When a client wishes to expand their public utilities footprint in Arizona, they call upon Elias Ancharski. Eli’s specialty involves providing counsel to private companies spearheading energy development and environmental initiatives in Arizona. Eli frequently works as the bridge between companies and Arizona’s governing regulatory agencies. Using his expertise in government and regulatory law and state and local administrative law to accompany clients through transactional and regulatory hurdles, Eli’s counsel includes preparing his clients’ proposals for compliance and ultimate success. His clients include water utility companies, electric cooperatives, energy developers, energy procurement companies, telecommunications providers, and energy interest groups. 

While attending Vermont Law School, Eli interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and spent a semester with the Arizona Corporation Commission in the Legal Division assisting with state-related utility matters. That experience set Eli on a career trajectory combining his passion for the great outdoors with his interest in business and law. 

He also served as an editor for his alma mater’s environmental law journal, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. He currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Environmental and Natural Resources Section. 


  • Best Lawyers®, Ones to Watch,  Energy Law, Real Estate Law, 2024


Professional Activities

  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Environmental & Natural Resources Section, Secretary, 2019; Chair-Elect, 2021
  • Arizona Bar Association, Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Executive Board, 2021

Community Activities

  • ASU’s Mentorship Initiative in Sustainability Law, Mentor 
  • Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Volunteer 
  • Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Volunteer 



  • Cruising into a New Energy Future: A Look into the Energy Transition in the Cruise Ship Industry, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 20, Issue 3, 2019 
  • Suspension and Debarment: EPA as a Balanced Federal Procurement Gatekeeper, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Vol. 19, No. 1, June 2018