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Since our founding in Phoenix in 1948, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has been a major influence on Arizona's development. Over the years, our firm grew by serving the burgeoning banking, mining and real estate industries. Today, as Phoenix has become the nation's fifth largest metropolitan area, our firm represents all segments of the Arizona business community, ranging from large, established corporations and banks to start-up ventures in emerging growth areas like software and sophisticated electronic products.
Our broad practice, capabilities and experience allow us to handle nearly every type of transactional or litigation matter for our clients, who range from start-ups, construction companies and real estate development enterprises to manufacturers, health care organizations and banks.
In litigation, clients turn to us for assistance on myriad issues, including complex commercial tort, antitrust, product liability, intellectual property, securities, bankruptcy and condemnation matters. In the corporate area, we regularly assist clients with transactional representation for debt and equity financing, including securities and bonds, intellectual property, immigration, lending, real estate development, franchising, tax, and compensation and benefit matters. When necessary, we guide distressed businesses through bankruptcies and workouts, and we also assist individual clients with tax and estate planning issues.
Through our active employment and labor law practice, we represent clients throughout the Southwest and elsewhere in the United States. Our water, natural resources and environmental practice is widely known throughout the region. In the arid Southwest, where nothing happens without water, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has achieved extraordinary success in obtaining water for clients. Our firm has played a major role in the development of Arizona's water law and policy. We regularly negotiate water accords between private interests and Indian Tribes, and actively represent water interests throughout the Southwest. Combined with the similarly impressive expertise of our Denver office, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite's water law practice is unrivaled.