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Don  Bivens

Don Bivens is chair of the 55,000-member Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. He handles complex litigation of all types and corporate investigations. He has tried cases involving securities fraud, patent infringement, trade secrets, lender liability, environmental liability, professional negligence, officer and director liability, products liability, employment discrimination, real estate and construction matters, significant estate disputes, business torts, and class actions. Don leads internal investigations for corporations and special committees of corporate boards on a variety of issues. He also handles election law and government relations.


  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1977)
    • Note and Comment Editor, Texas Law Review
    • Order of the Barristers
    • First Place, Mock Trial Competition
    • Consul, Student Leadership Award
  • Yale University (B.A., English, magna cum laude, 1974)
    • Departmental Honors in English

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • American Law Institute (2007-present)
  • Western States Bar Conference, Past President
  • State Bar of Arizona, Past President
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Past President
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Founding President
  • American Bar Association
    • Board of Governors (2007-2010)
      • Board Operations Committee, Chair (2009-2010)
      • Board Executive Committee (2009-2010)
    • House of Delegates (1999-2010)
      • Arizona State Delegate (1999-2007)
      • Rules and Calendar Committee
        • Chair (2002-2004)
        • Member (2000-2002)
    • Litigation Section
      • Chair (2013-2014)
      • Strategic Planning Committee, Co-Chair (2009-2010)
      • ABA Resource Committee, Co-Chair (2005-2009)
      • Technology Committee, Co-Chair (2002-2005)
      • Council Member (1995-1998)
      • Computer Litigation Committee, Chair (1989-1992)
    • Standing Committee on Independence of the Judiciary
      • Member (2006-2008)
    • Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
      • Member (2004-2006)
    • Standing Committee on Technology, Chair (1999-2002)
    • Standing Committee on Bar Activities (1999-2000)
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
    • Arizona Chair (2006-2008)
    • Life Member
  • Arizona Equal Justice Campaign, Co-Chair (2001-2006)
  • Arizona Lawyer Representatives to 9th Circuit Judicial Conference
    • Chair (2000-2001)
    • Member (1999-2001)
  • City of Phoenix Public Defender Review Committee, Chair (1984-1989)

Representative Presentations & Publications

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame (2014)
  • Local Litigation Star-Arizona Ranking, Benchmark Litigation (2013)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business®, Litigation: General Commercial (2010-2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Edition, Bet-the-Company, Intellectual Property Law (2012)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2001-2014); Banking & Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities Litigation  (2012-2014)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2007-2014)
    • Top 50 in Arizona (2010)
  • Local Litigation Star-Arizona Ranking, Intellectual Property, Antitrust, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Benchmark Litigation (2013)
  • Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation - Business Edition (2011)
  • Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2009)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2011)
  • Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Commercial Litigation (2010-2011)
  • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona
  • International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators

Community Involvement

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Council Member, Arizona (2006-present)
  • Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, Church Attorney (2005-present)
  • Arizonans for Children, Director (2004-present)
  • St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, Senior Warden (2002-2005)
  • Arizona Democratic Party, Chair (2007-2011)

Other Professional Experience

  • Bivens & Nore, P.A., Partner
  • Meyer Hendricks & Bivens, P.A., Partner

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