Patricia Lee Refo

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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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Biography

Trish Refo's practice is concentrated in complex commercial litigation and internal investigations, with extensive experience in professional malpractice defense, commercial and business torts, financial institutions litigation, class actions and trade secret litigation. She chairs the firm's Professional Liability Litigation group. Trish is a sought-after speaker at international, national, state and local continuing legal education conferences. A thought leader on litigation and trial issues, Trish has been named one of the most influential women lawyers in the country. She is the President-Elect Nominee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and has served as Chair of the ABA House of Delegates and the ABA Section of Litigation. Trish serves on the Arizona Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and is a former member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence of the United States Judicial Conference.

Representative Presentations and Publications

Trish Refo is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and has appeared in more than 100 programs in the United States and internationally. Her recent publications include:

• Toward Legal Profession Gender Equality, Arizona Attorney (February 2019)
• ABA Day lobbying focused on Legal Services Corp., student loan forgiveness, Quoted, ABA Journal (June 2018)
• Splitting the Ninth Circuit, Arizona Attorney (July/August 2017)
• ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: House of Delegates with Trish Refo, Podcast Interview, Legal Talk Network (February 18, 2015)
• Investigation of the Case, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Third Edition, West Publishing (2011)
• A Roadmap for Trials: The Ethical Treatment of Jurors, 36 Stetson L. Rev. 821 (2007)
• Revitalizing the Jury System, The Delaware Lawyer (Fall 2005)
• Trial Rescue, Litigation (Summer 2004)
• The Vanishing Trial, Litigation (Winter 2004)
• Pinching Pennies, Squeezing Justice, Litigation (Fall 2003)
• Training the Next Generation of Lawyers, Litigation (Summer 2003)
• Closing Argument: A String of Pearls, Litigation (Fall 1998)
• Class Action Controversies, Co-Author, Practicing Law Institute (1992, 1994)
• Notice to the Class, Co-Author, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1986, Supplements 1990, 1992, 1996)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2003-2019), Bet-the-Company Litigation (2003-2015), Corporate Law (2003-2013)
•Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Legal Malpractice Law (2012)
•Southwest Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2007-2018)
•Who's Who Legal, Commercial Litigation (2008-2018)
•Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame (2017)
•President's Award, State Bar of Arizona (2014)
•ABA Jury System Impact Award (2009)
•The 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal (May 2007)
•Distinguished Achievement Award, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (2007)
•William Reese Smith Jr. Distinguished Lecturer in Litigation Ethics, Stetson Law School (2006)

Community Involvement

•University of Michigan College of Lilterature, Science & the Arts, Honors Alumni Council (2016-present)
•Smithsonian American Art Museum, Council Member (Arizona Representative)
•Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
•Director (2005-2011)
•Arizona Foundation for Women, Director (1999-2005)
•Arizona Academic Decathlon Association
•Director (1997-2001)
•The Episcopal Parish of St. Barnabas on the Desert
•Finance Committee (2011-present)
•Senior Warden (2008-2011)

Other Professional Experience

•Jenner & Block, Chicago, Illinois, Partner (1990-1996), Associate (1983-1990)

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

Oct 26
Snell & Wilmer Partner Patricia Lee Refo Inducted Into Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame

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

Jul 24
Trish Refo Elected to Membership in the American Law Institute

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”

Jun 30
Chief Justice of Arizona Supreme Court Adds Second Snell & Wilmer Attorney to Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence

Sep 01
Who’s Who Legal Ranks Multiple Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in Various Categories

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”

Jun 18
Snell & Wilmer Partner Patricia Lee Refo Takes Part in Celebration of 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta in London

Apr 10
Southwest Super Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Nov 14
Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2014 Recognizes Four Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Nov 14
Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Patricia Lee Refo and Steffi Gascon Hafen Present at Inaugural American Bar Association Women of the Section of Litigation Conference

Aug 18
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 12
Patricia Lee Refo Assumes Role as Chair of the ABA House of Delegates

Jun 13
Snell & Wilmer Attorney Patricia Lee Refo Receives President's Award at 2014 State Bar of Arizona Convention

Feb 10
Snell & Wilmer Partner Patricia Lee Refo Nominated by ABA House of Delegates to Serve as Chair

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 14
Four Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named in the 2013 International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators

Aug 12
Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List

Jan 14
Commercial Litigation Group of Snell & Wilmer Leads the Who's Who Legal List in Arizona Honor Caps Impressive 2012 for Snell & Wilmer Women

Jan 02
Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to Who's Who Legal 2013

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jun 27
Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 80 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Oct 10
Best Lawyers Names Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as 2012 Lawyers of the Year

Sep 06
The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 29
Snell & Wilmer Congratulates its 99 Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011

Jun 20
Super Lawyers 2011 Recognizes 74 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 21 Firm Attorneys to the 2011 Rising Stars List

May 09
Eleven Snell & Wilmer Partners Named to Who's Who Legal 2011

Related Publications

Oct 03
Forbes: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Nationally Recognized for Commercial Litigation

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Appeals and Critical Motions
  • Auditor and Accountant Defense
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Internal Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Professional Licensure
  • Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Protection

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6290  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.A., high honors and high distinction, 1980
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1983
Year of First Admission:
1983
Admission:
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; Supreme Court of Illinois; Illinois; Arizona; Supreme Court of Arizona
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•United States Judicial Conference
•Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence (2000-2006)
(appt'd by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist)
•Arizona Supreme Court
•Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence (2010-present)
•Business Courts Advisory Committee (2014-2015)
•American Bar Association
•President-Elect Nominee (2019)
•ABA Day in Washington
•Chair (2016-2018)
•House of Delegates
•Chair (2014-2016)
•Executive Committee (2014-2016)
•Section of Litigation
•Chair (2003-2004)
•Executive Committee (1994-2010)
•Standing Committee on Membership (2008-2012)
•Chair (2008-2011)
•American Jury Project
•Chair (2004-2005)
•Special Consultant and Member (2005-2014)
•Commission on Civic Education and the Separation of Powers (2005-2007)
•American Bar Endowment, Director (2009-2014)
•ALI Litigation Advisory Panel (2008-present)
•National Association of Women Lawyers
•Committee for the Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominees, Co-Chair (2005-2014)
•Commercial Lending Litigation News, LRP Publications
•Board of Advisors (1989-present)
•American Bar Foundation, fellow
•Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, fellow
•American Law Institute

Birth Information:
Alexandria, Virginia, December 31, 1958
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Obtained defense verdict for Am Law 200 law firm on malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims; Obtained summary judgment for Am Law 100 law firm on malpractice and related claims; Defended major accounting firm in arbitration; Represented numerous clients in securities and consumer fraud class actions; Obtained dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty claims against large foundation and defended dismissal on appeal; Obtained unanimous Arizona Supreme Court opinion interpreting voter referendum; Conducted internal investigations for clients in numerous industries
ISLN:
902228069

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