His practice focuses on resolution of business, construction and other commercial disputes in litigation, arbitration and in other venues, and on appeal. He has served as lead trial counsel in over 40 trials, arbitrations and evidentiary hearings for injunctive relief, appointment of a receiver, imposition of a constructive trust, and other relief. He has also briefed and argued over two dozen appeals for public and private sector clients. He has appeared in courts in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, Colorado, New York, Texas, Indiana and Louisiana.
•Representing businesses, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, as well as shareholders, members, partners and individuals in contract, purchase and sale, distribution and franchise disputes, stock valuation disputes, oppressed shareholder and other corporate governance claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, fraud, securities fraud and other business torts, Lanham Act claims, arbitrations, and other litigation.
•Representing public and private owners, general contractors, major subcontractors and design professionals on public and private projects in contract drafting and negotiation, claims preparation, arbitration and trial of claims, surety claims, and design professional liability issues.
•Real Estate Litigation
•Representation of owners, developers, purchasers, sellers, ground lessees, and lenders in contract and tort litigation arising out of transactions. Representation of landlords and major tenants in commercial lease disputes. General real estate issues, including title disputes, contract and commission disputes and broker error and omissions.
Recognition & Leadership
Awards & Accolades
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Litigation - Construction; Litigation- Real Estate, 2005-2019
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2018
• Top 50 Attorneys in Arizona, 2009-2016 and 2018
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Real Estate - Litigation, 2017
•Listed, AZ Business Magazine, Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, 2015-2017, 2019
•Listed, AZ Business Leaders, Top Attorneys of Arizona, 2016, 2017
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Real Estate and Construction - Construction, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, 1994-2017
Professional & Community Involvement
•fellow, The American Bar Foundation
•Board Member, Barrow Neurological Foundation, 2006-Present
•Former Board Member, Greater Southwest Chapter, Arthritis Foundation
•Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Forum on the Construction Industry
•Former American Arbitration Association arbitrator. Served as both sole arbitrator and panelist in arbitration of multimillion-dollar disputes.
•Former General Counsel, Arizona Builders' Alliance
•Bar Counsel, State Bar of Arizona Disciplinary Commission, 1992-1998
•National Institute of Trial Advocacy
•Faculty, Western Regional Seminar, Berkeley, California, 1988, 1989
•Director, In-house NITA Trial Skills Programs, 1990, 1992
•President, Notre Dame Club of Phoenix, 1998-2000
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