Category Archives: Attorney Bios

Edward O. Comitz and Michael F. Beethe Named Southwest Super Lawyers for 2017

Ed Comitz and Mike Beethe, the founding members of the firm, were both recently named Southwest Super Lawyers for 2017.  This is the sixth consecutive year that Mr. Comitz and Mr. Beethe have been recognized by Super Lawyers for excellence in their field.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Ed Comitz Named as Top Lawyer in Field of Insurance Law

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Ed Comitz, one of the firm’s founding members, was recently named as a Top Lawyer in the field of insurance law in Phoenix Magazine’s special, 50th Anniversary Issue.

Mr. Comitz’s practice primarily focuses on helping physicians and dentists secure private disability insurance benefits.  Mr. Comitz and the legal team at Comitz | Beethe also represent doctors in several other areas, including practice transitions, employment law, business litigation, estate planning, regulatory compliance, and licensing issues.

Three Firm Members Named to Arizona’s Finest Lawyers

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Three firm members, Edward Comitz, Patrick Stanley, and Mike Beethe, were selected by their peers as Members of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. Mr. Comitz and Mr. Stanley practice in the areas of healthcare, disability insurance and commercial litigation, although Mr. Stanley adds estate planning to his skills. Mr. Beethe focuses on business transactions and real estate litigation. The AFL has a limited membership of individuals who have attained positions of honor and trust in the legal community through their noteworthy achievements.

Ed Comitz Selected as one of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers by Az Business Magazine

 

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Attorney Ed Comitz, the head of the healthcare and disability insurance practice at Comitz | Beethe, was chosen by Az Business as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona. Attorneys throughout the state were nominated by their firms and their peers.  From that pool of over 1,000 attorneys, the editorial team and industry experts narrowed down the list to the 100 top lawyers in the state based upon their professional success, impact on the firm, impact on the community and impact on the legal profession.

 

Ranking Arizona Names Comitz | Beethe #1 for the Second Year in a Row

Comitz | Beethe has been named the #1 Arizona Law Firm with 24 or fewer attorneys by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business for the second year in a row.

Ranking Arizona is an annual publication of Arizona Business Magazine.  Every year, Arizona Business Magazine compiles a list of the top companies in the state in various categories, including professional services such as accounting, real estate, and law.  The final rankings in each category are selected by Arizona residents, who vote for the firms they most recommend.

In addition, Edward Comitz, head of the firm’s healthcare and disability insurance practice, and Patrick Stanley, another Comitz | Beethe member that focuses his practice on disability insurance claims, were both named Top Healthcare Attorneys in Ranking Arizona‘s individual rankings.

Edward Comitz Named Top Valley Lawyer for Insurance

Edward O. Comitz, Esq., head of Comitz | Beethe’s disability insurance practice section, has been named a Top Valley Insurance Lawyer by North Valley Magazine, a publication serving the Greater Phoenix metropolitan community.

Each year, North Valley Magazine partners with Avvo, Inc., to publish a list of the area’s leading legal professionals.  Check out the full article here.

Ed Comitz Named a Top Lawyer by North Valley Magazine and Avvo

Disability insurance attorney Edward Comitz has been named a Top Lawyer by North Valley magazine.  North Valley magazine chose Mr. Comitz as a top lawyer in recognition of his superb rating on Avvo. North Valley magazine will feature Mr. Comitz as a Top Lawyer in the October/November issue.

The disability insurance attorneys at Comitz | Beethe provide legal representation to protect the disability benefits of medical and dental professionals nationwide and throughout metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Flagstaff, Sedona, Lake Havasu City, Prescott, and Yuma. We provide disability income claim advice, assistance with filing disability claims, including completion of disability claim forms and representation in disability insurance litigation.

Patrick T. Stanley: Newest Member of Comitz | Beethe

Comitz | Beethe, PLLC is delighted to announce that Patrick T. Stanley, formerly Counsel to the firm, has been elected a Member.

Mr. Stanley is an experienced trial lawyer with a substantial background in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration proceedings. He has extensive experience in motion practice, appellate practice, jury and bench trial, arbitration and injunctive relief. He is particularly experienced in litigating first-party insurance bad faith, including disability insurance and professional liability coverage, and healthcare litigation.

In addition to his litigation background, Mr. Stanley also assists with the practice management needs of healthcare professionals. He provides consultation and representation in regulatory compliance matters, non-compete and anti-solicitation agreements, disability claim advice, employment contracts, personnel and human resources issues, employee disciplinary actions, independent contractor and managed care agreements, state licensure issues and collections.

Mr. Stanley is ranked “Excellent” by Avvo, which rates and profiles over 90% of licensed attorneys in the U.S. based on research, client reviews, lawyer disciplinary histories and peer endorsements.  Mr. Stanley has been named a “Top Attorney” by Arizona Business Magazine(Healthcare) and Ranking Arizona (Commercial Litigation).

Mr. Stanley is admitted to practice in state court in Arizona and Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Districts of Arizona and the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in United States District Courts in California and Alaska.

Mr. Stanley received his B.A. in History from the University of Kansas and earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona. Since then, in addition to his busy practice, Mr. Stanley has authored or co-authored articles on a number of topics relating to both disability insurance and transportation law.

Ed Comitz – My Own Story

Living an active lifestyle has always been important to me. It was not until I suffered a severe neck and head injury that I wondered if I would ever be able to enjoy sports or be active again.

Within months of my injury, I began experiencing constant, agonizing pain in my neck and shoulder, lost manual dexterity and fine manipulation skills with my left hand, and had difficulty moving, all of which caused a precipitous decline in the quality of my life. I felt physically distressed – as if I were constantly being injured.

MRI’s revealed two large disc protrusions. From there, I embarked on a year-and-a-half journey of treatment options without success: sports medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation programs, consults at the Mayo Clinic and throughout the country, surgical consults, multiple epidural injections (interlaminar and transforminal), facet injections, trigger point injections, massage, chiropractic, traction, Ibuprofen and muscles relaxers. Despite my unrelenting commitment to get better, my condition unfortunately progressed to the point where the entire left side of my body was enormously tense, including my hip, leg and foot. I started losing proprioception in my foot and ambulated with an irregular gait, and my functionality was becoming worse by the day.

This was enormously shocking. I then consulted with another neurosurgeon and had more MRIs, which now revealed possible spinal cord involvement. I was admitted to Barrow Neurological Institute, where I underwent a multi-level discectomy and fusion. I have spent over a year rehabilitating and the process has been self-revealing, always too slow, but with significant progress over time. I now enjoy skiing, playing tennis, hiking, biking, swimming and jogging in moderation. While I have improved exponentially since the surgery, I still have limitations and struggles, and know that my condition can be aggravated if I do not take very good care of myself.

Most of my clients are physicians and dentists, and many have conditions similar to mine. As an attorney, I can keep working – if I drop a pen or get a cramp in my side, I can take a break or stretch, then resume working.  If I were a medical professional, though, I would not be able to sustain positioning for long periods of time, each and every day, and would be concerned about patient safety.

I am strongly committed to my clients and practice, am sympathetic to physical limitations and restrictions that others may not fully understand, and use my experience to provide my clients with the results they deserve.  My firm, Comitz | Beethe, provides representation to professionals nationwide and throughout metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Flagstaff and Yuma.