Term: 2009 — 2012
Donald L. Gaffney is a partner in the law firm of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in its Phoenix office. He leads the firm’s multi-state bankruptcy, restructuring, and insolvency practice group and also has had extensive work in electronic data, privacy, and fraud matters. He received his B.A. from Austin College as an Austin Scholar and his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas Law School where he was an editor of the Texas Law Review.
Mr. Gaffney is a member of standing committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association, the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association and the Commercial Law League of America, and author of numerous articles. He is admitted to the Arizona Bar; 7th, 9th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has twice been chairman of the State Bar of Arizona Bankruptcy Section and has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at both Arizona State University’s Law School and Business School.
He has been lead counsel in several international insolvencies and frauds and has appeared as an expert on bankruptcy law in both the United States and Canada. He has recently served as an attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference.
Mr. Gaffney has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America® (1998-2009). He is also listed among Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-2009). In 2006, he was the first privacy ombudsman appointed in the United States Bankruptcy Court System.