Kevin M. Estevez
Member
Holden Willits, PLC
Two North Central Avenue, Suite 1760
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone: (602) 508-6225
Fax: (602) 508-6211
Email: kestevez@holdenwillits.com

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Kevin M. Estevez

Mr. Estevez represents Arizona general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, architects, engineers, and business owners in all types of construction law and business matters, including litigation, arbitration, Arizona Registrar of Contractors complaints, contract review and drafting, and entity formation and licensing.  He is a frequent writer on issues affecting the construction industry.  He is the author of Arizona Construction and the Law, a legal blog providing an informative look at construction law in Arizona.

Kevin is a past president (2015-2016) of the Scottsdale Bar Association and continues to serve on its board of directors.  He was a Super Lawyers Rising Stars selectee from 2013 to 2019, a Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, and has a strong track record of achieving results for his clients in a wide range of disputes.  Kevin’s recent results for his clients include:

  • $1.4 million arbitration award and subsequent judgment for a property owner against a general contractor and surety on termination for cause and performance bond claims.
  • $1.4 million settlement for partners after arbitrating the dissolution of a single asset partnership.
  • $800,000 settlement for a multi-state construction supplier in a lawsuit against a general contractor spanning multiple projects.
  • $380,000 recovery for a multi-state construction supplier as a result of a settled lawsuit asserting breach of contract and Little Miller Act claims against a general contractor.
  • $250,000 judgment in favor of a landlord and against a tenant for breach of a commercial lease.
  • $175,000 settlement for subcontractor after defeating general contractor’s pay-if-paid clause defense on summary judgment just before trial.
  • Recovered 100% of the principal, interest, attorneys’ fees, and cost sought in lawsuit against retailer to foreclose on a mechanic’s lien.
  • Recovered 100% of the principal, interest, attorneys’ fees, and cost sought in lawsuit against equipment rental company to foreclose on a mechanic’s lien.
  • Won dismissal of claims against foreign limited liability company for lack of personal jurisdiction, including an award of the client’s attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Won judgment after trial on contractor’s claims against owner for labor and materials furnished.
  • Won dismissal of IDEA claims against a charter school alleging that a student had been denied a “free and appropriate public education.”
  • Won dismissal of a bank’s $1 million dollar deficiency claim against client, with an award of client’s attorneys’ fees and costs.

Education

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, J.D., cum laude, 2005:

Business Editor, Arizona State Law Journal;
Pedrick Scholar

University of Arizona, B.S., magna cum laude, 2001

Awards and Recognition

  • AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Southwest SuperLawyers Rising Stars – Construction Litigation/Business Litigation (2013-2019)
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2015-present

Professional Experience

  • Holden Willits, PLC, Phoenix, Arizona
    Member, November 2019 to Present
  • Lang & Klain, PC, Scottsdale, Arizona
    Partner, December 2014 to November 2019
  • Lang & Klain, PC, Scottsdale, Arizona
    Associate, November 2007 to December 2014
  • Holden Willits Murphy, PLC Phoenix, Arizona
    Associate, March 2007 to November 2007
  • Lang & Baker, PLC, Scottsdale Arizona
    Associate, March 2006 to March 2007

Bar Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona: Construction Law Section, Business Law Section
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America: Charter Fellow
  • Scottsdale Bar Association: Member, Board of Directors; Past President (2015-2016)

Industry Activities

  • Arizona Builders Alliance, Member
  • Arizona Utility Contractors Association, Member
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, former Member

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Arizona
  • District Court for the District of Arizona
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit