Joel E. Sannes



1138 North Alma School Road, Suite 101
Mesa, Arizona 85201

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Joel E. Sannes
1138 North Alma School Road, Suite 101
Mesa, Arizona 85201

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Joel Sannes joined Udall Shumway PLC in 2015. Mr. Sannes focuses his practice in the area of commercial litigation and bankruptcy. He has represented clients in almost every sector of Arizona’s economy in his 20 years as an Arizona lawyer. Much of his litigation work is in construction, representing developers, owners, contractors and subcontractors in mechanics’ lien, payment bond and performance bond disputes, disputes over timeliness, quality code compliance, and compliance with plans. Mr. Sannes has also represented buyers, sellers, and lenders in residential and commercial real estate transactions and disputes. As an attorney with years of experience in administrative hearings, bench trials and jury trials and appeals, Mr. Sannes can assist you or your business in breach of contract disputes, partnership disputes, cases involving fraud or breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty.



  • J.D., Mc George School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, 1994
  • B.A., Arizona State University, 1990

Community Activities

  • Head Coach, Adjunct Faculty, Chandler Preparatory Academy Speech and Debate Team
  • State Bar Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, 1998-2005
  • Valley of the Sun YMCA, Mesa Family of the Year, 2007
  • Valley of the Sun YMCA, Board Member, 2011 – Present

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Published Works

  • Endurance, Arizona Attorney Magazine, May, 2012
  • Hospice, Arizona Attorney Magazine, May, 2013
  • “Affirmative Action Path Unclear to Law Schools” Arizona Attorney Magazine, October, 2011