Elections & Political Law

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.

Candidates, Campaigns & Committees

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.

Arizona Public Records

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.

Arizona Open Meeting Law

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.

Election Litigation

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.

Appellate

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.

Representative Matters

Representative clients include:

  • Arizona Attorney General and Governor Janet Napolitano
  • United States Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema
  • City of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon
  • Pinal County Attorney Jim Walsh
  • Senator Robert Meza
  • Independent Redistricting Commissioner Linda McNulty
  • City of Glendale

Representative ballot measures for which we served as primary counsel include:

  • Arizona’s Tobacco Tax
  • The ban on indoor smoking
  • Tusayan incorporation initiative

Representative litigation matters include:

  • Successfully defeating a mandamus action seeking to compel a city to place on the ballot a referendum measure relating to a settlement agreement for the development of a casino.
  • Successfully defeating an initiative measure relating to a municipal employee pension program in a pre-election petition signature challenge.
  • Successfully defending against a civil investigative demand of an Independent Redistricting Commissioner arising out of Arizona’s Open Meeting Law.
  • Taking a Special Action in the Arizona superior and appellate courts to challenge special session legislation.
  • Successfully defending constitutional challenges to legislation and a referendum measure relating to the incorporation of a town in Arizona.

Attorneys

Andrew Gordon
Email Andrew | 602-381-5460

Roopali Desai
Email Roopali | 602-381-5478

Keith Beauchamp
Email Keith | 602-381-5490

John Kelly
Email John | 602-381-5497

Katherine DeStefano
Email Katherine | 602-381-5471

Melissa Soliz
Email Melissa | 602-381-5484

Shelley Tolman
Email Shelley | 602-381-5488

Andy Gaona
Email Andy | 602-381-5486

Vidula Patki
Email Vidula | 602-381-5494