Sharon B. Shively's skill and reputation among Arizona construction attorneys is evidenced by her selections by The Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers’ Top 25 Arizona Women Attorneys, and AzBusiness Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers.


  • Arizona State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1983: Order of the Coif; Faculty Women’s Association Distinguished Achievement Award, 1983; Arizona State University Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award, 1983; Managing Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 1982-1983
  • University of Georgia, Ed. S., 1975, M.Ed., 1974
  • University of South Florida, B.A., 1973

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1983

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” (Scottsdale): Construction Law, 2017 and 2020; Arbitration, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Construction Law, 2007-present; Construction Litigation, 2011-present; Arbitration, 2020-present; Mediation, 2020-present
  • Super Lawyers, 2007-present
  • Super Lawyers, Top 25 Arizona Women, 2013-2015
  • AV-Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2010-2020
  • “Top 100 Lawyers,” AzBusiness Magazine, 2014, 2015, 2018
  • “Top 20 ADR Attorneys,” AzBusiness Magazine, 2015

Professional & Industry Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona: Construction Law Section (Past Chair, Executive Council, 2010-2011; Chair, Executive Council, 2009-2010), Trial Practice Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • American Arbitration Association: Commercial Litigation Panel; Construction Panel
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • Co-Editor, Construction Law Practice Manual, 3rd Ed. 2016, State Bar of Arizona
  • Co-Editor, Construction Law Practice Manual, 2nd Ed. 2011, State Bar of Arizona
  • Law Clerk to Judge William C. Canby, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1983-1984

Construction Memberships

  • American Subcontractors Association of Arizona: Member, Attorney Council
  • Arizona Builders Alliance