Mr. Bonnett has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona since 1973 and the Colorado Bar Association since 1997. He has represented a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, regional enterprises, non-profit organizations, professionals and other individuals. In addition to rendering advice on general corporate and business law matters, he has handled a large variety of claims and disputes – through mediation, arbitration and litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He has a great deal of experience in the antitrust laws, contracting and construction law, securities laws, the Uniform Commercial Code, franchising law, professional liability law (for architects/engineers, lawyers, real estate brokers and investment advisors), and general business tort law.
Mr. Bonnett is a member of the American Bar Association (Sections of Litigation (Alternate Dispute Resolution, Construction and Professional Liability), Business Law, and Law Practice Management); State Bar of Arizona; Colorado Bar Association; Maricopa County Bar Association; and Southwestern Colorado Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Arizona and Colorado as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and the United States Tax Court. He has also been admitted on a pro hac vice basis in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California.
Mr. Bonnett received a B.S. degree in engineering, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois in 1969. He received a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University Law School in 1973, where he was Articles Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal. In 1973 and 1974, he was a teaching fellow at the University of Illinois College of Law and was awarded an LL.M. degree from that university in 1974.
Mr. Bonnett has published several articles in legal periodicals, such as the Arizona State University Law Journal and the Arizona Bar Journal. He has served from time to time, by invitation, as a Judge Pro Tem of Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. He has also served as an arbitrator and as a mediator. Mr. Bonnett is a founding member of Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint. Before then, he practiced with a large Phoenix law firm for ten and a half years and was a partner in that firm.
Mr. Bonnett has been a member of The American Law Institute since 1992. The American Law Institute’s membership consists of judges, practicing lawyers, and legal scholars from all areas of the United States as well as some foreign countries, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law.
Mr. Bonnett was selected a Super Lawyer of the Southwest in 2009, and has been so selected every year since then. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process employs a rigorous, multiphase process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Mr. Bonnett was recognized, along with Messrs. Friedman, Balint and Bunch, as a “litigation star” in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Plaintiff, the Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms and Attorneys, and Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C. was a “highly recommended” litigation firm in Arizona.
Neither The American Law Institute, nor Super Lawyers, nor Benchmark Plaintiff is affiliated with, or regulated by, the Arizona or Colorado Bar Associations.
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I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. Having worked directly with Jerry Bonnett as an associate for almost four years, I can say without reservation that his ability to define, disect and resolve legal issues is unparalleled. A passionate advocate for his clients, Jerry effectively represents all people and personalities, aided by his quick wit, encyclopedic knowledge of the law and literature, and dry humor. Jerry never ceases in attempting to perfect his craft, taking great care to ensure that his legal writing and argument presentation, as well as that of his assisting lawyers, clearly and effectively express the position of the client so that the court may render the correct opinion in his clients' favor. I repeatedly refer my clients with complex civil and commercial issues to Mr. Bonnett and his firm.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Litigation Star||Benchmark Plaintiff||2013|
|Super Lawyer of the Southwest||SuperLawyers||2009|
|Member||American Law Institute||1992|
|Attorney||Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint Pc||1984 - Present|
|Attorney||Evans, Kitchel & Jenckes, P.C.||1974 - 1984|
|1800 Ocotillo, LLC v. WLB Group, Inc.,196 P.2d 222 (Ariz. 2008)||Limitation of liability not against Arizona public policy.|
|Momot v. Mastro, 652 F.3d 982 (9th Cir. 2011).||Ninth Circuit reversed and ordered arbitration to proceed in Arizona.|
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|University of Illinois College of Law||Law||LL.M - Master of Laws||1974|
|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1973|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1969|