Roopali is a partner in the firm’s litigation group, focusing her practice in the areas of complex civil litigation, political law, and civil appeals. Her practice involves representing clients at all stages of litigation in state and federal court, in front of administrative agencies, and in arbitration proceedings. Her clients include large and small businesses, non-profits, and political campaigns and parties. Roopali’s business clients rely on her experience and her creative approach to litigating when they need help resolving disputes in a variety of areas, including contracts, business torts, trade secrets, real estate, partnership, and products. She also regularly assists her clients in obtaining time-sensitive relief, including temporary and preliminary injunctive relief, expedited appeals, and special actions.
Roopali is also a leading election lawyer in Arizona. Her political law practice involves advising clients on all aspects of election law including campaign finance compliance, disclosure and reporting requirements, and bringing and defending election challenges. Roopali is especially known for her experience representing initiative, referendum, and recall campaigns, and has served as legal counsel for numerous successful statewide and local measures. She is experienced in drafting ballot language and preparing initiative and referendum petitions, and is experienced in defending and prosecuting various types of pre- and post-election challenges to initiatives, referendum, and recalls, including seeking injunctive relief. Roopali’s political law clients include federal, state, and local candidates; political party organizations and clubs; independent expenditure committees; ballot measure sponsors, supporters, and opponents; corporate, union, and trade association PACs; nonprofit organizations; and governmental entities such as counties, cities, towns, and special districts.
Roopali was instrumental in the construction and passage of Prop 207, which legalized the adult use of cannabis in the State of Arizona. Through that process she worked closely with regulators, key legislators, and many of Arizona’s largest cannabis dispensaries and cultivators. Drafting the law has given Roopali a deep understanding of the express provisions of the law as well as the rationale supporting the language and concepts ultimately adopted. Since Prop 207 passed, Roopali has provided valuable legal assistance to cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, transporters, and testing laboratories. Those clients recognize her deep knowledge of the subject, relationship with regulators, and understanding of the adult use statutes and regulations. Because of her involvement in Prop 207, she was also asked to assist the Arizona Department of Health Services in the development of the State’s Social Equity Ownership Program granting marijuana establishment licenses to individuals from disproportionately impacted communities. She also spearheaded the development of training and education for social equity applicants.
Roopali represents a range of dispensaries, cultivators, and service vendors to the cannabis industry. She negotiates with regulators over fair and equitable interpretations of the statutes, regulations, and regulatory actions arising from the laws. She drafts agreements for service providers that contemplate the requirements and restrictions of the adult use cannabis laws. She also regularly litigates on behalf of cannabis clients relating to business and other disputes.
Roopali’s deep knowledge and understanding of the adult use cannabis laws, business, and regulatory landscape in Arizona and her innate skills in the courtroom make her an excellent choice for cannabis clients seeking superior legal counsel in the cannabis marketplace.