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John N. Vingelli Resume

Hiring an attorney to represent you and your family is a critical and personal decision. As a prospective client, you should have the details on who is leading the charge to represent your interests. Anyone you consider is effectively applying for the job of representing you. That said, we have attached below the professional history of our founder, John N. Vingelli. 

John Vingelli has dedicated his career ro achieving a well rounded understanding of plaintiff, defense, appeal, and general litigation practices. He has achieved an “AV Preeminent” personal rating by Martindale Hubbell. Most recently he was recommended for Certification in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury litigation by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and awaits his exam results for this exclusive distinction.

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Professional Experience        

“AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Certified Specialist in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury litigation by the State Bar Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.

Present             Attorney and Founder            Law Offices of Vingelli and Company, PLLC

Scottsdale, Arizona

Own and manage a civil personal injury and criminal defense litigation firm.

 11/04-4/12         Attorney                                 Law Offices of James F. Brook and Associates

Scottsdale, Arizona

Managed a high volume litigation practice, including two litigation paralegals. Primary focal areas include vehicular accident, wrongful death, medical malpractice, intentional tort and trucking litigation actions.  Responsible for trial work, pretrial preparations, motion practice, strategies and negotiations.  Exceptional skills and experience in research, writing and oral argument.  Author demand letters and other correspondence, locate and screen experts, prepare witnesses and parties to testify at trial and in deposition, and prepare all cases for jury trial. Guest lectured at college level on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and presented at CLE on negligence issues, anatomy and physiology, and law office management. Maintained a criminal defense practice.

Experience Included:

•   Argued and won a negligent “duty” issue in both the Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court in the case of Gipson v. Kasey, 214 Ariz. 141, 150 P.3d 228 (Sup.Ct. 2007).

•   Tried to a jury 18 + personal injury/negligence cases through verdict.

•   Briefed and argued six cases to reviewing courts.

•   Successfully tried personal injury/negligence cases and argued/ defended major motions (dispositive motions, Frye/Daubert motions to exclude expert testimony, motions in limine to exclude evidence, etc.) in State Superior Courts (most Arizona counties) and in U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.

 8/2004-11/04            Attorney                          Law Offices of Raymond J. Slomski,

Phoenix, Arizona

Prosecute complex medical malpractice, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury actions.  Primary focus on research, writing, and trial preparation. Position eliminated due to 60% downsize of firm.

10/2002-7/2004         Attorney                         Fadell, Cheney & Burt

Phoenix, Arizona

Defended doctors, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes in all stages of medical negligence litigation in State and District Court.  Conducted and defended both lay and expert depositions, wrote and argued motions, drafted discovery, factually investigated cases, prepared parties and witnesses to testify, and prepared trials. Authored pleadings, disclosure statements, discovery requests and answers, and correspondence. Managed the firm’s plaintiff’s personal injury caseload, and drafted demand packages.  Located and screened expert witnesses.

Experience Included:

•   Resident expert in Criminal Law issues arising in the medical field, including treatment of persons charged with crimes, and criminal negligence of health care personnel (i.e. caretaking of vulnerable adult and elder abuse).

•   Managed a caseload of plaintiff personal injury and breach of contract cases through all stages of litigation from pre-filing to resolution.  Cases included product liability and health provider indemnity, automobile accident, and premises liability. 

7/2000-10/2002           Deputy County Attorney      Maricopa County Attorney’s Office,

Phoenix, Arizona        

Assistant Bureau Chief and Trial Attorney, Group E: charged with litigating felony jury trials, drafting pleadings, motions, and responses, conducted grand jury indictments, and bureau management of 12 attorneys.  Managed an average caseload of 75 files consisting of armed robberies, car-jackings, aggravated assaults with serious physical injury, dangerous crimes against children, auto thefts, identity thefts, drug sales, etc.  Successfully conducted various hearings and oral arguments on issues such as search and seizure, Dessureault identification, motions to suppress, motions to release, and confession voluntariness on a daily basis.  Sole arson prosecutor for Trial Group E.

