Edward O. Comitz

Direct: 480.219.5436 | Fax: 480.219.5599 | ecomitz@cobelaw.com | V-card

Attorney Ed Comitz heads the professional disability insurance practice of Comitz | Beethe, a law firm that has earned a national reputation for prosecuting disability insurance claims on behalf of professionals (most often physicians, dentists and other attorneys) based on insurance bad faith and unfair business practices. He and his law firm have built one of the largest and most successful professional disability practices in the country, tirelessly representing aggrieved policyholders on the most difficult disability claims/cases.

Ed Comitz optimizes outcomes. He is a keen strategist and unrelenting litigator with a thorough understanding of the disability insurance industry and its nuances. Experience, hard work and a successful track record, including the return of tens of millions of dollars in disability benefits to his clients, have earned Mr. Comitz well-deserved respect in the professional disability insurance industry.

Mr. Comitz knows that too often, disability insurance companies make the claim process lengthy, confusing, and altogether overwhelming. Years of legal experience handling the toughest claims/cases have given him a unique perspective on how disability insurers operate and has bolstered his commitment to shift the balance of power in favor of his clients.

Having dealt with his own debilitating neck/spinal injury, Mr. Comitz understands the challenges of trying to function professionally in the face of a seriously limiting condition. He is sympathetic to the physical limitations and restrictions that others may not fully understand, and especially appreciates the particular safety concerns inherent in the work of physicians and dentists. Because of his experiences, both personally and professionally, Mr. Comitz and his law firm are unwavering in their dedication to provide physicians, dentists, and other professionals with the disability insurance benefits they deserve.

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. During law school, he excelled as a Merit Scholar and, through his academic achievement and legal scholarship, earned a position as 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, Districts of Arizona, Northern California, Southern California, Colorado and Alaska.

Experience

Mr. Comitz has vast experience in disability insurance litigation, representing physicians, dentists, attorneys, CEOs and other corporate executives, professional athletes, engineers, architects, and other professionals in reversing denials of their disability insurance claims. 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.

Mr. Comitz 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. In addition, while associated with the international law firm, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P., Mr. Comitz served on trial teams in multi-billion dollar antitrust litigation involving key participants in the satellite communications industry. Prior to moving to Phoenix, Mr. Comitz had a successful disability insurance practice in Tucson at DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

Recognition

Mr. Comitz has earned an AV-rating, the highest possible rating available for individual attorneys, by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. This mark of professional excellence is predicated on “preeminent legal abilities” and high ethical standards. In addition, Mr. Comitz was named a Southwest Super Lawyer by Law and Politics. Only the top 5% of the total lawyers in Arizona and New Mexico are selected. Mr. Comitz also ranked “Superb” 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. Moreover, Mr. Comitz is consistently named one of Arizona’s “Top Attorneys” by Arizona Business Magazine (Healthcare) and Ranking Arizona (Commercial Litigation).

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Mr. Comitz and his law firm are committed to keeping physicians, dentists, and other professionals apprised of new developments in the disability insurance industry. Mr. Comitz’s work has been published in numerous national healthcare publications, including Physician’s Money DigestAnesthesiology NewsThe Journal of Medical Practice ManagementPhysicians Practice, Ophthalmology Management, Doctor of Dentistry, Arizona Orthopedic Medical Association Digest, Inscriptions (Arizona Dental Association), Sombrero (Pima County Medical Society) 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.

Attorney Mr. Comitz is a respected source of information for doctors and other professionals on disability insurance and other legal topics. He was invited to present his paper “Broadening Actions Under State Consumer Fraud Statutes” at the ALI-ABA Conference on Life and Health Insurance Litigation in Washington, D.C. He has served as a guest lecturer on pre-trial and trial topics for the University of Arizona College of Law and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University College of Law. He is also a regular speaker for healthcare professional groups and associations, medical and dental practices and investment groups. His previous speaking experience includes:

    • 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

Our physician and dentist clients are typically relieved to have found our law firm. 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. His firm has offices in Scottsdale, Tucson and Flagstaff. Mr. Comitz is sought out by attorneys and other professionals to work on claims/cases throughout the country.

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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
  • U.S. District Court,
    Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court,
    Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court,
    District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court,
    District of Alaska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals,
    Fourth Circuit