Phoenix, AZ:

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2202
  • Peer Reviews 4.8/5.0 814 Reviews
    Peer Reviews (814 Reviews)
    4.8/5.0
    Client Reviews 88% Recommended 16 Reviews

About our Phoenix, AZ office

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.

Office Details

Contact Information:
602-382-6000  Phone
602-382-6070  Fax
www.swlaw.com
Mailing Address:
One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2202
Office Size:
187
Year Established:
1938
Languages:
Aymara, Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujrati, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Vietnamese.
Clients
REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Allied West Direct, LLC; American Express; Apollo Group, Inc.; Arizona Public Service Co.; Avis Rent A Car System, Inc.; Bank of America, N.A.; Baxter Healthcare Corp.; Brown Family Communities; Capitol Castings, Inc.; CIGNA Healthcare, Inc.; Cold Stone Creamery; Cookie Industries, Inc. (press release only); The Dial Corporation (Martindale-Hubbell only); Directv; Emerson Electric Co.; Ford Motor Company; Fort Mojave Indian Tribe; GEICO; The Hewson Company; Kinder-Care Learning Centers; Maui Wowi; Mayo Clinic; Meredith Corporation; The Mohegan Tribe; Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona; Nissan Motor Corp.; Olympia Group, L.L.C.; Perini Building Company; Pinnacle West; Rightpath Limited, LLC; Rightpath-PHD, LLC; Salt River Tribe; Scottsdale Healthcare; Southern Highlands; Snoqualmie Tribe; Starbucks; SunCor; The Tech Group; U-Haul International; Walgreen's; Wells Fargo, N.A.; Williams Gateway Airport.
State Bar Summary:

(All Attorneys are Members of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Arizona unless otherwise indicated)

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. is a member of LEX MUNDI a Global Association of more than 160 member firms throughout 98 countries, and a member of State Law Resources, Inc.

Practice & Industry Groups

Specific Practice Area and Industry Group Details across multiple offices:

Areas of Practice (70)

Specific Areas of Practice for our Phoenix office:

  • General Practice
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • State Government Law
  • Federal Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Airport Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy Insolvency
  • Business Reorganization
  • Bioscience
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Securities
  • Copyrights
  • Emerging Business Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Executive Compensation
  • Employee Relations
  • Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources
  • ERISA
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Financial Institutions Law
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Indian Law
  • Insurance Company Regulation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology Law
  • International Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Land Use
  • Latin American Services
  • Legislation
  • Government Affairs
  • Media Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Municipal Finance
  • OSHA Investigations
  • Partnerships
  • Patents
  • Trust Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Utility Law
  • Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Regulation
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Trademarks
  • Transportation
  • Venture Capital
  • Water Resources
  • Water Law
  • Zoning Law

People (187)

Peer Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 814 reviews
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    4.8/5.0
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    4.8/5.0
  • Communication

    4.8/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.7/5.0

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Client Reviews

  • 4.2/5.0 16 reviews
  • 88% client recommended 14 recommendations
  • Communication

    4.3/5.0
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    4.1/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    4.4/5.0
  • Value for Money

    4.1/5.0
  • Richard G. Erickson Read all 4 reviews

    5.0/5.0 on 12/17/12

    I found Rick to be a man of Honor and Integrity beyond reproach. I will not hesitate to call on him when I need any help or advice of a legal nature. Read more

    I found Rick to be a man of Honor and Integrity beyond reproach. I will not hesitate to call on him when I need any help or advice of a legal nature.

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  • Wade R. Budge Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 04/09/09

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      5.0/5.0
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  • Carlene Y. Lowry Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 07/22/14

    Ms. Lowry communicated clearly, succinctly, and articulately with us. She was masterful at deriving a result for my family that was far better than... Read more

    Ms. Lowry communicated clearly, succinctly, and articulately with us. She was masterful at deriving a result for my family that was far better than expectations. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend her to anyone I knew that had tax related issues.

