Contracts & UCC

We work directly with the senior management and in house counsel of companies to ensure proper drafting, interpretation and enforcement of agreements. That includes protecting your interests regarding:

  • Agency agreements and sales representation contracts
  • Alliance and collaboration agreements
  • Consulting arrangements
  • Customer service agreements
  • Employment and confidentiality agreements
  • Manufacturing contracts
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Supply contracts
  • Vendor relationships
  • Warranties

If disputes over non-compete or non-disclosure agreements pit employers against each other, our attorneys handle litigation representing both employees’ former and new employers, and are skilled at securing and resisting TROs and permanent injunctions to protect employer interests in either type of case. This same experience on both sides of commercial agreements enables us to successfully resolve distribution, independent rep, and franchise disputes, disagreements in joint ventures and licensing arrangements, and procurement and contract award controversies. In one instance, for example, we successfully defended a major telecommunications carrier against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets alleged to be worth $500 million.

Business Transactions

Stephen T. Johnson
Stephen T. Johnson
303.628.9543 / vCard


Randy Papetti
Randy Papetti
602.262.5337 / vCard
Cindy K. Schmidt
Cindy K. Schmidt
520.629.4424 / vCard

Related Services

Complex Litigation

Related Industries

Energy & Utilities

The range of contract disputes that we can handle on your behalf is illustrated by these recent successfully resolved cases in which we:

  • Represented a major aerospace contractor in a claim against the Department of the Army arising from defective specifications for laser weapons system.
  • Secured a defense verdict in favor of a publicly traded company sued for business interference and breach of a series of commercial contracts by an international security firm.
  • Served as primary defense counsel and secured a favorable settlement for a publicly traded corporation in international litigation after our client was sued in federal court for millions of dollars for alleged damages from breaches of contract, business interference, extra work, delay damages and retention.
  • Prevailed at trial in a twelve-year dispute with the United States regarding the Government’s attempt to unwind a deal it had executed with an Arizona air tanker company.
  • Won summary judgment for a NYSE company engaged in the sale and distribution of electronic and related components, in litigation involving a variety of tort and contract claims (and the applicability of UCC Article 2 and the economic loss doctrine) in connection with the purchase and sale of computer hardware.
  • Obtained an $11.19 million dollar jury verdict arising out of the breach of an agreement to lease property along the Gila River for a sand and gravel operation.
  • Secured dismissal of an assortment of tort and contract claims against our client, a privately held conglomerate, in litigation arising out of the purchase and sale of allegedly tainted foodstuffs.
  • Obtained the first known opinion in Arizona allowing a landlord to recover lost value damages for breach of a continuous operation provision in a commercial lease.
  • Represented a major semiconductor manufacturer in a claim brought across the country by terminated sales representatives
  • Represented clients in leading Arizona cases applying the economic loss doctrine to limit damages available in cases covered by the UCC.

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Key Contacts

Michael D. Plachy
Michael D. Plachy
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Bruce E. Samuels
Bruce E. Samuels
Practice Group Manager, Partner