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Ryley Carlock Attorneys Selected by Chambers USA

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite had six attorneys from its Phoenix office selected as Leading Lawyers for Business in Arizona by Chambers & Partners.

“We are tremendously grateful to our clients who provided Chambers with the valuable insight into the work we provide for them,” said Managing Shareholder, Rodolfo Parga. “Chambers USA is a highly rigorous process and is a strong reflection of our commitment to understanding the challenges our clients face as business leaders. We are very honored to have received this acknowledgment for our lawyers.”

Chambers USA, the world’s leading guide to the legal profession, released its 2013 rankings for lawyers and practice groups. Chambers rankings are based on submissions put forward by law firms, interviews during the course of research and Chambers’ own database resources. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the highest ranking.

Ryley Carlock attorneys selected are:

Fredric D. Bellamy, Arizona, Litigation
James E. Brophy, Arizona Corporate and M&A
Michael D. Moberly, Arizona, Employment Law
Nathan R. Niemuth, Arizona, Labor and Employment Law
Michael Ripp, Arizona, Real Estate and Lending
Sheryl A. Sweeney, Arizona, Environmental, Water Rights

Chambers & Partners have been publishers since 1969. They are located in London, England, and publish United Kingdom, USA, and Global guides to the legal profession. Additional information regarding Chambers & Partners, its guides, and the selection process they use to determine the leading lawyers in the United Kingdom, the USA, and the World is available at http://www.chambersandpartners.com/.

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Scottsdale League for the Arts Appoints Board Member

Susan E. Wells, partner of business law firm Jaburg Wilk, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale League for the Arts.

The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a non-profit volunteer organization supporting artists, arts programs and education through fundraising and special events, including the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Funds raised are granted to arts-focused organizations.

Wells has been a member of the organization for three years and has been actively involved for five. In April 2013, she chaired the VIP Passport to the Picnic Experience at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. She founded and chaired the “Take the Cake Competition,” a cake decorating contest for professionals and culinary art students that showcased participant’s creativity and talents to top pastry chefs and Wine Country Brunch guests. In 2014, she will co-chair the “Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner,” a culinary feast prepared by several James Beard award-winning chefs and held at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.

“The Scottsdale League for the Arts has issued millions of dollars of grant money to arts-focused organizations over its 35-year history,” said Wells. “This past year has been one of the League’s best years in terms of fundraising. I look forward to working with Jerry McMahon, the incoming President, and the League directors and members in making 2014 an even better year by enhancing the League’s legacy and positively impacting the community.”

Wells is an attorney at Phoenix Business law firm Jaburg Wilk. Practice areas include Business/Corporate law, Franchise law, Healthcare law and Employment law. She is a 2008 Super Lawyer, listed in Best Lawyers of America, named 2012 Best Lawyers in Franchise Law and named 2013 Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers. Wells has achieved the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.


Fisher & Phillips and Inspired eLearning develop employment law courses

Fisher & Phillips LLP and Inspired eLearning, Inc. have joined together to produce a new series of web-based compliance training courses for supervisors and employees. They have announced the initial release of an updated workplace harassment training program, and plans to release a broad-based suite of courses to train managers in all areas of employment laws and corporate ethics.

Fisher & Phillips is one of the nation’s leading management-side labor and employment law firms, with over 275 attorneys in 27 offices nationwide. Inspired eLearning is one of the most recognized developers of online training programs covering employment law, compliance and ethics. Together, they are developing courses that run the gamut of employment law and compliance issues that are becoming more extensive, complicated and global.

The attorneys at Fisher & Phillips are developing content on subjects that include: sexual harassment, discrimination, social media, hiring, wage and hour compliance and protection of trade secrets. Inspired eLearning produces online courses employers can utilize across their enterprises, including in foreign countries. The company produces courses in 21 languages. Employers also benefit from the Learning Management System (LMS) developed by Inspired eLearning. LMS tracks training completion and provides reports back to management.

Inspired eLearning President Martin Rico said: “Employers are under increased pressure to comply with ever-changing employment laws. They must ensure that their workers understand and comply with laws to help companies avoid fines and litigation. The attorneys at Fisher & Phillips understand what businesses face and they present information in a way that business people and other working professionals understand. In addition to creating the course material, the attorneys are prepared to provide follow-up training at work sites and to assist our clients in reviewing policies, developing codes of conduct, assisting in investigations and managing litigation.”

Fisher & Phillips Managing Partner and Chairman Roger Quillen said: “Our clients have for years benefited from the training our attorneys provide to them both at their workplaces and online. We were looking for a platform to extend this valuable training. Inspired eLearning has the structure, expertise and desire to deliver the best possible training to companies that recognize the importance of keeping their leadership and staff up-to-date on employment law.”

Quillen went on to say that the training is important to medium and large multinational companies. “They face serious challenges in getting training to their people when they’re scattered around the globe.”

Joe Ambash, Managing Partner of Fisher & Phillips’ Boston office and leader of the training project, stated: “Our innovative and creative approach to compliance training combined with Inspired eLearning’s worldwide platform will result in a superior level of training for employers worldwide.”


Arizona’s Top Lawyers – 2012 Construction Litigation Employment/Labor Relations

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



Kevin J. Bonner ◆ Fennemore Craig PC
602-916-5379 ◆ fclaw.com
Bonner has extensive experience in construction litigation, representing commercial owners, contractors, design professionals and homeowners in a variety of disputes involving both private and public contracts.

David J. Cantelme ◆ Cantelme & Brown PLC
602-200-0104 ◆ cb-attorneys.com
Cantelme focuses his practice in the areas of representation of government entities, construction law, government contracts and procurement, education law and commercial litigation.

Michael J. Holden ◆ Holden Willits PLC
602-508-6210 ◆ holdenwillits.com
Holden has concentrated his practice for over 23 years in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law.

Brad Holm ◆ Holm Wright Hyde & Hays PLC
480-961-0040 ◆ holmwright.com
Holm concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on construction, architect/engineer liability, and environmental matters.

Michael A. Ludwig ◆ Jones Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
602-263-7342 ◆ jshfirm.com
Ludwig concentrates his practice on construction law, personal injury defense, insurance coverage litigation and professional liability defense.

Matthew B. Meaker ◆ Andante Law Group
480-421-9449 ◆ andantelaw.com
Meaker currently serves on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona Construction Law Section.

William Nebeker ◆ Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck, LLP
602-256-0000 ◆ knchlaw.com
Nebeker practices in the area of insurance litigation defense with an emphasis on personal injury and construction defect litigation.

Randy Nussbaum ◆ Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C.
480-609-0011 ◆ nussbaumgillis.com
Nussbaum’s practice concentrates in the areas of real estate, construction, and contracting law.

Robert F. Roos ◆ Lewis and Roca LLP
602-262-5779 ◆ lrlaw.com
Roos advises businesses on all facets of commercial, construction and environmental law and regularly represents clients in litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings.

Sharon B. Shively ◆ Sacks Tierney
480-425-2625 ◆ sackstierney.com
Named to The Best Lawyers in America list for construction law and construction litigation from 2007-2012.


Joseph T. Clees ◆ Ogletree Deakins
602-778-3700 ◆ ogletreedeakins.com
Clees represents employers throughout the United States in discrimination and wrongful discharge cases and labor relations.

John Alan Doran ◆ Sherman and Howard
602-240-3000 ◆ sah.com
Doran has more than 20 years of experience representing clients primarily in the areas of labor and employment, appellate and litigation.

Carrie Francis ◆ Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
602-212-8535 ◆ stinson.com
Francis has extensive trial experience representing clients in labor, employment and commercial disputes.

Paul R. Garry ◆ Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
602-734-0862 ◆ mbtlaw.com
Garry has practiced in the areas of labor and employment relations law for over 30 years representing various corporate clients, including insurance and manufacturing companies.

Amy J. Gittler ◆ Jackson Lewis LLP
602-714-7044 ◆ jacksonlewis.com
Gittler advises, counsels, and defends corporations and business professionals in all aspects of employment, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and employment discrimination.

Lawrence Allen Katz ◆ Steptoe & Johnson LLP
602-257-5211 ◆ steptoe.com
Katz is head of his fi rm’s Labor Relations and Employment Law
Department and manages the 12 Phoenix attorneys who practice in that area.

Stanley Lubin ◆ Lubin & Enoch, P.C.
602-234-0008 ◆ lubinandenoch.com
Lubin’s practice concentrates in providing advice and representing labor unions, employees and employers in all facets of labor relations and employment law.

Jill Osborn ◆ Udall, Shumway & Lyons
480-461-5331 ◆ udallshumway.com
Osborne is a regular speaker at legal seminars and statewide conferences and frequently speaks before school administrators and employees on education and employment law issues.

Michael J. Petitti ◆ Gomez & Petitti PC
602-957-8686 ◆ gomezlaw.net
Petitti focuses on labor and employment law, from contract disputes, discrimination and wrongful discharge, to wage and hour issues and matters under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board.

David A. Selden ◆ The Cavanagh Law Firm
602-322-4009 ◆ cavanaghlaw.com
Selden concentrates his practice on employment law matters, including discrimination, wrongful discharge and employment contracts, workplace torts, noncompetition, trade secrets, and human resources counseling.

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

Workers' compensation laws for injured employees/employers

Workers’ Compensation Laws Provide Protection For Employers And Employees

Workers’ compensation insurance is like an old sweater — it’s there when you need it, but you may not think about it much until that time comes. However, it’s not a bad idea to pull it out every now and then to make sure it still fits.

Here are some points to keep in mind as you look in the mirror.
Workers’ compensation laws in Arizona are designed to protect both the employer and the employee when the latter is injured on the job. The most important thing to know about workers’ compensation in Arizona is that insurance is mandatory for every business — public and private — that has one or more employees.

It also is important to understand that workers’ compensation is a “no fault” system, meaning that insurance benefits generally are made available no matter who is to blame for the employee’s injury. Injured employees are entitled to full-medical benefits and lost-wage compensation while they are unable to work, with no cost or time limits. Job retraining benefits are sometimes provided, as well.

Although workers’ compensation insurance is mandatory for employers, Arizona law allows an individual employee to opt out of the system.

Those who choose to remain covered by an employer’s insurance — and the vast majority of workers do — generally give up the right to sue their employer or co-workers for their injury in exchange for the security of receiving insurance benefits as provided by workers’ compensation laws.

Those who opt out retain the power to sue their employer for damages resulting from on-the-job injuries. However, they are required to prove negligence, which can be a difficult task.

Arizona businesses have three options for obtaining workers’ compensation insurance: they can purchase coverage through a private insurance carrier, they can self-insure or they can be part of a competitive state fund, such as the privately operated State Compensation Fund, or SCF.

Small businesses also may have the option of joining with others in related fields to purchase a group insurance plan.

The most important thing to keep in mind if an employee is injured on the job is that a claim with the workers’ compensation insurer must be filed as soon after the incident as possible. Thus, employees should be trained to notify their supervisors as soon as they are injured to ensure timely claims reporting.

Workers suffering temporary or permanent total disability receive payments determined by a percentage of their wages with a maximum weekly pay out. Benefits continue for as long as the employee is disabled. In the event of an on-the-job death, benefits based on a percentage of the worker’s wages are paid to his or her survivors.

Although workers’ compensation laws are designed to curtail lawsuits, there are situations where employers or insurance carriers may face legal action by an employee and will require legal counsel.

The most obvious case of liability exposure is when an employer fails to carry workers’ compensation insurance and a worker is injured on the job.

Another legally hazardous situation is when there are multiple employers on a single job site. A construction site is a good example of this, as is an office setting with an independently operated print shop or snack bar. If a person employed by one company is injured by an employee of another company, the injured worker may be allowed to sue the company that does not employ him or her for damages. An employer is only protected against suit by its own employee, not someone else’s employee. Therefore, it is important to make sure the work site is as safe and hazard-free as possible to prevent on-the-job injuries.

Those who opt out retain the power to sue their employer for damages resulting from on-the-job injuries. However, they are required to prove negligence, which can be a difficult task.

Finally, when a workers’ compensation claim is denied and the employee appeals, the case works its way through the Industrial Commission of Arizona and, eventually, into the courthouse. At that stage, we recommend the employer seek assistance from an employment law specialist.

Thankfully, most of the time, the system runs as it should, the old sweater still fits, and it stays on the shelf, waiting for that rare bad-weather day.

Greg Coulter and Steve Biddle are shareholders in the Phoenix office of Littler Mendelson, an employment and labor law firm representing management. They can be reached at (602) 474-3600, or GCoulter@littler.com or SBiddle@littler.com