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Hines completes 60,000 SF lease for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Hines, the international real estate firm, recently completed a 60,000-square-foot long-term lease for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli at its downtown Renaissance Square.

The Phoenix-based firm with 80 attorneys and 125 support staff will be relocating from mid-town Phoenix to the new downtown Phoenix location. The law firm specializes in trial practice, insurance law, personal injury defense, commercial litigation, defense of corporations, self-insured professionals, governmental entities, insurance companies and medical malpractice carriers.

Managing Partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli William D. Holm said, “Moving to Renaissance Square provides Jones, Skelton & Hochuli with greater access to the courts, and enables us to participate in the energy and vitality in downtown Phoenix.”

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is leasing floors 24 – 27 with a balcony reception area on the 27th floor.

Other major tenants at Renaissance Square include Bryan Cave, Ernst & Young, Gammage and Burnham, Quarles & Brady and The Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Renaissance Square is a set of twin downtown buildings located on a full-city block at 2 N. Central Ave. and 40 N. Central Ave.

Property Manager of Renaissance Square Steve Hamel said, “Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is a high-quality tenant that will serve as a dynamic addition to Renaissance Square’s mix of business and community leaders.”

Chuck Nixon with CBRE represented the law firm and Pat Devine of Cushman & Wakefield represented Hines in the transaction.


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.


Bryan Cave Elects Kyle Hirsch to Partnership

Hirsch.K.0224.P150_CroppedBy a vote of the partnership, the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP has elected 14 new lawyers to partnership in the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2015, including one new partner in Phoenix.

Kyle Hirsch practices with the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights and Commercial Litigation Client Service Groups. Hirsch’s practice primarily focuses on defending and asserting creditors’ rights in state, federal and bankruptcy court.

As a complement to his work on behalf of the firm’s clients, Hirsch uses his Spanish language fluency to provide pro bono legal assistance to members of the Phoenix community. He was named the Children’s Law Center Attorney of the Year for 2009 by the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project and one of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona for 2007 by The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. Hirsch is an active member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, presently serving as treasurer of the Association and previously serving as chair of the Bankruptcy Section. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Arizona State University in 2005 and a B.A. from Middlebury College in 1996.

“We are pleased to welcome Kyle into partnership. He has demonstrated an ability to provide superior legal services to our clients as well as a strong commitment to be a leader and contributor in our community,” said Jay Zweig, managing partner of the Bryan Cave Phoenix office.

Bryan Cave Partner Elected to State Bar Board

Hirsch.S.2013P_croppedBryan Cave LLP Partner Steven A. Hirsch has been elected to the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors. He will serve a three-year term in District 6, Maricopa County. Hirsch was installed on June 13 by Supreme Court of Arizona Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch at the State Bar Annual Convention in Tucson, Arizona.

The Board of Governors oversees the policy making and operations of Arizona’s mandatory bar. The Board is comprised of 30 people: four non-attorney, public members appointed by the Board; three at-large members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; 19 attorney members elected by fellow Bar members in their district; and four ex-officio members (immediate past president and the deans of Arizona’s three law schools).

Hirsch’s litigation practice concentrates on general business, utility and commercial litigation and has included several jury trials concerning eminent domain, contract and lease disputes, valuation of real estate, land use regulation and other government takings of undeveloped and improved land, income producing properties, utility property and certificated areas and water rights. He also has substantial experience in construction law matters, including the resolution of mechanic’s and materialmen’s lien disputes, public and private contract disputes, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in construction contracts and negotiating the terms of owners’, general contractors’, subcontractors’ and suppliers’ agreements and purchase orders.

