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Jack Stephenson 2013

Stephenson elected Sun Health Services Board chairman

R. Jack Stephenson has been elected chairman of the board for Sun Health Services for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Stephenson, a resident of Sun City West, has a rich history of civic involvement, serving as president of both the Sun City West Rotary Club and the Briarwood Country Club in 2011. He previously served as vice chairman of the Sun Health Services Board, and has been active on a number of board committees as well as the Sun Health Foundation Board.

The founder/owner of the Pacific Northwest law firm Carney, Stephenson, Badley, Smith & Spellman, Stephenson’s distinguished legal career stretched nearly four decades. His areas of concentration included construction, products liability, insurance coverage and environmental law.

“Jack brings an impressive combination of keen legal and business acumen that will serve us well in shaping Sun Health’s vision for healthy living,” Sun Health Chief Executive Officer Ron Guziak explained. “He has a passion for the role Sun Health plays in the West Valley and is a natural fit for this role.”

Stephenson previously served as chair of the Trial Practice section of the Washington State Bar Association and as president of Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. He also served as chair of environmental and coverage for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

Stephenson also brings extensive real estate experience to the Sun Health Services Board, having owned a 70-acre apple and pear orchard and having managed a real estate LLC.

“I’m honored to serve as chairman,” Stephenson said. “This is an exciting time for Sun Health, with a number of new programs being introduced. I believe great things are ahead.”

An avid golfer, Stephenson has held numerous positions both at Briarwood as well as Sand Point Golf and Country Clubs in Seattle.

Kristen Rosati, a shareholder at Polsinelli in Phoenix, is president of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Rosati Named Healthcare 'Lawyer of the Year'

Polsinelli placed 135 of its attorneys nationwide among those included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Eleven attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected, including first timer John Hebert, who was chosen in the category of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Kristen Rosati, a member of Polsinelli’s health care practice (the fourth largest in the country), was named Best Lawyers® 2014 Phoenix Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Rosati is a national thought leader in the electronic health industry and current President of the American Health Lawyers Association which has a membership in excess of 12,000.

The 2014 Best Lawyers® rankings occur during a time of growth as the firm was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, Polsinelli moved up to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. Attorneys from the firm’s key cities were chosen for Best Lawyers® including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and Phoenix. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and Polsinelli is proud to be recognized for this prestigious ranking.

The 2014 Best Lawyers® in the firm’s Phoenix office — and the first year they made the list — include:

* Yu Cai (2013): Biotechnology Law
* Karen R. Dickinson (2010): Information Technology Law
* Michael C. Ford (2013): Environmental Law
* Marty Harper (2006): Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Securities, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
* John J. Hebert (2014): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
* Thomas K. Irvine (2008): Litigation – Construction. Litigation – Municipal, Municipal Law
* Anne L. Kleindienst (1995) (10 years): Corporate Law. Finance Law
* Lucas J. Narducci (2007): Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
* Edward F. Novak (1995, 10 years): Criminal Defense: White-Collar
* Kristen Rosati (2007): Health Care Law
* Andrew B. Turk (2013): Commercial Litigation

Kristen Rosati, a shareholder at Polsinelli in Phoenix, is president of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Rosati Named Healthcare ‘Lawyer of the Year’

Polsinelli placed 135 of its attorneys nationwide among those included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Eleven attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected, including first timer John Hebert, who was chosen in the category of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Kristen Rosati, a member of Polsinelli’s health care practice (the fourth largest in the country), was named Best Lawyers® 2014 Phoenix Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Rosati is a national thought leader in the electronic health industry and current President of the American Health Lawyers Association which has a membership in excess of 12,000.

The 2014 Best Lawyers® rankings occur during a time of growth as the firm was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, Polsinelli moved up to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. Attorneys from the firm’s key cities were chosen for Best Lawyers® including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and Phoenix. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and Polsinelli is proud to be recognized for this prestigious ranking.

