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Paul Dowdell




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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, receiving the AV- Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and being selected by The Best Lawyers in America®.

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.


Commercial Litigation

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 governmental approvals.

  • 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.


AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

The Best Lawyers in America®: Real Estate, 2019


State Bar of Arizona: Real Property Section; Business Law Section

Arizona Attorney Magazine: Editorial Board, 2015-present

Maricopa County Bar Association


Arizona, 1991

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1991

California, 1993

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2004

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2004


J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law, 1991

B.A., College of Wooster, 1978


Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce