John N. Iurino

John N. Iurino

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520.629.4432 office
520.879.4711 fax
One S. Church Avenue
Suite 700
Tucson, AZ 85701

"An experienced trial and appellate lawyer based in Tucson. He has extensive experience in representing clients before the Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals." - Chambers USA

John Iurino is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, in the Tucson office. He has 33 years of trial and appellate experience. John has tried more than 30 cases to verdict or judgment and has argued more than 30 cases before the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Volunteer Lawyers Project, Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Pima County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Representative Matters

Mr. Iurino’s recent cases include:

  • Defense of a university medical center against claims of breach of contract and breach of an oral joint venture agreement. Summary judgment was granted dismissing all claims and John's client was awarded $250,000 in attorneys fees;
  • Defense of a non profit corporation against multiple lawsuits filed by a member seeking judicial dissolution and asserting derivative claims against corporate management. All claims were dismissed after motions for summary judgment were filed;
  • Successful defense of the owners of a start-up mine management software company against claims of trade secret misappropriation brought by their former employer and dominant player in the field. Summary judgment was granted dismissing all claims and John’s clients were awarded over $500,000 in attorneys fees;
  • Representation of the owner of 40,000 acres of land in northern Arizona in R.S. 2477 litigation which successfully established public access to the property;
  • Prosecution of breach of contract claims for a national contractor against a school district for the construction of district buildings;
  • Successful defense of a CEO of a publicly traded company against securities fraud claims;
  • Representation of a real estate development company in litigation successfully challenging a referendum which would have overturned a multi-million dollar economic development agreement and tax incentives for the development;
  • Representation of a southern Arizona town in the successful defense of litigation filed by an adjoining city challenging an annexation which more than doubled the tax base of the town;
  • Defense of the managing members of a real estate limited liability company against breach of fiduciary duty and mismanagement claims filed by another member;
  • Representation of property owners in a large lot, rural residential development in litigation against the developer which successfully established the developer’s continuing obligation to maintain the sole access road to the development;
  • Representation of a minority shareholder in litigation involving a contest for corporate control and the attempt to force the exercise of a buy-sell agreement.

Mr. Iurino also has extensive appellate experience and has argued cases before the Arizona Supreme Court, both divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Representative cases include:

  • Grand v. Nacchio, Arizona Supreme Court No. CV-09-031-PR (August 5, 2010)
  • Modular Mining Systems, Inc. v. Jigsaw Technologies, Inc., 221 Ariz. 515, 212 P.3d 853 (App. 2009)
  • Pleak v. Entrada Property Owners’ Association, 207 Ariz. 418, 87 P.3d 831 (Ariz. 2004)
  • Miller v. X9 Ranch Owners Association, No. 2 CA-CV 2002-0127 (Ariz. App. Div. 2 12/23/03)
  • Hause v. City of Tucson, 1999 Ariz. 499, 19 P .3d 640 (App. 2001)
  • In Re City of Tucson v. Whiteco Metrocom, 194 Ariz. 390, 983 P.2d 759 (App. 1999)
  • Outdoor Systems Inc. v. City of Mesa, 169 Ariz. 301, 819 P.2d 44 (1991)
  • Whiteco Industries Inc. v. City of Tucson, 168 Ariz. 257 812 P.2d 1075 (App. 1990)
  • Rotter v. Coconino County, 162 Ariz. 322, 805 P.2d 261 (App. 1989)
  • Eisenberg v. Payson, 162 Ariz. 457, 784 P.2d 301 (App. 1989)
  • Dewey v. Jones, 159 Ariz. 409, 767 P.2d 1199 (App. 1989)
  • Transamerica Title Insurance Co. v. City of Tucson, 157 Ariz. 346, 757 P.2d 1055 (1988)

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  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Mergers, Acquisitions Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation, 2003-2017
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel, 2009
  • Southwest Super Lawyers - Business Litigation, 2007-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
  • Chambers USA - America’s Leading Business Lawyers - Litigation: General Commercial, 2011-2016
  • Benchmark Litigation - Arizona "Local Litigation Star", 2014, 2016
  • AZ Business Magazine - Top Lawyers, 2010

Other Info


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1980
B.A., with High Honors, College of William and Mary, 1976, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1980

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
Arizona Supreme Court