Peter R. Wand

Peter R. Wand

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602.262.5305 office
602.734.3752 fax
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Mr. Wand is a member of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Tax Practice Group and currently serves as the Co-Chair of both the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice and the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice.

In his executive compensation and employee benefits practice, Mr. Wand helps employers design and manage qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and executive compensation programs, including equity-based incentive compensation programs (i.e., stock options, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock and restricted stock) governed by Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Wand regularly works with employers, auditors, actuaries, accountants, financial advisors and other plan fiduciaries to ensure compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Mr. Wand has considerable experience representing employers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor in connection with the correction of 401(k) plan errors governed by the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System. Mr. Wand is listed in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars in the category of Employee Benefits.

In his estate and tax planning practice, Mr. Wand helps his clients identify and implement their tax and estate planning goals, utilizing the instruments and techniques best suited to each client’s needs, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, powers of attorney, donor advised funds, family limited partnerships and private foundations. In his time at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Mr. Wand has also developed substantial experience helping young professionals and new parents plan for the unexpected in a tax-efficient and uncomplicated manner. Mr. Wand also counsels clients on a variety of matters related to the taxation of distributions from qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. In 2014, Mr. Wand was recognized by AZ Business Magazine as a Top Lawyer in the category of Trusts and Estates.

Prior to joining Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Mr. Wand worked for United States Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona and United States Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. During his time in Washington, D.C., Mr. Wand also served as a legal extern to the United States Senate, Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology & Homeland Security.

While in law school, Mr. Wand was a Georgetown University Global Teaching Fellow and a member of Georgetown University’s Barrister’s Council, Appellate Advocacy Division.

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  • Presenter, Executive Compensation - How to Spot Mistakes...and Get Them Fixed, Society for Human Resource Management, April 2014
  • Presenter, ERISA Compliance for Plan Sponsors, Auditors and Fiduciaries, Financial Executives International - Arizona Chapter, April 2014
  • Presenter, Trends in Equity-Based Incentive Compensation, Association of Corporate Counsel - Arizona Chapter, November 2013
  • Presenter, HIPAA Privacy and Security - 2013 Compliance Update, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, November 2013
  • Presenter, Employee Benefit Plans – 10 Mistakes and How to Fix Them, Arista Wealth Management / Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., October 2013
  • Presenter, Estate Planning Fundamentals, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, October 2013
  • Presenter, ERISA Compliance – Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them, Society of Human Resource Management, May 2013
  • Presenter, Trends in ERISA Compliance, Arizona Association of Health Underwriters, February 2012
  • Presenter, Estate Planning for Corporate Executives, Association of Corporate Counsel – Arizona Chapter, December 2012
  • Presenter, ERISA Compliance for Health and Welfare Plans, Association of Corporate Counsel – Arizona Chapter, October 2012
  • Presenter, Estate Planning Basics for In-House Counsel, State Bar of Arizona – In-House Counsel Committee, May 2012
  • Presenter, Employee Benefits in M&A Transactions, State Bar of Arizona – Business Law Section, April 2012
  • Presenter, ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA Compliance for Health and Welfare Plans, Society of Human Resource Management, April 2012
  • Presenter, Employee Benefit Plans – Compliance Update, Southern Arizona Association of Health Underwriters, February 2012


  • Author, "That's a Wrap - Wrap Documents for Benefit Plans Help Meet Disclosure Requirements," HR Magazine, Vol. 58, No. 1, January 2013


Media Coverage



  • Southwest Super Lawyers - Rising Stars - Employee Benefits and Estate Planning Probate, 2012-2015
  • President of Bobcats Senior Honorary - University of Arizona
  • Phi Beta Kappa Member - University of Arizona
  • Dean’s List - Georgetown University Law Center
  • AZ Business Magazine - Top Lawyer - Estates and Trusts, 2014

Other Info


J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2007
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona, 2004, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
Arizona Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Scottsdale Active 2030 Club, Member
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Subcommittee Chair
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Board Member, 2015-Present