Garry Rhoden

Senior Attorney

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Garry is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice representing injured parties in motor vehicle crashes and bad faith insurance claims, but also has extensive experience representing injured parties in a wide variety of civil disputes, including: professional negligence involving attorneys, nursing homes, hospitals, and physicians; commercial transportation; premises and premises security; chemicals; medical devices; recreational and industrial products; and insurance coverage and casualty. He has individually recovered approximately tens of millions of dollars in claims and judgments for individual personal injury clients, with experience managing case cost budgets in excess of half-million dollars.

Garry’s practical legal experience includes: taken or defended hundreds of depositions; lead counsel in over 150 hearings and mediations; and lead trial counsel in fifteen trials and arbitrations. He has experience with complex discovery, focus groups, and working with scientific, medical, and technical experts in a variety of fields, including accident reconstruction, accounting, economics, engineering, human factors, and various medical specialties, including cardiology, emergency medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology, trauma surgery, and toxicology. Garry has also routinely been designated as a Plaintiff’s arbitrator in personal injury claims.

Before joining Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C., Garry worked for two large, national, personal injury law firms. His experience also includes working as a judicial extern for Judge Stephen Merryday, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, as well as Justice Stephen Grimes (Ret.), Florida Supreme Court, as well as a Legal and Policy Fellow for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations (Christopher Smith (R-NJ)).

Garry’s non-legal experience also includes teaching U.S. Legal History at the University of South Florida and State Constitutional Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law.

Garry is licensed to practice law not only in Colorado, but also Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts in Florida, Mississippi, and Kentucky, as well as the Western District of Tennessee.

Garry obtained his Juris Doctorate law degree from the University of Florida, a Master’s in International Policy & Practice from The George Washington University, a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of South Florida, and an associate’s degree in General Studies from Hillsborough Community College. While in law school, Garry served as a research assistant to his torts (personal injury) professor, Joseph Little, as well as the Managing Editor of the University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy. Garry has also been twice appointed by mayors of large metropolitan cities to serve on quasi-judicial bodies.

Garry is AV® Rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell

Garry enjoys spending time with his family, as well as exercising, snow skiing, playing soccer, and fishing.