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Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

Phoenix

  • 40 North Central Avenue
  • Phoenix
  • USA
  • AZ 85004

Environment - Arizona

What the team is known for Focus on government regulation, with an emphasis on conducting site due diligence and securing regulatory approval for project developments across the mining, industrial and utilities sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We are very happy with the advice we get, and the team is very responsive."

Work highlights Assisted a public water utility in Pima County with the short-notice decision by the district's transportation authority to redevelop roads in the area, requiring the utility to raise the capital to replace affected infrastructure.

Acted for Allied Tube & Conduit on its investigation into the alleged discharge of pollutants at its manufacturing outlet.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Carla Consoli as "very knowledgeable in the area of environment permitting and hydrology." She received a mandate from Prudential Overall Supply as operators of a large laundry business to investigate allegations that the company had discharged dry cleaning fluid into the local area.

Significant clients Metropolitan Water District, Prudential Overall Supply, Quaterra Resources, Samsung, T-Mobile.

Litigation - Arizona

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.

Real Estate - Arizona

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with offices in Phoenix and Tucson and a strong regional reputation for representing national investors in major real estate financings, acquisitions and developments. Clients appreciate the size and capabilities of its well-resourced team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The entire team is on my speed dial and I will continue to use them going forward. Bench strength, drive to close and coverage are the core team strengths to my mind."

"They really understand construction risks, and not just the legal side – I would highly recommend them to anyone. If I leave a voice mail I will get a call back on the same day, and they will turn a document around in a day if you need it."

Work highlights Represented Banner Health in the purchase of a hospital in Apache Junction, including arranging a bridge loan to keep the hospital open while the transaction closed.

Acted for an affiliate of Starwood Land Venture on its $14 million sale of 120 residential units to Richmond American Homes.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Kenneth Van Winkle oversees the firm's relationships with key investor clients. He has expertise in the areas of real estate leasing, sales and acquisitions, and equity and debt financing.

Clients praise Andrew Schorr for "the depth of his knowledge, and his analytical and counseling ability. He's responsive and extremely detail-oriented." He oversaw the sale of properties owned by an affiliate of Starwood Land Ventures to Richmond American Homes.

Randall Stokes is well regarded for his transactional real estate practice, with a particular focus on advising clients in the healthcare sector. He successfully managed Banner Health's purchase of a hospital in Apache Junction.

Significant clients IMT Capital, Blood Systems, US Airways, Holualoa.

Litigation - Colorado

What the team is known for Considerable experience representing high-profile clients in both white-collar criminal and business litigation. Particularly well versed in matters relating to the healthcare industry. Also works closely with religious institutions and government bodies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"All are top-notch, A-rated. The firm is highly competent, and the individuals managing the work are skilled and diligent."

"They are very good, thoughtful, complete, detail-oriented and analytical." 

Work highlights Acted for the State of Colorado in a suit filed against ConocoPhillips alleging millions of dollars were improperly withdrawn from the Colorado Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Fund. A settlement of $18 million was reached.

Represented the City and County of Denver in a suit filed against internet travel agencies such as Expedia. Seeking the recovery of taxes due on online bookings, the city was awarded $3.6 million. The defendants have initiated an appeal.

Notable practitioners  

Frederick Baumann is a "consummate litigator" who is hailed for his top-notch courtroom skills and his knowledge of securities matters. "Superb, absolutely super lawyer; great to be around," said one admiring source, while another commented: "I am wowed by him, he is amazing."

James Lyons is hailed as a "dean of the Bar" who is "worthy of distinction" and is praised for his "extraordinary skill set" and "amazing, impeccable judgment." He focuses on resolving complex business disputes.

Gregory Kanan is a "top-notch courtroom lawyer and very able strategist" who is respected for the hard work he puts into cases. He mainly handles antitrust, securities and commercial litigation.

The hugely experienced Charles Goldberg is well equipped to represent clients in litigation involving personal injury and product liability, particularly medical devices.  

