Paul E. Gilbert

Paul E. Gilbert

From the Chambers 2017 USA Guide

Paul Gilbert is praised by clients as “a master at understanding what it takes to obtain entitlements and executing the plan to perfection.” He leverages his decades of experiences to counsel on high-profile and complex mandates. Both peers and clients laud him as one of the leading land use and zoning lawyers in Phoenix.”




  • Real Estate
  • Zoning and Land Use


  • University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall – J.D., 1971; Note and Comment Editor, California Law Review

  • Brigham Young University – B.S., cum laude, 1968; Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity; Student Body President


  • United States District Court – Arizona

  • Supreme Court of the State of Arizona


  • Ranked AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell

    *AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies

  • Selected, Best Lawyers in America – 1993 to 2017
    – Lawyer of the Year for 2012 (Litigation – Land Use & Zoning)
    – Lawyer of the Year for 2013 (Land Use & Zoning Law)
    – Lawyer of the Year for 2014 (Litigation – Land Use and Zoning)

  • Recognized, Chambers & Partners USA Guide (an annual listing of leading business lawyers in the world), Star Individual Attorney, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use , 2004-2017

  • Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers, Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney 2007 – 2011, 2017

  • Recipient, Jesse Udall Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 2015

Biography & Background

Paul E. Gilbert is the co-founder of Beus Gilbert PLLC, a premier boutique law firm concentrating on high stakes litigation, real estate and zoning law. Mr. Gilbert leads the Firm’s Real Estate department, with emphasis on representing clients in transactions and litigation involving real estate development, as well as zoning and land use law. His transaction practice includes real estate acquisition and disposition, financing, land valuation, zoning, subdivision, site planning, and other land use approvals. Mr. Gilbert’s litigation practice is focused on resolving zoning disputes, restrictive covenants and other private limitations on land use, including condemnation proceedings. His experience includes administrative law involving State Land Department and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality matters, land annexations and landfill, and other waste disposal licensing.

For over four decades, Mr. Gilbert has been the lead lawyer on many of the most high profile zoning and land use matters in Phoenix, the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the US. Mr. Gilbert represents owners, developers and individuals. His clients are many of Arizona’s top developers and best known businesses, including William Levine/Pacific Proving, JDM Partners, LLC, El Dorado Holdings Property Company and Wentworth Property Company, LLC, as well as national and international entities such as Host Hotels and Resorts, Macerich, Carlyle Development Group and WP Glimcher. Mr. Gilbert’s victories have opened the door to development of iconic landmarks in Arizona, including The Phoenician Resort and Dial Tower. He represented the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints before the largest crowd ever to attend a Phoenix City Council meeting, helping his client resolve neighbors’ concerns and resulting in the development of the North Phoenix Mormon Temple.

A 1971 graduate of University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall Law School, Mr. Gilbert served as Note and Comment Editor of the California Law Review. He received his B.S., cum laude, in 1968 from Brigham Young University where he was Student Body President and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. He served as President of the BYU Alumni Association from 1998 to 1999.

Mr. Gilbert is recognized by his peers as an AV® Preeminent Lawyer with the highest rating in Martindale-Hubbell and is ranked among the highest rated lawyers in America in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners USA Guide and Southwest Super Lawyers. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for Arizona and the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona.

Mr. Gilbert’s support of his community is extensive. Among his many contributions, he has served as Chairman of the Arizona Chapter of The National Conference (formerly the National Association of Christians and Jews), Board of Director of the John C. Lincoln Foundation Board and Chairman of the Desert Mission Fund Drive where he led the Capital Campaign to raise $2.5 million to expand the food bank.

To serve the legal community, Mr. Gilbert has chaired the Arizona Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and been active in the State Bar of Arizona. He has been a panelist and speaker at State Bar seminars and for industry groups on topics related to real estate development, zoning and land use.



  • Representative Cases

    • Original entitlement of The Phoenician Resort and current expansion plan;
    • Expansion of the Wigwam Resort;
    • Numerous multifamily projects throughout the Valley;
    • Entitlement of numerous high rise buildings, such as the Dial Tower;
    • Expansion and entitlement for religious institutions;
    • Metrocenter redevelopment;
    • Expansion of Desert Ridge Master Plan;
    • Entitlement of regional centers such as Scottsdale Quarter and Prasada;
    • Entitlement of large auto malls throughout the valley;
    • Entitlement of major master planned communities such as Belmont, Prasada and Estrella;
    • Leases on tribal lands;
    • Entitlement for mining operations; and
    • Entitlement for corporate headquarters.
  • Community/Civic Activities

    • President, Brigham Young University Alumni Association, 1998 and 1999
    • Chairman, Arizona Chapter of The National Conference (formerly the National Association of Christians and Jews)
    • Board of Directors, Desert Mission Foundation Board
    • Chairman, Desert Mission Fund Drive
    • Chairman, Arizona Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society
    • Board of Directors, J. Reuben Clark Law Society
    • Adjunct Professor, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
    • Chairman, Rex E. Lee Teaching Excellence Fund Drive
    • Chairman, Arizona State University’s Charles E. Jones Scholarship Fund Drive
    • Chairman, Brigham Young University’s Charles E. Jones Scholarship Fund Drive


  • Articles

    • Cover Story: Leo Beus and Paul Gilbert might be two of the most influential, but least known heavy hitters in Arizona, M. Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal, March 4, 2016 

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    • Alumni President Devoted to BYU, Service, C. Winters, BYU Magazine, 1998 

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  • Presentations

    • Panelist and speaker on Arizona State Bar Association seminars
    • Panelist and speaker on City and County programs


  • Publications

    • “Direct Actions Against Insurance Companies,” California Law Review
  • Representative Clients

    Carlyle Development Group

    Kornwasser Shopping Center Properties, LLC

    Kaplan Management Company

    Host Hotels & Resorts

    WP Glimcher

    Lennar Multifamily Communities, LLC

    Beckham Gumbin Ventures, LLC

    Americal Management Company, Inc.

    Pasternack & Associates

    Wentworth Property Company, LLC

    Parkland Development, LLC

    Western States Lodging

    Automatch USA, LLC

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Hancock Companies, LLC

    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

    Ken and Randy Kendrick

    BBC Land

    Adams Construction

    MCO Properties, Inc.

    Blue Mountain Cafes

    Brigham Young University

    JDM Partners, LLC – Jerry Colangelo

    Evergreen Devco

    DriveTime Automotive Group

    El Dorado Holdings Inc.

    Hospice of The Valley

    VIP Homes

    Wigwam Resort

    WDP Partners

    London Bridge Resort

    Park West Development

    Pederson Group

    Pulte Homes Corp.

    Elliott D. Pollack & Company