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Dr. Ernest Calderón

Phoenix, AZ
Calderón Law Offices, PLC
Northern Arizona University, B.S. Political Science, Minor: Management
University of Southern California, Juris Doctorate & Doctorate in Education
University of Arizona College of Law, Juris Doctorate

Dr. Ernest Calderón, is a practicing attorney, holds a doctorate in organizational change and is a native of Morenci, Arizona and a sixth generation native of what was New Mexico Territory, has practiced law for over 40 years in Arizona’s state courts, Arizona’s U.S. District Court along with the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. He is an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the prestigious American Law Institute. He practices in the areas of education law, mediation law, employment law counseling & investigations, appellate law, commercial litigation, administrative law, public procurement law, construction law and professional licensing law. Ernest is a founding fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He served two terms on the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments and as a Delegate in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He has served as a judge pro tempore of the Arizona Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals, as well as serving as a Special Master and arbitrator. Ernest is a past President of the State Bar of Arizona and is President emeritus of the Arizona Board of Regents. Ernest started his career as a law clerk to Senior United States District Judge Walter E. Craig and then as Associate General Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arizona, before entering private practice with a prestigious Arizona law firm.
Amongst Ernest’s reported cases are: Florez v. Sargent, 185 Ariz. 521, 917 P.2d 250 (1996); R.L. Augustine Construction v. Peoria Unified School District No. 11, 188 Ariz. 368, 936 P.2d 554 (1997); Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission v. Fields, 206 Ariz. 130, 75 P.3d 1088 (Ariz. App 2003); and Gallo v. United States District Court, District of Arizona, 349 F.3d 1169 (2003).

Courts of Admission:
• Arizona Supreme Court
• United States District Court, District of Arizona
• United States Court of Appeals in and for the Ninth Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals in and for the District of Columbia
• United States Supreme Court
Education and Honors:
• Executive Course, Northwestern University (2009)
• Juris Doctorate, University of Arizona College of Law (1982)
• Bachelor of Science, Northern Arizona University (1979)
• Doctor of Humane Letters, Northern Arizona University (2013)
• 1977 Harry S Truman Scholar (Arizona’s first)
• Past President of the State Bar of Arizona
• President Emeritus of the Arizona Board of Regents
• Latino Lawyer of the Year 2002 named by the National Hispanic Bar Association

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Areas of Expertise
Business Law (Commercial Law)
Commercial Law