John J. Checkett

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Contact Information
Phone: (480) 272-9100
Fax:      (480) 272-9039
Email:   jcheckett@checkett-law.com

John is the founder of The Checkett Law Firm. His primary focus is complex civil litigation and health care. John’s practice deals with the intricacies of professional liability, wrongful death, catastrophic medical malpractice, elder abuse claims, Department of Health Service issues, contracts and other litigated matters. Because he spent the first seven years of his legal career as a prosecutor, he is at home in the courtroom and takes cases to trial regularly. John has successfully defended clients at trial where the opposing claimants sought more than $30 million in damages. John’s clients include some of the largest hospital systems, physician groups and long-term care providers in Arizona and New Mexico. He is licensed to practice in U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Arizona, in all state courts in Arizona and New Mexico.  He has inactive licenses in Missouri and Illinois. With his background in economics and as a former prosecutor, John is able to counsel his health care clients on the wide variety of legal issues and exposure they face in the current litigation and regulatory climate. Prior to going into private civil practice, John was a criminal prosecutor in Illinois for seven years where he tried numerous felony jury trials with assignments in the Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Units. He is a 1989 graduate of Lake Forest College where he was a Rhodes Scholar State Semi-Finalist and collegiate basketball player. He graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate double major in Economics and Mathematics. He went on to obtain his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri in 1992. John has served as board member and general counsel for The Arizona Health Care Association for the last eight years, and also served on the board of directors for the Chapparal High School Boys Basketball Booster Club and formerly served as a board member for The Valley of the Sun YMCA – Scottsdale. John enjoys spending time with his wife Barbro of over 19 years, and is the proud father of their four active children.

Notable Cases

•     Maynard v. Pecos Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Maricopa County Superior Court, 7  week jury trial (claimants sought $30 million from the jury) – Defense verdict in favor Mr. Checkett’s client*
•    Tonto Apache Tribe v. Johnson, Tonto Apache Tribal & Appellate Court (Mr. Checkett handled the appeal of a 64 count criminal conviction) – Appellate Court reversed and dismissed all 64 counts against Mr. Checkett’s client*
•    Sauvageau v. Mountain Vista Medical Center, Maricopa County Superior Court, 4 ½ week jury trial (claimants sought $3 million from the jury) – Defense verdict in favor of Mr. Checkett’s client*
•    Rheiner v. CRPC (skilled nursing facility), Maricopa County Superior Court, 2 week jury trial – Defense verdict in favor of Mr. Checkett’s client*
•    Dimperio v. Sun City Health & Rehab, Maricopa County Superior Court, 2 week jury trial – Defense verdict in favor of Mr. Checkett’s client*

* These cases are listed to provide the general background of matters that Mr. Checkett has handled. Prior results are not meant to guarantee outcomes.

