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I  was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1978. After spending several years with a downtown Phoenix law firm,  I moved my practice to the suburbs, namely, Mesa, in 1981. My practice has regularly consisted of approximately 2/3 commercial litigation, and 1/3 representing and advising small and/or closely-held businesses in all aspects of commercial law and practice. Areas of special experience and expertise include Corporate/LLC & Other Business Organizations, Construction, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Real Estate (including Foreclosures), Contracts, Debtor/Creditor, Business Torts, Representation of Registered Professionals, Probate-Probate Avoidance and Probate Litigation.


I am proud of Arizona, its history, and its past development and am excited about Arizona’s future, its future growth and development, and its business opportunities. A fourth generation Arizonan on both paternal and maternal ancestral lines, I was born in Mesa in 1951, and raised in Phoenix, graduating from Cortez (Phoenix) High School and Arizona State University. Obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting (cum laude, ASU 1975), I was anxious to develop additional skills to represent and advise the owners of small and closely-held businesses. I attended Brigham Young University Law School, graduating with honors (cum laude 1978). While at Law School, I served on the Board of Editors of the prestigious BYU Law Review from 1976-78. My favorite areas of study in law school were Contracts, Advising Closely Held Businesses, Federal Taxation, Administrative Law, and Civil Procedure. My professional practice since graduation has incorporated my interests and successes in those same areas of specialty and emphasis.


I am licensed to practice in both Federal and State Courts in the State of Arizona as well and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have been a past Director of the East Valley Bar Association and a past Director of the Arizona Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, have been actively involved in community and youth programs, and am a member of the Mesa Rotary Club.


Regarding non-professional matters, I consider my greatest accomplishments in life to include my relationship with his wife, Carol; the successes of our ten adult children (and spouses); the joy of thirty-five-plus (and counting) grandchildren; and service in our church/religious activities and functions.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Construction & Development: 30%
  3. Commercial: 10%
  4. Appellate: 10%

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Udall Shumway PLC

1138 North Alma School Road
Suite 101
Mesa, AZ, 85201

Udall Shumway PLC

Phoenix Office (Tatum & Shea)
Phoenix, AZ, 85028



AZActive 197807/29/2015
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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatingMartindale Hubbell2015
2011 Top Lawyers List (Commercial Litigation)Arizona Business Magazine2011
Top LawyersArizona Business Magazine2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderUdall Shumway PLC1998 - Present
ShareholderJackson White, PC1996 - 1998
ShareholderKempton Jarvis Decker Jenkins & Walker1988 - 1996
ShareholderWright & Decker, PC1982 - 1988
AttorneyWentworth & Lundin1978 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mesa Rotary ClubN/A2000 - Present
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyN/A1978 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Arizona State UniversityAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1975