Arthur W. Pederson


Scottsdale, Arizona

Phone: 480.624.2704

Fax: 602.240.6600


  • Juris Doctor, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 1971
    • cum laude
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Arizona State University, 1968

Arthur Pederson is a member in Sherman & Howard’s Scottsdale office. His practice focuses on matters related to civil and commercial litigation and litigation, trials and appeals.


  • Upheld the constitutional rights of clients by litigating:
    • The Sun City School Tax, holding that it was unconstitutional resulting in tax refunds in the $10+ millions.
    • The Arizona “Little Miller Act,” holding it to be unconstitutional and relieving client of obligations thereunder.
    • Developers’ rights to due process concerning special improvement district assessments, holding the assessments to have violated due process of law, thereby negating the assessments.
    • Builders’ rights to due process concerning zoning enforcement, negating zoning requirements that violated due process of law.
  • Successfully defended title insurance companies and their insureds, escrow companies and escrow agents.
  • Upheld the rights of various commercial lenders under loans and loan documents in state and federal courts.
  • Successfully defended multiple developers for claims of defective construction.
  • Successfully pursued contractors and their insurers for defective construction.
  • Successfully pursued parties violating trademarks of clients.
  • Successfully litigated imposition of privilege taxes on developers by state and municipal entities, resulting in changes in Arizona tax statutes and ordinances.
  • Successfully represented clients on various contract disputes.
  • Defended multiple New York Stock Exchange listed corporations on employment discrimination claims, including defending one of the first sexual harassment claims to ever reach the federal courts.
  • Successfully represented clients before multiple state and federal agencies.
  • Argued cases before all Arizona courts, state and federal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
  • Represented various country clubs.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, Arizona’s Employers Sanctions Law | May 2008

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel