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Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh: Most Influential Women


Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh, vice president and general counsel, Honeywell Aerospace Mountcastle-Walsh leads 280 legal, contracts and compliance professionals who provide transactional support for $130 billion in program wins. Greatest accomplishment: “Building a high performing, diverse global team with employees in 11 countries.” Childhood aspiration: “I always wanted to be a lawyer, but loved running a family-owned fruit… Read More →

NewLAWu.s. adds Micah Larripa as member attorney

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NewLAWu.s. has announced that Micah Larripa has joined with the firm as an attorney to practice in the areas of real estate, business and military/veterans law.  NewLAWu.s. is a national law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality work and service delivered by exceptional attorneys who choose an alternative business model to the traditional practice… Read More →

Dion Messer: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Dion Messer, general counsel — intellectual property, Limelight Networks Messer is an experienced IP professional, winning litigation and taking Limelight from just two issued patents to more than 120. She owned her own successful software training company and is renowned as a digital signal processing engineer with nine patents. Greatest accomplishment: “Winning Limelight’s U.S. Supreme Court… Read More →

Best Lawyers in America: Fennemore Craig

Fennemore Craig has announced that 95 attorneys, 60 of which are in the firm’s Phoenix office, were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016, regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. Of the 60 attorneys recognized, six attorneys… Read More →

Stacey L. Lihn: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Stacey L. Lihn, paralegal, Gallagher & Kennedy Lihn was the first parent elected as a public member of the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation. Lihn has been an effective advocate for cardiac and pediatric health care since 2009, when her daughter was diagnosed in utero with a severe congenital heart defect. Greatest accomplishment: “Mastering the art of… Read More →

Ryley Carlock attorneys earn Best Lawyers recognition Yanik Chauvin

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite announced that 18 attorneys have been ‎recognized in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. The attorneys recognized include: Arizona Fredric D. Bellamy (Information Technology Law and Technology Law) James E. Brophy (Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation – Labor and Employment) John J. Fries (Bankruptcy and Creditor… Read More →

Nona Lee: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Nona Lee, senior vice president and general counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks Lee oversees all legal issues for the Diamondbacks. She has previously served as counsel for the Suns, Mercury and Rattlers, among others. Greatest accomplishment: “Building a career in the industry that connects my passion to my profession and loving what I do.” Childhood aspiration: “I… Read More →

Ogletree Deakins earns Best Lawyers recognition


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, has seven attorneys from the firm’s Arizona offices that were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. The lawyers on the 2016 list were reviewed by their peers on the basis of… Read More →

Polsinelli earns No. 1 ranking in healthcare law


National law firm Polsinelli has claimed the top spot on Modern Healthcare’s 2015 Healthcare Law Firms Survey, acknowledging that Polsinelli has built the largest Health Care Practice in the nation. Modern Healthcare’s rankings are based on a blended score of health care lawyers employed in 2014 and American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) memberships. “This recognition… Read More →

Carolyn J. Johnsen: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Carolyn J. Johnsen, partner, Dickinson Wright Johnsen focuses on business restructurings and creating complex plans, strategies and structures for multi-million dollar companies in multiple industries. She serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Board and co-chairs the national alumnae of the Direct Women Board Institute, dedicated to advancing women to serve on corporate boards. Greatest accomplishment: “Attaining… Read More →

Melissa Ho: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Melissa Ho, shareholder, Polsinelli Ho, who was included in Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Hot List in 2013, practices law in the areas of government investigations and white-collar criminal defense.  Greatest accomplishment: “Being selected in 2014 for the Judge Learned Hand Award Emerging Leadership Award in recognition for my commitment to public and community service.” Childhood aspiration:… Read More →

Alisa Gray: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Alisa Gray, shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco Gray, a a certified yoga instructor at Desert Song Healing Arts Center, practices probate litigation and mediation. Greatest accomplishment: “Creating and maintaining balance among a thriving elder law practice, a young family, and yoga – a balance I draw on every day in my law practice, my teaching, and my… Read More →

Lori L. Winkelman: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Lori L. Winkelman, partner, Quarles & Brady LLP Winkelman is serving a three-year term as a Ninth Circuit lawyer representative; is vice president of Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court; and is among Southwest Super Lawyers’ Top 25 female lawyers. Childhood aspiration: “I was a late bloomer and didn’t go to law school until I was… Read More →

Ladder Down helps female attorneys rise in profession

Alison Christian, shareholder at Christian Dichter & Sluga.

More women are becoming lawyers, but they are struggling to earn positions as equity partners and shareholders at their firms. “The real issue is that institutional obstacles have been in place that have made it very difficult for women to excel,” said Alison Christian, shareholder at Christian Dichter & Sluga. Christian and Beth Fitch, founding… Read More →