Education

Arizona State University

B.A., European History, 2011
  • Summa cum laude
  • Dean's List

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

J.D., 2014
  • Magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • 2014 John S. Armstrong Award
  • Pedrick Scholar
  • Arizona State Law Journal, Managing Editor
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards:
    • Contracts
    • Torts
    • Legal Advocacy
    • Professional Responsibility
    • Private Property Rights
    • Family Law
  • Pro Bono Distinction

Bar Admission

Arizona

Vail C. Cloar

Associate

Overview

Vail C. Cloar focuses his practice on Litigation and Appellate Litigation. Mr. Cloar has experience with eminent domain matters, municipal litigation, legal malpractice defense litigation, complex commercial litigation, and appellate litigation.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Cloar graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Following graduation, he obtained the highest score on the July 2014 Arizona Bar Examination and served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Brutinel of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Prominent Assignments

Assisted with the successful defense of a special taxing district in appellate litigation from a taxpayer challenge to a multi-billion dollar municipal contract, including motion practice and briefing before the Arizona Supreme Court.

Assisted in the representation of a special taxing district in condemning a waterline easement and contractual water rights and with the defense of that district against a seven-figure severance damage claim.

Assisted in the defense of a national drive-away trucking company against a class claim alleging violations of state and federal minimum wage statutes spanning ten years and four states.

Assisted in successful appellate litigation affirming a trial court judgment dismissing a multi-million dollar damage claim against an Arizona municipality for breach of a development agreement.

Assisted in the representation of land owners in opposition to the creation of a special tax-levying improvement district, including representation before the Arizona Senate Subcommittee on Finance.

Publications/Presentations

  • How to Lose Your Notice of Claim Defense, Serving the Public Lawyer Seminar, February 2017
  • Safely Subsidized: Derivative and Repo Financing Under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, 45 Ariz. St. L.J. 1663 (2013).
  • Co-author, Surviving Cross Exam: Tips for Expert Witnesses, Journal of Accountancy (Oct. 2014)

Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Brutinel, Arizona Supreme Court
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Areas of Practice

Acknowledgements

  • Highest Score - Arizona Bar Exam, July 2014