Mediator's Profile


Wendi Sorensen

Business Name: Burch and Cracchiolo

Wendi Sorensen specializes in Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation, arbitration and settlement conferences. She has mediated to resolution countless matters, both privately in her practice and as a Judge Pro Tem.  She also serves as a special master to assist in the resolution of discovery issues.

Wendi is a State Bar Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Law, a testament to her nearly four-decade practice in aggravated liability and damages matters including Federal Motor Carrier cases, vehicular products liability matters, construction site injury and death matters, premises liability cases, coverage and medical malpractice matters. Thus, she brings to her ADR practice extensive experience in the legal, factual and emotional disputes that arise in litigated case, and is particularly talented at bringing cases to agreeable resolutions.

Ms. Sorensen is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She is an active member of both the Arizona State and Maricopa County bars, currently serving as the chair of the Board of Legal Specialization for the State Bar of Arizona.

She has been honored as one of the Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona by Southwest Super Lawyers nine times, and has been designated a Southwest Super Lawyer every year she has been eligible. Phoenix Magazine recently named her as a Top Lawyer in both Arbitration and Mediation and Insurance Law. She has also been recognized repeatedly by Best Lawyers in America, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona by Arizona Business Magazine.

Due to her extensive courtroom experience, she is also a frequent featured speaker high-level bar seminars.  Ms. Sorensen brings a depth of knowledge and considerable communication skills to presentations and mediations alike.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
  • Labor & Employment
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Mediation


  • J.D., Arizona State University, 1984 William H. Pedrick Scholar
  • B.S., Business/Economics and Behavioral Sciences, Westminster College, 1981


  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Professional Leadership

  • Chair, Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Chair, Personal Injury Advisory Commission to Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Arizona 2015-2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016-2022
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2022

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