A veteran in the practice of Arizona construction law, David C. Tierney has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2003 and is a four-time Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law, Construction Litigation Arbitration, and Mediation.

Education

  • Harvard University, J.D., 1965
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 1962

Community Leadership

  • Valley Leadership, Inc.: 2016 “Man of the Year”; Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Phoenix Symphony: Board of Overseers
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Community Board: Past Chair
  • Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation: Board of Directors
  • Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health: Board of Directors
  • Restorative Justice Resources Coalition, Inc.: Chairman
  • Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow: Past President
  • Irish American Cultural Institute: Past Chair
  • Arizona State University College of Law: Former Adjunct Professor of Construction Law
  • Maricopa County Self-Insured Trust Fund: Past Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Arizona Policy Forum, Vice President, 1998-2006
  • Provost’s Advisory Committee, ASU West, 1997-2004
  • Arizona Prison Industries, Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1981-1987
  • Governor’s Commission on Computers in Education: Chair, 1984-1985
  • Maricopa County Nonpartisan Commission on Trial Court Appointments, 1975-1979
  • Peace Corps: Volunteer, 1966-1969

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1965
  • Arizona, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to Justice Paul C. Reardon, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1965-1966

Honors & Awards

  • Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year,” Construction Litigation (Phoenix) 2014, Construction Law (Scottsdale) 2017 and 2021, Arbitration (Scottsdale) 2020, Mediation (Scottsdale) 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation, 2003-present; Construction Law, 2007-present; Arbitration, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, Mediation, 2011-present
  • AV-Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Super Lawyers, 2007-2019, 2021; “Top 50 Arizona,” 2009-2012
  • “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona,” AzBusiness Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2017
  • “Az Business Leaders” (Law: ADR), AzBusiness Magazine, 2020
  • “2013 Top Rated Lawyers,” Commercial Litigation Law, The American Lawyer
  • Judge Learned Hand Award (Community Service): American Jewish Committee (Arizona Region), 2011
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2010-2020

Professional & Industry Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona: Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Past Chair; Construction Law Section, Past Chair
  • American Arbitration Association: Commercial Panel; Construction Panel; Construction Mediation Panel; AAA Construction Advisory Council, Chairman
  • Co-Editor, Construction Law Practice Manual, 3rd Ed. 2016, State Bar of Arizona
  • Co-Editor, Construction Law Practice Manual, 2nd Ed. 2011, State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association

Language Fluency

  • Spanish

Reported Cases

  • Precision Components, Inc. v. Harrison, Harper, Christian & Dichter, P.C., 179 Ariz. 552, 880 P.2d 1098 (Ariz. App. Div. 2, Nov. 4, 1993) (No. 2 CA-CV 93-0239)
  • Tracy v. Superior Court of Maricopa County, 168 Ariz. 23, 810 P.2d 1030 (Ariz., Apr. 23, 1991) (No. CV90-0407-SA)
  • Mandraes v. Hungerford, 127 Ariz. 585, 623 P.2d 15 (Ariz., Jan. 9, 1981) (No. 14981)
  • Greenfield v. Cheek, 122 Ariz. 70, 593 P.2d 293, Blue Sky L. Rep. P71, 440, Fed. Sec. L. Rep, P96,560 (Ariz. App., Sep. 19, 1978) (No. 1 CA-CIV 3785)
  • Greenfield v. Cheek, 122 Ariz. 57, 593 P.2d 280 (Ariz., Mar. 23, 1979) (No. 14074-PR)
  • Sundown Imports, Inc. v. Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division, 115 Ariz. 428, 565 P.2d 1289 (Ariz., App., Mar 14, 1977) (No. 2 CA-CIV 2282)
  • Application of Collins, 108 Ariz. 310, 497 P.2d 523 (Ariz., Jun. 1, 1972) (No. H-585)
  • Keams v. Tempe Technical Institute, Inc., 39 F.3d 222, 63 USLW 2285, 95 Ed. Law Rep. 513 (9th Cir. [Ariz.], Oct. 31, 1994) (No.92-16349)
  • Keams v. Tempe Technical Institute, Inc., 110 F.3d 44 (9th Cir. 1997)
  • Crawford v. American Institute of Professional Careers, Inc., 934 F.Supp. 335, 112 Ed. Law Rep. 222 (D. Ariz., May 17, 1996) (No. CIV 94-2402 PHX CAM, CIV 96-0646 PHX CAM, CIV 95-0366 PHX CAM)
  • Keams v. Tempe Technical Institute, Inc., 807 F.Supp. 569, 79 Ed. Law Rep. 846 (D. Ariz., May 4, 1992) (No. CIV 91-0728 PHX RCB)
  • In re: Residential Resources Mortgage Investments Corp., 98 B.R. 2, Bankr. L. Rep. P 72,723 (Bankr. D. Ariz., Feb. 16, 1989) (No. B-89-0200, 89-53, ‘B’)
  • ABC Supply v. Edwards, 232 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 9 (CA 12/17/96)