Robyn Nordin Stowell

Member

Scottsdale, Arizona

Phone: 480.624.2736

Fax: 480.624.2029

rstowell@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas, 1985
    • with Honors

Robyn Stowell is the head of the law firm’s Golf, Resorts and Private Clubs practice group and a member of the Data Security and Privacy group.

Robyn represents nonprofit organizations, private clubs, developers, borrowers, lenders and member groups in a wide variety of transactions, including the purchase, sale and financing of golf and resort assets, real estate, and operating businesses. She assists clients with a range of legal issues, including corporate governance, financing transactions, cyber security issues, contracts and other operational issues.

Robyn has also represented buyers, sellers, lenders and landlords in acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of real estate. She has counseled a wide range of clients and negotiated and documented agreements on a variety of corporate and business matters, including new business formation, growth issues, exit strategies, purchase and sale of assets, and day-to-day business concerns.

Experience

  • Represents developers and member groups in golf and private club turnovers and equity conversions.
  • Counsel to developers of master-planned communities.
  • Counsel to member-controlled private clubs and developer controlled clubs.
  • Counsel to buyers and sellers of golf courses.
  • Significant golf-related lending work, including hundred-plus million dollar golf course and resort loans and work on various golf course matters related to financing and construction.
  • Led negotiation and implementation of settlement of real estate and golf course litigation demanding $750 million in remedies, and provided significant real estate and business support for other litigation.
  • Work with homeowner associations and condominium associations, including addressing liability and operations issues prior to and after turnover.
  • Representing developers of condominiums and mixed-use projects.
  • Represented owner of mixed-use property in tenant leases and lease modifications, addressed CC&R issues and access easement issues, and handled ongoing tenant and business matters for property; handled all aspects of refinancing transaction; negotiated and documented sale transaction for ultimate disposition of project.
  • Represented lender in multiple loans secured by income producing real estate in Arizona, including negotiating loan documents and opinion letters, and review of title, survey and tenant documents.
  • Represents buyers, sellers, developers, landlords, lenders and others in a variety of real estate developments and transactions.

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

  • Proper Documentation Matters: Correct Them Now for Your Operations and the Next Crisis
    BoardRoom Magazine | May/June 2020
  • Arizona Governor Amends “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Order
    Sherman & Howard Advisory | April 30, 2020
  • Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions
    BoardRoom Magazine | January/February 2020
  • Updating Club Documents: How Female Participation is Driving Change
    NCA Club Trends | Fall 2019
  • Website Tips for Your Club
    BoardRoom Magazine | September/October 2019
  • Goldilocks Minutes: What’s Enough Information
    BoardRoom Magazine | May/June 2019
  • Let This be the Year Your Club is Truly Private
    BoardRoom Magazine | January/February 2019
  • Significant Others
    Club Director | Fall 2018
  • When Significant Others Break Up
    Club Director | Spring 2018
  • Paying Refunds on Deceased Members’ Estates
    Club Director | Spring 2018
  • Sticker Shock: Employee Fraud and Theft
    BoardRoom Magazine | January/February 2018
  • Document Retention Policies
    BoardRoom Magazine | September/October 2017
  • Educate Staff to Reduce Cyber Security Risks
    BoardRoom Magazine | May/June 2017
  • Protect the Club from Cyber Security Threats (Part 2)
    BoardRoom Magazine | November/December 2016
  • Protect the Club from Cyber Security Threats (Part 1)
    BoardRoom Magazine | September/October 2016
  • How to Respond When Members Misbehave
    Club Director | Summer 2016
  • Rare Bankruptcy Opinion Provides Insights
    BoardRoom Magazine | January/February 2015
  • Shouldn’t We All Have Clean SOX (and Other Stuff)
    The BoardRoom | March/April 2013
  • National Club Association – Club Director Reference Series – Model Private Club Bylaws
    2012
  • CMAA Social Media White Paper – Legal Issues in the Use of Social Media by Clubs
    2012
  • Club Requirements for Accessibility
    The BoardRoom | September/October 2012
  • Golf Cart Liability Issues
    The BoardRoom | May/June 2011
  • A Board’s Best Defense is a Good Offense
    The BoardRoom | January/February 2011
  • Turnover and Conversion Transactions: Legal Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities for Clubs and Developers
    Club Director | Fall 2010
  • Professional Advice Protects Board Members
    The BoardRoom | July/August 2010
  • Club and Homeowner Association Mergers and Cooperations
    The BoardRoom | May/June 2010

