Roshka DeWulf & Patten, PLC

Roshka DeWulf & Patten, PLC

Law Firm in Phoenix, AZ

Firm Overview

Roshka DeWulf & Patten is a boutique law firm with big-time credentials specializing in business litigation and regulatory issues.

Founded in 1995, Roshka, DeWulf & Patten is a Phoenix-based business law firm representing clients in litigation and regulatory matters. We have successfully handled many high-dollar, high-stakes legal matters for major multinational corporations and prominent Arizona-based companies. Our attorneys combine deep legal and regulatory knowledge with a commitment to achieving our clients' objectives. They are also consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Arizona's Finest Lawyers and carry an AV rating from Martindale-Hubble. Additionally, as leaders in their field, they possess extensive teaching and presentation experience across practice areas, and are widely considered industry thought leaders.

Areas of Law:
-Business Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Securities Litigation
-Securities Enforcement
-Water and Wastewater.
-Creditors' Rights And Bankruptcy
-Public Utility Law
-Energy
-Telecommunications Law
Main Office

Main Office
400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 800
Phoenix  AZ  85004

Phone
  • 602-256-6100
Fax
  • 602-256-6800
Business
Roshka DeWulf & Patten, PLC will represent your Business legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-Business Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Securities Litigation
-Securities Enforcement
-Water and Wastewater.
-Creditors' Rights And Bankruptcy
-Public Utility Law
-Energy
-Telecommunications Law

John Matthew Derstine

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Matt Derstine has a diverse business litigation, bankruptcy and utility practice.

His litigation practice focuses on the representation of parties involved in disputes over commercial loan transactions, foreclosure and receivership, commercial leases, shareholder and partnership matters, energy trading and supply contracts, secured transactions and construction contracts.

In his bankruptcy practice, Matt has extensive experience representing secured lenders, trade creditors, equipment lessors, commercial landlords and tenants, counterparties to wholesale energy contracts, parties in preference and avoidance proceedings, and mechanic's lien claimants.

Matt's utility practice also includes extensive experience with siting transmission facilities and sale transactions involving distributed generation facilities.

Classes & Seminars:
Program Chair: The Coming Commercial Real Estate Storm, 2010
Regular Presenter: State Bar of Arizona Course on Professionalism
Presenter: NBI Collection Law Tips and Strategies 2007 2009
Presenter: Ninth Circuit & Arizona Law Update: New Cases and Controversies, Arizona State Convention, Bankruptcy Section, 2002

Honors & Awards:
Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Rating for 10+ years
The Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation Bankruptcy, 2011 2013
Super Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, 2012 2013
Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Construction Litigation
-Bankruptcy Litigation
-Creditors Rights
-Public Utility
-Energy

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Member

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1987, Arizona
-1987, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
-1987, Arizona Supreme Court
-1990, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
Class of 1987
J.D.

Law Review: Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Note and Comment Editor

University Attended:
University of Arizona
Class of 1984
B.A.
with distinction

Associations & Memberships:
American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Litigation; Business Law; Environment, Energy & Resources, Forum on Construction); State Bar of Arizona; Federal Bar Association; Maricopa County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    Juris Doctorate , 1987

John E. DeWulf

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

John E. DeWulf has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation, including handling numerous trials, hearings and other matters before state and federal courts in the areas of contracts, business torts, trade secrets, real estate, securities, intellectual property, partnership and products. He has represented large multi-national clients, as well as regional and local businesses and individuals in a variety of business disputes.

In light of this diverse experience in litigating business issues, John has developed a practice in business counseling, aiding companies in overcoming challenges and leveraging opportunities to ultimately become more profitable and achieve business goals.

Classes & Seminars:
Presenter: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination, Lorman Education Services
Presenter: Business Litigation in Arizona: From Prefiling Concerns Through Closing Arguments at Trial, Sterling Education Services, LLC
Presenter: Ethics of Changing Firms, Arizona State Bar Convention
Chair/Presenter: Trial and Transactional Ethics, Arizona State Bar
Chair/Presenter: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow: Litigating Against Former Employees, Arizona State Bar
Chair: Environmental Litigation, Arizona State Bar
Chair: Innovative Trial Techniques, Arizona State Bar Convention
Chair: Proving and Calculating Lost Profits, Arizona State Bar
Administrative & Criminal Prosecution of Securities Fraud Cases, Maricopa County Bar Association

Honors & Awards:
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
The Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, 2007 2013
The Best Lawyers in America: Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2009 2013
Super Lawyers: Business Litigation, 2007 2013
Super Lawyers: Securities Litigation, Professional Liability: Defense, 2011 2013
Super Lawyers: The Top 50 in Arizona, 2011 2013
Arizona's Finest Lawyers: 2011 2013
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education: Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, 2013

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Founding Member

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1981, Arizona
-1981, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
-1981, U.S. Supreme Court
-2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
-2001, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Law School Attended:
University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
Class of 1981
J.D.
Member, The Order of Barristers

University Attended:
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
Class of 1978
B.A.
Economics, with honors

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice Section, Chairman, 1990 - 1991; Maricopa County Bar Association, American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Litigation, Committee on Business Torts, Business Law, Committee on Corporate Counsel); Maricopa County Bar Association
Education
  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    Juris Doctorate, Member, The Order of Barristers , 1981

Michael W. Patten

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Michael W. Patten practices in the areas of public utilities, energy and telecommunications, and has extensive litigation experience. He appears regularly before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) on matters involving public utilities, electricity, water and wastewater, renewable energy, energy efficiency, gas and telecommunications matters including rate cases, rulemakings, financings, line sitings, service area extensions, formal complaints and various ACC proceedings addressing policy issues.

Publications:
"Rulemaking and Regulatory Agencies in Arizona," Arizona Environmental Law Manual, State Bar of Arizona, 1995
Co-author and Co-Editor, Arizona Environmental Law Handbook, Government Institutes, Inc., 1993
"Tapping Officials' Secrets: The Door to Open Government in Arizona," Tapping Officials' Secrets, (Co-Author), A State Government Compendium, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 1997
"Liabilities of Underground Storage Tank Ownership or Operation," Environmental Management Review, Government Institutes, Inc., 4th Qtr., 1991
Co-author and Co-Editor, Arizona Environmental Law Update, M. Lee Smith Publishers (Monthly), 1990 95

Honors & Awards:
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
The Best Lawyers in America: Communications Law and Energy Law, 2007 2013
The Best Lawyers in America: 2012 Phoenix Best Lawyers Energy Law Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers: Utilities, Energy & Natural Resources, Communications, 2010 2012
Super Lawyers: Utilities, 2007

Areas of Law:
-Public Utility Law
-Energy Law
-Telecommunications Law
-Renewable Energy
-Energy Efficiency
-Water and Wastewater
-State Transmission Line Siting
-Regulatory Compliance

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Member

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1984, Arizona
-1986, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
-1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Law School Attended:
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Class of 1984
J.D.
Law Review: Harvard Environmental Law Review, Executive Editor

University Attended:
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California
Class of 1981
B.A. in Biology
Summa Cum Laude

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona, American Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association
Education
  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

Paul J. Roshka, Jr.

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Paul J. Roshka, Jr. is a commercial litigator who has extensive experience with the prosecution and defense of claims alleging violations of federal and state securities laws. He practices regularly before the SEC, the Arizona Securities Division and FINRA.

He began his career as a prosecutor with the Office of the Chief State's Attorney in Connecticut before moving to Arizona in 1977. He spent the next seven years with the Arizona Securities Division and served as the agency's assistant director for three years before entering private practice.

In addition to having a commercial litigation and securities litigation, arbitration, mediation and enforcement practice, Paul appears before a number of state agencies regulating banking, mortgage bankers and brokers, real estate, insurance and accounting.

