Our Story — Our Mission

Bob McKirgan, Randy Papetti, Bruce Samuels, and Jon Weiss practiced together for over 25 years at a top-tier, full-service law firm, where they handled complex business litigation throughout the country.  Our more than 100 years of combined big-law practice, as well as our trial experience and reputations, make us well-suited to handle all kinds of business litigation—from matters requiring a quick solution to the bet-the-company trial.  We are consistently recognized as among the top litigators and trial lawyers in Arizona through peer-informed recognitions in Chambers International, Benchmark Litigation, and Best Lawyers in America, as well as by Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell. We are honored that when leading lawyers and law firms in Arizona find themselves needing quality legal representation, they frequently turn to us.

But we are more than skilled lawyers.  We launched Papetti Samuels Weiss McKirgan to build a firm that reflects our shared professional values—one that sincerely measures itself by how well it serves its clients, its younger lawyers, our profession, and our community.

To us, these values are not just talk.  We have spent decades standing up for those in need and serving our community. Papetti’s work on wrongful convictions led him to write a leading book on a forensic science issue and is internationally recognized; Samuels has spent more than two decades as a member (and Chair) of the board of directors of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest; Weiss served a decade as a Judge Pro Tempore of the Arizona Superior Court and is part of a nationwide network of lawyers who help college student Dreamers; and McKirgan is devoted to teaching and mentoring young lawyers as well as representing pro bono clients ranging from residential tenants to death row inmates.

Against this backdrop, we founded the Firm to focus on high-stakes, Arizona-based litigation; to create a modern, flexible environment to attract, empower, mentor, and retain the most talented younger lawyers; and to create space to continue contributing to our personal pro bono and community causes. Our mission is to provide exceptional value to any representation we take on. 

Our expertise extends to nearly all kinds of business and contract-based litigation, as well as legal malpractice, intellectual property, and real estate disputes.

PSW was featured on the cover of the Attorney at Law Magazine.