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Modify Your Documents Now to Prepare for the Next Pivot
    CMAA Webinar | August 19, 2020
  • Member Legal Issues
    PCMA Webinar | August 13, 2020
  • Member Discipline Issues After COVID-19
    CMAA Webinar | April 29, 2020
  • COVID-19 Update: Top Employment Issues
    Colorado Chapter CMAA | March 20, 2020
    Arizona Chapter CMAA | March 20, 2020
  • Club Governance; Board and Committee Orientations
    CMAA’s Business Management Institute’s Leadership Principles | October 2019
  • Basic Legal Issues Every General Manager and Board Should Understand
    Evergreen Chapter CMAA | May 2019
  • Club Governance; Board and Committee Orientations
    CMAA’s Business Management Institute’s Leadership Principles | April 2019
  • Club Law Boot Camp: All the Basic Legal Issues Every General Manager and Board Should Understand
    CMAA 92nd World Conference, Nashville, TN | February 28, 2019
  • Club Governance; Board and Committee Orientations
    CMAA’s Business Management Institute’s Leadership Principles | January 2019
  • Tips for Staying Sane, Employed and Valued in the Club Industry
    OB Sports Management | January 2019
  • Advanced Issues in Employee Theft and Fraud
    CMAA 91st World Conference on Club Management, San Francisco, CA | March 3, 2018
  • Advanced Issues in Member Discipline
    CMAA 91st World Conference on Club Management, San Francisco, CA | March 3, 2018
  • Cyber Insurance for Private Foundations
    PKF O’Connor Davies | October 26, 2017
  • HR Cultural Pain Points Roundtable
    Club Benchmarking and Master Club Advisors Human Resources Symposium, Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, VA | August 17, 2017
  • Employee Fraud and Theft – If We Were Your Employees We Could Rob You Blind
    2017 Greater Southwest Chapter CMAA Summit, Desert Highlands Country Club, Scottsdale, AZ | August 21, 2017
  • Member Discipline:  Don’t Make Me Stop This (Golf) Car
    Golden State Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America, Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, CA | April 11, 2017
  • Governance and Board & Committee Orientation
    CMAA Business Management Institute II, Cal Poly Pomona | January 11-12, 2017
  • Club Governance” and “Board & Committee Orientation
    CMAA Business Management Institute’s Leadership Principles, Cal Poly Pomona | October 5, 2016
  • Beware the Lawyer in Your Bathroom (And Other Places the Lawyer Might Go This Year
    Florida Chapter CMAA 2016 Summer Conference Series, Clearwater Beach, FL | September 26, 2016
  • Legal Trends and Private Club Status
    Club Managers Association of America Leadership / Legislative Conference, Seattle, WA | September 9, 2016
  • Every Party Doesn’t Really Need a Pooper
    Association of Club Catering Professionals 2016 National Conference, Nashville, TN  August 29, 2016
  • Cyber Security Basics: What You Need to Know to Protect the Club
    2016 Greater Southwest Chapter CMAA Summit, Scottsdale, AZ | August 15, 2016
  • Your Documents: Update Them!
    St. Louis District CMAA Chapter, St. Louis, MO | April 4, 2016
  • Member Discipline: Due Process and the Fair Hearing
    Club Managers Association of America 89th World Conference on Club Management, San Diego, CA | February 23, 2016
  • Club Legal & Financial Roundtable
    Club Managers Association of America 89th World Conference on Club Management, San Diego, CA | February 22, 2016
  • Member Discipline – My Member Did What?
    Greater Southwest Chapter Club Managers Association of America, Scottsdale, AZ | August 25, 2015
  • Legal and Liability Issues for Private Clubs
    HFTP Club & Hotel Controllers Conference, Austin, TX | June 17, 2015
  • If We Were Your Employees, We Could Rob You Blind
    Club Managers Association of America 88th World Conference on Club Management, San Antonio, TX | March 10, 2015
  • Lightning Round: Legal Issues
    Club Managers Association of America 88th World Conference on Club Management, San Antonio, TX | March 10, 2015
  • The Changing Outlook for Private and Tax-Exempt Status: What’s Important Now and How Might It Change
    National Club Conference, San Francisco, CA | April 28, 2014
  • Equal in High Heels: Best Marketing and Legal Tips for Winning and Keeping Women (and Families) in the Club
    Club Managers Association of America 86th World Conference on Club Management, San Diego, CA | February 9, 2013
  • Disciplining Members Without Being Spanked
    Club Managers Association of America 86th World Conference on Club Management, San Diego, CA | February 10, 2013
  • Think Your Club Is Purely Private? What Do Your Records Of Non-Member Income Say About That?
    Club Managers Association of America 86th World Conference on Club Management, San Diego, CA | February 10, 2013
  • Club Legal and Finance Roundtable
    Club Managers Association of America 86th World Conference on Club Management, San Diego, CA | February 10, 2013
  • Books, Bylaws and Being Good: What the Board Should Know and Do Now
    Golden State Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America, Santa Barbara Club | January 8, 2013

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Former Board of Trustees Member
  • Former Board Member, National Club Association
  • Former Corporate Member, National Golf Course Owners Association

 

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Former Member, Arizona Character Education Blue Ribbon Task Force, Arizona Department of Education
  • Former Vice President and Board Member, Arizona Character Education Foundation

Highlights

  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Scottsdale (2011-2021)
  • Chambers USA, Recognized Practitioner: Leisure & Hospitality (2014-2016, 2019)
  • The BoardRoom Magazine, Excellence in Achievement Award for Educator of the Year (2015, 2019)
  • Golf, Inc., Recommended Attorney (2011-2013)
  • Arizona Business Magazine, Top Lawyer in Arizona (2010-2011)
  • Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine, Top People to Know in Commercial Real Estate (2008-2011)
  • The BoardRoom Magazine, Seventeen Most Prominent Women: Golf Industry (2009)
  • Phoenix Business Journal, Best of the Bar (2004)