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Chris Baniszewski


Chris R. Baniszewski

Chris Baniszewski's' practice focuses in the area of construction law. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, and construction project owners. The Best Lawyers in America® honoree advises clients regarding workmanship issues, and claims associated with liens, bonds, delays, and non-payment.

In the litigation setting, Chris has extensive experience representing both owners and contractors, including hearings before the Registrar of Contractors and in alternative dispute resolution settings.

Additionally, Chris advises contractors in general business matters, licensing requirements and the drafting of construction contracts.

For six years, Chris taught Construction Contract Administration at the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. He is a long-time member and past chair (2011-2012) of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona.

Chris also practices in the areas of labor and employment, complex commercial litigation and personal injury. In labor and employment, Chris advises the firm's business clients regarding breach of employment contracts, wrongful termination and employment discrimination.

In commercial litigation, Chris handles a variety of matters including contract, fraud, negligence and insurance disputes.

Chris earned his J.D., cum laude, from Arizona State University College of Law. He served on the law review, and his article, "Supreme Court Review of Excessive Prison Sentences," 25 ARIZ. ST. L. J. 929 was selected for publication.

Chris earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Political Science from Northern Arizona University in 1991. Chris played football for NAU and received a number of awards and honors for his athletic and academic achievements, including NAU Student Athlete of the Year (1989-1990); GTE Academic All-America First Team Selection (1989); and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Academic Achievement Award (1989 and 1990).

Prior to joining Warner Angle, Chris clerked for the Honorable Thomas C. Kleinschmidt at the Arizona Court of Appeals. Chris enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and their two children.


Areas of Practice

Construction Law

Construction Defect Litigation

Public Projects and Public-Private Partnerships

Commercial Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Real Estate Transactions

Foreclosure, Loan Workouts and Restructuring

Commercial Landlord-Tenant

Corporate and Business Law


Personal Injury Litigation

Labor and Employment Law

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® (Construction Law, Construction Litigation), 2014-2018

Arizona's Top Lawyers, AzBusiness Magazine, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association

State Bar of Arizona: Member and Past Chair (2011-2012), Construction Law Section

Former Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court


"Construction Warranties" (chapter co-author), Arizona Construction Law Practice Manual, 3rd Ed., State Bar of Arizona, 2016


Making Changes and Resolving Disputes,” Construction Law Seminar, HalfMoon Education, November 2016

Court Admissions

Arizona, 1994

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1996


J.D., cum laude, Arizona State University, 1994:
Law Review

B.S., magna cum laude, Northern Arizona University, 1991


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