Jaburg Wilk

Roger L. Cohen



Phone: Work602-248-1040


Jaburg Wilk
Work 3200 N. Central Avenue Suite 2000 Phoenix, AZ   85012

Assistant: Susan Stimson

Assistant Phone: 602-248-1000

Roger is the “lawyer’s lawyer” at Jaburg Wilk. Veteran and novice attorneys line up outside his office to seek his counsel.  He is also an untiring and passionate advocate for his many business clients, with whom he enjoys long-standing relationships.  He has the rare ability to “dig deep” in his legal analysis while at the same time resolving complex commercial disputes, and handling multifaceted business transactions, efficiently and effectively for his clients.  In nearly 40 years of practice, Roger’s skill and expertise as a litigator have seen him through all variety of commercial disputes, including landlord-tenant, lending, real property, escrow agent, complex fraud, receivership, employment contracts, professional malpractice and financial transactions.  He also has an affinity for problem solving, particularly in the area of business divorces – break-ups and dissolutions among shareholders, partners and members of business entities.  Roger also plays a mean surf guitar with his band, Los Huevos. More

Professional Experience
  • Long-standing relationships with business clients in a variety of industries including: escrow, business brokerage, real estate, manufacturing, and equipment dealerships
  • Experienced corporate, business and real estate transactional attorney with extensive experience in negotiating and documenting business purchases and sales and other transactions
  • Extensive litigation experience, having successfully litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts, with emphasis on contract disputes, professional negligence, escrow liability defense, business fraud and complex civil litigation
  • Particular expertise in matters governed by Uniform Commercial Code  - UCC Article 2 (sales) and Article 9 (secured transactions)
  • Experienced appellate counsel, having written briefs and argued cases in Arizona and California Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Duke Cameron, former Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, 1975-76
  • Author and lecturer on various topics, including civil procedure, secured transactions and legal ethics; published articles include - "Preserving the Family Farm in an Urban Age: Recent Changes to the Arizona Judgment Lien and Homestead Statutes," Arizona Attorney, September 1997; "Foreign Judgments and Community Property," Arizona Attorney, November 2009
Client Testimonials

"I've been a client of Jaburg Wilk for 4 years.  During that time they've helped me with a variety of issues from contracts to representing me in litigation.   Gary Jaburg and Roger Cohen did an excellent job navigating the legal waters,  but they also have the soft-skills necessary to adapt and  work productively with a variety of prickly personalities encountered in the legal profession.  My litigation required expertise in several unrelated fields such as 1st amended rights and intellectual property.  I'm glad to have a firm with attorneys specializing in each area of my suit, working together as a team to provide the strongest defense possible.  Gary and Roger were highly responsive to my questions and available when I needed them.  Every phone call and email was answered in a timely manner and they even provided guidance during my non-traditional working hours.  I'm glad to have Jaburg Wilk on my team and highly recommend them. " -GJ

Professional and Civic Service
  • Board of Directors, Camp Swift Foundation
  • Past President, Temple Kol Ami
  • Former Member, Arizona State Bar Arbitration Committee
  • Member, Arizona State Board of Accountancy, Law Review Committee
  • Master of the Bench, Horace Rumpole Inn of Court
Published Cases
  • Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v. Rogers, 239 Ariz. 106, 366 P.3d 583 (App. 2016).
  • Hoag v. French, 238 Ariz. 118, 357 P.3d 153 (App. 2015).
  • Rogone v.Correia, 236 Arizona. 43, 335 P.3d 1122 (App. 2014), review denied (Apr. 21, 2015).  Click here to read decision.
  • BT Capital, LLC v. TD Serv. Co. of Arizona, 229 Ariz. 299, 275 P.3d 598 (2012)
  • Telesaurus VPC, LLC v. Power, 623 F.3d 998 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Rogone v. Sasser, --P. 3d ---(9/25/2014), Click here to read decision.
  • Phares v. Nutter, 125 Ariz. 291, 609 P.2d 561 (Ariz. Supreme Court 1980) (established right to debtor to seek relief from judgment registered under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act)
  • Corporate Inv. Business Brokers v. Melcher, 824 F.2d 786 (9th Cir. 1987) (reversing District Court and holding that Colorado franchisee was subject to jurisdiction in Arizona in suit brought by franchisor)
  • Mid Kansas Federal Sav. and Loan Ass'n of Wichita v. Dynamic Development Corp., 167 Ariz. 122, 804 P.2d 1310 (Ariz. Supreme Court 1991) (counsel for amicus curiae Southwest Savings & Loan Assoc.)
  • Matter of Estate of Ryan, 187 Ariz. 311, 928 P.2d 735 (Ariz. App. 1996); In re Krohn, 203 Ariz. 205, 52 P.3d 774 (Ariz. App. 2002) (counsel for amicus curiae Arizona Trustee Association, Inc.)
  • Case Corp. v. Gehrke, 208 Ariz. 140, 91 P.3d 362 (Ariz. App. 2004)
  • Anderson v. Contes, 212 Ariz. 122, 128 P.3d 239 (Ariz. App. 2006)
  • Austin Shea (Arizona) 7th Street and Van Buren, L.L.C. v. City of Phoenix, 213 Ariz. 385, 142 P.3d 693 (Ariz. App. 2006)
  • Rackmaster Systems, Inc. v. Maderia, 219 Ariz. 60, 193 P.3d 314 (Ariz. App. 2008)
  • Telesaurus VPC, LLC v. Power, 623 F.3d 998 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • BT Capital, LLC v. TD Serv. Co. of Arizona, 229 Ariz. 299, 275 P.3d 598 (2012)
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