Stacey F. Gottlieb

Of Counsel

Stacey F. Gottlieb joined the CDQ family in February 2016.  Stacey focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense as an Arizona State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist.  Stacey’s criminal experience includes representation of corporations and individuals against state and federal indictments, as well as pre-indictment investigations and negotiations, in a wide array of criminal matters and parallel proceedings. Stacey has spent significant time in India assisting a multi-national corporation develop its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance plan in conjunction with the client’s defense of a Department of Justice investigation.  Stacey’s civil experience includes cases alleging corporate and individual liability arising from the business affairs of officers, directors, brokers/dealers, accountants, and other professionals, as well as breach of contract, breach of fiduciary obligations, fraud, bad faith, theft of trade secrets and other business torts.  She also has broad experience in complex declaratory judgment actions seeking temporary restraining orders, preliminary and permanent injunctions, including on behalf of one of the world’s largest money transmitters and its affiliates, other public and private companies, and a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee, among others.   Stacey has first-chaired numerous jury trials and has argued cases before the Arizona Supreme Court and Arizona Court of Appeals. As a result of her jury trial and courtroom experience, Stacey has served as a panelist or speaker at various seminars for professional organizations, the judiciary, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), and the Arizona State University College of Law.

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University of Miami School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 1993

The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., with High Honors and Special Honors in Liberal Arts, 1990


District of Columbia
United States District Court, District of Arizona


American Bar Association

  • Division Director, ABA Section of Litigation, 2012-2014
  • Co-Chair, ABA Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Southwest Region Subcommittee, 2008-Present
  • Co-Chair, ABA Section of Litigation, Criminal Litigation Committee, 2009-2012
  • Editor in Chief and Sub-Committee Chair, ABA Section of Litigation, Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee Website, 2003-2010

Arizona Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 1997-2002
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice

  • Board of Governors, 1999-2000

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2010-Present
Selected to the AZ Business Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers list, 2015-2017
Named to Super Lawyers® lists of Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2017

  • “Top 50 Super Lawyers in Arizona,” 2015-2017
  • “Top 25 Female Attorneys in Arizona,” 2013-2017

Sustaining Member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
Recipient, “American Bar Association Outstanding Committee Website Award,” Section of Litigation Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee, 2005-2006
“Outstanding Service Award,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 2003-2004
“CLE Program Development Excellence Award,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2000


Co-Author, eDiscovery: A Practical Guide to Disclosure and Discovery of Electronically Stored Information, SN063 ALI-ABA 375, 2008
The Nuts & Bolts of eDiscovery: Checklist of ESI Topics for the Initial Meet and Confer, 2007
The Nuts & Bolts of eDiscovery: Top 10 Goals and Expectations for the rule 26(f) Meet and Confer, 2007
Sarbanes-Oxley: Effective Compliance Programs Under The Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 2005


Adjunct Faculty, “The Litigation Experience,” Deposition Skills Lecture and Workshops, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013 and Spring 2015

Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Arizona Deposition Program, October 2004, October 2005, November 2006, October 2007, October 2008, November 2011, November 2013 and November 2014

Hot Topics in Insider Trading—Civil, Criminal & Insurance Perspectives, American Bar Association, The Women of the Section of Litigation, Chicago, IL, November 6, 2014

Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and ABA Critical Trial Skills Training for Legal Services Attorneys, Phoenix, AZ, May 31 – June 1, 2014

Arizona & Federal Computer Crime Update, State Bar of Arizona White Collar Crime Conference, February 26, 2014

Faculty, “Hot Topics in Securities Liability for Corporate Officers & Directors,” ABA Corporate Counsel Seminar, February 17, 2012

Faculty, “The Do’s & Don’ts of Criminal Complaints in Civil Proceedings,” State Bar of Arizona White Collar Crime Conference, September 8, 2011

Faculty, “Understanding the Criminal Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 15, 2011

Faculty, “Ethical Pitfalls – What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Criminal Issues in Civil Litigation,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference, New York, NY, April 22, 2010

Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Las Vegas Deposition Program, March 2008 and February 2010

Speaker, “Mortgage Fraud,” State Bar of Arizona White Collar Crime Update and Trends, January 2010

Speaker, “The Fifth Amendment in Parallel Proceedings,” State Bar of Arizona Annual White Collar Crime Conference: 2009 Annual Update and Trends – Directions for the Future, January 2009

Faculty, Trial Advocacy Training Program (NITA Model), Louisiana State University, August 2008

Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Gulf Coast Deposition Program, May 2006, May 2007 and April 2008

Speaker, “Document Retention, Protection and Destruction in Arizona,” Lorman Education Services, February 2008

Speaker, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Corporate Compliance and Internal Investigations – Evolution of the Attorney Client Privilege,” The State Bar of Arizona Annual White Collar Crime Conference: Government Investigation of Corporate Entities: What is Happening Right Now, October 2007

Speaker, “The Nuts & Bolts of e-Discovery,” American Bar Association’s First National Symposium on Electronic Discovery, Chicago, March 2007

Speaker, “e-Discovery in Practice: Mock Deposition of 30(b)(6) Electronic Custodians,” American Bar Association Annual Conference, Hawaii, August 2006

Speaker, “Document Retention and Destruction,” Lorman Education Services, June 2005

Speaker, “Parallel Proceedings in Civil and Criminal Environmental Cases,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2003

Speaker, “Computer Crime,” State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, 2000

Speaker, “Computer Fraud and Abuse,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2000

Speaker, “Contract Concepts for the Business World,” Phoenix Rotary Club, 2000

Moderator, “Civil Commitment of Violent Sex Offenders,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2000

Speaker, “The Corporate Criminal Defendant,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 1999

Speaker, “Ethical Defense in DUI Cases,” Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1999

Moderator,” Grand Jury Practice & Pre-Indictment Investigations,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 1999

Moderator, “Health Care Fraud,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 1999

Speaker, “Presenting & Defending DNA Cases,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 1997

Speaker, “The ABC’s of DNA,” Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1997

Speaker, “DNA Evidence,” Maricopa County Judges’ Conference, 1995