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  • Robert F. Kethcart Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 10/20/15

    Mr. Kethcart's efforts were a critical piece in Reva Murphy Associates' on-going negotiation with the Department of Veteran Affairs to settle a conten... Read more

    Mr. Kethcart's efforts were a critical piece in Reva Murphy Associates' on-going negotiation with the Department of Veteran Affairs to settle a contentious litigation with the Department over a $3M construction contract in the VA's Fresno Medical Center. A former employee of the company had unilaterally interfered in this negotiation with spurious claims to the VA in emails which Mr. Kethcart investigated and counseled us as to how to overcome this interference.

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  • Lisa M. Coulter Read 1 review

    1.8/5.0 on 10/06/16

    I didn't have a good experience with this attorney. I suppose even if someone works for a good firm in an impressive building, it doesn't make them a... Read more

    I didn't have a good experience with this attorney. I suppose even if someone works for a good firm in an impressive building, it doesn't make them a good lawyer. Never going back.

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  • Barry D. Halpern Read 1 review

    1.0/5.0 on 02/23/16

    I have NOT utilized the services of Mr. Barry D. Halpern, Esquire. I am a plaintiff in matters concerning unethical conduct specifically violation of... Read more

    I have NOT utilized the services of Mr. Barry D. Halpern, Esquire. I am a plaintiff in matters concerning unethical conduct specifically violation of E.R. 1.18 by Mr. Halpern and the Law Firm of Snell & Wilmer, LLP involving the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologist. If your seeking legal representation that will result in a Federal Indictment, Mr. Barry D. Halpern, Esquire of Snell & Wilmer, LLP is the perfect choice.

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    5.0/5.0 on 10/13/10

    I couldn't be happier with my attorney, and the entire staff at Snell & Wilmer. 100% Professional Read more

    I couldn't be happier with my attorney, and the entire staff at Snell & Wilmer. 100% Professional

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  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

    5.0/5.0 on 09/05/10

    Loved their efforts Read more

    Loved their efforts

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  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

    4.5/5.0 on 06/25/12

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    • Communication

      4.0/5.0
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  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

    4.3/5.0 on 04/19/11

    Competent and reliable. Read more

    Competent and reliable.

    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      4.0/5.0
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Diversity

Snell & Wilmer has a deep and longstanding commitment to developing, maintaining and fostering an inclusive and accepting environment rich in diversity. By hiring and retaining a diverse group of attorneys whose collective talents and creativity are drawn from a broad cross-section of backgrounds and outlooks, we enhance our ability to offer superior legal services to our clients.

To boost our efforts, Snell & Wilmer’s Attorney Development, Hiring, and Diversity Committees will ensure that the firm continues to value and promote diversity through focused hiring, development and community efforts.

Commitment to Students

Snell & Wilmer believes that its efforts to reach out to students at every level will increase diversity within the legal profession. Snell & Wilmer is committed to fostering relationships with students.

In our Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Denver offices, Snell & Wilmer hires diverse law students as interns in connection with the firm’s support of area law schools’ diversity legal writing programs. Current diverse attorneys are involved with the selection of the students and in the administration of the program. The intern is assigned several written projects and receives feedback from assigning attorneys. The intern also is paired with mentors at the firm who coordinate social meetings with partners from various practice groups throughout the internship to assist in developing the intern’s understanding and exposure to various types of legal work. Interns also have opportunities to attend hearings, depositions, and meet clients.

For the past several years, Snell & Wilmer has led the efforts in Arizona for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Judicial Internship Opportunity Program. This nationwide program enables diverse and economically-disadvantaged second-year law students to obtain a judicial internship during one summer. A large component of the program includes mentoring and administrative efforts to offer social activities throughout the summer. Snell & Wilmer attorneys participate in this program as mentors, as social programming coordinators, and as the lead contacts for questions from the Phoenix students.

