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My law practice focuses on construction law, business and corporate law, and real estate law. In the community, I have been actively involved with Arizona Town Hall, which was formed in 1962 to establish, through research and discussion, an ever-increasing body of Arizona citizens that are well-informed on the many facets of the state’s economic, cultural and social life.

My construction industry leadership includes serving on the board of directors of the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona. Since 2012, I have been recognized as one of the “Top Lawyers” in construction litigation by Arizona Business, “People to Know in Commercial Real Estate” by AZRE, and “Top Valley Lawyers” in construction and development by North Valley Magazine.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    13 years
  2. Construction: 50%
    13 years

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Contact info

Sacks Tierney, PA

4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
4th Floor
Scottsdale, AZ, 85251


AZActive 200307/07/2016
DCInactive 200505/27/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSouthwest Super Lawyers2014
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest Lawyers2013
Top Valley Lawyers of 2013 - Construction/DevelopmentNorth Valley Magazine2013
People to Know in Commerical Real Estate - Up and ComerAZRE Magazine2013
Rising StarSouthwest Super Lawyers2013
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2013
ArizonaTop Lawyer's List -Construction LitigationArizona Business Magazine2013
Ranking Arizona's Top Lawyer List - Construction LitigationRanking Arizona2013
NITA AdvocateNational Institute for Trial Advocacy2013
Top Valley Lawyers of 2012 - Construction/DevelopmentNorth Valley Magazine2012
2011 - 2012 Outstanding New MemberAmerican Subcontractors Association of Arizona2012
Rising StarSouthwest Super Lawyers2012
ArizonaTop Lawyer's List -Construction LitigationArizona Business Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderSacks Tierney, PA2013 - Present
PartnerAndante Law Group of Daniel E. Garrison, PLLC2010 - 2013
AssociateLewis & Roca2007 - 2010
AssociateEkmark & Ekmark2006 - 2007
AssociateStinson Morrison Hecker2005 - 2006
AssociateKoeller Nebeker Carlson & Haluck, LLP2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Construction Financial Management Association – Valley of the Sun ChapterMember2013 - Present
Project Rising PhoenixChairman2013 - Present
American Subcontractors Association of ArizonaMember of Board of Directors and Legal Counsel2013 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association, Litigation SectionChair2013 - Present
Arizona Energy ConsortiumMember2012 - Present
Arizona Registrar of Contractors Industry Advisory CouncilMember2011 - Present
American Subcontractors Association of ArizonaMember of Attorneys' Council and Government Affairs Subcommittee2011 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2010 - Present
State Bar of Arizona, Construction Law SectionExecutive Council - Member at Large2009 - Present
Grand Canyon Council Alumni Association (Boy Scouts)Member2007 - Present
Arizona Town HallMember2004 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association, Litigation SectionVice Chair2012 - 2012
Xavier College Prepatory High SchoolVolunteer Attorney Coach2008 - 2012
Publication nameTitleDate
Arizona AttorneyContractors Beware: Major Changes in the ROC Complaint Process2014
Sacks Tierney Client NewsletterU.S. Department of Labor Offers Incentives to Self-Report Worker Misclassification2014
Sacks Tierney Client NewsletterEquitable Subrogation: Court Ruling Falls Short of a 'Bright Line' Rule2014
Sacks Tierney Client NewsletterMisclassifying Employees as 'Owners': Resist the Temptation2013
AZRE MagazineBaseline Thoughts on Public-Private Partnerships in Arizona2013
Sacks Tierney Client NewsletterMuch Ado About Sullivan: Construction Defects and the Economic Loss Rule2013
Sacks Tierney Client NewsletterROC Rules: Proposed Changes Affect Contractors2013
Sacks Tierney Client NewsletterPrompt Payment Act Does Not Apply to Contracts for Architectural Services, Court Rules2013
January 2012 American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, Inc.'s Subcontractors Update BulletinTechnical Deficiencies to a Preliminary Notice do not Invalidate a Mechanics' Lien2012
Volume 7 No. 5 - American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, Inc.'s Subcontractors Update BulletinTrustees are Deemed "Natural Persons" Under ARS 33-1002's Protection of Owner- Occupants from Certain Mechanics' Liens2011
Volume 7 No. 4 American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, Inc.'s Subcontractors Update BulletinArchitect Owes Implied Warranty Contractor2011
December 2011 American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, Inc.'s Subcontractors Update BulletinArizona Supreme Court Examines Question Involving Foreclosure Pursuant to Trustee's Sale2011
State Bar of Arizona, Construction Law Section NewsletterNew EPA Regulations Significantly Impact Storm Water Flow at Construction Sites2010
Channel 12 News and azcentral.comHOA Academies2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of ArizonaPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
University of ArizonaCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Maricopa County Bar AssociationWhat Do You Mean I'm the Arbitrator?2013
Arizona Builders AllianceLegal Roundtable2013
State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers DivisionPost-Judgment Collection Basics and Strategies2012
State Bar ConventionThe Benefits & Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media for Construction Clients and Attorneys2012
Residential Construction ForumHow To Minimize Exposure To Construction Defect Litigation2012
Half Moon SeminarsMaking Changes and Resolving Disputes During the Construction Process2012
Contract Study GroupAIA A401-2007 Subcontract - Termination, Work to be Performed and Substantial Completion2012
Coconino County Bar AssociationPost-Judgment Collection Basics and Strategies2012
Attorney's CounselIf You're Not Getting Paid, It's Charity2012
State Bar of Arizona, Real Property Section LunchBuying and Selling Real Estate Assets in Bankruptcy - Opportunity in a Distressed Market2011
State Bar of Arizona, Construction Law Section LunchThe Interplay of Bankruptcy and Construction2011
National Association of Credit Management - CFDD Phoenix ChapterIdentity Theft and the "Red Flags" Rule2010
Arizona Small Business AssociationLegality in Social Media2010
State Bar of Arizona Construction Law Section LunchConsiderations for the Construction Lawyer in a Green World2009
Peoria HOA AcademyEnforcement of CC&Rs2007
Glendale HOA AcademyEnforcement of CC&Rs2007