Paul F. Dowdell
Paul Dowdell’s practice is dedicated to business and
real estate law and litigation.
He 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®.
Paul represents business owners and professionals,
corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, title companies and
their insureds, property owners, commercial landlords and tenants, and investors
in business and real estate transactions and disputes He has substantial
experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide array of business and
real estate contracts and related documents. Paul is 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
Business and Corporate Law
Real Estate Law and Litigation
Title Insurance and Escrow Disputes
Probate and Trust Litigation
Collections and Creditors’ Rights Enforcement
Assisted 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®
The Best Lawyers in America®: Real Estate Law, 2019-present;
Litigation - Real Estate, 2020-present
State Bar of Arizona: Real Property Section; Business
Arizona Attorney Magazine: Editorial Board,
from Liability in the Age of COVID-19: A New Reality for Trial Lawyers?”
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Trial Practice Committee,
August 31, 2020
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1991
California, 1993 (Currently Inactive)
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