Bryan J. Gottfredson
Bryan Gottfredson is a trusted advisor to business
owners, developers, investors, real estate professionals and lenders who, in
achieving their business objectives, rely on Bryan to help resolve their
commercial and real estate disputes.
His practice involves litigation (state and federal
courts, arbitrations and mediations) of business, real estate, and lending
disputes involving breach of contract, partnerships, joint ventures, fraudulent
representations and investment fraud. Bryan also serves as a business counselor to clients
and regularly advises on commercial finance and corporate issues.
Bryan has been a shareholder with the firm since 2015
and serves on Sacks Tierney’s Executive Management Committee.
Business and Corporate Litigation
Real Estate Law
Business and Corporate Law
Assisted clients in achieving numerous
multimillion-dollar buyouts of member/shareholder interests in LLCs and/or
corporations, through negotiation, litigation and/or mediation.
Recovered a significant damage settlement on behalf
of a landowner against a title insurance company on claims of breach of
contract and insurance bad faith.
Successfully represented a minority shareholder of a
closely held business in connection with claims against the majority
shareholder concerning breach of fiduciary duty, minority oppression and
judicial dissolution. Defeated numerous business tort and contract
counterclaims and successfully obtained a judgment that included an award of
attorneys’ fees and costs for the client.
Resolved and settled an unjust-enrichment claim in
federal court for a real property owner who sought approximately $1 million
in unpaid rent and other damages associated with the unpermitted use and
occupancy of a 5,000-acre ranching operation.
Successfully represented a golf course developer in
numerous lawsuits involving competing claims to real estate, development
costs and claims asserted by a homeowner association.
Effectively negotiated a resolution for a general
contractor in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute regarding the
development, construction and sales proceeds of a golf course and resort
Routinely represent lenders and creditors in
connection with defaulted loans and collection matters. Frequently utilize
pre-judgment remedies and/or receiverships in connection with lending
Represented many landlords in commercial
landlord/tenant matters, seeking rent, other damages and/or injunctive
In a AAA arbitration, successfully defended a
national private school against a $3 million claim filed by a former student
alleging various tort theories of recovery.
Prevailed on each contract claim asserted by a
homeowners association against a property owner in a dispute regarding
interpretation of CC&Rs, and received a final judgment granting his client
nearly all of its legal fees and costs incurred in the lawsuit.
Honors and Awards
Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2017
Arizonas Top Lawyers, AzBusiness Magazine:
Generation Next, 2014; Litigation, 2010
American Bar Association: Section of Litigation, Trial Practice Committee,
Articles and Newsletter Editor, Web Editor
State Bar of Arizona: Executive Committee, Securities
Regulation Law Section
State Bar of Texas
NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Court and Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
“Closing Arguments: Common
Pitfalls and Pointers” (co-author), American Bar Association, Section of
Litigation, Trial Practice Committee, February 2019
Assumption of a Commercial Lease: Tips for Commercial Property Owners,
Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, July 2014
“Role of a Lawyer in a Commercial Real
Estate Loan,” Guest Lecturer, Masters in Real Estate Development Program,
Arizona State University, October 2015
University of Arizona
Law College Association:
Board of Directors
Hon Kachina Council: Former Member, Board of Directors
Foundation: Arizonas Finest Couples Honoree
Men's Arts Council, Phoenix Art Museum: Former Member
J.D., University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law,
B.A., cum laude, Economics, University of
Schenectady, New York