Attorney Ilya Lerma

About The Law Office Of Ilya E. Lerma LLC

Experienced attorney Ilya E. Lerma represents plaintiffs in complex personal injury cases in Greater Phoenix and throughout Arizona, including:

  • Those who sustain serious injuries in drunk driving accidents when the driver has been over-served alcohol in licensed liquor establishments (such as bars and restaurants) in violation of the law
  • Persons suffering catastrophic injuries in collisions between commercial carriers and conventionally sized cars and trucks
  • Victims of accidents caused by auto defects and malfunctioning consumer products
  • Families whose elderly loved ones have been injured and exploited by physical, verbal, and financial abuse or neglect in nursing homes
  • Insurance policyholders who company has wrongfully denied claims or failed to live up to their obligations under their policy for life, disability, or casualty insurance, and the company has committed bad faith
  • Victims harmed through professional negligence, such as financial and insurance producers, or real estate agents who breached fiduciary obligations, breached a contract, or committed other acts of negligence or fraud

The Law Office of Ilya E. Lerma LLC offers free initial consultations. Home and hospital visits can be arranged for those who are too injured to travel. The contingency fee basis for Ms. Lerma's legal services means that no attorney fees are owed unless your case is won. Call today. We welcome email messages and reply to them promptly.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1999

Education

  • The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. - 1998
  • Northern Arizona University
    • B.A. cum laude - 1995
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

  • Auto Accident Investigation and Negotiation Strategies, "Assessing the Extent of Injury," 2017 (national presentation)
  • Wrongful Death Litigation, "Accident Scene Investigation Strategies," 2016
  • "Key Strategies for Deposing Experts," 2016
  • Advanced Issues in Personal Injury Litigation, 2015
  • Litigators versus Companies in Contract Litigation ("Creative One" agent development), 2015
  • "Insurance: A Story of Betrayal," 2015
  • Best Practices for Financial Industry Experts ("Let's Get Down to Business", ASH Brokerage), 2014
  • "Anatomy of a Civil Lawsuit," 2014
  • Consumer Protection in Insurance, ("Let's Get Down to Business", ASH Brokerage), 2014
  • "The Alchemical Practitioner: Techniques From the Deposition Lab," The Advocate 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Arizona Trial Lawyer-Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • Featured Speaker Arizona Association for Justice, Trial Advocacy Conference, 2014
  • Arizona Latina Women in Business- featured panelist 2012
  • Clean Technologies, "Fresh-Faces" Presenter and Award Recipient (non-legal), 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Tidmore & Lerma, LLC 2002-2011
  • Tidmore Law Offices 1999-2002
  • Pima County Public Defender 38(e) Felony Division, 1998
  • Federal Public Defender (research volunteer), 1998

Trial Skills

  • "Weaponizing Lead Witnesses for Killer Testimony" (upcoming 2021) - LegalEdcenter/Thomson Reuters 
  • Arizona State University Trial Advocacy Presenter 2019, 2020
  • Litigating Brain Injuries against Huge Insurance Companies  (LST-I AM the LAW podcast, 2020)
  • Trial Structure Method, Connectionology, 2020
  • “Identifying and Understanding TBI”  Trial Structure Webcast 2020
  • TBI Med Legal, Brain Injury Association of California 2019
  • “Making Time and Putting Yourself First” - Dominate Law Podcast, 2019
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Women’s Trial Skills Conference, 2019
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2019
  • New Jersey Association for Justice, 2019
  • Western States Association for Justice, 2019
  • Alliance of Women Trial Lawyers, Trial Skills Annual Conference, 2019
  • "Auto Injury Claims” National Business Institute, 2019
  • “Identifying Bad Faith Conduct in Auto Accident Claims” National Business Institute, 2019
  • “Business Risk & Liability” (webcast) National Business Institute, 2018
  • American Association for Justice - Weekend with the Stars, 2018
  • State Bar of Arizona Trial College, Opening Statement-presenter, 2018
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and Arizona Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Conference, 2016

Ancillary Businesses

  • GREENFREAK, LLC 2008-2016 (plastics recycling), CEO

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English