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Andrew's Background

Andrew Rahtz is from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History in 2002.  Mr. Rahtz then relocated to Southern California where he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of La Verne, College of Law with a full merit scholarship.

During law school Mr. Rahtz excelled at oral arguments and clerked for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office working with prosecutors on child abuse cases.

After law school, Mr. Rahtz worked at a large insurance defense firm in Los Angeles handling construction defect and personal injury matters. Realizing he preferred working directly with real people, Mr. Rahtz moved to the Phoenix area in 2007 to focus on plaintiff work with an emphasis on civil litigation.

Working with another attorney in a small firm, Mr. Rahtz excelled at client interaction and specialized in quickly identifying legal problems and developing comprehensive plans of action to address and resolve such problems. Mr. Rahtz honed his knack for working with clients and was recognized by the Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona State Bar for excellent client feedback.

Given the breadth of his varied experience and the priority he placed on service to clients, Mr. Rahtz was a perfect fit for Platt & Westby, P.C., when he arrived in 2012 as Platt & Westby, P.C., is a full service firm. Mr. Rahtz has worked for several years in the practice areas of Civil Litigation, Collections, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Guardianship/Conservatorship, Bankruptcy, and Probate Litigation. Specifically, Mr. Rahtz yields a high return in managing and coordinating case loads and is able to assimilate new and different legal principles quickly and efficiently in order to meet the needs of his clients.

Mr. Rahtz' style of client emphasis and his zeal for helping clients to understand difficult legal questions has meshed seamlessly with a firm that has a reputation for client satisfaction. Mr. Rahtz' ability to communicate and work well with others translates to more than just happy and informed clients. These same attributes allow him to both skillfully convey the client's case to the judge or jury and to forcefully advocate the client's claims to opposing counsel.

Activities

Mr. Rahtz resides in North Phoenix and is a fitness enthusiast.  Mr. Rahtz has participated in both the Tempe International Triathlon, the Las Palomas Rocky Point Triathlon, the Phoenix Summit Challenge, and the Phoenix edition of the Tough Mudder. Mr. Rahtz also enjoys CrossFit, Bikram yoga, and competitive team sports such as flag football and basketball.

An avid outdoorsman and hiker, Mr. Rahtz has also taken multiple fishing and canoeing trips to the Canadian boundary waters and has hiked several Arizona mountains including a trip through the Grand Canyon and Havasupai Falls.

Mr. Rahtz believes in giving back to the community and has worked with the Meals on Wheels program and the Volunteer Lawyers Program.  Mr. Rahtz is also a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Arizona and the Young Buckeyes of Phoenix Alumni Club.

Education

J.D. , University of LaVerne, College of Law, Ontario, California, 2006
B.A., University of Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, 2002

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

California, 2007 Arizona, 2011 U.S. Federal Court, 2012

 

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Melissa Keiper
Melissa Keiper
00:40 22 Feb 18
I wrote in to a law message board asking about a step in my case and Mr. Peter Westby replied with some sound advice. I emailed him to thank him for his advice and shared with him I was not being represented. He offered to meet with me to go over my case and possibly about representing me. In our meeting he allowed me to give him all the details of my case and he spent a good amount of time offering advise and insight to the law pertaining to my situation. Mr. Westby was very patient and allowed me to ask multiple questions and was thorough in his answers. Because I live 2 hours away and in a different county (Tucson), and because my case will most likely go to trial and the cost of travel for him to represent me I am unable to retain Mr. Westby as my attorney. However, if this were to be taking place in Phoenix I would hire him in a heartbeat. I appreciate his willingness to talk with me and spend his time assuring me about the steps i'll need to take in my case. He was very prompt in his reply to my question and then for scheduling a phone conference to go over a case he prob knew he wouldn't be able to take given the distance.read more
Lance Wallace
Lance Wallace
16:44 04 Jan 18
I've worked with Pete Westby on a few matters over the years and I do recommend him and his firm. It is nice to talk and work directly with a principal of the firm who has both integrity and tons of experience.read more
John Rukavena
John Rukavena
23:25 12 Oct 17
Meet with Peter today and was very impressed. I had a large tile job that was done improperly and was not sure if a lawsuit made economic sense. Peter was straightforward and told me that if the contractor did not have sufficent assets, a lawsuit would be risky because a favorable court decision might not result in a payout. I now know what I need to do thanks to Peter.read more
David Hughes
David Hughes
17:08 08 Nov 17
Mr. Westby was great and very knowledgeable and the staff was friendly and very responsive and kept me informed every step of the way... I would and will definitely recommend Platt & Westby P.C. to friends and family.read more
Jordan P
Jordan P
19:07 04 Sep 17
We went in for our free consultation regarding our legal concerns and we were very happy with our experience and outcome of our situation. Mr. Rahtz was professional, informative, and helpful. I would recommend him for anyone seeking legal counselling. Thank you to Mr. Rahtz and the rest of the team at Platt & Westby.read more
Kenneth Crayton
Kenneth Crayton
07:30 22 May 18
RahtzHe gave me his undivided attention and seemed to genuinely care. In my experience, it has been very tedious and daunting to begin a conversation with an attorney, especially one at a law firm with other partners, etc. That is, usually law firms won't lend an ear, it seems, unless you pay $100-300 initial consulting fee, which is basically a $15 overview of your case and whether they think it's worthwhile$$$.However, not only was I surprised to see Attorney Rhatz offer a no-cost consultation, but he also kept it "real." He advised me with information that even seemed to work against his assumed interest in profit (i.e., he didn't try to exploit me for money), such as by providing me with self-help research suggestions, and even helped me put together an outline for my case.He didn't want me to lose more money winning with him (he didn't want me to spend so much money to retain him, that even if winning the case, I'd still be at a net negative dollar-loss).He gave me his undivided attention, asked questions that showed he actually paid attention, and was very resourceful with directing me towards credible sources of jurisprudence.What's more, is that he didn't throw me out after 15 minutes, but rather stayed with me until he felt I was sufficiently informed with the material and answers to questions to send me along my way.This man even read through all my notes and connected with me as a person.I also appreciated his aggressive, but civil, nature towards vanquishing the countering party. He is strategic, he is prepared to preempt the countering party's legal arguments by first calling them out himself, and sparks reassurance that he is sedulously and astutely on the case.Obviously, I would recommend attorney R Andrew Rahtz for the aforementioned reasons, despite only meeting with him one time on an preliminary consultation.read more
Paulo Soares
Paulo Soares
01:38 11 Jul 18
Mr. Westby really knows his stuff, and gave me some excellent advice. I will be back to move forward on my situation.
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