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

In 2020, Todd Kartchner was recognized by Super Lawyers® as one of the top 50 attorneys in the State of Arizona.

Todd serves on Fennemore Craig's five-person management committee and oversees litigation throughout the firm. He focuses his practice on general and complex business litigation. He is licensed in three states (Arizona, Nevada and California) and represents clients in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country. In particular, Todd devotes his practice to the following:

Data Privacy: Todd counsels clients with regard to data privacy issues, including compliance with U.S. federal and Arizona, Nevada and California state privacy and information management requirements. Todd also provides assistance with information security breaches, including breach investigations, customer and donor notification, and discussions and negotiations with hosting service providers.

Intellectual Property Litigation: Todd frequently represents clients in intellectual property cases involving patent, copyright, and trademark infringement.  He has been particularly successful in combating patent trolls and protecting the interests of his 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

We are poised and ready for the next revolution in the legal industry: blockchain technology.

Our litigation department offers a team with extensive trial experience and a commitment to excellent advocacy.

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

Our intellectual property attorneys know how to identify intellectual property and they know how to protect it.

Our real estate law practice is one of the largest in the Mountain West and encompasses all aspects of real estate.


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

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), 2020-2021
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Arizona Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2017-2020
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2016
  • Southwest Rising Stars®, Business Litigation, 2012

Articles And Presentations

  • Quoted, "11 Worst States for Coronavirus Fraud," Expert Insurance Reviews, May 27, 2020
  • Quoted, "Tribes Say Calif. Stuck in 'Catch-22' In Card Game Rights Suite," Law360, January 7, 2020
  • 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