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Frederick M. Cummings
Frederick M. Cummings
602.257.7967
fcummings@gustlaw.com
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PRACTICE AREAS
Medical Malpractice
Health Care Litigation
Product Litigation
Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Frederick M. Cummings
Frederick Cummings has extensive trial experience in the areas of health care, medical malpractice and medical products liability defense litigation. Mr. Cummings also has significant experience in all aspects of complex litigation. He has served as an arbitrator and mediator in over 100 matters.

In his health care/medical malpractice defense practice, Mr. Cummings has represented more than 1,000 physicians and dentists in malpractice suits before federal and state courts and in disciplinary and licensing proceedings before the state licensing boards. He also has defended lawsuits on behalf of a number of major Arizona hospitals, and has defended medical products manufacturers, distributors and retailers against products liability claims.

EDUCATION
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1984)
Georgetown University (B.S.F.S., International Relations, with honors, Alpha Sigma Nu, Phi Alpha Theta, 1980)

ADMISSIONS
Virginia (1984, inactive)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (1984)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1984)
District of Columbia (1985)
Arizona (1986)
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (1988)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1988)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, 1996-2012
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2007-present
American Bar Association, Member
   Litigation Section
   Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
Defense Research Institute, Member
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors, 2001-2005
Arizona Board of Dental Examiners
   Committee on Legislation
   Committee on Complaint Procedure Reform

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Quoted in Relias Media: https://www.reliasmedia.com/articles/146072-malpractice-risksduring-covid-19-really-enormous-for-ed-providers
Speaker, "Medical Economics: How to prevent a malpractice lawsuit," Medical Economics.com, January 7, 2020
Presenter, Legal Considerations in Nutrition Care during the Patient Safety, Organizational
Practices and the Legal System, ASPEN 2019 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference, March 25, 2019
Speaker, "The Myth and Mysteries of Electronic Medical Records," Arizona State Bar Convention, June 24, 2015
Speaker, "Voir Dire: What to Expect that the Defense is Expecting," Arizona Association for Justice/Arizona Trial Lawyers Association’s Fifty Shades of Voir Dire, Embassy Suites – Biltmore (May 17, 2013)
Speaker, CNA Risk Management Conference, November 2010, April 2011
Speaker, "New Horizons for Managing Risks," Phoenix College (April 2010)
Speaker, "Dealing with Difficult and Disruptive Doctors," Arizona Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Francisco Grande Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona (November 14, 2008)
Speaker, "Informed Consent, an Ethical Obligation and a Legal Requirement" Psi Omega Pi Behavioral Therapists/Counseling Honor Society at the University of Phoenix (November 1, 2008)
Speaker, "New Legal Developments You Should Know to Manage Risks for your Emergency Department," Arizona Society for Healthcare Risk Management Conference, Francisco Grande Resort and Conference Center, Arizona (September 12, 2008)
Speaker, "Legal Challenges facing Health Care Practitioners" Mesa Community College (April 24, 2007 and April 15, 2008)
Author(s): Frederick M. Cummings, Paul G. Johnson, "The Four Paths of Dispute Resolution, " (March 1, 2008)
Lecturer, Third Annual Quality Assurance/Risk Management Workshop for Clinical Faculty and Staff, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, A.T. Still University (April 2007)
Speaker, "Your Brave New World: Managing Risks in Your New Practice," Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona (April 12, 2007)
Speaker, "Risk Management - An Attorney’s Perspective," CNA HealthPro (April 2006, September 2006, March 2006 and September 2007)
Speaker, "Drunks, Druggies and Crazies: Coping with Difficult Doctors, Patients, and Co-Workers," Darwin Risk Management Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (September 11, 2007)
Speaker, "Defending Yourself Before Licensing Boards and in Malpractice Litigation," Phoenix College (April 2006)
Speaker, "Tort Reform: Past, Present and Future," Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (July 2004)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Arizona Zoological Society
   Board of Directors, 2010-2018
   Secretary, Executive Committee of Board of Trustees, 2012-2015

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
The Best Lawyers in America® (Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants) 2007 - 2021
   Lawyer of the Year Phoenix (Personal Injury Litigation) 2021
Southwest Super Lawyers® (Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Defense: General, and Healthcare) 2008-2020
Top Lawyers List (Healthcare), Arizona Business Magazine, 2014
   AB Top Lawyer (Commercial Litigation), Arizona Business Magazine, 2008
Top Lawyers, Phoenix Magazine, 2007
Best of the Bar, The Business Journal, 2004


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