Steven J. German

Steven J. German

Scottsdale, Arizona

Steve German has been practicing law in Arizona since 1993, and is also licensed in Ohio. Steve spent six years employed at a large law firm in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 1999, Steve started his own law firm, devoting his practice to protecting individual rights. His clients are victims of insurance companies that refuse to pay long-term disability benefits, victims (and surviving families) of rollover and tread-separation accidents, nursing home neglect, medical malpractice and other tort-related incidents.

Beginning in 1999, Steve formed a close allegiance and working relationship with Tab Turner, an Arkansas attorney, who has twice been named National Trial Lawyer of the Year, and who is perhaps best known for his work against Ford (rollovers) and Firestone (tread separations). That close working relationship continues to this day as together they routinely litigate catastrophic loss claims against Ford, Firestone, Cooper Tire, TRW and other large corporations that manufacture automobiles and tires.

From the mid-1990s to the present, Steve has resolved individual disability income claims, either by obtaining monthly benefits for clients, settling claims, and/or negotiating buy-outs, totaling in the tens of millions of dollars. Since 1999, Steve and the firm have litigated and resolved tens of millions of dollars’ worth of claims stemming from automobile rollovers and tire-tread separations, resulting in catastrophic injuries and death.

In 2003, Danny Adelman joined Steve, and together they formed Adelman German, PLC. They have thrived together and their practice has grown considerably. Together, Danny and Steve have successfully represented numerous families and children who were catastrophically injured as a result of hospital and professional negligence. Steve has successfully litigated individual cases that have resolved in amounts ranging from the high hundreds of thousands of dollars, all the way up to $12 million.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1999

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Bad Faith Insurance Law - Long Term Disability (Professionals)
  • 30% Personal Injury - Catastrophic Injury, Wrongful Death
  • 25% Professional Negligence - Nursing Home Abuse, Medical Malpractice
  • 5% Vehicle Rollovers and Tread Separations

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1995
  • Ohio, 1993


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. cum laude - 1992
    • Law Review: Journal of Law and Health, Contributor, 1990 - 1992
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A. - June, 1989
    • Major: International Studies
    • Minor: French

Published Works

  • Scottsdale Insurance Company (subrogee to Todd Andrews) v. Anthony Cendejas, TOPA, Inc., 2009 WL 530780, 551 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 17, Ariz.App. Div. 1, March 03, 2009 (NO. 1 CA-CV 08-0001), Designation of Non-Party at Fault, 2009
  • JNS Holding Corp. v. Superior Court in and for County of Maricopa, 183 Ariz. 98, 900 P.2d 1234, Ariz.App. Div. 1, August 10, 1995 (NO. 1 CA-SA95-0174), Appeals, 1995

Representative Clients

  • Orthodontists, Periodontists, and Dentists
  • Anesthesiologists; Cardio-Thoracic Anesthesiologist
  • Surgeons, Hand-Shoulder Specialists, General Surgeons
  • Radiological Specialists
  • Dermatologists
  • Business Owners, General Contractors
  • Chiropractors
  • CPA, Annuitist
  • Health-Care Administrator

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Council for Jews with Special Needs, President, 1999 - 2001
  • National Bar Foundation, Member, 1997 - 1999
  • Maricopa County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors/President-Elect, 1996 - 1999
  • National Advisory Council - Cleveland Marshall College-of-Law, Member, 2004 - 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • O'Connor Cavanagh Anderson Killingsworth Westover & Beshears, Attorney, 1993 - February 21, 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1993 - 1997
  • Court House Experience Program, 1994 - 1997

Ancillary Businesses

  • Make n' Law, LLC


  • French


  • Zeta Beta Tau