Daniel A. Arellano


Daniel Arellano represents clients in government affairs, complex litigation, and white collar criminal defense and investigations. As part of his focus on political and election law, he represents candidates, donors, PACs, ballot measure proponents, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and corporations in compliance, litigation, and government enforcement defense throughout the United States. He is regularly called upon to analyze and litigate complex questions of public and constitutional law.

Daniel is particularly experienced in appellate litigation and critical motions practice. He has briefed and argued cases before state and federal appellate courts, and he works with trial counsel on issue preservation, interlocutory and extraordinary relief proceedings, and post-trial motion practice in preparation for appeal.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Daniel maintains a robust pro bono practice. He has represented pro bono clients in immigration proceedings, landlord-tenant disputes, and civil rights litigation, often applying his appellate expertise in obtaining relief for clients on appeal and representing the interests of amici curiae.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Mary H. Murguia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2015-2016

Hon. Scott Bales, Arizona Supreme Court, 2014-2015

Professional Activities

Horace Rumpole Inn of Court

State Bar of Arizona, Civil Practice & Procedure Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Government Relations Practice (Phoenix), 2021

Listed as a "Rising Star" by Southwest Super Lawyers, 2019

Board Memberships & Community Service

American Constitution Society, Phoenix Lawyer Chapter

Arizona Law Review Alumni Association

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association

Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association

University of Arizona Law College Association


"Keep Dreaming: Deferred Action and the Limits of Executive Power," Arizona Law Review, 2013



University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014)
Order of the Coif
Editor-in-Chief, Arizona Law Review

University of Arizona (B.A. 2011)



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona