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Rob is an AV® Preeminent™ peer review-rated appellate and trial court litigator. Trained at two of the nation's preeminent law firms in New York City before relocating to Arizona in 2003, and thereafter elected shareholder at one the nation's largest law firms, Rob has helped clients large and small navigate business, constitutional and public law disputes for nearly two decades.


Mindful of his clients' desire to devote their resources to business growth rather than litigation, Rob makes it a priority to gain a precise understanding of the client’s objective and to formulate a strategy to achieve it as early as possible and within budget.


It seems like most cases that wind their way to trial are destined for appeal. Rob routinely appears in causes pending before the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Rob is passionate about appellate practice. He is recognized throughout the legal community for the potency of his appellate advocacy. 


While Rob also thoroughly enjoys trial advocacy, he knows that clients are rarely enthusiastic about going to trial. He therefore places great emphasis on the deployment of forceful, dispositive pre-trial motions to bring the case to an end if it cannot sooner be settled. 


Sometimes a case will wind its way to trial. When it does, Rob is ready. He co-chaired a two-week false advertising jury trial as recently as May 2010, resulting in victory. He co-chaired a three-and-a-half week jury trial of a distribution agreement dispute just months earlier, scoring a unanimous verdict for the client.

Rob is honored to have been endorsed by Practical Law Company both as an appellate advocate and business litigator based on its annual survey of in-house counsel.


Select accomplishments:


- Secured Arizona Supreme Court victory for mortgage lender, loan servicer and mortgage-backed securitization trustee in proceeding to resolve disputed questions of law pertaining to non-judicial foreclosures/trustees’ sales. Crafted principal brief, coordinated amici curiae counsel, engaged in extensive motion practice and presented oral argument, all within seven weeks.


- Persuaded Ninth Circuit to vacate natural gas company’s $60 million punitive damages award against former ACC Chairman as unconstitutionally excessive. Subsequently persuaded panel to vacate $4 million punitive damages remittitur on due process grounds, resulting in another published decision. Convinced trial court to stay enforcement of judgment without a supersedeas bond during appeals.


- Repelled Maricopa County Regional School District Superintendent’s petition for review and special action petition to Arizona Supreme Court, wherein superintendent sought to vacate trial court’s appointment of three-member panel to manage school district in the wake of her indictment.


- Co-chaired and prevailed in two-week bet-the-company trial in federal district court on behalf of multinational photo radar enforcement company after persuading district court to dismiss on summary judgment two-thirds of rival’s false advertising claims seeking tens of millions of dollars in purported damages.


- Co-chaired and prevailed in three-week jury retrial of wrongful termination claim in federal district court on behalf of electronics manufacturer after persuading Ninth Circuit to reverse seven-figure judgment in favor of former distributor based on trial court’s exclusion of probative evidence and other errors.


- Instrumental in securing eight-figure damages settlement for general contractor on construction design defect claims against Maricopa County arising out of public works project.













































Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 55%
    22 years
  2. Litigation: 45%
    22 years

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  • Taylor C Young

    Rob is a consummate lawyer with legal acumen and instincts that are second-to-none. He has a stellar reputation in the legal community and is a tireless advocate for his clients. It was for these reasons--along with our shared passion for the art of litigation--that I partnered with Rob in July of 2012. I cannot recommend him highly enough.


    Taylor Young Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Mandel Young, plc

3001 East Camelback Road
Suite 130
Phoenix, AZ, 85016-9000


AZActive 200404/27/2016
NYCurrently registered 199403/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selectee - AppealsSuper Lawyers2014
Selectee - Appeals and Commercial LitigationArizona's Finest Lawyers2013
Endorsed - Dispute ResolutionPractical Law Company2011
Endorsed - Dispute ResolutionPractical Law Company2010
Best Lawyers - LitigationArizona Business Magazine2010
Endorsed - Dispute Resolution HandbookPractical Law Company2009
Best Lawyers - LitigationArizona Business Magazine2009
Endorsed - Dispute Resolution HandbookPractical Law Company2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderGreenberg Traurig, LLP (Phoenix, Az)2003 - 2012
AttorneyKronish Lieb (Now Known As Cooley Godward Kronish)1997 - 2003
AttorneyProskauer Rose1993 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maricopa County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2004 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationLitigation Division, Member1994 - Present
American Bar Association, Judicial DivisionMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Southern Union Co. v. James M. Irvin, et al.Excessive Punitive Damages Award Vacated
GameTech International, Inc. v. Trend Gaming, L.L.C., and Steven W. Hieronymus, et al.Affirmed Final Judgment for Plaintiff
Southern Union Co. v. Southwest Gas Co., et al., 415 F.3d 1001Jurisdiction Affirmed/Excessive Punitive Damages Award Vacated
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Publication nameTitleDate
Attorney at Law Magazine (Greater Phoenix Edition), Appellate Practice ColumnAmended ARCAP 7(a)(2) Affords Civil Litigants Greater Access to the Arizona Court of Appeals2013
Attorney at Law Magazine (Greater Phoenix Edition) Appellate Practice ColumnAPPELLATE ENGAGEMENT: Why and When You Should Retain Appellate Counsel2013
Attorney At Law Magazine (Greater Phoenix Edition), Appellate ColumnBeware the Law of the Case2012
Phoenix Business Journal, "Ask the Legal Professionals" Appellate ColumnistThe Mandate Rule2011
Phoenix Business Journal - "Ask the Legal Professionals" Appellate ColumnistUnconstitutionally Excessive Punitive Damages2011
Phoenix Business Journal - "Ask the Legal Professionals" Appellate ColuminstWhy to Hire Appellate Counsel2011
The Phoenix Business JournalStare Decisis2011
GT AlertArizona Supreme Court Clarifies ‘Gift Clause’ Limits on Public Payments to Private Parties2010
New York Law JournalCopycat Complaints and Rule 111996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Phoenix, AZThe Walsh Decision and the Value of Personal Goodwill - Ritz Carlton Hotel, Phoenix, AZ2012
Arizona Federal District Court Conference"Excessive Punitive Damages after Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker: A Perspective on the U.S. Supreme Court's Evolving Punitive Damages Jurisprudence"2009
State Bar of ArizonaPunitive Damages:Lawyer Perspectives on the U.S. Supreme Court's Evolving Jurisprudence Regarding Excessive Punitive Damages2008
Basic Trial Skills SeriesMotions for Judgment and Closing Arguments2008