Barbara J. Dawson

Barbara J. Dawson: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. AV stamp icon
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Biography

Barb Dawson is a senior litigation and investigations partner. She serves on the firm’s elected five-person Executive Committee and three-person Compensation Committee. She also has led the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group and its International Practice Group.

Barb’s practice concentrates on assisting Fortune 500 businesses and boards of directors with internal investigations, complex litigation and regulatory compliance, and Best Lawyers in America recognized her as 2018 Phoenix Lawyer of the Year for Regulatory Enforcement Litigation. Barb assists companies when legal challenges arise from government action, shareholder, consumer and whistle-blower claims, and other circumstances involving business-threatening conflict and crisis management. She has deep industry experience with several highly regulated business sectors, including financial services, energy, government contracting and technology.

On a national basis, Barb currently serves as the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation chair-elect and will chair the Section in 2019-2020. She recently served as one of 16 members of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary that vets and rates federal judicial candidates for the United States Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal and District Courts.

On an international basis, Barb has served as chair of the Board of Directors for Lex Mundi, an international affiliation of 160 independent law firms located in 100 countries. She frequently assists clients with matters involving non-U.S. parties and venues, international compliance issues and cross-border investigations. Her experience has included legal engagements, law-related presentations, projects and board of directors’ duties on six continents including the non-U.S. venues of China, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Barbados, Costa Rica, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, England, France, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, Estonia, Czech Republic, Russia, Austria, Ghana and Nigeria.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Ethics in Litigation, Guest Presenter, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (2018)
• Internal Investigations - Current Developments, Presenter (2017)
• Counsel on the Hot Seat: Managing Internal Investigations, Co-Author and Presenter, Snell & Wilmer Corporate Counsel Forum (2017)
• Seeking Success in International Mediation, Author, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 18-19 (Winter 2016)
•Global Symposium, Lex Mundi/ACC Arizona Chapter/Snell & Wilmer, Program Chair (2011, 2013, 2016)
• War Stories and Lessons Learned, Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association (2015)
• Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations, Co-Author and Moderator, Snell & Wilmer Corporate Counsel Forum (2015)
• If I Knew Then What I Know Now - Tips From Proven Leaders, American Bar Association Section of Litigation (2014)
• In Government's Shoes: The Continuing Force Behind the False Claims Act & Qui Tam Complaints, Co-Author, Arizona Attorney (March 2014)
• Standing in the Shoes of the Government - The Rise of Qui Tam Litigation, Snell & Wilmer Corporate Counsel Forum (2013)
• Ethics in Merger & Acquisitions: A Review of Best Practices from Pre- and Post-Closing, Presenter, ACC Arizona Chapter (2013)
• Lex Mundi/ACC Southeastern Global Symposium, Moderator (2013)
• Disclosing and Reserving for Loss Contingencies, Presenter (2013)
• Litigation Management in Evolving Times, Moderator, ACC Utah Chapter (2012)
• Commercial Litigation Funding & Investment 2012, Presenter, New York Digital Sandbox (2012)
• Discovering Risks for Non-US Entities: Adapting to US Rules of Engagement, Chapter Co-Author, Inside the Minds: Complying with International Discovery Regulations; Leading Lawyers on Understanding Rules for Discovery in Foreign Countries, Aspatore Books (2012)
• Controlling Costs in Litigation and Arbitration Around the World, Panel Chair, ACC New York Chapter/Lex Mundi (2011)
Dukes v. Wal-Mart & AT&T v. Concepcion: Strategies for Avoiding Class & Collective Actions, Presenter, ACC Arizona Chapter (2011)
•Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Faculty, Lex Mundi Institute (2011-present)
• Valuing Litigation: Lessons Learned from Collaboration, Co-Author, ACC Docket, 127-131 (2011)
• Attorney-Client Privilege: The Implications of Bevill and United States v. Graf for Corporate Counsel and Personnel, Presenter, ACC Arizona Chapter (2011)
• Risk Factors for the Away Team in U.S. Litigation, Co-Author with Dr. Martin Wagener, ACC Docket, pp. 25-28 (2010)
• Bringing Value to Litigation, Co-Chair, ABA Section of Litigation/ACC, Valuing Litigation Symposium (2010)
• Update on Internal Investigations and Related Cross Border Litigation, Program Chair, Lex Mundi Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution North America Regional Meeting (2010)
• The Anatomy of the Director-Led Investigation and the Role of Special Counsel to the Board, Co-Author with Joseph Adams and Andreea V. Micklis, Snell & Wilmer Financial Services Litigation Bulletin (2010)
• Unclaimed Property: Understanding and Navigating this Trap for the Unwary, Presenter, Arizona Tax Executives Institute (2010)
• Ethical Issues in Internal Investigations, Presenter, ACC Ethics Series (2009)
• Unchartered Waters: Ten Considerations to Crafting the International Mediation Clause, Co-Author with Mark Rogers, ACC Docket, 78-85 (2008)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial (2014-2018)
•The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Securities Litigation (2008-2019); Arbitration (2014-2019)
•Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (2018)
•Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, AZ Business Magazine (2014-2019)
•Southwest Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2007-2018)
•Top 25 Female Lawyers in Arizona (2014, 2016-2018)
•Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star - Arizona, Antitrust, General Commercial (2013, 2016-2018)
•Who's Who Legal, Commercial Litigation (2008-2018)
•Maricopa County Bar Association, Hall of Fame Inductee (2018)
•Outstanding Women in Business, Phoenix Business Journal (2016)
• Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Snell & Wilmer's Barb Dawson, Feature Article, Law360 (February 21, 2014)
•Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education (2013)
• Barb Dawson: Winning Cases and Leading Lawyers in and from the Valley of the Sun, Of Counsel Interview: Vol. 31, Iss. 11 (November 2012)
•ATHENA Award, Business Woman of the Year, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (2009)
•Phoenix Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Award
•Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Lawyers Program

