For over 35 years, the law firm of Isaacson & Walsh has provided high level legal and government relations services to a diverse clientele. We have in-depth knowledge of the state legislative process and the inner workings of state government. Our research-based, non-partisan, approach to public policy has helped build lasting relationships with clients, government officials and even opponents of our lobbying efforts. Our professionalism and persistence have been recognized over these many years in the form of various awards and recognitions. We are proud of these many years of sustained success at the Arizona State Legislature, which demonstrates the firm’s ability to provide highly effective lobbying services.
We strive to act at all times in the most ethical and upright manner possible, reflecting well not only on this firm but on the clients that engage us. Both our ability and our ethics have been recognized by the Martindale-Hubbell organization, the most highly recognized source for peer evaluation of the legal profession in the United States. Since 1989, our firm has received the highest rating of “AV Preeminent” through its peer review process. Isaacson & Walsh is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Law Firms, which includes only the highest rated firms, those which have been “designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.” Isaacson & Walsh’s governmental relations practice also is consistently rated with the highest “Tier 1” ranking in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of Best Law Firms.
The principals of Isaacson & Walsh, Don Isaacson and Cheyenne Walsh, have excellent relationships within the executive and legislative branches which enable us to be effective in accessing and communicating with the state’s elected officials. We are experienced in the art of politics and committed to maintaining strong working relationships, regardless of political persuasion or positions on issues. We realize that a long-term perspective is sometimes required to achieve success and we enjoy the stable relationships needed to sustain persuasion. As lobbyists representing a diverse clientele, we refrain from active partisanship and thus have been able to work effectively within both caucuses for many years. We recognize that our relationships are critical to our clientele so we make every effort to guard our reputations by being ethical, reliable and truthful in all of our dealings.
As state lobbyists, we are knowledgeable about a wide range of Arizona public policy issues. We have worked on legislation in many policy areas, including appropriations, taxation, education, public health, land use, utilities, development fees, transportation, water rights, environment, law enforcement, gun laws, special districts, professional licensing, banking, insurance, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, optometry, public contracts, utilities, condemnation, elections, open meeting laws, due process and public contracts.
One of our firm’s strengths is its long-standing ability to work with the leaders and members of both caucuses. Our approach is to treat all members alike – majority and minority party – and to treat all policy and research staff similarly alike. This has allowed us to have continuing credibility with all members of the Legislature. We reach out early to all new members of both parties and stress our non-partisan approach and our knowledge on a broad range of issues. Throughout the session, we provide informational support to all legislators alike. We have established good working relationships with every member of the Senate Majority and Minority leaderships, as well as key members of both Majority, Minority and Legislative Research staffs, the Governor and his staff and the Chairs of most legislative committees.
Proactive efforts are critical to ensuring favorable outcomes. As attorneys and professional lobbyists, we are experienced in all aspects of the legislative process. We are licensed attorneys and registered lobbyists, skilled in providing both legal analyses and legislative research. We represent our clients in a manner that is professional, bipartisan and fact-based to ensure goodwill and lasting relationships among policymakers, allies and opponents alike.
 Isaacson & Walsh has been in existence since 1975 when it was first formed as Landendorff & Ridge, P.C. Don Isaacson joined the firm as an associate in 1981 after serving as Majority Counsel for the Arizona House of Representatives. With retirements and changes in principals, the firm’s name changed to Ridge & Isaacson in 1983, Isaacson & Duffy in 2003, Isaacson & Moore in 2010, and has been Isaacson & Walsh since January 2014.