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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2010, Arizona Law Review
    • M.S., Capella University, 2007, Organization and Management (emphasis in leadership)
    • Graduate Certificate, University of Oklahoma-Norman, 2004, Department of Defense Joint Course in Communication
    • B.A., University of Maryland-College Park, 2003, Communication Studies
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2011
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2016
Former U.S. Marine John Barwell concentrates his practice defending products liability and personal injury lawsuits on behalf of major corporations and manufacturers. He also represents both plaintiffs and defendants in breach of contract actions and in other business and commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Barwell’s notable experience includes defending several personal injury lawsuits, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of an international vehicle rental company. He also prosecuted several breach of contract actions on behalf of a prominent Arizona country club.

During his 15 years in the Marines, Mr. Barwell served early on as an infantry rifleman, and later as a combat journalist and public relations practitioner. His service included a combat tour protecting the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia. In law school, Mr. Barwell was active assisting military veterans by spearheading an initiative culminating in Tucson’s first Veteran’s Court, which is designed to assist veterans transitioning to civilian life.
  • Obtained a full defense verdict after a trial in which a national equipment rental company sued our client (a local non-profit youth soccer league) for breach of contract. The court also ordered the rental company to reimburse our client’s attorney fees.
  • First-chaired a five-day jury trial in federal court involving claims of assault, battery, and violation of a prisoner’s civil rights under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution through the use of excessive force/cruel and unusual punishment.
  • First-chaired a three-day jury trial in state court involving claims of breach of contract, breach of good faith, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment.
  • Investigated the long-term embezzlement of over $1 million from a large hospital system client.  And without filing a lawsuit, negotiated a favorable monetary recovery from one of several culpable parties. The investigation included interviewing witnesses and analyzing hundreds of thousands of invoices, emails and other documents to determine the scope of the frauds and to identify the responsible parties.
  • Defended several personal injury lawsuits, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, on behalf of an international vehicle rental company.
  • Prosecuted dozens of breach-of-contract actions on behalf of prominent Arizona country clubs.
  • Negotiated a mortgage dispute on behalf of a military veteran against a national financial institution, culminating in a favorable monetary recovery for the veteran.
  • Investigated the long-term embezzlement of a business client’s company profits, concluding with a felony conviction and prison sentence for the suspect employee, and a monetary recovery from the client's insurance carrier and banking institution.  
  • Assisted in the successful defense of multiple apartment complexes against claims of toxic mold exposure by more than 40 plaintiffs.
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May 31, 2018
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American Bar Association
July 21, 2017
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February 26, 2014
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Case Note: Close The Loop on Protective Orders After Litigation
Maricopa Lawyer
September 2013
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2011 - Guide to Arizona Statutes of Limitations: Personal Actions or Injuries
Maricopa County Bar Association
pp. 84-96
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City of Phoenix v. Fields and Backus v. State: Undoing Deer Valley’s Damage
51 Ariz. L. Rev. 503 (2009)
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Notice of Claims and the ‘Sum Certain’ Requirement: The Fallout from Deer Valley
50 Ariz. L. Rev. 1205 (2008)