Elizabeth A. McFarland
Attorney at Law
Sedona, Arizona

Elizabeth A. McFarland Attorney Profile
ELIZABETH A. McFARLAND, Sedona, Arizona
Sole Practitioner 2002 to present
  • Wills, trusts, formation and maintenance of corporations, LLCs and
    partnerships, commercial transactions, general business law, and
    appeals.  Lead counsel for a group of property owners in a case
    resolving competing claims by government entities and landowners to
    water rights in the Imperial Valley.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES DEALERS
Arbitrator 2004-2007
  • Arbitrate disputes between customers and stock brokers.

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

  • Practiced complex, commercial litigation and appeals in state and federal
    courts across the country, second-chairing civil trials, and performing all
    aspects of civil discovery and motions practice.  These cases involved
    issues like fraud, breach of contract, joint venture disputes, premises
    liability, wrongful termination of employment, promissory estoppel, 10b5
    violations, the 1940 Investment Company Act, corporate governance,
    legal malractice, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes.  Acted as lead
    counsel in a Winstar case before the United States Court of Federal
    Claims from 1998 through 2001.  Clients included:   corporations, banks,
    holding companies, entrepreneurs, a political party, and landlords.  
    Opponents included entities like: TRW, KPMG, the UAW, Siemens, law
    firms, and the federal government.

  • Advised clients in corporate, banking, and transactional work.

  • Managed civil litigation of commercial transactions, employment
    disputes, and family law; and performed estate planning and probate.

  • Team taught California community property law.

  • Selected as one of six students to consult with the government of
    Estonia regarding the legal framework for its transition from communism
    to capitalism and from rule by law to rule of law.  Worked with Estonian
    representative to draft antitrust decree and legislation, both of which
    were subsequently enacted.


































EDUCATION

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER, Washington, D.C.
  • Juris Doctor Awarded February, 1993
  • Summer study abroad at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dean’s List (1991-92).
  • Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, 1991-92 editor, 1990-91 staff.  
    Published Elizabeth Whitaker, Comment, The Schengen Agreement And
    Its Portent For Immigration In Europe, 6 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 191 (1992);
    Note, Czechoslovakia Links Economic And Immigration Policies, 5 Geo.
    Immigr. L.J. 571 (1991).

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, California
  • Bachelor of Arts Political Science Awarded December, 1987 (including
    one year of graduate level economics course work at the University of
    Italy at Padua, with all instruction in Italian)
  • College Honors, Dean's List, Chancellor's Scholar, UCLA Alumni
    Scholarship, Hazel Severy Scholarship, Phi Mu Flying Carpet
    Scholarship, and Association of American University Women
    Scholarship.
  • UCLA Intercollegiate Sailing Team (1983-86).

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Northern Arizona Healthcare, Board of Directors
  • Arizona Community Foundation for Sedona and the Verde Valley, Board
    of Advisors
  • Former Board Director for Verde Valley Medical Center
  • Former Arizona State Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Former Cornville Community Association’s Trails Committee member
  • Former Wills For Heroes service provider to first responders in Yavapai
    and Coconino Counties
  • Former Verde Valley Archaeology Center Trustee.
GEORGETOWN GRADUATION WITH DEAN JUDITH AREEN
JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR