Robert G. Schaffer
Mr. Schaffer is an experienced trial lawyer and appellate advocate. A former law clerk to United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Bob has over two decades of experience persuading trial and appellate courts in both routine and high stakes litigation, has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” in Arizona by Benchmark Litigation, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice and Litigation (2012-2019).
Bob specializes in complex business, real estate, and construction disputes and appeals of all kinds. He has served as lead trial counsel in trials, hearings and other matters before state and federal courts and arbitrators, and has argued numerous appeals in the Arizona and California appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit. He has represented multi-national clients, as well as regional and local businesses and individuals, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in a broad range of areas, including contract disputes, business and partnership disputes, real estate and construction litigation, constitutional, statutory and regulatory matters, RICO and consumer fraud, employment, products liability, and water rights. He has served as lead counsel in defense of class actions and also has extensive experience representing clients in antitrust and other trade regulation matters including joint venture arrangements, unfair competition, and restrictive covenants, and regularly counsels businesses and individuals on litigation risk and avoidance in these and other areas.
Bob’s counsel is valued not only for his ability to prevail in court but also for his practical judgment in guiding clients through the uncertainty of litigation and implementing efficient strategies to streamline disputes.
As an appellate specialist, Bob frequently helps shape strategic decisions during trial court litigation handled by other professionals, and knows that he most effectively serves his clients by working cooperatively with trial teams. His leadership as an appellate advocate includes actively soliciting and benefitting from the judgment of those professionals who have won his client’s trust.
Following two judicial clerkships, Mr. Schaffer practiced for 20 years at Lewis, Roca, Rothgerber, Christie LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. Bob is a graduate of The University of Kansas (’93) and Duke Law School (’96).