Barton Mendez Soto PLLC assists local and out-of-state clients with a spectrum of progressive causes and labor issues in Arizona. Our esteemed attorneys regularly partner with national groups that need reliable and effective legal counsel to help them fund ballot measures, form political action committees, and accomplish other goals in the political arena. Our firm has the extensive resources and vast knowledge of the law our clients need to ensure they comply with all applicable laws and regulations. We guide them in navigating the legal, political, and administrative challenges that commonly arise throughout the political process.
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Passion for a More Just World
Empowered To Achieve Our Clients Goals
Progressive Approach to Political and Elections Law
The attorneys at Barton Mendez Soto understand the complexities of this fast-changing field of practice, which is why we proudly provide comprehensive, goal-oriented solutions to political parties, political action committees, ballot measure committees, and non-profit organizations engaged in promoting civic engagement.
From advising political parties on operational policies to guiding takedown letters, our firm is a trusted resource for clients who aspire to use political and democratic methods to advance progressive policies and ideals.
Our seasoned attorneys also have practical litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in campaign finance complaints, candidate petition challenges, ballot access challenges for initiatives, and related election law cases. Our firm both defended Arizona’s Minimum Wage Act from a challenge to its constitutionality after voters passed the measure AND won a court ruling that the Legislature’s attempt to undermine the Act was itself unconstitutional.
Our firm's co-founder, Jim Barton, is a highly respected Arizona election lawyer who served as the counsel of record on many key cases, including Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett, 131 S.Ct. 2806 (2011) and Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Indus. v. Kiley, 242 Ariz. 533, 399 P.3d 80 (2017). Attorney Barton also successfully defended Proposition 127 (The Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona Act) during a five-day trial that involved more than 1,000 subpoenaed witnesses.
We work interactively with our clients to maximize the impact of resources dedicated to political activity. This includes determining the right match between the mission and the form of entity used to complete that mission. We utilize proactive strategies to minimize our clients’ compliance risks and promote their objectives.
Our attorneys have worked with a broad array of institutional clients and activist groups, including:
- The Democratic Party
- The Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association
- Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
- Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)
- Arizona Wins
- One Arizona
- Arizona Advocacy Network
We have also represented numerous campaigns, including:
- Arizona Proposition 127
- The Arizona Fair Lending Act
- Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act
- SEIU’s health care initiative
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Barton Mendez Soto to learn more about our political and election law services, then please give us a call at (480) 418-0668. We also offer services in Español. Fill out our convenient online form today to get started.