The 2014 Best Lawyers® in the firm’s Phoenix office — and the first year they made the list — include:

* Yu Cai (2013): Biotechnology Law
* Karen R. Dickinson (2010): Information Technology Law
* Michael C. Ford (2013): Environmental Law
* Marty Harper (2006): Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Securities, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
* John J. Hebert (2014): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
* Thomas K. Irvine (2008): Litigation – Construction. Litigation – Municipal, Municipal Law
* Anne L. Kleindienst (1995) (10 years): Corporate Law. Finance Law
* Lucas J. Narducci (2007): Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
* Edward F. Novak (1995, 10 years): Criminal Defense: White-Collar
* Kristen Rosati (2007): Health Care Law
* Andrew B. Turk (2013): Commercial Litigation

Quarles & Brady's Roger K. Ferland

31 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 31 attorneys from its Phoenix office, and a total of 162 nationwide, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. The local Quarles & Brady attorneys distinguished for excellence in their practice areas are:

·         Scott M. Berg (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Brian R. Booker (Commercial Litigation)
·         Joseph A. Drazek (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental / Natural Resources Law)
·         Lisa D. Duran (Immigration Law)
·         Steven P. Emerick (Corporate Law / Equipment Finance Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law)
·         Roger K. Ferland (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental)
·         Nicole France-Stanton (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants)
·         Jeffrey B. Fugal (Tax Law)
·         Jeffrey L. Gage (Real Estate Law)
·         Diane M. Haller (Real Estate Law)
·         John A. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation – Bankruptcy)
·         Robert P. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
·         Christian J. Hoffmann III (Corporate Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law / Securities Regulation)
·         Don P. Martin (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants / Litigation – Banking and Finance / Litigation – Real Estate)
·         Matthew Mehr (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Roger N. Morris (Health Care Law)
·         P. Robert Moya (Corporate Law / Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law)
·         Daniel L. Muchow (Environmental Law)
·         John Maston O’Neal (Commercial Litigation)
·         Jon E. Pettibone (Administrative/Regulatory Law / Employment Law – Management / Labor Law – Management)
·         James A. Ryan (Bet-the-Company Litigation / Commercial Litigation / Tax Law)
·         Edward Salanga (Litigation – Construction)
·         Brian Sirower (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Litigation Bankruptcy)
·         Derek L. Sorenson (Real Estate Law)
·         Kent W. Stevens (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Peter A. Terry (Banking and Finance Law)
·         James A. Ullman (Franchise Law)
·         C. Bradley Vynalek* (Commercial Litigation)
·         Jacque N. Westling (Banking and Finance Law / Corporate Law)
·         Lori L. Winkelman (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
·         Jeffrey H. Wolf (Franchise Law)

Quarles & Brady's Roger K. Ferland

31 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 31 attorneys from its Phoenix office, and a total of 162 nationwide, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. The local Quarles & Brady attorneys distinguished for excellence in their practice areas are:

·         Scott M. Berg (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Brian R. Booker (Commercial Litigation)
·         Joseph A. Drazek (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental / Natural Resources Law)
·         Lisa D. Duran (Immigration Law)
·         Steven P. Emerick (Corporate Law / Equipment Finance Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law)
·         Roger K. Ferland (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental)
·         Nicole France-Stanton (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants)
·         Jeffrey B. Fugal (Tax Law)
·         Jeffrey L. Gage (Real Estate Law)
·         Diane M. Haller (Real Estate Law)
·         John A. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation – Bankruptcy)
·         Robert P. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
·         Christian J. Hoffmann III (Corporate Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law / Securities Regulation)
·         Don P. Martin (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants / Litigation – Banking and Finance / Litigation – Real Estate)
·         Matthew Mehr (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Roger N. Morris (Health Care Law)
·         P. Robert Moya (Corporate Law / Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law)
·         Daniel L. Muchow (Environmental Law)
·         John Maston O’Neal (Commercial Litigation)
·         Jon E. Pettibone (Administrative/Regulatory Law / Employment Law – Management / Labor Law – Management)
·         James A. Ryan (Bet-the-Company Litigation / Commercial Litigation / Tax Law)
·         Edward Salanga (Litigation – Construction)
·         Brian Sirower (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Litigation Bankruptcy)
·         Derek L. Sorenson (Real Estate Law)
·         Kent W. Stevens (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Peter A. Terry (Banking and Finance Law)
·         James A. Ullman (Franchise Law)
·         C. Bradley Vynalek* (Commercial Litigation)
·         Jacque N. Westling (Banking and Finance Law / Corporate Law)
·         Lori L. Winkelman (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
·         Jeffrey H. Wolf (Franchise Law)

