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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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating||Martindale Hubbell||2015|
|2011 Top Lawyers List (Commercial Litigation)||Arizona Business Magazine||2011|
|Top Lawyers||Arizona Business Magazine||2008|
|Shareholder||Udall Shumway PLC||1998 - Present|
|Shareholder||Jackson White, PC||1996 - 1998|
|Shareholder||Kempton Jarvis Decker Jenkins & Walker||1988 - 1996|
|Shareholder||Wright & Decker, PC||1982 - 1988|
|Attorney||Wentworth & Lundin||1978 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Mesa Rotary Club||N/A||2000 - Present|
|J. Reuben Clark Law Society||N/A||1978 - Present|
|Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Arizona State University||Accounting||BS - Bachelor of Science||1975|