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Meet the Team

“We are a team of trial lawyers born and bred to fight. When you are hurt, you need

lawyers who will have your back every single step of the way. At Torgenson Law,

we are 100% dedicated to fighting insurance companies and large corporations on

behalf of good people. We have their back.”

– John Torgenson

John Torgenson

Managing Partner

John Torgenson is honored to stick up for good people who are hurt. He grew up in St. George, Utah, where his parents,Fernando and Karen, raised him with a blue-collar work ethic, accountability for decisions, and taught him to always stick up for himself and others that are being bullied.

After high school, John attended the University of Utah, graduating in 2001. John then attended his dream school, Notre Dame Law School, where he graduated, with honors, in 2004. John is licensed to fight in court for real people in the State of Arizona, the United States Federal District Court of Arizona, and the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before establishing what is now Torgenson Law, John practiced in the litigation group at Fennemore Craig, the oldest law firm in Arizona and one of the largest firms in the Southwest. John will always be grateful to the excellent lawyers and great leaders who gave him a shot and taught him so much about being a lawyer at Fennemore Craig. Having practiced at Fennemore Craig in both the defense and plaintiff’s practice areas gives John a complete perspective of the litigation process, and valuable insight into how to efficiently and effectively advance his clients’ interests. His unique and balanced background enhances his credibility with defense lawyers, insurers, and defendants as well as with judges and arbitrators.

John realizes that civic and community involvement is essential in order for him to keep a solid balance between his professional and personal life. He was named one of Phoenix’s top 35 entrepreneurs by the Arizona Republic. He has been a board member at Kids @ Core (offering fitness and healthy living classes for underprivileged children), has coached the 7th and 8th grade football teams at St. Francis Xavier, is an active member of the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, and serves meals to the homeless at Andre House in downtown Phoenix. John is also a member of Grand Canyon River Guides, and has been a licensed Grand Canyon River Guide for the past 22 years.

John devotes 100% of his career to fighting insurance companies and corporate interests on behalf of good people who are hurt. People call this “personal injury law.” John wears that term proudly. Although insurance companies, corporations, and their lobbyists want you to envision slick-backed hair, greedy, desperate lawyers running after an ambulance when you hear “personal injury lawyer.” John wants people to envision what it really is – taking vulnerable, broken, hurt people who are at the loneliest, darkest times in their life, and helping them rebuild – piece by piece. Having the backs of real human beings by fighting against greedy insurance companies and corporations who are looking to boost their ever-increasing profits on the broken backs of the people they hurt. That’s what a real “personal injury lawyer” is. And John is proud to be one.

Areas of Practice

John is 100% devoted to fighting insurance companies and corporations on behalf of good people who are hurt.

Philosophy

John devotes his practice to sticking up for those wronged by others. Then, holding the wrongdoer accountable. Whether his client is injured due to someone’s choice to disregard basic safety rules, or a corporation or insurance company’s attempt to take advantage of an individual, John relentlessly pursues justice for his clients through loyal advocacy, honest communication, and the committed pursuit of the truth. John works hard and creatively, drawing on his mind and his heart for his clients to ensure that they are treated fairly in every single step of the litigation process.

John gets his tireless work ethic from watching his dad, Fernando, report to work like clockwork as a Journeyman Lineman in Southern Utah for the past 43 years, then coming home and showing John how a real man works by being an amazing dad, coach, and maintaining their house. John’s mom, Karen, who raised him and his siblings to always stick up for themselves and anyone else getting picked on, gives him his unbending will to continue to take the fight to well-financed opponents, and seek justice for his clients.

Jon Drago

Associate Attorney

Jon Drago is our young new attorney eager to fight for personal injury victims. Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Jon brings with him a small-town attitude that made him a hardworking, diligent individual who confidently approaches obstacles with persistence and passion. Coming from a family that epitomizes the American dream, Jon learned long ago that if you want something done right, take charge and do it yourself.

