Meet the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona

Each year, Az Business magazine’s editorial team — in collaboration with industry experts — chooses the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona from a pool of more than 1,000 of the most talented and successful attorneys from throughout the state. Selections are based on each lawyer’s professional success, impact on his or her law firm, impact on the communities she/he serves and impact on the legal profession. Here are the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2016:

Floyd P. Bienstock, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP 

Practice areas: Litigation, insurance, employment/labor

Andrew Abraham, Shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

Practice areas: Real estate, business and corporate law, commercial litigation

Shawn K. Aiken, Shareholder, Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi P.C.

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, mediation, arbitration

Hilary L. Barnes, Member, Allen Maguire & Barnes PLC

Practice areas: Commercial bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy litigation

Timothy J. Berg, Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.

Practice areas: Civil appeals, public law, public utilities regulation

Steven N. Berger, Shareholder, Engelman Berger PC

Practice areas: Bankruptcy/debt, litigation, appeals, mediation

Maureen Beyers, Partner, Osborn Maledon, P.A.

Practice areas: Complex commercial litigation, arbitration

Gary L. Birnbaum, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC 

Practice areas: ADR, appellate, condemnation and land use, construction litigation

Brian H. Blaney, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Practice areas: Corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, global securities

Susan G. Boswell, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

Practice areas: Bankruptcy and business reorganization

Edwin C. Bull, President and shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

Practice areas: Land use and zoning, real estate development, real estate finance

David Brnilovich, Member, Jennings Strouss

Practice areas: Real estate, commercial litigation, construction and Registrar of Contractors issues

James E. Brophy, III, Managing shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Practice areas: Business transactions, legal compliance for for-profit and nonprofit businesses

Robert J. Bruno, Shareholder and director, Sanders & Parks P.C.

Practice areas: Complex civil litigation, construction litigation, professional liability defense, products liability

Robin E. Burgess, Shareholder, officer and director, Sanders & Parks P.C.

Practice areas: Healthcare, medical malpractice, product liability, professional liability, municipal liability

Rebecca Lynne Burnham, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Practice areas: Real estate, retail, sports facilities and entertainment venues, land development

Robert M. Charles, Jr., Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Practice areas: Business bankruptcy, commercial lawsuits, business transactions

George C. Chen, Partner, Bryan Cave

Practice areas: Intellectual property, litigation, licensing, counseling, patent, trademark, copyright, cybersquatting

Joseph T. Clees, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

Practice areas: Labor relations, employment law, litigation

John R. Clemency, Shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.

Practice areas: Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business law and transactions

Karen Dickinson, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Practice areas: Intellectual property, trademark and copyright, startup ventures, healthcare technology

Peter Culp, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Practice areas: Water and natural resources, environmental, federal Indian law

John E. Cummerford, Co-managing shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 

Practice areas: Intellectual property, technology, media, telecommunications

Barbara J. Dawson, Partner, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. 

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, international law, tax

Kimberly A. Demarchi, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Practice areas: Civil appeals, litigation of complex matters

William M. Demlong, Senior member, The Cavanagh Law Firm

Practice areas: Insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, construction defect litigation, ERISA litigation, NASD litigation

John E. DeWulf, Partner, Coppersmith Brockelman PLC

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, trade secrets, real estate, securities, intellectual property

John Alan Doran, Member, Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Practice areas: Labor and employment, litigation, trials, appeals

Paul F. Eckstein, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Practice areas: Litigation, appellate, antitrust and unfair competition litigation, political law

Booker T. Evans, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Practice areas: White collar crime, commercial litigation

Yale F. Goldberg, Partner, Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

Practice areas: Tax controversy, tax litigation, employment tax controversy

Nicole France Stanton, Managing partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

Practice areas: Professional malpractice, litigation, dispute resolution, higher education, appellate

Leah S. Freed, Office managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

Practice areas: Employment law, litigation, healthcare, defense contracting industry

Susan M. Freeman, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Practice areas: Appeals, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, distressed real estate acquisition and management

Garrick L. Gallagher, Owner and director, Sanders & Parks P.C. 

Practice areas: Complex civil litigation, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, insurance coverage litigation

Grady Gammage, Jr., Member, Gammage & Burnham

Practice areas: Elections, government and public affairs, real estate, zoning and land use

Karen Gaylord, Partner, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham 

Practice areas: Environmental and natural resources, Indian law

Greg Gillis, Founding shareholder, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C.

Practice areas: Commercial collection, construction, real estate, bankruptcy litigation

Amy J. Gittler, Shareholder, Jackson Lewis P.C. 

Practice areas: Labor and preventive practices, general employment litigation, non-competes, wage and hour

Stacey F. Gottlieb, Of counsel, Cohen Kennedy Dowd & Quigley

Practice areas: Complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense

Carolyn J. Johnsen, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Practice areas: Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights; commercial transactions; lender litigation and bankruptcy; mergers and acquisitions

Alisa J. Gray, Shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco P.A.

Practice areas: Probate and trust litigation, estate administration, elder law, mediation

Phillip Guttilla, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Practice areas: Mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and capital formation, hedge fund and private equity fund formation

Diane M. Haller, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

Practice areas: Real estate, complex transactions, land development deals, portfolio transactions

Angela K. Hallier, Founding partner, Hallier & Lawrence

Practice areas: Family law, divorce, legal separation

Larry Hammond, Partner, Osborn Maledon PA

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, criminal defense, internal and governmental investigations

Michael J. Holden, Managing member, Holden Willits PLC

Practice areas: Construction law, commercial litigation

Steve Hulsman, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Practice areas: Class action, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance litigation, product liability

Timothy R. Hyland, Senior member, The Cavanagh Law Firm

Practice areas: Appellate, insurance coverage, bad faith litigation

Geoffrey Kercsmar, Founder, Kercsmar & Feltus, PLLC

Practice areas: Complex litigation, business contracts, technology contracts, business torts, intellectual property, trademarks

John Maston O’Neal, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

Practice areas: Real estate litigation, litigation and dispute resolution, financial institutions litigation

Jay S. Kramer, Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.

Practice areas: Real estate transactions and finance, loan workouts, infrastructure financing, development and sale

Hope E. Leibsohn, Member, Sherman & Howard

Practice areas: Estate and tax planning, including customized family legacy planning

John F. Lomax, Jr., Partner, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Practice areas: Defense of labor and employment matters, litigation, healthcare

D. Kim Lough, Partner, Jennings Haug & Cunningham

Practice areas: Litigation, construction and development, real estate, employment and labor

Patrick J. McGroder, III, Shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.

Practice areas: Plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death, professional liability

John A. Micheaels, Partner, Beale Micheaels Slack & Shughart, PC

Practice areas: Medical negligence, general tort liability, professional liability, insurance bad faith

Brian M. Mueller, Member, Sherman & Howard

Practice areas: Litigation, trials and appeals; real estate; estate and tax planning

Edward F. Novak, Shareholder, Polsinelli PC

Practice areas: Antitrust, healthcare, commercial litigation, government investigations and compliance, internal investigations

Randy Nussbaum, Founding partner, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner

Practice areas: Complex bankruptcy law, real estate, construction, contract law

Shawn Oller, Office managing shareholder, Littler Mendelson

Practice areas: Employment litigation, employment and labor, arbitration, mediation

Pamela Overton Risoleo, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Practice areas: Litigation, pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare litigation

Scott I. Palumbo, Founding partner, Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo, P.C.

Practice areas: Personal injury, medical negligence, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death

Rodolfo Parga, Jr., Shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite 

Practice areas: Litigation, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, labor and employment, corporate and securities

Martha C. Patrick, Shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. 

Practice areas: Taxation, state and local tax controversy, litigation

Steven D. Pidgeon, Co-managing partner, DLA Piper

Practice areas: Corporate, finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, emerging growth, venture capital

Steven Plitt, Senior member, The Cavanagh Law Firm

Practice areas: Appellate, employment law, insurance coverage, bad faith litigation

Stephanie Quincy, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

Practice areas: Employment litigation, class action and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, covenants not to compete, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, defamation

Cathy L. Reece, Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.

