Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order
by firm name.
Litigation - Arizona
THE FIRM The Arizona office of Bryan Cave combines the resources of an international firm with the regional knowledge of well-known local attorneys to provide an optimal litigation team for its clients. It particularly excels in the class action, utility, antitrust and real estate areas, and acts for companies of all sizes, from smaller local business to large clients such as One World Enterprises, JPMorgan Chase and Fender Musical Instruments. It recently successfully defended UnitedHealthcare against two class action suits and up to 80 individual suits as a result of a hepatitis C outbreak.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Scarborough is considered an outstanding lawyer, particularly with regards to class actions. He represents clients across the defense, semiconductor, medical device and computer industries, among others. In addition to representing UnitedHealthcare in the two class actions, he also successfully defended Sey Pet against tort, contract and Interstate Land Sales Act claims.
Steven Hirsch has been involved in trials concerning land use regulation, real estate valuation, contract and lease disputes and eminent domain, among other matters. Clients praise his sector knowledge and his ability to convey complex issues in easy-to-understand terms. He recently represented Conair in seeking $14 million in damages relating to an airport clear zone affecting the company's future growth area.
THE FIRM This team from the newly combined Dickinson Wright and Mariscal, Weeks, McIntyre & Friedlander has experience representing clients before state and federal agencies and courts, and in taking on litigation involving antitrust, land use and insurance. The group recently completed a number of eminent domain cases.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gary Birnbaum is known for handling high-profile mediation work as well as insurance, real estate and eminent domain litigation. Peers are highly impressed with his work, singling him out as a "top-notch advocate."
Timothy Thomason is considered "one of the most experienced trial lawyers in Arizona," and "a top-flight malpractice attorney." His litigation work focuses on representing financial institutions in commercial disputes, professional liability and escrow matters.
THE FIRM With a strong local base and enviable regional presence, this firm represents clients from Arizona and the Western USA in both state and federal courts. It handles litigation related to utilities regulation, e-discovery and data contracts, securities, and tort and insurance. It recently represented BNSF Railway in the Arizona Court of Appeals, overturning a previous collective bargaining decision.
Sources say: "The firm has a lot of depth, and devoted a great deal of resources to our work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS A director at the firm, Douglas Northup focuses on complex tort, commercial and professional liability litigation. Sources confirm that he delivers "excellent results on a consistent basis."
Andrew Federhar is a director in the Phoenix and Tucson offices, and is praised by clients as being "highly experienced, with a broad knowledge of commercial litigation. His communication and cooperation are great." He has deep experience in the telecom and healthcare sectors.
THE FIRM This commercial litigation team maintains high standards and prides itself on the number of attorneys it fields with trial experience. The group also goes to great lengths to assess each client's situation and decide when it is and is not appropriate for a client to take its matter to court. It is highly experienced in commercial litigation matters such as product liability, anticompetitive conduct, public contracting and professional malpractice. It recently defended SSP America against an injunction to prevent the award of a contract worth $700 million over ten years. In addition, its government investigation and white-collar crime litigation team continues to uphold its strong reputation in the field, with sources noting the strength of the group's preparation when it comes to trial argument. It represents both corporate and individual clients at the state and federal level.
Sources say: "They're timely and did an exceptional job. We were fortunate to work with them." "The work is excellent. The attorneys are thorough, diligent, and easy to work with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Tom Henze works on white-collar prosecutions and commercial matters at both a federal and state level, and is well known as an influential figure in Arizona. Peers cite the depth of his experience and superb trial ability as his major strengths, and note him as "a dean of criminal defense in Arizona."
A founding partner of the firm, Michael Kennedy handles general civil litigation and is regarded by his peers as "a fabulous deal-maker" and "a very persuasive, powerful presence." He recently defended Swift Transportation against four national class action suits alleging, unjust enrichment, breach of contract and negligence, among others.
Kevin O'Malley is head of the litigation department and is praised by peers as "a lawyer's lawyer." Recently, he represented D.R. Horton in arbitration involving a dispute over whether other parties in a joint development agreement paid their share of funding for offsite improvements relating to the construction of a sewer system.
THE FIRM This is a strong regional firm with offices in both Phoenix and Tucson, and provides strong coverage across the entirety of Arizona. It is active across a wide range of sectors, and is especially strong in the area of real estate litigation. As well as a strong trial group, the firm is also noted for its accomplishments at the appellate level. It recently defended Morgan Stanley Private Bank and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney against an antideficiency claim.
Sources say: "The lawyers write exceptionally well. The research and analysis is all very good."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Phoenix-based Dale Danneman is experienced at handling breach of contract, racketeering, antitrust litigation and fraud matters. He has extensive experience, owing to his time spent as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona for the Fraud Section, of dealing with land fraud. He is praised by peers for his skill at representation.
John Iurino has three decades' experience handling trials and appellate cases, particularly in the real estate sphere. He is well regarded in the Tucson market by peers.
