Jon Riches

Director of National Litigation & General Counsel

Jon Riches is the Director of National Litigation for the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation and General Counsel for the Institute.

He litigates in federal and state trial and appellate courts in the areas of economic liberty, taxpayer rights, public union and pension reform, government transparency, free speech, and school choice, among others.

Jon has developed and authored several pieces of legislation, including the landmark Right to Earn a Living Act, which provides some of the greatest protections in the country to job-seekers and entrepreneurs facing arbitrary licensing regulations.

His work at the Institute has been covered by national media, including the Wall Street Journal, CBS This Morning, Bloomberg News, and Politico.

Prior to joining the Goldwater Institute, Jon served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. While on active duty, Jon represented hundreds of clients, litigated dozens of Court-Martial cases, and advised commanders on a vast array of legal issues.

He previously clerked for Sen. Jon Kyl on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, worked for the Rules Committee in the Arizona State Senate, and clerked in the Office of Counsel to the President at the White House.

Jon received his B.A. from Boston College, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law.

Jon is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

He is a native of Phoenix, Arizona.

Media Coverage


Published February 15, 2015

Author Jon Riches

The craft beer business is booming. Farm wines are on dining tables across the country. And artisan cocktails made using premium, small-batch spirits are finding their way onto restaurant and bar menus everywhere. Yet nearly every state in the nation, including Arizona, is governed by alcohol laws that were enacted ...

Published January 23, 2015

Author Jon Riches

While the Internet is changing the way people live, work, and travel, the Federal Aviation Administration is obstructing such progress in general aviation. In a regulatory order issued to Flytenow, Inc. — a pioneering startup company that operates out of Mountain View — the FAA has practically banned private pilots from using ...

Documents & Reports

Published January 4, 2017

Author Jon Riches

The Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Government has long been a leader in challenging unconstitutional government subsidies to private businesses and organizations. Among the most egregious of these abuses is a practice called “release time.” Under release time, government employees are “released” from the jobs they were hired ...

Published January 6, 2015

Author Jon Riches

Innovative technologies that connect service providers directly to consumers are changing the way people live, work, and travel.  From Uber and Lyft in the transportation industry to Airbnb in the hospitality industry, people are using the power of technology to connect with one another and trade goods and services in ...

Published October 3, 2014

Author Jon Riches

Prior to the Goldwater Institute’s lawsuit, pension spiking costs Phoenix taxpayers millions. As a result of the new contracts that eliminate pension spiking among public safety employees, taxpayers will save an estimated $233 million over 25 years – a savings of nearly $10 million a year.  Following the contract changes ...

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