James L. Csontos
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Areas Of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Surety & Fidelity Law
  • Commercial Litigtion
  • Appellate Law

Overview

Bar Admissions

Education

Published Works

Honors and Awards

Professional Associations and Memberships

Classes and Seminars

Published Opinions

Mr. Csontos practices in the firm's surety and construction litigation section where he devotes a substantial portion of his practice providing legal advice and representation to owners, contractors, sureties and other members of the construction industry.

Mr. Csontos also serves as corporate counsel to numerous small businesses, assisting them with various types of legal matters including business operations, contract questions and commercial litigation.

Mr. Csontos joined the firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1994.

Mr. Csontos is a graduate of Arizona State University (B.S. Magna Cum Laude 1982 and J.D. Cum Laude 1986).

Representative Engagements

  • National construction and engineering firms in litigation specific to their Arizona operations.
  • Contractors in litigation and mechanics' lien disputes.
  • Owners in contract negotiations and litigation involving construction projects.
  • Subcontractors in contract negotiations and litigation.
  • Sureties in their investigation and resolution of payment bond and performance bond claims.
  • Sureties in pursuit of their rights of indemnity and subrogation.
  • Contractors in bid protests against public owners.
  • Contractors before the Registrar of Contractors and Administrative Law Judges.
  • Local businesses in their business formation and transactions.
  • Representation of local and national businesses in commercial litigation
  • Litigants before the Arizona and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • J.D - 1986
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Arizona State University
    • B.S. - 1982
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works

  • Contributing author, The Quick Reference Guide to Western States Surety Law, Western States Surety Conference (2019)
  • Author, Surety Law Updates for Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, Western States Surety Conference (2019)
  • Contributing author, Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the “Rambo” Litigator, National Business Institute (2019)
  • Contributing author, Managing Construction Projects, HalfMoon Education, Inc. (2019)
  • Contributing author, How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Thiers Out), National Business Institute (2018)
  • Contributing author, Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish, National Business Institute (2018)
  • Contributing author, Construction Contract Workshop: Understanding Issues in Contract Administration, HalfMoon Education, Inc. (2018)
  • Contributing author, Negotiating Indemnification, Reps, Warranties and More in Business Contracts, National Business Institute (2017)
  • Contributing author, Local Government Law from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (2017)
  • Contributing author, Construction Law, National Business Institute (2016)
  • Contributing author, Preventing Business Contract Disputes, National Business Institute (2016)
  • Contributing author, How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Thiers Out), National Business Institute (2016)
  • Contributing author, Arizona Mechanic’s & Materialmen’s Lien and Bond Claims, National Business Institute (2016)
  • Contributing author, Construction Law: What do You do When . . .?, National Business Institute (2016)
  • Contributing author, What Appellate Court Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Contributing author, Managing Engineering Risk, HalfMoon Education, Inc., 2015
  • Contributing author, Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Contributing author, State-By-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing (2nd Ed.) (Arizona Chapter and Annual Supplements), Wolters Kluwer – Aspen Law, 2015
  • Contributing author, State-By-State Guide Design and Construction Contracts and Claims (2nd Ed.) (Arizona Chapter and Annual Supplements), Wolters Kluwer – Aspen Law, 2015
  • Contributing author, Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law (3rd Ed.) (Arizona Chapter and Annual Supplements), Wolters Kluwer – Aspen Law, 2015
  • Contributing author, Legal Ethics, National Business Institute, 2014
  • Contributing author, Navigating the Appeals Process, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Contributing author, Business Contracts A to Z, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Contributing author, Arizona Construction Law Practice Manual (Ch. 4.3, Construction Surety Claims), Arizona State Bar, 2011
  • Contributing author, An Attorney’s Guide to Professionalism, National Business Institute, 2010
  • Property Crawlers, AZRE Magazine(Nov/Dec. 2009)
  • Author, Deal or no Dealership, Coverage under Motor Vehicle Dealer License Bonds, Western States Surety Conference, 2009
  • Contributing author, Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects, National Business Institute, 2009
  • Contributing author, How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator and Avoid Dirty Litigation Tactics, National Business Institute, 2008
  • Contributing author, Professional Liability in Design and Construction Contracts, National Business Institute, 2008
  • Contributing author, Construction Law Fundamentals: Handling Project Risk, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Contributing author, Managing Complex Construction Law Issues, National Business Institute, 2006
  • Contributing author, State by State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims, (Arizona chapter), Aspen Publishers (2006 and annual supplements)
  • Using a Mechanics Lien to Get Your Money, National Business Institute, 2006
  • Fundamentals of Construction Law in Arizona, 2004
  • Contributing author, State by State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing, (Arizona Supplement) Aspen Law Publications (2002-present)
  • Contributing author,50 State Construction Lien and Bond Law, Second Edition, (Arizona Chapter) Aspen Law Publications, (2000 and annual supplements)
  • Contributing author, Mechanics' Lien Law and Strategies in Arizona, National Business Institute, 2005
  • Contributing author, Construction Payment Remedies in Arizona, National Business Institute (1997-2005)
  • Contributing author, Arizona Construction Law: What do you do when?, National Business Institute (1999-2005)
  • Contributing author, Advanced Construction Law in Arizona, National Business Institute (1999-2005)
  • Contributing author, Handling Miscellaneous Bond Claims, Western States Surety Conference, 1998
  • An Overview of Arizona Civil RICO, 1989
  • Co-author with William F. Haug, Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Laws
  • Construction Law: What do you do When?: Delay, Changed Conditions, Contract Changes, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America®, (Construction Law and Construction Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Arizona State Bar Construction Section, Executive Council, 1998 to 2003
  • Arizona State Bar Construction Section, Chairman, 2001 to 2002
  • American Bar Association