Practice areas: Financial restructuring, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights

Cynthia A. Ricketts, Co-founding partner, Sacks Ricketts & Case LLP

Practice areas: Complex consumer and employment class action defense, commercial litigation

David B. Rosenbaum, Partner, Osborn Maledon

Practice areas: Complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, securities fraud class actions, employment controversies

Kristen Rosati, Partner, Coppersmith Brockelman

Practice areas: Healthcare, health information privacy and security, Big Data, clinical research

Lawrence J. Rosenfeld, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Practice areas: Labor and employment, healthcare

Paul J. Roshka, Jr., Shareholder, Polsinelli

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, federal and state securities laws

James W. Ryan, Managing partner, Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

Practice areas: Estate planning, tax planning, business formation and M&A transactions, trust administration, ADR

Thomas J. Salerno, Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Practice areas: Bankruptcy, creditors’ rights

Winn L. Sammons, Shareholder and director, Sanders & Parks P.C.

Practice areas: ADR, mediations, arbitrations, conflict coaching, group-think facilitation, peacemaking

Tod F. Schleier, Schleier Law Offices, PC

Practice areas: Employment disputes, mediations, arbitrations

Ted A. Schmidt, Managing partner, Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi, PLLC

Practice areas: Products liability, medical malpractice, premises liability, federal tort claims, bad faith, governmental liability

Leon Silver, Office co-managing partner, Gordon & Rees

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, privacy and data security, retail and hospitality

Lesa J. Storey, Founding member, Maguire Pearce & Storey, PLLC

Practice areas: Real estate development, formation of community facilities districts, infrastructure matters

J. Russell Skelton, Partner, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Practice areas: Medical malpractice and nursing home defense, workers’ compensation defense

Wendi A. Sorensen, Shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

Practice areas: Personal injury and wrongful death

Sheryl A. Sweeney, Shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Practice areas: Energy law, water law, environmental law, electric utility law, special taxing districts

Michael E. Tiffany, Shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco

Practice areas: Commercial transactions, primarily in strategic planning, business solutions, real estate and finance

Geoffrey Trachtenberg, Partner, Levenbaum Trachtenberg, PLC

Practice areas: Personal injury, litigation and appeals, particularly related to motorcycle injury and wrongful death cases

Andrew B. Turk, Senior counsel, Clark Hill

Practice areas: Healthcare, medical malpractice, elder abuse litigation

Jeffrey H. Verbin, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 

Practice areas: Financial services, real estate, sports and entertainment

Debora L. Verdier, Partner, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

Practice areas: Employment law, professional liability

E. Jeffrey Walsh,, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 

Practice areas: Business litigation and trials, real estate litigation, construction litigation

Rebecca A. Winterscheidt, Partner, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Practice areas: Employment law, immigration law

Paul M. Weiser, Shareholder, Buchalter Nemer

Practice areas: Real estate purchases and sales, receiverships

Nancy L. White, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Practice areas: Business and financial restructuring, distressed commercial mortgages and real estate, mergers and acquisitions

Quinn P. Williams, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Practice areas: Private and public equity and debt financings; mergers, acquisitions and recapitalization; technology licensing and joint venture transactions

Mark G. Worischeck, Managing shareholder, Sanders & Parks P.C.

Practice areas: Complex civil litigation, primarily in the areas of insurance, aviation, employment law, construction litigation, personal injury and product liability

Lawrence Wilk, Shareholder, Jaburg Wilk

Practice areas: Bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, workouts, financial fraud, real estate, foreclosure

Donald Wilson, Jr., Shareholder, Broening Oberg Woods & Wilson PC

Practice areas: Professional liability, appellate, personal injury

Lori L. Winkelman, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

Practice areas: Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, jet fuel consortiums, banking and financial institutions

Doug Zimmerman, Partner, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

Practice areas: Arbitration and mediation, civil litigation, commercial litigation, condemnation and eminent domain

Kurt M. Zitzer, Partner, Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.

Practice areas: Insurance coverage, commercial litigation, professional liability