Coppersmith Brockelman has Arizona’s widest-ranging and most comprehensive election and political law practice, and unrivaled expertise in litigation, appeals, corporate formation and regulation, and government investigations.
With a deep understanding of federal, state and local election and political intricacies, we provide counsel to candidates, campaigns, and committees, in all aspects of elections activity, from the initial steps of creating committees and complying with campaign finance laws to defending election challenges. With particular experience in Arizona’s law governing initiative, referendum, and recall, we not only actively draft ballot measure language and prepare petitions on behalf of clients, but also defend and prosecute challenges to initiatives, referenda, and recalls in court and on appeal.
We also assist corporations, trade associations, membership organizations, nonprofit organizations and individuals as they navigate this complex legal landscape against a post-Citizens United backdrop. While at times challenging terrain to traverse, we always offer innovative and effective solutions to help clients achieve their goals while ensuring compliance with the laws that govern their activity.
Our deep understanding of Arizona’s Public Records Law allows us to advise clients regarding their right to public records, and we have stepped in to draft and file records requests or bring claims as needed on their behalf.
We counsel clients and provide representation on issues and investigations relating to Arizona’s Open Meeting Law. We have advised both private and public clients regarding how the law works and its application to particular situations, and we have defended clients accused of having violated the law at both the superior and appellate court levels.
We have significant experience in litigation involving election issues and other politically related matters. This includes filing suit to enjoin state legislation, seeking injunctive relief in ballot matters, and providing representation on potential initiative and/or referendum challenges.
We have a robust appellate practice – as primary and amicus counsel – in the areas of election, constitutional, and political law and have litigated numerous appeals involving constitutional issues, ballot measures, and expedited election matters. Our lawyers are called upon regularly by clients to provide counsel and strategy advice with respect to appellate matters.
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Representative ballot measures for which we served as primary counsel include:
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