C. Bradley Vynalek, Partner

Biography

Brad Vynalek is, first and foremost, a strategist and a lateral thinker. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and a highly successful trial lawyer at that, but he takes “resolution” to a higher and broader level. Often, clients look to him for advice that may or may not require litigation but are too complex to navigate without an attorney in the mix. Brad analyzes their needs even if litigation seems unlikely, helping them think through the entire situation, plot a course, put a tactical team together, and pursue it to a successful conclusion. If litigation becomes necessary, he’s ready; if not, that’s fine too. This is why Brad heads the Litigation Group’s Business Development Committee — not because he’s a salesman but because he understands that clients need solutions, not just litigators, and he makes it his responsibility to ensure that clients get exactly what they need.

In his 14-year career with the firm, where he has practiced since he was a summer associate, Brad has worked with financial service, banking, high tech, Internet, software, manufacturing, e-commerce, health care, data privacy, and tech transfer clients, among others, ranging from local startups to Fortune 500 companies. He works very closely with legal departments to create and manage budgets that draw together and focus their priorities, serving as a counselor and advisor on strategy, exposure, and enterprise opportunity. Just as importantly, Brad is frequently the first point of contact with new and potential clients because he so readily recognizes the totality of business needs and can respond to them in clear and helpful terms.

Brad grew up with a fascination for personalities who have had a tangible impact on history; as a child, he read every biography he could get his hands on. Seemingly born to fix problems, he noted that the figures he admired most tended to have legal backgrounds, so he resolved to become an attorney and follow his ambition to make an impact of his own. Today, that purpose is no less pointed, so there are many firm clients who enjoy an indefatigable champion in Brad.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 1999)
  • Georgetown University (Prague Institute) (Diploma, 1997)
  • Stanford University (B.A., with honors, 1995)
    • Public Service Honors Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1999

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Make-A-Wish of Arizona, Chair (2013 to present); service on board since 2008 and have held committee and executive committee positions
  • University of Arizona Law College Association, President (2012 to present); served on board and led committees since 2000
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation annual co-chair (2014)
  • Grassroots advocacy team and ABA Day in Washington volunteer (2000-present)
  • Business Torts and Corporate Counsel Committees (2009-present)
  • State Bar-appointed delegate to the House of Delegates (2005-2011)
  • Arizona Commerce and Economic Development Commission, commissioner (2008-2009); appointed by two Arizona governors and confirmed by Arizona Senate to serve on statewide economic development entity
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Minority Intern Writing Program, firm liaison (2009-2010)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Arizona's Finest Couples chair
  • Oscar Night America Arthritis Foundation chair (2005-2006)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2014: Commercial Litigation)
  • American Bar Foundation Fellows
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® (2012-2014, Business Litigation)
  • Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow (2011)
  • State Bar of Arizona Recognition Honor for Service to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2011
  • Center for Creative Leadership Lawyer-Leader Graduate (2010)
  • The American Jewish Committee's Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award (2009)
  • Arizona Governor Recognition for Service and Leadership in Advancing Arizona's Economy (2009)
  • Award of Merit from the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children for Commitment to Protection of Children (2007)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Arizona's Finest Couples Award (2007)
  • Phoenix Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" Award (2006)
  • Phoenix Valley Leadership, Class 26 (2006)
  • Young Alumni of the Year Award, University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law (2005)
  • Biz AZ Magazine Up and Comer Attorney (2003)