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Pouria Paknejad


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Pouria Paknejad discusses new Arizona laws KAZT

Pouria Paknejad discusses Arizona laws that went into effect August 2017.


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Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Personal Injury

Privacy Law

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-present

AV Preeminent™ Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

Spectrum Award, American Marketing Association

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Board of Governors (District 6), 2017-present

  • Editorial Board, Arizona Attorney Magazine, 2014-present

  • Bar Leadership Institute, 2015-2016

  • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, 2014

Maricopa County Bar Association

  • Board of Directors (ex officio), Programs, 2013-2014

  • Board Member, Litigation Section, 2015-present

Iranian American Bar Association: Vice President, 2014-2016

North Phoenix Bar Association: President, 2012-2014 

Lorna E. Lockwood American Inn of Court: Director, 2012-2013Professional Activities

Court Admissions

Arizona, 2009

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2010


Law Clerk, Hon. Mark F. Aceto, Arizona Superior Court

Law Clerk, Hon. Barbara R. Mundell, Arizona Superior Court





J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2007

B.S., Political Science, International Relations, Arizona State University, 2004


Volunteer, International Society for Children with Cancer, 2014-present

Attorney-Coach, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2010-2011


New York, New York


Pouria Paknejad: Courtroom experience and media acuity help produce an exceptional client experience


A reputation of integrity, leadership, and staunch client advocacy — Pouria Paknejad’s decade of courtroom experience gives his clients the edge, whether in settlement or at trial.

Pouria Paknejad is an AV-Preeminent® rated trial attorney and a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars honoree practicing in commercial litigation, personal injury, and privacy law. He has appeared as a legal expert on Fox, ABC, CBS, KTVK-TV, KAZT-TV, and KTAR-FM and has been quoted in The Arizona Republic and InBusiness Magazine.

A long-time leader in the Arizona legal community, Pouria was elected to the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona in 2017. He also serves on the editorial board of the State Bar’s Arizona Attorney magazine and is a member of the Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Performance Review. He was appointed judge pro tempore for the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County (2016-2017 session).

From 2011 to 2013 he served as president of the North Phoenix Bar Association, and from 2014 to 2016 he served as vice president of the Phoenix chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association.

Pouria has delivered COJET and CLE seminars on topics ranging from trial practice techniques to attorneys’ fees under A.R.S. § 12-341.01 and personal injury claims.

Representative Matters

  • Lead plaintiff’s litigation counsel for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who was seriously injured when struck by a semi-truck. Settled after large-scale discovery showed that the trucking company had a history of not servicing trucks that were in disrepair.

  • Lead plaintiff’s counsel for a large South Korean textile manufacturer against its Arizona distributor. Settled in mediation (Anaheim, California).

  • Lead defense litigation counsel in an interstate real estate dispute in U.S. District Court (Arizona). Tried to conclusion, obtained a defense judgment, and recovered attorneys’ fees for client.

  • Lead defense litigation counsel in claim for fraud, false light invasion of privacy, and breach of contract. At pleadings phase, case dismissed with prejudice (U.S. District Court, Arizona).

  • Lead plaintiff’s counsel for an Arizona business in a contract dispute against a California company with $4.2 billion market capitalization. Settled in mediation (San Francisco, California).

  • Lead defense litigation counsel in a real estate dispute concerning Arizona’s antideficiency statute and valuation of comparable properties. Tried to conclusion, obtained defense judgment, and recovered attorneys’ fees for client.

  • Lead defense litigation counsel in a third-party debt purchase scheme. Settled after pleadings phase (U.S. District Court, Arizona).


“Examination Techniques in Civil Trials,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2017

“Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees and A.R.S. § 12-341,” Maricopa County Court Administration, 2015

“Understanding Litigation,” Iranian American Bar Association, 2013

“Personal Injury Law 101,” Iranian American Bar Association, 2013

“The Power of Language,” AxoTED, hosted by Axosoft, 2013

Senate Bill 1503, Arizona Legislature (requested by Sen. Adam Driggs), 2011

Quoted in Print

“Jury Is Out: The Disappearing Civil Trial Lawyer,” AZ Business Magazine, 2017

“Leasing Your Home for the Super Bowl,” Arizona Republic, 2014

“Business Divorce: Plan Ahead,” InBusiness Magazine, 2014

“Contract for Sky Harbor Hits a Snag,” Arizona Republic, 2011

Sua Sponte” (Editorial Column), Attorney at Law Magazine, 2010

Radio and Television Appearances

“New Arizona Laws that May Impact You” (KAZT), Morning Scramble, 2017

“Four New Laws That Could Affect You Today” (KNXV/ABC), ABC15 News, 2017

“Civil Immunity: Saving Infants from Vehicles” (KAZT), Arizona Daily Mix, 2017

“Marriage Equality in Arizona” (KAZT), Morning Scramble, 2014

“Privacy Law in Arizona” (KNXV/ABC), Morning Show, 2014

“Air B’n’B® Property Rentals” (KSAZ/FOX), Arizona Mornings, 2014

“Hot Car Laws in Arizona” (KPHO/CBS), Evening News, 2014

“Arizona Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling” (KTAR/92.3 FM), News-Talk, 2014

“Arizona Eviction Laws” (KTVK/3-TV), Good Morning Arizona, 2014

“Religion in Charter Schools” (KTAR/92.3 FM), News-Talk, 2014

“Nonprofit Companies in Arizona” (KPHO/CBS), Evening News, 2014

“Fraud/Misrepresentation Claims” (KTVK/3-TV), Good Evening Arizona, 2012