In his work as a litigator and trial lawyer, Rudy thinks like a CEO and business owner. His business focus is hardwired: while maintaining an active trial practice, Rudy spent eight years as Ryley Carlock’s Managing Shareholder overseeing the operations and financial success of the firm; for several years before that, he served as the leader of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Leveraging this combination of legal skill and business experience, Rudy excels at clearing away obstacles—through swift and steadfast advocacy in and outside the courtroom—so business owners can do what they do best: dream, build, accomplish.
When clients come to him with a business problem to be solved, Rudy finds a solution. He discovers the client’s core challenges, quickly assesses the merits, risks and potential outcomes, and pursues the strongest, most efficient approach for achieving the desired result. Understanding the toll litigation takes on a business, Rudy devotes substantial time to advising clients on proactive measures to effectively avoid litigation.
Rudy has extensive trial experience involving a wide spectrum of business issues. In particular, he regularly intervenes to help clients with high-stakes, high-profile business disputes, employment claims, and trade secret, unfair competition and restrictive covenant disputes. He serves clients in the financial, telecommunications, transportation, technology, health care, and higher education industries.
Trial Experience. Rudy’s significant first-chair trial experience includes representing clients in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations. He also routinely advocates for clients before administrative and governmental agencies. Rudy is licensed in multiple jurisdictions, enabling him to litigate on behalf of clients throughout the United States.
High-Stakes, High-Profile Business Disputes. Rudy routinely handles complex litigation involving high-profile clients and high-stakes situations where there’s a lot hanging in the balance. He has successfully helped these clients overcome significant roadblocks—usually related to financial, reputational, marketplace and/or competitive interests—that, without effective legal intervention, would have significantly and adversely impacted their core business operations.
Employment Disputes. Rudy counsels and defends employers who face claims involving disability, gender, age, race, national origin and religious discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, and employment-related tort and contract claims.
Trade Secret, Unfair Competition & Restrictive Covenant Disputes. Rudy helps business leaders protect and defend their irreplaceable confidential business information—whether from internal forces or external threats such as a cyber-security breach. He has substantial experience representing banks, brokerages, and similar financial institutions in trade secret, unfair competition and restrictive covenant disputes before FINRA. He has a strong track record of achieving fast injunctive relief on behalf of his clients and successfully representing their interests in FINRA arbitration proceedings.
Rudy is frequently acknowledged for his community leadership. He actively supports many nonprofit organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success, Chicanos Por La Causa, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, and the Friends of Public Radio Arizona.
- Chicanos Por La Causa, Board Member & Past Chair
- Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, Board Member, Secretary
- Friends of Public Radio Arizona, Board Member
- Patrick Peterson's Foundation for Success, Board Member
- Arizona Industrial Relations Association, Member
- Prestamos Small Business Lending, Board Member, Secretary
- American Bar Association, Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law Sections
- State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice Section and Labor and Employment Section
- Maricopa County Bar Association
- Amherst College, Area Recruiter for Arizona
Recognized as an AV Preeminent® lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell®, Rudy is touted in numerous peer-reviewed legal directories. He has been featured prominently in Southwest Super Lawyers® since 2007, including on the "Top 50 Super Lawyers List" in Arizona in 2016 and in the special Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel and Business editions. Rudy is also named in the 2009-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America®, including in the Business edition, where he is listed for both commercial and employment litigation. He was also named to the inaugural group of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.
Rudy has been recognized numerous times by AzBusiness Magazine: in 2015, 2016 and 2017, he was listed among the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona and featured in the Managing Partners section; in 2014, Rudy was highlighted in the inaugural issue of AzBusiness Leaders and has been listed multiple times since then; and in 2013, he was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders. In 2012, the Phoenix Business Journal named Rudy to their list of Most Admired CEOs and Top Level Executives.
While in law school, Rudy served as Articles Editor of the University of New Mexico School of Law’s Natural Resources Journal and was the recipient of the Moise Prize for Excellence in Legal Ethics.