Tophas Anderson IV


Tophas Anderson IV is a Partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice, Healthcare, and Long-Term Care Practices. He is known for his dedication and commitment to clients. He began his legal career as a prosecutor, and conducted more than 50 trials including 13 felony jury trials. He left criminal law and has now been a civil litigator for over a decade.

He is active in the community, previously serving on the Board of Directors of a local charity and he also spent several years as Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Civil Jury Instructions Committee. The Phoenix Business Journal recognized Tophas' professional accomplishments and community involvement by including him in the 2013 Forty under 40 class of business leaders. 

Tophas has defended clients across numerous industries in matters ranging from medical malpractice, healthcare, personal injury, and employment. He works closely with clients to help them avoid legal pitfalls and when necessary, defends them in trial. In addition, he has experience in representing healthcare providers in regulatory matters before state boards.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Healthcare
  • Long-Term Care

Additional Experience



United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Awards & Honors

  • Dr. Charles R. Campbell Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient, 2014
  • Forty Under 40, Phoenix Business Journal, 2013

Professional Presentations

  • "Federal Employment Law Overview," Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy, July 2016
  • "Social Media in the Workplace," Arizona Society for Human Resource Management Law & Legislative Conference, February 2016
  • "Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws," Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy, July 2015
  • "Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act," Northwest Arizona Human Resources Association, April 2015
  • "Does George Costanza Really Need His Own Bathroom? Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act," Arizona Society for Human Resource Management Law and Legislative Conference, February 2015
  • "Reasonable Accommodations, the ADA & Discrimination," Association of Corporate Counsel -- Arizona Chapter, August 2014


Arizona State University

Juris Doctor, 2000

The University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, 1997


  • "Employers vs. Employees on Social Media Posts," Greater Phoenix In Business Magazine, March 2017
  • "ALFA 50-State Labor and Employment Law Compendium," Co-Author, 2015

Community Activities

  • Black Board of Directors Project, 2009 - Present
  • St. Thomas More Society of Phoenix, 2016 - Present
  • Anthem Golf and Country Club, Young Executive Committee, 2016 - Present
  • Civil Jury Instructions Committee, 2009 -- 2017, Chair 2012 - 2015
  • Valley Christian Centers Board of Directors, 2010 - 2013, President 2012 - 2013