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Posted by Steve Vondran | Nov 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Need a civil litigation lawyer in Flagstaff, Arizona - State or Federal District Court or Justice Courts in Northern Arizona?  Call us at (877) 276-5084.  Business, Real Estate, and Intellectual Property law.

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Our law firm can help with legal services involving litigation in the State of Arizona, in the various Justice Courts or the Federal District Court of Arizona in Flagstaff.  I have enjoyed this great state for so many years, and in particular Coconino and Yavapai counties, and we have extensive federal court experience across California and Arizona (we have offices in both states, including in San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Newport Beach). 

Our firm focuses on business, real estate, and intellectual property matters.  We have been involved in over 500 litigation cases since 2004.  We offer low flat-rate fees for many types of cases, so call us for more information at (877) 276-5084.

Some of the large companies located in Northern Arizona

1. Northern Arizona University: A public research university located in Flagstaff.
2. Bashas': A family-owned supermarket chain with multiple locations in Northern Arizona.
3. Nestlé Purina PetCare: A pet food production facility located in Flagstaff.
4. W. L. Gore & Associates: A manufacturing company specializing in advanced materials, with a facility in Flagstaff.
5. SenesTech: A biotechnology company in Flagstaff specializing in pest control solutions.
6. 93.9 The Mountain: A radio station serving the Prescott, Yavapai County, and Flagstaff regions.
7. Coconino County: A county government organization providing various services to the region.
8. Guidance Aviation: A helicopter flight training and charter company with multiple locations, including Prescott.
9. SCA Tissue: A paper products manufacturing company with a facility in Flagstaff.
10. Arizona Snowbowl: A ski resort located near Flagstaff, providing winter recreation activities.

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Types of cases we may consider accepting

We accept select legal cases in the following practice areas:

1.  Copyright Infringement (ex. software, photographs, music, jewelry, etc.)

2.  Trademark Infringement

3.  Parody Cases 

4.  First Amendment / Free Speech

5.  Breach of Contract

7.  Business disputes (trade secret theft, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with contract, breach of contract)

8.  Real estate disputes (eminent domain, real estate investigations, broker disputes, zoning, construction disputes and related cases)

9.  Fair Use Defense Cases

10.  Software litigation (ex., cases with Microsoft, Adobe, Business Software Alliance, Autodesk, CNC, Siemens, Vero, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Apple)

11.  Select personal injury (Attorney Steve Vondran has been appointed an arbitrator in two significant personal injury cases in California)

Call us at the number above or below to discuss your case.  You may also email us through our contact form.

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Steve Vondran, Esq. is a member of Pine Canyon Golf Club and has strong ties to Forrest Highlands Country Club.  If you are looking for a local attorney who golfs, loves business, real estate, and IP law, look no further.  We can help with select zoning and real estate matters, such as construction defects.

Arizona breach of contract cases can incur attorney fees; if you have leverage, assert it.

Arizona is a unique state where the state law provides for attorney fees for a breach of contract plaintiff who succeeds in the litigation:

Arizona Tile argues that the claim for breach of fiduciary duty arose out of a contract, and therefore it was entitled to reasonable attorneys' fees pursuant to A.R.S. § 12-341.01, citing Jerman v. O'Leary, 145 Ariz. 397, 402-03, 701 P.2d 1205, 1210-11 (App. 1985), and Sparks v. Republic National Life Insurance Co., 132 Ariz. 529, 543, 647 P.2d 1127, 1141 (1982).

In Sparks, our supreme court acknowledged that "attorneys' fees may be awarded pursuant to § 12-341.01(A) based upon facts which show a breach of contract, the breach of which may also constitute a tort.

The fact that the two legal theories are intertwined does not preclude recovery of attorneys' fees under § 12-341.01(A) as long as the cause of action in tort could not exist but for the breach of the contract." See also Pettay v. Ins. Mktg. Servs. Inc. (West), 156 Ariz. 365, 752 P.2d 18 (App. 1987) (tort claim that defendants fraudulently induced plaintiffs to enter contract was intertwined with breach of contract claim); Jerman, 145 Ariz. at 403, 701 P.2d at 1211 (tort claim arose from breach of partnership agreement, citing Sparks). 