Paul also served as a faculty associate at Arizona State University for a decade teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on white collar crime, organized crime and corporate crime.

Classes & Seminars:
Navigating the Credit Crisis: What Every Litigator and Corporate Counsel Needs to Know About Representing Clients in an Uncertain World, State Bar
Best Practices in Securities Arbitrations and Enforcement Priorities at the Securities and Exchange Commission, State Bar
The Mechanics and Pitfalls of Representing Businesses and Individuals Before Administrative Agencies, State Bar
Conducting Internal Investigations: How to Identify and Prevent Corporate Liability, State Bar
Civil RICO, Maricopa County Bar Association
Dealing With The Regulators SEC, NASD and the State, State Bar
Anatomy of a State Enforcement Action, State Bar
Securities Fraud: Protecting the Rights of the Victim, Defending the Rights of the Accused, Maricopa County Bar Association
Recent Developments in Securities Litigation, Arbitration and Enforcement, State Bar
Mediation Seminar, joint State Bar and NASD Regulation, Inc.
The Bulls, the Bears and the Sidewinders, State Bar
Administrative & Criminal Prosecution of Securities Fraud Cases, Maricopa County Bar Association

Honors & Awards:
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Super Lawyers: List of Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona, 2012 and 2013
Super Lawyers: Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, 2007 2013
The Best Lawyers in America: 2013 Lawyer of the Year for Securities Litigation in Phoenix
The Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation, Litigation Regulatory Enforcement and Litigation Securities, 2003 2013
Arizona's Finest Lawyers: Business Litigation, 2006 2013
KPNX TV's 12 Who Care Hon Kachina Award
Jefferson Award: American Institute for Public Service

Areas of Law:
-Securities Litigation and Enforcement
-Commercial Litigation
-Administrative and Regulatory Matters

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Founding Member

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1973, Connecticut
-1974, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
-1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
-1978, U.S. Supreme Court
-1983, Arizona
-1984, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
-1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Law School Attended:
University of Connecticut
Class of 1972
J.D.

University Attended:
St. Joseph's University, Pennsylvania
Class of 1969
B.S.

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona; State Bar of Connecticut; Maricopa County Bar Association; American Bar Association; Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Compliance & Legal Society
Education
  • University of Connecticut
    Juris Doctorate , 1972

Jason D. Gellman

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Jason Gellman's practice primarily focuses on public utilities, energy, telecommunications, water and administrative law. He regularly appears before the Arizona Corporation Commission on matters involving public utilities including rate cases, financings, service-area extensions and rulemakings. Additionally, he works with utilities developing renewable energy and energy efficiency implementation plans and programs. He has also appeared before the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee regarding the locating and permitting of power lines and power generation plants.

Prior to joining Roshka, DeWulf & Patten, Jason served as an attorney and senior staff counsel with the Arizona Corporation Commission from 2001 to 2006. Before that, he was a deputy county attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office from 1998 to 2001, where he regularly appeared before several courts in Maricopa County.

Jason has also made appearances in bankruptcy court and has worked on regulatory compliance, general business law and litigation matters.

Jason volunteers as an attorney-coach with the South Mountain High School Law Magnet Program in Phoenix, and he has taken on several pro bono guardianship cases with the Arizona Children's Law Center. In addition, Jason serves on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education working towards developing programs to assist students with college and career preparation.

Publication: Regulatory Considerations Affecting Early Retirement of Coal-Fired Generation, Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Newsletter, Vol. 16, No. 1 (April 2013)

Areas of Law:
-Public Utility Law
-Energy Law and Telecommunications Law
-State Transmission Line Siting
-Administrative and Regulatory Law
-Business Law
-Regulatory Compliance

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1998, Arizona
-2002, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Law School Attended:
Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
Class of 1997
J.D.