Like every other member of his family, Jon attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 2014. Unafraid of change, Jon capitalized on an opportunity to attend Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. There, his aptitude for legal research and writing skills were recognized during his time as a member of the Arizona State Law Journal. He graduated in 2017, and is now licensed to represent Arizonans throughout the State.

Jon has now been with Torgenson Law for three years. Starting as a Law Clerk and Legal Assistant, Jon quickly learned the level of dedication required to stand up for those who endure personal injuries. His legal research and writing skills and his fervent determination have proved invaluable contributions to the Torgenson family over the past few years. During his time here, Jon fine-tuned his desire to advocate for the rights and interests of those who suffer loss due to the fault of another. Now, as a licensed attorney in the State of Arizona, Jon is prepared and anxious to pursue justice for on behalf of honest individuals who are wrongly injured.

Valerie Cochlin

Legal Administrator and Litigation Paralegal

Valerie Cochlin is a legal administrator and litigation paralegal at Torgenson Law. She grew up in Firebaugh,

California; a small rural town in the central valley. At a young age Valerie’s parents taught her to be independent and to excel in anything she put her mind to. She moved to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego where she received degrees in Psychology and Speech Communication Studies. She then received her paralegal certificate with a focus in civil litigation from the University of San Diego Paralegal Program. Given her background in plaintiff’s personal injury and in legal administration, Valerie found Torgenson Law to be a perfect fit when she moved to Phoenix in early 2015.

As a legal administrator, Valerie is responsible for the office’s human resources and facilities management, as well as the daily administrative operations of the office. She also plans firm-sponsored events, travel, and community outreach programs. As a litigation paralegal, Valerie enjoys being a part of team who all have the same objective: to make their clients whole again. She particularly enjoys that she has never stopped learning as the law is constantly changing and every case presents its challenges.

Valerie is very passionate about serving her local community and has served on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Paralegal Paralegal Association and was a representative for the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. She is an active member of the Phoenix Chapter’s Association of Legal Administrators, Maricopa County Bar Association Paralegal Division, and the University of San Diego Alumni Association.

In her free time, Valerie enjoys cooking, Zumba, and spending time with her husband Mike. They especially enjoy venturing out on the weekends on his Harley Davidson and exploring new areas of Arizona.

Corina Alfaro

Director of First Impressions

Corina is an Arizona native. She studied International Business in college and received her AA in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Phoenix. Corina worked in the administrative and customer service business for over 15 years prior to joining Torgenson Law as their Director of First Impressions. In her role at the Firm, Corina is responsible for directing all incoming calls and manages all new client intakes. She also handles the Firm’s document management system and files every document that comes into the office. Corina also greets all of the Firm’s clients and vendors, and assists with the general maintenance of the office. Corina enjoys that her position provides her with a variety of tasks on a daily basis, as well as an opportunity to build close relationships with the Firm’s clients.

 

Corina loves to cook, and stays active. She is passionate about working out and dancing. Corina is an avid music lover and is also into fashion. Her favorite past time is spending time with her friends and family. Corina loves working at Torgenson Law because she helps fight for our clients until the very end, never gives up, and helps people in some of their darkest times.

"Amazing Team You Can't go wrong with Torgenson Law!"

- Mariel V.

"From a tragic event that changed our lives Torgenson Law took great care of us they personally called to check up on my three children ask if they can help out with anything and most of all treating us like family they fought hard for us and they took on all our stress and was able to get us the full amount we can now move forward in life Torgenson Law is now our Family look no further this is the best company for your family."

- Elvia T.

"Torgenson Law did an awesome job working hard for me, keeping me updated throughout my case, and making sure I got the most out of my settlement. If you have had an accident or injury, I would definitely recommend contacting Torgenson Law!"

- Ian S.

"I received more than 10x what was initially offered me by the other party's insurance agency and they were incredibly kind and professional."

- Emma D.

"John was so compassionate, responsive, and prompt in helping me with a very difficult situation - he was a gem! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing legal advice or help. Thank you John! God bless you."

- Lisa S.

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