J. Matthew Derstine

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  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Matt Derstine counsels and represents clients in the electric power industry on a wide range of matters, including project development, litigation, asset sales and bankruptcy matters. He has extensive experience in siting and permitting generation and transmission projects under state and federal regulatory requirements. Matt also represents clients in complex litigation and disputes arising from the generation, purchase and sale of electricity, including power plant operations and outages, coal supply, plant and product warranties, and power purchase agreements. He advises clients in connection with asset sales involving fossil and renewable generation assets and also regularly provides advice and representation to energy clients with interests at risk in bankruptcy.

Commercial and Bankruptcy Litigation

Matt Derstine has a diverse business and bankruptcy litigation practice.

His practice focuses on the representation of parties involved in disputes over commercial transactions, foreclosure and receivership, commercial leases, shareholder and partnership matters, energy trading and supply contracts, secured transactions and construction contracts.

In his bankruptcy practice, Matt has extensive experience representing secured lenders, trade creditors, equipment lessors, commercial landlords and tenants, counterparties to wholesale energy contracts, parties in preference and avoidance proceedings, and mechanic’s lien claimants.

Representative Presentations and Publications

Representative Presentations

• New E-Discovery Sources, Tips and Tactics, Presenter, NBI Seminar (September 2013)
• New Ethical Pitfalls You Need to be Aware of, Presenter, NBI Seminar (September 2013)
•State Bar of Arizona Course on Professionalism, Regular Presenter
• The Coming Commercial Real Estate Storm, Program Chair (2010)

Representative Publications

•“What’s Old is New Again: Expedited Review of Energy Infrastructure Projects Under Trump’s Executive Order, ” Author, S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (February 4, 2017)
•“Is Coal Down for the Count, ” Author, S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (April 22, 2016)
•“Clean Power Plan Impacts More than Coal: Transmission Solutions No Easy Feat, ” Author, S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Law Blog (August 22, 2015)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Southwest Super Lawyers, Energy & Resources (2017-2018), Business Litigation (2016), Commercial Litigation (2012-2014)
•The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation (2011-2019)
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell (2010-2018)
•Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2013-2018)

Other Professional Experience

•Roshka DeWulf & Patten, Partner (2008-2014)

Related News & Events

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

Apr 24
Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in its 2018 Rankings

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 12
Southwest Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”

Apr 11
Southwest Super Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 17
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Bankruptcy and Reorganization
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Foreclosure and Collection
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy and Power Infrastructure

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Arizona, B.A., with distinction, 1984
Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, J.D., Law Review: Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Note and Comment Editor, 1987
Year of First Admission:
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Supreme Court of Arizona; United States District Court, District of Arizona

Professional Memberships and Activities

•Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
•American Bar Association
•Environment, Energy & Resources Section
•Litigation Section
•Business Law Section
•Energy Bar Association
•Federal Bar Association
•American Bankruptcy Institute
•State Bar of Arizona


Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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    One Arizona Center , 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900
    Phoenix, AZ 85004

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