Ranking Arizona: Top 10 law firms by specialty

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Here are the Top 10 law firms — based on practice groups — in Arizona, based on public voting for the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Ranking Arizona is based purely on opinion and ranks companies based on how voters answer this simple question: with whom would you recommend doing business?

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Here are the Top 10 law firms — based on practice groups — in Arizona, as featured in the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona:

Alternative dispute resolution

 

1. Sacks Tierney

Background: The reputations of David Tierney, Sharon Shively and Greg Gillis in alternative dispute resolution support Sacks Tierney’s third straight No. 1 ranking. All three are Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers honorees and serve on AAA’s construction and commercial arbitration and mediation panels. A veteran litigator, Tierney is a past chair of the State Bar’s ADR Section and mediates and arbitrates a broad range of matters. Shively serves as a mediator and arbitrator in complex multi-party matters involving construction, creditor’s rights, real estate and general commercial disputes. Gillis offers experience in litigating, mediating and arbitrating a wide variety of construction and commercial disputes as a private neutral and as a settlement conference judge.

2. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

3. Insight Mediation

4. Snell & Wilmer

5. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

6. Gust Rosenfeld

7. Sanders & Parks

8. Dickinson Wright

9. Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi

10. May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie

Banking

 

1. Tiffany & Bosco

Background: Tiffany & Bosco provides a wide range of legal services to individuals, families and the business community. Established in Phoenix, Arizona more than 50 years ago, the firm has expanded to Las Vegas and San Diego and represents domestic and foreign clients on a local, national and international basis.

2. Gilbert Bird Law Firm

3. Gust Rosenfeld

4. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

5. Snell & Wilmer

6. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

7. Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

8. Fennemore Craig

9. Sherman & Howard

10. Quarles & Brady

Business and corporate

 

1. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Background: Jennings Strouss has a reputation for excellence in serving the business and corporate needs of private and public sector clients doing business in an increasingly technical and competitive environment. Jennings Strouss’ attorneys regularly counsel clients in a wide range of industries on strategic legal issues, including business planning and formation; mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions of the businesses; corporate and securities financing; public and private securities offerings; venture capital and financial transactions; cross-border transactions; commercial disputes; corporate governance and regulatory compliance; lender and borrower finance; joint ventures; executive compensation and employee benefits; licensing agreements; intellectual property; and crisis management.

2. Dickinson Wright

3. Quarles & Brady

4. Sacks Tierney

5. Snell & Wilmer

6. Tiffany & Bosco

7. Gust Rosenfeld

8. Gammage & Burnham

9. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

10. Rose Law Group

Commercial litigation

 

1. Dickinson Wright

Background: Dickinson Wright is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industries. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan and other domestic offices in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Reno, Austin, El Paso, Columbus, Ft. Lauderdale, Lexington, Nashville, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright offers its clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation.

2. Gilbert Bird Law Firm

3. Gust Rosenfeld

4. Snell & Wilmer

5. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

6. Quarles & Brady

7. Rose Law Group

8. Tiffany & Bosco

9. Sacks Tierney

10. Comitz | Beethe

Construction litigation

 

1. Gust Rosenfeld

Background: Gust Rosenfeld is a full-service law firm with offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Wickenburg, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The firm is known for the quality of its lawyers and legal advice as well as its creative insights and practical solutions in business, public and civil law. Gust Rosenfeld attorneys have a broad range of experience in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business and corporate law, commercial finance, construction law, education law, environmental law, franchises and franchising, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, natural resources, healthcare law, public finance, public law, real estate, taxation and trusts and estates

2. Gammage & Burnham

3. Resnick & Louis

4. Holden Willits

5. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

6. Dickinson Wright

7. Snell & Wilmer

8. Sanders & Parks

9. Tiffany & Bosco

10. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

Creditors’ rights and bankruptcy

 

1. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

Background: Davis Miles McGuire Gardner’s mission is to, “Provide solutions and create lasting relationships to improve the lives of our clients, our employees, and our community.” In 2002 Charles Davis and Gregory Miles merged their law practices and formed Davis Miles, PLLC. With 50-plus years of combined legal experience, the new firm quickly gained a reputation for legal excellence. This reputation caught the eye of the corporate giant Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., and Davis Miles became the provider of Pre-Paid Legal Services in Arizona in March 2004. Its name changed to LegalShield in 2011 and Davis Miles proudly serves as the provider law firm for LegalShield in New Mexico and Arizona. Davis Miles joined forces with McGuire Gardner in 2011. The firm name changed to Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC in 2012.

