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Paul Dowdell




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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 administrative agencies.


Business and Corporate Law

Real Estate Law and Litigation

Commercial 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 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 Law, 2019-present; Real Estate Litigation, 2020-present


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

Arizona Attorney Magazine: Editorial Board, 2015-present

Published ArticleS

Immunity 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


Arizona, 1991

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

California, 1993 (Currently Inactive)

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