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Randy Papetti

Lewis, Roca, Rothgerber, Christie, L.L.P.


Randy has been with his firm for more than twenty years and recently served several years as the Practice Group Leader of the firm's Litigation section.  He has been recognized as a top Arizona litigator by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, Chambers International, Martindale-Hubbell, Phoenix Magazine and Southwest Super Lawyers.

Randy’s practice focuses on trial work, commercial litigation and antitrust counseling.

Trial Work

Randy has an active trial and arbitration practice and has successfully tried cases ranging from his defense of a man accused of first-degree murder to a complex lease and regulatory dispute that resulted in an $11.2 million jury verdict for the firm’s client. He also regularly arbitrates cases and has obtained several awards exceeding $1 million in arbitrations and several defense verdicts in the same area arising out of partnership and corporate disputes. He was part of the trial team that in 2016 obtained a nationally publicized jury verdict that the writer, director, and producer of the Broadway play, Jersey Boys, copied from an unpublished manuscript of a deceased lawyer. In 2011, Randy was invited into and inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the preeminent trial lawyer organization in America.

Commercial Litigation

With a background in finance and economics, Randy has experience in handling a wide variety of commercial disputes. He has particular experience in disputes involving partnerships and other joint venture disputes, real estate, restrictive covenants, and intellectual property litigation. He was selected by Best Lawyers and his local peers as the 2013 Lawyer of the Year for “Bet-the-Company Litigation.”

Antitrust Disputes and Counseling

Randy counsels trade associations, industry consortiums, non-profits and corporations on antitrust, restrictive covenant and other unfair competition matters, and has served as counsel in several major antitrust class actions filed in Arizona. He is a past Chair of the Antitrust Section of the State Bar of Arizona.

Pro Bono

On a pro bono basis, Randy has handled three high-profile murder cases in which he believed the defendants had been falsely accused. In one, after a six-week trial, the jury hung 8-4 in favor of acquittal. In another, the State eventually dismissed all charges. In the third case in Qatar, Randy's clients were exonerated by the Qatari courts. Randy has received multiple awards for his pro bono and community service work.