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Burke Panzarella Rich was established in 1995 by Tom Burke, David Panzarella, and Mike Rich. We pride ourselves in delivering professional legal services with a personal touch. Our clients experience a genuine connection with the BPR family and before long they feel like family too. Our attorneys and paralegals are dedicated in being responsive to our client's needs. You have found a small but powerful legal team ready to take on any challenge that may arise. We look forward to representing you and welcoming you to the BPR Law family.

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The BPR Lawyers

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Thomas P. Burke II

Founding Partner

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Tom is a highly respected civil trial and appellate attorney who has actively practiced law since graduating from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1984. Tom has had success for many clients (individuals, companies, and governmental agencies) in a variety of civil cases in both trial and appellate courts and at the state and federal levels. Tom’s practice is primarily in tort matters which includes serious personal injury, wrongful death, insurance claims, product liability claims, premises liability claims, motor vehicle claims (automobile and trucking), liquor liability claims, and governmental claims. Tom is involved in various attorney associations, having served on the boards of a state organization and two national organizations, and has been a seminar speaker on many trial practice topics.
Legal: J.D., 1984
University of Arizona

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Degree
Political Science, 1981 and
Economics, 1981
University of Arizona

State Bar of Arizona
United States District Court of Arizona
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
State Bar of California (pro hac vice, only)

Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (President: 1998-1999)
Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors: 2001 - Present; State Representative 1990 - 1998)
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

American College of Trial Lawyers:
Fellowship is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.

Although there are currently more than 5,700 fellows across the U.S. and Canada, membership can never be more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Qualified lawyers are called to fellowship in the college from all branches of trial practice. They are selected from advocates who represent plaintiffs or defendants in civil proceedings of all types, as well as prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. The college is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the administration of justice.

Email: TBurke@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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David T. Panzarella

Founding Partner

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David Panzarella is a founding member of Burke Panzarella Rich. As a trial lawyer since 1991, David has been lead counsel in more than 50 jury trials and over 500 arbitrations. As a former injury claims adjuster for Aetna in the 1980s, David brings a unique perspective and valuable experience to his defense practice. For over 20 years, David has represented numerous insurance companies in first and third party bad faith litigation.
David has represented thousands of litigants injured in automobile accidents or accused of causing collisions. As an expert in insurance coverage, David consults with various insurers on the legal efficacy of the language in their insurance policies. Mr. Panzarella is often selected by his colleagues from the plaintiff and defense bars to serve as a mediator or arbitrator in civil cases.
Dedicated to the philosophy that today’s clients deserve 21st century representation and access to their attorneys, David is known for giving his cell phone number to all his clients. As a member of various legal and community organizations, David has developed a network of professional relationships in Arizona that only compliments his versatile practice.

Mr. Panzarella grew up on Long Island, then went to California to attend Pepperdine University. After returning to New York, working in the insurance industry and graduating New York Law School in 1990, David moved to Phoenix.

David is the proud father of five boys and when he’s not picking up lacrosse balls in his yard, you’ll find him watching sports or talking about cooking.
Legal: J.D., 1990
New York Law School

First Year Moot Court Honors (Top 10%)

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Degree
Business Administration, 1983
Pepperdine University


State Bar of Arizona
New York State Bar
United States District Court of Arizona

Maricopa County Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Email: DPanzarella@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Michael D. Rich

Founding Partner

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Mike has been in practice since 1994 and is one of the founding partners of BPR. Mike specializes in plaintiff personal injury, auto accidents, motorcycle/bicycle accidents, dog bites, wrongful death, medical device/product defect cases, as well as health insurance issues. Mike's focus is on serious injury cases. He handles primarily brain, spine, and orthopedic injuries. His team works cases from intake to final resolution which can include settlement, arbitration, or jury verdict. Mike has handled several cases which have resulted in settlements and jury verdicts in excess of two million dollars.

Mike has been featured on KPHO CBS 5 as their morning new resident legal expert.