2. The Moak Law Firm

3. Allen Barnes & Jones

4. Tiffany & Bosco

5. Jaburg Wilk

6. Engelman Berger

7. Gust Rosenfeld

8. Snell & Wilmer

9. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

10. Bellah Perez

Criminal defense

 

1. MayesTelles

Background: MayesTelles PLLC is a criminal defense law firm based in Phoenix and representing clients throughout the state of Arizona. MayesTelles is proud to be one of the highest-rated and most-recommended private criminal defense firms in Arizona. Each attorney is hand-selected for each case MayesTelles handles. People who choose the law firm for criminal defense representation get the benefit of having the attorney within the firm who is best suited to handle his or her unique case and address his or her unique needs and goals.

2. Law Offices of Brian D. Sloan

3. Mitchell Stein Carey Chapman

4. Blumberg & Associates

5. The Cavanagh Law Firm

6. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

7. Snell & Wilmer

8. Osborn Maledon

9. Gordon & Rees

10. R&R Law Group

Elder

 

1. Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

Background: Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold’s elder law attorneys and staff help seniors — including military veterans — and their families find, get, and pay for the care they need, from care at home to assisted living and memory care to skilled nursing. Consistent with the law firm’s three-decade commitment to protecting business and family wealth from taxation, litigation, and the vulnerabilities of life, Frazer Ryan’s elder law attorneys advise and assist clients and their families with life care planning, estate and disability planning, and protecting against elder abuse, financial exploitation and neglect.

2. Bivens & Associates

3. Thies & Lihn

4. Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek

5. Jackson White Attorneys at Law

6. Lanzone Morgan

7. Steven M. Jackson Law Group

8. Berk Law Group

9. Emily R. Taylor Law

10. Fennemore Craig

Employment and labor

 

1. Littler Mendelson

Background: Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,500 attorneys in 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for more than 75 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.

2. Ogletree Deakins

3. Quarles & Brady

4. Gust Rosenfeld

5. Sanders & Parks

6. Blythe Grace

7. Jackson Lewis

8. Fennemore Craig

9. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

10. Squire Patton Boggs

Environmental

 

1. Jennings Haug Cunningham

Background: Jennings Haug Cunningham’s lawyers have had an integral role through the years in developing environmental policy in Arizona, serving on the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality WQARF Advisory Board, the Underground Storage Tank Policy Commission, and many other environmental boards and commissions. Jennings Haug Cunningham has also been involved in the development of new and revised environmental laws, programs, and regulations. The firm’s involvement with and understanding of environmental policy at the state and federal level helps it effectively advise its clients.

2. Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

3. Rose Law Group

4. Gust Rosenfeld

5. Sanders & Parks

6. Snell & Wilmer

7. Fennemore Craig

8. Squire Patton Boggs

9. Gammage & Burnham

Estate and trust

 

1. Steven M. Jackson Law Group

Background: Steven M. Jackson Law Group strives to help every client with their needs and make every client is a priority. The same excellent value is provided for new families, established estates, and for those going facing the emotional and potentially perilous issues of probate court. Clients come to Steven M. Jackson Law Group to find solutions that fit their needs and the firm works to provide multiple options for every scenario. Steven M. Jackson Law Group’s clients achieve satisfaction by choosing the level of control they will have over the results. In estate planning or probate, Steven M. Jackson Law Group emphasizes guiding clients, and tries not to overly control the process.

2. Morris Hall

3. Comitz | Beethe

4. Bivens & Associates

5. Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

6. Thies & Lihn

7. Tiffany & Bosco

8. Snell & Wilmer

9. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

10. Sacks Tierney

Family

 

1. Delgado Law

Background: At Delgado Law, PLLC, the firm helps families with its experience and knowledge. The experts at Delgado Law understand that legal matters are difficult, so they take the time to meet, face to face, with each client to answer questions and address concerns. When you work with Delgado Law, you get responsive, compassionate representation from an attorney and staff who know when to fight and when to negotiate. Attorney Michael Delgado has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients with their legal needs, including high-asset divorce, legal decision-making (custody), parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, modifications, third-party rights (formerly grandparents’ rights, etc.), property division, legal separation and personal injury claims.

