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Gary Michael Smith

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Full Name
Gary Michael Smith
Bio

Currently a parter at Smith Paknejad PLC, Gary Michael Smith is a former founding member of Smith & Craven, P.L.L.C., a Scottsdale/Phoenix based law firm that Gary owned and operated for 10+ years.  Gary Smith is a commercial and construction litigation attorney, a published author, and has participated as teaching faculty in continuing legal education seminars. For all his over ten years of law practice, Mr. Smith has represented an assortment of corporate clients including lending institutions and construction companies before state and federal court, the Registrar of Contractors, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and in private arbitration before the American Arbitration Association. Education California Western School of Law. State University of New York College at Geneseo. Arbitration / Mediation / A.D.R. Training and Experience Judge Pro Tempore – Maricopa County Superior Court (2003). Listed on Maricopa County Superior Court roster of court-appointed arbitrators. In March 2003, acted as settlement judge pro tempore to resolve $500,000+ insurance coverage suit between a hotelier and its architect. In October 2001, acted as arbitrator to settle dispute between a fine art gallery and a memorabilia dealer over rare turn-of-the-century baseball cards and Marilyn Monroe collectibles. Completed coursework in mediation and arbitration, including mock mediation sessions and mock arbitration, 1993. Completed coursework in negotiation technique, premised upon the principles taught by Roger Fisher and William Ury of the Harvard Negotiation Project, 1993. Licenses State Bar of Arizona. State Bar of Colorado. State Bar of North Carolina. State Bar of New York. United States District Court, 9th Circuit District of Arizona. United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Associations and Memberships American Bar Association. State Bar Association of Arizona, Construction Law Section. Maricopa County Bar Association. American Subcontractors Association, Arizona Chapter. Publications and Legal Education Taught Secured Transactions, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, June 2006. Do I Have To Put It In Writing?, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, February 2006. Arizona's In Home Solicitation Law: A Weapon for Consumers, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, October 2005. Non-Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreements, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, August 2005. Construction Contract Types, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, May 2005. Is Your Contractor Licensed?, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, April 2005. What Are All Those Symbols?, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, February 2005. Trade Secrets: Protecting Your Assets, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, December 2004. Arbitration? Mediation? 26 Questions Answered, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, October 2004. Getting Real About Lawyers: Client Rights & Responsibilities, author, published in Deer valley Business Magazine and © Gary Michael Smith, September 2004. Negotiating The Commercial Lease: The Tenant's Perspective, author, published in Scottsdale Airpark News and © Gary Michael Smith, August 2004. Participating Lecturer of Spring 2003 Legal Breakfast Seminar Series, American Subcontractors Association, Arizona Chapter. Proper Maintenance of Your Arizona Corporation, author © Gary Michael Smith, August 2003. Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings, "The Orange Book", © Gary Michael Smith, 2003. Construction Lien Law in Arizona, A Practice Manual, co-author, 2002, State Bar of Arizona. What's This? The (mostly) Complete Guide to Registrar of Contractors Complaints – New and Improved for 2002, participating co-lecturer and seminar manual author, presented 21 February 2002, Phoenix, Arizona, sponsored by CLE West When Bad Things Happen to Good Lawyers: The Morbidity and Mortality of an Unusual Registrar of Contractors Case, participating co-lecturer and seminar manual author, presented 2001, © 06 November 2001, Phoenix, Arizona, sponsored by Arizona State Bar Construction Law Section. What's This? The (mostly) Complete Guide to Registrar of Contractors Complaints, participating co-lecturer and seminar manual author, © 2001, presented 26 October 2001, Phoenix, Arizona, sponsored by CLE West. Professionalism, participating lecturer of small firm litigation break out session, 15 March 2000, Phoenix, Arizona, sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona as Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. The Paperless Office: Myth or Reality, participating lecturer, 17 June 1999 , Phoenix, Arizona, sponsored by the Maricopa County Bar Association. The Law of the Internet, author of contributing article, Freedom of Speech Under the First Amendment, A Primer for Internet Users, © Gary Michael Smith 1997, presented June 1997, Stanford, Connecticut, sponsored by the National Business Institute. Can San Diego Constitutionally Ban Panhandling in Balboa Park?, © Gary Michael Smith 1993, Law School Senior Thesis, California Western School of Law. Other Interests Gary Michael Smith is an avid martial artist and spends his off-hours training in American Kenpo Karate. In the past year, Mr. Smith has also taken up the ancient Japanese fencing art of Kendo. Mr. Smith is also S.C.U.B.A certified. In his off-hours, Mr. Smith pens screenplays and moderates a local screenwriters group.

Personal Webpage
http://www.PhxLawFirm.com

Professional Info

Organization
Smith Paknejad, PLC
Job Title
Partner
Business Website
http://www.PhxLawFirm.com
Industry
Legal Services
Profession
Law
Business Description

Practice Areas Include: •Administrative Regulation of Licensed Professionals •Construction Litigation •Lien and Bond Law •Commercial Litigation and Business Tort Claims •Real Property Transactions and Litigation •Collections and Loss Recovery •Business Entity Formation, Maintenance, and Dissolution •Business Transactions and Contract Drafting •Fraud Claims •Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Mediation •Commercial Litigation •Personal Injury •Wills •Trusts and Estates •Probate •Guardianships and Conservatorships •Employment and Labor •Consumer Credit •Fair Credit Reporting Act •Fair Debt Collection Practices Act •Insurance Law

Address
11333 North Scottsdale Road
Address Line 2
Suite 200
City
Scottsdale
Zip
85254
Phone
(480) 428-0529

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