The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix office managing partner, Nicole Stanton, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Business Court Advisory Committee. This is a newly established committee, by order of Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, which is dedicated to examining current processes for resolving business cases in the Superior Court of Arizona, as well as reviewing business court models, processes, rules, and procedures in other jurisdictions.
In addition to her position as office manager partner at Quarles & Brady LLP and now serving on the Business Court Advisory Committee, Stanton is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. She also serves as a founding board member and past president of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum, as well as a member of Chart 100 Women.
Her experience includes defense of local and national law firms in legal malpractice actions and other business litigation disputes. She is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of law, teaching professional responsibility.
As a graduate of Valley leadership Class XXIX, Stanton was the YWCA of Maricopa County’s 2011 Tribute to Women honoree in the business leader category. She was honored as one of the 50 most influential women in Arizona. She received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
Bryan 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.
White Berch was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2002 and has been chief justice since 2009. Before her Supreme Court appointment, she was a Court of Appeals judge (1998-2002); Arizona’s solicitor general (1991-1994); a member of the ASU College of Law faculty (1986-1995); and was in private practice (1979-1986).
Surprising fact: “I officiated at a wedding for 100 couples on the steps of the Supreme Court on February 14, 2012, the centennial of Arizona’s statehood — and Valentine’s Day.”
Biggest challenge: “Each new job has posed challenges that seemed, at that time, to have been the biggest I’d faced … Patience, humor, hard work, good advisors and good friends are the keys to meeting such challenges.”