Barb Dawson is a senior investigations and litigation partner. She serves on the firm’s elected five-person Executive Committee and three-person Compensation Committee. She also has led the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group and its International Practice Group.
Barb’s practice concentrates on assisting Fortune 500 businesses and boards of directors with internal investigations, complex litigation and regulatory compliance. Best Lawyers in America® has recognized her as Phoenix Lawyer of the Year for Regulatory Enforcement Litigation. Barb assists companies when legal challenges arise from government action, shareholder, consumer and whistle-blower claims, and other circumstances involving business-threatening conflict and crisis management. She has deep industry experience with several highly regulated business sectors, including financial services, energy, government contracting and technology.
On a national basis, Barb currently serves as Chairperson of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. She recently served as one of 16 members of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary that vets and rates federal judicial candidates for the United States Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal and District Courts.
On an international basis, Barb has served as chair of the Board of Directors for Lex Mundi, an international affiliation of 160 independent law firms located in 100 countries. She frequently assists clients with matters involving non-U.S. parties and venues, international compliance issues and cross-border investigations. Her experience has included legal engagements, law-related presentations, projects and board of directors' duties on six continents.
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
Member of Leadership (1998-present)
American Bar Association, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (2014-2017)
"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 (2014-2020)
The Best Lawyers in America® (2008-2019): 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 (2007-2020)
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)