Our Story — Our Mission

Randy Papetti, Bruce Samuels, and Jon Weiss practiced together for 25 years at a top-tier, full-service law firm that handles litigation throughout the country. We are grateful for our time there, but the Pandemic gave us an opportunity to rethink our practice and our professional priorities.

We determined to launch Papetti Samuels Weiss to build a firm that reflects our shared values as lawyers—one that sincerely measures itself by how well it serves its clients, its younger lawyers, our profession, and our community.

Our bios reflect that we are accomplished business litigators. We are recognized as among the top litigators in Arizona through peer-informed recognitions in Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, and Chambers International, as well as by Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell. We are also honored that when leading lawyers in Arizona find themselves needing quality legal representation, they frequently turn to us. But our bios also demonstrate decades of standing up for those in need. 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.

Against this backdrop, we founded the Firm to focus on high-stakes, Arizona-based litigation; to create a modern, flexible environment to attract, empower, 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 to legal malpractice, intellectual property, and real estate disputes.

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