Academy Member Inducted 2011

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Hon. Christopher M. Skelly, Mediator & Arbitrator, Phoenix, Arizona.

Hon. Christopher M. Skelly

Skelly, Oberbillig & Phillips, LLC
1313 E. Osborn Road
Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Tel: (602) 277-8228
Fax: (602) 277-8844
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Recognized to Arizona Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 1993
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2023): 5000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2023): 2000
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Christopher M. Skelly conducts mediations and arbitrations and serves as a special master and discovery master in civil cases. He also serves as an insurance appraisal umpire. Mr. Skelly was a Judge on the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County from 1993 through 1999. He was the Associate Presiding Judge of the Superior Court in Maricopa County for four of those years, and the Presiding Judge of the Civil Department for two. He also served on civil, criminal and probate calendar assignments. He has conducted thousands of mediations in every kind of civil matter and thousands of civil court proceedings and arbitrations.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Native American
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


Mr. Skelly received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University in 1980, and his J.D. degree from the University of Arizona in 1983.

Memberships & Affiliations

Mr. Skelly serves and has served on numerous committees of the courts, state and local bar associations. He chaired the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review and served as the retired judge member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

He is past president of the Arizona Judges Association; former chair of the Arizona State Bar Ethics Committee; former chair of the Arizona State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee; former chair of the Arizona State Bar Civil Jury Instructions Committee; former member of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct; former member of the Arizona State Bar Criminal Rules Committee; former member of the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission; and former chair of an Arizona State Bar lawyer disciplinary hearing committee.

Rates Information

$550.00 per hr. Cancel Fee $1,500 (1/2 day) if not cancelled/rescheduled within 15 days notice and $3,000 (full day) if not cancelled/rescheduled within 15 days notice.

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