Sacks Tierney P.A.

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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.

Practice Areas

Business and Corporate Litigation

Real Estate Law

Insurance Recovery

Business and Corporate Law

Representative Matters

  • 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 community.

  • 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 disputes.

  • Represented many landlords in commercial landlord/tenant matters, seeking rent, other damages and/or injunctive relief.

  • 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

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2017

AV-Preeminent Rating®, Martindale-Hubbell®

“Arizona’s Top Lawyers,” AzBusiness Magazine: Generation Next, 2014; Litigation, 2010

Professional Memberships

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

Equitable 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

Community Leadership

University of Arizona Law College Association: Board of Directors

Hon Kachina Council: Former Member, Board of Directors

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Arizona’s Finest Couples” Honoree

Men's Arts Council, Phoenix Art Museum: Former Member


J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2006

B.A., cum laude, Economics, University of Arizona, 2001


Schenectady, New York