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Roopali Hardin Desai

Coppersmith Brockelman PLC

is a partner at Coppersmith Brockelman PLC, focusing her practice in the areas of political and public law, civil litigation, and appeals. As a leading election lawyer in Arizona, Roopali's political and public law practice involves advising clients on campaign finance compliance, disclosure and reporting requirements, and bringing and defending election challenges. Roopali represents a wide range of clients including federal, state, and local candidates; political party organizations; independent expenditure committees; ballot measure sponsors, supporters, and opponents; corporate, union, and trade association PACs; nonprofit organizations; and governmental entities such as counties, cities, towns, and special districts. Roopali has particularly experience working on initiative, referendum and recall campaigns in Arizona. She drafts ballot language, prepares initiative and referendum petitions, and is experienced in defending and prosecuting various types of pre- and post-election challenges to initiatives, referendum and recalls, including seeking injunctive relief. Roopali also has substantial experience litigating complex constitutional law matters, business and contract disputes, professional malpractice actions, and procurement matters. She is often called upon by clients to obtain time-sensitive relief, including temporary and preliminary injunctive relief, expedited appeals, and special actions.
Among her many professional achievements and recognitions, Roopali was named as an Athena Finalist by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 2017, recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal® as a Top 40 Under 40 in 2016, named by the AZ Business Magazine® as one of their Most Influential Women in 2016, recognized by Super Lawyers® since 2014 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America©: Commercial Litigation (2016 - present); Civil Rights Law (2017 - present). She was appointed by Chief Justice Scott Bales in 2016 to serve on the Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Civil Justice Reform. When she is not working to make Arizona a better place, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and going on adventures with her husband and three young daughters.