Practicing mainly within the fields of bankruptcy and business litigation, Robert McKirgan is a former public accountant who has a great deal of experience litigating in the specific areas of commercial torts, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. Sources note that "for complex cases, including those for local big healthcare companies, he's great."
THE FIRM The commercial litigation team at Osborn Maledon, one of the top regional firms, continues to be recognized as one of Arizona's strongest, excelling in complicated business litigation. The team recently represented the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in two cases each in state and federal courts, relating to state and federal constitutionality, respectively. The white-collar crime group is known for the breadth of its practice in internal and government investigations, and continues to receive plaudits from peers and clients for its work. It advised corporate clients on investigations and responses to government inquiries for a number of different matters, including healthcare fraud, employee misconduct, and corporate governance.
Sources say: "They positioned us in the litigation very well by thinking ahead." "The firm brings two important and elusive qualities: vast experience and good judgment."
KEY INDIVIDUALS William Maledon is regarded as one of the top commercial litigators in Arizona, with peers saying: "He really stands out – a bet-the-company kind of guy." He recently represented AstraZeneca as one of 45 clients in a class action suit against numerous pharmaceutical companies for an alleged price-fixing scheme, a $100 million matter. He also acted as liaison counsel for all the defendants and coordinated the defense of all the parties generally.
Larry Hammond heads the white-collar crime department and has over three decades of experience litigating in the private sector. He is regarded by peers as a "terrific" lawyer, with "dignity and gravitas." He is also the founder of the Arizona Justice Project, an organization that assists wrongfully convicted criminals.
David Rosenbaum is singled out by peers for his skill at securities litigation and is described as "very good and practical, with sound judgment and sound advice," while clients laud him as "a phenomenal, creative lawyer and a great advocate." He recently represented the Apollo Group and its current and former directors and executives in a number of shareholder derivative and securities fraud class action suits.
Mark Harrison is a highly respected, "extraordinary" attorney and is seen as "a dean in Arizona for representing lawyers in disciplinary matters." He also has a fine reputation for appellate work.
THE FIRM As part of a national firm with a wealth of resources, this Arizona commercial litigation team is noted for its depth and strength in the local market. It represents a number of national and multinational clients across a broad range of commercial litigation, including product liability, corporate governance and business tort litigation. The Phoenix office also houses a respected white-collar crime practice, highly experienced in both investigations and defense work, with a particularly strong focus on FCPA matters. It recently advised Dennis Burke on his testimony before Congress and government investigations relating to the Fast and Furious investigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of commercial litigation throughout the firm, Joseph Mais has a reputation as a leading litigator for high stakes and bet-the company disputes.
Howard Ross Cabot takes on various kinds of litigation, including class actions, securities and antitrust. His experience extends to defense and representation in both state and federal courts.
Jean-Jacques Cabou has a focus on government investigations and criminal defense, with particular expertise in racketeering and civil forfeiture in both federal and state courts.
Paul Eckstein often acts as a mediator or arbitrator in addition to his practice in commercial litigation. He is considered by peers to be one of Phoenix's strongest lawyers.
Jordan Green has represented businesses and individuals in matters relating to OSHA, FCPA, antitrust and environmental allegations. He is known in Arizona as one of the most sought-after criminal lawyers.
THE FIRM This Tucson-based firm has a strong reputation and deep roots in southern Arizona, and frequently defends clients against allegations of white-collar crimes including tax evasion, embezzlement, and various types of fraud. The firm is singled out for its ability to allocate large amounts of resources and time to the cases it receives.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers consider Michael Piccarreta to be "the best criminal lawyer in Tucson," and he is "in high demand – they don't come any better." He focuses specifically on representing individuals and businesses in criminal defense, including environmental, fraud and securities litigation.
THE FIRM This firm represents corporate clients and individuals in the transport, condemnation, retail and hospitality and professional liability sectors. It recently represented a number of airline pilots in a class action suit regarding the use of a seniority list which their union refused to include in a new collective bargaining agreement.
Sources say: "They take a pragmatic approach to cases. They're always looking to prevail legally, but also constantly monitor as to the practical solution for businesses."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Edward Novak is "very sought after" and "does a great job at reaching resolution." He has deep experience dealing with government investigations and complex civil litigation, and has particular expertise in the healthcare arena.
The vice-chair of Polsinelli Shughart's commercial litigation practice group, Marty Harper has nearly 40 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation matters, and is described as "a talented trial attorney." He recently represented Red Mountain Machinery, Owen Cowing and Linda Cowing in seeking between $20 million and $40 million in damages for wrongful conduct against the company's former CFO, primary bank and investment bank.
THE FIRM This commercial litigation team has deep benches in Phoenix and Tucson, and impresses clients with its attorneys' communication skills and incisiveness. It represents clients from a number of different sectors, and is particularly well known for representing banks and other financial institutions. It recently succeeded in defending Massage Envy against its former software vendor in a suit seeking $95 million in outstanding license fees and late fees, punitive damages and costs.
Sources say: "They are consistently giving us outstanding results and the quality of writing is excellent."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Don Martin is based in the firm's Phoenix office, and works on complex commercial litigation and real estate litigation. Peers agree that he "knows his stuff," and respect his ability to handle complex cases.