Hirsch has served as President of the Arizona Bar Foundation, the State Bar of Arizona’s charitable arm, and was a founder and president of the Arizona Justice Institute, now known as the Morris Institute for Justice, a non-profit organization devoted to providing legal services and public policy initiatives regarding issues affecting the underprivileged. He is current President of the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, the charitable arm of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and is past chair of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona. He served as Co-Chair of Arizona’s Multi-jurisdictional Task Force, which studied and helped implement changes to the State’s Ethics Rules allowing better service to clients in other states’ courts. Hirsch is a former President of the University of Arizona Law College Association and has served on a wide variety of other boards and committees of the Maricopa County Bar Association, State Bar of Arizona and American Bar Association. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served as a judge pro tempore of the Arizona Court of Appeals.


GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO

Jay Tibshraeny
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
City of Surprise

Bryant Barber
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca


Bryan Cave Partner Elected NAPABA President

Bryan Cave Partner George Chen has been elected as President-Elect of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) for the fiscal year 2013-2014. He will be sworn into office on November 9, 2013 in Kansas City, MO. In 2014-2015, he will serve as President and will be sworn into office in November 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ, and in 2015-2016, he will serve as Immediate Past President and will be sworn into office in November 2015 in New Orleans, LA.  Chen has been a member of NAPABA since 1999 holding various positions within the national organization including Treasurer, Vice President for Programs and Operations, and Southwest Regional Governor.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 66 state and local APA bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

George Chen, an attorney with Bryan Cave since 1999, partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets.  His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters. Chen received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S.E.E. and J.D. from Arizona State University.  He is the co-inventor of 4 patents.


Attorney Enhances Bryan Cave’s Corporate Practice in Phoenix

The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP announced that Marcel Valenta has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as Of Counsel. He will practice within the firm’s Transactions and Corporate Finance and Securities practice groups.

“We are delighted to welcome Marcel to the firm,” said Jay Zweig, managing partner of Bryan Cave’s Phoenix office. “He will be a valuable addition to the firm’s international corporate practice as well as enhance the expertise we offer to clients in our Phoenix office.”

Valenta has more than 10 years of experience advising U.S. and foreign clients on acquisitions, divestures, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other business transactions. He also devotes a significant amount of time to representing emerging growth technology companies in an array of venture capital, private equity, securities and strategic transactions.

Before joining Bryan Cave, Valenta was Senior Corporate Counsel handling mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions for Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. Prior to his career with HP, Valenta practiced in the Silicon Valley office of an AM Law 100 global law firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and venture financings.

Valenta has an international background. He studied law at the University of Florence in Italy and received a J.D. from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 1999. After moving to the United States, he received his LL.M. (2000) and J.D. (2003) from Northwestern University School of Law. He is fluent in English and German and conversational in Italian. Valenta is admitted to practice in Arizona, California and Illinois.

Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiary Bryan Cave International Consulting provides trade and customs consultancy. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in over 30 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve client’ needs in the world’s key business and financial markets.


Arizona’s Top Lawyers – 2012 Healthcare – Intellectual Property

Arizona Business Magazine used its own research, solicited input from legal experts, and referenced professional ratings and rankings to determine the legal professionals who made the 2012 Top Lawyers list.

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Banking Healthcare
Business/Corporate Law Intellectual Property
Construction Litigation Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate
Environmental Law Securities and Corporate Finance
Estate and Trust Litigation Tax



Charles L. Arnold ◆ Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP
602-277-2010 ◆ frgalaw.com
Arnold specializes in mental health and elder law, serving the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, and the elderly.

Susan D. Brienza ◆ Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, P.C.
602-440-4885 ◆ rcalaw.com
Brienza is especially involved in issues concerning herbal products for women, and in biotechnology and nanotechnology issues.

Richard B. Burnham ◆ Gammage & Burnham PLC
602-256-0566 ◆ gblaw.com
Burnham has developed an extensive commercial litigation, administrative law and legislative practice which has evolved to emphasize health care reimbursement matters.

Frederick M. Cummings ◆ Jennings Strouss
602-262-5903 ◆ jsslaw.com
Cummings has extensive trial experience in the areas of health care, medical malpractice and medical products liability defense litigation.

