Lewis Roca Lawyers Recognized for Pro Bono Excellence by The Arizona Bar Foundation
ARIZONA (June 28, 2022) – Lewis Roca announced partner Rob Charles and associate Kory Koerperich have been named two of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona for 2022 by The Arizona Bar Foundation for Legal Services & Education. This award honors 50 lawyers who have provided numerous hours providing legal assistance to Arizona residents who otherwise have no resources for legal counsel. Charles was nominated by the Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Program and Koerperich was nominated by the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Charles is a partner and Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group, practicing throughout Arizona and Nevada. He represents clients in business bankruptcy cases, commercial lawsuits, and business transactions. He works with secured and unsecured creditors, as well as debtors through complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy issues in all aspects of debtor/creditor relationships, workouts, and litigation. Charles also advises clients in the Uniform Commercial Code matters, with expertise in negotiable instruments, banking law and secured transactions. He actively represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil and commercial litigation in the state and federal courts.
As fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and University of Arizona College of Law Adjunct Professor teaching bankruptcy reorganization, Charles is recognized by the industry for the highest standards of leadership and experience in bankruptcy law and his commitment to the community. In the past year, Charles represented indigent clients needing advice about their financial circumstances, including as debtors in chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. He also regularly counsels clients in clinics concerning a variety of financial disputes. Charles also serves as a member of the advisory board of Volunteer Lawyers Program, a division of Southern Arizona Legal Aid Inc. which is the organization that nominated him for this recognition this year. This is also the second consecutive year in which Charles has received this prestigious recognition.
Koerperich is a trial and appellate lawyer who practices throughout Arizona and Nevada. A former judicial law clerk and prosecutor, his pro bono work is an extension of his commitment to public service. He was nominated for this award based on his work with the Florence Project, which is an organization that provides free legal services and social services to detained adults and children under threat of deportation. As a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, and in a long line of tradition in the firm’s Phoenix and Tucson offices, Koerperich volunteered to represent an Afghan asylum seeker who was detained by ICE in removal proceedings. After six months of detention, his client was finally released from custody. Upon the client’s release, Koerperich re-upped his commitment to the client and is now representing the client for all purposes in obtaining legal status and fending off the government’s deportation efforts.
About the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education
The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education (Arizona Bar Foundation) provides technical and financial assistance to legal aid organizations, schools and community groups. The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education promotes “Access to Justice for All Arizonans” by supporting law-related education and free legal services and by promoting statewide collaborative efforts.
About Lewis Roca
Lewis Roca is an Am Law 200 law firm serving clients globally in complex litigation, intellectual property, business transactions, gaming, government relations, labor and employment, and regulatory counseling. Its offices are located in Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Reno, Silicon Valley, and Tucson. To learn more about the firm, please visit us at our website at www.lewisroca.com.