John DeWulf

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John has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, including handling numerous trials, hearings and other matters before state and federal courts in the areas of contracts, business torts, trade secrets, real estate, securities, intellectual property, partnership and products. He has represented large multi-national clients, as well as regional and local businesses and individuals in a variety of business disputes.

In light of this diverse experience in litigating business issues, John has developed a practice in business counseling, aiding companies in overcoming challenges and leveraging opportunities to ultimately become more profitable and achieve business goals.

Representative Matters

  • Won summary judgement for a national REIT with respect to commercial property rights.
  • Achieved total dismissal of restrictive covenant claims against doctor group.
  • Obtained a multi-million-dollar securities fraud jury verdict involving the purchase of LLC interests holding real estate in Arizona and New Mexico.
  • Successfully defended numerous nationally prominent law firms on allegations of malpractice and other wrongdoing.
  • Achieved a significant jury verdict on behalf of an investor against an accountant and his firm for professional malpractice.
  • Represented a large international hotel company in the successful pre-litigation negotiation of a multi-million-dollar real estate contract dispute over a multi-acre resort property in Paradise Valley.
  • Defended one of Arizona’s largest utilities in a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in New Mexico, achieving a complete dismissal of all claims.
  • Obtained efficient and favorable settlement on behalf of a large group of doctor investors in a significant commercial building transaction, after performing an exhaustive factual investigation and explaining the group’s legal claims through a detailed demand letter.
  • Achieved favorable settlement on behalf of a racetrack owner against local government officials after achieving favorable rulings from state appellate court on issues involving violations of due process in attempted revocation of racetrack owner’s use permit.
  • Received multi-million-dollar arbitration award from a three-member panel on behalf of an Arizona water company against two large real estate developers.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Litigation: General Commercial (2014 – present)
  • Best Lawyers®: 2018 Litigation-Securities “Lawyer of the Year” in Phoenix
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: Commercial Litigation (2007 – present); Litigation – Securities (2011 – present); Bet-the-Company Litigation (2009 – present)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers: Business Litigation (2007 – present); Securities Litigation (2011 – 2016); Professional Liability: Defense (2011 – 2016)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers: Top 50 Arizona Lawyers (2011 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rated
  • Sustaining Lawyer, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers Foundation (2011 – present)
  • Az Business Leaders, Az Big Media (2016 – present)
  • Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers, Az Business Magazine (2015 – present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education: Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona (2013)

Publications & Speeches

  • Presenter, “Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination,” Lorman Education Services
  • Presenter, “Business Litigation in Arizona: From Prefiling Concerns Through Closing Arguments at Trial,” Sterling Education Services, LLC
  • Presenter, “Ethics of Changing Firms,” Arizona State Bar Convention
  • Chair/Presenter, “Trial and Transactional Ethics,” Arizona State Bar
  • Chair/Presenter, “Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow: Litigating Against Former Employees,” Arizona State Bar
  • Administrative & Criminal Prosecution of Securities Fraud Cases, Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Regular Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Course on Professionalism
  • Chair, Environmental Litigation, Arizona State Bar
  • Chair, Innovative Trial Techniques, Arizona State Bar Convention
  • Chair, Proving and Calculating Lost Profits, Arizona State Bar

Activities & Memberships

  • Chairman, State Bar of Arizona Trial Practice Section (1990 – 1991)
  • American Bar Association Section on Litigation, Committee on Business Torts
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section, Committee on Corporate Counsel
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Former Chairman, Youth Partners Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member, Canyon State Academy
  • Executive Committee Member and Board Member, Social Venture Partners
  • Member, Valley Leadership Class X
  • Board Member, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 1981; Member, The Order of Barristers
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, 1978; with Honors
  • Admitted in Arizona, 1981
  • Admitted in California, 1982
  • Admitted in U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • Admitted in Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2000
  • Admitted in U.S. Court Central District of California, 2001