Paul F. Dowdell
Paul Dowdell’s practice is dedicated to business law,
real estate law (including title insurance and escrow matters), probate and
trust law and litigation, with a particular emphasis on the cost-effective
resolution of disputes.
Paul Dowdell has practiced law in Arizona since 1991
and has earned the AV- Preeminent® peer review rating issued by
His aim is always to resolve disputes without the need
for litigation whenever possible, and he has substantial experience in
successfully negotiating favorable settlements that maximize client outcomes.
When a lawsuit is unavoidable, Paul’s clients benefit from his experience as a
seasoned litigator who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in private
arbitrations and mediations, trials, and appeals in both federal and state
courts, and before administrative agencies.
Business and Corporate Law
Real Estate Law and Litigation
Title Insurance and Escrow Disputes
Probate and Trust Litigation
Collections and Creditors’ Rights Enforcement
Successfully represented a business owner in the
acquisition of a retail service business, including the preparation and
negotiation of purchase and sale documentation, lender financing
instruments, and a new commercial lease.
Obtained a jury verdict, including a punitive damages
award, for a plaintiff business owner in an action alleging that a business
partner breached their partnership agreement and engaged in tortious conduct
for personal gain.
Represented a trust beneficiary in the negotiation and
disposition of trust assets.
Represented a professional fiduciary in probate
litigation involving ownership and disposition of trust assets.
Represented a real estate investor in the successful
acquisition of partially developed lots, including negotiation and
documentation of purchase terms, coordination of pre-sale due diligence,
coordination with governmental entities regarding land use and zoning
issues, and acquisition of appropriate title insurance endorsements and
Negotiated the settlement and dismissal of a lawsuit
on terms favorable to a condominium unit owner in multiple suits brought by
the condominium owners’ association to foreclose on assessment liens.
Defended a landowner in a suit filed by a neighbor
alleging claims for trespass, conversion, quiet title, threatening and
intimidating, and defamation arising out of disputed use of an access road.
Obtained dismissal at jury trial of all but one claim, for which jury
awarded nominal damages against landowner of only $500.
Represented a commercial landlord in a dispute with a
tenant concerning lease renewal terms and holdover issues. Negotiated a
favorable settlement without need for litigation.
Represented two national banks in an action by a
contractor to foreclose mechanics’ liens and extinguish the bank’s
liens. Obtained a summary judgment in favor of one bank and settled the case
as to other bank without payment of compensation.
HONORS & AWARDS
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
State Bar of Arizona: Real Property Section; Business
Arizona Attorney Magazine: Editorial Board,
Maricopa County Bar Association
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1991
U.S. District Court, Central District of California,
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2004
J.D., University of California Hastings College of the
B.A., College of Wooster, 1978
Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce