Technology & Internet Law

We speak geek.

Technical business leads to technical legal issues. You need an attorney who understands what you do and how. At Poulton & Noroian, we have attorneys with expertise ranging from physics and electronics to automotive and agricultural technology. We apply our skills outside the law to give you the most informed legal advice possible for your technical needs.

Small & Medium Business

From our local business to yours.

As local business owners ourselves, we understand the challenges you face in operating your own enterprise here in Arizona. All of our attorneys have worked in other industries and we help you weigh the legal implications of your business decisions so you can balance risks and maximize your long-term returns.

Consumer Protection

Protecting you from abusive companies.

The individual consumer is often at a disadvantage when dealing with large companies, and some unscrupulous businesses take advantage of this.  Arizona has strong consumer protection laws to ensure fairness, and Poulton & Noroian can help enforce those laws to level your playing field.

Employment Law

Wage & Hour, FLSA.

Poulton & Noroian represents both employers and employees in matters involving payment disputes, wage & hour law, and employment contracts.  Whether you are an employee who has not been paid or a business owner with payroll questions, we can help.  Senior Partner Karen Poulton has extensive experience in employment litigation.

Our Firm

Poulton & Noroian serves the legal needs of individuals and businesses in Arizona. With three attorneys from diverse professional backgrounds, our firm offers legal representation in a variety of areas. We advise clients and resolve disputes involving consumer protection, employment law, construction, real estate, landlord-tenant, employment-based immigration, local business ownership and management, contracts, and business disputes.

Our Attorneys

staff-1Senior Partner Karen Poulton was born and raised in the Akron, Ohio area. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in special education and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Florida, and became a professor at the University of Nebraska before attending law school. Karen is licensed to practice law in seven states. She is a career litigator who has represented clients ranging from national banks and mining companies to rural farmers and municipalities.Read More

staff-2Managing Partner Mike Poulton grew up in Kansas and Vermont, returning to the Midwest in college. Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Engineering, majoring in Construction Management with minors in Physics and Business. While at UNL, he worked as a physics research technician designing and building lab apparatus for the Polarized Electron Group, including lasers, electronic instrumentation, and high vacuum electron beam equipment. Before attending law school he worked as Project Engineer for a national commercial construction contractor here in Phoenix. Mike is a metalworker, ham radio operator, and outdoorsman in his spare time.Read More

staff-3Partner Nisha Noroian was born and raised in the small Southern California town of Blythe. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture Business with an emphasis in agricultural policy and law. Nisha is a third-generation farmer. In addition to her law practice, she is the assistant manager of her family’s Nish Noroian Farms in Blythe. Read More

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the more common questions and concerns people have about hiring an attorney and navigating the legal system. Answering questions is a lawyer’s job, so if you do not find the information you need on our site, please give us a call.

Poulton & Noroian is a small firm, and young. Why not pay more for a large, old firm?
At Poulton & Noroian , we focus on quality over quantity. More attorneys and more clients does not equal better legal representation, just as a department store does not sell better clothing than a boutique. Our senior partner has over 20 years of litigation experience, and our younger attorneys are some of the sharpest minds in the Valley. All of our attorneys have unique backgrounds outside of law which enhance their ability to understand and address your legal issues. In our experience litigating against firms of all sizes here in Phoenix, there is no discernible difference in the quality of legal work produced by large firms versus small ones. We are not intimidated whatsoever by opposing the biggest firms in the city.
Do I really need an attorney to start a small business?
No, not necessarily. If you are knowledgeable and experienced in Arizona business law and administration, you can handle this process yourself. Many small business owners do this, and some owners with advanced business education or corporate management experience are well-equipped to do so. However, many owners learn years later that they have created expensive legal problems due to inadequate understanding of the implications of business entity types, Corporation Commission filings, operating agreements, and bylaws. It is always more expensive to solve these problems later, and it can be financially devastating to end up in litigation over ownership disputes. We believe it is always worthwhile to consult with an attorney to plan the best structure for your business, even if you choose to handle the actual filings yourself. Successful enterprises are built with legal strategy in mind, with input from attorneys.
How much will it cost to hire an attorney?
The cost of legal services depends on the type of work needed. At Poulton & Noroian, we help clients with issues costing as little as a few hundred dollars, all the way up to complex litigation with billings of six figures. At every step of the way, our job is to give our clients the best advice possible on how to manage the legal process. We always inform clients of the risks versus benefits of litigation, and how legal expenses affect those decisions. We never advise a client to pay us to litigate when it would be less expensive to choose an alternate solution.

Good legal representation is not cheap, and anyone who tells you otherwise is making a sales pitch. But that does not mean having an attorney is unaffordable. In fact, the reason an attorney’s work is valuable is because legal advice saves money. Making the wrong legal decisions in business or failing to handle a lawsuit properly can be financially devastating. Your attorney’s job is to provide knowledgeable, rational, and candid advice on how to best address your legal needs to ensure the most positive financial outcome.

How long does a lawsuit take?
The American legal system is focused on quality, not speed. Courts are slow, and there is little that can be done to move a case along more quickly. Unless the parties agree to settlement early on, most cases take a year or more to resolve from start to finish. Large and complex cases may take years. No attorney can “fast-track” a case or expedite the courts. The lengthy process is a result of rigid scheduling procedures established by law, and the busy schedules of the courts themselves.
I was just served with a lawsuit. What should I do?
You need to meet with an attorney immediately. You generally have 20 days to respond to the lawsuit (file an “answer”), and the answer itself requires a substantial amount of work to produce. The answer is a carefully prepared legal document which must address the allegations of the lawsuit in a very specific and technical way. The answer is critical – errors at this stage could cost you the entire suit, and may be unfixable. Unless the value of the dispute is low enough that losing is of little consequence, it is inadvisable to attempt to answer it yourself. Consult an attorney at the earliest opportunity so your lawyer can begin strategizing your defense.

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