Greg Gillis has over 35 years of trial experience in a wide variety of construction disputes, commercial litigation matters, and having litigated cases in 13 of 14 counties in Arizona.

Education

  • J.D., University of Nebraska, 1986
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, 1982

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training

  • State Bar of Arizona, ADR Section Critical Negotiation Skills and Tools for ADR, 2022
  • State Bar of Arizona, ADR Section, Case Law Update, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, ADR Section, Probate Mediations-Getting to a Signed Settlement Agreement, 2021
  • ACE 21-Impartiality:  Do You Know Where Your Biases Are?  American Arbitration Association, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, ADR Talks 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, Fly on the Wall:  Is this Okay?  Mediator and Arbitrator Technique and How to Use Them in Your Practice, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, ADR Section, Discovery In Arbitration:  Balancing Proportionality, Efficiency and Party Self-Determination, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, ADR Section, High Conflict Mediation-Dealing With High Conflict Personalities, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, Mediation Preparation for Lawyers and Mediators, Including How Any Lawyer Can Become a Mediation Advocate, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, The History and Distinction Between Labor and Employment Arbitration and Powers of an Arbitrator Are What you Give the Arbitrator, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, Alternatives to the Typical ADR Process, 2021
  • American Arbitration Association, Best Practices for Arbitrators in Expedited/Fast Track Arbitrations, 2021
  • “Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update 2020,” State Bar of Arizona Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2020
  • “Video Arbitration: What to Consider Before Jumping In,” American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, 2020
  • “Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility,” American Arbitration Association, 2020
  • “Zooming into ADR: Mediations and Arbitrations,” State Bar of Arizona, 2020
  • “ADR in the Wake of COVID-19,” American Bar Association, 2020
  • “Private Arbitration Update,” State Bar of Arizona, 2020
  • “ACE 19-Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know,” American Arbitration Association, 2019
  • “Handling Righteous Indignation,” State Bar of Arizona, 2019
  • “Peering into the Arbitrator’s Brain,” State Bar of Arizona “ADR Talks,” 2019
  • “A Model Mediation Settlement Agreement” (with forms), State Bar of Arizona, 2019
  • “What Every Arbitrator Should Know About Receiverships in Arbitration,” State Bar of Arizona, 2019
  • “Can Freud Help? The 2018 Interplay of Psychology and Negotiation/Mediation Strategy,” State Bar of Arizona, 2019
  • “Drafting Effective Submission Agreements,” State Bar of Arizona, 2018
  • “Faith-Based Alternative Dispute Resolution: Alternatives to Secular Courts,” State Bar of Arizona, 2018
  • “Sexual Harassment Presentation for AAA Panelists,” American Arbitration Association, 2018
  • “Mediation Is the New Trial,” State Bar of Arizona, 2018
  • “Conducting Effective, Tone-Setting Pre-Hearings and Resolving Discovery Disputes,” Roundtable, American Arbitration Association, 2018
  • “Simplifying Your Case for Arbitrators and the Value of Formal Rules and Administration,” Advocates Program, American Arbitration Association, 2018
  • “2018 AAA Construction Conference,” American Arbitration Association, 2018
  • “Vocal Traits and Hidden Bias,” State Bar of Arizona, 2018
  • “Interim Awards, Partial Final Awards and Functus Officio: Tailoring Flexible Accessories to Suit a Strict Doctrine,” American Arbitration Association, 2017
  • “Best Practices in Employment Arbitration from the Arbitrator and Advocate Perspectives,” State Bar of Arizona, 2017
  • “Mediation Skills Across Practice Areas,” State Bar of Arizona, 2017
  • “Mediation in Evolution: Challenges and Opportunities,” State Bar of Arizona, 2017
  • “Arbitration Talks,” State Bar of Arizona, 2017
  • “Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration,” American Arbitration Association, 2016
  • “Private Arbitration Update,” Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, November 2016
  • “Ethical Considerations for Arbitrators, Mediators and Advocates,” American Arbitration Association, 2016
  • “Essential Mediation Skills for the New Mediator,” American Arbitration Association, 2015
  • “Avoiding Ten Common Missteps Arbitrators Make,” American Arbitration Association, 2015
  • “Preparing for a Construction Mediation: A Mediator’s Perspective,” State Bar of Arizona, 2014
  • “Powerful Preparation and Persuasion: 12 Secrets to Mediation Success,” State Bar of Arizona, 2014
  • “AAA Arbitration Rules Update,” State Bar of Arizona, 2014
  • “Ethical Perils and Pitfalls for Arizona Mediators and Arbitrators,” State Bar of Arizona, 2013
  • “Best Practices in Construction Arbitration and Mediation,” State Bar of Arizona 2012

