Firm managing attorney Richard P. Traulsen has been with Begam & Marks since 1996. His practice is focused exclusively on representing the families of those killed or severely injured by the negligent or reckless conduct of others.

Mr. Traulsen has successfully litigated numerous personal injury and wrongful death cases, including cases involving those injured or killed as the result of burns and explosions, commercial trucking and vehicle accidents, and other accidents.

Mr. Traulsen has received the highest client and Peer Review ratings from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arizona, the State Bar of Arizona, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. In addition, Mr. Traulsen serves as a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Mr. Traulsen is active in the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is a past national chair of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group and a frequent lecturer at their educational programs on Trucking Litigation. He has completed the AAJ’s Advance Trial Advocacy College – Litigating Truck Collision Cases and been selected as college faculty for that program.

While in law school, he served as the Legislative Review Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal and was awarded the Order of the Coif for his scholastic and professional achievements. Following graduation, he was selected as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Noel Fidel, an Arizona Court of Appeals judge.

I take seriously the trust that clients place in me and our firm when we are retained. Clients expect, and they deserve, nothing less than the complete measure of our ability in seeking to recover full and fair compensation for them.

I serve clients in some of the very difficult periods in their lives, often when they are severely injured or have suddenly lost a loved one. I understand the physical and emotional pain involved, as well as the practical ramifications such as client financial concerns. I and our firm help clients however we can in all aspects related to their claim, so that they can focus on healing and going forward with their lives.

In addition to practicing law, I have been an active volunteer in many nonprofit and community groups, ranging from the Arizona Hemophilia Association to victim’s advocacy groups to MADD to tutoring and summer camping programs for economically disadvantaged children.


  • Arizona, 1994
  • US. District Court, District of Arizona, 1995


  • J.D., cum laude, Arizona State University, 1994
  • B.S., Arizona State University, 1984


Professional Associations

  • AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
    • Past national chair
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA)
    • National Board Member
  • American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Volunteer Experience and Supported Organizations

  • Arizona Hemophilia Association
    • Past President of the Board of Directors
  • Safe Harbor Support, Inc.
    • Board of Directors
  • Camp Swift
    • Board of Directors
  • 100 Club
  • Volunteer for Victim's Advocacy Groups
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Tutoring