Don Bivens (Phoenix, Arizona)
Don Bivens (Phoenix, Arizona)

Don Bivens

Practice Area: Auditor and Accountant Defense, Class Action Litigation, Commercial Litigation 5 more areas of practice + 5 more

Awards
AV Preeminent

Don Bivens

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Partner at firm Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Serving Phoenix, AZ view address

Awards AV Preeminent

About Don Bivens

Don Bivens is the immediate past chair of the 55, 000-member Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. He handles complex litigation of all types and corporate investigations. He has tried cases involving securities fraud, patent infringement, trade secrets, lender liability, environmental liability, professional negligence, officer and director liability, products liability, employment discrimination, real estate and construction matters, significant estate disputes, business torts, and class actions. Don leads internal investigations for corporations and special committees of corporate boards on a variety of issues. He also handles election law and government relations.

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Don Bivens is the immediate past chair of the 55, 000-member Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. He handles complex litigation of all types and corporate investigations. He has tried cases involving securities fraud, patent infringement, trade secrets, lender liability, environmental liability, professional negligence, officer and director liability, products liability, employment discrimination, real estate and construction matters, significant estate disputes, business torts, and class actions. Don leads internal investigations for corporations and special committees of corporate boards on a variety of issues. He also handles election law and government relations.

Representative Presentations & Publications

• Our Members Share Their Secrets for Success, Author, American Bar Association's Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Summer 2014)
• Fourteen Tips to Make You a Better Litigator, Author, American Bar Association's Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Spring 2014)
• Watergate Inspires After 40 Years, Author, American Bar Association's Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 2 (Winter 2014)
• Five Traits of the Best Lawyers I Know, Author, American Bar Association's Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Fall 2013)

Professional Recognition & Awards

•The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2001-2017); Banking & Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities Litigation (2012-2017)
•Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Banking & Finance Litigation (2015, 2017)
•Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame (2014)
•Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
•Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial (2010-2016)
•The Best Lawyers in America, Business Edition, Bet-the-Company, Intellectual Property Law (2012)
•Southwest Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2007-2016)
•Top 50 in Arizona (2010)
•Local Litigation Star-Arizona Ranking, Intellectual Property, Antitrust, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Benchmark Litigation (2013, 2016-2017)
•Super Lawyers, Business Litigation - Business Edition (2011)
•Super Lawyers, Business Litigation - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2009)
•Arizona's Finest Lawyers
•Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Commercial Litigation (2010-2011)
•Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona
•Who's Who Legal, Commercial Litigation (2014-2015)
•International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators

Community Involvement

•Smithsonian American Art Museum, Council Member, Arizona (2006-present)
•Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, Church Attorney (2005-present)
•Arizonans for Children, Director (2004-present)
•St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, Senior Warden (2002-2005)
•Arizona Democratic Party, Chair (2007-2011)

Other Professional Experience

•Bivens & Nore, P.A., Partner
•Meyer Hendricks & Bivens, P.A., Partner

Related News & Events

• Oct 05

Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2017 Rankings
• Aug 15

The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”
• May 27

Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys
• Apr 11

Southwest Super Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys
• Jan 19

Arizona Chief Justice Scott Bales Appoints Don Bivens as Chair of Statewide Committee on Civil Justice Reform
• Oct 12

Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2016 Rankings
• Sep 01

Who's Who Legal Ranks Multiple Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in Various Categories
• Aug 17

The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”
• May 19

Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
• Apr 10

Southwest Super Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys
• Nov 14

Who's Who Legal: Litigation 2014 Recognizes Four Snell & Wilmer Attorneys
• Aug 18

The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field
• Jun 24

Our Members Share Their Secrets for Success American Bar Association's Litigation
• May 23

Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 38 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'
• Apr 17

Fourteen Tips to Make You a Better Litigator American Bar Association's Litigation
• Mar 31

Snell & Wilmer Plays Key Role in ABA Section of Litigation Conference in Arizona
• Mar 04

Watergate Inspires After 40 Years American Bar Association's Litigation
• Nov 01

Five Traits of the Best Lawyers I Know Litigation
• Oct 30

Don Bivens Inducted Into Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame
• Aug 19

The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
• Aug 14

Four Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named in the 2013 International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators
• Aug 12

Snell & Wilmer Partner Don Bivens Elected Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation
• Aug 12

Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List
• May 31

Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 37 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'
• Apr 12

Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2013 Rankings
• Jan 02

Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to Who's Who Legal 2013
• Sep 04

The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
• Jun 27

Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 80 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys
• Jun 07

Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 34 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'
• Sep 06

The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Related Publications

• Oct 03

Forbes: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Nationally Recognized for Commercial Litigation
• Jun 15

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2007

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Areas of Law

  • Auditor and Accountant Defense
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional and Political Litigation
  • Election
  • Internal Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Professional Licensure

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  • 5.0/5.0 1 review
  • AV Preeminent
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  • Communication

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  • Legal Experience

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Senior Associate on 04/12/14 in Commercial Litigation

    • Legal Knowledge

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    • Analytical Capability

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Partner
      Admission Details
      Admitted in Arizona
      Supreme Court of Arizona
      United States Supreme Court
      United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
      United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
      United States District Court, District of Arizona
      Law School Attended
      University of Texas School of Law
      Class of 1977
      J.D.
      Note and Comment Editor, Texas Law Review, Order of the Barristers, First Place, Mock Trial Competition, Consul, Student Leadership Award
      University Attended
      Yale University
      Class of 1974
      B.A.
      English, magna cum laude, Departmental Honors in English
      Birth Information
      Born in 1952
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 5, 1952
      Associations & Memberships

      Professional Memberships & Activities

      •American Law Institute (2007-present)
      •Western States Bar Conference, Past President
      •State Bar of Arizona, Past President
      •Maricopa County Bar Association, Past President
      •Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Founding President
      •American Bar Association
      •Board of Governors (2007-2010)
      •Board Operations Committee, Chair (2009-2010)
      •Board Executive Committee (2009-2010)
      •House of Delegates (1999-2010)
      •Arizona State Delegate (1999-2007)
      •Rules and Calendar Committee
      •Chair (2002-2004)
      •Member (2000-2002)
      •Litigation Section
      •Chair (2013-2014)
      •Strategic Planning Committee, Co-Chair (2009-2010)
      •ABA Resource Committee, Co-Chair (2005-2009)
      •Technology Committee, Co-Chair (2002-2005)
      •Council Member (1995-1998)
      •Computer Litigation Committee, Chair (1989-1992)
      •Standing Committee on Independence of the Judiciary
      •Member (2006-2008)
      •Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
      •Member (2004-2006)
      •Standing Committee on Technology, Chair (1999-2002)
      •Standing Committee on Bar Activities (1999-2000)
      •Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
      •Arizona Chair (2006-2008)
      •Life Member
      •Arizona Equal Justice Campaign, Co-Chair (2001-2006)
      •Arizona Lawyer Representatives to 9th Circuit Judicial Conference
      •Chair (2000-2001)
      •Member (1999-2001)
      •City of Phoenix Public Defender Review Committee, Chair (1984-1989)