William F. Haug

William F. Haug

William F Haug
Phoenix, Arizona
(602) 234.7806

Mr. Haug is an experienced litigator with an extensive background in civil litigation. His trial and litigation experience includes complex construction, fidelity and surety disputes representing all aspects of the construction industry, including both public and private owners, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and sureties.

His experience also includes more than 35 years in alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Haug regularly serves as sole arbitrator, panelist and panel chair arbitrator in commercial and construction related matters, including contract disputes and construction or design defect disputes involving roadways, tunnels, parks, underground utilities, municipal and military projects, commercial and residential developments, as well as delay and acceleration disputes.

Mr. Haug joined the firm as a partner in 1981. He now serves as Of Counsel.

Mr. Haug is a graduate of Phoenix College (B.A. 1951) and the University of Arizona (B.S. 1953 and LLB, 1956).

Mr. Haug has earned the AV Rating with Martindale Hubbell®.

Representative Engagements

  • Served as National Bond Counsel for a Surety Company overseeing surety claims throughout the United States
  • Successfully defended sureties on bad faith claims
  • Obtained defense judgments in all types of fidelity cases both in State and Federal Courts
  • Represented contractor in mechanic lien suit involving a multi-million dollar electric generating plant
  • Successfully represented subcontractors in lawsuits involving pay when paid and pay if paid clauses
  • Served as Chair of an Arbitration panel involving a multi-million dollar claim on a condominium project
  • Arbitration panel member on a multi-million dollar dispute involving a huge freeway and drainage project
  • Successfully mediated many construction disputes
  • Drafted and secured the adoption by the Arizona Legislature of Arizona Public Works bonding statutes, lien release and discharge bond statutes on private projects and bonding provisions in the Arizona Uniform Probate Code

Bar Admissions

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


University of Arizona College of Law
LLB, 1956

Phoenix College
B.A., 1951

Published Works

  • Surety's Liability: Bonds, Arizona Construction Law 2d Ed., State Bar of Arizona (1994)
  • Little Miller Act, Mechanics Lien Discharge Bond statutes and the Bond provision in Arizona's Uniform Probate Statutes
  • Co-author with Janis M. Haug, Bankruptcy 1984 v. Surety's Rights to Contract Proceeds (1985)
  • Dodge vs. Fidelity & Deposit - The Final Chapter, Tips Surety & Fidelity Committee Newsletter, (Spring/Summer 1992)
  • Decision by Insurer Not to Defend Insured Against Claims Cognizable under Bonds, 12 Forum 410 (1976)
  • Financing your "Solvent" Principal -- Success Failure, Surety & Fidelity Law Committee, San Francisco, CA (Jan. 1996)
  • Co-author with Julianne C. Wheeler, Representing the Lender, in Construction Defaults: Rights, Duties and Liabilities, (1989)
  • Co-author with Thomas A. Joyce, Financing the Contractor, Chicago ABA (1987)
  • Co-author with James L. Csontos, 50 State Construction Lien and Bond Law, Second Edition (2000)
  • Co-author with Mark E. Barker, Why Won't Sureties Do What You Want Them To Do?, State Bar of Arizona, Construction Section Monthly Seminar (Feb. 2001)
  • Co-author with James L. Csontos, Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Laws (1995)
  • Co-author with Mark E. Barker & James L. Csontos, Arizona Construction Law, State Bar of Arizona (1994)
  • Co-author with Chad L. Schexnayder, Current Bankruptcy Issues, Wiley Construction Law Update(1992)
  • New Mexico (1991)
  • Representing the Owner Against the Bank (1990)
  • Co-author with and Julianne C. Wheeler, Representing the Lender (1989)
  • Co-author with Thomas A. Joyce Financing the Contractor (1987)
  • Contractor's Rights And Remedies When The Owner Breaches (1985)
  • Surety's Liability: Bonds (1978)
  • Contractors License Bonds - Claims and Problems
  • Conflicts Between Sureties (1970)
  • Little Miller Act, 5 Ariz Bar J (1969)
  • Need For Little Miller Act In Arizona (Feb. 1969)
  • Actions Against Fidelity Carrier , National Institute: Fidelity Bond (1991)
  • Action Against Fidelity Carrier, National Institute On Employee Dishonesty (1983)
  • Effect of Decision by Insurer Not to Defend Insured Against Claims Cognizable Under Bonds, 12 Forum 410 (1976)
  • Liability of Surety Limited to Risks Assumed in Fidelity Contract, 10 Forum 91 (1974)
  • Fraudulent or Dishonest Acts, 8 Forum 615 (1973)
  • Public Official Bonds - Judgments Against Principal As Binding Surety, 34 Ins. Couns. J. 573 (1967)

Representative Cases

  • National Bank of Arizona v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., 193 Ariz. 581, 975 P.2d 711 (Ariz. App. 1999)
  • Cannon Dist. No. 50 v. W.E.S Construct. Co., Inc., 177 Ariz. 526, 869 P.2d 500 (1994)
  • Dodge v. Fidelity and Deposit Co. of Maryland, 161 Ariz. 344, 778 P.2d 1240 (1989)
  • Pioneer Roofing Co. v. Mardian Construct Co., 152 Ariz. 455, 733 P.2d, 652 (1986)
  • Employers' Administrative Services, Inc. v. Hartford Acc. & Indem. Co., 147 Ariz. 202, 709 P. 2d 559 (1985)
  • Murdock-Bryant Const., Inc. v. Pearson, 146 Ariz. 48, 703 P. 2d 1197 (1985)
  • J.R. Norton Co. v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., 116 Ariz. 427, 569 P.2d 857 (Ariz. 1977)
  • U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Co. v. Christoffel, 115 Ariz. 507, 566 P.2d, 308 (Ariz. 1977)
  • Maryland Gas Co. v. Clements, 15 Ariz. 216, 487 P.2d, 437 (1971)
  • Lincoln Technical Institute of Arizona, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., 927 Supp. 376 (D. Ariz. 1994)

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration (2008-2020)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Southwest Super Lawyers® lists Construction Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Litigation, Construction/Surety (2007-2009, 2011-2018)
  • Recipient of 2012 Legacy Award by the Arizona Surety Association
  • Names One of Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Inducted into Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame
  • Recipient of the Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award from Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  • Arizona Supreme Court Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona, President 1982-1983, Construction Law Section Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, President 1975, Association Construction Law Committee Member
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, President, 1994
  • American Bar Association, Surety & Fidelity Committee Chairman 1983-1984, Forum on the Construction Industry Hard Hat Case Note Editor 1980s, Tort and Insurance Trial Practice Section Member, Past Secretary and Financial Officer
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Member (1991)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Surety & Fidelity Committee Member, Construction Law and Litigation Committee Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Surety Association of Arizona, Honorary Member
  • American Arbitration Association (Complex Case Panel)
  • Honored for his 50 years of exemplary services in the field of Construction and Surety by the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona
  • August 2005 Volunteer Lawyer Program, Attorney of the Month for his 50-year ongoing commitment to Pro Bono service
  • "Silver Star Award"; from the Governor of Arizona for his involvement in creating the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  • Martin J. Andrews Award for Lifetime Achievement in Surety & Fidelity, presented by the Surety & Fidelity Law Committee and Insurance Trial Practice Section of the American Bar Association
  • ISO Silver Award for Excellence in Surety Bond Promotion, presented by the Surety Association of Arizona

Pro Bono Activities

  • Maricopa County Bar Association - Volunteer Lawyers Program

Community Activities

  • Creighton School Board (1966-75)
  • Phoenix Retriever Club (1970-90)
  • Camelback Little League, President