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Travis M. Wheeler

Travis M. Wheeler

Partner
Phone:602.643.2310
Fax:602.248.0947

Travis Wheeler concentrates his practice on complex and high-profile product liability and commercial litigation matters, including advanced motions and appeals. His incisive case strategies and superior written and oral advocacy skills, paired with significant trial experience, make him a valuable asset to clients in an array of industries.

Travis has defended manufacturers and distributors of motor vehicles, off-road vehicles, industrial equipment, sports equipment, and medical devices against high-stakes product liability and commercial claims. Travis has played key roles in personal injury product liability trials in state and federal court, including examining technical and medical expert witnesses, briefing and arguing pre-trial and mid-trial motions, and preserving issues for appeal. His other notable casework includes defending automotive manufacturers in multi-district litigation, a home developer in class action and complex litigation, and a helmet manufacturer in personal injury and class action claims related to the NFL and NCAA player concussion litigation. 

Travis has successfully developed and executed threshold defense strategies relating to jurisdiction and pleading defects. He has also written and argued post-trial briefs and appeals. His broad range of experience makes him well-versed in all aspects of discovery, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and appeal. Travis draws on his trial experience and writing skills to guide his clients on emerging litigation topics. 

Travis and his wife Sarah have twin sons, Owen and Henry, and a daughter, Leah. Travis enjoys supporting and playing alongside his children in their numerous activities, including baseball, golf and music.  

 

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2008

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education

  • University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 2007
    magna cum laude
    Arizona Law Review, Managing Editor
    Order of the Coif
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2001
    Wagenheim Scholar

Professional Associations

    • State Bar of Arizona

Distinctions

    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Southwest Rising Stars, 2016 — 2017

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Challenging Billed Medical Expenses," Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Advocacy Luncheon, October 14, 2015

Publications

  • "Bowman and Brooke Phoenix Attorneys Defend Imperiled Offer of Judgment Rule," Co-Author, Legal Alert, May 2019
  • "Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Settlement Offer Cannot Moot Consumer Lawsuits," Co-Author, Client Alert, January 2016
  • "Is Abbot v. Banner Heath the Win that Signals the Loss?: Rethinking Medical Damages in Arizona," Co-Author, Common Defense, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Summer 2015
  • "Challenging Billed Medical Expenses," For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, November
    2014
  • "Products Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium" (Arizona section), Defense Research Institute, 2013
  • "Negligent Injury to Reputation: Defamation Priority and the Economic Loss Rule," 48 Ariz. L. Rev. 1103 (2006)
  • "Grammatico v. Industrial Commission: Invalidating Statutes Making Alcohol or Drug Use a Bar to Workers' Compensation Claims in Arizona," 48 Ariz. L. Rev. 211 (2006)
  • Clerk, Honorable Frederick J. Martone, United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • Research Assistant, Professor Dan B. Dobbs
  • Intern, Torts Branch, United States Department of Justice