Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Litigation - Arizona


What the team is known for A popular choice for financial institutions and public companies from sectors including manufacturing, real estate, transport, retail and technology. Noted for its work in class action and antitrust matters. Go-to for cross-border work, benefiting from its large geographical network.

Work highlights Acted for Avaya in a jury trial concerning the company's former dealer, Telecom Labs, and its antitrust claims. Six of the eight claims were rejected by the jury.

Represented Republic Services in a class action concerning fuel and environmental fees, with the court granting a summary judgment against the plaintiffs. 

Notable practitioners  

Steven Hirsch is renowned for his commercial litigation work, including real estate matters. His recent work includes acting for Hydro-Resources, a water supplier, in Arizona Corporation Commission proceedings following its designation as a public service corporation after adverse claims were made against it.

Lawrence Scarborough advises corporate clients from sectors such as healthcare, semiconductor and technology on a range of commercial disputes. He recently represented UnitedHealth Group in a matter involving a negligence claim.

Significant clients Arizona Water Company, Conair Corporation, Fender Musical Instruments, JPMorgan Chase, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.

What the team is known for Litigation boutique with a strong reputation for advising on complex commercial litigation for corporations and Arizona municipalities. Especially well recognized for its ability to handle cases for plaintiffs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They bring complex commercial cases, and do it very well." 

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Ronald Cohen is a "stellar litigator" with extensive trial experience. He acts in a range of commercial matters, and is often praised by market sources for his impressive courtroom style. 

Daniel Dowd has over 25 years of experience in commercial litigation, and is also well versed in alternative dispute resolution. Peers comment that he "stands out as a go-to person."

Daniel Quigley focuses his business litigation practice on antitrust and IP matters in particular. He is highly regarded by his peers, with one source describing him as "tough, professional, well prepared."

What the team is known for Renowned for handling real estate-related litigation, acting on eminent domain, condemnation and construction disputes. Clients include corporate entities, healthcare providers and Arizona municipalities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extraordinary litigators." 

"They always act in a timely manner." 

Work highlights Represented Pulte Homes in a suit brought by purchasers of a home built by the client, alleging consumer fraud and negligence and breach of an implied warranty of workmanship and habitability. Granted dismissal at trial level, and subsequently also before the Court of Appeals.

Acted for the City of Mesa, Arizona and Arizona State University in condemnation cases, including recent acquisitions concerning the Metro Light Rail Project.

Notable practitioners  

Leading lawyer Gary Birnbaum comes highly recommended by peers and clients, with one source describing him as "fantastic, always a tough negotiator and advocate in the courtroom." Another comments that he is "very bright and very innovative." He is a business and real estate disputes specialist, and is active in eminent domain litigation.

Significant clients City of Flagstaff, Ecore International, Fain Signature Group, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Town of Cave Creek.

What the team is known for Noted for its impressive ability to handle a range of disputes for business clients, including real estate, construction and securities-related matters. Also adept at acting on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very good team with a lot of bench strength." 

Work highlights Represented ASARCO in litigation involving breach of contract and damages claims relating to its bankruptcy and reorganization. The claims were disallowed in full.

Acted for an individual in a dispute involving claims brought against several homeowners, including the client, regarding fraud, breach of contract and unfair competition relating to the sale of houses. Gained a full defense verdict.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Federhar focuses his practice on contentious matters in the professional liability, healthcare and insurance fields. Recent work highlights include acting for the State of Arizona and the Attorney General's chief deputy in a discrimination claim heard in the federal court. The case was settled for a fraction of the initial claim. 

Douglas Northup is deemed a "very capable, smart lawyer" by the market. He acts on business tort, unfair competition, complex commercial and professional liability disputes.

Significant clients Cliffs Natural Resources, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, National Association of Home Builders, Nucor.

What the team is known for Well-respected team with a broad-based litigation offering, with areas of focus including disputes relating to real estate, bankruptcy and securities. Also has an excellent reputation for white-collar crime cases, representing clients in allegations of money laundering, fraud and embezzlement, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very capable trial lawyers who have a lot of courtroom experience; they're tenacious and diligent in discovery and preparation for trial."

"They never disappoint us. They're very responsive, very thorough, and very informative."