Mike is a faculty member and featured speaker for the National Business Institute and a member of NAPIL.

On behalf of the State Bar of Arizona's Fee Arbitration Committee, Mike is often appointed to serve as an arbitrator for fee disputes between attorneys and their clients.
Legal: J.D., 1994
University of Arizona & University of Oklahoma

First Year Moot Court Honors
Student Bar Association

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Degree
Interpersonal Communication, 1990
Arizona State University, with Honors
Dean’s List
Golden Key Honor Society


State Bar of Arizona
United States District Court of Arizona

State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice Section
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Email: MRich@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Elizabeth Fleming

Firm Partner

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Elizabeth L. Fleming is a trial and appellate lawyer practicing in a variety of civil defense related areas. Ms. Fleming has represented companies and individuals in suits featuring insurance bad faith and coverage issues, construction defects, wrongful death, products liability, auto collisions, slip and falls, dog bites and contract issues. She also has substantial experience in appellate work both having handled appeals as a clerk at the court and successfully appealing issues involving coverage, contractual matters, and evidentiary and legal issues stemming from trials.

The majority of Elizabeth’s practice is devoted to litigation involving insurance companies, their insureds, advising and guiding insurance companies on claims handling practice and navigating difficult coverage issues. She has carried cases through the pre-litigation, litigation and appellate stages.
Legal: J.D., 2006
Howard University School of Law

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, 2002
Arizona State University

Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012 & 2013


State Bar of Arizona
United States District Court of Arizona

Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Defense Research Institute
Arizona State Bar - Young Lawyers Division
Ladder Down Program (2012 & 2013)

Email: EFleming@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Bret Shaw

Associate Lawyer

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Bret graduated with high honors from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law in May 2014 and was admitted to practice law in Arizona later that year. During law school, Bret committed to helping those in need of legal help through a clerkship with Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program.
As an associate at Burke Panzarella Rich, Bret’s role is both to provide support to the experienced attorneys that mentor him and to represent his clients with the same personal commitment that BPR has demonstrated since its inception.
Legal: J.D., 2014
University of Arizona, Magna Cum Laude

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Degree
Government & Foreign Affairs, 2004
University of Virginia, Magna Cum Laude


State Bar of Arizona

Email: BShaw@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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David Schmidt

Law Intern

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David is a Rule 38(d) Student Limited Practice clerk while attending the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. David joined the firm in 2013 and will continue as an associate after passing the bar in August 2015.  He has been involved in all aspects of pre-trial litigation and has significant experience with personal injury, contract disputes and insurance bad faith claims. David has worked closely with clients, drafted motions filed in Arizona Superior and Federal courts and represented clients during depositions.
Legal: J.D., 2015
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University

Rule 38(d) Student Limited Practice Certified
Executive Moot Court Board: Problem Drafting Chair & Recruitment Chair
Student Bar Association
Homeowner Advocacy Clinic
Juvenile Legal Assistance Program
Law Journal for Social Justice

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Degree
Political Science, 2009
University of Washington

American Bar Association
Maricopa County Bar Association

Email: DSchmidt@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848

The BPR Staff

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Eileen Day

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Eileen has served as the firm's paralegal since 1998, working directly with firm partner Michael Rich. Eileen and Mike form a unique team to serve their clients professionally, with the utmost care and personal connection. Eileen's work is impeccable and she is highly regarded in the legal community. She strives to ensure the best possible outcome through hard work, determination, and creating a personal connection with clients. Eileen began her career as a paralegal in 1985, giving her a wealth of experience and knowledge that serves the firm's clients well.

Eileen enjoys spending time with family and friends, is a voracious reader and a loyal Phoenix Mercury fan.
University of Phoenix
Paralegal Certificate, 1995

AAS, 1994
Small Business Administration/Accounting
Gateway Community College, Valedictorian

Notary Public

Email: EDay@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Cherie Long

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Cheryl is a paralegal who has been working in all aspects of civil litigation since 1987. She obtained her legal assistant certification from Lamson Junior College. She has extensive experience in tort claims and litigation.

