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Buddy Rake

  • Attorney


Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Aviation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Education Law


Married to Julie, a Physician Assistant. Two children: Chris and Mandy. Chris is a Captain/paramedic for Tempe Fire, Medical, and Rescue. Mandy is a special education teacher in Hawaii.

Although practicing primarily for plaintiffs in the area of personal injury for the past 27 years, I have over 21 years of defense experience representing several insurance companies, including: Hartford, Liberty Mutual, MICA, State Farm and St. Paul.

I am a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Navy and a former private pilot.

I have been the Head Coach for the Boys Basketball team at Thunderbird High School since 1994. I am the recipient of three (3) Coach of the Year awards, and selected by Arizona State Coaches Association as the 4A-5A All-Star Coach (1999 and 2003) and 4A Arizona State Basketball Coach of the Year (2003).

On January 18, 2013, I celebrated my 300th career win.

President of HiCoPro Performance Athletics.


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1972
  • University of Texas
    • B.A. - 1970

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Texas
  • California
  • Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Published Works

  • Auto Seat Systems
  • Dangerous Safety Restraints? Trial (1990)
  • Medical Malpractice Myths, Truths and Solutions, Arizona Attorney, March 1996

Professional Associations

  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Arizona (Chairman, Trial Section, 1987-88)
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • Arizona Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Certification Board of Legal Specialization Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law, March of 1991
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG)


  • 2016 Client Satisfaction Award presented by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the Nation’s Top One Percent
  • Selected as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers for 2007- 2018
  • Selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Selected as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers

Past Positions

  • Rake Law Group, P.C., 2011 to Present
  • Rake Petti, P.C., 2009 to 2010
  • Rake Petti & Collins, P.C., 2008
  • Rake & Catanese, P.C., 1994 to 2007
  • Rake & Downey, P.C., 1993 to 1994
  • Rake, Copple, Downey & Black, P.C., 1989 to 1993
  • O’Connor Cavanagh et al., 1973 to 1989