"Their written work is of very high quality - they put in time to research."

Work highlights Represented Arizona Public Service Company in a breach of warranty and contract case involving design deficiencies in battery energy storage systems by a Canadian manufacturer that later caused a catastrophic fire. The case reached a favorable settlement.

Successfully defended Steve Stern and the Senior Advisory Group of America in the Maricopa County Superior Court in a case concerning alleged breach of fiduciary duties and partnership brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned litigator Tom Henze focuses his practice on white-collar crime and is widely regarded as "one of the deans of the defense Bar." One observer notes: "Juries love him - he has the jury with him at all times." He has extensive experience in trials at a state and wider regional level.

Michael Kennedy concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, with recent work including defending Energy Fuel Sources against challenges to federal authorizations for one of its uranium mines. He is described by market sources as an "incredible and well-respected attorney around town."

Kevin O'Malley is a business litigator who is lauded by interviewees as "very smart, with lots of great experience." He is experienced in dealing with professional liability matters. His recent representations include acting for Stinson Leonard Street in litigation alleging securities fraud in the sale of bonds to finance the development of an events center.

Significant clients Arizona Diamondbacks, Costco Wholesale, Freeport McMoRan, Hualapai Tribe, United Services Automobile Association.

What the team is known for Well-established team advising on a range of commercial litigation matters. Offers expertise in real estate disputes, antitrust, business torts, partnership disputes and contract issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very strategic in trying to determine the most efficient method to get a case resolved. They also are very good at assessing the strengths and weaknesses of cases."

"A talented commercial litigation group."  

Work highlights Represented Spirit Master Funding in a suit filed against Pike Nurseries, a lessor of several of its properties who failed to maintain one of the properties and refused to pay rent following the condemnation of the building. The case resulted in a favorable settlement for Spirit Master Funding.

Acted for Farmers Insurance in a class action claiming breach of insurance contract and apparent failure to conform to New Mexico laws regarding uninsured motorist selection forms.  

Notable practitioners  

Dale Danneman has over 30 years' experience in civil and criminal disputes, with notable appellate court work. His expertise spans fraud, breach of contract and antitrust issues. According to one impressed interviewee, he is "a fine lawyer - I think highly of his skills."

Sources describe Robert McKirgan as "a very reputable and professional litigator." He is well versed in commercial and bankruptcy litigation, specializing in allegations of fraud and shareholder disputes.

Tucson-based John Iurino has represented clients before the Arizona Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arizona Court of Appeals. His practice encompasses securities fraud, trade secret and breach of contract claims, and real estate disputes.

Randy Papetti has a reputation for being "a good communicator, a clear thinker and very professional." He concentrates his commercial litigation work on real estate, banking, joint venture and partnership disputes. He also advises on antitrust matters.

Significant clients Arizona State University, Banner Health System, State of Arizona, Walmart, Wells Fargo.

What the team is known for A compact but powerful litigation boutique with an excellent reputation as go-to attorneys for white-collar crime defense and government investigations. A particularly popular choice for clients in the healthcare industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team at Mitchell | Stein | Carey is exceptional at making a client feel protected. In every instance, they have treated me in a professional manner and given me great comfort that they are all working together to protect my best interests."

"Very diligent, and very knowledgeable - you get the sense they're immediately there to help. They're inquisitive about figuring out the issue and how to resolve it." 

Work highlights Represented retired Air National Guard Colonel Gregg Davies in allegations of planning to defraud the US government through the reimbursement and funding of an operation to fly drones over Iraq and Afghanistan. The case was ultimately dismissed.  

Represented the former CEO and owner of Danny's Family Car Wash in an investigation concerning an alleged conspiracy to hire illegal immigrants.

Notable practitioners  

The much-praised Barry Mitchell has extensive criminal defense experience, acting for professionals and corporations in a wide range of matters, including internal investigations. Clients appreciate that "he truly takes a personal interest in his clients," describing him as "a very passionate attorney - not only with regard to the outcome of the work he does but also in managing his clients in high-stress litigation." 

Lee Stein gains praise for his "professionalism, manner and artful negotiation skills" from one source, while another comments that he is "very good at analyzing the issues and developing a strategy for resolution." He has nearly 25 years of experience in white-collar crime matters, and has a particularly deep knowledge of FCPA investigations.

Flynn Carey is highlighted for his work with companies and professionals on internal investigations and board proceedings. He has a particular focus on matters involving issues concerning technology, such as computer forensics and mobile technology. Peers dub him a "sterling individual and bright lawyer."

What the team is known for Preeminent litigation practice acting on major commercial litigation, with a particular reputation for handling antitrust and securities matters. Well versed in internal and governmental investigations, and white-collar criminal defense, handling matters such as public official misconduct and money laundering. Also advises on wrongful conviction.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers there are extremely smart, capable and devoted. They have the ability to assess a situation to get to the heart of an issue, and to provide good advice for the client."

"The team is very experienced, readily available and thinks proactively."

"They understand the complexities of a particular problem and are very detailed and very thorough in their ability to explain it to people who don't really understand it." 

Work highlights Acted for Honeywell in an antitrust lawsuit brought by a competitor jet power units repair company, and successfully obtained a summary judgment for Honeywell. 

Represented national department store chain Dillard's Stores in a case against a shopping center developer and its bank lender relating to defaults by the developer. The matter settled in favor of Dillard's before trial.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Harrison continues to be highly respected by peers in the market for his extensive business litigation experience. He is particularly well thought of as an ethics expert, and for his expert witness work. Sources say: "He's one of the preeminent authorities in town."

Commercial litigator William Maledon is often cited as one of the "leading litigators in town." One source notes: "He's well known nationally, and exceedingly smart." He has acted in federal and state courts on a wide range of matters, including complex antitrust and product liability trials. He handles cases for a number of the firm's most significant clients, including Honeywell.

Peers say of Larry Hammond: "There's no one close to his stature or breadth of experience." He is a white-collar criminal defense specialist, and is described as a "dean of the Arizona defense Bar." He is also admired for his work as the founder of the Arizona Justice Project, working to overturn wrongful convictions.  

David Rosenbaum has been described as a "first-rate litigation partner," and is noted for his focus on commercial matters. He is especially well regarded for his antitrust and securities class action work. His recent work includes representing Apollo Group in a securities class action on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

Colin Campbell is a business litigator who garners high praise from peers. He built up extensive experience in his former role as Maricopa Superior Court judge, and is described as "extremely well prepared and knowledgeable, and very smooth and firm in court."

Anne Chapman is regarded as a go-to attorney for white-collar investigations and litigation work. Her work includes issues such as fraud and money laundering enforcement proceedings and indictments.

Timothy Eckstein is highlighted for his white-collar criminal defense focus, as well as his reputation for advising on internal and government investigations. Clients state that he "understands legal issues very well, and is very easy to deal with."

Up-and-comer Kathleen Brody has a reputation for being an "incredibly talented lawyer." She frequently represents white-collar professionals in a range of matters, including government investigations.

Significant clients Illumina, Matrixx Initiatives, PGA Tour, Pinnacle West Capital, Boeing.

What the team is known for Strong reputation for acting on cases across the nation, representing major corporations in complex business litigation. Particularly adept at handling matters for technology companies, especially IP patent disputes. Houses an impressive white-collar crime team, whose work covers forfeiture and seizure matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their advocacy and creativity were superb." 

"Top of the line, especially for IP."  

"An outstanding team with good camaraderie." 

Work highlights Represented Monica Jones, a world-famous advocate for transgender women, in her appeal to challenge her unconstitutional criminal conviction.

Acted on behalf of several same-sex couples and individuals in a lawsuit to overturn Arizona's same-sex marriage ban under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

Notable practitioners  

Jordan Green receives accolades for his extensive experience in white-collar crime defense, and has advised clients on government investigations into fraud, antitrust, securities and the FCPA, among others. A source says: "He was most effective in negotiations, and his client service was superb."

Paul Eckstein is a "stellar litigator" according to peers, and has handled a range of civil matters, including his recent representation of a same-sex couple in a lawsuit to overrule Arizona's discriminatory same-sex marriage ban. He is also experienced in arbitration and mediation. 

Joseph Mais is held in high regard in the market, with one source dubbing him "excellent - a class act." His experience includes handling securities, IP, business tort and real estate litigation.

