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Bryan Cave attorney is State Bar Member of the Year

Bryan Cave attorney Rodney Ott has been selected as one of this year’s Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. Ott was recognized on June 25 at the Foundation’s luncheon at the State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. The Foundation established this award in 2001 to recognize attorneys who have tirelessly given their time and experience to assist Arizonans who would otherwise have no legal resources.

Ott was nominated by the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) for his work helping an indigent client retrieve his down payment on a car.  Defects in the car became obvious within a few days after the client’s purchase of the vehicle.  The client sought to return the car, requesting a full refund of his down payment, but the dealership refused.  The dealership eventually repossessed the car, but then refused to refund the client’s down payment and instead made a substantial profit selling the car to another party.  Ott filed a complaint in justice court on behalf of the client, pursued the case for almost a year, and ultimately represented the client at trial before the justice court.  After taking the case under advisement, the justice court ordered the car dealership to return all of the down payment amount to the client.

Founded in 1981, the VLP unites those in need with volunteer lawyers whose counsel gives thousands of Arizonans hope for a better life. VLP is co-sponsored by Community Legal Services and the Maricopa County Bar Association.

Ott’s practices in the area of general business and commercial litigation and appeals. He has been involved in a number of jury trials and appeals concerning eminent domain, contract and lease disputes, valuation of real estate, and governmental takings of undeveloped and improved land. He represents developers and utilities in public utility commission matters, including cases involving the issuance and modifications of certificates of convenience and necessity. His practice includes appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Divisions One and Two. He also practices in the area of product liability.

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Phoenix Attorney Receives Top Pro Bono Award

Michelle M. Lauer, attorney at business law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. has been awarded Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education.

The foundation initiated the award in 2001 to recognize attorneys who give their time and expertise to assist Arizonans who do not have available legal resources.

Lauer volunteers her services with Community Legal Services through the Arizona State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program as well as the Probate Lawyers Assistance Project. Both programs provide legal assistance to low income individuals.

“It is thoroughly rewarding—gives me the warm and fuzzies to provide my services to those who need an attorney’s assistance,” said Lauer.

Lauer has worked over fourteen years in the legal industry gaining experience in Commercial Litigation, Probate, Adult Guardianships, Estate Planning and Appellate.

Jaburg Wilk is an AV rated Phoenix law firm, the highest level of professionalism according to the Martindale-Hubbell.

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Bryan Cave Lawyers honored for Pro Bono work

Bryan Cave LLP Phoenix Partner Megan Lennox and Associates PJ Rivera and Gustavo Schneider have been chosen by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education as recipients of its 2012 Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys In Arizona Award. The foundation established this award in 2001 to recognize attorneys who have tirelessly given their time and experience to assist Arizonans who would otherwise have no legal resources.

All three attorneys were nominated by Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP). Founded in 1981, the VLP unites those in need with volunteer lawyers whose counsel gives thousands of Arizonans hope for a better life. VLP is co-sponsored by Community Legal Services and the Maricopa County Bar Association.

Lennox volunteers her time each month at the Tumbleweeds Young Adult Center, where she counsels teens at their legal clinic. In addition, Lennox regularly works with VLP on child guardianship and adoption matters. She also recently obtained a sizeable award for an elderly woman who had been exposed to asbestos fibers as a result of faulty home improvement work. Lennox practices with the Environmental Group and has state and federal court litigation experience with an emphasis on Superfund cost recovery and defense, environmental and commercial insurance coverage claims and general commercial litigation.

Nominated for his work on guardianship cases, Rivera is a native Spanish speaker, and often serves VLP clients who do not speak English or are unable to understand the required paperwork and process. Rivera, whose own son suffers from Autism, also often handles cases for families with autistic children that need continued family support once they reach adulthood. Rivera is a member of Bryan Cave’s Intellectual Property Group and is a registered patent attorney.

Schneider was nominated for his work on adoptions, as well as adult and child guardianship cases. Like Rivera, Schneider is a native Spanish speaker who often works with VPL clients that do not speak English. In addition to adoptions and guardianship matters, he has also litigated and negotiated landlord tenant disputes for VPL clients. In 2011, Schneider was awarded the “For Love of Justice New Volunteer Attorney of the Year” award by VLP. Schneider’s practice at Bryan Cave focuses on commercial real estate and finance, with an emphasis on CMBS loan servicing matters.

“We very proud to have three of our attorneys included in the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys. This recognition reflects the dedication that these lawyers have to providing critical legal services to families unable to afford those services, as well as our law firm’s support of that commitment to providing access to Justice,” said Phoenix Managing Partner Jay Zweig.

Lennox, Schneider and Rivera were honored at a ceremony Saturday, April 6, 2013.