About Frances Haynes
Ms. Haynes is a partner and a leading attorney in the firm's Litigation and Construction Practice Groups. Her practice emphasizes providing legal advice to businesses on all facets of commercial law and development issues. Ms. Haynes has experience in all phases of the construction process, including negotiation and documentation of construction agreements, architectural and engineering contracts from inception to completion of the project. She also has 25 plus years experience litigating construction claims, defective work warranty and liquidated damages issues. She routinely handles defense of commercial breach of contract issues, indemnity claims, construction extra work and delay claims in litigation and arbitration. Ms. Haynes has represented private enterprises and public entities on commercial procurement and alternative energy. She has tried and arbitrated cases in both state and federal court and through private judges/arbitrators where the cases could not be resolved on favorable terms.
Ms. Haynes regularly counsels clients on avoiding litigation or arbitration by utilizing client-oriented contract documents and resolving disputes outside of litigation when possible.
In addition, Ms. Haynes has spoken to various industry organizations, such as the Arizona Builder’ Alliance (formerly the Arizona Building Chapter of the Association of General Contractors), the American Subcontractors Association, the National Association of Women Construction Business Owners and the National Association of Credit Managers. She also frequently serves as a speaker at Maricopa County Bar Association and State Bar Association seminars. Topics have included contract interpretation, UCC issues, arbitration and mediation of legal disputes, legal issues facing general contractors and subcontractors, the bid process, the estimating process and related disputes, bid protests and legal problems, claims against public entities and licensing of contractors in the State of Arizona including legal ramifications of non-compliance.