Paul F. Dowdell’s practice is dedicated to business and real estate law and litigation.


  • J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law, 1991
  • B.A., College of Wooster, 1978

Community Leadership

  • Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

Bar & Court Admissions

  • 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

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Real Estate Law, 2019-present; Real Estate Litigation, 2020-present

Professional & Industry Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona: Real Property Section; Business Law Section
  • Arizona Attorney Magazine: Editorial Board, 2015-present

Representative Engagements

  • 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.