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Matthew B. Meaker

Matt Meaker has practiced law for over 10 years and has developed a business-minded approach to legal issues. He has been described as a "business man in a lawyer's suit" who is more focused on the business success of his clients than on billable hours. Clients also have expressed appreciation of his ability to translate "legalese" into layman's terms that they can understand. The focus of his practice is on construction law, civil litigation, business and corporate law and real estate law.

Matt is very active in the legal profession and the community at large. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona and on the Board of Directors of the Maricopa County Bar Association. In addition, he is involved with the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, the local chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association, and the Arizona Registrar of Contractor's Industry Advisory Council. Matt also gives of his time to numerous community causes, including the Arizona Town Hall.

Matt grew up in the East Valley, and he and his wife and their two daughters live in Tempe.


Practice Areas

Construction Law

Civil Litigation

Business and Corporate Law

Real Estate Law


Honors and Awards

AV-Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2012-2014

Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2013

"Top Lawyers" (Construction Litigation), Arizona Business, 2012, 2013

"People to Know in Commercial Real Estate: Up and Comer," AZRE, 2013

Top Valley Lawyers (Construction/Development), North Valley Magazine, 2012-2014

American Subcontractors Association of Arizona: Outstanding New Member, 2011-2012

NITA Advocate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy


Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona: Construction Law Section, Budget Officer and Executive Council Member

Maricopa County Bar Association: Board of Directors (2014-2016); Litigation Section Chair (2012-2013)

Arizona Energy Consortium


Construction Industry Leadership

American Subcontractors Association of Arizona: Member, Board of Directors; Member, Steering Committee; Legal Counsel; Member, Attorney Council; Member, Government Relations Committee

Arizona Registrar of Contractors Industry Advisory Council

Construction Financial Management Association – Valley of the Sun Chapter: Co-Chair, Construction Executive of the Year Committee

ConsensusDocs: Vice Chair, Public-Private Partnership (P3) / O&M Working Group

Association of the Wall & Ceiling Contractors of Arizona: Board of Directors

Arizona Builders Alliance

Alliance for Construction Excellence: Public-Private Partnership Policy Team

The Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program (EMCAP) Working Group: Chair


Community Leadership

Project Rising Phoenix: Chair

Arizona Town Hall: 105th Town Hall, "Arizona's Economy," Report Co-Chair; 101st Town Hall, "Civic Leadership for Arizona's Future," Report Co-Chair; 99th Town Hall, "Arizona's Energy Future," Recorder; 97th Town Hall, "Arizona's Government: The Next 100 Years," Report Co-Chair; 85th Town Hall, "Arizona's Water Future: Challenges and Opportunities," Recorder

Arizona Board of Regents, Student Regent, 2001-2003

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America


Publications

Arizona Construction Law Practice Manual, 2nd Ed., 2014, Contributing Author

Arizona Construction Law, 2014, Contributor

Green Building Construction: A Practical Guide to Transactional and Litigation Issues, 2014, Contributing Author

Financial Management and Accounting for the Construction Industry, 2014 Subject Matter Expert for Chapter 6 (Legal Issues)

Arizona Litigation Guide (5th ed.), Editor-in-Chief


Articles

"Equitable Subrogation: Court Ruling Falls Short of a 'Bright Line' Rule," Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, September 2014, and The Contractor's Compass, American Subcontractors Association, September 2014

"U.S. Department of Labor Offers Incentives to Self-Report Worker Misclassification," August 2014

"Contractors Beware: Major Changes in the ROC Complaint Process," March 2014

"Misclassifying Employees as 'Owners': Resist the Temptation," December 2013

"Much Ado About Sullivan: Construction Defects and the Economic Loss Rule," 2013

"ROC Rules: Proposed Changes Affect Contractors," 2013

"Prompt Payment Act Does Not Apply to Contracts for Architectural Services, Court Rules," 2013

"Baseline Thoughts on Public-Private Partnerships in Arizona," AZRE Magazine, 2013

"Technical Deficiencies to a Preliminary Notice Do Not Invalidate a Mechanics' Lien," American Subcontractors Association of Arizona Newsletter, 2012