Community Leadership

  • SAE Phoenix Alumni Inc.: Director, 2015-Present
  • North Bible Church: Elder, 2016-2020
  • Children’s Cancer Network: Director, 2013-2019
  • Arizona Builders Alliance
  • American Subcontractors Association of Arizona
  • Arizona Minority Contractors Association
  • Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Southwest Business Credit

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1987
  • Nebraska, 1988 (Inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell® (2010-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Commercial Litigation (2013-present), Construction Law (2013-present), Construction Litigation (2021-present)
  • Super Lawyers: Construction Litigation (2014-present)
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers Foundation
  • Arizona’s Top Lawyers, AZ Business Magazine (2010, 2016)
  • AzBusiness Leaders (Law: Construction), AZ BIG Media (2015-2018)

Professional & Industry Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Forum on Construction Law (Division 7, Insurance, Surety & Liens, Steering Committee Membership and Marketing Committees; Division 1, Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • American Arbitration Association: Construction, Commercial and Consumer Panel of Neutrals
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • State Bar of Arizona: Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (Chair, 2021-2022; Executive Council Member, 2019-present); Member, Construction Law Section; Member, Bankruptcy Section
  • Maricopa County Bar Association: Construction Law Section
  • Scottsdale Bar Association
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court, 2014-present

Presentations

  • “My Customer Filed Bankruptcy: Now What?” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Conference (webinar) July 2020, Maricopa Country Bar Association (webinar) April 2022
  • “Zooming into ADR: Mediations and Arbitrations,” State Bar of Arizona, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, June 2020
  • “Stop Notices: Securing Payment on Arizona Commercial Construction Projects” (webinar), May 2020
  • “COVID-19: The Intersection of Lien Law and Bankruptcy” (webinar), April 2020
  • Project Manager Development Program, Arizona Builders Alliance, February 2020
  • “Unique Issues in Arizona Construction Law: What Credit Managers Need to Know,” Southwest Business Credit Services, October 2019
  • “The Intersection of Bankruptcy Preferences and Mechanics’ Lien Waivers: A Wrong Turn Can Be Costly” (co-presenter), American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, August 2019
  • “Payment Issues: Prompt Payment, Mechanic’s/Materialman’s Liens and other Collection Issues,” Arizona Builders Alliance, April 2019
  • “My Customer Files Bankruptcy: What Must I Do?” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Conference, April 2019
  • “Model Mediation Settlement Agreement” (with forms), State Bar of Arizona, Alternate Dispute Resolution Section, January, 2019
  • “A Model Mediation Settlement Agreement (with Forms)” (panel moderator), State Bar of Arizona, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, January 2019
  • “Stop Notices: The Little-Known Way to Get Paid on Commercial Construction Projects,” Southwest Business Credit Services, October 2018
  • “Preliminary Notices to Mechanics’ Liens: Fact from Fiction” (co-presenter), Arizona Builders Alliance Webinar, May 2018
  • Project Manager Development Program, Arizona Builders Alliance, February 2018
  • “Commercial General Liability, Additional Insured Coverage, and Completed Operations Issues,” Arizona Subcontractors Association of Arizona, October 2017
  • “ABCs of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution),” Arizona Builders Alliance, October 2017
  • “A ‘Legal Audit’ of Your Business Practices” (panelist), Arizona Builders Alliance Legal Roundtable, October 2017
  • “Risk Management: Roles of Preliminary Notices and Mitigating Risk,” Arizona Minority Contractors of America, June 2017
  • “The Importance of Pre-Construction Property Identification and Assigning Risk” (webinar), Arizona Builders Alliance, June 2017
