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 Benefits from the twin advantages of having access to a large global network, while retaining regionally experienced staff. Routinely represents clients in the utilities and real estate sectors, and has expertise in condemnation and antitrust matters.

Work highlights Represented Conair Corporation as claimant seeking compensation from the City of Glendale for the construction of an airport overlay zone near its base, limiting its prospects for future expansion.

Defended One World Company against allegations from a group of consumers that the company had misrepresented the electrolyte content of its O.N.E. coconut water. The team obtained a summary judgment for the client. 

Notable practitioners 

Lawrence Scarborough is hailed by clients and peers alike for his trial capabilities, and is praised for his very effective communication style. He achieved a dismissal of claims from a consumer group that his client, One World Company, had misrepresented a product.

Clients admire commercial litigation partner Steven Hirsch as an excellent litigator who is organized, informed and very responsive. He has particular experience in handling litigation related to real estate condemnation.

Significant clients Hydro Resources, Avaya, Fender, Arizona Water Company, UnitedHealth Group.

What the team is known for Boutique firm focused on conducting a wide range of high-stakes commercial litigation. Noted for plaintiff representation.

Notable practitioners  

Ronald Jay Cohen is a "very good strategist and tactician" and a "very capable and formidable courtroom lawyer," state peers. Renowned for his aggressive trial representation, he acts for business clients across all sectors, with notable experience in handling false advertising claims. 

Daniel Dowd is highlighted by commentators as a "very capable attorney who does good work." In addition to his commercial litigation capabilities, he has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution.

Admiring peers acclaim Daniel Quigley as an "extremely smart and tactical business litigator." His practice encompasses all areas of commercial litigation, with notable expertise in IP and antitrust disputes. 

What the team is known for Represents cities and corporate clients across Arizona and in California in matters ranging from securities fraud to unfair business practice claims. Notable expertise in condemnation and eminent domain matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are knowledgeable about our business, and are in tune with and understand the culture of our business, which is a great benefit." 

Work highlights Successfully defended longstanding client U-Haul in two unfair business class action suits in the California courts.

Notable practitioners  

Clients of general business and real estate disputes dean Gary Birnbaum endorse him as "a clear thinker with thoughtful approaches and a spot-on strategy very focused towards the end game." He has significant experience in handling legal malpractice claims and is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and litigator.

What the team is known for Focus on personal injury claims and business tort law, representing clients in the mining, insurance, mortgage and construction sectors. Strength in alternative dispute resolution and using advanced technologies in examinations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The entire litigation/arbitration team is well qualified, attentive to detail, and communicates fully and frequently on the status of impending cases."

"The people who go in are well briefed, they understand what will have to take place, and they make you feel comfortable in a situation that is not comfortable."

Work highlights Successfully represented the Mastro family as plaintiff against a group of investment firms which defaulted on a high-value promissory note used to purchase a major part of the family's restaurant chain. 

Successfully defended the Arizona Attorney General against an unlawful transfer claim by the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. 

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Federhar represented the Mastro family in a successful claim against several investors who defaulted on a promissory note used to purchase part of their restaurant chain. He is well known for his work in the healthcare and insurance sectors. 

Douglas Northup obtained a dismissal for the Arizona Department of Transportation in a class action by undocumented migrants claiming eligibility for driving licenses under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Significant clients ASARCO, BNSF Railway Company, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, National Association of Home Builders, Southwest Airlines.

What the team is known for Admired for handling a range of contentious matters including in the areas of antitrust, real estate and intellectual property, with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolution. Houses a white-collar crime and government investigations practice especially well known for its strength in obtaining plea agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Exceptional service. Their knowledge of the law is extensive, and they are very articulate and precise when they are addressing the court."

"The team is very skilled, very responsive and easy to deal with."

Work highlights Represented Best Western International as one of several online travel companies and hotels defending a series of class actions alleging noncompetitive behavior and price-fixing.

Acted for luxury hotel Royal Palms Resort on a number of cases brought by the owners of an adjacent site, ultimately achieving a complete dismissal of all complaints.

Notable practitioners  

Tom Henze is a dean of the white-collar criminal defense world, considered by peers to be a go-to attorney both in-state and in wider regional cases. Sources point to his "excellent memory, great attention to detail, tenacity and high levels of respect among prosecutors."