Community Involvement

•Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
•Sponsor (2004-present)
•Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (2006-present)
•Chair (2009-2010)
•Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations
•Board of Directors (2012-2015)
•Advisory Board Member (2015-present)
•Valley Leadership Class XVI
•XICO
•Board of Directors (2012-2016)
•Program Committee Member (2015-present)

Related News & Events

Mar 15
AZ Business Magazine Selects Five Snell & Wilmer Attorneys for Inclusion in the Annual 2019 Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona Publication

Sep 28
The Maricopa County Bar Association Inducts Phoenix Partner Barbara J. Dawson into Hall of Fame

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

May 03
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 46 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 24
Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in its 2018 Rankings

Mar 26
Five Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona Publication by AZ Business Magazine

Oct 10
Snell & Wilmer and its Attorneys Recognized in the 2018 Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

May 31
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 43 Attorneys

Apr 12
Southwest Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Apr 04
AZ Business Magazine Selects Six Snell & Wilmer Attorneys for Inclusion in the Annual 2017 Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona Publication

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”

May 27
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys

May 25
Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Recognized by Who’s Who in Business 2016: Arizona’s Best

Apr 11
Southwest Super Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Apr 04
Phoenix Business Journal Honors Barbara J. Dawson Among “Outstanding Women in Business”

Oct 12
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2016 Rankings

Sep 01
Who’s Who Legal Ranks Multiple Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in Various Categories

Aug 17
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”

May 19
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 10
Southwest Super Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Nov 14
Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2014 Recognizes Four Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 18
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 12
ABA President Appoints Barbara Dawson to The Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary

May 23
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 38 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Mar 20
In Government's Shoes: The Continuing Force Behind the False Claims Act & Qui Tam Complaints Arizona Attorney Magazine

Feb 24
Law360 Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Snell & Wilmer Partner Barb Dawson

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 14
Four Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named in the 2013 International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators

Aug 12
Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List

Related Publications

Mar 07
Financial Services Litigation Bulletin - March 2012 The Arizona Court of Appeals Expands Anti-Deficiency Protection for Borrowers The Arizona Court of Appeals Expands Anti-Deficiency Protection for Borrowers

