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Gregory J. Gnepper

Member

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan, 2005

B.A., summa cum laude, Adrian College, 2002

  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Professional + Civic

As a partner at Gammage & Burnham, Greg specializes in litigation and bankruptcy law. He has considerable experience in every phase of the litigation process—pre-suit investigation and analysis, pleadings and motion practice, depositions and other forms of discovery, trials and evidentiary hearings, appellate briefing, and post-judgment enforcement.  He has been lead counsel on multi-million dollar lawsuits, and he has handled heavy caseloads.  The types of cases vary, but they often involve a debtor-creditor relationship.  Greg is particularly experienced in litigating disputes over business contracts, property valuation, bankruptcy issues, community property, and fraudulent transfers.

Greg has appeared in courts across the state:  superior courts in almost every county, federal district and bankruptcy courts, and even multiple justice courts and tribal courts. He has written articles and given presentations on a variety of legal topics, mostly related to bankruptcy or debt collection.

Greg was born and raised in the Midwest. He joined Gammage & Burnham in 2005 after graduating with honors from the University of Michigan Law School. During his undergraduate studies at Adrian College, Greg earned perfect grades in two majors (mathematics and political science) while also competing for the varsity cross country and track teams.

Greg serves on the board of directors of Valley Youth Theatre, a non-profit organization in Phoenix.  He recently completed a six-year stint as Secretary of the state bar’s bankruptcy section.  In the past, Greg has volunteered with Arizona Town Hall, Arizona High School Mock Trial, and the Mountain Park Health Clinic/ASU Center for Family Justice.

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • Hopi Tribal Court
  • Judicial Branch of the Gila River Indian Community
  • Ak-Chin Community Court

Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy, Arizona Builders Alliance (2008)

Publications

  • Arizona Construction Law Book, Chapter 13: Remedies, HLK Global Communications (2015)
  • Court Extends Anti-Deficiency Protection (co-author), The Arizona Banker, (2012)

Published Opinions

  • AmT CADC Venture, LLC v. Sun American Group-Griffiths Park, L.L.C., 2015 WL 1456668 (Ariz.App. 2015) (affirming judgment against guarantors for post-foreclosure loan balance)
  • In re T & H Construction, Inc., 2015 WL 509700 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 2015) (rejecting proposed plan of reorganization as not being “fair and equitable” where plan would have forced bank to reduce claim by fair value of real-property collateral regardless of whether bank foreclosed)
  • Jewels by G. Darrell Olson, Inc. v. Lund, 2014 WL 6851600 (Ariz.App. 2014) (affirming award of attorneys’ fees following improper garnishment)
  • In re Peter Peter Cottontail, LLC, 498 B.R. 242 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 2013) (challenging enforceability of unsigned allonge under statute of frauds)
  • National Credit Union Admin. v. Shel-Tec Limited, LLC, 2013 WL 4231016 (D. Ariz. 2013) (denying motion to dismiss credit union’s claim for unjust enrichment)
  • National Credit Union Admin. v. QD Custom Builders, Inc., 2013 WL 5524541 (D. Ariz. 2013) (defending civil conspiracy, civil racketeering, and related claims asserted against credit union)
  • In re Tuscan Ranch, Inc., 2012 WL 603639 (9th Cir. BAP 2012) (affirming order lifting automatic stay to exercise setoff rights)
  • Burch v. National Credit Union Admin., 2012 WL 2602607 (D. Ariz. 2012) (granting summary judgment for improper recording of lis pendens)
  • Burch v. National Credit Union Admin., 2012 WL 714838 (D. Ariz. 2012) (dismissing fraud and lender-liability allegations against credit union)
  • In re Bashas’ Inc., 468 B.R. 381 (D. Ariz. 2012) (challenging enforceability of charitable pledge)
  • In re Bashas’ Inc., 482 B.R. (D. Ariz. 2012) (challenging enforceability of settlement agreement)
  • PNC Bank v. Cabinetry By Karman, Inc., 284 P.3d 874 (Ariz.App. 2012) (matter of first impression regarding interpretation of statute governing distribution of excess proceeds from trustee’s sale)
  • Todd v. Chase Manhattan Mortg. Corp., 2012 WL 1977247 (D. Ariz. 2012) (dismissing various claims based on alleged wrongful foreclosure)
  • American Family Mut. Ins. v. Baca, 2011 WL 317618 (D. Ariz. 2011) (dispute over distribution of insurance proceeds following motor-vehicle accident)
  • Mattivi Bros. Leasing Inc. v. Ecopath Industries LLC, 2011 WL 2784609 (D. Ariz. 2011) (affirming judgment for breach of warranty based on purchase of rubber factory)
  • Sklar v. Town of Fountain Hills, 207 P.3d 702 (Ariz.App. 2008) (challenging whether referendum petition could be placed on ballot)
  • Wilhelm v. Brewer, 192 P.3d 404 (Ariz. 2008) (challenging whether initiative complied with requirements to be placed on ballot)

Significant Representations

  • Defeated confirmation of a plan of reorganization that would have required a bank client to reduce its claim by the value of real-property collateral regardless of whether the bank foreclosed (In re T & H Construction, 2015 WL 509700) (Bankr. D. Ariz. 2015))
  • Enforced personal guaranties and obtained judgment for a post-foreclosure loan balance, affirmed on appeal (AmT CADC Venture v. Sun American, 2015 WL 1456668 (Ariz. App. 2015))
  • Successfully defended the attempted garnishment of community property and obtained an award of attorneys’ fees, affirmed on appeal (Jewels by Olson v. Lund, 2014 WL 6851600 (Ariz. App. 2014))
  • Successfully defended a credit union client on claims for fraud, lender liability, and improper recording of lis pendens (Burch v. NCUA, 2012 WL 2602607 and 2012 WL 714838 (D. Ariz. 2012))
  • Successfully defended a client on various claims based on alleged wrongful foreclosure (Todd v. Chase, 2012 WL 1977247 (D. Ariz. 2012))
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction to prevent an adverse party from transferring, encumbering, or using equipment that served as collateral for the client’s claims

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Valley Youth Theatre, Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program Participant
  • Mountain Park Health Center Pro Bono Legal Advisor
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014
  • Arizona Town Hall, Recorder (2006)
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Graduate
  • Inducted into American Mensa, 2001