Marla J. Hudgens

Marla J. Hudgens

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602.262.5773 AZ
602.262.5747 fax AZ
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
3993 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 600
Las Vegas, NV 89169
One East Liberty Street
Suite 300
Reno, NV 89501-2128

Marla Hudgens is a partner in the firm’s Regulatory and Government practice group. Marla is a litigator and administrative law attorney who actively practices in both Arizona and Nevada. She is also licensed to practice law in California.

As a litigator, Marla has tried cases before state and federal courts. She has extensive experience with complex discovery and procedural matters, and is well-regarded by her clients and fellow attorneys for her strategic decision-making to both advance and settle disputes.

As an administrative law attorney, Marla also has significant experience navigating regulatory matters through state and federal regulatory schemes. This includes handling utility rate cases, gaming matters, tax disputes, complex permitting, and liquor law issues. Within the liquor law context, Marla has represented all three tiers of the alcohol beverage industry, providing advice in primary source and franchise law disputes, along with other licensing, regulatory and compliance matters.

Marla is a proud member of the firm’s Sports & Outdoor Recreation industry team. As a lifetime rock climber and sports enthusiast, Marla understands the indoor and outdoor climbing worlds and the unique challenges these business owners and other stakeholders face. Within this niche, Marla offers creative solutions to difficult problems and regularly works with the firm’s intellectual property lawyers to safeguard and protect her clients’ valuable assets.

Prior to joining Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Marla worked as an attorney for the preeminent Nevada law firm of Lionel Sawyer & Collins, and clerked for Justice Hardesty of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Personal Approach

A legal chameleon, Marla adapts quickly depending on her clients’ needs, challenges, and strengths. She can be aggressive, personable and analytical on demand and as appropriate. Most often, she is a combination of all three—swift and decisive, deliberate and thoughtful, and professional and credible.

As a life-long Marla competitive soccer player and coach, Marla brings an athlete’s edge and composure to her legal practice. Still playing today, Marla travels to tournaments across the west coast and serves as a board member and Director of Girls Club and Recreational Soccer for the Madison Futbol Club, a local soccer organization in urban Phoenix.

Prior to joining Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Marla worked as an attorney for the preeminent Nevada law firm of Lionel Sawyer & Collins, and clerked for Justice Hardesty of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Madison Futbol League, Board member & Coach
  • North Phoenix Lion's Club, President
  • Arizona State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Executive Council, Member at Large
  • Arizona State Bar New Appointments Committee, Member
  • Arizona State Bar Board of Governors' Special Constitutional Appointments Committee, Member
  • Arizona Women's Leadership Forum, Board member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • Appellate Section of the Nevada State Bar, Chairwoman, 2014-2015
  • Nevada Supreme Court Bench-Bar Committee, Appointed Member, 2013-2014
  • Liaison Committee of the Appellate Section of Nevada State Bar, Co-Chair, 2013-2014

Representative Matters

  • Bel Air Lighting, Inc. v. WMCV Phase 3, LLC et al. - Obtained a $0 defense verdict in a commercial leasing dispute alleging fraud.
  • Park West Companies, Inc. v. Amazon Const. Corp. - Obtained the reversal of summary judgment order involving the sale of landscaping company.
  • Marrocco v. Hall - Obtained an emergency writ of mandamus, expunging a lis pendens.
  • Successfully obtained and defended on appeal a $20 million tax abatement.

Related News

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers® and Southwest Rising Stars®
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie announced 25 attorneys have been recognized as 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers® and 13 attorneys have been named as 2018 Southwest Rising Stars®.
DeWald, Freeman share John P. Frank Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award
59 attorneys earn recognition for providing more than 50 pro bono hours in 2016
New partners announced at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Nicole Gorham, Justin Henderson, Marla Hudgens elected to partnership
State Bar of Arizona adds Hudgens to Appointments Committee
Attorney from Regulatory and Government practice group selected for post in statewide legal organization
Pro bono service awards presented by Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Annual awards honor memory of lawyer dedicated to equal justice and professionalism
Lewis Roca Rothgerber saluted as 2015 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
Also recognized by Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada for Most Hours Donated by a Law Firm

Related Events

Past Events
Japan America Society of Colorado Annual Gala - Kanpai 2018
A Toast to Successful Partnerships Between Japan and Colorado
CLE International's 23rd Annual National Wine, Beer & Spirits Law Conference
Members of the firm's Liquor Law Group, Marla Hudgens, Leif Reid, Darren Lemieux and Nicole Scott will be attending
Hop Culture Meet and Greet
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie's Liquor Law Group is partnering with client, Hop Culture




  • Mountain States Super Lawyers - "Rising Star", 2014-2018
  • Nevada Business Magazine - Best Up & Coming - Legal Elite, 2014
  • Nevada Supreme Court - Clerked for Justice James Hardesty
  • CALI Awards - Civil Procedure and Federal Courts

Other Info



J.D., cum laude, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, 2008
B.A., cum laude, Gonzaga University, 2004

Bar Admissions

Nevada, 2008
California, 2010
Arizona, 2015

Court Admissions

Arizona Supreme Court
Nevada Supreme Court
California Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit