Dennis was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1950 and graduated from Wabash College (B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) (1972) and law school at Washington University in St. Louis (J.D. 1975). He relocated permanently to Arizona after law school and immediately began practicing workers’ compensation law. He was certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in workers’ compensation in 1980 and has represented thousands of injured workers before the Industrial Commission of Arizona since then.
Dennis is a contributing author of the Arizona Workers’ Compensation Handbook, Chapter 12, “Exclusivity and Third-Party Liability” (1992) and was the chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Commission to the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (1987 – 1994). He was named by the Director of the Industrial Commission to the Director’s Advisory Commission on Evidence-Based Medicine (2012 – 2015). He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America since 1995.
Dennis has had a particular interest in workers’ compensation legislation and appellate work on workers’ compensation cases. Presently Dennis serves on the Legislative Committee of the Arizona Association of Lawyers For Injured Workers (AALIW) which is gearing up for a new round of legislative changes to the workers’ compensation statute in the 2017 legislative session.
In addition to legislative work, Dennis makes it a point to stay up to date on workers’ compensation case law. He has had success in recent years before the Arizona Court of Appeals in making new case law that benefits injured workers in regard to the finality of Industrial Commission awards, reopening the hearing process with new evidence and preventing forfeiture of benefits in the context of third-party cases.
In his spare time, Dennis enjoys hiking, adventure travel (rafting and bike trips with his family) and playing basketball with his many brothers, two of whom are local workers’ compensation defense attorneys.