Darin A. Sender is an AV-rated zoning attorney and president and founder of Sender Associates, a
woman-owned law firm based in Tempe, Arizona. For more than twenty years Sender has been involved
in the development and entitlement fields, helping clients obtain zoning entitlements for mixed-use,
residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Her architecture and legal education proves to be an
invaluable asset when dealing with entitlement matters.
Her entitlement approval experience includes appearances in front of municipal and county appointed
and elected boards, commissions, and councils including various City Councils, Boards of Supervisors,
Planning Commissions, Boards of Adjustment, and appellate hearing bodies. In addition to those oral
argument and presentation capabilities, she also has extensive experience in the often-necessary
lobbying of elected and appointed officials on behalf of her clients, as well as the public participation
Sender also has many years of experience on the other side of the podium serving as a seven-year
Mayor-appointed member of the Tempe Board of Adjustment, hearing many use permit, variance and
ordinance text interpretation matters. She then served a five-year appointed term on the Tempe
Planning Commission. During this time, she was closely involved in the four-year process of rewriting the
City of Tempe Zoning and Development Code as a lawyer-member of the Mayor’s citizen committee,
then as an instrumental member of the Planning Commission drafting the final Zoning Code. She is
currently a Council-appointed member of the Ahwatukee Village Planning Committee in Phoenix.
Sender designed and implemented a practical zoning and land use course in the School of Geographical
Sciences and Urban Planning at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University where
she taught for over a decade. Over the years, many of her planning students secured positions in the
public sector and are planning directors, city managers, and senior planners at various municipalities
throughout Arizona. She currently teaches zoning and land use law in the Master of Real Estate
Development program at the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. Many of Darin’s
MRED students are working at prominent Arizona and national development companies, or are
successfully developing projects with their own companies.
Darin has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1994 and the Arizona Bar Association
since 1996. She is a longtime member of the American Institute of Architects and Arizona Institute of
Architects, is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and is the past chairman of the Valley Partnership
Political Action Committee. Darin is also a proud member of Tempe Leadership Class XV.
Sender received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and her Bachelor
of Science in Design of Architecture from Arizona State University.