About Doug Zanes, Founder of Zanes Law

Doug Zanes entered into personal injury law to bring justice to those in need, while making a good living to provide for his family. “Bad accidents happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to change that,” he says. “I take pride in the fact that we are willing to start that fight for our clients so that they are completely compensated, and we are willing to take that fight to the end for them.”

Raised in Douglas, Arizona, Doug completed college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school (juris doctor) from St. Mary’s University in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix in 1997, and has been inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million. Less than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers are members. In 2003, Doug started Zanes Law with his wife, Claudia, in Tucson, Arizona. Claudia, who is not a lawyer, brings marketing and business expertise that allows Doug to focus on representing the firm’s clients to the highest legal standards.

Since 2003, Zanes Law has represented thousands and recovered tens of millions of dollars. As injuries become more complex, Doug and his team constantly upgrade knowledge in issues such as truck and motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, catastrophic injury accidents, traumatic brain injury and wrongful death.

In addition to representing clients, Doug Zanes supervises staff attorneys, who possess a combined 50 years of personal injury experience. This allows him to ensure that all clients are represented according to Zanes Law’s core values: represent the client well, provide exceptional customer service, maintain a high standard in all aspects, and work as a team to ensure clients’ financial well-being.

A fluent Spanish speaker, Doug takes great pride in his firm’s ability to represent Spanish-speaking clients. He is also proud of Zanes Law’s community service program, a formal program that allows all staff members to devote time and money to causes relevant to their communities. Off hours, he enjoys traveling, reading James Patterson novels, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, golf, cooking and barbecuing and, most of all, spending time with family.

About Doug Zanes: “When I began practicing law years ago I simply wanted to help others, but did not specifically know in what way.  As I began representing clients, just by circumstance the clients who I was helping happened to be clients who had been charged with committing crimes.

Then one night, my wife and I were driving home from the airport and narrowly missed being hit head-on by a drunk driver who was driving the wrong way on the street that we were on.  As his headlights suddenly appeared in front on me, I turned to the right as he crashed into the median.  We were extremely fortunate and he was eventually convicted of driving under the influence.

This was the night that I realized how quickly a life could be changed in an accident, and this was the night that my law firm stopped representing criminal defendants and began to focus on helping injured victims.” – Doug Zanes, Owner of Zanes Law

About Zanes Law: Over the years, Zanes Law has represented thousands of injured victims and has recovered over $80,000,000.00 for those friends that we have helped.  Through all of this experience, we have seen insurance companies go to great lengths to protect their finances at the expense of our clients.  We take great pride knowing that our attorneys and team are the gatekeepers who protect our clients and are the gladiators who take the fight to those who would harm our clients.


Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are admitted to this group, which is limited to those who have won settlements exceeding $1 million
  • Chairman’s Circle, Tucson Metro Chamber, 2012-2013
  • Pima County Juvenile Court, mentor for at-risk youths
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
Community Service
  • Wings for Women Gala Host, 2014
  • Toys for Tots Toy Drive, 2013, toy drive host
  • Go Red Movement, American Heart Association of Southern Arizona, 2013, supporter
  • Fiesta Grande, 2013, supporter
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association Executive Lock Up, 2013, supporter and participant
  • Zanes Law School Supply Giveaway, 2010-present, founder
  • Blair Charity Group, 2013-present, current board member and supporter
  • Arizona Basketball Academy, 2011-present, supporter
  • Ronald McDonald House - Chef for a Day, 2012, participant
  • Tucson Young Professionals, 2012-2013, supporter
  • Beat Cancer Boot Camp, 2010-2012 supporter and participant
  • Christian Family Care, 2011-2012, supporter and participant
  • The Salvation Army, 2011-2012, former advisory board member and supporter
  • Southern Arizona Kidney Walk, 2012, supporter
  • American Red Cross, 2012, supporter
  • Emerge House, 2010-2011, supporter
  • San Miguel Corporate Partner, 2009-2010, supporter
Bar Admissions
  • 1997 – Arizona
  • Arizona State University (B.S.)
  • St. Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas (J.D.)