Mitchell Turbenson

Tel 602.798.5428
Fax 602.798.5595

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.

In his complex civil litigation practice, Mitch has represented clients in cases ranging from trade secret misappropriation to those arising under the U.S. Constitution. Mitch also regularly represents companies in complex contract disputes, False Claims Act cases, and claims alleging breaches of fiduciary duties. Mitch further has experience with high-stakes antitrust litigation and Administrative Procedure Act challenges.

In his intellectual property litigation practice, Mitch has successfully represented clients in lawsuits arising from the Copyright Act of 1976, Lanham Act, and various state publicity and trademark laws.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Mitch served as a law clerk for both the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also was a 2015 Ballard Spahr summer associate. Before beginning his legal career, Mitch was a prizewinner in numerous international classical guitar competitions and studied at the Liszt Akademie für Musik in Weimar, Germany.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended an international cultural institution in a trademark action and obtained attorneys’ fees from the plaintiff
  • Represented software companies in protecting their trade secrets from rival companies and former employees
  • Resolved an investigation and action against a former public servant by the Arizona Attorney General with all charges dismissed
  • Argued and obtained reversal of trial court rulings before state and federal courts of appeal

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


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

Community Activities

Phoenix Arcadia Rotary Club

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, Programs & Events Manager, 2011-2015

Board Membership

Phoenix Conservatory of Music, 2019-present

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, 2019-present

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)


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