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Rob Northrop is the Firm’s business lawyer. He pursued a career in law because, as a businessman, he saw the disconnect between lawyers and clients. Lawyers know the law – what you can and can’t do. Businessmen know their business – what they want and what they need. Northrop knows both.
His practice focuses on helping businesses resolve contract disputes and regulatory issues, consulting and advising them on their operations, and helping individuals and families injured as a result of someone else or a company’s negligence. Northrop is a firm believer in the Alternative Dispute Resolution process because it provides an expedient process over traditional litigation, where the parties have more control over the outcome.
Northrop has an extensive background in real estate, development, investments, and general business operations. From 2005 through 2012, he worked for a development and investment conglomerate with an expansive real estate portfolio in almost all asset types, in multiple jurisdictions. Throughout those years, acting as principal, Northrop managed a variety of complex and sophisticated issues, playing the pivotal role of managing lawyers and “bet the company” high stakes litigation. He has the innate ability to cut through the noise and commentary to get to the meat of the situation, an efficiency most lawyers lack.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Northrop attended Arizona State University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. During college, he worked for a civil litigation firm, where he learned about the practice of law. When he attended law school, at Arizona Summit, he went through the traditional three-year program in two years. In his last semesters, instead of sitting in class, he obtained his school credit from externships, gaining practical experience, working 1,000 hours. He honed his skills in research and legal writing, as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael D. Gordon, in the Civil Division for the Maricopa County Superior Court, and as an Arizona Supreme Court Rule 38 certified limited practice student, working for two retired Judges who went back into private practice. As a result, Northrop was mentored to be a lawyer from the bench’s perspective and he operates with that insight. He enjoys motion practice and formulating winning strategies through discovery procedures.
Northrop’s business background is the X factor in his practice, because he understands how important it is to mitigate risk while maximizing profit. He focuses on being efficient and effective in finding the resolution instead of dragging out the fight at the expense of the client. But if a fight comes his way, he can duke it out with the best of them. He knows what it takes to win and appreciates the meaning of settlement, being stern in his positions to ensure a favorable result for his clients.
When Northrop isn’t advocating on behalf of his clients, he volunteers for the Arizona Association of Realtors as a mediator and arbitrator for the Professional Standards Committee and Grievance Committee resolving ethics disputes between Realtors and members of the public, and business disputes between brokers and realtors. Otherwise, he is enjoying the great outdoors Arizona offers, and spending time with friends and family.« Back to Attorneys Page