Schmidt, Sethi, & Akmajian, PC
Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the areas of plaintiff's products liability litigation and personal injury.
Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations.
In addition to his work in the area of products liability, Dev has represents vulnerable individuals in abuse cases; individuals and families in suits against state, local and federal government agencies in a wide range of issues; and individuals involved in trucking and bicycle accidents. Over the past several years Dev has focused his practice on the victims of trucking collisions as well as pedestrians and bicyclists injured in crashes.
In 2012, Dev obtained and collected a $5,000,000 judgment against a Tucson hospital that discharged his client, who was under the influence of hospital administered morphine, without an escort. Dev tried that case to a Pima County jury, obtained a complete victory for his client, and worked to defend the jury's decision in the Arizona Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Arizona. The one talking about my 2012 verdict, that says you can read more about Dev's landmark victory here.
While most of the settlements Dev obtains are confidential, he negotiated a $1,800,000 settlement with the City of Tucson on behalf of a bicyclist struck by a City vehicle. This is the largest injury settlement the City has ever paid.
More recently, he represented the family of a woman struck and killed by an impaired driver. That case resolved for $5,600,000.
Prior to joining the firm, Dev worked in Nevada and Arizona as a defense lawyer representing insurance companies and other corporations. Like his partners, Peter Akmajian and Ted Schmidt, Dev worked for O'Connor Cavanagh, a large defense firm that was recognized by Arizona Business Magazine as "The Best Firm in Arizona". This experience provides all three with unique insight into the tactics and strategies of defendants, and he is proud to put this knowledge to work for people harmed by the very companies he once defended.
A graduate of Duke University (A.B. 1994) and the University of Arizona College of Law (J.D. 1997), Dev served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. He remains active in the law school community, serving as an Adjunct Professor and as a member, and former President, of the Law College Association Board of Directors. In 2004, the University of Arizona Alumni Association recognized Dev with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Dev is active in the community and many professional and legal organizations. He is member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors and President of the Arizona Minority Bar Association. Dev frequently volunteers his time to serve as a faculty member teaching continuing legal education courses.
Dev is also active in many community organizations including Angel Charity for Children, Children's Museum Tuscon and Ben's Bells. He is the former When not working, in the office or with various community endeavors, he enjoys spin classes, riding his bike, and watching his kids' soccer and basketball games.