Experience Included:

  • Litigated 17 + jury trials to verdict and obtained 16 convictions.  Tried numerous drug and assault bench trials.  Argued multiple pre-trial issues including Batson challenges and Motions in limine.
  • July 2002 – Designated as Trial Division Attorney of the Month out of 45 attorneys for outstanding litigation results and exemplary training of law student summer interns.
  • May 2002 – Awarded special recognition for outstanding performance and aggressive prosecution.
  • December 2001 – Trial Group E Attorney of the Month for work ethic and dedication to duty.
  • County Attorney’s Office Speaker’s Bureau Representative – Dedicated to public speech in classroom settings.  Addressed and educated the public on the justice system and clarified common misconceptions regarding criminal law and procedure.

7/1999-7/2000             Attorney and Law Clerk                   Law Offices of Paul J. Sacco,

Tempe, Arizona

Responsible for drafting motions, complaints, and letters.  Conducted legal and medical research, performed general litigation preparation including preparation of trial notebooks, exhibits, and documents in this personal injury firm.  Handled interpleader caseload and lien negotiations.

 Appellate Experience

Published Opinions

Gipson v. Kasey, 212 Ariz. 235, 129 P.3d 957 (App. 2006). Issues: negligent duty, negligence per se, causation, comparative fault.

Gipson v. Kasey, 214 Ariz. 141, 150 P.3d 228 (Sup.Ct. 2007). Issue: negligent duty.

Carnes v. Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. No. 1 CA-CV 09-0365 (App. 2011). Issues: coming and going rule, agency, respondeat superior. 

Memorandum Decisions

Rivera v. Arneson (App. 2008). Issue: waiver of the collateral source rule.

Dement v. State of Arizona (App. 2009). Issue: reversible error at trial.

Paez v. ABC Capital Corp. (App. 2009). Issues: duty, improper exclusion of evidence at trial.

State v. Bourque (App. 2014), Issues: Proper ruling by trial court of forfeiture of counsel.

State of Arizona v. Hersum, (2013). Issues: Whether the trial court made appropriate rulings; in not suppressing the blood evidence obtained in violation of Defendant’s constitutional right to due process and non-compliance with the medical exception to a warrantless blood draw; in refusing to give Defendant’s requested instruction on superseding cause; and regarding violations of the double jeopardy provisions of the Arizona and united states constitutions.


Juris Doctorate                        1999        Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law:

Macon, Georgia

B. A., Political Science             1995        University of Arizona:

Tucson, Arizona

Clerkships and Internships

7/1999 – 7/2000          Attorney and Law Clerk       Vingelli and Bryson, Tucson, Arizona

Drafted motions in criminal and civil caseloads, performed litigation research, assisted with settlement negotiations. Litigated a domestic violence case involving injunctive relief of a protective order only days after being sworn into the State Bar of Arizona.

 7/1999 – 7/2000          Law Clerk                   Law Offices of Stanton Bloom, Tucson, Arizona

Researched complex issues and drafted memoranda for murder cases, including the admission of polygraph evidence, federal enclave removal to Federal Court, and attorney-client privilege waiver.

8/1998 – 5/1999          Intern                          Bibb County District Attorney’s Office,

                                                                        Macon, Georgia

Sworn in under Third Year Practice Act.  Presented indictments to grand juries, conducted research, prepared cases for trial, and drafted appellate briefs.  Assisted in a wide spectrum of cases.

5/1998 – 7/1998          Summer Associate   Law Offices of Chris Smith: Macon, Georgia

Drafted letters and motions. Conducted legal research, observed depositions and settlement negotiations.  Majority of focus was on a multi-million dollar negligence lawsuit against British Petroleum for conduct of a service station franchise owner in pushing a customer through a plate glass window.

Publications          Castration for Rapists The Pillar, Volume 45, No. 5 (1997): a study of chemical castration (injections) as an alternative form of punishment for certain sex offenders.                      

Bar                       Member in good standing: State Bar of Arizona, U.S. District Court, District of

Memberships       Arizona, United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit), United States Supreme Court, Pro Hac Vice admission to the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Pro Hac Vice admission to the Navajo Nation District Court, Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court (criminal and civil).

Memberships         American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Arizona Trial Lawyer’s Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, North Phoenix Bar Association, Faculty - Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Better Business Bureau In Central, Northern and Western Arizona (with the highest possible rating of A+).

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