Arizona Revised Statute

12-341.01Recovery of attorney fees

A. In any contested action arising out of a contract, express or implied, the court may award the successful party reasonable attorney fees.  If a written settlement offer is rejected and the judgment finally obtained is equal to or more favorable to the offeror than an offer made in writing to settle any contested action arising out of a contract, the offeror is deemed to be the successful party from the date of the offer and the court may award the successful party reasonable attorney fees. This section shall not be construed as altering, prohibiting or restricting present or future contracts or statutes that may provide for attorney fees.

B. The award of reasonable attorney fees pursuant to this section should be made to mitigate the burden of the expense of litigation to establish a just claim or a just defense. It need not equal or relate to the attorney fees actually paid or contracted, but the award may not exceed the amount paid or agreed to be paid.

C. The court and not a jury shall award reasonable attorney fees under this section.

Other District Courts in Arizona that we may be able to assist with

U.S. District Court – Phoenix  [Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse – 401 W. Washington St., Suite 130, SPC 1 Phoenix, AZ  85003-2118.  Phone: 602-322-7200]

U.S. District Court – Tucson [Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse – 405 W. Congress Street, Suite 1500 Tucson, AZ  85701-5010]

U.S. District Court – Yuma [John M. Roll United States Courthouse. 98 West 1st Street Yuma, AZ  85364.  Phone: 928-329-4766]

U.S. District Court – Prescott [101 W. Goodwin Street, 2nd Floor Prescott, AZ  86301]

U.S. District Court – Grand CanyonCVB Matters Only [Magistrate Court Building – 928-774-2566]

U.S. District Court – KingmanCVB Matters Only [Mohave County Superior Court, 401 East Spring Street, Kingman, AZ 86402]

U.S. District Court – PageCVB Matters Only [Wahweap Ranger Station – Phone 928-774-2566]

Whether you need a lawyer in Flagstaff, Williams, Sedona, Prescott, Kingman, or other area in Northern Arizona, call us to discuss your case.

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Coconino County Justice Courts

Here are some of the types of cases that come before the Arizona justice courts in Coconino County:

Civil Suits

Game and Fish Violations

County Ordinance Violations

Injunctions Against Harassment

Criminal Misdemeanors

Orders of Protection

Eviction Actions

Small Claims


Traffic Violations

More information about Coconino County Small Claims Cases

First, watch my video about how to increase your chances of success in small claims court

According to their website:

In situations where a civil dispute arises, Arizona's Justice of the Peace Courts (justice courts) offer a forum for small claims lawsuits. Justice courts have exclusive jurisdiction over small claims filings. “Jurisdiction” is the court's power to decide a case.  Exclusive of interest and costs, a small claims lawsuit cannot have a claim amount for more than $3,500.  If you wish to file a lawsuit for an amount over $3,500, but less than $10,000, you may file a civil lawsuit in the justice court.

If you wish to sue for more than $10,000, you must file your lawsuit in the superior court.  The small claims division provides an expedited and less formal means to resolve civil disputes for money damages up to $3,500. Attorney representation is not allowed in small claims, unless both parties agree, in writing, to the use of attorneys. Small claims cases do not have the right to appeal, and jury trials are not allowed. A small claims case will be heard by a small claims hearing officer or a Justice of the Peace.


    • The case is an action for defamation by libel or slander.
    • The case is an action in forcible entry, forcible detainer, or unlawful detainer.
    • The case is an action for specific performance.
    • The case is brought or defended on behalf of a class.
    • The case is an action requesting or involving prejudgment remedies.
    • The case is an action seeking injunctive relief.
    • The case is a traffic violation or criminal matter.
    • The case is an action against this State, its political subdivisions, or its officers or employees acting in an official capacity. ARS § 22-503(B)

You can find the AZ small claims filing forms here.

Coconino County Superior Court

Address:  200 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Coconino County Superior Court in Flagstaff hears civil and criminal disputes such as personal injury, criminal law violations, and business disputes such as breach of contract.

