Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Welcomes Insurance Defense Attorneys Jennifer R. Erickson, Shawdy Banihashemi and Ryan B. Johnson

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Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Jennifer R. Erickson, Shawdy Banihashemi, and Ryan B. Johnson have joined the firm’s Phoenix office, expanding its insurance defense practice.

“Jennifer, Shawdy, and Ryan are great additions to the firm,” states Jay A. Fradkin, Chair of the Jennings Strouss Medical Malpractice Department. “They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas of insurance and tort defense litigation, and fresh ideas for resolving clients’ issues. We are very happy to have them onboard.”

Erickson joins the firm as a Member and focuses her practice on insurance defense litigation and coverage work, representing both personal and commercial line insurance carriers. She also represents insurance companies in first-party and bad faith issues, and represents insureds in third-party tort matters. In addition, Erickson is an experienced arbitrator and mediator of insurance related disputes.

Erickson began her legal career as an in-house litigator for a large insurance company. There, she gained extensive experience in handling cases on behalf of insureds, counseling claim adjusters on coverage issues, processing conservatorships for minor settlements, and preparing special releases for resolution of various non-standard claims. Prior to attending law school, she had a successful career selling life, dental, and disability insurance policies, and providing benefit consulting services on group health insurance plans to business owners.

Erickson distinguishes herself as an excellent strategist, particularly in cases where there are many moving parts. She is known by her clients for delivering unparalleled service with a unique emphasis on education. Erickson regularly partners with major insurers to provide on-going training and education to supervisors and claims adjusters. To better facilitate these trainings, she created “Claims University,” a program consisting of educational modules specifically tailored to help claims representatives better manage their cases.

Erickson earned her J.D. from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, where she was a Pedrick Scholar, and her B.A at the University of Delaware.

Banihashemi, also a Member, is an experienced trial attorney who focuses her practice in the areas of general insurance defense litigation and coverage work. She handles all aspects of tort defense litigation and litigation for complex construction defect cases. In addition, Banihashemi is experienced in criminal defense, having handled a wide range of criminal matters ranging from minor infractions to serious felonies.

Banihashemi earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Maryland. She is actively involved in the State Bar of Arizona, serving as a committee member of its 2018 Annual Convention and as past chair of the Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law.

Johnson joins the firm as an Associate, focusing his practice on insurance defense and coverage work. He handles all aspects of first-party and third-party tort defense litigation. Johnson also represents individuals and businesses in complex commercial and business litigation, insurance defense, products liability, real estate, and eminent domain matters in state and federal court. He defends and prosecutes actions involving contract disputes, construction law, corporate law, Native American law, and environmental law.

Johnson earned his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with high distinction. During law school, he served as the Executive Editor of the Nebraska Law Review and as a member of the Nation Moot Court Team. Johnson earned his B.S. in Business and Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

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