Law Firms


Ballard Spahr LLP

Jeff Pitcher
1 East Washington Street, Suite 2300, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 798-5462
Ballard Spahr LLP is a national firm of more than 500 lawyers, providing a full range of legal services to financial institutions from 13 offices across the country. Our clients range in size from some of the largest banks and finance companies in the United States to small, closely held enterprises and include both traditional brick-and-mortar and Internet-based financial services providers.  Our nationally-recognized consumer financial services practice handles a broad range of bank and consumer financial services regulatory and transactional matters.

Buchalter Nemer

Jeffery A. Ekbom
Of Counsel
16435 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Jeff Ekbom represents several Arizona and national banks and financial institutions in all types of transactions including commercial real estate loans, asset-based lending, factoring, corporate finance, aircraft finance and syndicated real estate and business loans.  Jeff also represents real estate owners and secured lenders in the acquisition, sale and financing of commercial properties. He has extensive experience in enforcing loan and lease obligations. Jeff is also a business generalist with significant experience representing entrepreneurs in the areas of corporate, partnership and limited liability company formation and governance, business mergers and acquisitions and general business transactions.

Jeff is a member of both the Business Division and the Real Estate Division of the Arizona State Bar.  Jeff Ekbom is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. 

Kathryn Nelson
2525 E. Broadway Blvd,
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 322-5000

DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. represents individuals, businesses, banks, and non-profit organizations involved in real estate, commercial finance, natural resource and other business transactions ranging from purchases, sales and leasing to commercial loans and financing. Ms. Nelson’s practice is concentrated in representing financial institutions and borrowers in real estate secured and commercial lending transactions, loan restructures and workouts, and foreclosures.

Engelman Berger PC

Scott B. Cohen 
3636 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 271-9090
Engelman Berger, P.C. assists lenders in creatively solving their legal problems.  EB is comprised of experienced bankruptcy and litigation attorneys who represent lenders in loan workouts, receiverships, collection actions, enforcement of a right in collateral, and all aspects of bankruptcy.  By listening to its clients and having a wealth of experience, EB tailors its approach to the client’s objectives and the economics of the problem.  In these difficult economic times, EB provides the legal services lenders need to address troubled or distressed loans.

Gallagher & Kennedy

Kathleen Harris
2575 E Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 530-8000
Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. is a full-service business law firm with offices in Phoenix, Prescott, and Santa Fe. Our clients include individuals, growing businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.

Goodman Law

Jeremy Goodman
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 90758 Phoenix, AZ 85066
(602) 476-1114
Goodman Law PLLC focuses on the representation of financial institutions in the areas of litigation and appeal, transactions, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and financial institution regulation.  Our representations often involve loan workout, receivership, foreclosure, eviction, collections, lender liability, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy issues.  We frequently represent financial institutions in litigation against other financial institutions related to participation agreements and other complex credit arrangements.  We also advise our clients on the drafting of disclosures, documentation, and structuring of products and programs to ensure compliance with the regulation.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Mistie Hague Weishaar
Marketing Manager
2375 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 700 Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 445-8000
The marketplace is changing at light speed. And so is the law. That is why being at the top in business is about tomorrow, not today, and why businesses that want to lead expect attorneys who are built for change. At Greenberg Traurig, we’ve grown to more than 1750 attorneys and 29 offices, an example of the firm’s instincts for leveraging a changing marketplace. Our culture places the power to get results on the individual, embracing each attorney’s multidimensional skills and commitment to the community. We hire talent that possess a rare combination of legal, business and leadership abilities. They guide clients through the very moments their businesses and markets are changing most and, supported by the firm’s award-winning technology platform, have been at the center of some of the most pivotal cases and transactions around the world. Our Phoenix attorneys represent decades of local experience, complemented by the global reach of the Greenberg Traurig network. They assist clients in a wide range of legal areas, including commercial litigation; construction; corporate and securities; finance; financial institutions; franchising; governmental affairs; intellectual property; labor and employment; public finance; real estate; reorganization, bankruptcy, and restructuring; tax, trust and estates; and white collar criminal defense.

Jackson White, P.C.

Scott L. Potter
40 N. Center St., Suite 200 Mesa, Arizona 85201
(480) 464-1111
Jackson White, P.C. is a full-service law firm that serves the state of Arizona, offering a wide range of legal services to financial institutions. Our knowledgeable attorneys are experienced in handling matters unique to both large and small banks, including foreclosure, defending lender liability, creditor bankruptcy, regulatory compliance, acquisitions and mergers, distressed real estate, condemnation, tax planning and disputes, documenting transactions, benefits planning, title issues and real estate, and loan workouts.