Jean-Jacques Cabou heads the white-collar crime practice in Phoenix and gains plaudits from clients, who describe him as "incredibly intelligent and incredibly thorough - he definitely lives up to a lawyer's obligation to zealously represent the interests of his client, and will work as long and as hard as is required in order to do that." He has particular expertise in forfeiture and seizure matters.

Howard Ross Cabot has a notable reputation for a range of commercial litigation work, with areas of expertise including IP, antitrust, and securities. He has appeared in courts at both state and federal level. 

Significant clients Aleut Enterprise, BAE Systems, BitInstant, HTC, Honeywell Aerospace.

What the team is known for A Tucson-based litigation boutique focusing on criminal defense and personal injury matters. Often handles fraud cases, including tax fraud and forfeitures. Well regarded for its experience acting on behalf of individual executives.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Piccarreta is highly regarded for his criminal defense practice, and has expertise in areas such as securities violations and fraud. Interviewees note: "I can't say enough good things about him - he is a great lawyer, with an exceptional breadth of legal knowledge." 

What the team is known for Well known for handling white-collar criminal defense, with clients including corporations and individual professionals. Areas of expertise include financial fraud, healthcare and matters related to the Office of Foreign Assets Control and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very attuned to listening to what you have to say, and very attuned to following up."

"We're very happy with them, especially as they're national in scope." 

Notable practitioners  

Edward Novak is admired by peers and clients for his extensive experience in defending white-collar crime cases, often representing individuals and companies in government investigations. He is especially lauded for his work with clients from the healthcare sector. Sources praise him for "his experience and his communication skills." 

Former prosecutor Melissa Ho has a growing reputation for white-collar criminal defense work, regularly advising corporations on government investigations. Market sources single her out as an up-and-coming attorney in the space. 

Significant clients Bradley Edson, Danny's Family Car Wash, Tonya Marchiol.

What the team is known for Has a good track record in advising banks and other financial institutions on disputes, and frequently acts for midmarket companies. Has demonstrated strength in handling litigation relating to Native American, franchising and product liability law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A main strength is their gravitas and knowledge of the local market and judiciary."

"They provide top-notch work but for Phoenix rates!"

Work highlights Acted for the Navajo Housing Authority in a dispute with the HUD concerning Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act funding for housing. The firm obtained a judgment against the HUD for $6.5 million.

Represented Keg Franchise US in a dispute concerning a potential franchisee's breach of a restaurant development agreement. 

Notable practitioners  

Don Martin gains praise from clients for "his strategy, creativity and patience in building the case." He recently acted for the Pullman & Comley law firm, defending against claims of legal malpractice, fraud and conspiracy.

James Ryan has a strong reputation for representing corporations in business torts, breaches of contract and class action defense.

Significant clients Charter Practices International, Massage Envy Franchising, Meineke Car Care Centers, Speedpro USA, US Bank.

What the team is known for Deep bench of litigation practitioners with expertise across the gamut of commercial disputes. Stands out for handling real estate and construction disputes, as well as having a strong track record in representing financial institutions. Also adept at handling IP litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One of their greatest strengths is the depth of their bench." 

"A long and rich history of success in litigation." 

Work highlights Represented Wells Fargo in a consolidated appeal to the Ninth Circuit regarding the procedural practices of financial institutions.

Defended NDOT Technologies in a breach of contract suit connected to the Nevada-based construction program, the Kingsbury Project. In addition, advised NDOT in bringing a counterclaim against the original suit's plaintiffs, Peek Construction and Travelers. 

Notable practitioners  

Chairman of the firm John Jacob Bouma has a longstanding reputation as a strong litigator for complex commercial matters. His experience includes advising on antitrust and business torts. 

Donald Bivens is well regarded for his work on disputes including real estate, securities fraud, product liability and patent infringement. Market sources describe him as a "very professional and very strong lawyer."

James Condo focuses his practice on business litigation, and in addition handles professional malpractice and liability matters. "I have nothing but positive things to say about Jim; he's a hard-working, thoughtful and creative guy," says one source.