University Attended:
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Class of 1993
B.A.
International Politics

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona (Member, Sections on: Business Law, Environmental Law and Administrative Law); American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Public Utilities, Energy, Environment and Resources); Maricopa County Bar Association

Representative Cases:
In re Community Water Company, 2010 WL 487162 (2010; In re Tucson Electric Power Company (Siting), 2009 WL 4818197 (2009); In re UNS Electric, Inc. (Siting), 2009 WL 3316255 (2009); In re UNS Electric, Inc., 2008 WL 2332953 (2008); In re Arizona Electric Division of Citizens Communications Company, 2003 WL 21783300 (2003).

Hobbies & Interests:
Fitness, Reading, Music, Football
Education
  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    Juris Doctorate , 1997

Pamela L. Judd

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Pamela L. Judd practices in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy and securities litigation. She handles claims involving security agreements, promissory notes, leases, operating agreements, corporate formation documents, fiduciary duties, contractual obligations and other business litigation matters. She has substantial experience in obtaining the dismissal of claims asserted against clients, negotiating favorable settlements, obtaining judgments in favor of clients and avoiding the discharge of clients' judgments and claims in bankruptcy actions.

Pamela has obtained the appointment of receivers on behalf of her clients and regularly represents and works in conjunction with court-appointed receivers. She also has experience in garnishment, preliminary injunction, temporary restraining order and contempt proceedings. She serves as local counsel for regional and national financial institutions, and she has served as a court-appointed arbitrator.

Prior to joining Roshka, DeWulf & Patten in 2009, Pamela was an associate at Lewis and Roca for seven years, where she defended class action and mass tort pharmaceutical litigation, in addition to a variety of other tort and commercial litigation matters.

Publication: Co-Author, "The Supreme Court of Arizona: Its 2000-2001 Decisions", 34 Ariz. St. L. J 369, 2002

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Securities Litigation
-Bankruptcy

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2002, Arizona
2002, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Law School Attended:
Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
Class of 2002
J.D.
Law Journal: Arizona State Law Journal, Associate Articles Editor; Cum Laude

University Attended:
Arizona State University, College of Human Services
Class of 1999
B.S. in Administrative Justice
Barrett's Honor College, Summa Cum Laude

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona
Education
  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2002

Timothy J. Sabo

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Timothy J. Sabo's practice primarily focuses on public utilities, energy, water/wastewater and telecommunications. He regularly appears before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) in utility rate cases, rulemakings, certificate applications, enforcement proceedings and other regulatory matters.

Tim has appeared in more than 70 ACC hearings and has served as "first chair" for several large water rate cases. He also has substantial experience in appeals of ACC orders. He has assisted clients with many complex ACC jurisdictional issues, including cases concerning whether entities were public service corporations subject to the jurisdiction of the ACC.

Tim also practices securities litigation, including defending enforcement actions brought by the Securities Division of the ACC.

Prior to joining Roshka DeWulf & Patten in 2005, Tim served as an attorney with the Arizona Corporation Commission (Legal Division, 2001 2005) and as law clerk with the Arizona Corporation Commission (Legal Division, 2000 2001).

Tim is the co-founder and editor of Arizona Regulatory Reports, an e-newsletter covering water, wastewater and reclaimed water issues at the ACC.

Presentations:
What Lawyers Should Know About the Administrative Procedures Act, Arizona State Bar Convention (Co-Chair and Faculty), June 21, 2012
Using Developer Money to Pay for Acquisitions: Legal and Policy Issues, Arizona Corporation Commission water workshop, June 24, 2011
Distribution System Improvement Charges: Legal Overview, Arizona Corporation Commission water workshop, January 14, 2011

Areas of Law:
-Public Utility Law
-Telecommunications Law
-Energy Law
-Appellate Law
-Water and Wastewater
-Securities Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2001, Arizona
-2001, U.S. District Court District of Arizona
-2001, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
-2003, U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit

Law School Attended:
Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
Class of 2001
J.D.
Cum Laude

University Attended:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Class of 1995
B.S.

