Micalann C. Pepe primarily practices in the areas of insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation. Her diverse practice includes commercial litigation, civil litigation, and transaction matters. Ms. Pepe also assists businesses with their wide-ranging needs, including contract review and litigation. She has a wide-range of experience, including: medical marijuana, DUI, foreclosures, and workers’ compensation litigation. Before joining Jaburg Wilk, Ms. Pepe successfully first-chaired multiple bench and jury trials with the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office through a law student Rule 38(d) program.
Ms. Pepe grew up in small-town South Dakota where she enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing with her Grandpa, and learning the long-standing work ethic that the Mid-West is known for. She moved to Arizona to pursue dual degrees at Arizona State University, ultimately graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and a B.S. in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. Forever a Sun Devil, Ms. Pepe continued her education at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, graduating cum laude and gaining admission to the Arizona State Bar in 2011.
Southwest Super Lawyers has been consistently recognized Ms. Pepe as a Rising Star since 2015. The Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society recognizing effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation, named Ms. Pepe an Associate Fellow in 2017. Ms. Pepe has co-authored and contributed to publications for the ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Defense Research Institute, and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance on various topics, mainly focusing on developments in insurance law. Ms. Pepe was appointed Vice Chair of the ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee in 2017. Ms. Pepe is proud to have been chosen as a participant in the 2013 inaugural class of the AADC’s “Ladder Down” program focused on honing leadership, business development, and mentoring skills for women lawyers. She also began participating as a board member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers’ Division in 2011 and served as the Board’s President from 2016-2017. Ms. Pepe was then appointed to serve on the AADC Board in 2017, and she currently serves on the Judicial Selection Committee.