Denise M Bainton

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DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy PC
2525 E Broadway Blvd Ste 200, Tucson, Arizona, 85716-5300




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1983

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: October 15, 1983

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DENISE M. BAINTON is a Shareholder in the Firm’s Tucson office.  Her practice emphasizes school law and employment matters.  Ms. Bainton joined the Firm in 1984 after serving as Law Clerk to the late Judge William P. Copple of the United States District Court.  From 1971 through 1980, she taught in the Flowing Wells schools in Tucson.

Ms. Bainton has represented public school districts on a wide variety of issues including litigation involving disabled students, personnel matters and environmental litigation.  She also has represented public and private entities before federal and state administrative agencies and in state and federal court.  

She has successfully defended Arizona public school districts in several important cases including Endangered Species Act litigation brought in federal court by environmental groups to try to stop the construction of a new high school; open meeting law litigation; and a lawsuit by several administrators who maintained that they should have been offered contracts as tenured teachers when they failed to sign their administrative contracts.  She has extensive experience in representing public school districts in special education due process hearings and before state and federal administrative agencies such as the Arizona Civil Rights Division, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the EEOC, and various state licensing boards.  She is a member of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys and has served on its national Board of Directors.  She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Best Lawyers in America.  She holds an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Bainton has a Bachelors and a Masters in Music Education and is a graduate (with the highest distinction) of the University of Arizona College of Law.  She received an Outstanding Graduate (alumni) Award from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1988.  While in law school, she served as an editor of the Arizona Law Review, and received the Dannie Lee Chandler Award for Special Contribution to the Advancement of First Amendment Values, the Lorna E. Lockwood Memorial Award for Outstanding Female Law Student, and the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law.  She was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1983 and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.


Defenders of Wildlife v. Bernal, 204 F.3d 920 (9th Cir. 2000) Paczosa v. Cartwright Elementary Sch. Dist. No. 83, 222 Ariz. 73, 213 P.3d 222 (App. 2009) Tanque Verde Unified Sch. Dist. No. 13 v. Bernini, 206 Ariz. 200, 76 P.3d 874 (App. 2003) Williams v. Tucson Unified Sch. Dist. No. 1, 158 Ariz. 32, 760 P.2d 1081 (App. 1987) Glaze v. Marcus, 151 Ariz. 538, 729 P.2d 342 (App. 1986) McKee v. Peoria Unified Sch. Dist., 236 Ariz. 254, 338 P.3d 994 (App. 2014), co-counsel

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Administrative Law Judicial Review, Administrative Litigation, Federal Administrative Law, Administrative Hearings and Appeals
Civil Rights Civil Rights Defense
Labor and Employment Whistleblower Litigation, Wrongful Termination Defense, Wage and Hour Law, Sexual Harassment, Title VII Discrimination, Personnel Policies, Public Sector Employment Law, Public Sector Collective Bargaining, Public Sector Labor Relations, Reductions in Force, Retaliatory Discharge, Management Labor Law, Minimum Wage Law, National Origin Discrimination, Negligent Hiring, Human Resources Law, Employee Discipline, Employee Leasing, Employee Privacy, Employee Rights, Employment at Will, Employment Civil Rights, Employment Breach of Contract, Employer Liability, Employer Rights, Age Discrimination in Employment, Americans with Disabilities Act, COBRA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards, Fair Employment Practices, Federal Employment Law, Harassment, Employment Litigation, Employment Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Employment Termination, Employment Defense, Employment Contracts, Employment Claims, Employment Discrimination, Employment Disability Discrimination, Employment Law
Education Law Title IX Discrimination, Teachers Credentials, School Board Defense, School Board Liability, School District Liability School Equal Protection, School Desegregation, Student Discipline, Special Education, School Law, School Tenure, Charter School Law, Public School Law


  • Arizona (Active)

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  • U of Arizona

  • Last Updated: January 24, 2021
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  • Tucson, Arizona, Pima County
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Free Consultations: No

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