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona (Member, Sections on: Administrative Law Section, Chair 2013-2014, Chair Elect 2012-2013, Executive Council and Secretary; Securities Regulation); American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice; Energy Bar Association

Representative Cases:
In re Global Water - Palo Verde Utilities Co., et al., 2010 WL 3705323 (2010); McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, Inc. v. Arizona Corp. Comm'n, 655 F.Supp.2d 1003 (D.Ariz. 2009); In re Hassayampa Utility Co., 2008 WL 2175761 (2008); In re Arizona-American Water Co., Inc., 2007 WL 4127561 (2007); Southwest Transmission Co-Op, Inc. v. Arizona Corp. Comm'n, 213 Ariz. 427, 142 P.3d 1240 (Ct. App. 2006); Grand Canyon Trust v. Arizona Corp. Comm'n, 201 Ariz. 30, 107 P.3d 356 (Ct. App. 2005); Arizona Corp. Comm'n v. FERC, 397 F.2d 952 (D.C. Cir. 2005); Qwest Corp. v. Arizona Corp. Comm'n, 349 F.Supp.2d 1228 (D.Ariz. 2004); Arizona-American Water Co. v. Arizona Corp. Comm'n, 209 Ariz. 189, 98 P3d 624 (Ct. App. 2004); In re Arizona-American Water Co., Inc., 2004 WL 1716061 (2004); In re Arizona Water Co., Inc. 2004 WL 1109925 (2004); In re Slamming and Other Deceptive Practices, 2002 WL 32063812 (December 12, 2002) as modified by In re Rule to Address Slamming and Other Deceptive Practices, 2004 WL 1809714 (2004).
Education
  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2001

Maura C. Quigley

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Maura C. Quigley practices in the areas of securities and commercial litigation. She assists the litigation teams with a wide range of disputes involving contracts, business fraud, securities fraud, securities enforcement and professional malpractice, among other common commercial issues.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Securities Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2013, Arizona

Law School Attended:
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Class of 2012
J.D.

University Attended:
Gonzaga University
Class of 2009
B.A. in Business Administration
Jesuit Honors Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society, Magna Cum Laude

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona
Education
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2012

Jennifer A. Stevens

Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Jennifer A. Stevens practices in the areas of securities and commercial litigation. She regularly represents broker-dealers, registered representatives and investment advisors in customer arbitrations and enforcement and disciplinary actions before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Arizona Corporation Commission. Additionally, she has substantial experience defending complex lawsuits filed in federal district court alleging violations of the federal securities laws and other securities-related theories of liability.

Jennifer's commercial litigation practice includes litigating disputes involving contracts, real estate and legal malpractice.

Prior to joining Roshka, DeWulf & Patten, Jennifer was an associate at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli where she concentrated her practice on state and federal appeals and municipal liability. She has written and filed briefs in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and Arizona Court of Appeals, and she has argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals. Jennifer regularly assumed primary responsibility for researching, drafting and arguing motions for summary judgment and compiling comprehensive statements of fact in complex civil rights actions, wrongful death actions and personal injury cases.

Jennifer gained additional experience as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Patricia Orozco of the Arizona Court of Appeals following her graduation from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2006.

Published Opinions:
Federico v. Maric, 224 Ariz. 34, 226 P.3d 403 (App. 2010)
Edwards v. Board of Supervisors of Yavapai County, 224 Ariz. 221, 229 P.3d 233 (App. 2010)
Doe v. Dickenson, 615 F.Supp.2d 1001 (D. Ariz. 2009)

Areas of Law:
-Business & Commercial
-Securities Law
-Securities Litigation and Enforcement
-Commercial Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2007, Arizona
-2007, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
-2007, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
-2007, Arizona Supreme Court

Law School Attended:
University of Arizona
Class of 2006
J.D.
Cum Laude; Law Journal: Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law

University Attended:
Trinity University
Class of 2002
B.A. in Political Science
Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Associations & Memberships:
Arizona State Bar (Member, Sections on: Securities Regulation, Appellate Practice); American Women Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association
Education
  • University of Arizona
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2006
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