Dec 06
Financial Services Litigation Bulletin - December 2011 Lenders Not Required to Record Trust Deed Assignments, says the Arizona Supreme Court Lenders Not Required to Record Trust Deed Assignments, says the Arizona Supreme Court

Oct 03
Financial Services Litigation Bulletin - October 2011 Foreclosing Lenders Beware Foreclosing Lenders Beware

Sep 13
Financial Services Litigation Bulletin - September 13, 2011 Schayes Shows the Way: Federal District Court for the District of Arizona Holds That Notice of Trustee's Sales and Substitutions of Trustees are Not Actionable Under A.R.S. 33-420. Schayes Shows the Way: Federal District Court for the District of Arizona Holds That Notice of Trustee's Sales and Substitutions of Trustees are Not Actionable Under A.R.S. 33-420.

Oct 20
Financial Services Litigation Bulletin-October 2010 The Anatomy of the Director-Led Investigation and the Role of Special Counsel to the Board and Arizona Cracks Down on 'Foreclosure Consultants' The Anatomy of the Director-Led Investigation and the Role of Special Counsel to the Board and Arizona Cracks Down on 'Foreclosure Consultants'

Mar 09
Financial Services Litigation Bulletin-March 2010 Amendment to Electronic Fund Transfer Act Restricts Overdraft Fees Effective January 19, 2010 With Mandatory Compliance Date of July 1, 2010 Amendment to Electronic Fund Transfer Act Restricts Overdraft Fees Effective January 19, 2010 With Mandatory Compliance Date of July 1, 2010

Feb 11
Global Connection - February 2010

Feb 05
Financial Services Litigation Bulletin-February 2010 SEC Approves New Rule Amendments Designed to Protect Client Assets Held by Investment Advisers SEC Approves New Rule Amendments Designed to Protect Client Assets Held by Investment Advisers

Nov 19
Financial Services Litigation Bulletin-November 2009 Nevada Implements Residential Foreclosure Mediation Program Nevada Implements Residential Foreclosure Mediation Program

Jul 06
Global Connection - July 2009

(2004-present)

•Arizona Tax Research Association

•Board of Directors, Member (2000-present)

•International Bar Association, Member (2004-present)

•Annual Meeting, Program Co-Chair (2006)

•Lex Mundi

•Board of Directors, Chair (2009-2010), Member (2006-2011)

•Global Program Committee, Member (2011-present)

•Dispute Resolution Committee, North American Chair (2008-2009)

•Diversity Taskforce Coordinator (2005-2010)

•Women and the Law Committee, Chair (2003-2005)

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • False Claims Act
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Gaming
  • Internal Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
  • International
  • SEC Reporting and Corporate Governance
  • Tax Controversy and Litigation
  • Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Protection

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6235  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
Iowa State University, B.S., 1985
Law School Attended:
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1988; Senior Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Corporation Law, 1987-1988
Year of First Admission:
1988
Admission:
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District and Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia; United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States Tax Court; Supreme Court of Arizona
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
•Chair-elect (present)
•Member of Leadership (1998-present)
•American Bar Association, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (2014-2017)
•American Bar Foundation (2005-present)
•Arizona Bar Association
•Access to Justice Taskforce (2015)
•State Bar Convention Committee, Co-Chair (2006)
•Legal Services Committee (1991-1997), Chair (1993-1995)
•Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
•Board of Directors (1998-2005), Chair (2004), fellow (2004-present)
•Arizona Tax Research Association
•Board of Directors (2000-2014)
•International Bar Association (2004-present)
•Lex Mundi
•Board of Directors (2006-2011), Chair (2009-2010)
•Global Program Committee (2011-2016)
•Dispute Resolution Committee, Chair (2008-2009)
•Diversity Taskforce Coordinator (2005-2010)
•Women and the Law Committee, Chair (2003-2005)

Birth Information:
Iowa City, Iowa, February 18, 1963
ISLN:
907973667

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Lex Mundi

Phoenix, Arizona

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