Edward O. Comitz

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Attorney Ed Comitz’s entire practice focuses on helping professionals (most often physicians, dentists, attorneys and executives) overturn and avoid disability claim denials. He and his law firm have built one of the largest and most successful disability practices in the country.

Comitz | Beethe’s disability practice is unique, in that it has been singularly dedicated to professionals’ “own occupation” disability claims from the very start. Ed initially became interested in this area of the law in the 90’s, early on in his legal career. He became troubled by what was going on in the disability industry at the time, and recognized that the profit-driven culture was causing professionals’ high-dollar claims to be unfairly targeted for denial. He learned everything he could about the industry, the law and how the various insurance policies worked. He then began a series of relentless, hard-fought and successful battles to protect his clients’ benefits from bad faith tactics and to keep this billion-dollar industry in check.

Then, in 2000, Mr. Comitz suffered a severe neck/spinal injury. For a period of several months, he was in severe, intractable pain. He went from doctor to doctor looking for answers and relief, but his symptoms kept progressing to the point where he needed an emergency discectomy and fusion to avoid a serious risk of paralysis.

Fortunately, the surgery was a success and he was able to get back to his practice. Although this was a very difficult time for him, he views it as a positive experience. It further solidified his dedication to helping disabled professionals and gave him a unique, first-hand perspective of the challenges his clients face on a daily basis.

Through his experiences, both personally and professionally, Ed has earned the respect of disability insurers. Over his 25+ years of practicing in this highly specialized industry, he has learned the insurance companies’ playbook. He knows how they operate, and has developed relationships and credibility with in-house counsel and senior management at the major disability companies. He understands what it feels like to face a seriously limiting condition. And he has dedicated his practice to guiding professionals through the difficult transition out of practice and protecting them from insurers’ efforts to improperly deny or terminate their claims.

Recognition

Mr. Comitz is a nationally recognized attorney in the private disability insurance industry. He has been featured in Law and Politics, an independent publication that selects and profiles the top 5% of attorneys nationally and has been described by law Professor Jennifer Barnes as “perhaps the most authoritative source on private disability insurance law.”

Mr. Comitz has similarly been named one of the “Top Attorneys” and one of the “Top 500 Business Leaders” in Arizona by Arizona Business Magazine, which describes selectees as follows: “They are leaders. They are innovators. They have influence. And when they speak, they make things happen.” Mr. Comitz’ reputation in Healthcare and his innovative professional-focused disability practice also has led Ranking Arizona magazine to recognize his firm as Arizona’s #1 Law Firm in Healthcare over top regional, national and international firms with offices in Arizona.

Mr. Comitz is rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, a mark of professional excellence denoting attorneys with “preeminent legal abilities” and high ethical standards.

Education and Bar Admissions

Mr. Comitz received his B.A. in journalism, magna cum laude, from Creighton University and his J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University, where he was a Merit Scholar and Associate Editor of the Law Review.

Mr. Comitz is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to his pro hac vice appearances throughout the country, Mr. Comitz is admitted to practice in the State of Arizona and the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.

Experience

Mr. Comitz has vast experience in disability insurance litigation, representing physicians, dentists, attorneys, and corporate executives in reversing denials of their disability insurance claims, and is sought out by attorneys to assist with claims/cases throughout the country.

He and his firm have also represented professional and institutional clients in complex litigation matters involving unfair business practices, business torts, class actions, fraud and securities matters. He is widely recognized as a leader in defending the rights of victims of corporate and other large-scale wrongdoing.

While the international law firm, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P. (now Squire Patton Boggs), Mr. Comitz served on trial teams in multi-billion dollar antitrust litigation involving key participants in the satellite communications industry. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel and on litigation teams on several high-profile consumer protection cases, including, among many others, Grant v. Arthur Andersen, L.L.P. et al., the securities fraud and consumer class action arising out of the breakdown of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona (BFA).

In those proceedings, class counsel and others reached settlements totaling $238 million, including a $217 million settlement with Arthur Andersen relating to its role as auditor for BFA. The $217 million settlement with Arthur Andersen is the largest settlement amount ever paid by a Big Five accounting firm not associated with the savings and loan crisis, and two times the settlement amount Arthur Andersen has ever agreed to in settlement of an auditing claim.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Mr. Comitz has been widely published on professional disability insurance coverage and litigation in, among others: Physician’s Money DigestAnesthesiology NewsThe Journal of Medical Practice ManagementDentaltown, Physicians Practice, Ophthalmology Management, Doctor of Dentistry, Arizona Orthopedic Medical Association Digest, Inscriptions and AzMed (Arizona Medical Association). His article “The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Claim for Disability” was included in the SEAK, Inc. compilation The Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make and How to Avoid Them.

He has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer on pre-trial and trial topics for the University of Arizona College of Law and Arizona State University College of Law. He is also a regular speaker for healthcare professional associations, medical and dental practices and investment groups. His previous speaking experience includes:

    • 10/24/2019: Disability Insurance Roulette with Edward O. Comitz: Howard Speaks, Podcast #1279
      Dentaltown Podcast with Howard Farran, DDS
    • 2/13/2019: What Every Physician Should Know About Disability Claims
      Doctor Money Matters Podcast
    • 10/04/2017: Disability Insurance for the Professional Athlete: Can It Protect Your Value?
      Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
    • 05/17/2017: Disability Insurance Roulette: Why is it So Hard to Collect on My Policy (2 CE credits)
      Dentaltown CE Course
    • 04/06/2017: Preserving Your Practice: How to Avoid Legal Pitfalls and Minimize Legal Risk
      (3 CE credits) Arizona Dental Association Western Regional Dental Convention
    • 04/09/2016: Legal Issues Affecting Dentists: Protecting Your Practice, Your Career and Your Reputation (3 CE credits)
      Arizona Dental Association Western Regional Dental Convention
    • 07/31/2015: All About Disability Insurance with Edward Comitz: Howard Speaks, Podcast #110
      Dentaltown Podcast with Howard Farran, DDS
    • 06/18/2015: It’s Your Dream, You’ve Got to Protect It (3 CE credits)
      Arizona Dental Association Women in Dentistry Panel Discussion (with Allison Evans & Doug Beischel, DDS)
    • 03/12/2015: Financial Planning and Disability Seminar
      San Diego Dental Society
    • 04/04/2014: Disability Insurance: Will It Be There When You Need It? Choosing Policies, Pursuing Benefits and Litigating Claims (3 CE credits)
      Arizona Dental Association Western Regional Dental Convention
    • 02/12/2013: The Importance of Advocacy in the Disability Claim Process
      Synergy Dental Study Club
    • 11/03/2012: AOTRW (Acronyms of the Regulatory World)
      Arizona Dental Association THEOS Program Panel Discussion (with Kevin Earle and Kay Carl)
    • 03/30/2012: Disability Insurance: Will It Be There When You Need It? Choosing Policies, Pursuing Benefits and Litigation Claims (3 CE credits)
      Arizona Dental Association Western Regional Convention
    • 02/05/2010: Disability Insurance and Working with Medical Professionals
      North Star Resource Group Southwest Winter Summit

Given our unique niche, and the level of knowledge and experience we have in this cottage industry, many of our clients simply refer to us as the “physicians/dentists’ disability attorneys”–and we are certainly proud of that designation.

Personal

Mr. Comitz is an Arizona native, born in Tucson and living in Phoenix. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking and playing tennis.

Education

  • J.D., Cum Laude
    Seattle University
  • B.A., Journalism
    Magna Cum Laude
    Creighton University

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court,
    District of Arizona