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Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C.

6363 N. Swan Rd. Suite 151
Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: 520-792-4800

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  • Bio
  • Admissions, Professional & Civic Activities
  • Honors & Awards

Attorney Pat Lopez heads the firm’s transactions practice, which encompasses the wide array of legal services frequently called on by our business clients. He has over 30 years of experience in counseling and assisting businesses, entrepreneurs, lenders, and developers to help them reach their goals, solve their problems, and implement their business plans. Creativity, commitment, caring, knowledge, and enthusiasm best described his passion for the practice of law and his concern for his clients. These characteristics are no doubt some of the reasons for his recognition by his peers as an “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated” attorney in the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Process, as well as his selection by Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Superlawyers.

How I Serve Clients

I recognize that my job is to help my clients achieve their goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. An important part of my job is bringing my skills and creativity to bear on my clients problems. However, it is equally important to understand my client’s goals, objectives, and needs. I can’t just assume that every client is the same, or that I know what’s best for the client. I certainly have ideas, insights, and perspectives based on my knowledge and experience that I bring to the table when working with a client. Most importantly, however, I make sure that I understand the client’s desires and keep focused on meeting the client’s expectations.

Exceptional Client Service

As lawyers, we are in a service business. When we are called on, there is always a lot on the line. No one calls their lawyer unless the stakes are high. Our clients look to us to help them structure complex business transactions, resolve disputes, negotiate critical agreements, and carefully document all of these. Well I cannot guarantee results, I do promise my clients that I will always work to exceed their expectations and earn their trust. I tell every client I want to know if I, or the firm, is not living up to that promise. I recognize that my livelihood is dependent upon my client’s success and satisfaction, and I keep that in mind every day.

How My Background Helps Clients

My personal, educational, work and professional experiences are diverse. Throughout high school and college, I had a wide range of job experiences, including dishwasher, mine truck driver, construction laborer, newspaper advertising salesman, and accounting cost analyst. At the University of Arizona, I majored in psychology, but graduated with more units from the accounting department than was required of an accounting major. At Stanford, I took every tax class the law school had to offer, and taught an undergraduate course. In private practice, many think of me as a real estate lawyer, but there are many others who know me for my lending and finance work; as counsel to start up ventures; as counsel corporate attorney; as a specialist in the business law and contracts; as counsel to numerous governmental organizations and educational institutions; for my work assisting creditors and debtors in restructures; or an expert in advising tax-exempt organizations. All these diverse experiences help me better understand my clients, whatever their needs are, and provide me with a reservoir of knowledge and ideas that I can bring to bear on addressing any problem.

When I am Not in the Office

I enjoy my wife and three adult daughters; I ride my bike; and I take my camera on hikes. You can see some of my pictures at

Admissions and Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Pima county Bar Association

Publications and Speeches

  • “Selling or Buying an Arizona Business; Structuring, Drafting and Negotiating the Definitive Agreement and Related Documents,” State Bar of Arizona 75th Annual Convention, June 2008
  • “Fundamentals of Real Estate Development; The End Game,” Sterling Education Services, Inc., May 2006
  • “Conservation Easements,” for Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, March 2004
  • “Course on Professionalism,” State Bar of Arizona, May 2003
  • “Ethics and the Real Estate Lawyer: Conflicts of Interest, Full Disclosure, Imputed Disqualification and defending an Ethics Violation Charge, State Bar of Arizona,” ABC=s of Real Estate Seminar, October 2000
  • “Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act,” for America Online, July 1999
  • “Tax Considerations Related to Termination of Employment Relationships,” State Bar of Arizona Annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar, September 1995
  • “Developments in Limited Liability Companies,” Business Law Section, State Bar of Arizona, December 1994
  • “Drafting International Sales Contracts,” National Association of Credit Management of Arizona Seminar, January 199
  • “Judicial Application of the Takings Clause to Government Regulations,” The Governors Commission on the Environment, May 1992
  • “The Essence of Contract Drafting,” State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education Seminar, May 1992
  • “The Ethical Obligations of Real Estate Lawyers: Conflicts of Interest,” State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education Seminar, May 1991 and May 1993
  • “The Use of Referendums and Initiatives in Arizona Zoning,” University of Arizona College of Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar, February 1991
  • “The Duties of Real Estate Brokers,” State Bar of Arizona Convention, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, June 1989

Civic Activities

  • The First Tee, Tucson (Tucson Conquistadores Youth Golf Fund): Board Member 2008 – 2014
  • Diocese of Tucson School Board: President 2004-2010
  • Arizona Land and Water Trust, formerly Arizona Open Land Trust: Board Member 2000 – present
  • School Board Salpointe Catholic High School: Vice Chair 2014 - 2015; Member  2009 - present
  • Member, Board of Directors of Our Faith our Hope Our Future Charitable Foundation 2007- present
  • Board of Directors of CTSO Scholarship Foundation, 2009- present
  • Salpointe High School Annual Golf Tournament Committee, Chairman 1993 - 1994 and 2003 - 2004; Member 1995 - present
  • Perimeter Bicycling Association, a non-profit charitable organization and sponsor of “El Tour de Tucson” Bicycle Ride: Advisor and Board Member 1995 - present
  • Chicanos por la Causa (Tucson Division), a non-profit community development corporation: Board of Directors, 1990-present, and Chairman, 1993-1995
  • Governing Board of Directors, Calli Ollin Academy, a non-profit charter high school: Board Member 1996 - 2009
  • Sporting Chance, Youth Basketball: Advisory Board and Board Member 1993 - 1999
  • Board of Directors, Saguaro Girl Scout Council: Board Member 1996 - 1998
  • Saints Peter and Paul Endowment Fund: Board Member 1994 - 1996
  • Saints Peter and Paul School Board: Member 1994 – 1996
  • Bank of America Arizona: Community Advisory Board 1993 – 1996
  • Saints Peter and Paul School Parent Club: Board Member 1993 - 1996; President 1994 - 1996
  • University of Arizona Academic Preparation for Excellence APEX Program: Volunteer Mentor 1988 - 1992
  • Salpointe High School Capital Fund Drive: Alumni Class Coordinator 1989 - 1990
  • Valley Leadership Program (Class VIII) Phoenix, Arizona: Graduate 1987

Honors & Awards

  • 2010 Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Man of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Real Estate Law, One of Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona in Inaugural Edition
  • AV Peer Review Rated (Highest Available Rating) by Martindale Hubble Legal Directory
  • Chamber’s List of Leading American Lawyers
  • Red Book, Recognized Bond Counsel
  • Recipient of Award of Merit from the Arizona Minority Bar Association, 1992
  • Recipient of Professional Service Award from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 1988