Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is one of the largest law firms in the Western United States, with more than 400 attorneys in offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles and Orange County, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Corporate Board Member magazine named Snell & Wilmer one of the best law firms to do business with in Phoenix, based on a survey of 52,000 directors and general counsel of publicly held companies. This marks the second year in a row that Snell & Wilmer was named the top Phoenix firm. We were also recognized for our business practices by the Better Business Bureau of Central/Northern Arizona, which named Snell & Wilmer winner of the 2003 BBB Business Ethics Awards, which recognizes organizations for demonstrating high standards of ethical conduct and practices, both internally and externally. Snell & Wilmer is ranked the #1 law firm in the Phoenix 2005 Business Journal's Book of Lists.
Snell & Wilmer represents more than 10,000 clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to emerging enterprises and individuals. Snell and Wilmer represents 17 out of the top 27 public company corporate headquarters located in Arizona. The largest Arizona based clients include: the state's largest utility, Arizona Public Service Company, Tucson Airport Authority, and Bank One, Arizona's largest bank. The firm's national and multi national clients include: Intel Corp., Ford Motor Company, and Mercury Marine, among others. However, the firm is by no means devoted exclusively to large clients. In fact, many Snell & Wilmer attorneys devote the bulk of their practice to representing small or emerging business clients and to counseling individuals in personal or business matters.
Snell & Wilmer is a member of LEX MUNDI, a leading international association of independent law firms with member firms in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Australia and Asia. This international network enables us to assist clients in obtaining a full range of legal services throughout more than 160 countries, states and provinces.
Snell & Wilmer has a sincere dedication to the delivery of legal services to the poor, and the firm has been recognized for its leadership role in pro bono activities. Recognition for these services includes receiving the Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program Award and American Bar Association National Public Service Award. The firm was also honored with the Justice in America Award from the Network of Trial Law Firms.
As a large, full-service law firm, Snell & Wilmer provides a competitive advantage because of the ability to call upon the diverse experience of individual attorneys according to the particular requirements of any specific engagement. The firm can easily assemble a team of attorneys and support staff for large scale projects or emergency situations. To maximize these advantages, Snell & Wilmer attorneys are organized into specific practice groups. This gives clients easy accessibility to the unique skills of each attorney. It also permits the swift organization of attorneys from different practice groups when a wide range of experience is required. Below is a list of the firm's current practice areas and industry groups. A more extensive description appears at the end of this profile.
While extensive, the foregoing list is not exhaustive. The legal environment is constantly evolving and, in response to the needs of current and potential clients, Snell & Wilmer frequently expands its areas of practice. For example, we recently expanded our services in gaming, franchising, Indian law, health care, medical device and pharmaceutical and retail. As an additional service, the firm sponsors client seminars and regularly publishes a variety of newsletters devoted to particular practice areas, such as the Corporate Communicator and the Workplace Word.
Snell & Wilmer attorneys give generously to a wide variety of civic and service organizations. Partners and associates of the firm are active in organizations such as the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley Leadership, Arizona Town Hall, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona Opera, Heard Museum, Arizona Theater Company, GPEC Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the Herberger Theater Center. The firm is dedicated to the advancement of the legal profession in Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and in the United States, devoting substantial funds and effort to the organized bar and to pro bono activities. Snell & Wilmer attorneys have served in numerous leadership positions in state and local bar associations and are very active in the American Bar Association.
For more than sixty years, Snell & Wilmer has been dedicated to providing superior client service. The firm has earned a reputation for distinguished service by offering our clients what they value-exceptional legal skill, quick response and practical solutions with the highest level of professional integrity. Snell & Wilmer's attorneys and staff are strongly committed to these objectives, which will maintain our reputation in the future.