Meet our Attorneys

Mark A. Holmgren

Associate

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Mark A. Holmgren joined Burg Simpson in 2016 to help the firm launch an Arizona construction defect practice group. Mr. Holmgren’s practice focuses on plaintiffs’ construction defect litigation, and he has represented owners of high- and low-rise condominiums, office condominiums, mixed-use projects, schools, and single-family homes in Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Holmgren is also licensed in Oregon.

Mr. Holmgren began litigating complex construction defect claims in 2002 when he joined the multi-state firm of Duke Gerstel Shearer, LLP. Mr. Holmgren eventually managed that firm’s Arizona office. Mr. Holmgren also began his homeowners’ association general counsel practice at this time. In 2004, Mr. Holmgren was recruited by the Law Offices of John Chaix, PC, where Mr. Holmgren continued his plaintiffs’ construction defect practice. In 2007, Mr. Holmgren was recruited by Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, PLC, where he represented homeowners associations, condominiums, and individual homeowners in myriad types of disputes, but with an emphasis on construction defect litigation.

In addition to his construction defect experience, Mr. Holmgren has extensive experience serving as insurance defense counsel and general counsel for condominiums and planned communities in Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Holmgren’s community association experience includes litigation of everything from hate speech to embezzlement and providing advice to association directors on a wide variety of issues. Mr. Holmgren also has extensive appellate experience.

Mr. Holmgren began practicing law in 1999 with the representation of Arizona charter schools, small businesses, and individuals in a variety of matters in all areas of law.

Mr. Holmgren was admitted to the practice of law in Arizona in 1999, in Oregon in 2007, and in New Mexico in 2013.

Appeals

Insurance Defense Litigation

Community Association Litigation

$4.2 Million, collapsible soils at single-family homes

$1.7 Million, collapsible soils at single-family homes

$1.0 Million, defective condominium

$1.3 Million, defective condominium

$2.1 Million, defective condominium

$1.8 Million, defective condominium

$1.4 Million, defective condominium

$2.4 Million, defective condominium

$2.1 Million, defective HOA common areas

$1.0 Million, defective single-family homes

$1.7 Million, defective condominium

CAI Central Arizona Spotlight Award, 2012

New Mexico, 2013

Oregon, 2007 (Inactive)

Arizona, 1999

Appointed as Class Counsel for Kachina Hill Homeowners litigation, Pima County Superior Court

Appointed as Class Counsel for Wildflower Ranch Homeowners litigation, Maricopa County Superior Court

J.D., 1998, University of Arizona College of Law

B.A., 1995, Political Science, Arizona State University

State Bar of Arizona

Oregon State Bar (Inactive)

State Bar of New Mexico

Community Associations Institute

Arizona Estates Home Owners Association, Board Member and Officer, 2001-2002, 2004-2013

Little League / Softball Coach, 2009-2013

“Arizona Coverage and Current Trends, MC Consultants 21st Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference” CLE Presentation, co-authored, September 18, 2015

“The Real Estate Guy” Radio Show, KFYI2, Phoenix, Arizona, September 12, 2015

“Deposition Strategy and Tactics” CLE Presentation, May 14, 2015

“Arizona/Nevada Coverage and Current Trends” CLE Presentation, co-authored, September 20, 2013

“The Duty to Inspect” Community Resource Magazine, Fall 2013

“Association Contracts: We Have to Read Them?” CHDB Newsletter, January 23, 2013

“Obscure Things You May Not Have Known about Civil Procedure” CLE Presentation September 28, 2012

“When Should Associations Tender to Insurance?” CHDB Newsletter, May 15, 2012

“The Current Status of the Indemnity Provision in Arizona” CLE Presentation, co-authored, March 22, 2012

“Bankruptcy Issues in Arizona Affecting Construction Defect Litigation” CLE Presentation, co-authored, March 22, 2012

“Arizona Coverage and Current Trends” CLE Presentation, co-authored, September 9, 2011

“Your Association Has Been Sued. Now What?” CHDB Newsletter, May 13, 2011

“Why HOAs?” CHDB Newsletter, March 11, 2011

“Tracking Condominium Association Responsibilities” CHDB Newsletter, August 13, 2010

“Well, What Does the Contract Say?” CHDB Newsletter, July 30, 2010

“My Other Brother Is Also a Landscaper” CHDB Newsletter, March 26, 2010

“My Brother Is a Landscaper” CHDB Newsletter, March 19, 2010

“Attorney-Client Relationship and Privilege Issues in Representing Homeowners Associations” CLE Presentation, April 8, 2009

Arizona Coverage and Current Trends, MC Consultants 21st Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, San Diego, California; September 18, 2015

Deposition Strategy and Tactics, Chicago, Illinois; May 14, 2015

Arizona/Nevada Coverage and Current Trends, MC Consultants 19th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, San Diego, California; September 20, 2013

Obscure Things You May Not Have Known about Civil Procedure, Carpenter Hazlewood Firm Retreat, San Diego, California; September 28, 2012

Bankruptcy Issues in Arizona Affecting Construction Defect Litigation, MC Consultants Construction Defect Seminar; March 22, 2012

The Current Status of the Indemnity Provision in Arizona, MC Consultants Construction Defect Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona; March 22, 2012

Arizona Coverage and Current Trends, MC Consultants 17th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, San Diego, California; September 9, 2011

The Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership, Community Associations Institute - Central Arizona Chapter, Tempe, Arizona; April 18, 2009

Essentials Class, Community Associations Institute - Central Arizona Chapter, Tempe, Arizona; April 18, 2009

Attorney-Client Relationship and Privilege Issues in Representing Homeowners Associations, Arizona Community Association Bar Association, Tempe, Arizona; April 8, 2009

ABC’s: A Basic Course for Community Associations, Community Associations Institute – Southern Arizona Chapter, Tucson, Arizona; November 5, 2005

Certified Instructor, Arizona Association of Community Managers

Speaker, Community Association Institute, Southern Arizona Chapter

Speaker, Community Association Institute, Central Arizona Chapter

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