Robert E. Wisniewski has been practicing workers’ compensation law for 40 years litigating thousands of work related injury cases at Industrial Commission of Arizona hearings across Arizona. The firm seeks justice for the injured worker.
He is AV-rated, and actively writes and lectures on all aspects of workers’ compensation law. Additionally, he is an active member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association/the Arizona Association for Justice, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and a Super Lawyer. As an officer for 4 years in the United States Air Force in the Vietnam era, Mr. Wisniewski spent 18 additional years as a JAG officer, U.S. Air Force Reserves. He has been a longtime supporter and Board member of Kids Chance of Arizona, the scholarship program for injured workers’ children, and is a founder and primary donor of an educational scholarship to Phoenix College for minority students.
Personal Service and Commitment
In answering the growing demand for specialization, Bob Wisniewski has built his reputation by providing personalized service and professional Arizona workers’ compensation legal representation since 1976.
Mr. Wisniewski personally interviews each client and litigates the case himself. No other Arizona claimants’ attorney offers this personal service. We are dedicated to helping the people who have been hurt on the job. You will receive our knowledge, experience and personal attention throughout the claims process.
Areas of Practice
- Workers Compensation
Certified Legal Specialties
- Worker’s Compensation Law, AZ Board of Legal Specialization
- Arizona, 1976
- U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1976
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1984
- Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1985
- University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
- J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1976
- Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey
- A.B., Bachelor of Arts – 1969
- Minor: Political Science
- University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
- M.P.A., Master of Public Administration – 1973
- Air Command & Staff College (United States Air Force) – 1982
- Universidad International Center for Linguistic & Multicultural Studies, Diploma, 2001, 2009, 2010 (Program in Intensive Spanish)
- Young v. Industrial Commission of Arizona, 63 P.3d 298, 1204 Ariz. 267, (App. 2003). Prior out- of- state industrial scheduled award. Converts Arizona scheduled injury to unscheduled.
- Tabler v. Industrial Commission of Arizona, 47 P.3d 1156, 202 Ariz. 518, (App. 2002) Oral Compromise and Settlement agreement may be approved and enforced despite death of claimant before execution of written compromise and settlement agreement.
- Hobson v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., 19 P 3d. 1241, 199 Ariz. 525 (App 2001). ARS 23-1023 © does not compel workers’ compensation lienholder to pay equitable portion of attorney’s fees and costs incurred by claimant in third party tort litigation.
- Special Fund Division v. Industrial Commission of Arizona, 897 P.2d 643, 182 Ariz. 341 (App. 1994). Apportionment appropriate despite failure to provide notice to Special Fund.
- Word v. Industrial Commission of Arizona, 857 P2.d 1328, 175 Ariz. 474 (App. 1993). Judge cannot modify caption to add party who has not received notice or opportunity to be heard.
- State Compensation Fund of Arizona, dba SCF Arizona v Hon. Dean M. Fink/Juan Manuel Lopez Verduzco, 233 P .3d 1190 (App. 2010) – Allowed Worker’s compensation carrier to intervene under Rule 24, ARCAP in tort action to protect carrier’s interests. Applied A.R.S 23- 1023© retroactively as it was a procedural right.
- Special Fund Division vs. Industrial Commission/ Richard Bombara/JAR Inc., dba Jet Action Rental, 250 P.3d 564 (App. 2010). Discussion of election of remedies under ARS 23-1024 (B) interplay between tort filing and worker’s compensation claim.
Honors and Awards
- AVVO Lawyers Listing- Clients’ Choice, 2013 – 2018
- AVVO Lawyers Listing – Top Contributor, 2014 – 2018
- AVVO Lawyers Listing – Rating 10.0- Superb, 2015 – 2018
- Best Lawyers, Arizona and New Mexico – Workers’ Compensation Law, 2017 – Present
- Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the year- Workers’ Compensation Law, Claimant’s Law, 2017 – Present
- Awardee, Panel Counsel Member of the Year, Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA), 2017 – Present
- Awardee, Kids chance of Arizona, Runner- up Diamond Award, (Annual Gala 2016 and 2017), 2016 – 2017
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Workers’ compensation advisor to Arizona Professional Hockey Players (Coyotes, Roadrunners), 2015 – Present
- Arizona Panel Counsel Member, National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA), 2016 – Present
- Arizona Panel Counsel Member, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), 2017 – Present
- Nominating Committee Member, The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, 2015 – 2017
- Chair, Nominating Committee, The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers , 2018 – Present
- Member, American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Workers’ Compensation Committee, 2015 – Present
- Member, Sports Lawyer Association , 2017 – Present
- Panel Counsel Member, Major League Baseball Players Association (Arizona Diamondbacks), 2016 – Present
- Member, The Federalist Society
- Member, University of Toledo Law Alumni Association
- Arizona Board of Legal Specialization,(litigated over 11,000 Arizona Industrial Commission Hearings as of 2017), 1985 – Present
Past Employment Positions
- Partner, Crampton, Woods, Broening & Oberg, P.C., Phoenix, Arizona, Personal injury insurance law and workers compensation; administrative law practice, including representation of municipal and governmental entities, 1979 – 1983
- Partner, Conklin & Adler, Phoenix Arizona (Chicago- based, multi-state national law firm), Personal injury, insurance law and workers compensation, aviation law, and general civil litigation, 1984 – 1985
- Partner, Wisniewski & Fendon, P.C., Phoenix Arizona, Personal injury, insurance law and workers compensation; general civil litigation , 1985 – 1992