Robert Bruce Carey

Adjunct Professor of Law

Mr. Carey handles class-action lawsuits against many different types of organizations and companies.  Recently, he has litigated the Propane Exchange Tank Litigation, Hyundai/Kia MPG Litigation, and the Swift Truckers Litigation. He has served as lead counsel in cases such as the LifeLock Sales and Marketing Litigation, Hyundai Motor America’s cases on sub-frame corrosion and airbag systems, and the State of Arizona’s claim against McKesson Corporation for overcharging on prescription drugs.

Mr. Carey experience extends to bad-faith insurance, personal injury, medical malpractice, with several jury trials involving verdicts with as much as $75 million at stake. He has argued high-profile cases in federal and state courts across the country.  In the ‘90s, he served as trial counsel on claims by counties for damages stemming from tobacco-related illnesses (and acted as special counsel for Hagens Berman in seeking to recover damages in the landmark tobacco litigation), and since then has led dozens of consumer and insurance class actions in various states.

From 1990 to 1996, as Chief Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Carey oversaw all major legal, policy, legislative, and political issues for the Arizona attorney general's office. There, Mr. Carey developed and spearheaded passage of Arizona's law requiring the DNA testing of all sex offenders and the law requiring that criminals pay the cost of victims' rights. He was a principal drafter of the first major overhaul of Arizona's criminal code, and drafted key parts of the federal Prisoner Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for Senators Dole and Kyl. He served as a campaign staffer, intern, and staff member for U.S. Senator John McCain, during and after Senator McCain's first run for public office. In the past, he served as a judge pro tempore in Maricopa County Superior Court, presiding over contract and tort jury trials. Recognized by the judges of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County for outstanding contributions to the justice system, Mr. Carey enjoys teaching law and public policy courses, most recently at the ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Mr. Carey earned his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University, and received his MBA and law degree from the University of Denver. He also attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he studied in the state and local government program.

Assistant: KC Gardiner-Johnson