Member Profile: Gary L. Birnbaum

Gary L. Birnbaum
Dickinson Wright
1850 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1400
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Tel: 602-285-5109
Fax: (602) 285-5100

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Facilitation & Systems Design; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master; ADR Training/CME


Gary L. Birnbaum has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Banking & Finance
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Eminent Domain
Entertainment Sector
Family Businesses
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Land Use/Planning
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Medical Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Non-profit Organizations
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Public Policy
Real Estate
Shareholder Disputes
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates



Gary L. Birnbaum is a Senior Litigation Member in the 57-attorney Phoenix, Arizona office of Dickinson Wright, PLLC. Mr. Birnbaum has significant experience in all aspects of commercial and real estate litigation and ADR. He has also handled business, real estate and securities transactions in various contexts.

Mr. Birnbaum is a well-known lecturer on ADR and business and real estate valuation topics and has been a contributing author of the Commercial Real Estate Transactions Practice Manual, published by the State Bar of Arizona, Nichols on Eminent Domain, published by Matthew Bender, and The Law of Eminent Domain:  50 State Survey published by the American Bar Association. He has served as Chairman of the Law Practice Management Section of the State Bar of Arizona and is a member of the National Panel of Arbitrators and the Mediation Panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and The Counselors of Real Estate. Mr. Birnbaum is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; Litigation Counsel of America; and the College of Law Practice Management. For many years he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate, Condemnation Law, Legal Malpractice Defense, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation).  He has served as Associate Dean for Program Development at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he founded the Advocacy Program and still teaches advanced courses on "Private Property Rights" and "The Valuation of Real Estate and Closely-Held Businesses" as a member of the adjunct facility.  Mr. Birnbaum also served as a faculty member in Arizona State University's transdisciplinary Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program and was a co-founder of that program.

In 2009, The Best Lawyers in America® selected Mr. Birnbaum as the "Bet-the-Company" Litigator of the Year for Phoenix, Arizona. In 2010, the same publication selected Mr. Birnbaum as the "Alternative Dispute Resolution" Lawyer of the Year for Phoenix, Arizona.  In 2012, he was selected as the “Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law” Lawyer of the Year; in 2013 he was recognized in the “Legal Malpractice-Defense” Lawyer of the Year; and most recently he was recognized as the 2014 “Arbitration” Lawyer of the Year.  Southwest Super Lawyers has designated Mr. Birnbaum as one of the "Top 50" attorneys in Arizona. He estimates that his mediation (and arbitration) experience has included at least 500 proceedings.




Mr. Birnbaum graduated summa cum laude (B.A. with highest honors) from the State University of New York at Binghamton and obtained his law degree (magna cum laude) from Indiana University where he served as Articles Editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Mr. Birnbaum has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, College of Law Practice Management.
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, American Bar Association (Sections on Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Law Practice Management)
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • Association of Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Chairman of the State Bar of Arizona, Law Practice Management Section (1994-95)
  • Fellow, Arizona Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Maricopa County Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Society of Counsellors of Real Estate (CRE)
  • Member, Lambda Alpha International (Land Economics Society)
  • Member, National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Panel of Mediators, American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Panel of Mediators and Arbitrators, The Counsellors of Real Estate


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