ATTORNEY AND MANAGING PARTNER
Bryan J. Gottfredson
Bryan Gottfredson is a trusted and experienced
commercial litigator who is regularly relied upon to resolve his clients’
business-related disputes involving real estate, lending, breaches of contract,
and/or corporate issues.
Bryan’s practice includes all aspects of litigation,
from state and federal court proceedings and trials to private arbitration and
Bryan also regularly serves as a valued advisor and
counselor to business owners and executives who rely on him to solve or work
through their complex corporate, real estate, and commercial lending/financing
problems while accomplishing their business objectives.
Bryan is the Managing Partner of Sacks Tierney, a
shareholder, and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee since 2016.
Business and Corporate Law
Real Estate 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
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
The Best Lawyers in America® (Litigation – Real Estate), 2021
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
“Should a Judge, Jury, or
Arbitrator Decide Your Complex Commercial Case?” (co-author), American Bar
Association, Section of Litigation, Trial Practice Committee, April 2020
“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
J.D., University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law,
B.A., cum laude, Economics, University of
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