Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Todd S. Kartchner

Todd Kartchner, who serves as our firm’s vice chair of litigation, represents clients in complex business litigation matters in both state and federal courts across the United States.

This experienced business attorney finds that getting to know his clients as people is the most rewarding part of his career. As a born problem-solver, he is committed to legal strategies — if Todd does not have the answer, he is adept at connecting you with someone who does.

In addition to developing creative business solutions for his clients, Todd has experience in intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright and trademark infringement. He has been particularly successful in combating patent trolls and protecting the interests of his thankful clients from these predators.

Todd frequently represents Indian tribes and fights aggressively to protect their interests. He is well-versed in gaming compacts, tribal sovereignty, tribal jurisdiction, contracts with private entities and intergovernmental agreements.

Todd is a thought leader in the burgeoning fields of blockchain and cryptocurrency law, including smart contracts and digital currencies. He is knowledgeable in the SEC regulations applicable to these revolutionary technologies.

Todd also has wide-ranging experience in the telecommunications industry, particularly in representing infrastructure providers as well as developers specializing in multi-dwelling units (MDUs).

Outside of work, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife and six active children.

A competitor by nature, Todd is an avid cyclist who stays in shape by competing in rigorous time trials.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
  • B.A., Brigham Young University
  • Order of the Coif
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Earl H. Carroll, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2002-2003

Areas of Practice

The excitement surrounding blockchain is no doubt just ramping up to what will undoubtedly become a deafening roar in the near future.

We offer a wide range of experience in all aspects of dispute resolution and prevention.

We have substantial experience with the diverse and often complex aspects of the construction business.

Most businesses have intellectual property. Many of them don’t even know it.

We assist with acquisition and finance through development, leasing and sale.


  • Asia Practice
  • Business and Personal Injury Torts
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • E-Discovery and Data Management
  • Indian Law
  • Litigation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), 2020
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2017-2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2016
  • Southwest Rising Stars®, Business Litigation, 2012

Articles And Presentations

  • Quoted, "What Trends Are Shaping Blockchain in the Legal Industry? 7 Experts Share Their Insights," Disruptor Daily, June 20, 2019
  • Quoted, "What Are the Challenges to Blockchain Adoption in the Legal Industry? 10 Experts Share Their Insights," Disruptor Daily, May 10, 2019
  • Quoted, "What's the State of Blockchain in the Legal Industry? 9 Experts Share Their Insights," Disruptor Daily, April 12, 2019
  • Quoted, “Blockchain and Its Impact on the Legal Industry,” Rocket Matter’s Legal Productivity, August 3, 2018
  • Quoted, "The Problems with Blockchain's Smart Contracts," CMS Wire, April 9, 2018
  • Quoted, "Blockchain is Disrupting the Future of Legal Tech," Bigger Law Firm, March 8, 2018


  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Legal, Regulatory and Financial Services Committee
  • Past President, Federal Bar Association, Phoenix Chapter


  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit