As both a realtor and an attorney whose practice centered on real estate transactions and construction litigation, I bring a unique professional and personal background to Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty that blends all aspects of a real estate transaction together - legal; strategic development and negotiation skills; financial; insurance; development and construction considerations; and risk management. I understand the meaning and importance of the real estate contract and can explain the terms and transaction process in a way that makes it is easy for people to understand.
I have a wealth of experience in buying and rehabilitating properties, and my career in construction and law has provided me with a cadre of contractor and supplier resources.
Relationships are important in real estate, and I am confident you will find my midwestern upbringing brings a personal, helpful demeanor and manner that bears intellect, integrity and trust to my representation.
I am an appointed realtor to the Superior Court Real Estate Roster, a small list of Court approved realtors assisting divorcing couples with their real estate needs during their separation process.
I received my law degree from the New England School of Law, and have been licensed to practice in Arizona since 1995. After a brief career for a boutique law firm emphasizing architect/engineer malpractice issues, I started my own firm in July 2002 with a primary focus on real estate and construction matters.
I earned my B.S. in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University and my family background spans five generations of general contractors. After obtaining my engineering degree, I was professionally employed in construction for over ten years in project manager roles on projects in Washington, D.C. to New England to Moscow, Russia.
From 2002 - 2009, I was general, outside counsel for the Arizona Contractors Association (ACA), a construction industry political lobbying association.