Michael Kennedy has a strong reputation among peers for his business litigation skills. He successfully represented Energy Fuels Resources, as the operator of a uranium mine, in long-running litigation before the Ninth Circuit, challenging the validity of the company's operating license.

Kevin O'Malley impresses clients with his public contract expertise and is recommended as a go-to lawyer in the field. He defeated a challenge to SSP America's successful bid to operate various customer facilities in Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.

Significant clients Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Public Service, Verizon Wireless.

What the team is known for Full-service team overseeing a range of disputes for top businesses and high net worth individuals, with particular experience in real estate litigation and fraud. Houses a noted appellate practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're professional, dedicated, do whatever it takes to get the facts out and the materials they need, really give us their all, and the communication back and forth is an immediate response every time."

"They do a great job of keeping you in the loop on everything, and are no-nonsense, high-integrity and very effective - they can cut through all the irrelevant detail and get to what's relevant."

Work highlights Successfully represented Pepperidge Farm before the Arizona Superior Court in a claim initiated by a former distributor for wrongful termination of contract.

Notable practitioners  

"Very experienced" partner Dale Danneman's practice spans both civil and criminal litigation, with an emphasis on breach of contract, antitrust and fraud cases, having formerly worked in the Fraud Section of the District of Arizona US Attorney's Office.

Impressed clients of Robert McKirgan enthuse that he "commands a lot of respect within the profession from peers, is no-nonsense and can keep things from veering off track." He has significant experience of fraud and breach of contract claims.

Clients describe department head Randy Papetti as "very hard-working and intelligent, with an unbelievable memory." He successfully represented Pepperidge Farms as defendant in an unlawful termination claim. 

John Iurino is considered by interviewees to be one of the top lawyers in Tucson for litigation. He has over three decades' trial experience, successfully representing clients before the Arizona Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit.

Significant clients Arizona State University, Banner Health System, Blood Systems, First American Title Insurance, Walmart.

What the team is known for Boutique white-collar crime practice formed in May 2013. Boasts a small but powerful team of attorneys noted for their impressive experience in high-stakes litigation on a national level. Particularly sought for handling investigations in the healthcare sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive, thorough, thoughtful and consistent in communication, and are sophisticated and effective in handling a wide range of enforcement and business issues."

What's new? Former Assistant US Attorney Michael Morrissey joined the firm, boosting its offering with his 22 years' experience of handling the spectrum of criminal cases.

Work highlights Acted for Arizona-based Trillium Wire, which had unknowingly entered into a scheme designed to defraud the US Navy. Succeeded in convincing the Navy that the company had no knowledge of the fraud and should not be barred from bidding for future contracts.

Represented former Arizona US Attorney Dennis Burke, as one of the individuals responsible for coordinating the failed Fast and Furious mission, in an investigation by the House of Representatives.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say of criminal defense doyen Barry Mitchell: "He is caring, truly interested in the client's wellbeing and aggressive, while maintaining good rapport and effective working relationships with opposition." They also note his outstanding responsiveness and ability to resolve highly contentious cases.

Lee Stein has over two decades' experience in the field, and co-led the criminal defense and investigations team at Perkins Coie before cofounding the practice. Clients comment: "He is very highly skilled; an excellent writer who moves on matters quickly and effectively."

Clients say rising star Flynn Carey "is very good at strategizing, and always has the big picture in mind." He has expertise advising companies on internal investigations and handling cases involving computer science.

What the team is known for Handles sophisticated business litigation, with an envied practice in antitrust disputes, class actions and appellate law. Widely recognized in the white-collar crime arena for internal and government investigations, as well as criminal forfeiture work. Also known for skillful oversight of general criminal cases including homicides and drug offenses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have good lawyers with really good experience, they analyze problems well and exercise good judgment. It's a real team approach."

Work highlights Defended Apollo Group against a securities fraud class action and a shareholder derivative suit, achieving a dismissal of both before the United States District Court.

Represented the Arizona-headquartered aerospace arm of Honeywell International in a large-scale federal antitrust suit brought by a rival company which repairs aircraft machinery produced by Honeywell.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Harrison maintains his status as a highly respected elder statesman in the litigation sphere. He is particularly noted for his skills in alternative dispute resolution and expert witness work. He has over five decades' of practice experience.

Business litigation doyen William Maledon receives extensive praise from interviewees for his decades of experience: "It's not just that he's smart, well prepared, thorough and an excellent writer, but he brings a lot of common sense which is very valuable." He recently achieved a favorable judgment for Dillard's Stores in a claim against a shopping center developer who defaulted on a development agreement.

