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Richardson Joins Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner As Partner

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. announced that Scott J. Richardson has joined the firm as a partner.  He will focus on insurance and pest control regulatory issues.

“Scott is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts in Pest Control and Landscape regulatory matters not only in Arizona but across the nation”, said Randy Nussbaum, Managing Partner of Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner P.C.  “We’re excited that Scott has agreed to join our team and that he is helping us grow our practice areas to include insurance and pest control regulatory issues.”

“Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner is a growing firm that is the perfect fit for me as I continue to expand my client base, many of which are in the pest control industry,” said Richardson.  “I’m excited to join this talented team of legal professionals.”
Richardson will continue to serve as Counsel and lobbyist to the Arizona Pest Management Association.  An author of numerous articles and books related to the pest-control industry, he also teaches courses approved for credit by the Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission.

Richardson is a member of The National Pest Management Association, The Arizona Pest Professionals Organization, Arizona Landscape Contractors Association, and The Arizona Pest Management Association and was recently an Executive Council Member of the Administrative Law Section of the Arizona State Bar.

He is also active in his local school district and was Founder of the Horizon High School Booster Club, Founding Board Member of the Paradise Valley Education Foundation, Founder of Farewell Fiesta (an all-night drug and alcohol free party for Horizon High School graduates, attended annually by 1000 students and now in its 21st year), and Chairman of the Foundation for Public Education in the Paradise Valley School District.

Richardson earned his J.D. from DePaul University in 1974.


Centennial Time Capsule Completes Journey

A time capsule to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt Dam was delivered to the dam today and placed in the tunnel area, where it will remain until it is opened for the structure’s 150th anniversary in 2061.

The new time capsule, filled with new items that best describe water and power and how they impact residents of the Salt River Valley, replaces the original version that was installed at the dam in 1961 and then opened in the spring of 2011.

During the run-up to the Roosevelt Dam Centennial in March 2011, Salt River Project invited employees and customers to contribute ideas via Facebook and e-mails for the contents of the new capsule, which was themed, “How water and power influence our lives in the desert we call home.”

Currently, background information, diagrams and pictures related to the time capsule are on display at the Tonto Basin Visitors Center. Eventually, there will be a permanent display at the Dam lookout point, said Ileen Snoddy, community outreach representative for SRP.

“We felt the time capsule would be a great way to preserve the history of this great area of Arizona,” said Snoddy.  “The items in the time capsule capture the spirit of SRP and of water reclamation in Arizona. It’s exciting to imagine what the reaction will be at the 150th anniversary in 2061.”

Among the items included in the new time capsule:
* Copper shavings from the 1961 time capsule
* A digitized Roosevelt Dam Centennial video
* Centennial issue of Pulse, the SRP employee newsletter
* Paper SRP power and water bills
* List of SRP employees and Board/Council members in 2011 and an SRP employee badge
* SRP bylaws
* A cell phone, iPod, music CD, movie DVD, incandescent light bulb
* Arizona state quarter
* Aerial photo of metro Phoenix
* Arizona Diamondbacks baseball ticket from March 18, 2011, game

Before it was sealed in April, the Centennial time capsule and its new contents were on display during the spring and summer of 2011 at Phoenix-area museums, including the Arizona Science Center, Scottsdale Historical Society Little Red Schoolhouse, River of Time Museum and Superstition Mountain Historical Society.

Also on display on the centennial museum tour were items from the first Roosevelt Dam time capsule, which was embedded in the dam in 1961 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration. Some of the items from the time capsule marking the first 50 years included:
* A telegram from President John F. Kennedy
* A roster of people present at the Golden Jubilee on March 18, 1961, and a copy of the official invitation to special guests and dignitaries
* Articles of Incorporation and bylaws of the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association
* Bylaws of the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District
* A copy of the Kent Decree, which has done much to set the pattern of water rights
* Roster of SRP employees in 1961
* SRP’s 1961 Annual Report
* Special issue of the SRP CURRENT News, which launched the Golden Jubilee celebration
* April 1961 Arizona Highways magazine titled “Water and the Thirsty Land”
* Two proclamations by Phoenix Mayor Sam Mardian Jr. and Arizona Gov. Paul J. Fannin declaring March 18, 1961, as the Theodore Roosevelt Dam Golden Jubilee

Dedicated in March 1911, Theodore Roosevelt Dam is the cornerstone of a system of waterways managed by SRP that has served as an economic catalyst in creating the Phoenix metropolitan area.  Hydroelectric power from the dam and the reliable water supply it provided helped grow the Valley’s rural areas into one of the more prosperous communities in the Southwest.

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Circle K Raises $5.3 Million for UCP of Central Arizona

Through fundraising efforts at local stores and events throughout the State of Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada, Circle K employees, customers and vendors generously helped raise over $5.3 million for UCP of Central and Southern Arizona, and Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, Nevada.    The funds donated support the organizations’ mission to help children and adults with disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and cerebral palsy.   Donations are collected every day when Circle K employees ask customers to donate their extra change at the register to benefit families and children with disabilities.  And vendors participating in the Aces High and Desert Klassic golf tournaments result in additional funding for UCP of Central Arizona’s important mission.

UCP would like to acknowledge Circle K for its extraordinary efforts in supporting UCP and its families.  “Circle K promotes a culture that is deeply rooted in corporate responsibility, giving back to the community and making a positive difference in the lives of others,” said Armando Contreras, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona.  “UCP has been working in collaboration with Circle K for over 30 years, and with their help, thousands of children, adults and families have received the essential services they desperately need.  Because of the generosity from Circle K employees, customers and vendors, we have children and adults who were given the opportunity to speak their first words, take their first step, and give a loved one a hug for the first time,” he added.

“Our record contribution level this past year is testament to the caring and generous community spirit of everyone we have the great privilege to employ and serve,” said Paul Rodriguez, Vice President of the Arizona Division of Circle K.   “Our 30 year partnership speaks not just to the sincerity of the effort but also to the good and important work being done by UCP. Breakthroughs happen every day at the Dozer Center that our employees have the honor to witness and participate in. It lends greater meaning and higher purpose to each and every workday at Circle K. Everyone benefits,” Rodriguez added.

Circle K will be honored at United Cerebral Palsy’s annual event, Champions in Life Night Gala, scheduled for the evening of November 15, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton-Phoenix.  Circle K will be receiving the Laura Dozer Award, named after the daughter of Rich and Karie Dozer, who had cerebral palsy and passed in 2008.

Founded in 1952, the Central Arizona chapter of the nationally recognized agency has served as a private, non-profit health and human service organization for adults and children with disabilities and their families. UCP of Central Arizona’s programming is designed to help children and adults reach their full potential and improve the quality of life of their family members.

UCP is committed to creating possibilities and nurturing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. To accomplish our vision, we’ve become a leader in providing therapies, independent living services, inclusive and integrated educational based programs, innovative social opportunities, and basic research. We also bring support to families as they face the daily challenges of raising a child with a disability and hope for a life without limits for their son or daughter.

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Hake Joins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced today that Alana C. Hake has joined the firm as an associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. She will practice environmental and natural resources law, specializing in environmental remediation work for the mining industry.

Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, Hake was an associate at a Phoenix law firm where she practiced environmental, energy, and regulatory law. She has significant experience analyzing and preparing legal memoranda on environmental, energy and regulatory issues. Hake has also successfully represented clients with regulatory compliance and licensing needs before several state regulatory agencies, including the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.

Hake earned her J.D., summa cum laude, in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.S., summa cum laude, in 2005 from The Master’s College. She is a Blackstone Legal Fellow for Alliance Defending Freedom and a volunteer for The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

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Central Phoenix Women Announce New Leadership

Deborah Lavinsky, financial advisor with Securus Financial Group, Inc., has been named director to lead Central Phoenix Women.

New advisers for the organization are Hillary P. Gagnon, Esq. a partner with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, L.L.P.; and Meghan Mulligan an accountant with On the Money, LLC. The three new leaders were introduced at the May monthly meeting at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix and will serve for 12 months.

Lavinsky has over three decades of experience in the personal finance, wealth management, and philanthropic fields.  She has extensive experience working effectively with professionals, pre-retirees, women in transition and business owners on retirement income planning, estate planning, business succession planning and long-term care.  She serves as a non-public arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA). A respected national speaker and author, a financial literacy advocate, and lifelong volunteer, she can often be found teaching financial literacy courses, fundraising for genetic research, or promoting a women’s leadership program.  Prior to her career in financial services, Deborah performed as principal flutist in numerous symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe. She holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses and AZ, CA, FL, OH and UT life insurance licenses. She is an Investment Advisor Representative and has earned the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) designation through the College for Financial Planning.  Lavisky is a passionate Pilates practitioner, triathlete, knitter, and golfer as well as a devoted wife to her husband Arthur, mother of two grown children and one energetic Yorkie.

Hillary Gagnon’s practice emphasizes estate planning and probate, as well as commercial litigation.  Particularly, Ms. Gagnon’s estate planning work consists of assisting clients develop and prepare a personalized estate plan appropriate for their individual and family needs.  An estate plan may include, among other things a will, revocable living trusts, special needs trust for a disabled child or family member, irrevocable trust, life insurance trust, estate tax planning, power of attorney, health care power of attorney, and living will.  Ms. Gagnon’s trial and litigation experience includes commercial disputes, collections, employment and labor law, liability and insurance defense and construction law.  A graduate of Wheaton College (B.S. 1994) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1997), she joined the Firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2005.

Meghan Mulligan empowers individuals and business owners by helping them gain control of their financial record keeping. With seven years of experience and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Accounting, she brings the knowledge of accounting principles and comprehensive experience to the table when assisting people across numerous business fields. By helping her clients take control and manage their bookkeeping she reduces stress and helps her clients feel more secure in their monetary based decisions. Meghan has a passion for helping diagnose and correct business and personal financials left in any state. She specializes in “fixing” QuickBooks files that may be giving the business owners and their staff problems. When not working, Meghan volunteers with the Thunderbird High School girls’ soccer program and enjoys chasing after her young son.

Central Phoenix Women is an organization for women who have established themselves professionally and demonstrated commitment to the community. Members are individuals who wish to enhance their leadership by connecting with like-minded women to share information, ideas, contacts and opportunities. They value relationships that enhance their business, social and community endeavors.

More information and an invitation are available at Reservations are required.

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Clees Among ‘Nation’s Most Powerful Attorneys’

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that Joe Clees, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2013 list of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.” This is the fifth consecutive year that he has been selected by clients and colleagues for inclusion in the Most Powerful list.

Attorneys were named to the list based on their excellence in guiding employers through today’s ever-intensifying legal landscape. To make the list, attorneys must receive glowing recommendations from corporate counsel who have benefitted from their services and would hire them again. Listed attorneys typically also must have practiced for more than 20 years and have amassed a number of accomplishments, including defending companies in headline-making cases and holding leadership positions within employment groups both in and outside of their firms.

Clees, who has practiced employment law for more than 25 years, represents employers throughout the United States. He also counsels clients on a wide array of state, federal, and tribal compliance laws. He has served as the chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law section, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Affirmative Action Association and the Valley of the Sun Human Resource Association (VSHRA), and as employment law counsel to many industry and trade groups. Clees regularly speaks and trains on labor and employment law topics, both regionally and nationally.

Beyond the “Most Powerful Employment Attorney” award, Clees has been recognized as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-2013), including several years in the Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers, and is regularly included in Chambers USA (2005-present). He has been included in Best Lawyers in America (2006-present), and this year, was named by Best Lawyers as the Phoenix “Employment Law – Management” Lawyer of the Year. Clees has also been singled out as one of the “The Legal 500.” Locally, Arizona Business Magazine rates him as one of the “Top Attorneys of Arizona,” and the Phoenix Business Journal designates him as a “Best of the Bar.”


Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner Adds Two Offices

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. announced that David A. McCarville has joined the firm as a partner.  McCarville is expected to lead the firm’s growth and expansion in the Probate, Trust and Estates practice areas.

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. also announced that McCarville’s current offices in Casa Grande and Avondale will be renamed and maintained, marking a physical expansion for Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. from its Scottsdale offices into Pinal County and the West Valley.

“David’s addition to our firm is a triple crown winner for us,” said Randy Nussbaum, Managing Partner of Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner, P.C.  “In addition to being a great lawyer, David allows the firm to expand its practice areas to include Estate Planning and Probate, plus allows us to physically expand our presence beyond our Scottsdale facility into Pinal County and the West Valley.”

When not working, McCarville spends his free time with his wife Judy and their 4 young girls ages 11, 10, 6, and 2.


Amphitheatre renamed Ak-Chin Pavilion

Live Nation announced a partnership agreement with the Ak-Chin Indian Community that includes the naming rights for Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix.  The building will now be called Ak-Chin Pavilion. The venue will be host to an all-star lineup of performers this year including Pitbull & Ke$ha tomorrow night, Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice (6/25), Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (7/5), Kid Rock (7/24), Luke Bryan (7/27), Train (8/7), Rascal Flatts (9/12), Keith Urban (9/29), John Mayer (10/2), Depeche Mode (10/8), Jason Aldean (10/17) and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

“The Ak-Chin Indian Community has long standing roots in Arizona and have always believed that investing in our community is the right thing to do,” said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Louis J. Manuel, Jr. “We are excited about this partnership with Live Nation and working together to bring quality live entertainment to the Valley.”

“We couldn’t be happier to enter into this marketing relationship with the Ak-Chin Indian Community at our premier live entertainment venue in Phoenix,” said Maureen Ford, president of Live Nation’s Venue Network. “Their community and entrepreneurial spirit makes this sponsorship alliance a great fit, enabling them to reach, engage and connect with live music fans at our venue.”

Desert Sky Pavilion, which is operated by Live Nation, first opened in November of 1990 with a concert by Billy Joel. The 20,000-seat amphitheatre is used mainly for concerts but is also available for other functions and has hosted events such as graduations, seminars, speaking engagements & company outings. It also recently served as additional parking for the NASCAR race fans. The Pavilion is also the only Phoenix Point of Pride in Maryvale.


Dahn Yoga Victorious in Lawsuit

Dahn Yoga & Health Centers, Inc. announces the recent end of a highly publicised lawsuit by 27 former employees and members. The federal lawsuit that began in on May 22, 2009 officially ended on April 1, 2013. All claims in the lawsuit have either been dismissed by the Court or dropped by the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit against Dahn Yoga and its affiliates was filed in the US District Court of Arizona (Barba et al. v. Dahn Yoga et al, Case No. CV09-1115-PHX-SRB) and attracted media attention with claims that included fraud, undue influence, unfair and deceptive business practice, emotional distress, wage and hour law violation and civil RICO violations.  On November 3, 2009, Judge Susan Bolton dismissed a majority of the claims, affecting  nearly all of the 27 plaintiffs. In light of the Judge’s Order, the plaintiffs and their attorney filed an Amended complaint, but it did not strengthen their case.  Subsequently, on October 26, 2011, plaintiffs’ attorney, Ryan Kent, withdrew from the case. In his motion to withdraw, Kent acknowledged that he had  expected the case to be settled without protracted litigation.  As a result, many plaintiffs were dismissed by the Court or dropped their claims. Some even admitted in writing that allegations made in the lawsuit were not what they had intended or directly contradict their experience with Dahn Yoga.

The court rulings and the plaintiff withdrawals bring a difficult chapter to an end.  A statement by the current Dahn Yoga CEO expresses the company’s appreciation for the consistent support of its members, instructors, employees and friends. She states that in light of this experience “… we have made many important changes and despite the challenges we faced, we have emerged from this experience as better communicators, better managers, better business people and better citizens.”

Dahn Yoga & Health Centers, Inc. ( provides personalized service and exceptional facilities that teach a stylized practice of yoga based on Korean traditions. The word “dahn”, meaning “energy”, emphasizes the mind body connection as the key to health and well-being. Ilchi Lee founded the practice in South Korea before the first U.S. Dahn Yoga center was opened in the early 1990s. Acclaimed for health and wellness innovations and the integration of ancient and modern, Dahn Yoga has an extensive network of highly-respected facilities and instructors in seventeen states, and numerous affiliates around the world.


Armendariz named PR director for Banner East Region

Rebecca Armendariz, 27, public relations specialist at Banner Health, has been named public relations director for Banner Arizona East Region, effective June 24. She will oversee the public relations efforts at the following Banner Health facilities: Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center, Banner Goldfield Medical Center, Banner Heart Hospital, Banner Home Care and Hospice and Banner Ironwood Medical Center.

Rebecca Armendariz has served as a PR specialist at Banner Health since September 2008. She is also the vice president of the board of directors for Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, where she has held a board position since November 2009. Prior to joining Banner Health, Armendariz was an account coordinator at a local PR agency.

Armendariz received a bachelor’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 2008.

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Alliance Airport Advertising invests over $2.5 million at Sky Harbor

As one of the 10 busiest airports in the United States, Phoenix Sky Harbor serves as a gateway to a city on the move. Phoenix is home to four major professional sports teams, a multitude of destination resorts, and well-respected education, technology and corporate establishments. Now after a recent overhaul, the airport reflects the city’s status as a modern, vibrant destination. Sky Harbor’s new advertising contractor, Alliance Airport Advertising, has invested over $2.5 million in new media, including digital walls, oversized LED backlit signs, touch screen technology and interactive display areas. The recent installations will offer local companies a more innovative approach to reaching the over 40 million travelers served by Sky Harbor every year.

“All of the old equipment has been removed. We’ve eliminated visual clutter, replacing old signage with dynamic displays,” says Shauna Forsythe, president & CEO of Alliance. “There are fewer signs, but the look is streamlined and the impact is much larger.”

Advertisers can choose to use the new Baggage Claim Digital Network to deliver their message in high definition at every carousel in the airport. Passengers waiting for their bags or walking through the baggage claim area cannot miss seeing full-motion video on over 40 70” LCD screens. Ads will run about 10 seconds each on all screens, looping about every two minutes.

Local hospitality and transportation businesses will have more direct access to traveling customers thanks to technologically-enhanced Courtesy Centers inside all three baggage claims. Featuring new digital panorama walls, the Courtesy Centers are designed to provide a more engaging and informative experience for the customer.  Users can quickly direct-dial a hotel or shuttle, or use a touch screen to learn more about participating businesses, then direct-dial for reservations, order a shuttle, or even have a text message with more information sent to their smart phones.  For the advertisers, the option of content delivery direct to the user’s phone and the informative touchscreen interaction offer flexibility and a better way to talk to their customers when arriving in Phoenix.

Non-electronic media will offer high impact as well. Large-scale fabric banners will reside in high-traffic areas such as over elevators, concourse walkways and baggage claim, catching the eye with sharp graphics and brushed aluminum frames. Alliance will also work with advertisers to create custom sponsorships with interactive exhibits and displays. The area current sponsor Courtyard by Marriott, features a simulated hotel lobby complete with Wi-Fi and plush seating to re-create the guest experience.

In late June, potential Sky Harbor advertisers will have the opportunity to experience the improvements in person. Alliance will host a series of hour-long tours for interested businesses to see how the new innovations can impact their advertising message. All companies and organizations are invited to participate, particularly those with strong ties to the local community.

“Our vision is not to bombard travelers with commercial messages, but rather to provide a snapshot of what the Valley has to offer,” says Forsythe. “Our advertisers will represent the vibrancy and diversity that comprises Phoenix, from economic development and education to healthcare and cultural events and attractions.”

For more information about Alliance Airport Advertising contact Shauna Forsythe at 702-362-4777.  To inquire about advertising opportunities, contact Monica Farrell at 480-347-9015.


Dorsey appointed to Global TMA Emerging Leaders Board

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that J. Daryl Dorsey has been appointed to the Global Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Next Gen: Emerging Leaders Board.  The Global Emerging Leaders Board provides networking and education opportunities tailored to those turnaround professionals in the early stages of their careers, or new to the profession.  Dorsey has been a member of TMA for 4 years, and also serves on the programming committee and as Board Secretary for the Arizona Next Gen: Emerging Leaders Board.

Christopher R. Kaup, President of the Board of Directors of the Turnaround Management Association — Arizona Chapter stated, “Daryl’s role on the global committee of TMA is a great benefit nationally and also to the local business community. His involvement with TMA assists younger professionals internationally so they can gather extensive knowledge in the areas of restructurings and corporate renewal. TMA is the only international non-profit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management.”

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25 Squire Sanders attorneys earn distinction

Squire Sanders announced that 25 of its lawyers were recognized in the 2013 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers, among them are:

* George Brandon, Business Litigation
* Brian Cabianca, Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts
* D. Lewis Clark, Jr., Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense
* Joseph M. Crabb, Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate
* Peter W. Culp, Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources
* Craig D. Hansen, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
* Charles E. James, Jr., Bonds/Government Finance
* Christopher D. Johnson, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
* DavidW. Kreutzberg, Real Estate, Business/Corporate, Land Use/Zoning
* Jordan A. Kroop, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
* Steven L. Lisker, Real Estate
* Daniel Pasternak, Employment & Labor
* Timothy E. Pickrell, Mergers & Acquisitions
* Frank M Placenti, Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance & Compliance
* Lawrence J. Rosenfeld, Employment & Labor, Health Care
* Thomas J. Salerno, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, International, Alternative Dispute Resolution
* Christopher D. Thomas, Environmental, Environmental Litigation

Rising Stars Include:

* Jamie Daddona Brennan, Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance
* Jennifer R. Cosper, Bonds/Government Finance
* Gregory A. Davis, General Litigation
* Matthew M. Holman, Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate
* Laura Lawless Robertson, Employment & Labor
* Matthew Ohre, Business Litigation
* Sara K. Regan, Business Litigation
* Jacob B. Smith, Tax, Business/Corporate


Tiffany & Bosco Names Fischbach as Shareholder

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney William M. Fischbach III has been named as a Shareholder.  Fischbach concentrates his practice in commercial and civil litigation with an emphasis in real estate, banking, contract disputes, and personal injury. He brings over 13 years of leadership experience at the local, state, federal, and international levels, and in both the private and public sectors.  Will serves as Board Chairman for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Valley Young Professionals and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emerging Leaders Group.

Prior to joining Tiffany & Bosco, Fischbach gained invaluable courtroom and leadership experience in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.  He served as the chief prosecutor for the 101st Airborne Division, a criminal defense attorney in the 82nd Airborne Division, and an appeals attorney at U.S. Army Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Fischbach completed tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and the Republic of Korea, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge for his service in Iraq. He was honorably discharged in 2008 at the rank of Major.

He received his JD and MBA in 1999 from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA and a BS in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1994.

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Banner Health Center preview on June 29

West Valley residents can tour the new Banner Health Center in Goodyear from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29.The Center is designed to support high quality, convenient health care for the entire family.

Attendees will hear remarks by Banner Medical Group CEO Jim Brannon and Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord at 8:30 a.m., followed by a celebration including food, tours, giveaways, children’s activities and information about Banner Health facilities and services. Community members are invited to meet physicians and staff and even make an appointment.

“We want to become part of the fabric of the community by becoming the medical home residents look to for help in keeping their families healthy,” said Jim Brannon, chief executive officer of Banner Medical Group. “This Banner Health Center is designed to provide primary care to the entire family in one space. We want it to be the place you would choose for prevention, wellness, basic and complex medical care and the advice you need to thrive with chronic health conditions.”

At opening on July 10, staff physicians will include family practitioners and pediatricians. Banner Health Centers accept most insurance plans. The Center will be open extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Same-day appointments will also be available. Laboratory and X-ray services are also on-site.

Banner Health Center in Estrella will also be the gateway to the incredibly comprehensive services offered throughout Banner Health system, including Banner Estrella Medical Center and specialty facilities such as Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Concussion Center.

This location at 9780 South Estrella Parkway joins the existing Banner Health Centers offering health care where you want it and how you want it in Gilbert, Queen Creek, Surprise, Verrado and Maricopa, Ariz. as well as South Loveland, Colo. For more information on the Banner Health Center in Estrella, visit

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Scottsdale League for the Arts Appoints Board Member

Susan E. Wells, partner of business law firm Jaburg Wilk, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale League for the Arts.

The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a non-profit volunteer organization supporting artists, arts programs and education through fundraising and special events, including the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Funds raised are granted to arts-focused organizations.

Wells has been a member of the organization for three years and has been actively involved for five. In April 2013, she chaired the VIP Passport to the Picnic Experience at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. She founded and chaired the “Take the Cake Competition,” a cake decorating contest for professionals and culinary art students that showcased participant’s creativity and talents to top pastry chefs and Wine Country Brunch guests. In 2014, she will co-chair the “Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner,” a culinary feast prepared by several James Beard award-winning chefs and held at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.

“The Scottsdale League for the Arts has issued millions of dollars of grant money to arts-focused organizations over its 35-year history,” said Wells. “This past year has been one of the League’s best years in terms of fundraising. I look forward to working with Jerry McMahon, the incoming President, and the League directors and members in making 2014 an even better year by enhancing the League’s legacy and positively impacting the community.”

Wells is an attorney at Phoenix Business law firm Jaburg Wilk. Practice areas include Business/Corporate law, Franchise law, Healthcare law and Employment law. She is a 2008 Super Lawyer, listed in Best Lawyers of America, named 2012 Best Lawyers in Franchise Law and named 2013 Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers. Wells has achieved the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.


Banner Goldfield Medical Center will open on Friday

Banner Goldfield Medical Center (formerly Arizona Regional Medical Center) will open its doors for patient care at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 14.

The hospital has been temporarily closed for one month while Banner systems and practices were implemented. During that time, new technology and equipment was installed and hospital staff underwent training.

Banner Goldfield Medical Center, located on Ironwood and Southern roads in Apache Junction, Ariz., will provide state-of-the-art, patient-centered care to the communities of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon. The 30-bed hospital will offer an array of medical care, including: emergency services, intensive care, medical/surgical care, progressive care, surgery, imaging, pharmacy and lab.

Banner Goldfield is part of nonprofit Banner Health. Banner Health was recently recognized as a top health system in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. As a Banner Health facility, Banner Goldfield will uphold Banner’s standard of efficient and effective medical care.

The hospital will utilize electronic medical records to ensure the highest level of patient care management and recordkeeping. In addition, the highly skilled on-site care team will be paired with the latest medical technology to provide excellent patient care. Patients in the Intensive Care Unit will be monitored by the Banner iCare team, which provides 24-hour remote monitoring of patients by physicians and nurses via closed-circuit cameras and technology. Banner iCare staff will work hand-in-hand with physicians and nurses at Banner Goldfield to provide an added level of care for patients.

Banner Goldfield will work closely with Banner’s neighboring health facilities and specialty hospitals in the East Valley to meet the health care needs of each and every patient. Patients requiring advanced heart care will have access to Banner Heart Hospital, a center that consistently ranks among the top hospitals in the U.S. for heart care. Patients in need of pediatric care will have access to experts and an array of pediatric services at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. In addition, Banner Health offers specialized care to East Valley residents in the areas of cancer, high-risk obstetrics, orthopedics and weight loss on the campuses of Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Banner Goldfield Medical Center is located at 2050 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, Ariz. For more information, visit or call 480-733-3300.


HUD Supports Native American housing in Arizona

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $563 million to 353 American Indian and Alaskan Native entities that represent 539 tribes across the U.S.  HUD awarded 16 Arizona Native American communities $127.5 million provided through the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program.  These funds are distributed annually to eligible Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entities for a broad range of affordable housing activities (see local grants).

“Hardworking American families in tribal communities should be able to live in communities where they have a fair shot to reach their potential,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “The resources provided today will give these tribal communities the tools to maintain quality housing, prevent overcrowding, improve public safety and provide other basic building blocks of security and success.”

IHBG funds primarily benefit hardworking families, living on reservations or in other Native American communities, who don’t have the financial resources to maintain good homes, schools, or other key contributors to economic security.  The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.

Indian communities can use the funding for a variety of housing activities, including building affordable housing; providing assistance to existing housing that was developed under the Indian Housing Program authorized by the U.S. Housing Act of 1937; or other activities that create new approaches to provide more affordable housing for Native Americans. The funding is also used to offer housing services to eligible families and individuals; and establish crime prevention and safety measures.  The block grant approach to housing was established by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).

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Fennemore Craig Hires Legal Marketing Professional

Fennemore Craig, a full-service law firm based in Phoenix, is expanding its marketing team hiring Whitney Murray. As Marketing Manager, Murray will oversee the firm’s advertising and public relations efforts for Fennemore Craig’s offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Las Vegas, Reno and Nogales.

Relocating from Boston, Murray led marketing and new business efforts for Prince Lobel Tye LLP law firm. Murray’s areas of expertise, include marketing, business development, public relations, event management and corporate communications. Murray holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from Simmons College.

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Attorney Recognized as a Top Insurance Lawyer

Jennifer Erickson, a partner of Phoenix law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C has been selected as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law’ by American Lawyer Media and  Martindale-Hubbell™.

The awards are granted based upon peer reviews. Erickson has achieved the AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Erickson handles general insurance defense matters and coverage work, including a variety of tort defense litigation. She represents insurance companies, private businesses and municipalities.

“I like to look at a case as a puzzle or a who dunnit novel,” said Erickson. “There is a cast of characters; some are truthful and some are not. I look for the key to unlocking the puzzle then search for an efficient resolution. I’m always looking out for my client. The more I can teach them, the better they will understand and appreciate why we are doing what we are doing.”

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ranked in Five Specialties

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, the only Arizona hospital to make the highly coveted list.

Best Children’s Hospitals recognizes the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Across the country, 87 hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.

The following Phoenix Children’s subspecialties made the highly coveted list:
* Cardiology and Heart Surgery
* Neonatology
* Nephrology
* Neurology and Neurosurgery
* Urology

“It’s very gratifying to be listed among the best children’s hospitals across the country,” said Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children’s. “I offer sincere congratulations to the entire staff and physicians at the Hospital for their role in achieving this milestone. We’re delighted U.S. News & World Report has recognized our outstanding team again this year.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Each hospital’s reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of each hospital’s score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“Phoenix Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Phoenix Children’s brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.


Stone will lead Young Lawyers Division of State Bar

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC announced that Erik Stone has been named President-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Arizona.

Stone has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division since 2011 and has served on the Executive Board from 2011 to 2013 before being elected President.

Stone joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli as an Associate in 2010, and concentrates his practice on Commercial and Business Litigation; General Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense; Construction Litigation; and Wrongful Death and Personal Injury. Mr. Stone received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 2009, and is admitted to practice in Arizona and California. Prior to joining the firm, Stone served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Patricia A. Orozco, of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I.

The YLD is a dynamic community and professional service organization of the State Bar of Arizona, specifically created for new lawyers who are under 37 years of age, or have been in practice for five years or less. Presently, the Division has approximately 4,000 active members in the state, which constitutes nearly 33% of the total in-state active Bar membership.

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Dangerfield Rejoins Gallagher & Kennedy

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced that Mark C. Dangerfield has rejoined the firm as shareholder in the Litigation Department. Mr. Dangerfield practices in the areas of commercial and appellate litigation, including business torts and contracts, professional malpractice, securities and real estate.

Dangerfield left Gallagher & Kennedy in 2010 to assist Brigham Young University, his undergraduate alma mater, in high-stakes litigation against Pfizer Pharmaceuticals involving the blockbuster arthritis drug Celebrex. The case received national attention and was amicably settled in 2012.

In addition to his experience handling trials and pre-trial litigation, Dangerfield has managed Arizona appeals on many issues resulting in reported decisions and favorable settlements.  Dangerfield is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts.  He is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating and in Best Lawyers, commercial litigation.

Dangerfield earned his J.D. in 1986 from Harvard University and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Brigham Young University.  In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and ultra-marathons and has completed more than 60 marathons in 37 states and on all of the seven continents.

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Palo Verde Power Plant recognized for safety

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department recently acknowledged the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as a “STAR Site” through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).  Companies who are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive, safety and health management systems.

VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of recognition across all United States OSHA organizations. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems to achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average.

“We thoroughly inspected Palo Verde and found the most rigorous of safety standards were being upheld,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “Their team should certainly be proud of the strides they have made in order to ensure a safe working environment.”

ADOSH representatives conducted the audit of Palo Verde’s safety practices at the 4,250-acre plant site, located 55 miles west of downtown Phoenix. Palo Verde was presented with a STAR Status flag that was raised ceremoniously.

To qualify, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are re-evaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.