After nearly two decades of service as a BigLaw commercial litigation attorney, most recently as a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, Robert ("Rob") Mandel ignored the sounds of the naysayers, turned his gaze away from the shore, and co-founded Arizona's first appellate litigation boutique. Five years have passed since Rob made that life-changing decision. No regrets. Rob's practice is multi-faceted and tailored to the needs of in-house counsel and other clients who seek the skill set and experience of a BigLaw litigation attorney but not the costs. He is sought after to take on federal and state court appeals of final judgments, preliminary injunctions and other interlocutory decrees, petitions for writs of certiorari (review) and mandamus (special actions), certified questions, and the representation of amici curiae ("friends of the court") in a wide-variety of business, constitutional, and public law disputes. Rob also serves as embedded appellate counsel in trial court matters, working collaboratively with trial teams throughout the nation to formulate or refine the theme(s) of the case, craft dispositive pre-trial motions, formulate jury instructions, negotiate and prepare joint pretrial statements, draft bench memoranda, craft motions for judgment as a matter of law and/or for new trial, and take other necessary measures to preserve issues for appeal. With decades of experience handling nearly every facet of civil practice in the trial courts, Rob also represents businesses and high net worth individuals in cases seeking monetary, injunctive and/or declaratory relief predicated on state and federal claims of intentional, reckless, and negligent misconduct of all types, breaches of private and public contracts, and other commercial wrongdoing. Rob's cases tend to involve novel legal issues. The stakes are often very high. Rob likewise has significant experience litigating constitutional issues and other matters of public law, including the due process implications of excessive punitive damages awards, dormant Commerce Clause challenges to taxes and other state regulations, the doctrines of state and tribal sovereign immunity and separation of powers, Arizona’s notice of claim statutes and public servant insurance statutes, the "Gift Clause" of the Arizona Constitution, the statutory regime governing sales and leases of state trust lands, matters of federal preemption of state law, and matters of federal court jurisdiction.