Derek L. Sorenson, Partner


Derek Sorenson is a business lawyer specializing in commercial real estate law, mining law, and project finance. His transactional practice emphasizes representation of owners and operators of commercial real estate in negotiation of acquisition, development, entitlement, leasing, financing, and joint venture agreements. Mr. Sorenson also advises mining companies in connection with acquisition, development, operation, and financing of facilities throughout the Midwest and Southwest. Recent representative projects in the fields of commercial real estate development and project finance include representation of the developers of the following:

  • Regional Shopping Centers
    SanTan Village (Gilbert, Arizona)
    Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, Arizona)
    Flagstaff Mall (Flagstaff, Arizona)
    Chandler Fashion Center (Chandler, Arizona)
  • Mixed Use Projects
    Prasada (Surprise, Arizona)
    Chauncey Ranch (Phoenix, Arizona)
    Sonoran Crossing (Phoenix, Arizona)
    Scottsdale/101 Center (Phoenix, Arizona)
    Estrella Falls (Goodyear, Arizona)
    The Borgata (Scottsdale, Arizona)
  • Specialty Centers
    The Yard (Phoenix, Arizona)
    Farmer Arts (Tempe, Arizona)
  • Resorts/Hotels
    J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa (Phoenix, Arizona)
    Courtyard by Marriott – Downtown San Francisco (San Francisco, California)
  • Office Development
    Liberty Center (Tempe, Arizona)
    ASU Research Park (Tempe, Arizona)

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1985)
  • Colgate University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1982)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Arizona State Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Valley Partnership (Board Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007–present Southwest Super Lawyers® lists (Real Estate)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2006–present: Real Estate Law)
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2004–present: Real Estate)