Vince Rabago has been practicing law for more than 25 years. In 1993, he began his legal career in the private sector in San Diego, California. There, Vince worked in civil litigation and had the opportunity to represent individuals and businesses, and also worked on significant cases or issues responding to the aftermath of the 90’s Savings & Loan Crisis. In 1994, Vince entered public service.
For the next 16 years — prior to opening his own law office — Vince was a career prosecutor. Vince worked for more than 8 years in San Diego as a state prosecutor for the California Attorney General. In 2002, Vince returned to Arizona and became an Assistant Attorney General for the Arizona Attorney General’s office. Beginning in 2005, Vince investigated and prosecuted civil business fraud cases for the AG’s Consumer Protection unit. In that role, he worked on national, statewide, and local fraud investigations and cases. This work included consumer fraud investigations of national and global corporations, as well as mortgage and foreclosure fraud investigations, and investigations or cases against predatory lenders. On January 15, 2010, Vince stepped down from his position as Assistant Arizona Attorney General to run for Arizona Attorney General.
As a state prosecutor in California and Arizona, Vince has worked on criminal, civil, or constitutional matters at all levels, including the Arizona Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Based on his experience in Arizona and California as a prosecutor, Vince has taught constitutional law and the death penalty at the University of Arizona Law School. He has also taught courses on the subject of Crime and Public Policy at the School of Government and Public Policy. In addition, Vince has taught Law and Public Policy at the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona.
Over the years, Vince has worked on high-profile cases on a national, statewide, and local level. Among the organizational clients which he has represented in high-profile cases or in Amicus “friend of the court” briefs, are the State of California, the State of Arizona, the National Consumer Law Center, the National Bankruptcy Attorneys Association, the Southwest Fair Housing Counsel, and the American Friends Service Committee.
Vince Rabago is an Arizona native, born and raised in Cochise County. He attended the University of Arizona on a Regent’s Academic Scholarship and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1989. Vince attended the University of San Diego School of Law on the Dean’s Outstanding Scholar Award and received his law degree in 1993.
Among his various roles, Vince is also currently the business and real estate counsel for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.