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At Snell & Wilmer, Dawson co-chairs the firm's commercial litigation practice group and its international practice group and serves on its multi-office executive committee. She has more than 20 years of experience representing companies in complex business litigation involving class actions, consumer and securities claims, tax issues and other matters adverse to governmental entities. Her litigation experience includes several wins before the Arizona Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Federal District Court, as well as service as a Judge Pro Tempore and mediator for the Maricopa County Superior Court. She frequently assists boards of directors and companies with regulatory compliance issues and internal investigations often involving non-U.S. parties and venues.
Dawson recently completed a term as Chair of the Board of Directors for Lex Mundi, an international affiliation of 160 independent law firms located in 100 countries. In addition, she was the 2013 recipient of the annual Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award, given by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. Other accomplishments include serving as the Chair of the State Bar Association Legal Services Committee, on the Bar′s Access to Justice Task Force, as Chair of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation. In 2009, Dawson was honored with the ATHENA Award – Business Woman of the Year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
About Snell & Wilmer
Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles and Orange County, California; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.swlaw.com.