  • “Uniform Commercial Code and Other Secured Transactions,” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Credit Conference, April 2017
  • “My Customer Filed Bankruptcy — What Must I Do?” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Credit Conference, April 2017
  • “Arizona Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Liens,” American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, March 2017
  • “Contract Administration and Legal Issues,” Arizona Builders Alliance Project Managers Development Program, March 2017
  • “ABCs of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution),” Southwest Business Credit Services Legal Insights Educational Series, March 2017
  • “Arizona Lien Law,” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Credit Conference, April 2016
  • “Personal Guarantees,” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Credit Conference, April 2016
  • “Preventing and Resolving Construction Disputes: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure,” Arizona Builders Alliance, January 2016
  • “50-State Lien Law Pamphlet” (Arizona Contributor), American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, 2016
  • “Arizona Lien Laws: What You Need to Know,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2016
  • “Personal Guarantees,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2016
  • “Contract Administration and Legal Issues,” Arizona Builders Alliance, Project Manager Development Program, February 2016
  • “Preventing and Resolving Construction Disputes: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure,” Arizona Builders Alliance, January 2016
  • “Construction Arbitration: What You Need to Know Now,” National Business Institute, 2016
  • “Legal Implications of Same-Sex Marriage on Your Credit Decisions,” Southwest Business Credit Services, Legal Insights Educational Series, September 2015
  • “Arizona Lien Laws: What You Need to Know,” The Weitz Company, September 2015; Arizona Builders Alliance (webinar), May 2015
  • “Construction Lien Law in Arizona,” Southwest Business Construction Credit Conference, April 2015
  • “Lien Foreclosures and Lien Priority Issues for Credit Managers,” Southwest Business Construction Credit Conference, April 2015
  • “Yes, No or Maybe So? Drafting Effective Mandatory ADR Provisions,” Scottsdale Bar Association, 2015
  • “Understanding and Protecting Your Payment Rights” (Legal Roundtable), Arizona Builders Alliance, November 2014
  • “Construction Lien Law in Arizona,” Lorman Education Services, September 2014
  • “Arizona Lien Law and Judgment Enforcement Remedies,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2014
  • “Arizona Lien Laws: What You Need to Know” (webinar), Arizona Builders Alliance, February 2014
  • “Reclamation and Preference: When the Bankruptcy Court Wants You to Give Money Back to a Debtor,” Southwest Business Credit Services Legal Insights Educational Series, September 2013
  • “An Overview of Issues Related to Personal Guarantees,” Southwest Business Credit Services Legal Insights Educational Series, September 2013
  • “Post-Judgment Collection Remedies,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2013
  • “Prescription for Healthy Subcontracts” (Legal Roundtable), Arizona Builders Alliance, March 2013
  • “Reclamation and Preference Issues in Bankruptcy: When the Bankruptcy Court Wants You to Give Money Back to the Debtor,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2012
  • “Foreclosure of Personal Property Liens and Other Non-Cash Alternatives of Getting Paid,” National Association of Credit Management Executive Forum, April 2012
  • “Reclamation and Preference Issues in Bankruptcy,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2011
  • “Collecting from Bankrupt or Insolvent Contractors,” National Association of Credit Management, “Good Morning Credit!” September 2010
  • “Preference Issues and Abuses in Bankruptcy,” Southwest Business Credit Executives Forum, August 2010
  • “Collecting from Bankrupt Contractors,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2010
  • “Effective Collection Methods,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2010

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