Stanley B. Lutz

Stanley B. Lutz

Of Counsel
sblutz@lrrc.com vCard
602.262.5704 office
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Stan is an attorney in the firm’s Regulatory and Government practice group focusing on land, water, environmental, construction and utility matters. He has represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial, regulatory and litigation matters. Stan regularly represents clients in state and federal court and before various administrative agencies with respect to regulatory oversight and enforcement, water, condemnation, utility and land use issues. Stan also has extensive experience working on utility matters. He has represented private utilities in administrative matters before the Arizona Corporation Commission and other agencies and while being acquired by both governmental and private entities.

Land   Stan has represented property owners in both transactional and litigation matters, assisting clients with environmental and other due diligence, dealing with patented and unpatented mining claims, and defending complex condemnation, zoning and contract disputes related to real property. 

Water   Stan regularly assists clients with respect to the sale and transfer of water rights, administrative matters involving notices of violation, jurisdictional determinations and appeals from adverse agency decisions, as well as, litigation matters related to disputes over water rights, including representation of clients in the Gila River Adjudication. 

Environmental   Stan regularly represents and counsels clients with respect to environmental due diligence, CERCLA liability, and permitting issues.  In addition, Stan has defended clients in multi-million dollar lawsuits under federal and state Superfund laws. 

Construction   Stan has represented property owners and contractors, at various levels, in contract negotiations, contractual disputes and construction defect litigation.  Stan’s experience not only includes his legal representation, but multiple years of employment in the construction industry.

Utilities/Administrative/Energy   Stan regularly represents utility and energy clients before the Arizona Corporation Commission and in other settings.  His work has included rate cases, assistance with permitting, the acquisition and disposition, including condemnation, of utility properties and the defense of complaints. 

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended the rezoning obtained by a large retail client against challenges, including an appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court, brought by a neighboring property owner.
  • Successfully represented multiple property owners against municipal efforts to utilize alleged environmental contamination as the basis for condemning their properties in order to facilitate development of a retail shopping center.
  • Defended corporation in multi-defendant, multi-million dollar suit under the federal Superfund law related to alleged contamination of soil and groundwater by volatile organic compounds. 
  • Represented multiple private water utilities in the negotiation and sale of their assets and operations to municipal providers in lieu of condemnation, including obtaining approval for the transactions from the Arizona Corporation Commission.
  • Represented one of the largest private utilities in Arizona in various rate cases proceedings, including the proceeding in which the Arizona Corporation Commission first approved the use of a surcharge for distribution system improvements. 
  • Represented investors and acquiring entities with due diligence related to mining claims and mineral interests on various power projects. 
  • Provided oversight of environmental diligence for the acquisition of multiple medical facilities and properties in multi-million dollar transaction. 
  • Represented general contractor in contract dispute related to costs reasonably anticipated under design/build contract for major project.  

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Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating

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Education

J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 1998, Order of the Coif
B.S., Utah State University, 1992

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2002
New York, 1999

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, Member
  • Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Member