Barry A. Willits
Holden Willits PLC
Two North Central Avenue, Suite 1760
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
602.508.6230 (phone)
602.508.6211 (fax)

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Barry A. Willits

Mr. Willits has over 20 years of experience handling all manner of construction and commercial disputes, as well as providing advice and counsel on construction and commercial matters.  He was voted Construction Lawyer of the Year for 2016 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers of America™.  He regularly represents general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, architects, design professionals, lenders, insurers, and owners in all facets of construction law, from drafting contracts through trials and appeals.


  • University of Virginia Law School, J.D., 1994
    Order of the Coif
  • Indiana University, B.A., 1989
    Phi Beta Kappa

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers of America™ – Construction Lawyer of the Year (Phoenix) (2016)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers of America™ – Construction Litigation (Phoenix) (2012-present)
  • Southwest SuperLawyers™ – Construction/Surety (2007-present)
  • AV Rated™ – Martindale Hubble (2003-present)

Professional Experience

  • Holden Willits PLC, Phoenix, Arizona
    Member, May 2010-present
  • Holden Willits Murphy PLC, Phoenix, Arizona
    Member, September 2007-April 2010
  • Holden Brodman PLC, Phoenix, Arizona
    Member, November 2001-September 2007
  • Holden Walker PLC, Phoenix, Arizona
    Founder and Member, May 2000-October 2001
  • Lewis and Roca LLP, Phoenix, Arizona
    Attorney, 1996-2000
  • Law Clerk to The Hon. Sarah Evans Barker, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Indiana (1994-1996)


  • Design/Build Handbook, American Bar Association (2000, 2003, and 2010 editions)
  • Economic Damage Claims Against Design Professionals, Arizona Attorney (February 2003)
  • Court of Appeals Says Licensing Statute Still Has Teeth, 13 Arizona Builders’ Alliance Legal Notes (July/August 2002)
  • Arizona’s Statute of Repose: Does It Really Bar All Claims After Eight Years? 15 Arizona Builders’ Alliance (June 2004)
  • Co-Author, Horne on Arizona Construction Law, State Bar of Arizona (2010 Cumulative Supplement).
  • Seminar Co-Chair and Speaker, “Arizona Construction Law 2017: Annual Update of Recent Developments” (March 2017)
  • Seminar Co-Chair and Speaker, “Read the Contract: A Lawyer’s First Step in Every Construction Dispute” (March 2018)

Seminars and Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar Co-Chair and Speaker, “Lost in the Rubble: A Search for Neglected Arizona Construction Law Decisions” (April 2015)
  • Seminar Co-Chair and Speaker, “Arizona Construction Law: A Survey of Recent Developments” (March 2016)

Bar Activities

  • President, State Bar of Arizona Construction Law Section (2010-2011)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, (1997-present)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Fidelity and Surety Committee (1997-present)