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Clifford J. Roth


Clifford J. Roth

Cliff Roth has more than 35 years of broad experience in trust and estate litigation, civil litigation and appeals.

In his trust and estate litigation practice, Cliff has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in matters involving will and trust contests, petitions for instruction, recovery of estate assets, breach of fiduciary duty, fiduciary removal proceedings, financial exploitation of vulnerable adults, trust reformation and termination, family settlement agreements, FLP discounts and other valuation disputes, tax allocation and tax exclusion portability disputes, IRS audit proceedings, no contest clause disputes, and other probate and trust administration matters.

Cliff’s diverse civil litigation experience includes real estate development disputes, foreclosures, deficiency actions, commercial lease evictions, business torts, corporate governance disputes, derivative actions, fraudulent transfers, receiverships, bankruptcy litigation, construction litigation, professional malpractice, medical licensing, products liability, environmental and other insurance coverage disputes, and insurance defense cases in both state and federal court.

Cliff, who grew up in Scottsdale and is a graduate of Coronado High School, has handled dozens of appeals and special action proceedings, including oral arguments before the Arizona Supreme Court and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice Areas

Trust and Estate Litigation

Civil Litigation


Professional Memberships

American Bar Association: Section of Litigation; Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

State Bar of Arizona: Trial Practice and Intellectual Property Law Sections

Maricopa County Bar Association: Litigation Section; Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Section

Court and Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1980

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1980

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1983

U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Selected Reported Cases

Rose Goodyear Props., LLC v. NBA Enters. Ltd. P’ship, 235 Ariz. 339, 332 P.3d 86 (App. 2014)

Owens v. M.E. Schepp Ltd. P’ship, 218 Ariz. 222, 182 P.3d 664 (2008)

Jepson v. New, 164 Ariz. 265, 792 P.2d 728 (1990)

Gilbert v. Ben-Asher, 900 F.2d 1407 (9th Cir. 1990)

Animal Defense Council v. Hodel, 840 F.2d 1432 (9th Cir. 1988), amended, 867 F.2d 1244 (9th Cir. 1989)

Gilbert v. Board of Medical Examiners, 155 Ariz. 169, 745 P.2d 617 (App. 1987)

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to Judge Valdemar A. Cordova, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1980-1982


J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1980: Article Editor, UCLA Law Review, 1979-1980

B.A., magna cum laude, Arizona State University, 1976: Phi Kappa Phi