About John

Tenacious and trial-tested litigation counsel

John O'Neal is an experienced trial lawyer and tenacious advocate for his clients both inside and outside the court room. His practice includes:

  • Corporate and commercial disputes
  • Real estate disputes
  • Securities matters
  • Professional liability and select personal and financial injury matter

With more than 25 years litigating and in the court room, John is a proven trial and litigation team leader who brings a strategic and creative mindset to his advice for clients, as well as a sensitivity to their long-term business objectives. John also serves as the firm's general counsel.

Experience in Action

  • Representing businesses in corporate and commercial disputes, 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.
  • Advising on real estate disputes, including title claims, contract disputes, real estate professional claims, commission disputes, construction matters, lien claims, lease enforcement and defense, and administrative claims.
  • Providing counsel on securities matters, including defense of state and federal claims.
  • Defending and prosecuting professional liability claims and select personal and financial injury matters.

Successes

  • 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 judgment on multimillion dollar claims against a national bank for alleged dangerous real property conditions.
  • Prevailed at arbitration for investment firm's commission claim.

Professional Recognitions

  • 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

Professional & 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)

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