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Sharon B. Shively
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American Arbitration Association Panel Member 2017



Sharon B. Shively

Sharon 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.

Sharon was also selected Best Lawyers’ 2017 and 2020 Construction Law and 2022 Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” (Scottsdale). Her industry memberships include the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona and the Arizona Builders Alliance.

Practice Areas

Arbitration and Mediation

Construction Law

Civil Litigation

Insurance Recovery

Honors and 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 Activities

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

Community Leadership

Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest: Member and Past President

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1983

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1983

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1983


“Registrar of Contractors Proceedings” (chapter co-author), Construction Law Practice Manual, 3rd Ed. 2016, State Bar of Arizona

Arizona Prompt Payment Law: A Review of Recent Changes,” Sacks Tierney newsletter, May 2011

“Challenges to Arizona’s Immigration Law Unsuccessful … So Far,” Sacks Tierney newsletter, February 2008

“Arizona’s Employer Sanctions Law among the Nation’s Toughest,” Sacks Tierney newsletter, September 2007

Waivers of Sovereign Immunity Key to Contracting with Indian Tribes,” Southwest Contractor, October 2005

Women-Owned Businesses Key to Economic Growth,” Sacks Tierney newsletter, November 2004

“Administrative Remedies Afforded by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors,” Construction Law Practice Manual, State Bar of Arizona, 2003

“Owner's Liability: Liens,” Arizona Construction Law, State Bar of Arizona (1994, 1996, 2001 editions)

“Arizona Owners Are Subject to Prompt Pay Requirements,” Reeves Journal, August 2000

“Resolving Homeowner Disputes,” Scottsdale Magazine, Spring 2000

“Remedies Afforded by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors,” Construction Law Practice Manual, State Bar of Arizona, 1998

Also authored articles relating to case law developments for the Associated General Contractors of Arizona, Legal Notes, 1993

“Book Banning in Public Schools: Don't Tinker with Tinker” (comment), 1982 Arizona State Law Journal 939


“Are the Apples the Same or Different? Should Res Judicata or Collateral Estoppel Apply to Bar Actions/Issues After a Final ROC Decision and Order?” State Bar of Arizona, 2017 | Related article

“How Can You Apply Legal Lessons to Improve Your Business?” American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, 2014

“Construction Basics – 101,” Construction in Indian Country National Conference, 2013

Compare and Contrast: The AIA A-401 and the ConsensusDOCS 750 Forms of Subcontract,” Discussion Facilitator, Contract Study Group, American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, March 2012

“How to Litigate Undisclosed Real Estate Defects,” National Business Institute, 2004


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