Gregory W. Seibt
- Commercial Litigation
- Employment Law
- Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
- Banking & Finance
- Environmental/Toxic Tort
Gregory Seibt is Senior Counsel in the Phoenix office of Gordon & Rees and is a member of the Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights, Banking and Finance, Construction, and Insurance practice groups.
Mr. Seibt represents clients in state, federal and appellate courts, as well as before various administrative agencies and tribunals and in arbitration proceedings. His expertise includes a broad range of commercial areas including general and complex commercial litigation, construction litigation, product liability litigation, copyright infringement litigation, trademark (Lanham Act) litigation, business tort litigation, professional negligence and other business related litigation including securities fraud, corporate and partner disputes, real estate disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, common interest development disputes, employment matters, FHA and ADA matters, municipal law, bankruptcy and creditors' rights litigation. He has represented clients in contract negotiations and enforcement in a wide range of matters involving real estate, securities, asset purchases, licensing, partnerships and other business transactions. He served as Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of Surprise gaining broad based municipal law experience and practice in advising city officials on matters pertinent to critical municipal operations. Mr. Seibt has extensive knowledge of and experience in electronic discovery (e-discovery) and data management. He also has assisted his clients in obtaining pre- and post-judgment remedies, and he has pursued and defended claims involving fraudulent transfers and alter ego- and successor-liability.
Mr. Seibt received dual undergraduate degrees in 1997 from the University of Utah, a B.S. in Political Science cum laude, and B.A. in Philosophy magna cum laude, and was a Presidential Academic Award Scholarship recipient, as well as a member of numerous national honor societies. In 2001, Mr. Seibt received his J.D. from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, graduating in the top 10% of his class. While in law school, Mr. Seibt clerked for the Honorable Matthew B. Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court.
Providing legal advice and guidance to businesses on a wide variety of employment, regulatory and other matters pertaining to employment law, staffing, promotion, compensation, benefits, disciplinary, grievance, termination and appeals. Representation of clients in matters before the EEOC, Industrial Commission of Arizona, Personnel Appeals Boards, Attorney General’s Office, and Office of Civil Rights. Analysis of EEO position statements and reports and preparation of responses to EEO complaints. Consult with clients on risk management issues and in the adoption of policies and measures to mitigate risk, respond to Notices of Claim, and negotiate for settlement of claims, and ultimately represent clients in mediation, arbitration and trial of claims if settlement either cannot be achieved or is otherwise inadvisable for policy or other reasons.
Commercial litigation practice focusing on businesses, financial institutions and individuals with issues relating to contract, business torts, major collections and general commercial matters, secured transactions and U.C.C. claims disputes.
Representing public and private owners, general contractors, major subcontractors and design professionals on public and private projects in design professional liability issues, errors and omissions, contract drafting and negotiation, claims preparation, arbitration and trial of claims, surety claims, and job site injuries.
Representing title companies and insureds in litigation relating to title insurance coverage, escrow liability, land trust and account servicing responsibilities. Representation of developers, purchasers, sellers and lenders in transactions, and in litigation arising out of transactions. Representation of landlords and major tenants in commercial lease disputes, and general real estate issues, including contract and commission disputes and broker errors and omissions.
Insurance Defense/Class Actions
Representing large insurance companies in defense against class certification, class action and complex litigation lawsuits related to bad faith and various other complaints concerning claims processing and handling practices, and other matters pertaining to contract relations with insureds.
Trials, Appeals, A.D.R. and Evidentiary Hearings:
Peterson v. City of Surprise: Successful reversal on appeal of judgment and six figure damage award against city to former member of police department for alleged sexual harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation claims.
Griffith v. City of Surprise: Successful defense at trial defeating former employee’s six-figure damage claims alleging gender, age and religion based discrimination and retaliation for terminating her due to engaging in alleged protected activities.
Yavapai Community College District v. MacMillan Const. Co., et al.: Achieved seven figure damage recovery, plus six figure attorneys’ fees and costs award against defaulting contractor and design professional team, after obtaining partial summary judgment on claims involving breach of construction contract, fiduciary duty, professional negligence and bad faith.
W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. v. Maricopa County, et al.: Achieved seven figure damage recovery for client and its subcontractors against County and its design team in complex construction litigation involving over sixty interested parties, stemming from professional negligence and malfeasance claims relating to the design of a court and detention facility complex.
West Surprise Landowners Group v. Courtland Capital, LLC: Successful arbitration of breach of contract and declaratory judgment claims, and request for injunctive relief, on behalf of developer group seeking to compel performance by other developer under a joint development agreement for construction of a wastewater treatment plant and other sewer improvements. Tried within 40 days of appointment of arbitrator.
Toho-Tolani County Improvement District v. A. Miner Contracting, Inc.: Achieved seven figure award for client, plus award of six figure attorneys’ fees and costs, on summary judgment, against defaulting road construction contractor.
Metal-Weld Specialties, Inc. v. Kitchell Contractors, Inc. of Arizona: Six figure AAA arbitration award for client following three week arbitration on breach of construction subcontract claims, stemming from alleged delay damages due to steel structure design defects on project in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Skyline Dredging and Excavating, Inc. v. Oldcastle Materials Inc., dba LS Jensen Construction & Ready-Mix: Successful mediation of breach of contract and bad faith claims resulting in six figure settlement for client against national aggregate materials pit operator, and restructured contract on terms favorable to client to provide for work through 2015.
In re International Fibercom, Inc.: Negotiated for and achieved consensus, and eventual Chapter 11 Plan confirmation, between client and large classes of secured and unsecured creditors in successful reorganization of client, which at the time was leading supplier and installer of fiber wire and data cabling networks in the U.S. and abroad.
Pride Printing, LLC v. Compass Bank: Successful walk-away settlement of claims against client for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and various other alleged business torts related to bank employees’ alleged derogation of duty to depositor, whose former CFO had embezzled $1.2 million from the company through the bank.
Regular appearances at the Office of Administrative Hearings resulting in successful defenses of clients after evidentiary hearings on a variety of business disputes, and other regulatory and licensing matters.
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
J.D., University of Utah College of Law, 2001
Extern to Hon. Matthew B. Durrant, Utah Supreme Court
William H. Leary Scholar
Law Review Assistant Editor
Multiple Cali Law Awards
B.A., cum laude, Political Science, University of Utah, 1997
B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy, University of Utah, 1997
Recognized Annually in America’s Best Lawyers™ in Commercial Litigation and Bank and Finance Law