John M. O’Neal, Partner and General Counsel


John O'Neal is a tenacious advocate for his clients both inside and outside the court room. John's practice includes the following areas:

  • Corporate and commercial matters, including contract disputes, defense and assertion of claims related to officers and directors, shareholder and LLC member disputes, commercial torts, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, creditor claims, and insurance claims.
  • Real estate matters, including title claims, contract disputes, real estate professional claims, commission disputes, construction matters, lien claims, lease enforcement and defense, and administrative claims.
  • Securities matters, including defense of state and federal claims.
  • Defense and prosecution of professional liability claims and select personal and financial injury matters.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissal of securities claims against board of directors and officers of a publicly traded company
  • Obtained unanimous defense jury verdict for municipality in a $100 million breach of contract/promissory estoppel case
  • Prevailed on summary judgement on multimillion dollar claims against a national bank for alleged dangerous real property conditions
  • Prevailed at arbitration for investment firm's commission claim

John also serves as the firm's general counsel. 

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (J.D., 1994)
    • Arizona State Law Journal (Staff Writer, Associate Editor)
  • Southern Methodist University (B.A., cum laude, 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada
  • Arizona

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Faculty 2011, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Judge Pro Tem, Arizona Superior Court (2010-Present)
  • Faculty, Arizona State Bar Course on Professionalism (2011-present)
  • Speaker, Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, 2007, 2008 - Lorman Education Services
  • Speaker, Advanced Depositions in Arizona, 2006 - Lorman Education Services
  • State Bar of Arizona (Member)
  • State Bar of Nevada (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine, 2016
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2011-present
    • Top 50: Southwest Super Lawyers, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2013-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
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