Don Bivens

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Biography

Don Bivens is a recent chair of the 55,000-member Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. He handles complex litigation of all types and corporate investigations. He has tried cases involving securities fraud, patent infringement, trade secrets, lender liability, environmental liability, professional negligence, officer and director liability, products liability, employment discrimination, real estate and construction matters, significant estate disputes, business torts, and class actions. Don leads internal investigations for corporations and special committees of corporate boards on a variety of issues. He also handles election law and government relations.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Arizona’s New Civil Rules, Speaker, Southern Conference of Chief Justices, Little Rock, Arkansas (May 2018)
• The District of Arizona’s Federal Civil Rules Pilot Program, Panelist, Tucson Federal Bar Association (April 2018)
• Arizona’s New Civil Rules, Speaker, Arizona Supreme Court Civil Summit, Phoenix (January 2018)
• Arizona's New Civil Rules: What Every Lawyer Needs To Know, Author, Arizona Attorney (December 2017)
• Arizona’s New Civil Rules, Speaker, State Bar of Arizona, Tucson (December 2017)
• Advances in Civil Justice Reform, Speaker, National Association of Presiding Court Officers Meeting (September 26, 2017)
• Arizona’s New Civil Rules, Speaker, Western Conference of Chief Justices, Park City, Utah (May 2017)
• Our Members Share Their Secrets for Success, Author, American Bar Association's Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Summer 2014)
• Fourteen Tips to Make You a Better Litigator, Author, American Bar Association's Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Spring 2014)
• Watergate Inspires After 40 Years, Author, American Bar Association's Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 2 (Winter 2014)
• Five Traits of the Best Lawyers I Know, Author, American Bar Association's Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Fall 2013)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award (2017)
•Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial (2010-2018)
•The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2001-2019); Banking & Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities Litigation (2012-2019)
•Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Banking & Finance Litigation (2015, 2017)
•Southwest Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2007-2018)
•Top 50 in Arizona (2010)
•Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star - Arizona, Intellectual Property, Antitrust, General Commercial, Professional Liability (2013, 2016-2018)
•Who's Who Legal, Commercial Litigation (2014-2017)
•Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame (2014)
•Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
•Arizona's Finest Lawyers
•Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona

Community Involvement

•Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, Church Attorney (2005-present)
•St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, Senior Warden (2002-2005)
•Arizona Democratic Party, Chair (2007-2011)

Other Professional Experience

•Bivens & Nore, P.A., Partner
•Meyer Hendricks & Bivens, P.A., Partner

Related News & Events

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

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

Jun 23
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education Honors Don Bivens with the Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award

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

Oct 05
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2017 Rankings

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

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

Jan 19
Arizona Chief Justice Scott Bales Appoints Don Bivens as Chair of Statewide Committee on Civil Justice Reform

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

Jun 24
Our Members Share Their Secrets for Success American Bar Association's Litigation

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

Apr 17
Fourteen Tips to Make You a Better Litigator American Bar Association's Litigation

Mar 31
Snell & Wilmer Plays Key Role in ABA Section of Litigation Conference in Arizona

Mar 04
Watergate Inspires After 40 Years American Bar Association's Litigation

Nov 01
Five Traits of the Best Lawyers I Know Litigation

Oct 30
Don Bivens Inducted Into Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame

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
Snell & Wilmer Partner Don Bivens Elected Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation

Related Publications

Oct 03
Forbes: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Nationally Recognized for Commercial Litigation

Jun 15
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2007

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Auditor and Accountant Defense
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional and Political Litigation
  • Election
  • Internal Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Professional Licensure
  • Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Protection

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6549  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
Yale University, B.A., English, magna cum laude, Departmental Honors in English, 1974
Law School Attended:
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., Note and Comment Editor, Texas Law Review, Order of the Barristers, First Place, Mock Trial Competition, Consul, Student Leadership Award, 1977
Year of First Admission:
1977
Admission:
United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States Supreme Court; Arizona; Supreme Court of Arizona; United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•Supreme Court of Arizona, Civil Justice Reform Committee, Chair (2016-2017)
•American Law Institute (2007-present)
•Western States Bar Conference, Past President
•State Bar of Arizona, Past President
•Maricopa County Bar Association, Past President
•Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Founding President
•American Bar Association
•Board of Governors (2007-2010)
•Board Operations Committee, Chair (2009-2010)
•Board Executive Committee (2009-2010)
•House of Delegates (1999-2010, 2014-present)
•Section of Litigation Delegate (2014-present)
•Arizona State Delegate (1999-2007)
•Rules and Calendar Committee (2000-2004)
•Chair (2002-2004)
•Litigation Section, Chair (2013-2014)
•Standing Committee on Independence of the Judiciary (2006-2008)
•Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (2004-2006)
•Standing Committee on Technology, Chair (1999-2002)
•Standing Committee on Bar Activities (1999-2000)
•Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
•Arizona Chair (2006-2008)
•Life Member
•Arizona Equal Justice Campaign, Co-Chair (2001-2006)
•Arizona Lawyer Representatives to 9th Circuit Judicial Conference (1999-2001)
•Chair (2000-2001)
•City of Phoenix Public Defender Review Committee, Chair (1984-1989)

Birth Information:
Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 5, 1952
ISLN:
909007582

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