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Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP


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

Environment - Arizona

THE FIRM This is a well-known regional firm whose environmental practice also spans Nevada and New Mexico. It represents energy, utility and mining companies in both transactional and regulatory matters, such as permitting and planning, resource planning and responses to alleged regulatory violations. It recently conducted extensive due diligence for SAMSUNG on the regulatory, permitting and regulatory issues relating to its Florence copper recovery project.

Sources say: "Top-quality work. Broad coverage of regulatory, energy and tax issues in Arizona."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Carla Consoli leads the energy, natural resources, environmental, regulatory, government relations and Indian affairs group, and earns peer praise for her work as both an environmental generalist and a water rights specialist. She led on the SAMSUNG project, and also advised Allied Tube & Conduit on an investigation it is undertaking on an alleged release of contaminants.

Litigation - Arizona

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."

Real Estate - Arizona

THE FIRM The real estate team in the Phoenix office of this national firm excels at representing clients in large matters and is experienced at handling a wide range of transactions. Clients are enthusiastic about the firm's responsiveness and business sense. The Tucson office also has a noted zoning and land use team, which wins praise for its strength in the southern Arizona region.

Sources say: "They've been superb. They're always on time and on budget, and have a good understanding of clients' needs."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Managing partner Kenneth Van Winkle is well regarded as "thoughtful, pragmatic, and responsive" by clients, and receives praise for his work from peers.

Randall Stokes's practice has a focus on commercial and mixed-use communities, shopping centers and planned residential projects, and on representing home builders.

Andrew Schorr is known for working for blue-chip clients and is experienced at handling large-scale office building projects from beginning to end.

Litigation - Colorado

THE FIRM This group handles high-stakes commercial and white-collar criminal litigation, and is noted for its activity in the insurance and healthcare sectors. Active clients include Anschultz, US Bank and Health Grades. The team was recently retained as defense counsel for Accord Human resources in a case alleging errors in the payment of unemployment tax.

Sources say: "We got superior service for a very appropriate price."  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Frederick Baumann is "a pleasure to deal with, but you'll always know there is a deep intellect and a strong strategic presence," say commentators. He recently acted for Lukoil in connection with a dispute over mining rights in northern Russia. 

James Lyons is a "thorough legal thinker" who has an "absolutely pragmatic view of litigation." One impressed source reports: "His advice to clients, whether on tactics or strategy or on the substantive law in a case, is right on target." 

The experienced Charles Goldberg is noted for his long-standing representation of the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Fargo in North Dakota as well as educational institutions and other religious bodies.

Gregory Kanan has an active litigation practice in a number of areas including commercial, antitrust, securities and health law. His antitrust experience includes dealing with monopolies, unlawful dealer termination and price-fixing.

Gaming & Licensing - Nevada

THE FIRM This Southwestern powerhouse has offices in Reno and Las Vegas, and is increasingly praised by peers for its impressive growth in the Nevada gaming sector. It has a particular focus on advising clients on licensing and regulatory matters, internet and interactive gaming and social gaming and sweepstakes. The practice has an international element and assists clients in a diverse range of jurisdictions, including Sri Lanka, Russia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Sources say: "This is a firm with a practice that is expanding and progressing."  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Anthony Cabot's stellar reputation stems from his position as one of the first lawyers in the state to recognize the potential of online gaming. Sources describe him as "the leading guy on net gaming in the state, maybe the leading guy in the country." He has a strong international aspect to his practice and also works with gaming companies to develop and launch new games and gaming devices.

Paul Bible is based in Reno and is a former head of the Nevada Gaming Commission. He is praised for his vast experience and his intellect; one interviewee described him as "an incredibly bright guy." 

Michael Alonso is highly regarded by his peers, one of whom described him as a "really talented gaming lawyer." He recently joined the firm's Reno office and is seen by the market as a strong addition to the team. Sources recognize him for his lobbying expertise, describing him as "a very smart and even-keeled guy, and very pragmatic and conscientious." 

Gregory Giordano is recognized by market sources for his long experience in the Nevada gaming sphere, and for his particular expertise in the corporate aspects of gaming law. Peers praise his knowledge of Nevada gaming law.

Sean McGuinness is based in the firm's Reno office and is well regarded by sources. He is recognized for his breadth of experience, which encompasses the gaming sector with a particular niche in bankruptcies related to gaming matters.  

Litigation - Nevada

THE FIRM This firm is based in offices in Reno and Las Vegas and undertakes commercial litigation in sectors across the business spectrum, from banking to construction. Recent highlights for the firm include successfully litigating against a bank that had taken part in a failed construction project, and involvement in the maelstrom of litigation surrounding the $8.5 billion MGM Resorts CityCenter project.     

KEY INDIVIDUALS Von Heinz is a well-respected commercial litigator, recognized for his expertise in complex civil litigation and his experience at appellate and trial levels. He has represented a number of Indian tribes accused of fraud by the FTC in relation to check-cashing services run from tribal reservations. Sources say: "He is a brilliant strategist and his written work is superior to anything you will find in Nevada."      

Thomas Ryan is described by sources as an "excellent commercial litigator." He is known for his experience in class actions and is particularly adept at dealing with cases involving product liability issues.   

Corporate/Commercial - New Mexico

THE FIRM This large regional firm offers clients access to expertise in New Mexico and across the Southwest. The practice handles a broad range of work, including M&A, securities, public finance and intellectual property matters.   

KEY INDIVIDUALS Albuquerque-based partner Dennis Jontz's key areas of expertise include M&A, business formation planning and intellectual property. 

Litigation - Wyoming

THE FIRM This Colorado firm's Casper office handles a broad range of disputes. The firm earns particular recognition for its ability to handle energy and mineral rights litigation and to represent clients before regulatory agencies and state and federal courts.     

Sources say: "I have worked with a lot of attorneys over the years and these guys have been top-notch."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Sullivan enjoys a healthy reputation for his mediation and arbitration practice addressing water law, land use and public policy.

John Masterson is hailed as a "very good litigator" by his peers. Clients praise his extensive understanding of all facets of dispute resolution. 

Mark Gifford recently joined the team from Gifford & Brinkerhoff. Gifford is widely recommended as a preeminent performer in mediation and arbitration.