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D. Samuel Coffman

As leader of the Labor and Employment Practice Group in Dickinson Wright’s Phoenix office, Sam Coffman has over 30 years of experience counseling employers in all areas of employment law, including management and labor practices, hiring, discipline, terminations, terms of employment, and the review and drafting of employment policies, manuals and employee contracts. His strong employment-related litigation background includes representing clients in Title VII claims, breach of contract of employment, wrongful discharge, fraud, defamation and other employment-related torts, and restrictive covenants.

Mr. Coffman also focuses his practice on municipal law, commercial litigation, and tribal law. He serves as General Counsel for the Maricopa Association of Governments and has defended lawsuits brought against municipalities in development, employment and commercial litigation matters. He has litigated development agreements, defended title claims, defended and prosecuted landlord tenant cases and has represented Indian tribes, tribal enterprises, and gaming operations.

Mr. Coffman is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Arizona and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Education & Credentials


Grand Canyon University

B.A., History , 1980
  • with honors

University of Arizona College of Law

J.D., 1987
  • Editor, Arizona Law Review (1986-87)
  • with distinction

Bar Admission

  • Arizona


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • "Recommended Lawyer," 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Arbitration, 2024
    • Labor and Employment Law & Commercial Litigation, 2013-2024
    • Management, Litigation 2023-2024
  • Grand Canyon University Hall of Fame
    • Inducted, 2014
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
    • Volunteer of the Year Award, 2017

Representative Clients

  • Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
  • City of Tempe
  • ConnectionsAZ
  • Core Construction
  • Dinan & Company
  • DLLR Properties
  • Grand Canyon Resort Corporation
  • Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians
  • Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise
  • Town of Queen Creek
  • WGM Information Security Services LLC

Prominent Assignments

  • Successfully defended and obtained jury verdict in favor of banking institution against executive alleging claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Successfully defended and obtained jury verdict in favor of construction company alleged to have engaged in gender discrimination.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of real property purchaser alleging fraudulent practices against realtor.
  • Obtained dismissal in the Arizona Superior Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court in favor of a construction company alleged to have defrauded prior partner.
  • Successfully represented tribal agents sued by tribal developer in the Arizona Superior Court and on Appeal.
  • Successfully defended tribal gaming enterprise in tribal court in lawsuit brought by former casino executives.

Professional Involvement

  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
    • Employment Section
  • American Bar Association, Member
    • Employment Section


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