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Greg Gillis

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American Arbitration Association Panel Member

Gregory P. Gillis

Greg Gillis has nearly 30 years of trial experience in a wide variety of construction disputes, commercial litigation matters, real estate transactions and litigation, and bankruptcy litigation.

Greg Gillis also has extensive experience as a neutral in mediating and arbitrating construction and commercial disputes. In addition to his American Arbitration Association (AAA) experience (described below), Greg has been appointed as arbitrator in Maricopa County Superior Court cases and serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for Maricopa County Superior Court, conducting settlement conferences involving a wide variety of civil matters.

Greg has received the AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and is a Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers honoree.

PRACTICE AREAS

Construction Litigation

Representation of owners, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, rental equipment companies, manufacturers, architects and engineers in both public and private contract disputes relating to residential and commercial projects. Construction disputes relating to contract terms and conditions, change orders, defective construction, delay, termination, warranty, payment disputes, Miller and Little Miller Act claims, liens, surety and license bond claims, prompt payment disputes, Arizona Registrar of Contractors disputes and Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings proceedings.

Commercial Litigation

Breaches of contract, promissory notes, guarantees, security agreements, business loan agreements, operating agreements and buy-sell agreements; company dissolution disputes among partners, shareholders, members and other business principals; personal and real property liens and foreclosure; open-account collections; pre-judgment writs of replevin, garnishment and attachment; post-judgment garnishment, levy and execution; charging orders; and fraudulent conveyances and transfers.

Real Estate Litigation

Real estate purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, residential and commercial foreclosures, title and other insurance disputes, landlord/tenant, eviction, and easement and boundary disputes.

Bankruptcy Litigation

Relief from the automatic stay, assumption or rejection of leases, non-dischargeability litigation under Sections 523 and 727, objections to proofs of claim, contested confirmation hearings, reclamation claims and preference claims.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2016

AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2016

Extensive experience with American Arbitration Association and other alternative dispute resolution providers as an advocate and counsel in cases ranging from $50,000 to $10,000,000, including claims arising out of construction defects (framing, roofing, HVAC, stucco), breach of construction contracts, change order disputes, prompt pay disputes, breach of warranty, breach of the implied warranty of workmanship and habitability, indemnity/contribution claims, payment bond claims, architect and engineer professional negligence claims. Commercial experience includes disputes arising out of sales of businesses and failed mergers, real estate purchase and lease disputes, escrow and title insurance disputes, boundary and homeowner association disputes, lender/borrower disputes, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation claims and secured transaction disputes.

HONORS & AWARDS

AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2010-Present

The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, 2012-2018

Super Lawyers, 2014-Present

Arizona’s Top Lawyers, AZ Business Magazine, 2010-Present

Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, AZ Business Magazine, 2016

Arizona Business Leaders, Construction Law, AZ Business Magazine, 2015-Present

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

American Bar Association: Forum on Construction Law; Insurance, Surety & Liens Division; Alternative Dispute Resolution Division

American Arbitration Association: Construction and Commercial Panels

State Bar of Arizona: Construction Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Bankruptcy Section

Maricopa County Bar Association: Construction Law Section

Scottsdale Bar Association

Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court, 2014-present

BAR ADMISSIONS

Arizona, 1987

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1987

Nebraska, 1988 (Inactive)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995

U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

BUSINESS AFFILIATIONS

Arizona Builders Alliance

American Subcontractors Association of Arizona

NACM (National Association of Credit Management) of Arizona, Inc.

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

EDUCATION

J.D., University of Nebraska, 1986

B.A., University of Nebraska, 1982

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Children’s Cancer Network: Director, 2013-Present

SAE Phoenix Alumni Inc.: Director, 2015-Present

North Bible Church: Elder, 2016-Present

ARTICLES

Are Liquidated Damage Clauses in Construction Contracts at Risk of Being Declared an Unenforceable Penalty? Construction Corner, Sacks Tierney, August 2017

Adverse Possession: Can My Neighbor Take a Portion of My Property?Scottsdale Airpark News, February 2017

“The Litany of Dispute Resolution Options Can Be Confusing,” Scottsdale Airpark News, July 2016

“Arizona’s Anti-Deficiency Laws: Changes Impacting Homeowners, Homebuilders and Loan Guarantors,” October 2014

“Receiving a Bad Check: Your Rights and Responsibilities” (co-author), Scottsdale Airpark News, February 2010

“Are You Ready for the ‘Red Flags Rule’?” Scottsdale Airpark News, July 2009

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION TRAINING

“ABCs of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution),” Southwest Business Credit Services Legal Insights Educational Series, March 2017

“Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration,” American Arbitration Association, 2016

“Private Arbitration Update,” Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, November 2016

“Ethical Considerations for Arbitrators, Mediators and Advocates,” American Arbitration Association, 2016

“Construction Arbitration: What You Need to Know Now,” National Business Institute, 2016

“Yes, No or Maybe So? Drafting Effective Mandatory ADR Provisions,” Scottsdale Bar Association, 2015

“Essential Mediation Skills for the New Mediator,” American Arbitration Association, 2015

“Avoiding Ten Common Missteps Arbitrators Make,” American Arbitration Association, 2015

“Preparing for a Construction Mediation: A Mediator’s Perspective,” State Bar of Arizona, 2014

“Powerful Preparation and Persuasion: 12 Secrets to Mediation Success,” State Bar of Arizona, 2014

“AAA Arbitration Rules Update,” State Bar of Arizona, 2014

“Ethical Perils and Pitfalls for Arizona Mediators and Arbitrators,” State Bar of Arizona, 2013

“Best Practices in Construction Arbitration and Mediation,” State Bar of Arizona 2012

PRESENTATIONS

“Risk Management: Roles of Preliminary Notices and Mitigating Risk,” Arizona Minority Contractors of America, June 2017

“The Importance of Pre-Construction Property Identification and Assigning Risk” (webinar), Arizona Builders Alliance, June 2017

“Uniform Commercial Code and Other Secured Transactions,” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Credit Conference, April 2017

“My Customer Filed Bankruptcy — What Must I Do?” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Credit Conference, April 2017

“Arizona Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Liens,” American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, March 2017

“Contract Administration and Legal Issues,” Arizona Builders Alliance Project Managers Development Program, March 2017

“Arizona Lien Law,” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Credit Conference, April 2016

“Personal Guarantees,” Southwest Business Credit and Construction Credit Conference, April 2016

“Preventing and Resolving Construction Disputes: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure,” Arizona Builders Alliance, January 2016

“50-State Lien Law Pamphlet” (Arizona Contributor), American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, 2016

“Arizona Lien Laws: What You Need to Know,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2016

“Personal Guarantees,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2016

“Contract Administration and Legal Issues,” Arizona Builders Alliance, Project Manager Development Program, February 2016

“Preventing and Resolving Construction Disputes: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure,” Arizona Builders Alliance, January 2016

“Legal Implications of Same-Sex Marriage on Your Credit Decisions,” Southwest Business Credit Services, Legal Insights Educational Series, September 2015

“Arizona Lien Laws: What You Need to Know,” The Weitz Company, September 2015; Arizona Builders Alliance (webinar), May 2015

“Construction Lien Law in Arizona,” Southwest Business Construction Credit Conference, April 2015

“Lien Foreclosures and Lien Priority Issues for Credit Managers,” Southwest Business Construction Credit Conference, April 2015

“Understanding and Protecting Your Payment Rights” (Legal Roundtable), Arizona Builders Alliance, November 2014

“Construction Lien Law in Arizona,” Lorman Education Services, September 2014

“Arizona Lien Law and Judgment Enforcement Remedies,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2014

“Arizona Lien Laws: What You Need to Know” (webinar), Arizona Builders Alliance, February 2014

“Reclamation and Preference: When the Bankruptcy Court Wants You to Give Money Back to a Debtor,” Southwest Business Credit Services Legal Insights Educational Series, September 2013

“An Overview of Issues Related to Personal Guarantees,” Southwest Business Credit Services Legal Insights Educational Series, September 2013

“Post-Judgment Collection Remedies,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2013

“Prescription for Healthy Subcontracts” (Legal Roundtable), Arizona Builders Alliance, March 2013

“Reclamation and Preference Issues in Bankruptcy: When the Bankruptcy Court Wants You to Give Money Back to the Debtor,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2012

“Foreclosure of Personal Property Liens and Other Non-Cash Alternatives of Getting Paid,” National Association of Credit Management Executive Forum, April 2012

“Reclamation and Preference Issues in Bankruptcy,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2011

“Collecting from Bankrupt or Insolvent Contractors,” National Association of Credit Management, “Good Morning Credit!” September 2010

“Preference Issues and Abuses in Bankruptcy,” Southwest Business Credit Executives Forum, August 2010

“Collecting from Bankrupt Contractors,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2010

“Effective Collection Methods,” Southwest Business and Construction Credit Conference, April 2010