Arthur W. Pederson
Arthur W. Pederson

Member

Phone: 602.240.3000

Fax: 602.240.6600

apederson@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Marla McGhee
480.624.2717

Areas of Emphasis

Litigation, Trials & Appeals

Labor & Employment

Education

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 1971
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Arizona State University, 1968
Representative Matters
  • Upheld the constitutional rights of clients by litigating:
    1. The Sun City School Tax, holding that it was unconstitutional resulting in tax refunds in the $10+ millions.
    2. The Arizona “Little Miller Act,” holding it to be unconstitutional and relieving client of obligations thereunder.
    3. Developers’ rights to due process concerning special improvement district assessments, holding the assessments to have violated due process of law, thereby negating the assessments.
    4. 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.
Professional Activities
  • Admitted Arizona, 1971
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit and United States District Court District of Arizona
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel