Frances R. Sjoberg

Frances R. Sjoberg

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602.262.5718 office
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Ms. Sjoberg is an associate in the firm’s Tribal Affairs and Gaming Practice Group. Her practice focuses ‎on real estate transactions and financing and she provides counsel on complex commercial real estate ‎matters. ‎

Ms. Sjoberg’s experience includes debt and equity financing, zoning, condemnation, public lands, ‎federal reserved water rights, regulatory issues, non-judicial foreclosure and commercial leasing. She ‎has represented various clients including investors, receivers and developers with matters involving ‎acquisitions, refinancing and litigation. ‎

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sjoberg was an associate at Polsinelli in Phoenix and served as a judicial ‎law clerk to Supreme Court Justice A. John Pelander. ‎

Representative Matters

  • Represented lender in acquisition of luxury resort, hotel and related assets in lieu of ‎foreclosure;
  • Represented court-appointed receiver in reacquisition and divestment of various real property ‎interests and assets in New Mexico, Texas and Hawaii in conjunction with litigation and value-‎maximizing endeavors by joint defense parties;‎
  • Represented developer–owner in refinancing of $52 million loan secured by apartment ‎community; ‎
  • Represented noteholder in sale of a distressed $5.9 million loan secured by a shopping center; ‎
  • Represented preferred equity lender in acquisition from special servicer of $142 million ‎multifamily portfolio with 14 properties across 6 states; ‎
  • Represented national multifamily investment company in acquisition and debt and equity ‎financing of various apartment communities; ‎
  • Represented borrower in acquisition of $10 million bridge loan secured by properties in Texas ‎and Arizona;‎
  • Represented beneficiary in foreclosure of deeds of trust secured by properties in various ‎Arizona counties; ‎
  • Represented defendant against consumer fraud investigation and complaint by the Arizona ‎Office of the Attorney General; ‎
  • Represented limited liability company owner of assembled property in condemnation actions ‎involving a state entity and lone wolf member expelled from company owner; and
  • Represented defendant–tenant in breach of contract action involving landlord’s failure to honor ‎right of first refusal.‎

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Other Info


J.D., with honors, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2011
M.F.A., Warren Wilson College, 2002
B.A., University of Arizona, 1994

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2012

Court Admissions

Arizona Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Arizona Town Hall, Member
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary Forum
  • Urban Land Institute Phoenix Arizona Chapter
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona, Real Property Section
  • American Bar Association Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Fred DuVal for Governor 2014, Volunteer, 2012-present
  • Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, Flinn-Brown Fellow, 2012-present
  • Woodlea Irrigation Water Delivery District No 2, Board of Trustees, 2013-present
  • University of Arizona Poetry Center, Development Committee Member, 2014-present