As part of its focus on encouraging diverse students to pursue legal careers, Snell & Wilmer’s attorneys engage in multiple in-person activities with high school and elementary students. For example, Snell & Wilmer hosts high school students interested in a legal career and their families for a reception and tour of the firm. Additionally, attorneys attend career fairs at local high schools that have a major concentration of ethnically diverse students in an effort to encourage interest in a legal career. Snell & Wilmer also has partnered with a Phoenix elementary school to provide math and reading tutors and to invite the students for a day at the office.

Several attorneys also participate in the MentoRing program in association with the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law. The MentoRing program partners minority undergraduate and law students with practicing attorneys in an effort to provide multi-layered mentoring.

Snell & Wilmer’s Diversity Committee is working to establish and implement the Snell & Wilmer Pre-Law Program targeted at diverse undergraduate students. In 2009, the Diversity Committee implemented the LSAT Scholarship component of the Pre-Law Program and awarded three scholarships to diverse students to attend an LSAT preparation course of their choosing. The Diversity Committee looks forward to growing this program in 2010.

Commitment to Community

As a corporate member of the Diversity Leadership Alliance ("DLA"), Snell & Wilmer participates in promoting and furthering diversity in the work place by exchanging ideas regarding diversity initiatives with other businesses. Membership in DLA allows Snell & Wilmer to participate in monthly seminars focused on diversity topics.

Snell & Wilmer is also a signatory to the Colorado Pledge to Diversity. In 1993, as a result of the collaborative efforts of twenty-three Denver law firms, a plan was launched to significantly increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse attorneys recruited, hired and promoted by law firms in Colorado. These law firms signed a Pledge to Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Colorado Law Firms and meet regularly to determine the means in which to achieve the goals set forth in the pledge. Some programs and activities have been: (1) hiring a first-year diverse law student as a summer intern; (2) co-sponsorship of annual Diversity in the Work Place Reception; (3) award of four book scholarships to local diverse law students; and (4) sponsorship of the annual Rocky Mountain Minority Legal Career Fair.

Snell & Wilmer attorneys personally involve themselves with organizations dedicated to diversity, including Women Lawyers groups, Minority Bar Associations, and Human Rights groups dedicated to the LGBT community. Additionally, attorneys are actively involved with area volunteer lawyer groups and organizations that address legal issues affecting minorities and under-represented groups, including the Judicial Council Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal and Juvenile System.

Commitment to Professional Development

All associate attorneys are provided with a Coach (mentor) to guide them through all stages of their associate careers - from first-year challenges to partnership consideration. Coaches are provided materials designed to support them in their role. Coaches are expected to check-in with associates on a regular basis and engage in discussions with the associate concerning firm culture and the practice of law. Coaches also are responsible for fostering connections with other partners throughout the firm and various practice groups. The firm encourages informal mentoring among its attorneys and promotes various social events, both firm-wide and practice group-specific, to develop and strengthen interpersonal relationships and relationships with families. Additionally, the Attorney Development Manager checks-in with attorneys to assess the firm’s efforts of inclusion and whether changes to the mentoring relationship are necessary.

Named for Snell & Wilmer’s first woman partner, the Mary Leader Women in Leadership Program aims to promote women inside and outside of the firm through events in each of our offices. Examples of past events include afternoon lunches, a spa day, networking events with clients, golf clinics, and an annual holiday party.

Commitment to Family

Snell & Wilmer is committed to providing our attorneys with a meaningful opportunity to balance professional and personal demands. The firm offers 12 weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave to attorneys for the birth or adoption of a child. The firm recognizes that, at times, attorneys may have family obligations or personal needs that may merit either adjusting or reducing their work schedules. As a result, the firm considers alternative work arrangements on a case-by-case basis. The consideration of proposals will take into account the needs of the attorney, the practice group, the firm, and our clients.

Domestic Partner Benefits are provided to same-sex couples of both attorneys and staff.

Additional Information

For additional information about Snell & Wilmer’s diversity programs, initiatives and efforts, please contact the Chairperson of Snell & Wilmer’s Diversity Committee, Monica Limón-Wynn.

 

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  • Phoenix, AZ
    One Arizona Center , 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-2202

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