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Benjamin W. Reeves

Benjamin W. Reeves

Partner| Phoenix

Ben Reeves focuses on delivering practical advice to clients facing complex commercial disputes in distressed situations. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has gained substantial experience litigating: (i) interests in real property; (ii) creditor rights and remedies in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts; (iii) the rights, powers, and duties of receivers; and (iv) disputes amongst and between business partners. In particular, Ben has extensive experience with commercial landlord-tenant relationships, foreclosure and trustee’s sales, guarantor and deficiency actions, the enforcement of pre- and post-judgment remedies, complex commercial bankruptcies, and receivership actions involving secured property and/or equity interests.  Ben prides himself on his ability to provide timely and sound counsel to clients navigating through complex problems.

  • Represented numerous lenders in various actions for breach of note, breach of guaranty, and appointment of receiver over collateral
  • Represented numerous creditors in stay relief, plan confirmation, and claw-back litigation in bankruptcy court
  • Represented court-appointed receiver in efforts to sell a commercial building over the objection of the borrower
  • Represented court-appointed receiver in efforts to sell franchise restaurants as a going concern
  • Defended company in action by minority members for, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty and appointment of a receiver over the company
  • Represented minority member in action for breach of fiduciary duty, judicial dissolution, and appointment of a receiver over the company
  • Represented landlord over a dairy farm in connection with bankrupt tenant’s objection to landlord’s proof of claim for unpaid rent
  • Represented multi-million dollar judgment creditor in post-judgment proceedings against guarantor who owned a complex web of interests in various closely-held companies
  • Represented commercial landlord in dispute with tenant regarding exclusive use restrictions in tenant’s lease
  • Defended commercial property owner in action by neighboring business to privately condemn a portion of the client’s property
  • Defended corporate officer in action by commercial landlord to hold officer personally liable for company’s breach of lease
Published Decisions
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2007)
    • Phi Delta Phi, legal ethics fraternity
    • Quarterfinalist, William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition
  • Arizona State University Honors College (B.A., Religious Studies, minors in Economics and Philosophy, summa cum laude, 2004)
    • Honors College T.A. Program
    • Co-Curricular Program, Student Advisory Board
  • Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, Appointed by Governor Doug Ducey
    • Commissioner (2015-present)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy Section, Immediate Past Chair (2014), Chair (2013), Vice-Chair (2011-2012)
    • Membership Committee (2011-2012)
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (2014-present)
  • Uniform Law Commission
    • Observer to the Drafting Committee on a Model Act on the Appointment and Powers of Real Estate Receivers (2013-2015)
  • American Bar Association (2007-present)
  • American Mensa
    • Member (2012-2013)
  • "The Real Estate Litigation Blog," Author
  • "Guarantors' 'Lost Profits' Completely Offset Lender's Deficiency Claim," Author, The Arizona Banker Official Publication of the Arizona Bankers Association (Issue 1, 2016)
  • "Our Bar, Where Everyone Knows Your Name and Our Troubles are all the Same," Co-Presenter, Arizona State Bar Convention, CLE Presentation, Chandler, AZ (June 16, 2016)
  • "Understanding the Potential Benefits and Pitfalls of the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act," Presenter, Live Webinar (June 1, 2016)
  • "Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (UCRERA) Update," Co-Presenter, California Receiver’s Forum, Orange County, CA (January 20, 2016)
  • "'Lost Profits' Completely Offset Lender Deficiency Claims," Author, Law 360, New York (January 13, 2016)
  • "When do Title Cos. Owe a Duty of Care to Third Parties?," Author, Law360, New York (September 10, 2015)
  • “It Just Got a Little Bit Harder to Enforce Judgment Liens in Arizona,” Author, ABA Section of Litigation, Title Insurance Litigation Committee Newsletter (Spring 2015)
  • "If Receiver's Sales Aren't Foreclosures, Then What Are They?," Co-Author, ABA Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel Newsletter (March 31, 2015)
  • "Pursuing and Defending Bankruptcy Avoidance Actions," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, 1.5 Hour CLE Presentation, Phoenix, AZ (June 15, 2012)
  • "Real Estate Fundamentals: Session I – Bankruptcy Impacts on Real Estate Disputes," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, 1.5 Hour CLE Presentation, Phoenix, AZ (February 10, 2012)
  • "Common Bankruptcy Litigation Issues," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, CLE Presentation, Phoenix, AZ (June 29, 2010)
  • "Challenges in the Foreclosure/Trustee’s Sale Process," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, CLE Presentation, Phoenix, AZ (June 9, 2010)
  • "Foreclosure and Trustee Sale Issues (Commercial and Residential)," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, CLE Presentation (February 23, 2010)
  • "Effective Deposition Skills Program," National Institute of Trial Advocacy, San Diego, CA (January 2010)
  • "An Overview of Landlord Rights Against Tenants in Bankruptcy," Co-Author, ABA Commercial Business & Litigation Newsletter, 11 Com. & Bus. Litig. No. 1 (Fall 2009)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (2014-2018)
  • Rising Star Man of the Year, American Cancer Society (2015)
  • American Cancer Society, Phoenix Advisory Board of Directors (2014-2017)
  • Special Olympics, Emerging Leaders Board (2015)
  • Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission, Appointed by Governor Jan Brewer (2012-2014)
  • Phoenix Regions Sports Commission, Friend (2012)
  • Mountain View Presbyterian Church, Elder (2016-2017)

Firm Involvement

  • Ethics Committee
  • Hiring Committee
  • Arizona Appellate Court, Extern to Hon. Jefferson Lankford (Summer 2005)
  • Arizona State University Honors College, Teaching Assistant to Professor Jonathan Lynch (Spring 2004)
  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit