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Steptoe partner receives Torch of Liberty Award

Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner David Bodney has received the “Torch of Liberty Award” from the Arizona region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  Mr. Bodney was presented with the award at a gala celebrating the organization’s centennial held October 24 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

The “Torch of Liberty Award” was established to recognize individuals who have exhibited extraordinary humanitarian concerns, and whose everyday actions exemplify the principles on which the ADL was founded.  The league honors those who have shown, through business and community involvements, a personal commitment to bring together people of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds in the fight against bigotry and discrimination.  Previous recipients include US Senator John McCain and former Arizona governor and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“In every sense of the word, David is a true leader,” said Miriam Weisman, ADL Arizona regional board chair, and Bill Strauss, ADL regional director, in a joint statement.  “We in the ADL, and all Arizonans for that matter, have been lucky to have benefitted from his sense of justice and his ceaseless endeavors to make this a better place to live.”

Denise Resnik, co-chair of the dinner, added:  “David is a defender of your speech and mine.  He is an advocate for children, a trusted representative for those without a voice or a vote, and a trusted leader of leaders.  It is a privilege to honor him.”

At Steptoe, Mr. Bodney practices media and constitutional law, intellectual property and Native American law, and government relations.  He serves as adjunct faculty at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  Mr. Bodney is chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law and serves on the editorial advisory board of Communications Lawyer.  He is a past chairman of the board of the ADL (Arizona Region), and serves as an ADL national commissioner and a member of its National Civil Rights Committee.  He also serves as a national director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and has overseen its “Election Protection” efforts in Arizona.

“I am deeply honored to receive the ADL’s ‘Torch of Liberty’ award, especially as part of its 100th anniversary celebration,” said Mr. Bodney.  “For as much as the organization has accomplished to stop bigotry and hate in our midst over the past century, there is still much work to do.  ADL has shown me the importance of standing up to hate speech, whether it occurs in cyberspace or at the kitchen table.  History shows that when good people speak up, evil seldom takes root.”

In 2011, Mr. Bodney received the APS Peacemaker Award from Valle del Sol, a non-profit organization in Arizona.  In 2008, he received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee for community service.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner David Bodney

Steptoe Lawyers Receive Freedom of Information Award

Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner David Bodney and associate Chris Moeser have received a 2013 Freedom of Information (FOI) Award from the Arizona Newspapers Association, consisting of 120-member newspapers throughout the state.  Messrs. Bodney and Moeser were recognized at a reception held September 14 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix.

The winners of the FOI Awards are selected by the board of directors of the Arizona Newspapers Association and the Associated Press Media Editors.  The awards tell the story of how public information from government sources is used for the benefit of Arizona citizens.

Messrs. Bodney and Moeser were recognized for their work on behalf of KPNX Broadcasting Co., the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, on an investigative report called “Watching Tony Die.”  Through the lawsuit, Steptoe secured access to a videotape of prison guards who stood and watched an inmate bleed to death rather than render aid.  Steptoe also secured a $26,317.40 payment from the Arizona Department of Corrections to cover the station’s attorneys’ fees.  Messrs. Bodney and Moeser were nominated by the station’s news director to receive the award, along with the reporters Wendy Halloran and Mark Philips, and photojournalist Jeff Blackburn, who won the award for their newsgathering and reporting efforts.

Mr. Bodney, who has practiced media and constitutional law for more than 30 years, is chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law, the country’s premiere legal organization dedicated to the advancement of education in communications law.  He serves as adjunct faculty at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Mr. Moeser, who also practices media and constitutional law, received his law degree from the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining Steptoe, he worked as a criminal justice, general assignment and political reporter for The Phoenix Gazette and The Arizona Republic.

Steptoe partner Stephanie Quincy has been placed among the Top 50 Attorneys and among the Top 25 Women in Arizona.

Steptoe Phoenix Lawyers earn recognition

Five partners in Steptoe’s Phoenix office have received individual mentions in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA.  The prestigious legal guide identifies the leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers researchers with thousands of lawyers and their clients.

Fourteen Steptoe attorneys have been recognized in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers.  The annual list selects only five percent of the total lawyers in the region based on peer review and the publication’s independent research.

In addition to being named to the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list, Steptoe partners Floyd Bienstock, Pat Derdenger, and Stephanie Quincy have been placed among the Top 50 Attorneys, and partners Stephanie Quincy and Nancy White have been placed among the Top 25 Women in Arizona for receiving the highest point totals in the nomination, research, and review process.

The following Steptoe lawyers have been recognized in Chamber USA 2013:

· Floyd Bienstock — Litigation: General Commercial (Arizona)
· David Bodney — First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide)
· Lawrence Katz — Labor & Employment (Arizona)
· Stephanie Quincy — Labor & Employment (Arizona)
· Steven Wheeless — Labor & Employment (Arizona)

The following Steptoe attorneys have been recognized in 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers:

· Floyd Bienstock – Insurance Coverage (Top 50)
· David Bodney – First Amendment, Media, Advertising
· Bruce Converse – Insurance Coverage
· Ben Cooper – Appellate
· Pat Derdenger – Tax (Top 50)
· Dawn Gabel – Tax
· Kevin Hunter – Business/Corporate
· Larry Katz – Employment & Labor
· Kevin Olson – Business/Corporate
· Stephanie Quincy – Employment & Labor (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
· Karl Tilleman – Business Litigation
· Nancy White – Mergers & Acquisitions (Top 25 Women)

The following Steptoe attorneys have been selected as 2013 Southwest Rising Stars:

· Erin Bradham – Civil Litigation Defense
· Robert Vaught – Employment & Labor

Steptoe’s Phoenix office celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.