Significant clients Anschutz Corporation, Comcast Corporation, Liberty Mutual, State of Louisiana, Tracinda Corporation.

Gaming & Licensing - Nevada

What the team is known for Acts for state and local governments, businesses, communities, nonprofit organizations and tribal governments, in addition to casino operators. Maintains astute knowledge of the regulatory environment and is noted for its excellent track record in matters related to interactive gaming.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A solid team and a good bench." 

"Great service." 

Work highlights Acted for Multimedia Games Holding Company in obtaining a new Nevada slot route operator's license.

Represented Ultimate Gaming in connection with the first real-money online poker website in the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Tony Cabot is known for his wealth of expertise in the field of interactive gaming. He had a lead role for Ultimate Gaming on regulatory issues surrounding the first real-money online poker website in the USA. "I know I can rely on him for specialized gaming advice. He is excellent to deal with, very responsive and very thoughtful," reports one impressed client.

Sources describe Michael Alonso as a proficient and pragmatic adviser in gaming matters and he is also singled out for his effective lobbying skills. He had a lead role for Caesars Entertainment related to gaming legislation, including interactive gaming matters.

Gregory Giordano served as chief of corporate securities at the Nevada State Gaming Control Board before joining the firm. He advised Multimedia Games Holding Company on regulatory provisions surrounding a new state slot route operator's license.

Clients award Sean McGuinness "ten out of ten" for his practical business understanding and "incredibly responsive and thoughtful" approach. He acted as lead Iowa gaming counsel for Warner Gaming on its application to establish the first land-based casino in Sioux City, Iowa.

Paul Bible is a much-admired senior figure at the firm and continues to advise gaming clients on regulatory and reporting matters.

Significant clients Feritta Interactive, Konami Gaming, SecureTrading, Global Gaming Asset Management, LT Game International (US).

Litigation - Nevada

What the team is known for Handles complex commercial matters and is well equipped to handle all manner of construction, antitrust, product liability, insurance and securities cases. Also adept in white-collar criminal defense and investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have been very satisfied with the work done over many years." 

What's new? The legacy Lewis Roca firm merged with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons in September 2013, giving the newly combined firm a broader national office network, including Denver, Colorado.

Work highlights Acted for Southern Wine & Spirits of America on a jury trial connected with a licensing dispute and alleged unfair competition.

Advised six members of the Hualapai Tribal Council in litigation connected with an eminent domain claim.

Notable practitioners  

Von Heinz is noted for his skilled handling of high-stakes litigation, including securities disputes. Clients reserve special mention for him as "a practical, efficient lawyer who is well respected by both jurists and lawyers" and also say: "He consistently obtains superior results." His highlights include representing Assisted Living Concepts in a shareholder dispute.

Thomas Ryan had a lead role representing six Hualapai Tribal Council members on a high-profile eminent domain dispute. "He is not only an excellent attorney regarding research and legal writing ability, but has excellent skills as an appellate and trial lawyer. By virtue of his personality he gets along with plaintiff lawyers, which really helps in negotiations," reports one impressed source.

Significant clients University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, California Portland Cement Company Nevada Terminals, Assisted Living Concepts, Cigna, Smith & Wesson.

Litigation - Wyoming

What the team is known for Regional institution with a strong reputation for its work across a wide range of sophisticated civil and commercial litigation. Handles litigation at both trial and appellate level with equal aplomb.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very accomplished lawyers."

What's new? Mark Gifford joined from Brinkerhoff Law in 2013, bringing notable litigation and mediation experience. Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons merged with Lewis and Roca in September 2013 to create Lewis Roca Rothgerber.

Notable practitioners

Michael Sullivan is a venerable presence in the state's legal community, and brings a broad spread of experience and expertise to his career as "a very accomplished" mediator.

John Masterson divides his practice between arbitration, mediation and commercial litigation, often with regard to natural resources and energy disputes. ‎