Classes/Seminars

  • Surety Law Updates for Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, Western States Surety Conference (2019), 2015 to 2015
  • Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the “Rambo” Litigator, National Business Institute (2019), 2015 to 2015
  • Managing Construction Projects, HalfMoon Education, Inc. (2019), 2015 to 2015
  • How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Thiers Out), National Business Institute (2018), 2014 to 2014
  • Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish, National Business Institute (2018), 2012 to 2012
  • Construction Contract Workshop: Understanding Issues in Contract Administration, HalfMoon Education, Inc. (January 24, 2018), 2012 to 2012
  • Negotiating Indemnification, Reps, Warranties and More in Business Contracts, National Business Institute (2017), 2011 to 2011
  • Local Government Law from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (2017), 2011 to 2011
  • Construction Law, Half Moon Education, Inc. (2016), 01/13/2009 to 01/13/2009
  • Preventing Business Contract Disputes, National Business Institute (2016), 2009 to 2009
  • How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Thiers Out), National Business Institute (2016), 09/09/2008 to 09/09/2008
  • Arizona Mechanic’s & Materialmen’s Lien and Bond Claims, Credit Management Association (2016), 06/25/2008 to 06/25/2008
  • Construction Law: What do You do When . . .?, National Business Institute (2016), 04/03/2008 to 04/03/2008
  • What Appellate Court Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, 2015 to 2015
  • Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, National Business Institute, 2015 to 2015
  • Surety Law Updates for Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, Western States Surety Conference, 2015 to 2015
  • Don’t Treat Me Bad – Dealing with Principal and Indemnitor Fraud, Western States Surety Conference, 2014 to 2014
  • Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process, National Business Institute, 2012 to 2012
  • What is Under the Fig Leaf, Payment Bond Coverage Across the Western States, Western States Surety Conference, 2012 to 2012
  • It is Only Money: The Economic Loss Rule’s Impact on Surety Claims and Subrogation, Western States Surety Conference, 2011 to 2011
  • Equitable Subrogation, Arizona State Bar Association, Construction Section, 2011 to 2011
  • Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects, National Business Institute, 01/13/2009 to 01/13/2009
  • Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process, National Business Institute, 2009 to 2009
  • Professional Liability in Design and Construction Contracts, National Business Institute, 09/09/2008 to 09/09/2008
  • How to Deal with the 'Rambo' Litigator and Avoid Dirty Litigation Tactics, National Business Institute, 06/25/2008 to 06/25/2008
  • Arizona Construction Law for Architects, Engineers and Contractors, HalfMoon Seminars, 04/03/2008 to 04/03/2008
  • National Bond Claims Association's Annual Seminar, 10/11/2007 to 10/12/2007
  • Construction Law Fundamentals: Managing Project Risk, National Business Institute, 12/12/2007 to 12/12/2007
  • Managing Complex Construction Law Issues, National Business Institute, 09/08/2006 to 09/08/2006
  • No License? No Problem..., Construction Section of the Arizona State Bar Association, 09/05/2006 to 09/05/2006
  • Using a Mechanics' Lien to Get Your Money, National Business Institute, 06/05/2006 to 06/05/2006
  • In Search of the Pot of Gold: Where to Find Money When It Is Not Where It Should Be, State Bar of Arizona, Construction Section monthly seminar, 2000 to 2000
  • Handling Miscellaneous Bond Claims, Western States Surety Conference, 1998 to 1998

Published Opinions

  • Goldman v. Sahl, -- Ariz. --, -- P.3d -- (App. 2020)
  • Weitz Co. v. Heth, 235 Ariz. 405, 333 P.3d 23 (2014) (amicus curiae)
  • Weitz Co. v. Heth, 233 Ariz. 442, 314 P.3d 569 (App. 2013) (amicus curiae)
  • U.S. ex rel. EPC Corp. v. Travelers Cas. & Surety Co. of America, 423 F.Supp.2d 1016 (D. Ariz. 2006)
  • ABC Supply, Inc. v. Edwards, 191 Ariz. 48, 952 P.2d 286 (Ct. App. 1996)
  • Aesthetic Property Maintenance, Inc. v. Capitol Indem. Corp., 183 Ariz. 74, 900 P.2d 1210, 1995
  • Fields v Capitol Indem. Corp., 180 Ariz. 312, 884 P.2d 198 (App. 1994)
  • Big D v. Court of Appeals, 163 Ariz. 560, 789 P.2d 1061, 1990
  • Western Sun Contracting Co. v. Superior Court, 159 Ariz. 223, 766 P.2d 96 (Ct. App. 1989)