PeopleBarbara J. Dawson
PeopleBarbara J. Dawson

  • University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with distinction)
    • Senior Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Corporation Law
  • Iowa State University (B.S., with distinction)
    • Senior Class President

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation, Chair
    • Member of Leadership 
    • Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, Past Member
  • American Bar Foundation 
  • American Law Institute
  • Arizona Bar Association
    • Access to Justice Taskforce, Past Member
    • State Bar Convention Committee, Past Co-Chair 
    • Legal Services Committee, Past Chair 
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, Fellow 
    • Board of Directors, Past Chair 
  • Arizona Tax Research Association
    • Board of Directors, Past Member
  • DirectWomen, Awards Committee 
  • International Bar Association 
  • Lex Mundi
    • Board of Directors, Past Chair 
    • Global Program Committee, Past Member
    • Dispute Resolution Committee, Past Chair 
    • Diversity Taskforce, Past Coordinator
    • Women and the Law Committee, Past Chair 

  • “Corporate Counsel Perspective: A Conversation with David G. Leitch, Global General Counsel of Bank of America,” Moderator, ACC Arizona Chapter (2021)
  • “COVID-19 Class Actions and Mass Disputes,” Panelist, Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference (2021)
  • “Affirmed: The Impact of Sandra Day O’Connor,” Author, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 31-34 (Fall 2020)
  • "Board of Directors' Duties for Internal Investigations," Host, Snell & Wilmer CalCurrent Podcast (August 27, 2020)
  • “Post-Pandemic: Can the Rule of Law Improve?” Author, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 4-5 (Summer 2020)
  • "Most Influential Women: Barb Dawson," Featured, AZ Big Media (July 17, 2020)
  • "SEC Awards Record Payout of Nearly $50 Million to Whistleblower," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (June 16, 2020)
  • "Improving Decision-Making Under Stress,” Author, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 3, p. 4 (Spring 2020)
  • "As America Reopens, Prepare for Flood of Coronavirus Workplace Lawsuits," Quoted, CNBC (May 20, 2020)
  • "Coronavirus Goes to Court: After Lives and Livelihoods Come the Lawsuits," Quoted, USA Today (April 3, 2020)
  • "Protecting Democracy - We Can Do Better,” Author, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 2, p. 4 (Winter 2020)
  • "The Superpower of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program,” Author, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 4-5 (Fall 2019)
  • “Director-Led Investigations,” Co-Author, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 46-51 (Summer 2019)
  • “Ethics Smorgasbord,” Panelist, Federal Bar Association Phoenix Chapter (2019)
  • "Crisis and Investigation Management in the Era of the 24/7 News Cycle," Presenter, ACC Arizona Chapter (2019)
  • ACS #MeToo Listening Panel, Panelist (2019)
  • General Counsel Forum, Moderator, ABA Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar (2019)
  • "Keys to Business Development: Strategies to Build a Sustainable Book of Business," Presenter, ABA Section of Litigation, Professional Success Summit (2018)
  • "Ethics in Litigation," Guest Presenter, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (2018)
  • "Internal Investigations - Current Developments," Presenter (2017)
  • "Counsel on the Hot Seat: Managing Internal Investigations," Co-Author and Presenter, Snell & Wilmer Corporate Counsel Forum (2017)
  • "Seeking Success in International Mediation," Author, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 18-19 (Winter 2016)
  • Global Symposium, Lex Mundi/ACC Arizona Chapter/Snell & Wilmer, Program Chair (2011, 2013, 2016)
  • "War Stories and Lessons Learned," Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association (2015)
  • "Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations," Co-Author and Moderator, Snell & Wilmer Corporate Counsel Forum (2015)
  • "If I Knew Then What I Know Now — Tips From Proven Leaders," American Bar Association Section of Litigation (2014)
  • "In Government's Shoes: The Continuing Force Behind the False Claims Act & Qui Tam Complaints," Co-Author, Arizona Attorney (March 2014)
  • "Standing in the Shoes of the Government — The Rise of Qui Tam Litigation," Snell & Wilmer Corporate Counsel Forum (2013)
  • "Ethics in Merger & Acquisitions: A Review of Best Practices from Pre- and Post-Closing," Presenter, ACC Arizona Chapter (2013)
  • "Lex Mundi/ACC Southeastern Global Symposium," Moderator (2013)
  • "Disclosing and Reserving for Loss Contingencies," Presenter (2013)
  • "Litigation Management in Evolving Times," Moderator, ACC Utah Chapter (2012)
  • "Commercial Litigation Funding & Investment 2012," Presenter, New York Digital Sandbox (2012)
  • "Discovering Risks for Non-US Entities: Adapting to US Rules of Engagement," Chapter Co-Author, Inside the Minds: Complying with International Discovery Regulations; Leading Lawyers on Understanding Rules for Discovery in Foreign Countries, Aspatore Books (2012)
  • "Controlling Costs in Litigation and Arbitration Around the World," Panel Chair, ACC New York Chapter/Lex Mundi (2011)
  • "Dukes v. Wal-Mart & AT&T v. Concepcion: Strategies for Avoiding Class & Collective Actions," Presenter, ACC Arizona Chapter (2011)
  • Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Faculty, Lex Mundi Institute (2011-present)
  • "Valuing Litigation: Lessons Learned from Collaboration," Co-Author, ACC Docket, 127-131 (2011)
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege: The Implications of Bevill and United States v. Graf for Corporate Counsel and Personnel," Presenter, ACC Arizona Chapter (2011)
  • "Risk Factors for the Away Team in U.S. Litigation," Co-Author with Dr. Martin Wagener, ACC Docket, pp. 25-28 (2010)
  • "Bringing Value to Litigation, Co-Chair, ABA Section of Litigation/ACC, Valuing Litigation Symposium (2010)
  • "Update on Internal Investigations and Related Cross Border Litigation," Program Chair, Lex Mundi Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution North America Regional Meeting (2010)
  • "The Anatomy of the Director-Led Investigation and the Role of Special Counsel to the Board," Co-Author with Joseph Adams and Andreea V. Micklis, Snell & Wilmer Financial Services Litigation Bulletin (2010)
  • "Unclaimed Property: Understanding and Navigating this Trap for the Unwary," Presenter, Arizona Tax Executives Institute (2010)

  • AZ Business Leader, AZ Business Leaders Magazine (2020)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business®, Litigation: General Commercial (2014-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2008-2021): Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Securities Litigation, Arbitration, Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, AZ Business Magazine (2014-2019)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2007-2021)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star – Arizona, Antitrust, General Commercial (2013, 2016-2018)
  • Who's Who Legal, Commercial Litigation (2008-2019)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Hall of Fame Inductee (2018)
  • Outstanding Women in Business, Phoenix Business Journal (2016)
  • "Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Snell & Wilmer's Barb Dawson," Feature Article, Law360 (February 21, 2014)
  • Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education (2013)
  • "Barb Dawson: Winning Cases and Leading Lawyers in and from the Valley of the Sun," Of Counsel Interview: Vol. 31, Iss. 11 (November 2012)
  • ATHENA Award, Business Woman of the Year, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (2009)
  • Phoenix Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Award
  • Volunteer of the Year, Arizona Volunteer Lawyers Program

  • Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
    • Sponsor (2004-present)
  • Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (2006-2018)
    • Chair (2009-2010)
  • Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations
    • Board of Directors (2012-2015)
    • Advisory Board Member (2015-present)
  • Valley Leadership Class XVI
  • XICO
    • Board of Directors (2012-2016)
    • Program Committee Member (2015-present)

  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia

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