Richard Davis ◆ Mesch Clark & Rothschild PC
520-624-8886 ◆ mcrazlaw.com
Davis’ practice areas include healthcare and cases that involve products liability, condemnation matters and medical malpractice.

Bill Drury ◆ Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA
602-307-9900 ◆ rcdmlaw.com
Drury has a strong track record of success in defending medical malpractice and negligence claims, regulatory claims and administrative claims.

Barry D. Halpern ◆ Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
602-382-6345 ◆ swlaw.com
Halpern’s practice is focused in business and health care matters.

Roger N. Morris ◆ Quarles & Brady LLP
602-229-5200 ◆ quarles.com
Morris is chairman of Quarles & Brady’s Health & Life Sciences Industry Group.

Lawrence J. Rosenfeld ◆ Greenberg Traurig
602-445-8502 ◆ gtlaw.com
Rosenfeld has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of health law and administrative law.

Beth J. Schermer ◆ Coppersmith Schermer & Brockelman PLC
602-381-5462 ◆ csblaw.com
Schermer’s legal practice concentrates in health care transactions, regulation, and operations.


Karin Scherner Aldama ◆ Perkins Coie LLP
602-351-8270 ◆ perkinscoie.com
Aldama focuses her practice on commercial and appellate litigation, with particular emphasis on complex commercial cases and issues relating to intellectual property protection, privilege law, choice-of-law, and cross-border litigation.

Glenn S. Bacal ◆ Bacal Law Group PC
480-245-6233 ◆ ipdepartment.net
Bacal Law Group focuses on intellectual property, including litigation, administration, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, noncompetes, rights of publicity, and appellate advocacy.

George C. Chen ◆ Bryan Cave LLP
602-364-7367 ◆ bryancave.com
Chen’s practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.

Bruce Converse ◆ Steptoe & Johnson
480-257-5274 ◆ steptoe.com
Converse is a member of the Litigation Department and Intellectual Property group. He has a broad range of experience in commercial litigation at both trial and appellate levels.

John E. Cummerford ◆ Greenberg Traurig, LLP
602-445-8377 ◆ gtlaw.com
Cummerford’s practice focuses on the legal and business needs of established and emerging growth companies, with particular emphasis on software, Internet, hardware and related businesses.

R. Lee Fraley ◆ Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
602-382-6250 ◆ swlaw.com
Fraley offers clients a unique blend of intellectual property counseling, IP rights enforcement and defense, as well as aggressive negotiation of IP-related transactions and acquisitions.

Robert J. Itri ◆ Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
602-530-8019 ◆ gknet.com
Itri focuses on intellectual property and securities related litigation, arbitration and enforcement proceedings, contract, trade secret, business tort and shareholder litigation.

Ron Kisicki ◆ Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
480-659-2213 ◆ woodsoviattgilman.com
Kisicki is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent Office, and concentrates his practice in intellectual property law.

Peter Kozinets ◆ Steptoe & Johnson
480-257-5250 ◆ steptoe.com
Kozinets concentrates his practice on complex litigation, with particular focus on media and constitutional law, intellectual property litigation and commercial disputes.

Brian W. LaCorte ◆ Ballard Spahr LLP
602-798-5449 ◆ ballardspahr.com
LaCorte’s practice is focused on patent, trademark, and copyright litigation as well as IP transactional work.

Albert L. Schmeiser ◆ Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts
480-655-0073 ◆ iplawusa.com
Experienced in all areas of intellectual property protection, transfer and enforcement, including preparation of patent applications and prosecuting same, patent appeals and interferences.

Maria Crimi Speth ◆ Jaburg & Wilk P.C.
602-248-1000 ◆ jaburgwilk.com
Speth assists clients in protecting their intellectual property through preventative measures to avoid disputes, and taking aggressive measures when disputes arise.

Arizona Business Magazine has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is a complete or exhaustive list of the top lawyers in Arizona, and hereby disclaims any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein.

Arizona Business Magazine March/April 2012