Joel E. Sannes

Equity Partner Phone: 480.461.5307 Print Biography | Testimonials VCard

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.

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Disputes and Negotiations
  • Civil Trials and Appeals
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Construction Litigation


  • 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

Client Reviews

Dear Joel E. Sannes, You assisted me a few years ago with a custody matter involving my ex-husband and our children. Although it was a traumatic time, I could not have gotten through it without your support and guidance. I often read the Court of Appeals opinions and came across a case in which you represent the plaintiff. I am happy to see that you and Charles W. Brown are practicing together and continuing to assist in the family law area. Thank you again for your guidance and assistance. You may not realize the difference that you make but you do have an impact on the lives of the people you represent and, of course, their children.
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