Senior partner and white-collar crime department head Larry Hammond is admired as an "experienced and insightful lawyer who is very supportive of his team." He has notable experience in public integrity prosecutions and is founder of the Arizona Justice Project, which aids people wrongly convicted of criminal activity.

"First-rate litigator" David Rosenbaum attracts particular praise for his prowess in the area of securities litigation. He continues to receive mandates from a number of big-name clients. He represented Apollo Group and Matrixx Initiatives in separate securities class action lawsuits before the United States District Court.

Former Maricopa Superior Court judge Colin Campbell enters the rankings this year backed by glowing recommendations from commentators, who describe him as a "first-rate litigator" and a "very smart attorney who can handle any piece of litigation."

Anne Chapman receives strong endorsements from peers: "She's the total package – very capable, fantastic, and a great comfort in the courtroom." She handles criminal cases in addition to her white-collar crime and investigations work.

Significant clients Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Matrixx Initiatives, PGA Tour, Boeing, Illumina.

What the team is known for Renowned for litigating multistate cases in collaboration with other offices across the firm's national network. Represents international technology giants in intellectual property, unfair competition and trademark disputes. Encompasses a white-collar crime team sought by both organizations and individuals to provide representation in government investigations relating to civil forfeiture, money laundering and misuse of public funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're excellent. What's really important is that they have lawyers with different specializations, but they work together and are very transparent."

Work highlights Successfully defended Honeywell International in several claims brought by Hunt Consolidated demanding compensation for breakages and faults in an aircraft purchased from Honeywell.

Represented former Tempe City Counsel member Ben Arredondo as the subject of a three-year covert bribery investigation, attaining a sentence of probation instead of the three-year prison term sought by the DOJ.

Notable practitioners  

Jordan Green is a highly regarded, seasoned practitioner whose counsel is widely sought in complex criminal matters, with particular expertise in government investigations.

Paul Eckstein is respected by the legal community as a "top-notch legal mind and a skilled advocate." He handles a range of civil litigation matters, with notable experience in appellate law, and is considered a go-to mediator.

National litigation group chair Joseph Mais receives plaudits from peers for his securities litigation expertise and strategic approach. He successfully represented Honeywell against claims from Hunt Consolidated amounting to over $7 million.

Howard Cabot is singled out by peers as a highly skilled and experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in national cases. He has notable recent experience handling negligence and corporate fraud claims.

Clients of white-collar crime head Jean-Jacques Cabou say: "He is highly skilled as an advocate and negotiator, and highly experienced in litigation." He successfully defended Ben Arredondo in a bribery investigation.

Significant clients BitInstant, Corning, BAE Systems, Microsoft, TriQuint Semiconductor, ON Semiconductor.

What the team is known for Highly regarded Tucson-based criminal defense boutique specializing in representing professionals who are the targets of government investigations and forfeiture. Also takes on general criminal cases including manslaughter and homicide.

Notable practitioners

Michael Piccarreta is an "excellent lawyer leading a top-notch team," say peers in the field. He conducts an active practice from the firm's office in Tucson, defending individuals facing criminal charges and those subject to government investigations.

What the team is known for Well-regarded business litigation practice advising midmarket clients on banking disputes, vicarious liability for franchise owners, legal malpractice and conflicts involving Native American law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're easy to do business with and are high-integrity people, and they've got us great outcomes."

Work highlights Acted for Massage Envy on arbitration over the legality of the advertising structure of its business development model, winning a full award in the client's favor.

Successfully represented US Bank in a guaranty enforcement action against Swift Aviation, who defaulted on repayment of a $10 million industrial development authority bond.

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned litigator Don Martin impresses clients and peers with his capabilities as a trial lawyer. He has experience of handling legal malpractice and fraud allegations, and has expertise in securities-related class actions.

James Ryan advises on cases relating to civil racketeering, business tort and breach of contract allegations. Clients include Medical Security Card.

Significant clients Keg Franchise, Charter Practices International, Navajo Housing Authority, Pullman & Comley. 

What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation practice in a prominent regional firm. Especially known for representing financial institutions and handling internal investigations for large companies. Notable experience acting for resorts on construction and real estate disputes. Additional expertise in antitrust, bankruptcy and securities litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is extremely diligent and very responsive, and the work product is of high quality."

