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Tucson Attorney
Richard M. Yetwin

Phone: 520.322.5000


Languages: English

Richard M. Yetwin is Of Counsel to DeConcini McDonald Yetwin and Lacy and has been an attorney since 1972. Although in the past he has been actively involved in litigation, his current practice covers a broad range of civil matters with emphasis in corporate and real estate transactional work, and limited school law issues. Mr. Yetwin provides mediation and arbitration services related to real estate and corporate disputes. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry/Biology from Tufts University and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Boston University in 1971 where he served as an editor of the Law Review. He has handled complex real estate and financing transactions including leasing and the buying, selling and financing of hotels and resorts, motels, condominiums, apartments, office and industrial buildings shopping centers, acreage and school sites. During the 1970s, Mr. Yetwin participated in the resolution of numerous school law matters, including desegregation and civil rights litigation. He was one of the first attorneys in the state to participate in due process hearings concerning children with disabilities and has handled litigation concerning disabled children in both the courts of the State of Arizona and the Federal Courts. He has served as the President and a Member of the Board for the Beacon Foundation for the Mentally Retarded, and of Catalina Foothills Estates No. 10. He served on the Board of United Way and as a Vice President and on the Board of the Jewish Community Center in Tucson. He was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Arizona College of Law from 1994 to 2013, teaching real estate transactions, and is currently a lecturer teaching Real Estate Law and Development Regulation at U.C. San Diego. He is admitted to practice in Arizona, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the United States District Court for Arizona.

Practice Areas:

  • Business and Commercial
  • Government and School Law
  • Real Estate


  • Arizona (1972)
  • Massachusetts (1972)
  • District of Columbia (1996)
  • United States Supreme Court (1975)
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (1973)
  • United States District Court for Arizona (1972)

Education, Honors, and Awards:

  • B.S., Chemistry/Biology, Tufts University (1967)
  • J.D., Boston University (1971)
  • Editor, Boston University Law Review
  • State Bar of Arizona Certified Specialist in real estate transactions
  • Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Transactions, University of Arizona College of Law (1994-Present)
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” (real estate); “Southwest Super Lawyer”; “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.”
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® rated
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney, April, 1994, Pima County Bar Association
  • Outstanding Jewish Community Service Award, 1991, presented by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
  • Who’s Who in the West,” 1985
  • Who’s Who in American Law,” 1990
  • Military service, Adjutant General Corps., honorable discharge, 1979 (Captain, U.S.A.R.)

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, State Bar of Massachusetts
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar
  • General Counsel, Tucson Festival of Books, a non-profit, since its founding in 2008
  • Past President and Board member, Beacon Foundation for the Mentally Retarded
  • Past President and Board member, Catalina Foothills Estates No. 10.
  • Past Member, Board of United Way
  • Past Vice President and Board member, Tucson Jewish Community Center

Articles and Presentations:

  • Presentation before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, June, 1985, relating to federal standards and regulation of the conduct of gaming activities within Indian country, and before the House Subcommittee on Indian Affairs, relating to the same legislation.
  • 1988 and 1991, Basic Real Estate Law in Arizona, National Business Law Institute

Reported Cases:

  • Poolaw v. Bishop, 67 F.3d 830 (9th Cir. 1995)
  • Wilson v. Marana Unified School Dist. No. 6 of Pima County, 735 F.2d 1178 (9th Cir. 1984)
  • Fisher et al. v. Tucson Unified School Dist., 652 F.3d 1131 (9th Cir. 2011) (on brief)
  • Castro v. Phoenix Union High School District No. 210, ____ F.Supp ____; 2008 WL 324229 (D. Ariz. 2008)
  • Fisher et al. v. U.S., 749 F.Supp.2d 1132 (D. Ariz., 2008) (on pleadings)
  • Fisher et al. v. U.S., 502 F.Supp.2d 1033 (D. Ariz., 2006) (on pleadings)
  • Northcross v. Joslyn Fruit Co., Inc., 439 F.Supp. 371 (D. Ariz., 1977)
  • Eaton vUnified School District No. 1 of Pima County, Supreme Court of Arizona, In Banc., 122 Ariz. 377 (1979)
  • Catalina Foothills Estates, Inc. v. Shull, 126 Ariz. 484 (App. 1980)
  • Eaton vUnified School District No. 1 of Pima County, 122 Ariz. 391 (App. 1979)
  • DeFries v. School Dist. No. 13 of Cochise County, 116 Ariz. 83 (App. 1977)

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DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

2525 East Broadway Boulevard
Suite 200
Tucson, AZ 85716
United States

Law Firm Contact: Nathan Hannah

Tel: 520.322.5000



Member Since: 2019

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