Michelle De Blasi - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Michelle De Blasi – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Michelle De BlasiShareholder, Greenberg Traurig

De Blasi focuses her practice on environmental law, with an emphasis on natural resources matters. She advises clients on energy and environmental matters, including traditional and renewable energy project development, environmental permitting and compliance, and greenhouse gas emissions. She is also co-chair of the Arizona Energy Consortium.

Surprising fact: “I grew up on a working farm in rural Colorado, but I started my career near the ocean working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

Biggest challenge: “Finding a good work-life balance as a working mom. There are sometimes challenges, but many rewards, and I’m proud my kids know both are options for them.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

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Jennings, Haug & Cunningham attorneys earn honors

Eight attorneys from Jennings, Haug & Cunningham were named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 list, a peer-review ranking publication for the legal profession, in the areas of Construction Law, Construction Litigation, Environmental Law, Personal Injury Defense, Arbitration, and Mediation.  In addition, the firm was again recognized with top honors, being named a 2013 Best Law Firm in America by the same survey.

The firm’s Best Lawyers in America include:

* Mark E. Barker was recognized for the fifth consecutive year for his work in construction law, and construction litigation.

* James Csontos was recognized for the third consecutive year for his practice in construction law, and construction litigation.

* Jack Cunningham was recognized for the first time this year, for his work as defense counsel in personal injury litigation.

* Karen Gaylord was named to the list for the fifth consecutive year for her work in environmental law.

* William F. Haug, was recognized for the sixth consecutive year for his practice in construction law, construction litigation, mediation and arbitration.

* D. Kim Lough was recognized for the sixth consecutive year in construction law, and construction litigation.

* Edward Rubacha was recognized for the second consecutive for his work in construction law, and construction litigation.

* Chad Schexnayder was named to the list for the third consecutive year in construction litigation.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

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Arizona’s Top Lawyers – 2012 Environmental – Estate & Trust Lit

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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ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Charles A. Bischoff ◆ Jorden Bischoff & Hiser PLC
480-505-3900 ◆ jordenbischoff.com
Bischoff practices in the areas of environmental and natural resources law.

Peter Culp ◆ Squire Sanders
602-528-4063 ◆ squiresanders.com
Culp’s practices includes representing various industrial and municipal clients with regard to facility siting, permitting, regulatory compliance and environmental cleanup matters arising under the major federal and state environmental laws.

Barton D. Day ◆ Polsinelli Shughart PC
602-650-2330 ◆ polsinelli.com
Day has been assisting clients with environmental and other regulatory matters for more than 25 years.

David P. Kimball, III ◆ Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
602-530-8130 ◆ gknet.com
Kimball is head of the firm’s environmental and natural resources department and is recognized nationally as an expert in all areas of federal, state and local environmental and natural resources law.

Michelle A. De Blasi ◆ Quarles & Brady LLP
602-229-5448 ◆ quarles.com
De Blasi is chair of the Solar Energy Law Team and focuses her practice on guiding renewable energy projects from concept to completion.

Michael C. Ford ◆ Polsinelli Shughart
602-650-2321 ◆ polsinelli.com
Ford has worked with clients ranging from religious orders to global corporations in navigating the complex web of environmental issues impacting real estate deals and industrial operations.

Ryan Hurley ◆ Rose Law Group
480-240-5585 ◆ roselawgroup.com
Hurley assists renewable energy clients with a variety of issues from entity planning, power purchase negotiations, and various regulatory and compliance issues.

Patrick J. Paul ◆ Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
602-382-6359 ◆ swlaw.com
Paul’s practice is concentrated in environmental and toxic tort litigation, including mold, asbestos and pollution claims.

Michael J. Pearce ◆ Maguire & Pearce Attorneys at Law
602-277-2195 ◆ mpwaterlaw.com
From 1995 through 2002, Pearce was chief counsel of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and now focuses on his practice on energy and natural resources.

Lee A. Storey ◆ Ballard Spahr LLP
602-798-5443 ◆ ballardspahr.com
Storey has been named to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, for environmental and water rights law, from 2008-2011.


ESTATE AND TRUST LITIGATION

Rex H. Decker ◆ Decker & Woods PC
480-821-1012 ◆ deckerandwoods.com
Practice area include estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, guardianship and conservatorship, and estate and trust litigation.

Roger T. Hargrove ◆ Fennemore Craig PC
602-916-5459 ◆ fclaw.com
Hargrove practices in the areas of general civil commercial litigation and appeals, with emphasis on probate and trust litigation.

K. Alexander Hobson ◆ Duffield Adamson & Helenbolt, PC
520-792-1181 ◆ duffieldlaw.com
Hobson’s practice areas include estate planning, probate and trust law, elder law, and probate litigation.

Gregory M. Kruzel ◆ Braun Siler Kruzel PC
480-951-8044 ◆ bskarizonalaw.com
Braun Siler Kruzel focuses exclusively on estate planning, trust administration, and settlement of both contested and non-contested estates.

Phoebe Moffatt ◆ Sacks Tierney P.A.
602-268-4700 ◆ sackstierney.com
Moffatt is a certified specialist in estate and trust law, as certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization and the State Bar of Arizona.

Stephen C. Newmark ◆ The Newmark Law Firm, PLLC
602-274-7552 ◆ newmarklawfirm.com
Newmark enjoys helping estate planning clients small and large put their lives and finances in order.

George L. Paul ◆ Lewis and Roca LLP
602-262-5326 ◆ lrlaw.com
Paul handles cases on a wide variety of issues, including probate, estate and trust litigation.

Michelle J. Perkins ◆ Owens & Perkins, P.C.
480-994-8824 ◆ oplaw.com
Perkins practices in the areas of estate planning for individuals and families, trust litigation, and contested and uncontested probate matters.

Jay M. Polk ◆ Barron & Polk PLLC
602-252-8100 ◆ azprobatelawyers.com
Polk’s primary areas of practice are probate, trust, estate, elder and mental health law.

John C. Vryhof ◆ Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
602-382-6333 ◆ swlaw.com
Vryhof’s practice is concentrated in estate planning, charitable planning, foundation and non-profit organizations, business succession planning, and international estate planning.

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.

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Environmental Legal Issues - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Arizona Faces Environmental Legal Issues To Grow ‘Green’ Movement

Though Arizona may be working to reach a higher standard of sustainability, a myriad of environmental legal issues will be seen as these changes are implemented. Arizona Business Magazine spoke with the state’s top law firms and industry experts to find out the most important environmental legal issues the state can expect to face in the next decade.

Particulate Matter-10

Attorney Megan Lennox of Bryan Cave LLP says, “The single biggest environmental legal issue Arizona will be facing for the foreseeable future is the regulation, implementation and enforcement of regulations concerning Particulate Matter-10, also referred to as PM-10, which is essentially “dust.”’

According to an Aug. 25, 2011, press release by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality stressing a high pollution advisory: “State and county agencies measure PM-10 and PM-2.5 which are extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets found circulating in the air. PM, or particulate matter, comes from either combustion (cars, industry, woodburning) or dust stirred up into the air. High levels of PM are typically created when the air is especially stagnant or especially windy. PM-10 stands for particulate matter measuring 10 microns or less. PM-2.5 stands for particulate matter measuring 2.5 microns or less. To put this in perspective, one strand of human hair is 70-100 microns in size.”

“Over the summer, we saw a number of High Pollution Advisory (HPA) warnings issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) relating to PM-10, particularly in connection with the haboobs (dust storms) we’ve been having in the Valley this summer,” Lennox says. “But what is not as commonly known is that, even without a haboob, Arizonans face real health threats caused by common everyday dust generating activities.

“Indeed, the EPA has not been satisfied with what the Arizona has done in the way of dust control thus far, and because Arizona continues to exceed federal air quality standards for PM-10, we are now facing a very real possibility that the EPA will push the Arizona regulators aside and step in with their own plan to reduce PM-10.

“The real issue of concern is that, if the EPA is required to step in, Arizona will stand to lose over a billion dollars in federal highway funds,” Lennox says. “This translates to further loss of jobs, no new transportation projects, and likely intense regulation and economic impact to the construction industry — all of which will be decidedly detrimental to Arizona’s economy overall.”

Lennox says that Arizonans must prepare and prevent this from happening by doing their part, which includes refraining from leaf blowers, no fires in the fireplace, driving down dusty roads and joining forces with regulators “toward the common goal of reduction of PM-10 and maintenance of federal funding – both of which, everyone should be able to agree, are critical for the long-term health and prosperity of the Valley.”

Michelle De Blasi, partner at Quarles & Brady agrees: “Serious nonattainment areas must demonstrate PM-10 emission reductions of five percent per year until the standard is attained.  The state and local governments have instituted many measures to make these reductions.  To reach attainment, three years of clean data are needed at all PM-10 monitors… The state and local governments have instituted many proactive control measures to try to limit excesses at the monitors caused by dust.”

Utility Deregulation

As the state continues to develop renewable energy, several legal issues can arise. Court Rich, an attorney at Rose Law Group states that: “As renewable energy prices come down its implementation will grow quicker.  At some point the technology involved in distributed roof top solar energy is going to allow people not only to produce energy during the day but to store energy for power at night.”

If people are able to produce the energy they need, should they pay a utility company for its electricity service? These are the types of questions Arizona may face as renewable energy production grows.

“The State has previously looked into forms of utility deregulation…(and) could review forms of deregulation that may set up a better environment for future competition among energy providers ultimately providing lower cost electricity to all Arizonans and providing greater choices to the consumer,” Rich adds.

Balancing environmental protections with economic impacts

“Implementing more protective environmental regulations must be balanced with their economic impacts,” says Matt Bingham, attorney at Lewis and Roca.

Sometimes, small improvements that can be made come at a significant cost and may not be worthwhile for the state to pursue.

“(Government) agencies have accomplished A LOT since environmental laws were first enacted,” says Bingham, “but at some point, the costs of making further improvement are going to outweigh the benefits.  Agencies need to adequately consider industry’s concerns when developing stricter environmental standards to ensure that the benefits outweigh the costs.  Failing to do so will prolong Arizona’s economic recovery.”

Growth of renewable energy

“In Arizona, regulated utilities are expected to get 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025 (in 2011, the goal is 3 percent),” says Bingham, attorney at Lewis and Roca. “This will require a massive expansion of our renewable energy capabilities over the next 10-15 years.”

As Arizona tries to catch up on renewable energy growth compared with some of its sustainability-driven neighboring states, many environmental impacts will need to be addressed. These include land use, water use, and effects on wildlife, endangered species and several others.

“The growth of renewable energy in the state also involves policy choices by the legislature and the Arizona Corporation Commission,” says Bingham.

Some examples:
➢    Requiring utilities to procure renewable energy.
➢    Increasing demand for solar by providing incentives.
➢    Providing tax incentives for companies who locate manufacturing and other facilities in the state and create jobs.

Arizona has essentially decided that it wants to be a hub of the growing solar industry and has made some good moves in that direction but it needs to continue pursuing an effective, comprehensively designed strategy while assuring companies that this support will not fade,” Bingham adds.

Enforcement of regulatory policies:

Since 61 percent of land in Arizona is either managed or controlled by federal agencies, many policies involving land use have a disproportionate impact upon our state, says Jeff Littell, principal geologist at Brown & Caldwell.

“By far, the greatest environmental issues facing Arizona will arise from federal agencies and their imbalanced enforcement of existing regulatory policies or the increased promulgation of new rules and regulations,” Littell says.

The state should apply balanced and measured responses to difficult environmental issues while empowering state agencies and the Legislature to defend Arizona against misapplied federal actions, Littell adds. “The results of their interaction with county and state agencies will have a profound impact on the long term success of Arizona, the diversity of our economy, and our ability to emerge from the current economic situation.”

For more information about environmental legal issues and other environmental issues, visit www.valleyforward.org.

 

Arizona Business Magazine November/December 2011