"They do a great job of providing sound legal counsel in a rapid fashion, which is extremely valuable. It's like the extension of an in-house legal function."

Work highlights Represented Wells Fargo in a group appeal to the Ninth Circuit in response to legal challenges to the customary practices of financial institutions after the mortgage crisis.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner John Jacob Bouma is a "very well-regarded" senior practitioner who has decades of litigation experience to draw from. His expertise spans the areas of business tort, antitrust and professional malpractice.

Donald Bivens, considered a "go-to person for significant litigation work" by commentators, chairs the ABA's Section of Litigation. He oversees matters ranging from internal investigations to class actions and professional negligence disputes.

Department cochair James Condo is noted as a "very good, very capable" litigator who specializes in providing defense counsel for insurance companies and in cases of legal malpractice.

Clients say commercial litigation co-head Barbara Dawson is "a fantastic lawyer who makes a lot of effort to understand our business needs and provide a full service for us." She represents financial, technology and academic institutions.

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

What the team is known for Known for receiving mandates from insurance companies both on a regional and federal level, with particular expertise in bad faith and contract disputes. Notable experience in antitrust and intellectual property litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They play off each other's strengths very, very well. They are all extremely intelligent and are able to grasp facts quickly."

"What you really want is people who will help you resolve litigation and do risk management, and these people are tenacious; they will vigorously pursue and advocate on your behalf."

What's new? The team has boosted its offering with the arrival of former US Attorney for the District of Arizona Paul Charlton. 

Work highlights Represented Hartford Accident & Indemnity Company and New England Reinsurance as one of the insurance companies used by the NFL, which recently filed suit for its insurers to pay any damages arising from concussion claims by NFL players. 

Notable practitioners  

Former District of Arizona US Attorney Paul Charlton impresses commentators with his direct and effective approach. His practice encompasses complex civil litigation as well as criminal cases and investigations.

Floyd Bienstock is praised by clients as a "smart and tenacious lawyer." He is highly experienced in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, practicing both at regional and national level.

"First-rate courtroom lawyer" Jon Neumann is "very intelligent, can be very forceful and persuasive, and commands attention when he speaks," enthuse clients. He represented a number of insurance companies in an NFL lawsuit.

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

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Seasoned practitioner and former US Assistant Attorney Bates Butler of A, Bates Butler Law bases his white-collar crime practice out of Tucson. He specializes in representing individuals and companies who are the subject of government investigations. He has experience of handling public integrity work.

Courtroom dynamo Leo Beus of Beus Gilbert PLLC receives numerous accolades from impressed clients for his tenacity as an advocate, including: "I'm always astonished by his level of preparation for a hearing." Another source added: "He has the uncanny ability to think like a juror, like the decision-makers." He receives mandates from companies and high net worth individuals on a national level.

Leading white-collar crime practitioner James Belanger of Coppersmith Brockelman PLC is considered an expert in the field of ethics. He has over two decades' experience of defending individuals against allegations of corruption, fraud and securities misconduct.

Mark Nadeau of DLA Piper LLP (US) comes recommended by interviewees: "He is an excellent lawyer, tactically and strategically." He has experience of international arbitration, federal securities, antitrust and contract disputes.

Michael Kimerer of Kimerer & Derrick, P.C. combines a traditional criminal law practice with white-collar crime work. He is qualified to practice in California as well as Arizona, and has argued cases before the US Supreme Court. Sources draw attention to his very good reputation and "solid network of resources." 

Walter Nash of Nash & Kirchner defends individuals in a range of criminal matters, and is particularly well known for cases relating to drugs and forfeiture. He is valued for his extensive experience in the area, and one peer commented: "He's someone you would call if you want an exquisite judgment on something."

Melissa Ho of Polsinelli PC is singled out as a rising star in the world of white-collar criminal defense. Commentators note her adept representation of business clients subject to government investigations at both a state and national level.

Edward Novak of Polsinelli PC is highly regarded by commentators in the field for his white-collar crime and general criminal law practice. He focuses on representing public officials and government bodies who are targets of investigations. He also advises businesses and individuals.

Commentators describe John DeWulf of Roshka DeWulf & Patten as "an excellent lawyer and litigator who is very knowledgeable in the securities area," and recommend him for complex business litigation.

Michael Rusing of Rusing Lopez & Lizardi PLLC "does a first-class job" handling commercial litigation from his office in Tucson. He has a strong background in personal injury claims, fraud and construction disputes.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

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