John J. Kastner Jr.
John Kastner's insurance defense practice is anchored in his belief that there is no substitute for hard work. He approaches all of his cases, which range from car accidents to securities fraud and employment discrimination, with that mantra in mind.
Based in Tucson, John's practice extends throughout Arizona and encompasses insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, defense of governmental entities, civil rights defense, bodily injury, wrongful death, defamation and discrimination. He has handled and been involved in legal professional liability matters for both claimants and defendants. He also provides municipal liability defense for a broad ranges of matters from motor vehicle liability to Section 1983 claims.
John represents insurance carriers in first-party claims. He also represents self-insured businesses and individuals. John's experience working with insureds and insurers provides him with a unique perspective that is further diversified by his tenure as Judge Pro Tem for the Pima County Superior Court.
Upon graduation from law school, John worked for the Office of the Hennepin County Public Defender in Minneapolis and then clerked for the Honorable Carmine Cornelio after moving to Tucson.
John is AV Preeminent® Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. John is an active member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an organization comprised of leaders in the insurance and corporate defense bar. He has also served on the Local Rules of Practice Advisory Committee for the Federal District Court of Arizona for the past three years.
Hamline University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996)
University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1991)
United States District Court, District of Arizona (2003)
9th Circuit Court of Appeals (2003)
Tucson Defense Bar Association
Pima County Bar Association
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
Arizona State Bar
Defense Research Institute
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Federal District Court of Arizona, Local Rules of Practice Advisory Committee
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Presenter, “Reasonableness of Medical Charges,” Tucson Defense Bar Association (2017)
Presenter, "Can I Settle My Personal Injury Case?" Pima County Bar Association (2014)
Presenter, "Dram Shop Claims: Perspectives from the Plaintiff, Tavern and Criminal Defense," State Bar of Arizona (2013)
Presenter, "Arizona Biennial Case Law, Procedure & Statute Review," Tucson Defense Bar Association (2010)
Presenter, "In Search of the Crystal Skull – An Update Regarding Case Law and Court Rules for 2006–2008," Tucson Defense Bar Association (2008)
Presenter, "Winning Strategies in Summary Jury Trials," State Bar of Arizona (2007)
Presenter, "Juror Notebooks and the Last 30 Days before Trial," State Bar of Arizona (2007)