Victoria L Buchinger

Victoria L. Buchinger

Victoria L. Buchinger (formerly known as Orze) concentrates her practice in the areas of legal malpractice, professional liability defense, defense of lawyer disciplinary actions, and defense of consumer claims (including class actions) under the FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, and CFPB. Ms. Buchinger has extensive litigation experience representing clients in jury and bench trials, appearing in state and federal courts throughout Arizona as well as bankruptcy and appellate courts.

Ms. Buchinger provides clients with a depth of knowledge with respect to matters involving insurance coverage disputes, declaratory judgment actions, and claims-made and occurrence insurance policies. She provides risk management, ethics guidance, and claims prevention advice to private lawyers/law firms, government lawyers, and elected officials.

Ms. Buchinger is a former Claims Manager and General Counsel of Attorneys Liability Protection Society, Inc. (ALPS), A Risk Retention Group, in Montana. At ALPS, she was responsible for management of legal malpractice and employment practices claims, risk management and managing coverage litigation. As ALPS’ first general counsel, Ms. Buchinger handled the legal affairs of ALPS and its subsidiaries, and also led a team of professionals that demutualized the company.

Education & Credentials


Saginaw Valley State University

B.A., 1984

Arizona State University

J.D., 1987

Bar Admission

  • Arizona
  • Montana

Prominent Assignments

Represents municipalities in providing ethics advice and counsel on professional conduct issues.

Represented private law firms and government lawyers on ethics and insurance coverage disputes.

Represents insurance carriers with respect to claims made and occurrence policies, and provided risk management.

Professional Involvement

  • Arizona State Bar, Member 
  • Montana State Bar, Member 
  • Former Member, Arizona State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
  • Former Member, State Bar of Arizona Peer Review Committee
  • Former Member, State Bar of Arizona Fee Arbitration Committee


  • Presenter: Presenter: Hot Topics in Ethics - September 2015, Maricopa County Association of Paralegals
  • Presenter: Arizona Legal Malpractice Law - Handling Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims - June 2015, State Bar of Arizona CLE
  • Presenter: Avoiding Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims - May 2015 Yavapai County Bar Association
  • "A Lawyer’s Guide to Professional Liability Insurance,” which appeared in the September 2006 issue of Arizona Attorney.
  • “Love and Other Conflicts: Avoiding Personal Interest Conflicts of Interest and Managing the Inevitable Bad Fallout,” WestLegalEdcenter live audiocast, March 2011.
  • “Ethical Issues in Multiple Party Representation,” Lorman Education Services seminar, “Construction Claims in Arizona,” Phoenix, Arizona, April 2008.
  • “Ethical Rules Implicated by Multiple Client Representation, Aggregate Settlements, and Joint Defense Agreements,” Lorman Education Services seminar “Construction Defects and Insurance Coverage in Arizona,” Phoenix, Arizona, April 2007.
  • “Swimming with Sharks: Managing Ethical Duties Triggered by Multiple Client Representations, Joint Defense Agreements and Aggregate Settlements,” Defense Research Institute’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Litigation seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2005.
  • “Malpractice Insurance,” at the State Bar of Arizona Convention, 2004.
  • “Avoiding Trial Practice Malpractice,” at the State Bar of Arizona Convention, 2002.
  • Presentation to the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Presentation at the ABA-LPL Conference on Professional Responsibility.
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