2. Hallier Lawrence

3. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

4. Dickinson Wright

5. Mied Law Group

6. Rose Law Group

7. Davis Blase Stone & Holder (formerly Davis Faas Blase)

8. Padish Law Group

9. Bellah Perez

10. Burch & Cracchiolo

Intellectual property

 

1. Greenberg Traurig

Background: Greenberg Traurig is the “go-to” law firm for Phoenix business. Although the firm is one of the largest in the United States, with offices around the world, Greenberg Traurig is also truly local, and prides itself in its involvement in the Arizona community. Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix practice areas include commercial litigation, securities, mergers & acquisitions, healthcare, municipal and corporate finance, intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate, tax, and bankruptcy matters. Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix clients count on the firm’s local expertise and global breadth, represented by the firm’s 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices, to seamlessly provide innovative, strategic and cost-effective legal services

2. MacQueen & Gottlieb

3. Perkins Coie

4. Gust Rosenfeld

5. Snell & Wilmer

6. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

7. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

8. Dickinson Wright

9. Sanders & Parks

Mergers and acquisitions

 

1. Osborn Maledon

Background: Osborn Maledon is a leading Arizona law firm that provides business, litigation, and general counsel solutions to its clients. Osborn Maledon strives for excellence in all it does, from strategic advice it gives to clients, to tenacious negotiations on their behalf, to thoughtful, expert documentation of each agreement and transaction the firm handles. With a unique commitment to and deep networks within Arizona, Osborn Maledon delivers the experience, expertise and results clients expect from national firms.

2. Weiss Brown

3. Perkins Coie

4. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

5. Snell & Wilmer

6. Tiffany & Bosco

7. Dickinson Wright

8. Gust Rosenfeld

9. Fennemore Craig

10. Gordon & Rees

Real estate

 

1. MacQueen & Gottlieb

Background: Two years in, MacQueen & Gottlieb (M&G) is making waves throughout the real estate law profession. M&G is undoubtedly a top-tier real estate firm featuring two of the top legal minds in the business. They are young, with the named partners 40 and 33, respectively, and are shaking things up not just with what they’re doing, but how they’re doing it. It all stems from the relaxed atmosphere perpetuated by Patrick MacQueen and Benjamin Gottlieb, the quality of whose legal minds is matched only by the loose nature of their constant banter and the light atmosphere of the No. 1 firm they have created.

2. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

3. Tiffany & Bosco

4. Comitz | Beethe

5. Buchalter

6. Sherman & Howard

7. Clark Hill

8. Gilbert Bird Law Firm

9. Gust Rosenfeld

10. Rose Law Group

Securities and corporate finance

 

1. DLA Piper

Background: DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. DLA Piper draws on the knowledge of its local and international lawyers, providing advice in every major market around the world on a broad range of legal matters. DLA Piper’s lawyers in Phoenix are experienced at representing clients in sophisticated transactions, including advising on public and private equity and debt securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations as well as numerous, high profile domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters.

2. Greenberg Traurig

3. Gust Rosenfeld

4. Sacks Tierney

5. Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

6. Snell & Wilmer

7. Gammage & Burnham

8. Fennemore Craig

9. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

10. Buchalter

Sports and entertainment

 

1. Snell & Wilmer

Background: Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 425 attorneys practicing in 12 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson; Los Angeles and Orange County; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Boise; Las Vegas and Reno; Albuquerque; Salt Lake City; and Los Cabos, Mexico. Its clients include major national and multinational corporations, educational and research institutions, municipalities and government agencies, nonprofits, charitable organizations, industry executives and night-net-worth individuals.

2. Smith Saks Kuzmich

3. Skelly, Muchmore, & Oberbillig

4. Cook & Price

5. Dickinson Wright

6. Osborn Maledon

7. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

8. Ballard Spahr

9. Jackson Lewis

10. Greenberg Traurig

Tax

 

1. Burch & Cracchiolo

Background: Burch & Cracchiolo is one of the Southwest’s premier law firms. The firm was founded 48 years ago. Today, the firm’s 40 lawyers are among the most highly regarded and recognized leaders in the areas of business and corporate law, construction, estate and wealth preservation planning, family law, finance, labor and employment, litigation, personal injury and insurance defense, real estate and tax controversy litigation. In order to better serve clients nationally and internationally, Burch & Cracchiolo is a member of Primerus, an international alliance of 170 law firms from 120 cities around the world.

2. Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

3. Silver Law

4. The Pew Law Center

5. Farley Robinson & Larsen

6. Ryan Rapp & Underwood

7. Tiffany & Bosco

8. Gust Rosenfeld

9. Snell & Wilmer

10. Dickinson Wright

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