Beverage v. Pullman & Comley, LLC – 1/24/2014

January 30, 2014

Arizona Supreme Court Holds That Out-of-State Law Firm May Be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Arizona When an Arizona Resident Hires the Firm to Issue an Opinion Letter Regarding Federal Law.

In a one page opinion, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed Division One’s opinion in Beverage v. Pullman & Comley, LLC, which held that Arizona could exercise personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state law firm that an Arizona resident hired to issue an opinion letter.  The Court did not separately analyze the issue, except to say that the court of appeals had correctly analyzed the issue.  Readers can find the blog entry for the now-affirmed court of appeals opinion here.

Chief Justice Berch authored the unanimous opinion.