Robert G. Schaffer

Robert G. Schaffer

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602.262.0271 office
602.734.3777 fax
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Mr. Schaffer is a partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. His main practice and experience focuses on commercial and corporate disputes, defense of class actions, and appellate matters. He has managed a substantial number of complex litigation matters involving contract, business torts, fiduciary breach claims, professional liability, RICO, products liability, lender liability, real estate, water rights, probate, and shareholder and partnership disputes. He also has extensive experience representing clients in antitrust and other trade regulation matters including restrictive covenants, dealer terminations, and hospital staff privileges, and regularly advises business clients on litigation risk and avoidance in these areas.

Mr. Schaffer has argued many appeals in the Arizona appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit. Most recently, he successfully argued an appeal before the Arizona Supreme Court, obtaining reversal of a lower court decision that would have stripped the firm’s client of water rights alleged to be valued in excess of $20 million.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Schaffer served as a law clerk to the Hon. William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to financial institutions on a variety of business litigation matters
  • Counsel to national franchisor in a nationwide class action alleging claims of consumer fraud and racketeering
  • Successfully represented national franchise lender in case in which the plaintiff sought in excess of $15 million for alleged failure to fund a loan commitment, and obtained resolution of asserted claims
  • Retained to represent national homebuilder in EEOC class action alleging age discrimination after client’s pretrial motions were denied. Upon completing focused damages-related discovery and motion practice, the matter was successfully resolved shortly before trial
  • Successfully represented solar generating company in water rights dispute with irrigation district
  • Successfully represented commercial real estate tenants in a variety of disputes, including shopping center lease exclusives and breach of repair obligations
  • Representation of Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix in appeal involving scope of attorney-client privilege in grand jury proceedings
  • Pro bono representation of Albanian immigrant whose family was persecuted for their pro-democracy views. Obtained writ of habeas corpus and recovery of attorneys’ fees after government’s litigation position was found not substantially justified

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  • Speaker, Water Rights Litigation in Arizona, 17th Annual Arizona Water Law Conference, August 14, 2009
  • Speaker, “Managing Electronic Discovery Costs,” Association of Corporate Counsel - Arizona Chapter, Nov. 2007
  • Moderator, “Honoring the Judiciary as a Co-Equal Branch of Government: A Dialogue with Distinguished Federal and State Judges,” The Directors’ Roundtable, January 2006
  • Speaker, “Antitrust and IP in the Supreme Court’s 2005-06 Term,” Joint Meeting of the Antitrust and Intellectual Property Sections, State Bar of Arizona, December 2005
  • Panelist, "Personal Jurisdiction and other Significant Civil Litigation Issues Arising From the Internet," Arizona Federal District Court Conference, February 2003

Related Publications

  • Author, "Davis v. Agua Sierra Resources: Bringing Some Clarity to Groundwater Rights In Arizona," Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, November 2010
  • Co-author, "Arizona’s New E-Discovery Rules," Arizona Attorney, February 2008


  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Antitrust Law, Appellate Practice and Litigation - Antitrust, 2012-2017
  • Southwest Super Lawyers - Business Litigation, 2012-2015
  • Phoenix Antitrust Law - "Lawyer of the Year", 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon - Recognized for commitment - Pro bono service
  • Benchmark Litigation - 2014 "Local Litigation Star" in Arizona, 2016 "Future Star", 2014, 2016
  • Arizona Business Magazine - "Top Lawyer in Arizona", 2013

Other Info


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1996
B.A., with Highest Distinction, University of Kansas, 1993

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1997

Court Admissions

Arizona Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court


U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Community of the Blessed Sacrament, Pastoral Council Member
  • Antitrust Section of the Arizona State Bar, Past Chair
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member