Also in Phoenix, James Ryan takes on litigation involving direct sales contracts, commercial litigation and civil racketeering litigation, among other matters. He recently successfully defended Stearns Bank against state and federal level racketeering claims, and related tort claims at the state level.
THE FIRM An Arizona-based firm with one of the deepest benches in the state, Snell & Wilmer earns praise for its ability to provide quality work on a large number of cases. It represents clients at both trial and appellate level, and handles litigation relating to business torts, real estate, public utilities and telecommunications, among other matters. It represents a number of high-profile corporations and individuals, and recently acted for Insight Enterprises in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a shareholder derivative suit.
Sources say: "One of the best in town for many reasons, not least its size, depth and level of sophistication."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Donald Bivens is known among peers as a highly effective litigator, who "really understands the litigation business and knows how to get things done." He has previously tried cases relating to environmental liability, trade secrets, patent infringements and discrimination.
James Condo is cochair of the firm's commercial litigation practice group, and litigates on both the regional and national stage. Peers praise him as an "outstanding lawyer."
Firm chairman John Bouma commands the highest respect of his peers, who consider him to be a "major community mover." He recently represented the State of Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer in a number of federal suits relating to the S.B.1070 Act regarding illegal immigration.
THE FIRM This team receives praise for its ability to handle complex and specialized work. It represents clients in both state and federal court, and has been noted for its ability to take on cases of national importance. It is well known for handling financial fraud matters, and for the defense of insurance companies accused of acting in bad faith. It recently successfully defended the National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh against a multimillion-dollar claim relating to a directors and officers liability policy.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Floyd Bienstock is the leader of the firm's insurance coverage and bad faith group, and is admired for his specialty in complex bad faith insurance. In addition to leading on the National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh matter, he also represented Metropolitan Group Property and Casualty Insurance Company in reducing punitive damages from a tortious breach case from a 4:1 ratio to a 1:1 ratio.
Paul Charlton recently joined the team from Gallagher & Kennedy. Charlton, who focuses his practice on white-collar defense and internal compliance, is a former US Attorney praised by sources as being "very professional and well prepared."
Former US Attorney for Arizona Bates Butler of A. Bates Butler Law defends individuals and companies under investigation by state or federal regulatory or law enforcement agencies, and also represents witnesses and victims in legal proceedings.
Leo Beus of Beus Gilbert PLLC is a greatly admired litigator, mainly focusing on representing plaintiffs. Peers say he "thrives on huge cases. If you want someone who'll get results, he's the man." He heads the litigation department at the firm and recently represented Karl and June Eller in a case against PwC, concerning the sale of a financial product that was deemed by the IRS to be a fraudulent tax shelter.
Founding member of Cohen Kennedy Dowd & Quigley PC, Ronald Cohen handles a significant amount of commercial litigation from the plaintiff side. Market sources regard him highly, saying: "He's got a great reputation nationally."
Lauded by his peers, James Belanger of Coppersmith Schermer & Brockelman PLC has been defending individuals and organizations for 25 years against regulatory and criminal charges, including allegations of antitrust conspiracy, securities violations, predatory lending and fraud.
Co-managing partner of DLA Piper LLP (US)'s Phoenix office, Mark Nadeau is well known for handling complex litigation matters in the region, and throughout the USA. Clients praise him as being a "very reliable source on tactics, litigation and arbitration on an international scale." He recently successfully defended Nautic Partners in a $20 million case following disputes arising as a result of fund investments in the healthcare industry.
Michael Kimerer of Kimerer & Derrick, P.C. specializes in criminal defense matters and centers his practice around environmental and white-collar crime. Peers note that "he is often called on to assist with cases, particularly those that require in-depth knowledge in court." He is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, and several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Barry Mitchell recently left Gallagher & Kennedy to found Mitchell | Stein | Carey, P.C.. Mitchell focuses on criminal, administrative and regulatory matters, and is praised by peers for his detail-oriented style, his sense of judgment and his proactive approach.
Lee Stein, formerly of Perkins Coie, is another co-founder of of Mitchell | Stein | Carey, P.C. White collar expert Stein is another attorney who wins praise from peers. He has represented several clients in cases related to RICO, fraud and money laundering, as well as public officials accused of corruption.
A trial lawyer in Tucson since 1971, Walter Nash of Nash & Kirchner focuses on criminal law and is said by peers to be "among the most senior and highly regarded criminal defense lawyers."
John DeWulf of Roshka DeWulf & Patten is "a seasoned lawyer" and "very talented." He has a broad practice within litigation and has represented local, regional and multinational clients in trade secret, real estate, business tort and securities litigation.
Tucson-based Michael Rusing is head of Rusing Lopez & Lizardi PLLC's litigation section, and has a strong reputation among peers as one of the strongest lawyers in southern Arizona. He has tried over 100 cases in state and federal courts, covering areas such as legal and medical malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, ERISA and insurance coverage cases.