Presentations and Publications

•    Speaker, Basics of Interviewing and Investigation in Arizona, National Business Institute, 2002.
•    Speaker, The Pitfalls of Nursing Documentation, Select Specialty Hospital, Scottsdale, Arizona, August 2005.
•    Speaker, The Pitfalls of Nursing Documentation, Mesa General Hospital, Mesa, Arizona, October 12 & 15, 2005.
•    Speaker, Update on Medical Liability, Arizona Geriatrics Association, October 2005.
•    Speaker, Update on Medical Liability, Mesa General Medical Staff, Mesa, Arizona, November 2005.
•    Speaker, Defending the $30 Million Pressure Ulcer Case at Trial, Panel Counsel, Fall 2005.
•    Speaker, The Basics of Nursing Documentation, Phoenix College, October 12, 2006.
•    Speaker, How to Avoid a $30 Million Vulnerable Adult Claim in Arizona, Free Friday Seminars©, March 2007 and May 2007.
•    Speaker, Avoiding Vulnerable Adult Claims in Arizona, 10th Annual Conference, Arizona Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America, Spring 2007.
•    Speaker, Nursing Home Malpractice: Evaluating and Addressing Accountability, National Business Institute, June 2007 & June 2008.
•    Speaker, Defending Your Care: How High Profile Cases Impact Your Civil and Criminal Liability, The Arizona Health Care Association’s Annual Conference & Trade Show, 2007.
•    Speaker, Defending the $30 Million Pressure Ulcer Case at Trial, Las Vegas DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, Guide One Panel Counsel Meeting, September 26, 2007.
•    Speaker, Legal Issues for Nurses and Executive Directors in Assisted Living, Arizona ALFA 5th Annual Nurses and Executive Directors Leadership Conference, October 16, 2007.
•    Speaker, How to Avoid the $30 Million Vulnerable Adult Claim in 2007 and Beyond, Arizona Geriatric Society Annual Conference, November 3, 2007.
•    Speaker, How to Write a Plan of Correction, Arizona Association of Homes and Housing for the Aging, January 24, 2008.
•    Speaker, Defending the $30 Million Pressure Ulcer Case at Trial, Guide One Insurance Agent Panel, Des Moines, Iowa, January 28, 2008.
•    Speaker, Current Legal Issues in Physical Therapy, Arizona Physical Therapy Association, Spring Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, May 2, 2008.
•    Speaker, Understanding the Survey Process, Arizona Assisted Living Federation of America, Spring Conference and Trade Show, Mesa Convention Center, May 7, 2008.
•    Speaker, Ask the Attorney, Arizona Assisted Living Federation of America, Spring Conference and Trade Show, Mesa Convention Center, May 8, 2008.
•    Speaker, How to Avoid a Vulnerable Adult Claim, Arizona Association of Homes and Housing for the Aging, 25th Annual Conference and Exposition, Mesa Convention Center, May 14, 2008.
•    Speaker, Ask an Attorney… A Forum on Law and Long Term Care, Arizona Health Care Association, Renaissance Glendale Hotel, Glendale, Arizona, August 27, 2008.
•    Speaker, How to Avoid a $30 Million Elder Abuse Claim and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night, North Dakota Long Term Care Association’s Fall Conference, Bismarck, North Dakota, September 18, 2008.
•    Speaker, Wound Care Retreat, Arizona Club, October 30 & 31, 2008.
•    Speaker, Understanding The Fair Housing Act, Arizona Assisted Living Nurses Association, Southern Region, Tucson, Arizona, November 12, 2008.
•    Speaker, Arizona’s Adult Protective Services Act, Social Service Contractors Indemnity Pool (SSCIP), Southwestern Behavioral Health Services, Phoenix, Arizona, November 19, 2008.
•    Speaker, Sexuality in Assisted Living (Legal Issues), Arizona Assisted Living Nurses Association, Tempe, Arizona, January 14, 2009.
•    Speaker, Universal Lessons from Long Term Care Litigation, Montana Health Care Association, Helena, Montana, March 23, 2009.
• Speaker, A Legal Perspective on Incident Investigations, Arizona Health Care Association, Tucson, Arizona, March 24, 2009.
•    Speaker, Pinal-Gila Elder Abuse Conference, Arizona Civil Law & Elder Abuse, Sponsored in part by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, April 2, 2009.
•    Speaker, Jones v. Shady Pines Rest Home: A Mock Trial Against a Long-Term Care Provider, North Dakota Long Term Care Association, Bismarck, North Dakota, May 7, 2009.
•    Speaker, Antitrust Issues in Health Care, Arizona Health Care Association, Phoenix, Arizona, January 18, 2010.
•    Speaker, Buying and Selling Assisted Living Facilities, Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, Phoenix, Arizona, March 30, 2010.
•    Speaker, Medical Malpractice From A to Z – Trial Pointers, National Business Institute, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix, Arizona, May 21, 2010.
•    Speaker, In Your Defense… Ask An Attorney, Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, August 25, 2010.
•    Speaker, The Corporate Representative: The “Face” of Your Institutional Client, DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, Swissotel, Chicago, Illinois, September 23, 2010.
•    Speaker, Legal 101 Question & Answer, Arizona Healthcare Association, Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, August 24, 2011.
•    Speaker, The Principles of Documentation in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Private In-Service Training, Phoenix, Arizona, February 14, 2012.
•    Speaker, A Critical Look at Arizona’s Legal Climate, Arizona Health Care Association 2012 Spring Leadership Conference, Prescott Conference Resort, Prescott, Arizona, March 27, 2012.
•    Speaker, The Corporate Representative: Tips and Techniques for Successful Depositions, National Webinar, August 7, 2012.
•    Speaker, Ask the Attorney, Arizona Health Care Association Spring Leadership Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, April 2, 2013.
•    Speaker, Pitfalls of Nursing Documentation, Private In-Service Training, Scottsdale, Arizona, June 20, 2013.
•    Speaker, Just in Case There is a Case: A Mock Deposition, Arizona Health Care Association Spring Leadership Conference, Tucson, Arizona, April 28, 2014.
•    Speaker, Defensive Documentation, AHCA Strive for 5 Forum, Phoenix, Arizona, June 12, 2014.
•    Speaker, Ask a Legal Question – Attorney Panel, Arizona Health Care Association, 2015 AHCA Annual Conference & Trade Show, Scottsdale, Arizona, August 19, 2015.
•    Speaker, Ask an Attorney, New Mexico Health Care Association, 2015 Annual Convention and Expo, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 17, 2015.
•    Speaker, Investigations in Long Term Care, New Mexico Health Care Association, 2015 Annual Convention and Expo, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 17, 2015.
•    Speaker, Ethics & Professionalism in Physical Therapy, Northern Arizona University Graduate Class, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Phoenix, Arizona, March 4, 2016.
•    Speaker, Basics in Documentation, Skilled Nursing Facility In-Service Presentation, Phoenix, Arizona, March 15, 2016.
•    Author, Prosecution Handbook, Chemical Testing in Reckless Homicide and DUI Cases, 1998.

 

In-Services

▪ Documentation
▪ Survey issues
▪ Quality Assurance
▪ Litigation

Productions

•    3 Hour CD presentation, How to Avoid a $30 Million Vulnerable Adult Claim in Arizona, March 2007.