John N. Iurino

John N. Iurino

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520.879.4711 fax
One S. Church Avenue
Suite 2000
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

Mr. Iurino is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, in the Tucson office. He has 37 years of trial and appellate experience. Mr. Iurino 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.

Mr. Iurino has represented real estate owners, developers, brokers and others in all forms of real estate and land use litigation. He has represented owners, developers, brokers and others in contract actions, actions involving joint venture and partnership agreements, purchase and sale agreements and lease and construction agreements. He has represented land owners and title insurance companies in actions to establish legal access to property. He has also represented property owners and public entities in land use litigation, including prosecuting and defending inverse condemnation claims, actions involving initiative and referenda, and constitutional claims.

Memberships & Affiliations

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

Representative Matters

Mr. Iurino’s real estate litigation cases include:

  • Representation of a national company in litigation brought by a former joint venture partner in a master planned community development seeking specific performance of an agreement to convey the commercial land to the former partner;
  • 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;
  • 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 outdoor advertising companies in constitutional rights litigation against municipalities arising out of restrictive municipal regulation.

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 real estate and land use cases include:

  • 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 - Lawyer of the Year - Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Mergers, Acquisitions, Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation, 2003-2018
  • Chambers USA - America’s Leading Business Lawyers - Litigation: General Commercial, 2011-2018
  • Benchmark Litigation - "Local Litigation Star" - Arizona, 2014, 2016-2018
  • Southwest Super Lawyers - Business Litigation, 2007-2015, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
  • AZ Business Magazine - Top Lawyers, 2010
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel, 2009

Other Distinctions

Mr. Iurino has an “AV/Preeminent Attorney” rating with Martindale-Hubbell. He has been named a "Local Litigation Star" in Arizona in the 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Benchmark Litigation. He is also listed in the 2003-2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation. He is listed in the 2011-2017 editions of Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2007-2014 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers, and in the 2009 edition of Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel. He is included in the April 2010 edition of AZ Business’ Top Lawyers.


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, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit, 1980
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 1980
Arizona Supreme Court, 1980