The Arizona Republic Calls on Roopali Desai for Insight on Prop 208-Related Surcharge

The Arizona Republic Calls on Roopali Desai for Insight on Prop 208-Related Surcharge

After Arizona voters passed Proposition 208, which increased the state’s income-tax rate for high-income individuals, a restaurant in Cave Creek added a surprise surcharge to diners’ checks. The Arizona Republic turned to Roopali Desai, who represents the initiative, for a legal perspective on the fee. Roopali questioned why the restaurant owners were trying to collect a tax they may not even be required to pay, as Prop 208 impacts individuals who earn taxable income above $250,000 — not businesses. She also emphasized the importance of reviewing receipts and speaking up if something seems amiss. In addition to representing Prop 208, Roopali is a highly regarded elections and political lawyer in Arizona. Her practice involves advising clients on all aspects of election law, from campaign finance compliance to...

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Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures

Roopali Desai Sheds Light on Arizona’s Second Chance Act in Local Media

Arizona has the fourth-highest prison population in the United States, but the new Second Chances, Rehabilitation and Public Safety Act could change that. Coppersmith Brockelman’s Roopali Desai, who serves as legal counsel for the initiative and helped to craft the measure, was featured on KJZZ and in articles for the Arizona Republic and Daily Independent sharing insights on the legislation. The Second Chances Act is an opportunity for non-dangerous offenders to shorten their prison sentences through “earned release credits,” based on good behavior and participation in rehabilitation programs. It would also give judges discretion in sentencing non-dangerous offenders in the interest of justice based on the facts and circumstances of the case, including victims’ statements. Finally, it establishes a fund for first responders and victims of violent crimes. According to Roopali,...

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Arizona Republic Recognizes Our “Quirky” Law Firm for Culture, Work Ethic

As the Arizona Republic found out, Coppersmith Brockelman isn’t your typical law firm. Down-to-earth. Diverse. Hardworking. Client-first attitude. It’s those qualities that stood out to reporter Georgann Yara, as she profiled the firm for Arizona’s statewide daily newspaper. The article spotlighted Coppersmith Brockelman’s immense success in a wide range of practice areas – including health care, elections/politics, employment, employee benefits and commercial litigation –  while bucking the stereotypes associated with most law firms. “We work hard, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously,” said Keith Beauchamp, a partner. With a diverse group of 20 attorneys (11 of which were recognized as “The Best Lawyers in America” by their peers) and 11 support staff, the team prides itself on professionalism, creativity and commitment to community. The full article is available at...

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Jill Chasson Educates Arizona Republic Readers About Exempt Workers Clocking In and Out

Employment law can be complex and confusing. That’s one of the reasons The Arizona Republic regularly taps Coppersmith Brockelman’s Jill Chasson for guidance on common questions. Most recently, Jill was asked a question about whether exempt workers can legally be required to clock in and out. She shed light on the difference between exempt and non-exempt positions, and addressed some of the revised federal overtime regulations that will go into effect on Dec. 1. Click here to read the full column....

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