William N. Poorten, III

William N. Poorten, III: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. AV stamp icon
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Biography

Bill Poorten's practice is concentrated in the area of commercial litigation, including common carrier liability, probate and trust litigation, real estate, easement and title disputes, construction, architect and engineer liability, issues related to real estate development, environmental, natural resources, and securities. He has experience before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, in AAA, NASD and NYSE arbitrations, and in both state (Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) and federal court (Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas), including jury trial and appellate practice.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Common carriers have their day in court, Author, BUSRide Magazine (February 2016)
• Fundamental of Construction Law in Arizona, Sterling Education Services (March 2004)
• Construction Management/Design-Build in Arizona, Lorman Education Services (Feb. 2001) (May 2002)
• Summary of Arizona Lien and Bond Law, Arizona Institute of Credit (Feb. 2000)
• Overview of Consultation and the Enforcement Process Under the ESA, U.S. Home Corp., MOLD Retreat (April 1999)
•Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Forum, The Metropolitan Pima Alliance (Feb. 1998)
• Registrar of Contractors: Structure, Regulation and Adjudication, State Bar of Arizona (Spring 1997)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Gold 'n Gavel Star for 1985, ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (2017)
•Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education (2014)
•fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2017)
•The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Construction Law, Real Estate Litigation (2007-2019)
•Tucson Lawyer of the Year, Construction Litigation (2014)
•Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Community Involvement

•Legal Community Against Hunger, Committee Member (2008-2014)
•Arizona Access to Justice Forum, Tucson, AZ (2014)
•Fox Tucson Theatre, Board of Directors (2012-2013)
•Citizens for Accountability for Regional Transportation Committee (2005-present)
•Educational Enrichment Foundation, Board of Directors (2009)
•KXCI (Foundation for Creative Broadcasting)
•Board of Directors (2002-2005, 2014-present)
•Treasurer (2014)
•Vice President (2005)
•Asthma Foundation of Southern Arizona
•Board of Directors, Secretary and Treasurer (1994-2005)
•Tucson Blues Society
•Board of Directors (1995-1999)
•Vice President (1997-1999)
•Festival Director (1999)
•Snell & Wilmer, Community Leadership Award (2004)
•Snell & Wilmer, Outstanding Mentor (2000-2002), Mentor Hall of Fame (2002)
•State Bar of Arizona, Top Pro Bono Attorney (2007, 2014)
•Volunteer Lawyers Program, Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (October 2004, December 2010)

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

Nov 08
Three Snell & Wilmer Partners Recognized as Gold 'n Gavel Stars for Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law 50th Anniversary

Sep 19
Snell & Wilmer Partner William N. Poorten, III Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers

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

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”

Feb 01
Common carriers have their day in court BUSRide Magazine

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”

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

May 06
Snell & Wilmer Partner William Poorten Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates Membership

Apr 25
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Names Three Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as 2014 Top Pro Bono Attorneys

Sep 09
Best Lawyers in America Names Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year”

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

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Mar 09
Snell & Wilmer Successfully Overturns a Century-Old Standard of Care for Common Carriers in Arizona

Sep 06
The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 29
Snell & Wilmer Congratulates its 99 Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011

Oct 21
Ninety-Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2011

Aug 01
Ninety-Eight Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2010

Related Publications

Dec 05
Under Construction - December 2013

May 05
Legal Alert: New Wetlands Guidance Means More Projects will Require Permits

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Government Contracting and Procurement
  • Real Estate Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
520.882.1226  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981 Phi Beta Kappa
Law School Attended:
Arizona State University, College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985
Year of First Admission:
1986
Admission:
United States District Court, District of Arizona; Supreme Court of New York; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Arizona; New York; United States Supreme Court; Supreme Court of Arizona
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•American College of Trial Lawyers (2017)
•The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (2014)
•American Bar Association
•Tort and Insurance Practice Section
•Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review (2003-2008)
•Federal Bar Association
•Morris K. Udall Inn of Court (2003-2007)
•Past President (2007)
•Treasurer (2004-2006)
•Pima County Bar Association
•Chairman Rules Committee (2002)
•State Bar of Arizona
•Construction Section
•Trial Practice Section
•Volunteer Bar Counsel
•Tucson Defense Bar Association
•The Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association
•Volunteer Lawyer Program (1985-present)

Birth Information:
Buffalo, New York, April 3, 1955
Reported Cases:
Representative Litigation: Recent Key Appellate Litigation Nunez v. Professional Transit Management of Tucson, Inc. (Feb. 2012) - Arizona Supreme Court held that in Arizona, common carriers are held to a duty of reasonable care and not the highest degree of care practicable. Education Arizona State University, College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1985); State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., magna cum laude, 1981) Phi Beta Kappa Professional Memberships and Activities American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section; The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (2014); Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review (2003-2008); Federal Bar Association; Morris K. Udall Inn of Court (2003-2007) Past President (2007); Treasurer (2004-2006); Pima County Bar Association Chairman Rules Committee (2002); State Bar of Arizona Construction Section; Trial Practice Section; Volunteer Bar Counsel; Tucson Defense Bar Association; The Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association; Volunteer Lawyer Program (1985-present) Representative Presentations and Publications Fundamental of Construction Law in Arizona, Sterling Education Services (March 2004); Construction Management/Design-Build in Arizona, Lorman Education Services (Feb. 2001) (May 2002); Summary of Arizona Lien and Bond Law, Arizona Institute of Credit (Feb. 2000); Overview of Consultation and the Enforcement Process Under the ESA, U.S. Home Corp., MOLD Retreat (April 1999); Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Forum, The Metropolitan Pima Alliance (Feb. 1998); Registrar of Contractors: Structure, Regulation and Adjudication, State Bar of Arizona (Spring 1997)
ISLN:
904365526

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