Barbara Dawson is appreciated for her case management skills, with one client noting: "She kept me informed and would check in with me, which I really appreciate." Her practice encompasses securities litigation, class actions and internal investigations for corporations. Her recent work includes leading the team counseling Wells Fargo on consumer litigation in five states, including Arizona.

Significant clients Arizona State University, Bank of America, Kahala, Procter & Gamble, Prudential Real Estate. 

What the team is known for Frequently receives mandates from insurance companies regarding bad faith and other coverage claims. Expertise also covers business disputes, antitrust and IP. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very holistic in their approach, and very good listeners." 

"Their technical expertise is good; their ability to work as a team and draw on each other has been really beneficial."

Work highlights Acting for Lexington Insurance in a coverage dispute relating to the flooding of an office building of the claimant during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Acted for National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh in litigation filed against Mid-Century Insurance, CalPortland and CalMat, relating to National Union's liability in defending CalPortland against various personal injury lawsuits.

Notable practitioners  

One client says of Floyd Bienstock: "He's very methodical in his approach, easy to work with and a good listener." Another appreciates his ability to "anticipate what would be needed." He has a strong reputation for representing clients in insurance litigation. 

Paul Charlton focuses his practice on white-collar defense litigation. He has experience in acting for those who are subject to government investigations. Sources describe him as "personable, professional and very, very knowledgeable." 

Jon Neumann "has a commanding presence and he prepares absolutely thoroughly," note interviewees. He focuses his practice on insurance, reinsurance and bad faith litigation, as well as acting for financial institutions in disputes.  

Significant clients Aetna Health,, Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, Lexington Insurance, Metropolitan Group Property & Casualty Insurance.

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Bates Butler of Tucson-based A. Bates Butler Law has a great deal of experience in white-collar crime matters, acting for companies and individuals in disputes. He is well versed in the issues and procedures involved in government investigations.

Leo Beus of Beus Gilbert PLLC receives high praise from peers and clients alike, with one source saying: "He's smart as a whip and he's tenacious." Another enthuses: "He's a top-notch litigator and has a unique style. He organizes, devotes huge resources and doesn't overlook anything." He has acted on commercial cases across the nation, and is also well known for acting on professional liability matters.

Keith Beauchamp of Coppersmith Brockelman PLC enters the rankings backed by strong market recommendation, garnering praise as a smart "go-to litigator" from peers. He concentrates on business torts and malpractice claims, and is also experienced in arbitration. 

James Belanger of Coppersmith Brockelman PLC is described as a "top-flight guy" by peers. As a white-collar crime specialist, he has extensive experience in advising on government and internal investigations, including forfeiture work. He also specializes in disputes in the healthcare sector.

John DeWulf recently joined Coppersmith Brockelman PLC from Roshka DeWulf & Patten. He is a "well-respected" figure in the commercial litigation sphere, with a focus on business torts, securities and real estate disputes.  

Mark Nadeau of DLA Piper LLP (US) gains high praise from clients, who say: "He's very responsive and experienced, and he's knowledgeable." He often handles complex commercial litigation with cross-border elements, acting on contract and trademark disputes. He also has a strong international arbitration practice.

Michael Kimerer of Kimerer & Derrick, P.C. comes recommended by interviewees: "He's a very good, solid lawyer, and a thoughtful individual who's not afraid to go to trial." He specializes in white-collar defense within a broader criminal law practice, and is also one of the founders of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. 

Tucson-based Walter Nash of Nash & Kirchner has experience in a range of criminal litigation work, including narcotics and forfeiture matters. "I wouldn't hesitate to refer work to him," notes one peer.

Michael Rusing of Tucson firm Rusing Lopez & Lizardi PLLC has a wide-ranging litigation practice encompassing contract and business partnership disputes and securities matters. He also has experience in class actions, such as a recent wage and hour dispute involving over 6,500 exotic dancers. 

Michael Manning of Stinson Leonard Street LLP is "a very good strategist, who is unafraid of difficult cases - he gives good advice to his clients, and is an extremely effective trial attorney," note interviewees. He is widely admired for his trial manner and handles high-profile commercial and civil disputes. His recent work includes acting for ML Liquidating Trust as trustee in a case involving the recovery of life insurance proceeds of the principal of the bankrupt company. 

Foreign Experts

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