"Architect Owes Implied Warranty to Contractor," American Subcontractors Association of Arizona's Newsletter, 2011

"Trustees are Deemed ‘Natural Persons' Under A.R.S. § 33-1002's Protection of Owner-Occupants from Certain Mechanics' Liens," American Subcontractors Association of Arizona Newsletter, 2011

"Arizona Supreme Court Examines Question Involving Foreclosure Pursuant to Trustee's Sale," American Subcontractors Association of Arizona Newsletter, 2011

"New EPA Regulations Significantly Impact Storm Water Flow at Construction Sites," State Bar of Arizona Construction Law Section Newsletter, 2010


Presentations

"Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) Changes for 2015: Anything but Simple," American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, 2014

"Introduction to Go Build Arizona," Arizona Concrete Promotion Council, 2014

"Arizona Lien Law Seminar," Arizona Bank & Trust and FileMyPrelim.com, 2014

"Employee or Independent Contractor: Introducing the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program," Arizona Chapter, Associated General Contractors, Employment Practices Committee, 2014

"Employee or Independent Contractor: Introducing the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program," Arizona Registrar of Contractors Industry Advisory Council, 2014

"Employee or Independent Contractor: Introducing the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program," Arizona Builders' Alliance Lunch & Learn, 2014

"Employee or Independent Contractor: Introducing the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program," Labor and Employment Relations Association, Arizona Chapter, 2014

"Employee or Independent Contractor: Introducing the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program," Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, Central and Southern Arizona Chapters; National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Greater Phoenix and Southern Arizona Chapters; Association of the Wall and Ceiling Contractors of Arizona; Arizona Concrete Promotion Council; Ceramic Tile and Stone Association of Arizona; Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, 2014

"Changes to the ROC Complaint Process," Construction Financial Management Association, 2014

"Introduction of U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program (EMCAP)," Partners in Construction Meeting, American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, 2014

"Contracting with Alternative Delivery Methods? What You Need to Know First" (co-presenter), Arizona Builders' Alliance, 2014

"Contract Negotiations: Common Mistakes, Good Rules of Thumb, Best Practices," Association of the Wall & Ceiling Contractors of Arizona, 2014

"How Can You Apply Legal Lessons to Improve Your Business?" American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, 2014

"Beware Contractors: Changes at the Registrar of Contractors" (webinar), Arizona Builders' Alliance, April 2014

Legal Roundtable (panelist), Arizona Builders Alliance, 2013

"'What Do You Mean, I'm the Arbitrator?' Answers for Beginners," Maricopa County Bar Association CLE, 2013

"Making Changes and Resolving Disputes During the Construction Process," Faculty Member, Half Moon Seminars, 2012

"Post-Judgment Collection Basics and Strategies," Speaker, State Bar of Arizona Young Lawyers Division, 2012

"The Benefits & Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media for Construction Clients and Attorneys," Faculty Member, State Bar of Arizona Convention, 2012

"How to Minimize Exposure to Construction Defect Litigation," Discussion Facilitator, Residential Construction Forum, American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, 2012

"AIA A401-2007 Subcontractor – Termination, Work to Be Performed and Substantial Completion," Discussion Facilitator, Contract Study Group, American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, 2012

"If You're Not Getting Paid, It's Charity," Presenter, American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, 2012

"Buying and Selling Real Estate Assets in Bankruptcy – Opportunity in a Distressed Market," Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Real Property Section, 2011

"The Interplay of Bankruptcy and Constriction," Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Construction Law Section, 2011

"Identity Theft and the ‘Red Flags' Rule," Presenter, National Association of Credit Management – CFDD Phoenix Chapter, 2010

"Legality in Social Media," Presenter, Arizona Small Business Association, 2010

"Considerations for the Construction Lawyer in a Green World," Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Construction Law Section, 2009

"Enforcement of CC&Rs," Faculty Member, Peoria HOA Academy, 2007

"Enforcement of CC&Rs," Faculty Member, Glendale HOA Academy, 2007


Court and Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2012

State Bar of Arizona, 2003


Education

James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, J.D., 2003

University of Arizona, B.A., magna cum laude, Communications and Psychology, 2000


Birthplace

Mission Viejo, California