Our Firm

"The Withey Morris team is comprised of a dedicated and knowledgeable staff that takes pride in what they do. Through their excellent community relationships and specific industry knowledge, Withey Morris has been instrumental in assisting Cavan Real Estate Investments obtain favorable entitlements on its projects." -Cavan

Legal Skill

For decades, developer, land owner, tenant and investor clients have looked to our team’s strategic results-oriented approach to handling land use matters. As one of Arizona’s most prominent land use law firms, our exceptional staff of attorneys and planners have successfully handled intensely complex legal scenarios for some of the state’s largest and most sophisticated clients. Since 1996, our office’s work ethic, values, and legal expertise has helped guide clients through the labyrinth of federal, state, and local agencies and review bodies. At our core, Withey Morris is about successful attorney-client relationships coupled with the legal, business, and political insights needed to realize our client’s goals.

Relationships

Compared to other areas of law, land use occupies a decidedly public realm.  Technical experience alone does not guarantee success. Most of the governmental approvals we seek for our clients are discretionary in nature. This means that while a project may meet all of the applicable legal and regulatory requirements, it still must be able to muster a majority of votes from the decision-making body for approval.  Our teams’ most senior attorneys possess the historical perspective and political savvy that can only be acquired with time. We work with clients to effectively design and position development projects to anticipate and alleviate potential opposition, and respond to the concerns of appointed and elected officials. Through participation in public forums, regular meetings with decision-makers and established relationships with government agency staff, we are in touch with the pulse of local and state politics, and the unwritten policies and rules that oftentimes ultimately determine a project’s fate.

Experience

We have what it takes to be the best in the land-use arena. Of course it takes skill when going before boards and commissions, but there’s more to it than that. Zoning law also requires a deep understanding of the practice and years of experience in the many areas that encompass the diverse landscape of the profession, such as political lobbying, land planning, media affairs, contract procurement, and business strategy.

At Withey Morris, we’ve pooled the best and the brightest for our dedicated team. In fact, our attorneys are routinely rated among the best land-use and real estate lawyers in Arizona by prestigious publications including Chambers USA — America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Best Lawyers in America®; and Super Lawyers. Our attorneys and planners are regularly invited to instruct and present at industry conferences and seminars and we often assist in the preparation of ordinances and specific plans for municipalities statewide. The firm is also AV-rated; the highest ranking awarded by Martindale Hubbell, a noted authority in rating U.S. law firms and attorneys. Perhaps, we are being a bit braggy, but if anything, we’re bragging on behalf of our clients for whose meaningful victories we continually strive.

We have clients that vary in many different facets, from liquor licensing to legislative reform to contract procurement. We even represent our clients as spokesman in media scenarios if needed, but no matter what we’re doing for our clients, we’re doing it with tenacity and determination in order to propel them to success.

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