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Facing a lawsuit can be a very difficult time and it is important that you have someone who will be a strong advocate for you.  If you or your company has been sued by someone alleging an injury or by someone claiming a violation of their rights as an employee, I can help.  I have successfully handled hundreds of cases on behalf of individuals and companies that have been sued for various alleged injuries and employment law claims.  I will use my knowledge and experience to diligently fight for you. 



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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
    9 years
  2. Insurance: 33%
    9 years
  3. Employment: 33%
    6 years


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Fred Rispoli

    Tophas is a great lawyer. He knows exactly how to litigate--and win--a case on the merits, which ultimately does his clients a much better service.


    Fred Rispoli Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Matthew Thomas Anderson

    I was a partner at Tophas' present firm. Tophas is a fantastic lawyer and person. He is competent, ethical, and responsive. Tophas cares about his work and his clients, and it shows. Not all lawyers possess this quality. I am happy to recommend him to others.


    Matthew Anderson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros Pa

1 N Central Ave Ste 900
Phoenix, AZ, 85004-4417


AZActive 200207/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Campbell Alumni AwardBlack Board of Directors Assoc.2014
Forty Under 40Phoenix Business Journal2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRenaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA2009 - Present
AttorneyJennings Haug & Cunningham LLP2006 - 2009
Felony Crimes ProsecutorMaricopa County Attorney's Office2002 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defense Research InstituteMember2015 - Present
Arizona Civil Jury Instructions CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Black Board of DirectorsMember2009 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2002 - Present
Arizona Civil Jury Instructions CommitteeChair2012 - 2014
Valley Christian Centers, IncBoard member2009 - 2013
Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, Inc.Member and 1st Vice President2000 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Racial Discrimination Casefavorable settlement
Commercial Leasing case for Equipment CompanyObtained Judgment against Defendant
Fair Labor Standards Act -- Overtime caseClient received twice the amount owed plus attorney fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Employment Law ReferenceCo-Author, “ALFA Employment Law 50-State Compendium,” 20152015
Phoenix Business JournalForty Under 402013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Texas System, AustinFinanceBachelor of Business Administration1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Summer 2015 TrimesterFederal Employment Law Discrimination2015
August 2014 MeetingReasonable Accomodations, the ADA & Discrimination2014
2015 Law and Legislative ConferenceDoes George Constanza Really Need His Own Bathroom? Reasonable Accomodations Under ADA2014