Fennemore Craig

Bill Ridenour
2394 East Camelback Road, Ste. 600 Phoenix, Arizona 85016-3429
(602) 916-5495
Fennemore Craig is a member of the State Capital Group, an association of independent law firms. Member firms are located in all 50 U.S. state capitals and in capital cities, business markets and financial centers around the world. Member firm attorneys bring a broad range of skills and experience to your business. Those based in U.S. state capitals offer a unique knowledge of state legislatures and regulatory agencies.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

John M. Rawicz 
40 N. Central Ave. Suite 1900 Phoenix AZ 85004
(602) 262-5311

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP is built on the strengths and reputations ‎of strong legacy firms focused on client relationships and quality representation. Lewis Roca Rothgerber was an Am Law 200 firm created with the 2013 combination of Lewis & Roca, a leading Southwestern law firm founded in 1950, and Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, a leading Rocky Mountain firm founded in 1903. Lewis Roca Rothgerber maintained a commitment to a high standard of client and public service, with a longstanding tradition of handling pro bono matters including cases such as Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), in which John P. Frank, John Flynn and others, represented Ernesto Miranda in the landmark case giving rise to “Miranda Rights.” 

Christie, Parker & Hale was a boutique intellectual property firm established in Los Angeles in 1954 dedicated to every phase of IP procurement, enforcement, and defense. The practice included all facets of patent prosecution (including utility, design, and plants), trademark prosecution, IP litigation, licensing, IP strategy, copyrights and trade secrets; internet law and domain disputes.

As a combined firm, we provide clients an enhanced and expanded range of services in intellectual property, litigation, ‎business transactions, gaming and regulatory and government relations.Clients also benefit from our multifaceted practices in key industries including biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering, Internet law and cyber security, real estate, ‎insurance, financial institutions, energy infrastructure, mining and religious institutions.‎

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Mike Ripp
One North Central Avenue, Suite 1200 Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 440-4808
Lorena Van Assche
Of Counsel
One North Central Avenue, Suite 1200 Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 440-4808

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is proud to be a “lender’s firm,” providing banks comprehensive legal services in lending transactions and disputes, loan restructurings and workouts, loan enforcement, bankruptcy and regulatory activities. We structure, negotiate and document a wide variety of lending transactions, including syndicated credits, loan participations, operating lines of credit, conduit loans, mezzanine loans, letters of credit, and construction, acquisition and development loans, including borrowing base facilities. Our banking lawyers assist banks in enforcing their rights against borrowers and guarantors who are unable or unwilling to honor their obligations, and regularly represent banks in litigation, arbitration, mediation and bankruptcy proceedings, including the defense of lender liability claims. Our lending practice is complemented by a number of practice areas including real estate; bank regulation and licensing; employment; corporate and securities; public finance and corporate trust; commercial litigation; taxation; environmental and natural resources; and intellectual property.

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Jennifer Hadley Dioguardi, Esq.
One Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 382-6000

Snell & Wilmer LLP is a full-service law firm with over 400 attorneys in offices located In Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Denver, CO; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Orange County, CA; Reno, NV; Salt Lake City, UT and Los Cabos, Mexico.  Snell & Wilmer provides a full range of litigation, transactional and advisory services to financial institutions throughout the West.

Stinson Leonard Street


1850 N. Central Ave.
Suite 2100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602.279.1600 Main
6400 South Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 1900
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Deborah Bayles
Ryan Behrman
Robert Botts, Jr.
Barkley Clark
Perry Glantz
Ernest Panasci

Stinson Leonard Street is one of the country’s largest law firms, with more than 450 attorneys.  We have 13 offices throughout the country, including Phoenix, Denver and Washington D.C.  Stinson Leonard Street’s  financial services attorneys represent more than 400 financial institutions and confront banking issues on a daily basis.  Our attorneys help financial companies navigate the web of federal and state regulations to ensure compliance and achieve their business objectives.  We also advise financial institutions on all of the regulatory, corporate securities, tax, ERISA, real estate, fintech and antitrust issues that financial companies face in M&A transactions, including purchasing the assets of failed banks.  Our financial services attorneys have been recognized by The American Bankers leading advisers in banking M&A transactions.

 The Special Assets Attorneys, PLLC

Craig J. Bolton
(602) 703-6849
3104 East camelback Road #816
Phoenix, AZ 85016
The Special Assets Attorneys PLLC,  attorneys are well-versed in the practice areas of bankruptcy and collection litigation. They can assist you and your outside lawyers in achieving a better and more economical result. Their attorneys will provide you with detailed reports, and we will monitor and control outside council on your behalf.

Quarles & Brady LLP

Brad Vynalek 
(602) 229-5261
2 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
Susan Boswell 
(520) 770-8713
2 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
Peter Terry
(602) 230-5506
2 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
Scott Klundt
(602) 229-5212
2 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004

Quarles & Brady is a firm that knows its clients, not just the law.  We handle the gamut of legal matters encountered by financial service institutions, but not until we understand the specific business, objectives, preferences and other unique operational aspects of each individual client.  From our seven offices in four states, we handle comprehensive and complex cross-practice matters for financial institutions across the country, both large and small, including loan documentation, corporate governance, bankruptcy, regulatory matters, loan restructures and modifications, tax, litigation, employee issues and loan enforcement.  We emphasize our understanding of business objectives and practical approach to problem solving and loan enforcement.  Of course, our attorneys are highly experienced practitioners; they are also responsive, cost-conscious, long-term thinkers who understand that legal representation is part of their clients’ strategies, not the point of them.