David E. Funkhouser, Partner


David Funkhouser is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Quarles & Brady LLP. David focuses on complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution and is perennially recognized by both his peers and clients as one of Arizona's top litigators. He is also a deeply trusted advisor to many of the nation's largest consumer loan servicers and financial institutions, specializing in a client-centric, results-oriented approach to each and every matter he is entrusted with by his clients. David goes beyond basic communications and strives to visit his clients on a yearly basis (if not more frequently) in an effort to learn what is important to each and personalize his relationships. David's thoughtful leadership and respect from his colleagues is evident in his various positions within the firm, including oversight of all paralegals and litigation technology endeavors within the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, serving on the firm's Ombudsman Committee, previously chairing the Summer Associate Committee for the Phoenix office, and leading the firm's efforts in the consumer loan servicer industry.

David has tried bench and jury trials in Arizona and around the country, has participated in private arbitrations in multiple forums, including AAA and JAMS, and argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals. His particular strengths lie in defensive, mortgage-related litigation for residential loan servicers and financial institutions alike, fiduciary, trust and probate litigation, real property and construction disputes, contractual disputes, and other commercial torts. David has also defended several clients in various class actions throughout the country.

As a litigator, David recognizes that his work is much more than winning or losing of dollars and cents, whether representing a Fortune 50 Company in bet-the-company litigation, or an individual client that is facing the most stressful situation of their entire life. David recognizes that each client and each matter are different, and that different tools and strategies are needed - whether it be aggressive litigation, guiding a matter toward a quick and efficient mediation, or simply picking up the phone to call the opposing side to work toward a common-sense approach. David can frequently be heard reassuring his clients, telling them to "get some sleep" and that "we have this."

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., 2003)
    • The Journal of Corporation Law (Member, Business Manager)
    • Van Oosterhout Moot Court Competition (2001–2002)
    • Student Bar Association (Law School Foundation Representative)
    • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • University of Iowa-Bordeaux Law Program, Arcachon, France (2001)
  • University of Iowa (B.B.A., 2000)
    • Major: Finance, with Accounting Emphasis

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2003

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Special Olympics Board of Directors (2016-present)
  • Special Olympics Arizona, Chair, 11th Annual Breakfast of Champions (2017)
  • Special Olympics Advocacy Resources ("SOAR") Program (Founding Member)
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Certified Ambassador)
  • Suns Charities 88 (Founding Member)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2007–2009; Secretary, 2010; Treasurer, 2011; President-Elect, 2012; President, 2013; Immediate Past-President, 2014)
  • Maricopa County Bar Foundation (Ex-Officio Board Member, 2014)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Bench & Bar Committee and Annual Conference, Co-Chair (2012–Present)
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Graduate, Valley Leadership Class 32 (2011)
  • On August 26, 2008, was sworn in to the Arizona House of Representatives to serve the remaining term of a vacated seat in Arizona's 11th Legislative District and ultimately served on the Commerce, Government, and Human Resources Committees
  • Serves as a volunteer pro-bono lawyer for the State Bar of Arizona Young Lawyer's Division Wills for Heroes Program and also serves as a volunteer pro bono lawyer for the Volunteer Lawyer's Program
  • Successfully chaired the 11th Annual "Breakfast with Champions" benefitting Special Olympics of Arizona ("SOAZ") in September 2017

Professional Recognition

  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2018–present: Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Trusts and Estates)
  • Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers® (2014-present: Business Litigation)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Southwest Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars 2012 and 2013 Editions (Business Litigation)
  • Phoenix Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” Award (2014)
  • 2013 Recent Alumni Award from the University of Iowa College of Law (Recipient)