University of California, Berkeley

B.A., 1966

Northwestern University School of Law

J.D., 1969

Bar Admission


Richard A. Friedlander


Prominent Assignments

Practice areas include construction, real estate, complex commercial litigation, and title and escrow disputes, as well as an active ADR practice. He is an experienced mediator and arbitrator handling matters in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. Mr. Friedlander, identified in Best Lawyers in America for his Alternative Dispute Resolution work, has mediated hundreds of disputes involving construction, real property, title, contract, bankruptcy, insurance, escrow, lending and other complex civil cases. He frequently is selected as an arbitrator (including acting as a panel chair in large multi-party disputes) for construction and commercial disputes. In addition, Mr. Friedlander has been selected to be on the American Arbitration Association’s new Joint Venture Panel. Mr. Friedlander’s construction practice generally involves large, complex, multi-party construction matters and the representation of owners (including public owners), design professionals, general contractors and subcontractors, and consultants in both court and ADR proceedings. His construction experience includes a broad spectrum of commercial projects, including disputes involving highways, sewer/wastewater facilities, schools, hospitals, shopping centers, hotels, office buildings (public and private), jails, and airport projects. He has a broad background and experience in drafting and negotiation of construction contracts for all types of private, public and commercial projects.

Professional Involvement

  • Charter Member, Arizona Chapter of National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Served as Judge Pro Tempore for both the Maricopa County Superior Court and Arizona Court of Appeals
  • Chairman of the Arizona State Bar Disciplinary Committee for over 8 years
  • American Arbitration Association’s - New Joint Venture Panel

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, John C. Lincoln Health Network, and a member of numerous network committees and is the former Chairman of the Board (2004-2006)


Over the years, Mr. Friedlander has written numerous articles and lectured extensively for private organizations and State Bar Continuing Legal Education programs on various construction issues, including bid disputes, construction damages, construction claims and defenses, design defects, implied warranties, arbitration, mediation, RUAA v. FAA, litigation, use and cross-examination of experts, constructive change orders, terminations, equitable adjustment claims, construction lawyer malpractice and legal ethics.
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Areas of Practice


  • Selected for inclusion AAA’s Master Mediator Panel-Construction for AZ, NM, OK and TX
  • Selected for inclusion by the AzBusiness Leaders Magazine - Alternative Dispute Resolution (2016)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Construction, ADR)
  • Selected "Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year" for 2015, 2017 for Phoenix, AZ by Best Lawyers in America 
  • Selected "Lawyer of the Year" in Best Lawyers - Arbitration (2013)
  • Named "Construction Lawyer of the Year" for 2011 for Phoenix, AZ by Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Southwest Super Lawyers (ADR)