Auto Crashes


Unfortunately, traffic fatalities are on the rise again. According to data gathered by NHTSA, in the first quarter of 2012, fatalities increased 13.5% with an estimated 7,630 people killed. Many fatalities and serious injuries can be traced back to issues with vehicle defects, tire defects, drowsy or distracted drivers, impaired drivers and/or road design. Our firm helps accident victims by hiring top-notch experts, investigating and reconstructing the accidents, preserving evidence (vehicles/tires), evaluating defects and, ultimately, litigating the case to a final resolution. Most automobile and trucking accidents present complex factual issues that require experience and diligence. Call us today for a free consultation..    Read more...








Tire Defects


Tire detreads are common on Arizona highways.  Many of these detreads could be avoided through proper design and manufacturing techniques.  Defective tires can fail without warning and cause catastrophic loss of control.  Many serious injuries and deaths could be avoided by a manufacturers' quality control processes and by using known detread countermeasures in the construction of the tire.  If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed due to a tire defect, call RRS today for a free consultation.  We have a team ready to help you preserve the evidence, reconstruct the accident and evaluate your claim.   Read more...








Tucson Hip Replacement Attorneys

Hip Implants


The failure of a knee or hip implant can be devastating and expensive.  A growing number of manufacturers are having unsuccessful outcomes with their devices due to implant loosening, dislocations, metal poisoning, tissue loss (necrosis), osteolysis (bone loss/inflamation) and auto-immune problems.  When their implants fail, healthy, active adults can quickly lose their freedom and their savings.  And surgeries to remove the implants can cause more scarring, pain and long-term problems than the original osteoarthritis.    Read More...







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Stephen Portell's Practice Areas

- Products Liability
- Drug/Medical Devices
- Hip & Knee Implants
- Medical Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
- Tire & Automobile Defects
- Auto Crashes
- Heavy Equipment
- Business & Commercial Litigation
- Construction Defect Litigation
- Loan Defaults & Deficiencies
- Trial Practice





Mr. Portell practices in the areas of personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, automotive and heavy equipment product liability litigation, drug/medical device litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and complex business litigation. He serves as a Special Magistrate for Tucson City Court, presiding over a wide range of criminal hearings and jury trials.  He also serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Judicial Performance Review Commission.

Mr. Portell is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a leader in Arizona’s legal community.  He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of products liability litigation and as one of Tucson’s Top Lawyers in products liability.  He received a “40 under 40″ Tucson business leaders award from the Tucson Citizen in 2008. He has been named Outstanding Pro Bono attorney by Southern Arizona Legal Aid and earned a “Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney” award from the Arizona State Bar on several occasions.  He served as president of the Pima County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Mr. Portell graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit in 1991 and earned his law degree from Wayne State University, where he won the American Jurisprudence Book Award for Legal Research and Writing and the Fred B. Schiffman Award for appellate brief writing.

Mr. Portell and his wife Melissa are raising two boys: Jeffrey and Nicholas.  The family is active in the Tucson community.  Melissa is president of the Parent Teacher Organization at her sons' school.  Mr. Portell serves on the board of Casa de los Ninos and on the Advisory Board for Southern Arizona Legal Aid.   Melissa and Nick study dance at the Arizona Ballet Theatre and perform together at recitals.  Mr. Portell and his boys study martial arts at the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy.

In his spare, Mr. Portell likes to build computers and telescopes.  He plays basketball and tennis, and, when his is not injured, he enjoys snowboarding. 

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