Randy Papetti

Randy Papetti

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201 East Washington Street
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Phoenix, AZ 85004

Known for his thoughtful approach, Randy works closely with his clients to identify strategies and resolutions that meet his clients’ needs. Randy is recognized as not only a preeminent litigator, but also as an elite trial lawyer, and he has tried major intellectual property, real estate, commercial, joint venture, and even criminal cases. He recently served several years as the firm’s Litigation Practice Group Leader and is the current Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Randy’s practice focuses on trial work, commercial litigation and antitrust counseling. He also has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to pro bono causes, where his work is internationally recognized.

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publicized jury verdict that the writer, director, and producer of the Broadway play, Jersey Boys, copied from an unpublished manuscript of a deceased lawyer.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 intellectual property and commercial disputes. He has particular experience in disputes involving partnerships and other joint venture disputes, real estate, and intellectual property litigation. He frequently serves as lead counsel on teams handling technical and other complex intellectual property matters. 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

Early in Randy’s career, he was asked to help on a case where the defendant had been convicted based on a medical diagnosis known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome” (SBS). With no experience in the area, Randy dug into the case and studied the science behind the diagnosis, concluding it was unreliable, and eventually securing that individual’s relief after serving a lengthy prison sentence. Since then, on a pro bono basis, Randy has handled several high-profile murder and other alleged homicide 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, Randy helped overturn another wrongful conviction of a man who had served ten years in prison for allegedly murdering his son; the State eventually dismissed all charges. In a third case in Qatar involving murder allegations against an American couple whose child suddenly died while the father was in Qatar on a work assignment, Randy's clients were exonerated by the Qatari courts, a nearly unheard-of result in that region. Recently, Randy’s concern about the unreliability of the science in this area led him to write a leading text, The Forensic Unreliability of the Shaken Baby Syndrome (Academic Forensic Pathology International 2018), which addresses the medical and scientific complexities and issues surrounding the diagnosis. Randy has received multiple awards for his pro bono and community service work.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Antitrust Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Past Chair
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, Past Board Member and Treasurer
  • Arizona Justice Project, Board Member
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Award, Recipient, given to honor exceptional pro bono contribution
  • StandUp for Kids Founders Award, Recipient, highest honor given by national organization that helps homeless and street kids
  • Inaugural Robert J. Hooker Award, Recipient, given by the Arizona Public Defenders Association for exceptional service by private lawyers to criminal justice in Arizona
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers

Representative Matters

  • Regularly handles disputes involving limited liability companies, close corporations, partnerships, and joint ventures.
  • Represented over 20 professional drag racing teams in their successful unfair competition suit against the National Hot Rod Association.  
  • Represented Lewis and Roca (effective September 1, 2013, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie) in its successful constitutional challenge to Nevada Supreme Court Rule 199, which prevented the Firm from using its name in Nevada.
  • Retained mid-stream in a complicated patent infringement and trade secret case and brokered a five-way settlement favorable to his client within four months.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict against the United States on behalf of an Arizona company after the United States demanded to unwind a transaction between the parties. After 12 years of litigation and a trial, the Court ordered the United States to pay attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Represented a sand and gravel pit operator in a complex dispute with regulators and its landlord that resulted in an $11,190,000 jury verdict and a total judgment exceeding $12,000,000 for the operator. The verdict was one of the top five jury verdicts in Arizona in 2007.
  • Obtained, after prevailing at trial, first known appellate opinion in Arizona allowing a landlord to recover diminution-in-value damages for a shopping center based on the breach of a continuous operation covenant by the center’s anchor tenant.
  • Devoted a decade to representing a man who was previously wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. After succeeding in having the conviction overturned, and after a five-week retrial that involved leading scientific and medical experts from around North America, a jury refused to convict the man on any charges.
  • Represented Matt and Grace Huang, Americans who were wrongly charged in Qatar of murdering their daughter. The Huangs eventually were exonerated by the Qatari courts.
  • Counsel to The Sustainability Consortium and various companies and trade groups re antitrust compliance.

State of Arizona vs. Drayton Shawn Witt

Defendant's Memorandum in Support of Petition for Post-Conviction Relief
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Motion to Exclude the State's Expert Testimony
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Exhibits
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Publications

  • Author, "The Forensic Unreliability of the Shaken Baby Syndrome," Academic Forensic Pathology International, La Jolla, California, 2018
  • Author, "Arizona Local Counsel Information," Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP Article, 12/19/2013
  • Author, "An Insurer's Duty of Good Faith in the Context of Litigation," Lewis and Roca LLP Newsletter, 11/18/2011
  • Co-Author, "Taking and Defending Effective Depositions," Lorman, 2008
  • Author, "Not Everyone Loves the Internet," Arizona State Bar Convention, 2007
  • Co-Author, "Antitrust Revived - Plaintiff Numbers May be on Upswing," Arizona Attorney, 12/01/2003
  • Co-Author, "Sentencing the Corporation," The Litigation Manual: Special Problems and Appeals, ABA, 1999
  • Author, "Exclusive Rights Issues Involving Grocery Stores"
  • Author, "The Insurer's Duty of Good Faith in the Context of Litigation," 60 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1931, 1992 (cited in 12 reported judicial opinions and in over 20 law reviews, journals and treaties)

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Antitrust Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation, 2012-2017
  • Southwest Super Lawyers - 2012-2014 Top 50 Arizona Super Lawyer - Business Litigation, 2010-2015, 2018
  • Phoenix Magazine - Top Phoenix Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon - Recognized for commitment - Pro bono service
  • Chambers USA Annual Client’s Guide to Business Lawyers - Litigation: General Commercial, 2014-2016, 2018
  • Benchmark Litigation - "Local Litigation Star" in Arizona, 2012-2014, 2016-2018

Other Info

Education

J.D., with High Honors, George Washington University Law School, 1992
B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona, 1989

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1993

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Clerkships

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona