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AZ Business Magazine

About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past two-and-a-half decades, Arizona Business Magazine has grown to encompass not just Arizona Business Magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Arizona Business Magazine is the state’s leading monthly business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Engery & Natural Resources

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Thomas Campbell
Thomas Campbell
Partner
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Company Website
Campbell’s practice is concentrated in the areas of regulatory and administrative law, particularly energy, telecommunications, water and utility regulation. He often represents energy companies in regulatory and contractual matters.


Norman D. James
Norman D. James
Director
Fennemore Craig
Company Website
James practices natural resources and environmental law, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, mining and public lands. His work involves litigation in the federal courts and rulemaking, permitting and other regulatory matters.


Rita P. Maguira
Rita P. Maguire
Founding member
Maguire & Pierce
Company Website
Maguire served as director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources from 1993 through 2001, represented the state’s interests in the Colorado River Basin, was a key figure in the development of the Arizona Water Bank Authority, and played a central role in Indian water rights negotiations in Arizona.


Court S. Rich
Court S. Rich
Senior partner
Rose Law Group
Company Website
Rich is senior partner and chair of the firm’s renewable energy department. Rich appears regularly at the Arizona Corporation Commission often representing the nation’s largest solar installers and national solar industry groups.


Lee A. Storey
Lee A. Storey
Partner
Ballard Spahr LLP
Company Website
Storey leads Ballard Spahr’s water law practice and counsels clients on energy, Indian law, and natural resources issues. She has extensive experience with complex water rights litigation
and settlement negotiations involving multiple parties.


Joe Drazek
Joe Drazek
Partner
Quarles & Brady LLP
Company Website
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated and honored annually since 2008 by The Best Lawyers in America, Drazek’s practice focuses on regulatory, litigation matters within Quarles’ Environmental Group and spans a variety of industries.


Margaret LaBianca
Margaret LaBianca
Shareholder
Polsinelli
Company Website
LaBianca counsels clients on regulatory compliance and strategic considerations with respect to natural resources and water law including NEPA, endangered species, natural resource damages, Clean Water Act 404, land use, waste management, and the allocation of risk and liability for contamination.


Michael Patten
Michael Patten
Member
Roshka DeWulf & Patten
Company Website
Patten practices in the areas of public utilities, electricity, water/wastewater, energy, gas and telecommunications regarding matters involving policy issues, rate cases, rulemakings, financings, line sitings, service area extensions, formal complaints and various ACC proceedings.


William Staudenmaier III
William Staudenmaier III
Partner
Snell & Wilmer
Company Website
Staudenmaier represents private/ public sector clients in acquiring and protecting water rights for industrial, agricultural and municipal uses.


Kenneth C. Sundolf
Kenneth C. Sundlof
Member
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC
Company Website
Sundlof focuses his broad experience and expertise on a wide variety of issues facing the energy and utility industries, including industry trends and structure, and regulatory, business, contract, environmental, legislation and litigation issues.



ATP Director Dr. Donald S. Weinstein, right, leads a panel on telemedicine best practices. Panelists include (left to right) Nancy Rowe, ATP associate director for outreach; Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD, ATP associate director for evaluation and assessment; Ana Maria Lopez, MD, ATP medical director; Sue Sisley, MD, ATP associate director for interprofessional education; Sara Gibson, MD, telemedicine medical director, Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority; and Gigi Sorenson, director of telehealth, Northern Arizona Healthcare.

Event showcases benefits of telemedicine

A sellout crowd eager for information about telemedicine services attended the recent inaugural Northern Arizona presentation of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP)’s full-day telemedicine training conference, “Arizona Telemedicine Course: Applications, Infrastructure, Reimbursement.” Held in Flagstaff, the conference featured nationally recognized speakers representing several high-profile Arizona telehealth programs that are using the technology to improve patient health.

Designed for those who are new to telemedicine as well as those interested in expanding the scope of their telemedicine services, the conference covered patient and provider education programs that take place via video, as well as medical specialty services, including teleneurology, telestroke, tele-epilepsy, teleradiology, telecardiology, telediabetes and telepsychiatry.

Hazel Siow, RN, medical center director for the Yavapai Apache Nation, left, describes her telemedicine experience and needs in a round of audience introductions led by ATP Director Ronald S. Weinstein (standing).

Hazel Siow, RN, medical center director for the Yavapai Apache Nation, left, describes her telemedicine experience and needs in a round of audience introductions led by ATP Director Ronald S. Weinstein (standing).

“I think it’s well rounded and I appreciate the opportunity to have this in Northern Arizona,” said participant Cheri Wells, director of behavioral health for Flagstaff-based Native Americans for Community Action, which started a telebehavioral health program about a month ago. “I’ve learned a lot about the big picture of telemedicine and its administration as well. I really appreciate learning about all the resources that are available online and through ATP.”

For Wells, the highlight of the training was a presentation by telepsychiatrist Sara Gibson, MD, telemedicine medical director for the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA). “Dr. Gibson’s talk validated the need for and feasibility of telemental health in rural Northern Arizona,” she said.

Attendee Lynn Bedonie, telemedicine/school health specialist for Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, has been involved in telemedicine for more than 16 years. “We were one of the original charter sites for the Arizona Telemedicine Program,” she said. “So I’ve been there from the beginning, from when we used modems to now—and everything in between.”

Bedonie came to the training to learn more about billing and teleneurology. “A lot of it was really informative, even though I’ve been to several of these,” she said. “The information changes all the time.”

The conference’s overview of telemedicine, telehealth and mobile health, and in-depth look at clinical applications of the technology, showcased Arizona telemedicine programs. It also featured talks on program assessment, business considerations, equipment and vendor selection, and secrets to success.

Gigi Sorenson, director of telehealth for Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH), was one of the speakers. “I came hoping to learn more about other programs across the state and also to hear the needs of the state,” she said. Among other NAH telemedicine programs, Sorenson heads up “Care Beyond Walls and Wires,” which has improved patient health and reduced hospital readmission rates through home monitoring systems.

“I thought it was a very comprehensive program,” she said, citing the opportunity for casual conversation and questions at the end of every presentation as the most helpful part of the conference. “I’m very happy that it was held in Flagstaff, and grateful for the opportunity to showcase all the work that’s being done in Northern Arizona.”

This marks the first time the training program has been offered onsite in Northern Arizona, but not the last. “We will be offering this program in Flagstaff at least annually from now on,” said ATP Director Ronald S. Weinstein, MD. “The response was overwhelming; people were wait-listed. We want to ensure that all those who are interested get a chance to attend this training.”

Sorenson agreed: “You could see by the participation in the auditorium that repeating this at least on an annual basis is well worth the time and effort.”

NAH was one of the co-sponsors of the conference, along with NARBHA and North Country HealthCare (NCHC), the parent organization of Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and the VVMC Sedona Campus. NAH, NARBHA and NCHC currently operate successful telehealth programs based in Flagstaff. Together with ATP, they form the Northern Arizona Telemedicine Alliance, a partnership aimed at encouraging and enhancing telemedicine services in the northern part of the state.

ATP is one of five telehealth training programs in the country accredited by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the largest telemedicine organization in the world. An internationally recognized leader in telemedicine and e-health training, ATP has been presenting its training program at the University of Arizona’s Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson for 15 years, and an expanded version of the program including ATP’s T-Health Institute in Phoenix via videoconference since 2007.

The inaugural Northern Arizona conference attracted 85 attendees representing private and governmental health-care systems and hospitals; community health centers and behavioral health clinics; tribal health departments and medical centers; and commercial telemedicine medical services providers. Participants included CEOs and other senior leadership; doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals; IT directors and staff; administrators at all levels; and health educators. They came from all over Arizona and beyond, with experience levels ranging from clinicians just starting to think about using telemedicine in their private practices to hospital senior administrators who want to add sites and services to their already successful telemedicine programs.

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Goodyear Wins National Financial Reporting Award

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada again awarded the city of Goodyear the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.

The award was announced this month and is the highest form of recognition in the areas of government accounting financial reporting. It marks the sixth straight year that Goodyear has won the award for effectively communicating its financial story with full disclosure and to motivate existing and potential user groups to read it.

In addition, an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement will be presented to those responsible for preparing the report.

“We pride ourselves on smart spending and financial reporting,” said Larry Lange, director of the city of Goodyear’s Finance Department. “Following the association’s guidelines helps us show a clearer picture of our accounting so our citizens know how closely we monitor taxpayer dollars.”

Earlier this year, Goodyear was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the GFOA – which highlights the city’s long-standing methods of fiscal responsibility – marking the 13th straight year and 18th time overall the finance department won the award.

GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving about 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

For more information on the city’s budget, visit www.goodyearaz.gov/transparency or call 623-932-3015

Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Employment / Labor Relations

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Laurent Badoux
Laurent Badoux
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Company Website
Badoux focuses his practice on domestic and international labor and employment law, with an emphasis on compensation issues, class action litigation, cross-border movement of personnel, restrictive covenants and employee relations in a variety of industries.


John F. Lomax, Jr.
John F. Lomax, Jr.
Partner
Snell & Wilmer
Company Website
Lomax focuses on the defense of labor and employment matters. He represents employers in class and collective actions, wage and hour issues, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, affirmative action execution, employment agreements and EEO cases.


Joseph T. Clees
Joseph T. Clees
Shareholder
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Company Website
Clees has been singled out as one of the top employment and labor law attorneys in the country. He represents employers throughout the United States in discrimination and wrongful discharge cases, as well as labor relations.


Mark Ogden
Mark Ogden
Managing shareholder
Littler
Company Website
In 22 years of practice, Ogden has litigated more than 600 employment lawsuits to conclusion, including 26 jury trials to verdict. He is the co-chair of Littler’s Complex Litigation and Jury Trials Practice Group.


Richard S. Cohen
Richard S. Cohen
Shareholder
Jackson Lewis
Company Website
Cohen has advised management on virtually all aspects of employment law for almost 40 years. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years and also ranked in the highest tier of Chambers, U.S.A. and in Super Lawyers.


Stephanie Quincy
Stephanie Quincy
Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Company Website
Quincy is a partner in the Litigation Department, who focuses on employment matters including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, defamation, and breach of contract claims. She was named to Southwest Super Lawyers’ 2013 lists of the “Top 25 Women” and “Top 50 Attorneys” in Arizona.


John Doran
John Doran
Member
Sherman & Howard
Company Website
Represents employers in mass employment and wage/hour class and collective action litigation; employment discrimination and wrongful termination litigation; trade secret, unfair competition, restrictive covenant and employee loyalty litigation.


Lawrence J. Rosenfeld
Lawrence J. Rosenfeld
Partner
Squire Sanders
Company Website
Rosenfeld has more than 35 years of experience in the area of employment law. He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of numerous professional organizations including the Employment Law, Litigation and Health Law Sections of the American Bar Association.


Lori A. Higuera
Lori A. Higuera
Director
Fennemore Craig
Company Website
Higuera co-chairs the firm’s employment and labor practice group representing employers in internal and external investigations, arbitration, mediation, litigation, and administrative proceedings. She provides employment training and presents work-related seminars to professional organizations.


Jay Zweig
Jay Zweig
Partner
Bryan Cave LLP
Company Website
Zweig practices employment law representing private businesses and public corporations in employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims; wrongful discharge claims; wage and hour disputes; employee hiring, discipline, and discharge procedures; employee handbooks and contracts.



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HMA Promotes Brockway to senior account executive

HMA Public Relations, recognized regionally as a leader in public relations and marketing communications, has announced the promotion of Rachel Brockway to senior account executive.

Brockway previously worked as an account executive and has been with HMA Public Relations since 2012. As a senior account executive, her responsibilities include client management, strategic media relations, digital communications, new business development, online content management, promotional marketing and creative writing.

“Rachel is a huge asset to our team,” said Abbie S. Fink, vice president/general manager at HMA Public Relations. “Her varied experience across many marketing communications disciplines will continue to be invaluable to our team and to our clients.”

Brockway is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is currently working with the PRSA Phoenix Chapter’s PR Serving America Project with the O’Conner House. She is among the list of Top 100 marketing professors from around the world and she is also an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University.

Brockway holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Northeastern State University and a Masters of Business Administration in global management and leadership from Arizona State University. She has a true passion for giving back and is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class 23. She currently serves as a board member with the Anne Rita Monahan Foundation for Ovarian Cancer; is a member of the Scottsdale Unified School District Capital Override Oversight Committee; and volunteers with the marketing committee of Girls on the Run of Maricopa County. An Arizona native and a Phoenix resident, Brockway enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing tennis, reading and social media.

Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Construction Litigation

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Michael S. Dulberg
Michael S. Dulberg
Shareholder
Burch & Cracchiolo
Company Website
Dulberg’s practice focuses on construction law and commercial litigation. He represents public and private owners, general contractors and subcontractors in contract drafting and negotiation, arbitration and trial of claims, surety claims and job site injuries.


John Randall Jefferies
John Randall
Jefferies
Director
Fennemore Craig
Company Website
Jefferies litigates construction claims throughout the Southwest in the areas of defective specifications, constructive changes, acceleration, excusable and compensable delays, differing site conditions, terminations for default and structured settlements and lien foreclosures.


Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Partner
Perkins Coie
Company Website
Feuerhelm focuses on construction litigation, product liability and real estate. Her construction experience covers a wide range of disputes, including actions alleging failures in
building materials and representation of developers, owners, contractors and other parties in disputes.


Sharon B. Shively
Sharon B. Shively
Shareholder
Sacks Tierney P.A.
Company Website
Shively is a Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers selectee (construction) and among Super Lawyers’ “Top 25 Arizona Women” (2013). She is a member of the American Subcontractors Association and the ROC Industry Advisory Council.


Denise J. Wachholz
Denise J. Wachholz
Shareholder
Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA
Company Website
Wachholz, a litigator for more than 25 years with emphasis in construction litigation, successfully represented the architect in Flagstaff Affordable Housing v. Design Alliance, a widely
cited 2010 Arizona Supreme Court published decision that expanded the economic loss rule.


Frances Haynes
Frances Haynes
Partner
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Company Website
Haynes is a partner and a leading attorney in the firm’s Litigation and Construction groups. Her practice emphasizes providing legal advice to businesses on all facets of commercial law, construction, and development issues.


Craig Kaufman
Craig Kaufman
Co-managing partner
Quarles & Brady LLP
Company Website
Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2013, Tucson Bet-the- Company Litigation Law “Lawyer of the Year” and Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated, the Tucson office co-managing partner is a leader in construction litigation and tribal issues.


Jay M. Mann
Jay M. Mann
Member
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC
Company Website
Mann focuses his practice in the areasof surety, fidelity and construction law. In addition, Mr. Mann represents clients in commercial litigation matters and serves as an arbitrator and mediator.


Jeffery Walsh
Jeffrey Walsh
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Company Website
Walsh, who has practiced law for more than 30 years, focuses on business litigation and trials, real estate litigation and construction litigation, at both the trial level and on appeal.


Mark Worischeck
Mark Worischeck
Managing shareholder
Sanders & Parks, P.C.
Company Website
Worischeck’s practice emphasizes complex civil litigation. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing contractors and insurers in the areas of construction defect, personal injury and insurance coverage issues.



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BMO Names Miller as President, Western U.S.

BMO Private Bank announced today that Matt Miller has been promoted to President, Western U.S. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategic development and delivery of wealth management services for high-net-worth individuals, family-owned businesses, endowments and foundations throughout the Western U.S.

Miller has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined the organization in 2009 as Managing Director. During this time, he was responsible for organizing the western regional hub office and recruiting many of its senior managers and advisors.

“Matt is an ideal fit for this position. He is passionate about guiding his clients and helping them achieve their financial goals,” said Terry Jenkins, President and CEO, BMO Private Bank, U.S. “He leads by example, is focused on excellence and motivates his teams to success. We are confident the Western region will achieve even greater success in the years to come.”

Miller is headquartered at BMO Private Bank’s Scottsdale location, which also serves as the hub of Western regional operations. He will oversee a team of 75 financial professionals located in Arizona, Utah and Washington.

A fourth-generation Arizonan, Miller is an active leader in local business and civic communities. He currently serves on the board of directors for Teach for America Arizona, Valley of the Sun United Way Financial Stability Council and volunteers regularly at JAG (Jobs for Arizona Graduates). He previously served on the board of the University Medical Center in Tucson for 12 years. Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona.

“This is an exciting time to lead an organization that is poised for significant growth,” said Miller. “The caliber of our team is second to none, and our clients benefit from industry-leading planning tools that enable us to provide the best in financial planning and analysis.”

BMO Private Bank has Arizona locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tucson. For more information about services and operations, visit www.bmoprivatebank.com.

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Cox Charities seeks grant applicants

Cox Charities is asking Valley non-profits that focus on K-12 youth and education programs to submit proposals for grants valued at $10,000 or less. This year’s grant cycle will open April 30th and close May 28th.

To better inform the non-profit community about the process for submitting applications and to answer questions, Cox Charities will host a grant application orientation session on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30.

During the orientation session, non-profits will learn about what Cox Charities is looking for in grant proposals. Additionally they will learn what grant funding can be applied for. For example, Cox Charities cannot be used for capital expenditures or general operations, or for the provision of healthcare/therapy services, basic needs, entertainment, or socialization/recreation programs.

Orientation sessions concerning the process are scheduled on April 29 and April 30 in Phoenix at The Arizona Community Foundation.

In 2013, Cox Charities distributed $569,000 to 59 non-profits throughout metro Phoenix. Cox Charities funds are raised through employee-driven fundraisers and personal contributions throughout the year, as well as community fundraising partnerships. Since its inception in 1996, Cox has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to non-profit organizations for youth education programs that help build our next generation of community leaders.

Over the past eighteen years, Cox Charities has funded local non-profits that focus on science and technology, arts and culture, safe and healthy lifestyles, overcoming disabilities, mentoring, literacy, leadership development, social skills development, and other areas benefiting youth in the Valley.

Additional support is given to these communities through volunteerism by Cox employees. In an effort to be the most trusted provider of communication and entertainment services, Cox supports Cox Charities grant recipients by encouraging Cox employees to volunteer time in support of past recipients. Past grant recipients who have hosted Cox volunteer employees include the Phoenix Zoo, Boys & Girls Clubs, Childhelp, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, the Make a Wish Foundation, Homeward Bound and many more.

Cox Charities Grant Application Orientation Session:
Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Where: The Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E. Camelback Rd. STE. 405B
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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Cox Charities Grant Application Orientation Session:
Date: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Where: The Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E. Camelback Rd. STE. 405B
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Commercial Litigation

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


John DeWulf
John DeWulf
Founding member
Roshka DeWulf & Patten
Company Website
DeWulf has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation, including contracts, business torts, trade secrets, intellectual property, partnership and products. He has represented multi-national clients as well as regional and local businesses and individuals.


Pamela Overton Risoleo
Pamela Overton Risoleo
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Company Website
Overton Risoleo is listed as one of the top 25 Women lawyers in the state by Super Lawyers magazine. She currently serves as both National and Regional counsel, and has managed large litigation teams, many of which include lawyers from other national law firms.


Daniel G. Dowd
Daniel G. Dowd
President
Cohen Kennedy Dowd & Quigley, P.C.
Company Website
Dowd is the President of CKDQ, a 15-lawyer firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. Dowd and his partners have been privileged to represent many of Arizona’s most respected business men and women in all variety of disputed matters.


Randy Papetti
Randy Papetti
Partner
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Company Website
Papetti, partner and Practice Group Leader in the firm’s Litigation group, handles a variety of commercial disputes, particularly in cases involving partnerships and other joint ventures, real estate, banking, distributor terminations and restrictive covenants.


Paul Eckstein
Paul Eckstein
Partner
Perkins Coie
Company Website
Eckstein is focused on civil litigation (including appellate matters) involving commercial, legal malpractice, constitutional, Indian law and political law issues. He also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator.


Patricia Lee Refo
Patricia Lee Refo
Partner
Snell & Wilmer
Company Website
Refo’s practice is concentrated in complex commercial litigation and internal investigations, with extensive experience in financial institutions litigation, professional malpractice defense, class actions, trade secret litigation, and commercial and business torts.


Laura L. Kennedy
Laura L. Kennedy
Partner
Cohen Kennedy Dowd & Quigley, P.C.
Company Website
Kennedy is included in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Best Lawyers in America. In 2007, she helped earn a $360 million verdict in a commercial tort trial, the second-largest verdict in the history of Arizona.


Timothy J. Thomason
Timothy J. Thomason
Member
Dickinson Wright/Mariscal Weeks PLLC
Company Website
Thomason has more than 29 years of litigation experience in federal and state courts. He focuses primarily on litigation involving professional liability, real property, financial institutions, trust and estate, commercial disputes, title insurance and escrow.


William J. Maledon
William J. Maledon
Member and head of litigation practice
Osborn Maledon
Company Website
A graduate of University of Notre Dame Law School and former law clerk for Justice William Brennan of U.S. Supreme Court, Maledon is recognized as one of the leading commercial litigation and trial attorneys in Arizona.


Jeffrey H. Wolf
Jeffrey H. Wolf
Partner
Quarles & Brady LLP
Company Website
Named among the “Top 50 Attorneys in Arizona” by Southwest Super Lawyers and listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007, Wolf’s national practice focuses on franchise and
distribution disputes.



Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Business / Corporate Law

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Joseph Crabb
Joseph Crabb
Partner
Squire Sanders
Company Website
Crabb focuses his practice on corporate finance and securities matters, including merger and acquisition transactions, public and private securities offerings, and counseling corporate
officers and directors.


Phillip Guttilla
Phillip Guttilla
Shareholder
Polsinelli
Company Website
Guttilla counsels emerging growth companies and multinational enterprises in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities and capital formation, hedge fund and private equity fund formation. He is also a CPA and a CFA.


Kevin C. Hunter
Kevin C. Hunter
Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Company Website
Hunter is a partner in Steptoe’s Corporate Securities & Finance practice. He counsels clients on business transactions including M&A’s, public and private securities offerings and joint
ventures. Hunter was recognized in the 2013 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers.


Robert Kant
Robert Kant
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Company Website
Kant has represented numerous large and small issuers of equity and debt securities in hundreds of securities transactions involving the sale of more than $20 billion of securities through virtually every major investment banking firm in the United States. He represents national, regional and local investment banking firms.


Jordan Rose
Jordan Rose
Founder
Rose Law Group
Company Website
In 13 years, Rose — a real estate and government relations specialist — has grown Rose Law Group into the largest woman owned law firm in the southwestern states. Rose’s passion is adding value to her clients’ business propositions – her goal being “to make my clients more money.”


Scott Dewald
Scott Dewald
Partner
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Company Website
Scott DeWald concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, financing and other commercial transactions, raising capital, joint ventures, executive compensation, new business formation, and complex and simple contracts.


Robert J Hackett
Robert J. Hackett
Member
Ridenour Hienton & Lewis
Company Website
Hackett’s practice focuses in the areas of corporate, securities and banking law, including public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He has represented issuers, underwriters, venture capital firms, financial institutions and purchasers of securities.


Melissa G. Iyer
Melissa G. Iyer
Shareholder
Burch & Cracchiolo
Company Website
Iyer has represented a number of governmental institutions in high profile cases involving education, civil rights, negligence and constitutional issues. She also has litigated securities
cases and business and partnership disputes.


Karen C. McConnell
Karen C. McConnell
Partner
Ballard Spahr LLP
Company Website
McConnell focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investment transactions. She also represents issuers in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities.


Robert A Royal
Robert A. Royal
Shareholder
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.
Company Website
Royal’s practice emphasizes incorporated dispute and director, officer and manager liability issues. His practice has been limited to business litigation and business divorce.



Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Employee Benefits & Insurance

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Floyd Bienstock
Floyd Bienstock
Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Company Website
Bienstock is a partner at Steptoe who leads the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice. He focuses on litigating insurance coverage and commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Phoenix Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year.”


Steven Plit
Steven Plit
Partner
Kunz Plitt Hyland & Demlong, P.C.
Company Website
Super Lawyers designated Plitt one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. He was named Insurance Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by Best Lawyers. Plitt was also designated as one of the Best Lawyers in America.


Michael E. Hensley
Michael E. Hensley
Partner
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.
Company Website
Hensley has been practicing employee benefits and insurance law since 1985 and has been selected to Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. Hensley shares his expertise in this field by actively presenting at seminars and conferences.


Gena L. Sluga
Gena L. Sluga
Partner
Christian, Dichter & Sluga
Company Website
Sluga is an AV-rated attorney who has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the 25 Top Women Lawyers in Arizona. Her practice emphasizes insurance coverage, and she is licensed in Arizona, Nevada and Texas.


Helen R. Holden
Helen R. Holden
Shareholder
Sacks Tierney P.A.
Company Website
Holden is a frequent writer on practical legal topics for employers. She is a member of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section and the Defense Research Institute’s Employment and Labor Law Committee.


Cindy L. Shupe
Cindy L. Shupe
Director
Fennemore Craig
Company Website
Shupe practices in the areas of pension and profit sharing, executive compensation, employee health benefits, taxation and tax planning for retirement accumulations. She chairs the firm’s ERISA and Employee Benefits practice and speaks nationally.


Kathryn A Honecker
Kathryn A. Honecker
Shareholder
Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint
Company Website
Honecker’s practice focuses on class actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States, representing plaintiff lasses in major consumer fraud, civil rights, employment and insurance sales practices cases and other complex commercial litigation.


Patrick T. Stanley
Patrick T. Stanley
Member
Comitz | Beethe
Company Website
Stanley is particularly experienced in litigating insurance cases, including bad faith, individual disability, employer-sponsored disability and professional liability coverage matters.


Anne L. Leary
Anne L. Leary
Shareholder
Gallagher & Kennedy
Company Website
Leary advises employers with respect to their 401(k), ESOP and other retirement plans, insured and self-insured health plans, and executive compensation programs. She counsels clients on ERISA fiduciary responsibility, ACA, HIPAA and COBRA issues.


Kurt M. Zitzer
Kurt M. Zitzer
Partner
Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.
Company Website
Zitzer is a litigation attorney whose practice focuses on insurance coverage, including writing coverage opinions and defending commercial insurance cases. He is also an experienced arbitrator and expert witness in matters regarding insurance coverage disputes, and bad faith claims.



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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Elects 3 Shareholders

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite announced that Jessica A. Benford, Darrell S. Husband and Andy M. Kvesic have been elected as shareholders in the firm.

Benford counsels clients on a wide variety of corporate matters, including formation and governance, capital raising strategies, private placements, and mergers, acquisitions and other business combination transactions. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006.‎

Husband represents and advises financial institutions, regional banks, private lenders, developers, builders and various other business entities and individuals in a wide variety of financial, corporate and real estate transactions. He received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2002.

Kvesic focuses on complex commercial litigation and includes prosecuting and defending civil claims related to real estate disputes, business torts, loan fraud, securities fraud, lender liability, class actions, and bankruptcy. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2006.

Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Bankruptcy / Reorganization

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Steven N. Berger
Steven N. Berger
Shareholder
Engelman Berger, P.C.
Company Website
Berger is focused on resolution of complex business disputes through effective representation of clients in bankruptcy or other reorganization proceedings, loan workouts, litigation and business transactions.
 
 


John R. Clemency
John R. Clemency
Shareholder
Gallagher & Kennedy
Company Website
Clemency is an Arizona State Bar Certified Commercial Bankruptcy Specialist with expertise across diverse industries assisting lenders, borrowers, secured and unsecured creditors, fiduciaries and asset buyers. Keen negotiator with courtroom experience in bankruptcy courts across the United States.


John J. Fries
John J. Fries
Shareholder
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
Company Website
Fries is a certified bankruptcy specialist recognized by the Arizona State Bar and American Board of Certification and regularly represents fi ancial institutions, businesses, trustees and creditors’ committees in complex bankruptcy cases and workouts.


John (Jack) J. Hebert
John (Jack) J. Hebert
Shareholder
Polsinelli
Company Website
Hebert is a nationally recognized leader in bankruptcy and insolvency law. For over 35 years he has represented trustees and receivers in insolvency proceedings and several large banks on their workout and bankruptcy files.
 


Thomas J. Salerno
Thomas J. Salerno
Partner
Squire Sanders
Company Website
Salerno co-chairs the firm’s international financial restructuring practice. He has extensive experience representing distressed companies, acquirers and creditors in financial restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, pre- and post-bankruptcy workouts and corporate recapitalizations.


Susan Boswell
Susan Boswell
Partner
Quarles & Brady LLP
Company Website
Named among the “Top 50 Attorney in Arizona” by Southwest Super Lawyers, Boswell brings more than 30 years expertise to her national bankruptcy and reorganization practice, representing both creditors and debtors.
 


Susan Freeman
Susan Freeman
Partner
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Company Website
Freeman is a partner who concentrates her practice on business bankruptcy and on appeals of all kinds. With experience serving as individual counsel and as co-counsel, she helps in all aspects of business bankruptcy.
 


Daniel E. Garrison
Daniel E. Garrison
Managing member
Andante Law Group
Company Website
Garrison has almost two decades of corporate restructuring, business bankruptcy and related experience with troubled business in the real estate development, retail, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, construction, agricultural, mining, airline, and high-tech industries.


Randy Nussbaum
Randy Nussbaum
Founding shareholder
Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C.
Company Website
Nussbaum’s 33 years of zealous advocacy in sophisticated, complex bankruptcy and insolvency cases has earned him high distinction nationally and locally and numerous peer-review awards. Nussbaum’s passion for the law is matched by his commitment to the Scottsdale community, his home for more than 50 years.


Lawrence E. Wilk
Lawrence E. Wilk
Shareholder
Jaburg Wilk
Company Website
Wilk has more than 33 years’ experience handling significant bankruptcy cases on behalf of trustees, creditors and debtors. Achievements include adjunct professor at ASU’s College of Law, Southwest Super Lawyer, Arizona’s Top Lawyers, rated AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell and a Master in the Arizona Bankruptcy Inn of Court.



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2014 Ranking Arizona Platinum Hall of Fame Inductees

On April 03, the 2014 Best of the Best Awards celebration was held at The Venue of Scottsdale where Ranking Arizona recognized the companies that Arizona’s public ranked as their favorites to do business with.

Congratulations to the 2014 Ranking Arizona Platinum Hall of Fame inductees:

Brycon Construction

Category: Manufacturing/Technology: Cleanroom Design
Principal(s): Bryant W. Lemon Sr., Bill Lemon, Peggy S. Lemmon

Core Construction, Inc.

Category: Contractors: General, 46-99 staff
Principal: Jim Jacobs

Health Net of Arizona Inc.

Category: Healthcare: HMO’s
Principal: Rose Megian, President & CEO

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Mukai Greenlee & Company P.C.

Category: 7-15 CPA’s
Principal(s): Louie A. Mukai, Patrick W. Greenlee

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Southwestern Business Financing Corp.

Category: Finance/Professional: SBA Lenders
Principal: Teresa Mandelin

Speedie & Associates, Inc.

Category: Geo Material Testing
Principal(s): Gregg A. Creaser, Brett P. Creaser, Donald L. Cornelson

Sun Eagle Corporation

Category: Contractors: General, 45 staff or fewer
Principal(s): Martin Alvarez Sr., Martin Alvarez Jr., John Alvarez

Wist Office Products

Category: Business Services – Office: Supply
Principal(s): Robert Wist, Ian Wist

Wolff Mechanical Inc.

Category: Real Estate Residential: Air Conditioning/Heating Companies
Principal(s): Martin Wolff, Lisa Wolff

Pictures from the 2014 Best of the Best Awards celebration:


AZ Business Magazine March/April 2014

Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker

Fulton Homes Presents $76,500 to Suns Charities

Monday night just before tip-off of the Phoenix Suns-Memphis Grizzlies game, Fulton Homes Vice President Dennis Webb presented a $76,500 check to Suns Charities for the season-long “Proud to Own the 3-Point Zone” program. Throughout the season the Tempe-based homebuilder paid $100 each time a Suns player drained a three-point shot. Monies collected will go to support the U.S. Navy League, an organization that serves and supports all sea services of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines, the Joe Foss Institute and the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA).

For more than ten years Fulton Homes has partnered with the Suns to give back to a wide variety of charitable organizations. Last year through the 3-Point Zone program Fulton Homes donated $46,000, which was shared with the Youth Assistance Foundation and CAMRA.

“Fulton Homes is happy that the great success the Suns had this season will benefit the U.S. Navy League, the Joe Foss Institute and CAMRA,” said Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton. “Fulton Homes is dedicated to giving back to a community that has given so much to our family throughout the years.”

Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Banking

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Mark S. Bosco
Mark S. Bosco
Shareholder
Tiffany & Bosco
Company Website
Bosco has established one of the largest, most qualified banking, financial services, foreclosure (trustee sales), bankruptcy, forcible detainer, mediation and REO practices in the nation. His practice includes all banking and real estate related litigation.


Stanly D. Mabbitt
Stanley D. Mabbitt
Of counsel
Ballard Spahr LLP
Company Website
Mabbitt counsels financial institutions and other consumer financial services providers on compliance with state and federal law and implementation of lending programs. He has worked at the Federal Reserve and at one of the nation’s largest banks.


James E. Brophy
James E. Brophy
Shareholder
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
Company Website
Brophy is experienced in insurance and banking law, including the formation and licensing of insurance and reinsurance companies and banks and providing counseling concerning the regulation of banks and insurance companies. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America® for 2005-2012.


Robert J. Novak
Robert J. Novak
Member
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC
Company Website
Novak assists banks, private and public, officers, directors, and shareholders in issues from regulatory compliances, dispute resolution, deal structures, bankruptcy issues and related matters.
 
 


Tia Cottey
Tia Cottey
Partner
Bryan Cave LLP
Company Website
Cottey’s practice emphasizes all aspects of real estate finance and real estate capital markets, including the representation of lenders, commercial mortgage loan servicers, special servicers, participants, and co-lenders.


Mathew Mehr
Matthew Mehr
Partner
Quarles & Brady LLP
Company Website
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated and honored annually since 2006 by The Best Lawyers in America, Mehr focuses in the areas of real estate, commercial and tax- exempt finance.


Erick Durlach
Erick Durlach
Shareholder
Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA
Company Website
Durlach handles a broad range of commercial litigation, including banking matters, business torts, and contract disputes arising out of a variety of contexts, such as construction and employment agreements.
 
 


Julie Rystad
Julie Rystad
Shareholder
Gallagher & Kennedy
Company Website
Rystad represents parties in various commercial finance transactions, including asset-based, equipment, and real estate loans and leases. In addition to structuring, negotiating and documenting client transactions, she advises clients in workouts and restructuring distressed loans.


Brent Gardner
Brent Gardner
Partner
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Company Website
Gardner is a partner in the firm’s Finance and Bankruptcy group. For more than 28 years, he has represented lenders in major bankruptcy cases and in workouts of commercial and real estate- based loans.
 
 


Jeffrey Verbin
Jeffrey Verbin
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Company Website
Verbin brings more than 30 years of legal experience to his clients in the financial services, real estate and sports and entertainment industries. He has represented investors and new ownership groups in sports facility and hotel acquisitions and franchisors in multi-state financing transactions.



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Quarles & Brady Earns PHX Renews Corporate Partner Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that it has been selected to be the recipient of a “PHX Renews Corporate Partner” award from Keep Phoenix Beautiful for its pro bono work on the PHX Renews and Keep Phoenix Beautiful projects.

The award recognizes an organization for its dedication, leadership and passion for PHX Renews and Keep Phoenix Beautiful. Quarles & Brady and especially Sarah R. Anchors, an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office and a member of the Keep Phoenix Beautiful board, have been instrumental in moving the project forward and making a fundamental change to an important high-profile vacant lots in central Phoenix and surrounding communities. The firm will be honored at the awards program on April 10 in Phoenix.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Keep Phoenix Beautiful for the past few years,” said Anchors. “They have been doing incredibly important work, sustaining a city to be proud of.”

Arizona State University student team members Haylee Hilgers, right, and Jason Hyacinthe won the EMC Green Data Center Challenge at the Avnet Tech Games.

Avnet Tech Games Winners Announced

Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, announced the 2014 winners of the Avnet Tech Games. Close to 200 students from Arizona community colleges and universities competed head-to-head for top honors in the Avnet Tech Games Arizona onsite competition on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. In addition, college students competing on a national level in the Spring Virtual Avnet Tech Games had their work displayed and winners were announced during the awards ceremony at the onsite competition. Thirty winning students collected $1,000 each in scholarship money.

A panel of judges including technology executives, engineers and other business leaders selected the winners based on the students’ ability to meet the technical requirements of a task, apply innovative approaches to the solution and demonstrate professional skills. Nearly 76 teams of students competed in the onsite and virtual Avnet Tech Games, including 8 Arizona community colleges and universities: Arizona State University, ITT Technical Institute, seven Maricopa County Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, The University of Advancing Technology and University of Arizona.

The winners of the 2014 Onsite Avnet Tech Games are:

Cisco Networking Expert Battle
South Mountain Community College
Faculty Coach: Tom Polliard
Student Team Members: Huy Mai and Justin Woys

Desktop Domination
The University of Advancing Technology
Student Team Members: William Hartman and Kelly Stahlberg

Digital Design Dilemma
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Bassam Matar
Student Team Members: Michelle Smekal, Niccolo Horvath and Neel Mistry

EMC Green Data Center Challenge
Arizona State University
Student Team Members: Haylee Hilgers and Jason Hyacinthe

HP Build the Fastest Computer
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Eli Chmouni
Student Team Members: Troy Gerloff, Blake Knoll and Jeremy Morgan

Java Blitz
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Rameen Kaliqu
Student Team Members: Zachary Peshke, Samuel Slater and Larry Standage

Robot Race Obstacle Course
Mesa Community College
Faculty Coach: Bruce Carlton
Student Team Members: Richard Dale, Spencer Hall and Federico Ortega

Solar Scrimmage
Mesa Community College
Faculty Coach: Bruce Carlton
Student Team Members: Justin Arispe, Drew Carlson and Jennifer Hooker

Since the inception of the Avnet Tech Games in 2006, nearly $300,000 in scholarship money and prizes have been awarded to hundreds of the approximately 2,680 students and 215 faculty members who have participated in the competitions.

“The Avnet Tech Games provide a great opportunity for students to test their technical and strategy skills by applying what they have learned in the classroom to real-life scenarios,” said Joal Redmond, vice president of public relations for Avnet, Inc. “Students also had the opportunity to improve their communications skills by participating in a networking workshop and then practice those skills by meeting with Avnet and sponsor executives during a networking hour. Students win, schools win and business wins with the Avnet Tech Games.”

The annual multidisciplinary technology competition, composed of eight separate events, required students to work in teams to test their knowledge, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and technical skills. During the event, students showcased how they can make a difference in advancing business and improving quality of life by participating in competitions such as creating a solar-powered water-pumping system, racing to build a computer using refurbished parts and troubleshoot issues in the Windows 7 operating system.

2014 Spring Virtual Avnet Tech Games
The Virtual Avnet Tech Games were introduced in 2010 to expand the breadth of the onsite event by allowing students to compete on a national level. More than 115 teams competed in the Virtual Avnet Tech Games competition. The winners were:

Android App™ Showdown
ITT Technical Institute
Student Team Member: Bryan Geesey

Green Video Competition
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Eli Chmouni
Student Team Members: Dustin Allen, Kendra Charnick, Joel Parker and Brian Weeks

JDA Supply Chain Challenge
Southern Methodist University
Student Team Members: Aaron Barnard, Matt Mulholland, Tushar Solanki and Meredith Titus

“Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s virtual and onsite Avnet Tech Games, especially our winners,” added Redmond. On behalf of Avnet, thank you to all of our sponsors, business partners and volunteers for helping to make this year’s event a success.”

Avnet Tech Games 2014 sponsors included signature sponsors CA, Cisco, CDW, Datalink, DPAIR, EMC, HP, JDA, Kyocera, Microchip, Nimble Storage and Sungard.

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Piper Charitable Trust Announces New President & CEO

The Board of Trustees of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust announced today that Dr. Susan M. Pepin, nationally recognized medical educator, clinician, and researcher, will become the next president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, effective July 28, 2014.

Dr. Pepin currently serves as Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Recognized for her work to diversify the student body in the medical school and as a leader in the field of neuro-ophthalmology, she holds a B.A. from Yale University, B.A. and M.A. from University of Oxford, and M.D. from University of California, San Francisco. In June she will receive a Master of Public Health from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. She is a former Rhodes Scholar.

“We believe Dr. Pepin’s lifelong commitment to serve others in fields ranging from healthcare to education to culture makes her the ideal leader for Piper Trust,” said Jim Bruner, chair of the search, on behalf of his fellow Trustees.

”I am truly honored to be a part of Piper Charitable Trust’s work with nonprofit partners to positively impact the health and quality of life in Maricopa County,” said Pepin.

In addition to her extensive contributions in neuro-ophthalmology and her leadership in support of women in medicine, she is actively engaged in community service. She serves on the board of directors of Camerata New England, the board of trustees of the Hitchcock Foundation, and the steering committee of the Upper Valley United Way. She is also regional coordinator of the Association of Rhodes Scholars. Previously she served as a rape crisis counselor and a crisis/suicide intervention counselor.

“Sue Pepin is the ideal leader for a foundation committed to understanding a variety of challenges and opportunities facing our community,” said Judy Jolley Mohraz, retiring president and CEO. “She is compassionate, smart, and a quick study with amazingly broad ranging interests and expertise.”

Dr. Pepin is married to Anthony Dietz, an engineer and entrepreneur, and is the mother of five daughters.

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5 Tips to Prepare for Annual Review

For some professionals, it’s that time of year again: annual review season. While some may think of it as a chore, others choose to view the performance review as an important event worthy of significant thought and preparation. Guess which approach is better for your career?

Here are five tips from the experts at Robert Half International for making the most of your annual review:

1. Highlight your most notable accomplishments. Don’t assume that your boss has kept track of all your achievements. Compile a list of key contributions you’ve made in the past year and bring them with you to the meeting.

2. Quantify your contributions. Don’t just cite your successes; link them to the positive effects they’ve had on your company. Did you identify a new solution that saved your employer money? Did you increase your output despite taking on the duties of a colleague out on leave? Reflect upon your biggest accomplishments ­– and document them in detail.

3. Be optimistic yet realistic. Your hope is that your hard work will lead to a bonus and salary increase. It might. But don’t focus solely on your compensation. If a salary boost isn’t in the cards, remember that flexible work options or changes in responsibilities can boost your job satisfaction too.

4. Explore training options. This is an opportunity to pinpoint potential career growth. Consider asking if your employer will pay for some training opportunities. Have ready a list of conferences or classes that will help you build the skills you need to advance your career.

5. Don’t fear feedback. Rare is the employee who receives a perfect review. Be prepared to hear about areas in which you can improve.

Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Sawn K Aiken
Shawn K. Aiken
Shareholder
Aiken Schenk
Company Website
Aiken’s ADR skills are rooted in nearly 30 years of business litigation experience. Named “Lawyer of the Year,” 2012 (Mediation, Phoenix) by Best Lawyers, Aiken ranks among Super Lawyers® “Top 50 Arizona Lawyers” (2009-2013).
 


Christopher L. Callahan
Christopher L. Callahan
Director
Fennemore Craig
Company Website
Callahan chairs the Business Torts and Personal Injury practice and counsels clients on alternative dispute resolution techniques and participates in arbitration and mediations. He represents business entities addressing toxic torts, insurance coverage and commercial transactions.


Richard A Friedlander
Richard A. Friedlander
Member
Dickinson Wright/Mariscal Weeks PLLC
Company Website
Friedlander is an experienced mediator and arbitrator handling matters throughout the Southwest and has mediated and arbitrated a myriad of disputes involving construction, real property, title and escrow, contracts, bankruptcy, insurance, bad faith,  lender liability, employment and probate issues.


Alisa J. Gray
Alisa J. Gray
Shareholder
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.
Company Website
Gray’s practice is concentrated in alternative dispute resolution related to probate and trust litigation, elder law and administration. Retained and appointed in complicated class actions involving minors/decedents and as guardian ad litem or dispute resolution master.
 


Amy L. Lieberman
Amy L. Lieberman
Executive director
Insight Employment Mediation
Company Website
Mediator and arbitrator Lieberman resolves employment litigation, business disputes, executive and workplace conflict. She conducts neutral investigations, and is the author of “Mediation Success: Get it Out, Get it Over, and Get Back to Business.”
 


Mark A. Nadeau
Mark  A.  Nadeau
Co-managing partner
DLA Piper
Company Website
Nadeau is widely recognized as a leading litigator and commentator on international dispute resolution. He has represented clients in many high-profile disputes involving television, aviation, real estate, hospitality, energy, trade secrets and unfair business practice matters.


Paul Roshka
Paul  Roshka
Founding member
Roshka DeWulf & Patten
Company Website
Roshka is a commercial litigator and mediator who practices regularly before the federal and state courts, the SEC, FINRA and the ACC regarding securities issues and other general business matters.
 


Tod F. Schleier
Tod. F. Schleier
Founder
Schleier Law Offices
Company Website
Schleier’s success as a mediator is due to his experience in representing individuals and employers, as well as a belief that most employment-related disputes should be resolved short of parties expending significant time and resources on a legal battle.


David C. Tierney
David C. Tierney
Shareholder 
Sacks Tierney P.A.
Company Website
A veteran litigator and past chair of the State Bar’s ADR section, Tierney is a Best Lawyers selectee (arbitration and mediation) and member of the AAA Commercial and Construction Arbitration and Construction Mediation panels.


Jon Weiss
Jon Weiss
Partner
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Company Website
Weiss is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. As a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, he has a particular focus in the areas of professional liability, lawyer discipline, and complex business litigation.
 



Michael Phelps

Phelps will start comeback in Mesa

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa on April 24-26.

Bob Bowman, the swimmer’s longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps is entered in three events — the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly.

“I think he’s just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes,” Bowman said by phone from Baltimore. “I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback.”

Phelps returned to training last fall and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program. He has completed his six-month waiting period by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to be eligible for competition.

Bowman said Phelps is “pretty far” from being back in top form. He’s been training Monday through Friday with Bowman’s team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.

“He’s gotten back into good shape since September,” the coach said. “He can give a good effort and certainly not be embarrassed. He’s in enough shape to swim competitively.”

Besides Phelps, USA Swimming said Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky are among those expected to swim in the Arena Grand Prix at Skyline Aquatic Center.

Phelps turns 29 in June and is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He captured 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall at the last three Summer Games. He broke Mark Spitz’s record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008.

Phelps had vowed that he wouldn’t swim into his 30s. Since retiring less than two years ago, he has stayed busy with a chain of swim schools, a foundation focused on water safety and appearances on behalf of his sponsors. He devoted lots of time to golf and participated in a reality show with famed coach Hank Haney.

His camp is being low-key about the comeback.

“I think he’s just really enjoying it,” Bowman said. “He enjoys the training and being physically fit. He just kind of wants to see where he’s at. It’s more really for fun. It’s been nice for me to see him swim just for the joy of it really.”

In Mesa, Phelps will swim 100 free and 100 fly preliminaries on the first day. Then, if he qualifies, he’ll decide which race to swim for the evening finals, Bowman said. He’ll swim the 50 free on the second day and might swim the 50 fly “just for fun,” the coach added.

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Brewer OKs tax cut law for manufacturers

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses.

Brewer signed Senate Bill 1413 at a Capitol ceremony attended by a couple of dozen business leaders, calling it “another smart tax reform that will bolster job creation in Arizona and our competitive edge.”

The tax cut is expected to cost the state general fund at least $17 million a year. Brewer also vetoed money in the state budget designed to help counties make up for the losses, saying their loss was small and would set a bad precedent.

“Since becoming governor, my cornerstone priority has been to make Arizona as attractive as possible for new and expanding businesses, particularly for our manufacturing industry, which generates quality jobs and high-wage salaries,” Brewer said. “I want Arizona to be No. 1 and be the pro-business state in the nation and we have worked relentlessly to accomplish that.”

Later in the day, Brewer also signed a law providing a $5 million tax credit many say is aimed directly at Apple Inc. Senate Bill 1484 grants the tax credit to a company that installs at least $300 million in renewable power capacity to supply its own plant.

The governor touted other tax cuts, regulatory reform and business-friendly policies that she has championed since she took office in 2009. Those tax cuts have affected the state’s revenue, but she said they are important to growing the economy.

“When we bring in these new businesses it drives our economy, they bring in construction jobs, they bring in employees, they bring in money into the state,” she said. “So in the end, everybody’s ship rises.”

Brewer called for the elimination of the tax in her State of the State address in January, saying it was needed to make Arizona more competitive and draw new manufacturing to the state.

The bill received bipartisan support in both legislative chambers, although one conservative Republican in the House of Representatives dissented when it came up for a vote earlier this week.

Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, says the bill places a burden on rural counties that rely on that tax base. She and other rural lawmakers managed to get $1.3 million in the budget to make up for the cuts, but Brewer vetoed that money Friday afternoon.

“I am getting to the point that a lot of these special legislation bills that we are promoting are harming the state of Arizona, and they are harming our rural counties and our rural cities, and I don’t believe we are doing a very good job of doing what’s right for the right reasons,” Barton said during debate earlier in the week. She didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.

Others defended the bill.

“I think anytime we can support small businesses and reduce their taxes and large businesses and reduce their taxes, and allow them to reinvest in their business and reinvest in the communities and reinvest in their employees, I think we need to be looking for opportunities to do this,” Rep. David Livingston, R-Peoria, said.

Steve Macias, chairman of the Arizona Manufacturer’s Council and the operator of a machine shop that will get a small direct benefit from the tax cut, said it could bring in more manufacturing.

“Seventy percent, 80 percent of the business we do is right here in Arizona,” Macias said of his operation. “And almost all of that is to larger manufacturers, the General Dynamics of the world, the guys who make equipment for the solar industry. So when they attract those guys, I get excited because to me those are all potential customers.”

Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said 38 other states do not tax electricity use by manufacturers and cutting the tax will help the state.

“These are jobs that pay more than the median wage. They’re jobs that every other state competes for, and we’ve done something significant to make Arizona more competitive today,” Hamer said.

The tax credit bill drew the ire of conservative House Republicans, who said say the bill is unfairly tailored to benefit Apple’s planned Mesa sapphire glass manufacturing plant and picked winners and losers among the state’s industries.

Apple said in November it will open the plant and eventually employ 700 workers to provide material for its iPhone 5 cameras and fingerprint reading sensors.

The tax credit could also be claimed by other companies that build similar facilities. Tesla Motors Inc. is currently looking for a battery plant site and often mentioned as a possible candidate.

“We as conservatives have got to step away from this crony capitalist style of development,” Rep. Adam Kwasman, R-Oro Valley, said during debate on the bill Tuesday. “We cannot afford to pick winners and losers in industry. We believe in low taxes for everybody. We believe in simple rules for everybody.”

But the bill sponsor defended it, saying it was a small amount of money to help establish a large manufacturing operation. The Arizona Commerce Authority helped seal the deal with other incentives.

“I believe that they did the right thing to bring Apple here,” Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, carried the Apple bill, saying he did it because the Arizona Commerce Authority had made a commitment to the company as part of the deal to draw them here. “And the dollars are very small in the whole scheme of things with Apple being in the Valley. They could have gone to Texas, they could have gone other places and we wanted them here. It’s a good decision.”

Aerospace and defense industry - AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012

Davis-Monthan packs economic impact of $973 million

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson reports that its operations had an estimated total economic impact of $973 million in the 2013 fiscal year.

That’s down from about $1.14 billion in the 2012 fiscal year.

Including the effect of local military retirees, Davis-Monthan officials say the base pumped $1.47 billion into the Tucson-area economy in fiscal 2013. That total is down from $1.63 billion in fiscal 2012.

More than 10,000 military personnel and civilians worked at Davis-Monthan last year, including more than 7,500 service members and nearly 3,000 civilian employees and contractors.

The annual economic impact released Thursday includes the base’s payroll and spending on equipment, supplies and construction, plus a multiplier to estimate indirect effects like job creation.