Statutes of Limitations in Arizona

According to the Coconino County website:

Time limits to file civil matters begin from the date the events that gave rise to the matter occurred. The time limits apply to both civil suits and small claims. The following periods of limitations are for those actions more commonly heard in the lower courts:

  • One year: Defamation of character, false imprisonment, liability stemming from a statutory requirement (ARS12-541).
  • Two Years: Injury to person, damage to property, product liability (ARS §12-542).
  • Three Years: Debt from oral contract, open account (ARS §12-542).
  • Four Years: Business agreements between partners or merchants (ARS §§12-544,545,546).
  • Six Years: Written contracts for a debt, credit card debt (ARS §12-548).

Yavapai County Justice Courts

Call us if you are dealing with a civil matter in any of these courts.

Bumble Bee, Cleator, Black Canyon City, Crown King, Humboldt, Dewey, and Mayer

Chino Valley, Groom Creek Skull Valley, Paulden, Perkinsville, Prescott, and Prescott Valley

Seligman and Ash Fork

Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome, Oak Creek, Cornville, Red Rock, and Sedona

CVB Hearings

According to the Arizona U.S. District Court website:

“Federal Violation Notices (tickets) are issued by law enforcement personnel from agencies such as the National Park Service, U. S. Fish & Wildlife, U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or any other agency governed by the United States.  If the Violation Notice does not read “United States District Court Violation Notice” across the top, it is not a federal violation.

If you have received a violation notice from either the National Forest Service (A91), the Bureau of Land Management (A191), or the Veteran's Administration (A11) and would like more information about your violation that is not available on our website, you can contact the agency directly.  The numbers are listed below.

A91 – Tonto National Forest – (602) 225-5297

A191 – Bureau of Land Management – (602) 417-9339

A11 – Veteran's Administration – (602) 222-6420″

AZ local offices


Location codes A10-11, 19, 22, 91-97, 102, 117, 123, 137, 139, 141-145, 148-149, 161-168, 170, 172, 191

Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse
401 W. Washington St., Suite 130, SPC 1
Phoenix, AZ  85003-2118



Location codes: A13, 41, 50-51, 71, 81, 101, 109-110, 113, 116, 119-121, 126, 128, 152, 156, 171, 173, 190, 198

Aspey, Watkins & Diesel Building
123 N. San Francisco Street, Suite 200
Flagstaff, AZ  86001

Fort Huachuca

Location codes A31

Network Command Building
2133 Cushing Street Bldg. 61801
Greely Hall Rm 2636
Ft. Huachuca, AZ 85613

Grand Canyon

Location codes A107, 111

Magistrate Court Building


Location codes A125, 129, 140, 160, 174, 180, 197, AZ1

Mohave County Superior Court
401 East Spring Street
Kingman, AZ 86402


Location codes A59, 106

Wahweap Ranger Station

Contact an Arizona Law Firm for Representation in Flagstaff, Yuma, Phoenix, Tucson, Page, Kingman, and Prescott

If you need a lawyer for breach of contract, copyright, software, trademark, or other federal law matter (including arbitration and mediation (“ADR”), call us for more information.  We can be reached at (877) 276-5084.  We offer competitive rates, experienced legal representation, and excellent customer service. 

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About the Author

Steve Vondran

Thank you for viewing our blogs, videos and podcasts. As noted, all information on this website is Attorney Advertising. Decisions to hire an attorney should never be based on advertising alone. Any past results discussed herein do not guarantee or predict any future results. All blogs are written by Steve Vondran, Esq. unless otherwise indicated. Our firm handles a wide variety of intellectual property and entertainment law cases from music and video law, Youtube disputes, DMCA litigation, copyright infringement cases involving software licensing disputes (ex. BSA, SIIA, Siemens, Autodesk, Vero, CNC, VB Conversion and others), torrent internet file-sharing (Strike 3 and Malibu Media), California right of publicity, TV Signal Piracy, and many other types of IP, piracy, technology, and social media disputes. Call us at (877) 276-5084. AZ Bar Lic. #025911 CA. Bar Lic. #232337


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