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Matt Derstine

Matt Derstine

Partner| Phoenix

Matt Derstine counsels and represents clients in the electric power industry on a wide range of matters, including project development, litigation, asset sales and bankruptcy matters. He has extensive experience in siting and permitting generation and transmission projects under state and federal regulatory requirements. Matt also represents clients in complex litigation and disputes arising from the generation, purchase and sale of electricity, including power plant operations and outages, coal supply, plant and product warranties, and power purchase agreements. He advises clients in connection with asset sales involving fossil and renewable generation assets and also regularly provides advice and representation to energy clients with interests at risk in bankruptcy.

Matt Derstine has a diverse business and bankruptcy litigation practice.

His practice focuses on the representation of parties involved in disputes over commercial transactions, foreclosure and receivership, commercial leases, shareholder and partnership matters, energy trading and supply contracts, secured transactions and construction contracts.

In his bankruptcy practice, Matt has extensive experience representing secured lenders, trade creditors, equipment lessors, commercial landlords and tenants, counterparties to wholesale energy contracts, parties in preference and avoidance proceedings, and mechanic’s lien claimants.

  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1987)
    • Note and Comment Editor, Law Review: Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
  • University of Arizona (B.A., with distinction, 1984)
  • Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
    • Environment, Energy & Resources Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Business Law Section
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • State Bar of Arizona

Representative Presentations

  • "New E-Discovery Sources, Tips and Tactics," Presenter, NBI Seminar (September 2013)
  • "New Ethical Pitfalls You Need to be Aware of," Presenter, NBI Seminar (September 2013)
  • State Bar of Arizona Course on Professionalism, Regular Presenter
  • "The Coming Commercial Real Estate Storm," Program Chair (2010)

Representative Publications

  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Energy & Resources (2017-2018), Business Litigation (2016), Commercial Litigation (2012-2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation (2011-2019)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell (2010-2018)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2013-2018)
  • Roshka DeWulf & Patten, Partner (2008-2014)
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit