Brad Wright represents clients on complex business matters often involving the intersection of business, law and public policy. He regularly serves as outside general counsel for his clients. He has served as in-house general counsel and corporate counsel for publicly traded companies. He has owned and operated his own business and has been a member of many public, for profit and not-for-profit boards of directors.

    Brad provides his clients pragmatic advice often helping drive complex business, real estate, sports and other initiatives to successful completion, and helping his clients through times of crisis. Brad has managed complex litigation matters and negotiated several high-profile disputes to successful resolution.

    Brad believes that his career success is rooted in giving back to the community and he has held numerous volunteer board positions. He was appointed by Governor Ducey as an Arizona Zanjero, and is a two-term governor’s appointee and past chairman of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority. He chaired the Arizona Organizing Committee that successfully hosted the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship Game, and he served on the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee for the 2017 NCAA Final Four. Brad also serves as a board member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council board of directors, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Valley Partnership, the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone and is a past chairman of WESTMARC.

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    Business

    • General counsel and vice president of a real estate development subsidiary of a publicly traded utility company. During Brad’s tenure, the company annually generated more than US$200 million in revenue and owned assets valued at more than US$700 million.
    • Co-managed the successful wind-down of the real estate company mentioned above, liquidating the company's assets and negotiating the payoff of roughly US$800 million in secured debt and bond obligations.
    • Associate General Counsel for a large publicly traded public education company.
    • Led the restructure and growth of an owner representation firm specializing in development of K-12 campuses and collegiate sports facilities. Significantly grew the company's revenue and market reach. Managed development and entitlement of multiple facilities projects.
    • Successfully negotiated a US$17 million settlement on behalf of a public authority resolving a dispute with a local municipality.
    • Currently serves as outside general counsel to various clients in the transportation, real estate and technology industries.

    Real Estate

    • Representing the owner of 16,000 low-income housing units with all tax credit, acquisitions, dispositions, financings and limited partnership restructurings across the US.
    • Represented a large biotechnical company on its acquisition of a US$60 million commercial office building from a municipal seller.
    • Represented a private university on a “swap” of college campuses with the satellite campus of a large state university.
    • Represented the owner of a golf course portfolio of eight courses on its operational and transactional legal matters, including the eventual disposition of its golf courses.
    • Representing the largest public utility company in Arizona on various real estate and public policy matters, including economic development related, Arizona State Trust Land matters.

    Education

    • Represented a midwestern public university on the potential formation of a special taxing district for the US$75 million renovation of their Division I basketball arena and addition of convention space in coordination with various state and local entities.
    • Advised an eastern public university on a plan of finance leveraging donor contributions for the construction of a US$40 million of athletic training facilities.
    • Represented the largest Arizona-based charter management organization on the finance, land acquisition and entitlement of multiple new schools.
    • Represented another large Arizona-based charter management organization in the site selection and land acquisition for the development of a new school in Surprise, Arizona.

    Sports and Sports Facilities

    • Represented the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority in the negotiation of funding for construction of spring training facilities for the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, Arizona, the Milwaukee Brewers spring training facility in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Oakland A’s spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona.
    • Served as chairman of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority during a period of significant political and legal challenges and successfully negotiated resolution of those lawsuits, and its other claims.
    • Served as chairman of the Arizona Organizing Committee hosting the 2016 National Championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
    • Member of Final Four Exploratory Committee that evaluated and successfully bid to host the 2017 NCAA Final Four Tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium and now serving as board member of the local host committee.

    Public Policy

    • Led a successful effort to change Arizona's tax code on behalf of the Apollo Group to provide significant tax relief to Arizona-based service providers; resulted in a significant tax benefit to Apollo, an Arizona-based Fortune 500 company.
    • Appointed by Governor Brewer to a Fiesta Bowl Oversight Committee formed to protect the Fiesta Bowl in the wake of a public corruption scandal.
    • Ran the grassroots campaign for voter approval of public funding for the University of Phoenix Stadium, cactus league facility construction, tourism promotion and other public facilities.

    Education

    • Washington University School of Law, Missouri, J.D., 1991
    • Illinois State University, B.S., 1988

    Admissions

    • Arizona

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Arizona
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Missouri

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Western Maricopa County Foreign Trade Zone: Board member
    • Arizona Sport Hall of Fame: Trustee
    • Interstate 11 Coalition: Board Member
    • Rio Reimagined: Project Team Member
    • All Saints Episcopal Day School: Vice Chair
    • Arizona Organizing Committee; 2016 CFP National Championship: Chairman
    • Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority: Chairman, Governor Napolitano and Governor Brewer appointee
    • Arizona Zanjeros: Governor Ducey appointee
    • Boys & Girls Club (Metro Phoenix) Executive Council: Life Member
    • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona: Chairman and Emeritus Board Member
    • Fiesta Bowl Oversight Committee: Governor Brewer appointee
    • Fighter Country Partnership: Vice Chair
    • Final Four Exploratory Committee, Phoenix 2017
    • Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone: Board Member
    • Greater Phoenix Economic Council: Board Member
    • Luke Air Force Base: Honorary Base Commander
    • Phoenix Local Organizing Committee, 2017 Final Four: Board Member
    • Scottsdale Active 20/30: Life Member
    • Urban Land Institute: Member
    • Valley Partnership: Board Member and Committee Chair
    • Velocity: Board Member
    • WESTMARC: Chairman
    • Recognized as one of the People to Know in Commercial Real Estate by AZ Big Media.
    • Recognized as one of the 20 People to Know in Law by the Phoenix Business Journal.

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