Member Profile: Shawn Aiken

Shawn Aiken
Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi P.C.
2390 East Camelback Road, Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Tel: (602) 248-8203
Fax: (602) 248-8840

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Mediation; Arbitration; Med-Arb; Discovery Referee; Special Master; Insurance Umpire


Calendar Last Updated: 24 Apr 17

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Shawn Aiken has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Class Actions
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Family Businesses
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Medical Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Native American
Non-profit Organizations
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Shareholder Disputes
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Unfair Competition
Wrongful Death



Shawn Aiken's practice emphasizes complex business litigation involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property and unfair competition. He also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to mediation and arbitration. He was selected by Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year, 2012 and 2015 (Mediation, Phoenix). For six consecutive years (2009-2014), Shawn Aiken has ranked among Super Lawyers’ “Top 50 Arizona Lawyers.” During more than 30 years of litigation and trial work, Mr. Aiken represented clients in trademark, trade dress, partnership and closely held shareholder disputes; violations of non-competition covenants; mismanagement, fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty; RICO; interference with and inducing breach of contract; trade secrets; breach of contract; misrepresentation; and unfair competition cases. He was lead attorney on hundreds of litigated cases, including nearly 25 trials to judgment and a plaintiff's bad faith jury verdict of over $1 million.

Today, Mr. Aiken dedicates his practice to mediation and arbitration. He has conducted over 300 arbitrations, mediations, settlement conferences, and jury trials as arbitrator, mediator, and judge pro tempore. He has acted as sole arbitrator in cases involving business and commercial claims ranging from $200,000 to $90 million, including those arising out of sales of businesses and failed mergers; internet licensing agreements; real estate disputes, including appraisal and valuation of real property and commercial lease interests; partnership, shareholder, corporate, and accounting firm disputes; buy-sell, licensing, real estate lease, real estate purchase, and product royalty agreements; medical services agreements; lender/borrower disputes; trade secret, unfair competition, patent, and copyright infringement; employment termination, trade secret, fraud, negligence, covenants not to compete/restrictive covenants, breach of contract, overdue commissions, breach of fiduciary duty, and misrepresentation claims.

Mr. Aiken also served as neutral on several cases brought by consumers against the telephone company, credit card issuers, and college testing service. International matters have involved firms from, for example, Taiwan, Australia, France and Belgium. Served on multi-arbitrator mass claims panel resolving thousands of employees' claims totaling over $30 million against the State of Arizona. Member of the American Arbitration Association Arizona Advisory Council since 1990.


  • Arizona State University, J.D., 1983
  • St. Olaf College, B.A. cum laude, 1980

    Alternative Dispute Resolution Training AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2007; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2006; Attended AAA Neutrals Conference, Palm Springs, 3/05; ACE004 - Practical Tips for Dealing with Delay Tactics of Parties and Advocates, Palm Springs, 3/05; ACE001 - Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, Palm Springs, 3/05; ACE003 - Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure, 5/04; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training, Phoenix, 1/02; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, Phoenix, 1/99; Maricopa County Superior Court Mediation and Settlement Training, 1/98; AAA Introductory Arbitrator Training, Phoenix, 6/95.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Sections on Litigation and Intellectual Property
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • State Bar of Arizona: Executive Council, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; Trial Practice Section; Fee Arbitration Panel; Model Jury Instruction Committee (RAJI 3d)
  • Horace Rumpole Inn of Court: Master, counselor, past president
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • American Arbitration Association: International Arbitration Panel; National Commercial Panel of Neutrals; National Sports Panel; Large, Complex Case Panel; Arizona Advisory Council
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators


Arbitration Rate: $550 per hour Mediation Rate: $550 per hour
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