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Partner and Chair of Snell & Wilmer's Emerging Business Group.

Brian Burt advises entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in all stages of development, from formation to liquidity. He also represents banks, financial services companies, private investors, and venture capital funds.

Brian has extensive experience in corporate organization, reorganization and governance; private equity and debt financing; shareholder/owner relations, buyouts and disputes; employment and consulting agreements; employee incentive programs; general contract negotiation; supplier/manufacturing agreements; securities regulation; technology transfer and licensing; joint ventures and strategic alliances; corporate asset protection and succession planning; and mergers and acquisitions.

Brian represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including banking and financial services, biotechnology, capital investment, consumer products and services, education, entertainment/media, healthcare, high tech, Internet, manufacturing, marketing/public relations, medical device, nutraceuticals, outdoor, professional services, real estate development, renewable energy, and software and information technology.

Having previously founded, capitalized and run his own company, Brian brings a unique "real-world" perspective to his business practice.


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  1. Business: 100%
    17 years



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Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Paul E Deloughery

    I endorse this lawyer. Brian is very detail-oriented while also being able to see the big picture. He has assisted me in my own contract negotiations and disputes. One of these involved a complex international business sale that required consulting with Italian attorneys and accountants. He is very accessible and easy to deal with.


    Paul Deloughery Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

400 E Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ, 85004-2202

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

One Arizona Center
400 E Van Buren
Phoeniz, AZ, 85004-2202



AZActive 200405/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)The Best Lawyers in America®2016
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)The Best Lawyers in America®2015
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest Lawyers2014
Rising Stars Edition, Business/CorporateSouthwest Super Lawyers®2013
Rising Stars Edition, Business/CorporateSouthwest Super Lawyers®2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner and Chair of Emerging Business GroupSnell & Wilmer L.L.P.2004 - Present
AssociateCohen & Grigsby, PC2001 - 2004
Founder, President & CEOMyLegalProblem, Inc.2000 - 2003
AssociateReed Smith1998 - 1999
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Human Services Campus, Inc.Board of Directors; Board Secretary2011 - Present
PBS Eight/KAET TVACE Corp Subcommittee2010 - 2012
Boy Scouts of AmericaDen Leader; Eagle Scout2009 - 2012
Invest Southwest Capital ConferenceExecutive Committee; former Chair Selection and Mentoring Teams2009 - Present
Valley Leadership, Class XXXN/A2008 - 2009
Better Business Bureau of Central, Northern & Western ArizonaBoard of Directors; Board Chair; Executive Committee2008 - Present
Accelerator ArizonaN/A2008 - Present
Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)N/A2006 - Present
Volunteer Lawyers ProgramN/A2005 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2004 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Junior AchievementHigh School Economics and Business Ethics InstructorN/A
Thunderbird Global Entrepreneurship IncubatorN/AN/A
Volunteer Lawyers ProgramN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Represented injection molding company in its $140 million sale to a publicly traded strategic buyerTransaction closed
Represented Forbes Top 25 private company in its $32.5 million acquisition of a supermarket chainTransaction closed
Represented nutraceutical company in its $24 million sale to a public Canadian health and nutrition companyTransaction closed
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Allegheny CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Allegheny CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Thunderbird Global Private Equity CenterWhat To Expect When Raising Capital2010
Snell & Wilmer ProgramPartnering With A Purpose - How To Get The Edge On Public Construction Projects2010
Entrepreneurs' OrganizationTaking Your Company Public2010
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesHow To Sell Your Company2010
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesHow To Prepare Your Company For Sale2010
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesHow (and Why) To Create A Corporate Succession Plan2010
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesHow To Form Joint Ventures2010
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesHow (and Why) To Prepare A Shareholders Agreement2010
Arizona Technology Council – CEO NetworkHow To Raise Capital2010
Arizona Technology CouncilKey Legal Issues in Financing and Sale Transactions2010
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of CommerceA Solid Foundation for Business Success and Growth - Empowerment Series Seminar2010
Arizona Angels Office HoursMotivating Your Employees2010
Arizona Angels Office HoursStarting A New Business2010
State Bar of Arizona and Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants Joint Educational ProgramHow to Counsel Companies Looking to Secure (and Retain) Financing in Today's Market2009
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesHow To Start A New Business2009
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesHow To Motivate Your Employees...While Protecting Your Company2009
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesHow To Raise Capital In Today's Market2009
Emerging Business Seminar SeriesWeathering The Economic Storm2009
Arizona Technology CouncilProtecting and Enhancing the Value of Your Company2009
American Bar Association Middle Market & Small Business Committee Winter MeetingWhat Start-Ups Should Know (and How To Tell Them) About Funding2009
Accelerator ArizonaMotivate Your Employees ... While Protecting Your Business2009
Thunderbird School of Global ManagementCritical Domestic and International Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs and ManagersN/A