Shelley Tolman

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Shelley is a complex commercial litigator with experience in contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property disputes, injunctive proceedings, and class actions. She also has experience litigating government contract disputes involving kickbacks, overbilling, fraud, the False Claims Act, and RICO offenses.

Representative Matters

  • Defended against multimillion dollar class actions.
  • Defended law firm in suit alleging malicious prosecution and abuse of process.
  • Prosecuted a $5 million bad faith claim against a general contractor’s insurer.
  • Defended a False Claims Qui Tam lawsuit at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
  • Represented defendants in multimillion dollar patent infringement litigation.
  • Defended a $12 million prevailing wage claim against a public works bond.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars: Business Litigation (2016 – present)

Activities & Memberships

  • Member, Board of Directors, HandsOn Greater Phoenix (2019 – present)
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Litigation (2008 – present)
  • Pro bono work representing pro se plaintiff at the Ninth Circuit (2016)
  • Volunteer, Ben’s Bells (2015 – present)

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 2007; summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Dean’s Award; Pedrick Scholar; Randy Bain Scholar; Associate Articles Editor, Arizona State Law Journal
  • B.A., University of Arizona, 2003
  • Admitted in Arizona, 2014
  • Admitted in California, 2007