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Barbara J. Dawson

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  • 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
    • Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Working Group Member - Phoenix (2023 - 2024)  
    • Section of Litigation, Past Chair
    • Member of Leadership 
    • Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, Past Member
    • Rule of Law Initiative, Board Member
  • American Bar Foundation 
  • American Law Institute
  • Arizona Bar Association
    • Access to Justice Taskforce, Past Member
    • State Bar Convention Committee, Past 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
  • 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 

  • "Mentorship Milestones," Featured, Az Business Magazine (January/February 2024) 
  • ''Here are the Legal Industry Trends to Watch in 2024,'' Featured, AZ Big Media (December 29, 2023)
  • "Legal Industry Outlook for 2023," Quoted, Arizona Business Leaders (January 2023) 
  • "The Portia Project," Podcast Guest (December 8, 2022)
  • “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)

  • AZ Business Leader, AZ Business Leaders Magazine (2019-2020, 2022-2024)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2023-2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2008-2024): 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)
  • ABA Diversity & Inclusion Center, 21 Hispanic Legal Trailblazers (2023)
  • SALA Trailblazer Honoree (2023) 
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business®, Litigation: General Commercial (2014-2023)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2007-2023)
    • Top 25 Female Lawyers in Arizona (2013-2018, 2022-2023)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, AZ Business Magazine (2014-2019, 2023)
  • Top Honors (2022)
  • Who's Who Legal, Commercial Litigation (2008-2021)
  • Top Leader Making a Real Difference, In Business Magazine (2021)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star - Arizona, Antitrust, General Commercial (2016-2021)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Hall of Fame Inductee (2018)
  • Outstanding Women in Business, Phoenix Business Journal (2016)
  • Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education (2013)
  • ATHENA Award, Businesswoman of the Year, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (2009)
  • Phoenix Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Award (2001)
  • Volunteer of the Year, Arizona Volunteer Lawyers Program

  • Greater Phoenix Leadership, Board of Directors 
  • American Bar Association
    • Governance Commission, Member 
    • Section of Litigation, Past Chair and Member of Leadership
    • Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, Past Member
    • Rule of Law Initiative, Past Board Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Member
  • American Law Institute, Member 
  • State Bar of Arizona 
    • Legal Services Committee, Past Chair 
    • State Bar Convention Committee, Past Chair
    • Access to Justice Taskforce, Past Member
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
    • Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Arizona Tax Research Association
    • Board of Directors, Past Member
  • International Bar Association, Member
  • Lex Mundi
    • Board of Directors, Past Chair
    • Firm Review Committee, Member
    • Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Committee, Past Chair
    • Diversity Taskforce, Past Coordinator
    • Women and the Law Committee, Past Chair

  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia

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