Academy Member Inducted 2022

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Don Bivens, Mediator & Arbitrator, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Don Bivens

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Don Bivens, PLLC
15169 Scottsdale Road
Suite 205
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: (602) 708-1450
Website: www.donbivens.com
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Recognized to Arizona Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 20170
  • Total Mediations (as of Nov 2022): 50
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Nov 2022): 25
Practice Percentages
  • FLAGSTAFF
  • PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE
  • PRESCOTT
  • SIERRA VISTA
  • TUCSON
  • YUMA

Biographical

Don Bivens is a highly credentialed trial lawyer voted by his peers three times as Lawyer of the Year.  He carries rankings as a SuperLawyer and a Best Lawyer across five categories of law:

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Financial and Banking Litigation (3-time Lawyer of the Year) 
  • Bet the Company Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Business Litigation

Don also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in complex cases. He sits on the prestigious national mediation and arbitration panels of  FedArb, and on the national roster of commercial arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.   Don travels nationally as a mediator/arbitrator, and conducts such sessions remotely via Zoom. 


Case Experience

  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital
  • Wrongful Death

Education

Yale University, B.A. magna cum laude with departmental honors in English Literature.

  • Pitchpipe (leader) of the Yale Spizzwinks singing group

University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 1974.

  • Texas Law Review, Note & Comment Editor
  • First Place Mock Trial Team
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Counsul student leadership award

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Center for Innovation, Chair (2020-present)
    • Litigation Section, Chair (2013-2014)
    • Board of Governors (2007-2010)
    • Board Executive Committee (2009-2010)
    • Board Operations Committee, Chair (2009-2010)
    • House of Delegates (1999-2010, 2014-present)
    • Section of Litigation Delegate (2014-present)
    • Arizona State Delegate (1999-2007) (elected statewide three terms)
    • Rules and Calendar Committee (2000-2004), Chair (2002-2004)
    • Standing Committee on Independence of the Judiciary (2006-2008)
    • Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (2004-2006)
    • Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, Chair (1999-2002)
    • Standing Committee on Bar Activities (1999-2000)
  • 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 Foundation
    • Arizona Chair (2006-2008)
    • Patron Life Member
  • Arizona Equal Justice Campaign, Co-Chair (2001-2006)
  • Arizona Lawyer Representatives to 9th Circuit Judicial Conference (1999-2001)
    • Chair (2000-2001)
  • American Law Institute, Member (2007-present)
  • Arizona Supreme Court
    • Appointed member of the Arizona Judicial Council (since 2020)
    • Appointed Chair of the Committee on Civil Justice Reform (2015-16)
    • Appointed, Subcommittee Chair on Task Force on the Delivery of Legal Services (2020)
    • Appointed Chair of the Board of Non-Lawyer Service Providers
  • City of Phoenix Public Defender Review Committee, Chair (1984-1989)

Rates Information

For matters coming through the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals Mr. Bivens' hourly rate is  $600 per hour.   Flat fees are also negotiable. 

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