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Snell & Wilmer LLP

About Snell & Wilmer LLP

Snell & Wilmer traces its origins to 1938, when Mark Wilmer joined Frank L. Snell, Jr., Riney Salmon, and Charles Strouss, who had practiced together since 1934.
Snell & Wilmer traces its origins to 1938, when Mark Wilmer joined Frank L. Snell, Jr., Riney Salmon, and Charles Strouss, who had practiced together since 1934. Mr. Snell frequently recounted the search that led to his partnership with Mr. Wilmer. Because Mr. Snell was "snowed under" by work and needed help, he consulted the three members of Maricopa County's Superior Court to identify the best trial lawyer in the state. Mr. Snell noted that each judge mentioned Mr. Wilmer, whom he had not yet met.

Both Mr. Snell and Mr. Wilmer recalled their first conversation as a lengthy discussion about their philosophies of the practice of law. The conversation went so well that the two attorneys decided to become partners without working out financial terms. We have been "doing business in Arizona" ever since.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1938 Number of Partners 208
Number of offices 9 Partner:associate ratio 1.10
Biggest office Phoenix Percentage of women attorneys 18.50
Number of attorneys 419 Percentage of minority attorneys 10.20
Number of associates 187 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.50
Area of practice

Snell & Wilmer LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Administrative
  • Agrifinance
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate
  • Auditor And Accountant Defense
  • Aviation And Faa Regulatory
  • Bankruptcy And Reorganization
  • Capital Markets
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Condemnation
  • Constitutional And Political Litigation
  • Construction
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Corporate And Securities
  • Criminal Defense
  • Data Centers
  • Education
  • Election
  • Emerging Business
  • Employee Benefits And Executive Compensation
  • Energy And Utilities
  • Environmental And Natural Resources
  • Estate Planning
  • Europe
  • Export And Import Controls Economic Sanctions And Foreign Anti Corruption
  • False Claims Act
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • First Amendment
  • Foreclosure And Collection
  • Franchise Litigation
  • Fund Formation And Investment
  • Gaming
  • Government Contracting And Procurement
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure Development And Project Finance
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property And Technology
  • Intellectual Property And Technology Litigation
  • Internal Investigations And Regulatory Compliance
  • International
  • Labor And Employment
  • Latin America
  • Life Sciences And Medical Technology
  • Master Planned Communities And Subdivisions
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Military
  • Mining Industry Services
  • Native American Affairs
  • Non Profit
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Oil And Gas
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals And Medical Devices
  • Privacy Data Protection And Cyber Security
  • Private Client Services
  • Probate
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Professional Licensure
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Receiverships
  • Renewable Energy
  • Retail And Franchising
  • Safety And Health
  • Sec Reporting And Corporate Governance
  • Securities Litigation And Investigations
  • Sports And Entertainment
  • Tax Controversy And Litigation
  • Tax Credit Finance
  • Tax General Federal
  • Tax State And Local
  • Tcpa
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Trusts And Estates
  • Venture Capital And Private Equity
  • Water
  • White Collar Defense And Investigations
  • Zoning And Land Use
Awards and recognitions

Snell & Wilmer Attorney Mandy Shavinsky Named a 2014 Winner of Vegas Inc.'s Top 40 Under 40 Award
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Names Three Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as 2014 Top Pro Bono Attorneys
Franchise Times Recognizes Two Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as 2014 Legal Eagles
Lawyer Monthly Names Snell & Wilmer Partner Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier to 2014 Women in Law Awards
The Best of Arizona Business Recognizes Snell & Wilmer as the Number One Law Firm
The American Jewish Committee Honors Snell & Wilmer Partner Matthew Feeney with Judge Learned Hand Community Service
Snell & Wilmer Selected as Finalist for Phoenix Chamber's 2014 Impact Awards
Snell & Wilmer Attorney Cynthia Alexander Selected for Vegas Inc.'s 2014 Women to Watch Award
Snell & Wilmer Recognized as a Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies
Inside Tucson Business Honors Snell & Wilmer Attorney Roxanne Veliz at 2013 Women of Influence Awards
The 2013 ACE Awards Honors Snell & Wilmer
Snell & Wilmer's Marek Bute Selected by the National LGBT Bar Association as One of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 - Class of 2013
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
Four Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named in the 2013 International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators
Four Snell & Wilmer Partners Named "IP Stars" by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
Phoenix Business Journal Honors Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Manuel Cairo and Julie Maurer to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013
Nevada Business Magazine Names Eleven Snell & Wilmer Attorneys to 2013 Legal Elite
Snell & Wilmer Partner Barbara Dawson Honored with Walter E. Craig Distinguished Attorney Award
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 37 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field
Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona Honors Snell & Wilmer with the 2013 Good Neighbor Award
Attorney at Law Magazine Honors Snell & Wilmer with Diversity and Inclusion Best Practice Award
Snell & Wilmer's Denver Office Meets Pro Bono Goal for Second Consecutive Year
Public Law Center Recognizes Snell & Wilmer With Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award


The Committee then adopted the firm's values statement to succinctly convey that diversity and inclusion are intertwined with life and business at Snell & Wilmer. All together, the firm as a whole sends a powerful message: diversity and inclusion are not end products but rather continuums pursued with the same urgency, sincerity, and eye on sustainability as any other strategic initiative.

Summer associate program

At the mid-point and end of the summer, the coordinators meet with each summer associate to discuss his/her progress. In addition, each attorney for whom the summer associate works provides an oral and written evaluation. To the greatest extent possible, summer associates are urged to attend client conferences, depositions, negotiations, closings of various commercial transactions, administrative and court hearings, and trials in which the firm is involved.

We are constantly working to make our summer associate program even better and more beneficial to participants. We recently introduced "Reality Snell & Wilmer" to provide a new and different type of learning experience. In addition to projects, summer associates are matched with a partner who brings them into other cases and transactions, as needed, to simulate the reality of working as an attorney day to day.

Our comprehensive interview process for the summer associate program involves spending a lot of time up front to target the individuals whom we believe will join the firm.

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Snell & Wilmer LLP LOCATIONS


Snell & Wilmer LLP Headquarters

One Arizona Center ,
400 East Van Buren Street Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ

602-382-6000 phone
602-382-6070 fax
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Snell & Wilmer LLP Office

3883 Howard Hughes Parkway ,
Suite 1100
Las Vegas, NV

702-784-5200 phone
702-784-5252 fax


Snell & Wilmer LLP Office

1920 Main Street ,
Suite 1200
Irvine, CA

949-253-2700 phone
949-955-2507 fax


Snell & Wilmer LLP Office

15 Westsouth Temple ,
Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, UT

801-257-1900 phone
801-257-1800 fax


Snell & Wilmer LLP Office

1200 17th Street ,
Suite 1900
Denver, CO

303-634-2000 phone
303-634-2020 fax

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