Christopher D. Lonn

Member

Overview

Mr. Lonn’s practice is focused on Arizona commercial litigation, arbitration, and administrative law, with a specific concentration on construction law and litigation, securities, and investment fraud litigation and arbitration, real estate disputes, business divorces, dental professional representation, and employment law and litigation.

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Areas of Focus
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Securities Litigation and Arbitration
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Business Torts
  • Corporate governance and shareholder disputes
Education

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1993)

  • American Jurisprudence Award Recipient (1990)
  • Moot Court Contestant

B.S., Arizona State University, Justice Studies (1988)

  • magna cum laude

Biography

Mr. Lonn’s practice is focused on Arizona commercial litigation, arbitration, and administrative law, with a specific concentration on construction law and litigation, securities, and investment fraud litigation and arbitration, real estate disputes, business divorces, dental professional representation, and employment law and litigation. For over 23 years, he has represented clients in a wide array of matters involving:  business disputes, commercial torts, commercial sales contracts, buy-sell agreements, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, trade secret litigation, defamation, and breaches of fiduciary duty.

Mr. Lonn strives to take complex and confusing factual and legal issues and break them down into easily understandable concepts.  Another important aspect of his representation is to comprehensively evaluate the dispute or business matter from all angles and then select the most cost-effective and practical way to tackle it.

In connection with his securities and investment fraud litigation practice, Mr. Lonn has experience representing broker-dealers and investors in proceedings before administrative agencies, including the Arizona Securities Division, the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • California (1999)
  • Arizona (1993)

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2002)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1999)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1995)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (1993)

Representative Experience

  • Represented public customers against a national broker-dealer in securities fraud case in FINRA arbitration where claims for negligence, negligent supervision, suitability, lack of due diligence, selling away, breaches of fiduciary duty and other claims were also alleged
  • Obtained a unanimous defense verdict in a securities fraud lawsuit filed against husband and wife business owners
  • Prosecution and defense of claims alleging all forms of business torts, breaches of contract and breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Representation of businesses and individuals before the Arizona Corporation Commission
  • Representation of broker-dealers in securities disputes
  • Represents clients with regulatory inquiries, investigations, Wells’ responses, examinations under oath and defense of enforcement actions
  • Represents licensed contractors in commercial litigation matters and before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC)
  • Represents dental and medical professionals before various administrative agencies
  • Represented some of Arizona’s largest home builders in all forms of construction litigation and administrative proceedings before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors
  • Represented legal professionals in business divorce disputes
  • Represented a woman in a case that received national press coverage where her husband disappeared while on the job. This case appeared on various investigative television programs including “Unsolved Mysteries.” The mystery of this case was not solved because the husband’s body was never found. Ultimately, a judicial finding was entered stating that the widow’s husband was murdered during his employment. This finding allowed the widow to collect on various insurance policies and also to collect workman’s compensation benefits.

Media and Presentations

Memberships

City of Scottsdale

  • Member, Board of Directors, Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (20042007 and 20072010)

Construction Lawyers Society of America 

Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Judge Pro Tem (20042007)

Scottsdale Bar Association

  • Member (1997present)
  • President, Board of Directors (20042005)
  • Member, Board of Directors (19982006)
  • Volunteer, Scottsdale Paiute Neighborhood Center (19972006)

State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (20032005)

Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA)

  • Member (1997-Present)
  • Ex Officio, Board of Directors (2004-2005)

Community Involvement

Maricopa County Attorney Candidate Debate

  • Moderator (2004)

Arizona Attorney General Candidate Debate

  • Moderator (2003)