Francis J. Balint, Jr., Shareholder
In Grant v. Arthur Andersen, Mr. Balint acted as co-lead counsel in class litigation that lead to the recovery of over $250 million in losses for investors in the collapsed Baptist Foundation of Arizona.
In Facciola et al v. Greenberg Traurig, LLP et al, Case No. CV-10-1025-PHX-FJM (D. Ariz.), Mr. Balint was instrumental in achieving class settlements aggregating in excess of $88 million on behalf of investors victimized in the financial collapse of Mortgages Ltd. and Radical Bunny, LLC.
Mr. Balint served as counsel for the relator in Todarello v. Beverley Enterprises (D. Ariz. & N.D. Ca. 2001), a qui tam action in which the United States Government recovered $170 million and his whistleblower client obtained an award of nearly $30 million.
Appellate decisions Mr. Balint has successfully briefed include: McKay v. Juszkiewicz, No. 1 CA-CV 06-0126 (Ariz. Ct. App. 2007) (attorneys’ fees awards in adverse possession cases); Miller v. Young, No. 1 CA-CV 04-0247(Ariz. Ct. App. 2004) (conspiracy to commit fraudulent conveyances); Miller v. Young, No. 1 CA-CV 95-0132 (Ariz. Ct. App. 2003) (statute of limitations); Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Ry. Co. v. Brown & Bryant, Inc., 159 F.3d 358 (9th Cir. [Cal.] 1998) (federal Superfund liability); Taylor AG Industries v. Pure-Gro, 54 F.3d 555 (9th Cir. [Ariz.] 1995) (federal preemption under FIFRA); Bodine v. Bruno, No. 1 CA-CV 95-0132 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1996) (reversing entry of default judgment); and Ranch 57 v. City of Yuma, 152 Ariz. 218, 731 P.2d 113 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1986) (government land use regulation).
Mr. Balint has on several occasions served as a judge pro tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals’ “Department S” program.
Mr. Balint is a former director (1993-2000) and President (1999-2000) of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel. He frequently acts as an arbitrator and mediator to assist in the cost-effective resolution of issues without trial.
A sole practitioner in Virginia for a short period of time before becoming associated with the Phoenix law firm of Evans, Kitchel & Jenckes, P.C., Mr. Balint is a founding member of Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint.