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I concentrate my practice on education law, and represent public school districts throughout Arizona.  My practice is focused on student discipline, employee discipline, IDEA compliance and hearings, IDEA appeals, as well as general advice for school districts. 


I was a commercial litigator for 16 years before I began representing school districts.  I have conducted jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative judicial bodies.


I have been practicing since 1996. I am admitted to practice before the Arizona, Illinois and Michigan state courts, and numerous federal courts.


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Practice areas


  1. Education: 80%
    4 years
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
    20 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    16 years


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Anthony William Contente-Cuomo

    Erin is a skilled litigator and negotiator who I reach out to with my education law litigation needs. Erin is practical, determined, and definitely who you want in your corner during a tough negotiation. I strongly recommend any and all in need of a top notch litigator to seek out Erin.


    Anthony Contente-Cuomo Education Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    I had the privilege of working on a litigation team with Erin for several years. I know from firsthand experience that she is a skilled and resourceful litigator. I fully endorse Erin.


    Larry Dunn Landlord-tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Udall Shumway PLC

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

Udall Shumway PLC

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



AZActive 200503/30/2016
ILVoluntarily Inactive200005/17/2016
MIVoluntary Inactive199605/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
2012 Top Law Firms (21 attys or fewer)Lexis-Nexis Martindale Hubbell2012
Top 10 Law Firm (24 attys or fewer)Arizona Business Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerUdall Shumway PLC2006 - Present
AssociateEngelman Berger, PC2005 - 2006
AssociateAsperger Caraher, LLC2004 - 2004
AssociateHedlund Hanley, LLC2000 - 2004
AssociateWalz Warba, PC1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of ArizonaMember2005 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Joseph Painting Co. Inc. v. Larson Engineering IncEngineer was responsible for defective floor
Grundemann v. Paradise Valley Unified School DistrictFederal District court granted summery judgment to School District on all counts; now pending in 9th Circuit
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Publication nameTitleDate
Udall Shumway BlogEducation Evaluation Requests2015
Udall Shumway BlogShould the School Attorney Be Present at IEP Meetings?2015
Udall Shumway BlogBullying and Education Law2015
Udall Shumway BlogSame Sex Classes and Extra-Curricular Activities2015
Udall Shumway BlogAdvice from the US Dept. of Education on Immigrant Students2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of MichiganN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sizzlin' Summer Law ConferenceStudent Discipline2015
ASBA Annual Law ConferenceStudent Discipline - Zero Tolerance Policies2014
1st Annual Charter School Special Education ConferenceDue Process Hearings2013