Email: CLong@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Cyd Tomich

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Cydney joined BPR in 2007 and serves as the firm’s “jack of all trades” helping out wherever needed, but focusing on pre-litigation file work-up for firm partner Michael Rich and paralegal Eileen Day. Cydney also handles all of firm partner David Panzarella’s plaintiff cases. Before her time with BPR, she was a policy service and claims representative with USAA for four years. Cydney enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Degree
Criminology, 2011
Arizona State University

Associate Degree
Paralegal Studies
Long Technical, 2005

Email: CTomich@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Danielle Servin
Office Administrator

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After graduating high school, Danielle enrolled in Metro Tech’s nursing program which she successfully completed in 1991. She decided to not pursue her career in the medical field and after careful consideration decided to start a family. In 1999, Danielle was hired as the BPR receptionist. Danielle became the Office Administrator in 2006, through hard work and dedication.
Metro Tech
Nursing Program, 1991

Email: DServin@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Jackie Dales

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Jackie has been with the firm since its inception in September, 1995. She was instrumental in setting up and organizing the new law firm while assisting with paralegal work, client billing, personnel, and day-to-day operations. In 2001, she moved to the Pacific Northwest and continued to work for the firm by remote access. In addition to her other duties, in 2013, Jackie took on the role of full-time bookkeeper. She travels from Central Oregon several times each year to work in the Phoenix office.

Jackie has been married to her husband, Gene, for 25 years. They have two daughters, 22 and 20. When her husband retires from his teaching career next year, they plan to split their time between Oregon and the Phoenix area.

Email: JDales@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Reyna Rascon
Administrative Assistant

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Reyna joined Burke Panzarella Rich in July, 2013, working directly with firm partners Elizabeth Fleming and David Panzarella. She began her legal career in 1997 and has worked in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, legal malpractice, probate, insurance defense, construction, and contract disputes. Reyna has been mentored into the legal profession by highly experienced attorneys and is dedicated to gaining more experience. Reyna is compassionate, has a strong sense of community, and takes pride in helping those in need.

Email: RRascon@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848
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Michelle Bryant
Administrative Assistant

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Michelle joined the firm in January, 2015 and works with firm partner, Thomas P. Burke, II. Michelle earned her Associate’s Degree in 1991 as a Legal Secretary as well as a Paralegal Certificate in 1995 from Phoenix College. In her 24 years in the legal field, Michelle has earned a reputation of being a hard worker, client oriented, and is highly regarded in the legal community.

Michelle enjoys scrapbooking and shopping, and especially cherishes spending time with family & friends.

Email: MBryant@BPRlaw.com
Phone: 602-222-4848

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Our Triumphs

The attorneys of BPR have vast experience in personal injury, wrongful death litigation, insurance law, governmental liability claims, construction law, professional liability, medical malpractice, premises liability, and complex commercial tort litigation. Our lawyers have tried over 125 jury trials and has an extensive appellate practice. We have a wide variety of clients, including individuals with injury/death claims, corporations, governmental entities, and insurance companies. We become personally invested in advocating for our client’s needs by aggressively working to resolve disputes.

The success of BPR is due to the commitment and dedication of everyone at the firm. Our goal is to keep our clients well informed and to be highly responsive to their needs. The BPR family cares about our clients and are personally invested in getting the best possible results for them, leaving them highly satisfied with their experience. That high rate of satisfaction is why we've become a referral based firm, relying on client referrals rather than more aggressive marketing tactics. We value our clients and our reputation is centered on that constant drive to satisfy our clients.

We are highly educated and respected throughout the legal community. Thomas Burke is a Fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers and the BPR family is very proud of this accomplishment.

Coming Soon: A list of successful outcomes on a variety of cases.

Our Testimonials

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