business Institute, Evidence, and Expert Testimony Best Practices, 2008
  • Lorman Education Services, Admitting and Using Evidence at Trial, 2002, 2003
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Punitive Damages Under St. Farm v. Campbell, 2003
  • National Education Network, Real and Demonstrative Evidence, 1994
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Is There a Doctor in the Case?, 1994
  • American Professional Seminars, Winning Psychological Cases, 1993, 1994
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Final Trial Preparation, 1992
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, AIDS: Medicine and Law, 1991
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Damages, 1990
  • University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Transfusion-Acquired AIDS Litigation, 1990
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Injunctive Relief, 1983