Mr. Rhodes has an extensive background in legal ethics. He regularly advises attorneys and law firms in matters relating to State Bar complaints, fee disputes, disciplinary matters, bar admission, and other licensing, ethics, and professional responsibility issues. In addition, Mr. Rhodes previously served as the Firm’s General Counsel from May 2015 to January 2021 and held the position of Managing Attorney from December 2009 to May 2015.
In 2009, the Arizona Supreme Court appointed Mr. Rhodes to serve as a Member of its Attorney Discipline Task Force, which reviewed the rules of the attorney regulation system and recommended substantial changes to the Arizona Supreme Court that were implemented in 2011.
In 2011, the Arizona Supreme Court appointed Mr. Rhodes to serve on its Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee. This Committee makes recommendations regarding attorney examination, admissions, reinstatement, disability, and the lawyer discipline process.
Mr. Rhodes was named Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Municipal in 2021, Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants in 2019, Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law in 2013, 2018, and 2020 and Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Administrative Law in 2011 by The Best Lawyers in America©. The State Bar of Arizona selected Mr. Rhodes for the 2010 Member of the Year Award. Mr. Rhodes is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale Hubbell® and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the categories of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Arbitration, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility Law, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants, Litigation-Municipal, Mediation, and Municipal Law from 2009 through 2021. He was also named in Southwest Super Lawyers® in the categories of Administrative Law, and Politics in 2007, and in the categories of Professional Liability: Defense; State, Local & Municipal Law; and Utilities Law in from 2011 through 2019.
Under Mr. Rhodes’ leadership, Jennings Strouss ranked #1 in the United States in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law by The Best Lawyers in America© 2010, and #1 in Arizona in 2011.
Mr. Rhodes also practices in the areas of commercial litigation, local government law, and professional corporate governance and structure.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Rhodes served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert Corcoran and the Honorable Charles E. Jones, Arizona Supreme Court, from 1995 through 1996. Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Rhodes operated his own business in Paris, France for nine years.