Professional Biography
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Joel W. Nomkin Of Counsel

  • Phoenix

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    2901 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2000

    Phoenix, AZ 85012-2788




Joel Nomkin, a former member of Perkins Coie’s Management Committee, has more than 30 years of experience in appellate practice and commercial litigation. He served on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, was the firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s Appeals, Issues, and Strategy practice group, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In addition to his active appellate practice, Joel also litigates cases at the trial level on a spectrum of business and public law issues, and advises clients on risk management strategies.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA as "America's Leading Lawyer" for Litigation: Appellate, 2020 – 2023
  • Named by Best Lawyers as Phoenix’s “Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year," 2016; "Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year," 2021, 2024
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow, 2010  present 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation, 2007 – 2024
  • Selected by Southwest Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 50 in Arizona," 2014
  • Listed in Southwest Super Lawyers, Business Litigation and Appellate, 2007 – 2023
  • Listed in Benchmark Appellate's Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as an Appellate Litigation Star for the 9th Circuit
  • Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell

    (AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • American Law Institute, Member
  • Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Fellow
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Former Judge Pro Tempore
  • ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2014  Present (teaches Federal Courts and The Federal System)

Related Employment

  • Department of Justice, Civil Division, Appellate Staff, 1986 – 1987
  • Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Trial Attorney, 1982 – 1986
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Associate, Washington, D.C., 1980 – 1982


  • Hon. R. Anderson, III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1979 - 1980




Bar and Court Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1979, Editor, Law and Policy in International Business
  • Beloit College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976