Constitutional and Political Litigation
Client and Industry Challenges
Constitutional and political litigation often requires a unique understanding of—and extensive experience with—policy issues, special sovereignty-based defenses and privileges, complex regulatory compliance structures, investigative models and enforcement actions. People and businesses facing constitutional or political litigation often need counsel with an in-depth knowledge of media relations, government relations and electoral strategy.
Snell & Wilmer’s constitutional and political litigation practice, in combination with our appellate, first amendment, administrative and government relations practices, is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the southwestern United States. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in constitutional disputes based on federal and/or state constitutional provisions, in federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to constitutional and civil rights litigation, we regularly represent candidates, elected officials, politically active organizations and associations, campaigns and others in political law compliance and litigation matters.
Areas of Service
Our litigation services extend to and beyond the following areas of constitutional and political law:
- Campaign finance
- Government investigations
- White collar
- Government ethics
- First Amendment
- Second Amendment
- Federal preemption
- Government contracts and procurement
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulatory reviews as to entity political status
- Defamation, libel, and slander actions involving political candidates and elected officials
- Ballot, initiative and proposition challenges
Clients We Serve
Snell & Wilmer’s constitutional and political litigators serve a broad range of businesses, individuals and interest groups with diverse needs and resources. Our attorneys have assisted clients representing virtually all of the most highly regulated industries—including healthcare, construction, energy, communications, finance and hospitality—in disputes with the government. Our political law clients include campaign committees, chambers of commerce, candidates and elected officials, contributors, advocacy groups, political action committees, parties, non-profit organizations and trade organizations.
Why Clients Select Us
Firsthand Experience: Our attorneys are well-versed in constitutional and political law and have experience in understanding the unique aspects of litigation in these areas. In addition to decades of experience working with governmental bodies on behalf of clients, many of our attorneys have previously served in public service position at the federal, state or local level. This gives us the insight and judgment to handle even the most complex and sensitive administrative, constitutional and politics-related litigation matters for our clients.
Invested in Our Clients: We offer exceptional legal skills—as well as strategic political and media acumen—to help clients plan for and resolve complex constitutional and politics-related issues. Our attorneys regularly issue timely legal alerts and newsletters on constitutional and political-related legal matters, because we understand that our clients’ livelihoods often depend on knowing about and avoiding litigious circumstances.