Mitchell Turbenson

Associate
Phoenix

Mitchell Turbenson is a litigator whose practice focuses on white collar defense, complex civil litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

In his white collar practice, Mitch has assisted in guiding clients through all stages of civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings, from responding to government investigations and conducting internal investigations, to negotiating with government representatives, and litigating any resulting claims or charges. Mitch has experience successfully representing clients in investigations and actions initiated by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Arizona Attorney General. Mitch has also been part of investigation teams hired by government entities on behalf of taxpayers.

Services

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a complete defense judgment following a bench trial in favor of an employer being sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act by multiple employees
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment against national commercial tenant on behalf of a landlord in one of the first national court decisions articulating the scope of common law contractual defenses in light of government closure orders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Represented commercial property seller against buyer claiming negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent omission, and breach of contract through summary judgment resolved entirely in favor of seller

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2017-2018

Hon. James A. Teilborg, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2016-2017

Board Memberships & Community Service

Appointed in July 2021 by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to serve on the State of Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners with a term ending in July 2026

Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Club, 2020-present

Phoenix Conservatory of Music, 2019-present

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, 2019-present

Publications

"Negative Implications of State Law Entrenchment in Federal Courts," 57 Ariz. L. Rev. 849, 2015

Credentials 

Education

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2016)
Order of the Coif
Senior Managing Editor, Arizona Law Review
Recipient, CALI Award for Legal Profession and Ethics

The University of Arizona (B.A., B.M., magna cum laude, 2012)

Admissions

Arizona

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit