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Amy Abdo: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Amy Abdo, director, Fennemore Craig

Abdo is a litigator focusing on business disputes, professional liability and employment litigation.  She is a member of Fennemore Craig’s five-person Management Committee and serves as Litigation Section Chair.

Greatest accomplishment: “My first mentor – a brilliant and talented attorney – enthusiastically referred one of his top clients to me.”

Childhood aspiration: “FBI agent. My parents instilled the importance of education, so I pursued law school and never took the next step.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Fennemore Craig attorney earns professional honor

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced Anthony Austin, an attorney in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Creditors Rights and Restructuring practice group, has been selected to participate as a member of The Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court.

“The firm’s culture is centered around our colleagues’ commitment to serving our clients,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Anthony on this prestigious industry recognition and induction into The Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court.”

Austin represents financial institutions, debtors, creditors, and trustees in all phases of complex litigation and restructuring transactions, including trials and appeals. He was recognized as a Southwest Rising Star in 2015. Austin earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona and his B.S. from Northern Arizona University.

The Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court (“ABAIC”) fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills within the Arizona Bankruptcy community. The ABAIC seeks to achieve this by fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of bankruptcy law, the adversary system in which it exists and to promote interaction and collegiality among judges, lawyers, legal educators, law students and others.

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Az Business honors Most Influential Women in Arizona

They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of industry.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2015, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

Members of the 2015 list will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2015 are:

Amy Abdo, director, Fennemore Craig

Jennifer Anderson, senior vice president and regional manager, Wells Fargo

Karen Anderson, researcher, ASU’s Biodesign Institute

Lauren Bailey, founder, Upward Projects

Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises

Rita Cheng, president, NAU

Judith S. Gordon, associate professor and associate head for research at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine

Alisa Gray, shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco

Sue Hasenstein, BMO Harris Bank

Melissa Ho, Polsinelli

Bo Hughes, CFO and COO, Pinnacle Bank

Veronique James, CEO, The James Agency

Isabelle Jazo, senior vice president of strategy, LaneTerralever

Carolyn J. Johnsen, Dickinson Wright

Eileen Klein, Arizona Board of Regents

Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies

Becky Kuhn, executive vice president, Banner Health

Betsy Kuzas, chief operating officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Michelle Lawrie, economic development director, Goodyear

Nona Lee, SVP and general counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks

Hope Leibsohn, member, Sherman & Howard

Stacey L. Lihn, Gallagher & Kennedy

Tina Machado, president, CodeRed-I

Carol May, president, Wisdom Natural Brands DBA SweetLeaf

Sara McCoy, first female to manage a power plant for SRP

Erica McGinnis, president and CEO, AIG Advisor Group

Tammy McLeod, vice president, APS

Rose Megian, president and CEO, Health Net of Arizona

Dion Messer, general counsel – intellectual property, Limelight Networks

MaryAnn Miller, senior vice president, Avnet

Ioanna Morfessis, president, IO.Inc.

Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh,VP and General Counsel, Honeywell

Annette G. Musa, Arizona market president, Comerica Bank

Christine Nowaczyk, senior vice president, Bank of Arizona

Deborah Pearson, Arizona State Credit Union

Susan Pepin, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Suzanne Pfister, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives

Christina Roderick, principal, REDW

Patricia Rourke, market president, Bankers Trust

Lisa Sanchez, COO, The CORE Institute

Adelaida V. Severson, president and CEO, Bushtex

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ 9th District

Sherri Slayton, Alliance Bank of Arizona

Wendi A. Sorensen, Burch & Cracchiolo

Molly Stockley, vice president of hospital growth, CTCA

Cathy Valenzuela, president, Arizona Business Bank

Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO, Casino Del Sol Resort

Cheryl Vogt, managing director, Marsh

Cynthia Walter, president, BAGNALL

Lori L. Winkelman, Quarles & Brady LLP

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Denyse Airheart, interim director of economic development, City of Maricopa

Jessica Benford, shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Dr. Ivana Dzeletovic, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Stephanie Parra, executive director, T.W. Lewis Foundation

Teresa M. Pilatowicz, of counsel, Garman Turner Gordon

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

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Fennemore Craig attorney elected vice chair for ballet

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Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced that James Lee, chair of the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate practice, has been elected Vice Chair of Ballet Arizona.

“The firm’s culture is centered around our colleagues’ commitment to serving the community,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Jim on his recent appointment to Ballet Arizona and his dedication to serve performing arts programs and initiatives throughout the Valley.”

Lee counsels clients on wealth transfer strategies, including the use of revocable trusts, irrevocable life insurance and gifting trusts, family limited partnerships and LLC’s, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, installment sales to grantor trusts, and other sophisticated tax planning techniques. He earned his J.D. and B.S. from Brigham Young University. Lee has been named to Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers. He also currently serves as chair of the Arizona Community Foundation’s Professional Education Series Planning Committee.

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Trisha Baggs joins Fennemore Craig

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced Trisha Baggs has joined the Estate Planning and Probate practice in the firm’s Phoenix office.

“We are pleased to welcome Trisha to the firm,” said Jim Lee, practice group chair of Fennemore Craig’s Estate Planning and Probate practice. “Her wide-ranging experience will further enrich the firm’s sophisticated estate planning practice and commitment to providing excellent service to clients.”

Before joining Fennemore Craig, Baggs practiced at Quarles & Brady and she will continue to assist clients with sophisticated estate planning, traditional bypass trust and marital deduction planning; life insurance trusts; charitable estate planning; due diligence and opinion letters related to major gifts; generation-skipping tax planning; succession planning for family businesses; and probate and trust administration. Baggs earned her J.D. and B.A. from Arizona State University.

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Fennemore Craig attorney among Leading Women in Litigation

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced Cathy Reece, chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Creditors Rights and Restructuring practice group, has been selected as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in 2015 by Benchmark Litigation for the fourth consecutive year.

“The firm’s strength is built on the commitment of our attorneys to their clients and practice,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Cathy on her dedication to the legal profession and for being recognized as one of the leading female litigators in the nation.”

Reece has wide-ranging experience in every aspect of corporate workouts and bankruptcies, as well as, assisting clients in structuring complex transactions and purchasing distressed assets. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers, and was presented in 2014 with the Legal Advisor of the Year award from M&A Advisors. Reece earned her J.D. from Arizona State University and her B.A. from the University of Arizona.

 

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Fennemore Craig attorney elected to lawyers board

Fennemore Craig, a Mountain West law firm, announced Cathy Reece, chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Creditors Rights and Restructuring practice group, has been elected to the Board of Regents for the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She will serve a 4-year term.

“The firm’s strength is built on our attorneys reputation and commitment to providing outstanding legal representation and advice to their clients and continually supporting the legal community,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Cathy on her appointment to serve as a member of the prestigious American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.”

Reece has wide-ranging experience in every aspect of corporate workouts and bankruptcies, as well as, assisting clients in structuring complex transactions and purchasing distressed assets. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers, and was presented in 2014 with the Legal Advisor of the Year award from M&A Advisors. Reece earned her J.D. from Arizona State University and her B.A. from the University of Arizona.

The American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the field of commercial finance law through education, legislative reform and the recognition of distinguished practitioners, jurists and academics.

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Fennemore Craig attorney elected president of AADC

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, has announced Scott Day Freeman, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected President of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

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Scott Freeman

“We congratulate Scott on his election as president of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “The firm is proud to have attorneys like Scott who are leaders of the legal community in the markets we serve.”

Freeman represents a diverse group of national and international clients in connection with complex commercial and products liability litigation. He is a contributing editor of the Tort Law Desk Reference and his professional honors include an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating (the highest peer review rating) by Martindale-Hubbell and the recognition as a Southwest Super Lawyers® in the area of Personal Injury Defense for the last four years. Freeman earned his J.D. from Arizona State University and his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.

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Theresa Dwyer-Federhar elected to Herberger board

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced Theresa Dwyer-Federhar, a director in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to the Herberger Theater Center’s Board of Directors.

“Our people are dedicated to serving the communities in which they live and work,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Theresa on her recent appointment to serve the Herberger Theater and the Valley’s thriving art community.”

Dwyer-Federhar practices in the areas of civil appeals, utility regulation, administrative law, and general civil litigation. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for her appellate practice. She earned her J.D. and B.A. from Arizona State University.

The Herberger Theater Center, built in 1989, supports and fosters the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate.

 

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Fennemore Craig attorneys recognized by Chambers USA

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced that 22 attorneys were selected to the prominent Chambers USA 2015 and the practice areas of Environment (including water rights) and Real Estate were listed in band one in Arizona. The Real Estate practice was also listed in band one in Nevada.    

“The success of our firm is built on the skill and character of our people – and the commitment of those people to the clients we serve,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We are honored and gratified to see our people and practice groups recognized in the prestigious Chambers USA legal directory.

Fennemore Craig attorneys recognized by Chambers USA 2015 include:

  • Robert D. Anderson, Environment: Water Rights
  • John J. Balitis, Labor & Employment
  • Michael E. Buckley, Real Estate
  • Aaron Cain, Corporate/M&A
  • Lauren J. Caster, Environment: Water Rights
  • Phillip F. Fargotstein, Environment (including Water Rights)
  • Andrew M. Federhar, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Margaret R. Gallogly, Environment: Water Rights
  • Donald R. Gilbert, Labor & Employment
  • Stephen A. Good, Corporate/M&A
  • Gregg Hanks, Real Estate
  • Norman D. James, Environment (including Water Rights)
  • Jay S. Kramer, Real Estate
  • Erwin D. Kratz, Labor & Employment
  • Douglas C. Northup, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Michael J. Phalen, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
  • Dan R. Reaser, Gaming & Licensing
  • Heidi K. Short, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
  • Ronald J. Stolkin, Labor & Employment
  • Sarah A. Strunk, Corporate/M&A
  • Susan M. Wissink, Corporate/M&A
  • Jeffrey P. Zucker, Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate

Michael Buckley, Gregg Hanks, Norman James, Jay Kramer, Ronald Stolkin, and Jeffrey Zucker were ranked in Band 1 for their specific practice area. Band 1 is the highest ranking for an individual to receive by Chambers USA and this ranking is based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

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Fennemore Craig expands estate and probate practice

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced Stacey Johnson and Paul Omerza have joined the Estate Planning and Probate practice in the firm’s Phoenix office.

“We are pleased to welcome Stacey and Paul to the firm,” said Jim Lee, practice group chair of Fennemore Craig’s Estate Planning and Probate practice. “The combined depth of knowledge of Stacey and Paul further enhances the firm’s reputation as one of the largest and most sophisticated estate planning practices in the Southwest.”

Johnson focuses her practice on assisting persons responsible for managing another’s personal or financial matters, including family members, licensed fiduciaries, corporate trustees or those nominated in estate planning documents. She currently serves as Chapter President for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ Arizona Chapter. Johnson earned her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Washington.

Omerza practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and elder law. He assists clients on guardianships and conservatorships, heath care and mental health care powers of attorney, wills, and trust agreements, and fiduciary administration matters. Omerza earned his J.D. from Arizona Summit Law School and his B.S. from Arizona State University.

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Super Lawyers: Fennemore Craig

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced 41 attorneys have been named as 2015 Southwest Super Lawyersfor Arizona. In addition, 14 attorneys have been recognized as 2015 Southwest Rising Stars, Super Lawyers.

“The firm congratulates the 55 Fennemore Craig lawyers selected as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in recognition of their dedication to their clients and their professional accomplishments,” said Steve Good, managing partner.

Fennemore Craig 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers:

  • John J. Balitis, Jr. – Employment & Labor
  • Timothy J. Berg – Appellate
  • Kevin J. Bonner – Construction Litigation
  • Timothy J. Burke – Antitrust Litigation
  • Christopher L. Callahan – Environmental Litigation
  • Susan M. Ciupak – Estate & Probate
  • George T. Cole – Real Estate
  • Louis F. Comus, Jr. – Estate & Probate
  • John F. Daniels, III – Tax
  • Andrew M. Federhar – General Litigation
  • Scott Day Freeman – Business Litigation
  • Donald R. Gilbert – Employment & Labor
  • J. Christopher Gooch – Business Litigation
  • Gregg Hanks – Real Estate
  • Roger T. Hargrove – Business Litigation
  • Ray K. Harris – Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Lori A. Higuera – Employment & Labor
  • Neil H. Hiller – Estate & Probate
  • Barney M. Holtzman – Employment & Labor
  • Patrick Irvine – Tax
  • Norman D. James – Energy & Natural Resources
  • John Randall Jefferies – Construction Litigation: Business
  • John E. Kofron – Real Estate: Business
  • George O. Krauja – Business Litigation
  • Jay S. Kramer – Real Estate
  • Neal Kurn – Estate & Probate
  • Marc H. Lamber – Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff
  • T. James Lee – Estate & Probate
  • Nancy J. March – Bankruptcy: Business
  • Scott D. McDonald – Business Litigation
  • Don J. Miner – Real Estate
  • Mark A. Nesvig – Real Estate
  • Douglas C. Northup – Business Litigation
  • Sharon J. Oscar – Real Estate
  • Michael J. Phalen – Land Use/ Zoning
  • Janice Procter-Murphy – Employment & Labor
  • Cathy L. Reece – Bankruptcy: Business
  • Robert P. Robinson – Real Estate
  • Gerald L. Shelley – Bankruptcy: Business
  • Ronald J. Stolkin – Employment & Labor
  • Sarah A. Strunk – Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Susan M. Wissink – Mergers & Acquisitions

Fennemore Craig 2015 Southwest Rising Stars:

  • Anthony W. Austin – Creditor Debtor Rights
  • Courtney Radow Beller – Business Litigation
  • Rhett A. Billingsley – Energy & Natural Resources
  • Sherry Janssen Downer – Employment Litigation: Defense
  • James G. Goodnow, III – Personal Injury General: Plaintiff
  • Kevin Green – Employment & Labor
  • Sean T. Hood – Business Litigation
  • Nicolas B. Hoskins – Credit Debtor Rights: Business
  • Aaron T. Martin – Business Litigation
  • Debra Polly – Estate Planning & Probate
  • Jessica Post – Employment & Labor
  • Carrie Pixler Ryerson – Employment & Labor
  • Tyler R. Stradling – Real Estate: Business
  • Stephanie Ford Tribe – Estate Planning & Probate
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Fennemore Craig announces leadership team

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announces the election of Steve Good as chair of the firm’s management committee, succeeding Tim Berg, who served in that capacity for 10 years. The shareholders of the firm also elected Sarah Strunk as chair of the firm’s board of directors and appointed Jay Kramer as a member of the firm’s five-person management committee.

“It has been an honor and a highlight of my legal career to serve as the firm’s managing partner,” said Tim Berg, who continues to serve on the firm’s management committee and chair the firm’s appellate practice. “The opportunity to work with such a great group of clients and colleagues and lead the firm through its expansion into Nevada and Colorado over the past 10 years has meant a great deal to me,” said Mr. Berg. “I look forward to working with Steve, Sarah and my fellow shareholders to continue to build an outstanding law firm.”

Mr. Good is a commercial transactions lawyer with an emphasis on complex tax planning and the structuring of business entities. He will chair the firm’s management committee. Mr. Good joined the firm in 1991 after earning his law degree from Duke University. He has an AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rating (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Corporate and Tax Law), Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for Business, and the Legal 500.

“We are grateful for Tim’s leadership over the past 10 years,” said Mr. Good. “We are fortunate to have a great team of people here at Fennemore Craig. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move the firm forward and continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.”

Sarah Strunk will lead the firm’s strategic growth, client service and professional development initiatives as chair of the firm’s board of directors. Ms. Strunk practices business and finance law with substantial experience with mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, public private partnerships and corporate governance. She joined Fennemore Craig in 2000 and earned her law degree from the University of Kansas and her LL.M. from New York University School of Law. Her professional honors include an AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rating (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA leading lawyers for business; the International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers; Southwest Super Lawyer® in mergers and acquisitions; Arizona’s Top Lawyers by Arizona Business Magazine; and one of Arizona’s 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Arizona Business Magazine. She succeeds Robert Robinson, who is retiring from Fennemore Craig this year after a distinguished career with the firm as a leading real estate and finance attorney.  

Jay Kramer, who practices in the areas of real estate transactions and finance, assumes a position on the firm’s management committee. Mr. Kramer’s recognitions include an AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rating (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America®; Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for business; and designation as one of the Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers® in real estate. Mr. Kramer earned his law degree and MBA from Vanderbilt University.

The firm’s five-person management committee also includes Amy Abdo and Chris Byrd. Ms. Abdo represents companies in business and employment litigation. She earned her law degree from the University of San Diego and her honors include an AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rating (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell and recognition by Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Byrd represents businesses in litigation and administrative proceedings. He received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame and his honors include an AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rating (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America®; Mountain States Super Lawyers®; Nevada’s Best Lawyers®; and Top Lawyers by Vegas, Inc.

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Fennemore Craig ranks at top in client survey

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced the firm received the third highest ranking of any law firms surveyed by Altman Weil, a management consulting services firm, during the past two years.
“Fennemore Craig’s commitment to excellence, putting clients first, understanding our client’s businesses and providing innovative legal solutions are cornerstones of the firm’s culture, born of 130 years of helping clients,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We’re delighted at the positive feedback, but today’s tough market conditions demand that we work to exceed not just meet client expectations,” Berg said, who noted that Fennemore Craig was founded in 1885 and is celebrating its 130 anniversary throughout 2015.
Altman Weil, a nationally recognized consulting firm to legal organizations throughout North America, the U.K. and abroad, conducted the survey. The survey asked Fennemore Craig clients about their satisfaction with the firm across numerous categories, including efficient work ethic, understanding clients’ business goals, cost efficiency and budgeting. Fennemore Craig consistently ranked an average 9.1 ranking out of 10 for each of the categories included in the Altman Weil survey which was distributed to more than 430 clients in late 2014.
These categories included:
  • High Quality Work Product
  • Achieves Successful Results
  • Communication
  • Meets Deadlines
  • Understands Client’s Business Goals
  • Efficient Work Product
  • Timely Execution of Client Requests
  • Cost Conscious
  • Accurate Budget Estimates
  • Billing Practices
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Law firms prepare Millennials for the business of law

Law firms are changing. The future of the profession is in flux as newer generations and Millennials move into the workplace.

In order to stay relevant in this dynamic atmosphere, firms need to teach incoming associates and new partners the business of running a law firm, foster loyalty, offer flexibility and connect to Millennials.

When thinking about law, business operations do not necessarily come to mind. However, business skills are vital for running a law firm. Being a lawyer is an entrepreneurial endeavor, said Lauren Rikleen, president of Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and author of “You Raised Us – Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams.”

Today, being an entrepreneur is part and parcel with being a successful lawyer. An ideal law firm focuses on talent management, training, growth and development, transparency in the workplace and motivation for employees, Rikleen said. Firms must invoke a sense of camaraderie among associates and partners.

In January, Fennemore Craig launched its Director’s School for all newly promoted partners. It is a year-long program that focuses on business skills, teaching law firm management and connecting Millennials to more senior team members.

“You have to look at a law firm functioning like a business as opposed to coming to work and practicing law as an attorney,” said A. Joseph Chandler, a shareholder and attorney at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix. Chandler is one of four key directors in charge of the program.
One of the goals is to make training effective and meaningful for young partners, and to integrate newly promoted partners as owners and operators of the firm, Chandler said.
The program also aims to help new partners build a mentor and mentee relationship. “We are reaching down and across,” Chandler said. “The senior partners are building relationships with Millennials.”

The law practice would benefit by making sure that each partner has the ability to understand, think and work like a business owner, Chandler said. “It is looking at the long-term success of the firm by making sure that we have long range goals for the success and development of our partners.”

You have to approach operating a law firm as you would any business, said Alison Christian, co-founder of the Ladder Down Program and shareholder at Christian, Dichter and Sluga. “It’s critical to understand the business operation of a law firm, no matter what your level is within that firm.”

Christian’s Ladder Down helps accomplish that goal. The year-long program presents monthly sessions dedicated to the three big areas of concern in the legal profession: leadership, business development, and rainmaking

New partners should not be the only ones learning business skills, experts said. It is important for associates to understand the practice and know how to think like a future owner.

“Law schools should be developing courses to help law students become more practice ready,” said Rikleen. And that encompasses the business side of practicing law.

Law schools are still teaching “Black Letter Law,” said Laurie Hodgson, director for professional development at Arizona Summit Law School. “We are always changing, always evolving, yet we haven’t changed the way law schools operate since the 1860s.”

In the spring of 2013, Arizona Summit Law School started an annual “Business of Law” seminar for attorneys who want to start their own firm or be successful within a firm.

Law schools need to shift their curriculum in order to keep up with the evolving profession, which is transforming as Millennials and technology take the forefront.

Understanding the business of law is part of a larger goal – the long-term success of the law profession.

There is a generational gap between seasoned and incoming attorneys. Millennials who enter the workplace want to have meaning and purpose, said Elizabeth Fitch, co-founder of the Ladder Down program and founding member of Righi Law Group.

Law firms today need to have a vision, Fitch said. New lawyers are “not given the big picture, they’re not shown the story. They’re not connecting what their daily grind is to the overall success and vision for the law firm.”

According to Fitch, Millennials need to have a positive relationship with the directors of a firm. They will stay at the company if they connect to their team and share common values.
It is important to have lawyers who care about the firm and its future, said Leah Freed, managing shareholder at Ogletree Deakins’ Phoenix office. In order to maintain a strong law firm, you must have strong lawyers who care enough to spend time and develop new associates.

With guidance and training, a firm will be able to integrate the newer generations into the company’s culture, Rikleen said. All partners need to embrace their new role as leaders and visionaries.

“Lawyers by nature are more resistant to change,” said Freed. Which means law firms are slower at progressing and adopting new technologies.

However, through the use of technology, law firms are striving to be more efficient and reduce overhead, Freed said.

Technology allows attorneys to connect to their clients and keep in touch throughout the day, which in turn provides flexibility within a firm.

Being able to integrate work and life is vital for newer generations. They want to have an active career while being present and involved with their family, Rikleen said. Which means flexibility is key.

In the future, Freed said she thinks there will be more opportunities for lawyers to contract or do part-time work, providing flexibility to the lawyers and the firm.

Today, males and females share in family responsibilities, so work-life balance is necessary for both.

Ten years ago, women were grappling with that balance, learning how to draw boundaries and prioritize, said Marianne Trost, The Women Lawyer Coach. However, it is no longer a gender issue, but a generational issue.

Millennials are not going to tolerate the current structure, Fitch said. Their values are going to start putting “pressure on law firm systems and it’s going to force a positive change.”

Retaining Millennials is key to ensuring the future of the law profession. Law firms are beginning to recognize that generational differences are present. However, the profession as a whole is far from addressing these new challenges, Rikleen said.

The law profession is undergoing constant change as technology is utilized and newer generations enter the firms and move up the ranks.

“What we see today is going to be a shadow of what’s to come,” Hodgson said. Though the jury is still out on what that means for the future of the law profession.

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Tyler Joins Watton at NewLAWu.s.

KarenNewLAWu.s., an innovative, national law firm with a high quality, cost-effective business model, announced that Karen E. Tyler has joined the firm as an attorney to practice in Arizona among attorneys such as Brooke K. A. Watton.

Tyler has extensive experience in environmental, water and utility law, representing both business clients and governmental agencies. She is licensed to practice law in Arizona, California and Illinois.   Prior to joining NewLAWu.s., Tyler practiced with Fennemore Craig P.C. and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Enforcement Section.

Tyler shares, “I am excited to work with a talented group of attorneys that recognize that the clients’ needs are best met through a flexible model fostering greater productively and efficiency.” In addition to her practice, Tyler will assist in the onboarding of new lawyers.

Tyler joins Watton, who has practiced with NewLAWu.s. since its inception within the areas of commercial litigation and general business law. In addition to her practice, Watton plays a significant role in the firm’s recruitment efforts. “Law firms are only as good as their lawyers,” shares Watton. “NewLAWu.s. is committed to recruiting and retaining some of the best talent in the country. What we are finding is that there is an abundance of seasoned, top-notch attorneys who are not practicing because the traditional model does not fit with their life priorities. NewLAWu.s., however, allows those attorneys to practice and to do so on their own terms.”

Prior to NewLAWu.s., Watton was an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. She also completed a judicial internship for the Honorable Catherine A. Lemon of the Colorado Second Judicial District Court and became a certified mediator under the Nebraska Dispute Resolution Act. Watton earned her J.D./M.B.A. with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her B.S. with distinction from the University of Colorado, Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar and member of the President’s Leadership Class.

Watton is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association and the Maricopa County Bar Association, where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Litigation Section. She is passionate about improving the law, access to the legal system, and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession and enjoys giving back to her community through myriad noteworthy charitable and community organizations.

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Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort.

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Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Five companies were recognized with a “spotlight” award for each of the five categories.

CONGRATUALTIONS!

The five spotlight awards winners are:

Customer Opinion: Cresa
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Quality Leadership: Kitchell
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Social Responsibility: Vanguard
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Innovation: Laser Spine Institute
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Workplace Culture: GoDaddy
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“This is the most comprehensive and prestigious corporate awards program in Arizona because it recognizes the contributions and impact these ‘most admired companies’ bring to our state,’” says Denise Gredler, co-founder of the Most Admired Companies Program.

“These companies truly exemplify what it means to be a good corporate citizen,” says Cheryl Green, publisher of Arizona Business Magazine. “MAC winners consistently show strong leadership, a commitment to the communities in which they operate and concern for their employees and customers.”

This year’s presenting sponsors included Dignity Health of Arizona, National Bank of Arizona and Thunderbird International School of Global Management. Additional Event Sponsors include Charles Schwab, Progrexion, Ryan and Shutterfly.

The 40 companies named Most Admired Companies for 2014 were:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Alliance Residential Company
American Express
Arizona Diamondbacks
AXA Advisors
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
CBRE, Inc.
Charles Schwab
Cresa Phoenix
Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Fennemore Craig
GoDaddy
Goodmans Interior Structurs
Grant Thornton
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort
Homeowners Financial Group
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Infusionsoft
International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.
Kitchell
LaneTerralever
Laser Spine Institute
Mayo Clinic
Miller Russell Associates
National Bank of Arizona
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Quarles & Brady
Rider Levett Bucknall
Ryan, LLC
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
Shutterfly, Inc.
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sundt Construction
The CORE Institute
Telesphere
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
University of Advancing Technology
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Mead will lead Pension & Benefits Council

Chad Mead, Fennemore Craig

Chad Mead, Fennemore Craig

Fennemore Craig announced Chad Mead, a lawyer in the Phoenix office, has been named President – elect of the Phoenix Board of Directors for the Western Pension & Benefits Council.

“We congratulate Chad on his appointment to serve the legal community as a leader influencing change and commitment to employee benefit initiatives,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. ”

Mead focuses his practice in the areas of employee benefits law and executive compensation representing both private and public companies. He was named a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star® in 2014 and earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A. from Utah State University.

The Western Pension & Benefits Council is recognized as the premier educational and professional organization in the western United States for the dynamic field of employee benefits. With over 1,500 members located in 11 chapters, their mission is to educate, provide information, and foster sound principles of benefit plan governance within the industry.

AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception at The Venue in Scottsdale.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2014 are:

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D, senior vice president and chief research officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Trish Bear, president and CEO, I-ology
Dr. Amy Beiter, president and CEO, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
Janet G. Betts, member, Sherman & Howard
Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, Cramer-Krasselt
Delia Carlyle, councilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Luci Chen, partner, Arizona Center for Cancer Care
Mary Collum, senior vice president, National Bank of Arizona
Kathy Coover, co-founder, Isagenix International
Janna Day, managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Karen Dickinson, shareholder, Polsinelli
Michele Finney, CEO, Abrazo Health
Susan Frank, CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Leah Freed, managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors, Gila River Casinos
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
Deb Gullett, senior specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Diane Haller, partner, Quarles & Brady
Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Catherine Hayes, principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc.
Camille Hill, president, Merestone
Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Heidi Jannenga, founder, WebPT
Kara Kalkbrenner, acting fire chief, City of Phoenix
Lynne King Smith, CEO, TicketForce
Joan Koerber Walker, CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association
Karen Kravitz, president and head of conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Jessica Langbaum, PhD, principal scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Georgia Lord, mayor, City of Goodyear
Sherry Lund, founder, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
Teresa Mandelin, CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Shirley Mays, dean, Arizona Summit Law School
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, vice president, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns
Marcia L. Mintz, president, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Martha C. Patrick, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Stephanie J. Quincy, partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer, GoDaddy
Marian Rhodes, senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joyce Santis, chief operating officer, Sonora Quest Laboratories
Gena Sluga, partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Scarlett Spring, president, VisionGate
Patrice Strong-Register, managing partner, JatroBiofuels
Sarah A. Strunk, director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Marie Sullivan, president and CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Dana Vela, president, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Alicia Wadas, COO, The Lavidge Company
Ginger Ward, CEO, Southwest Human Development

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Anca Bec, 36, business development officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alison R. Christian, 32, shareholder, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Jaime Daddona, 38, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Nancy Kim, 36, owner, Spectrum Dermatology
Jami Reagan, 35, owner, Shine Factory Public Relations

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

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Fennemore Craig Attorneys earn recognition

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced 59 lawyers in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). Of the 59 attorneys recognized, five attorneys were also named The Best Lawyers in America 2015© – Lawyers of the Year.

“The firm’s reputation has been built on our attorneys’ continued commitment to excellence,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We are honored to be recognized by the legal community and to be included in this prestigious listing.”

The following Fennemore Craig attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office were named The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 – Lawyers of the Year:
• Robert D. Anderson – Environmental Law
• Timothy J. Berg – Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
• Timothy J. Burke – Antitrust Law
• Lauren J. Caster – Natural Resources Law
• Jane A. Proctor – Trusts and Estates

The following Fennemore Craig attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015:
• Amy Abdo – Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Robert D. Anderson – Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• John J. Balitis – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Timothy J. Berg – Appellate Practice; Communications Law; Energy Law; Litigation – Municipal; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Utilities Law
• Rhett A. Billingsley – Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• Patrick J. Black – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law
• Kevin J. Bonner – Litigation – Construction
• Timothy J. Burke – Antitrust Law; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Litigation – Antitrust
• Aaron Cain – Corporate Law
• Christopher L. Callahan – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Environmental; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Lauren J. Caster – Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• George T. Cole – Leisure and Hospitality Law; Real Estate Law
• Louis F. Comus, Jr. – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
• C. Webb Crockett – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law
• John F. Daniels, III – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
• Theresa Dwyer-Federhar – Appellate Practice
• Rita A. Eisenfeld – Trusts and Estates
• Phillip F. Fargotstein – Litigation – Environmental
• Andrew M. Federhar – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Municipal; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Scott M. Finical – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
• Margaret R. Gallogly – Natural Resources Law; Water Law
Donald R. Gilbert – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Stephen A. Good – Corporate Law; Tax Law
• Gregg Hanks – Real Estate Law; Tax Law
• Roger T. Hargrove – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate; Litigation – Trusts and Estates
• Ray K. Harris – Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent
• David N. Heap – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Lori Higuera – Employment Law – Management
• Neil H. Hiller – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Patrick Irvine – Appellate Practice; Native American Law; Tax Law
• Norman D. James – Energy Law; Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• John Randall R. Jefferies – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction
• John E. Kofron – Construction Law
• Jay S. Kramer – Real Estate Law
• Neal Kurn – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Marc H. Lamber – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• T. James Lee – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Laura A. Lo Bianco – Corporate Law; Non-Profit / Charities Law
• Don J. Miner – Real Estate Law
• Kendis Key Muscheid – Non-Profit / Charities Law; Tax Law
• Mark A. Nesvig – Real Estate Law
• Douglas C. Northup – Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
• Christian M. Olson – Non-Profit / Charities Law
• Sharon J. Oscar – Real Estate Law
• John M. Pearce – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
• Michael J. Phalen – Land Use and Zoning Law
• Janice Procter-Murphy – Appellate Practice; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Jane A. Proctor – Trusts and Estates
• Cathy L. Reece – Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Robert P. Robinson – Real Estate Law
• J. Barry Shelley – Corporate Law; Tax Law
• Gerald L. Shelley – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Kenneth J. Sherk – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Mediation; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Heidi Kimzey Short – Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
• Cynthia L. Shupe – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Ronald J. Stolkin – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
• Sarah A. Strunk – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mining Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
• David E. Vieweg – Real Estate Law
• Susan M. Wissink – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Published in almost 70 countries around the world, Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

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Fennemore Craig Attorneys on State Bar Committees

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced JP has been appointed to the State Bar of Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and Patrick Irvine has been elected to serve a three-year term as an at-large member of the Executive Council of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

“We congratulate Janice and Patrick on their appointments to serve the legal community and the State Bar of Arizona,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “Janice and Patrick’s commitment to legal excellence and dedicated service to clients further enhances the firm’s awareness of the continually evolving legal landscape.”

The State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct(“Ethics Committee”) assists the State Bar and its members with questions of professional ethics. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section promotes the awareness and use of dispute resolution methods other than litigation among members of the State Bar; the business, professional and legal communities; and the public at large.

Procter-Murphy practices in the areas of labor and employment law and civil appeals. She currently serves as Corporate Sponsorship chair for the American Cancer Society’s Central Phoenix Relay for Life. Procter-Murphy earned her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Irvine focuses his practice in litigation and business law, with special expertise in taxation, Indian law, appeals, and arbitration/mediation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judge on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals for over nine years. Irvine earned his LL.M. from the University of San Diego and his J.D. and B.S. from Arizona State University.

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Fennemore Craig real estate practice receives high rankings

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced the firm’s real estate practice received high rankings from the prestigious 2014, The Legal 500 guide. The Legal 500 also named four leading Fennemore Craig real estate attorneys in the areas of real estate and construction and land use and zoning.

“We are honored to be recognized by the prestigious legal guide, The Legal 500, in the area of real estate,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “This recognition highlights the firm’s commitment to legal excellence and Fennemore Craig’s reputable real estate counsel to clients throughout the Southwest.”

Fennemore Craig’s – The Legal 500, 2014 Practice Group National Rankings are:
* Real Estate and Construction – Land Use/Zoning – Tier 3
* Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate – Tier 5

Fennemore Craig’s – The Legal 500, 2014 Legal National Rankings for Real Estate Attorneys include:
* Joseph Chandler, Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate
* Stephen A. Good, Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate
* Jay S. Kramer, Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate
* Michael J. Phalen, Real Estate and Construction – Land Use/Zoning

The Legal 500 organizes each practice area into a single national ranking, eschewing a state-by-state approach. Only a small number of firms in the US have a truly national presence coupled with the capability to handle sophisticated and complex work; these are the ones The Legal 500 chooses to highlight. The Legal 500 approach is not a game of numbers – their ranking can include small, single-office firms – but simply a question of quality.

The Legal 500 analyzes the capabilities of law firms across the world and provides legal rankings based on a series of criteria. The Legal 500 highlights practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The Legal 500 research is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers who have experience in the legal market.

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Fennemore Craig Expands Healthcare Practice

210Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional firm, announced Victoria Stazio has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as an associate practicing in the areas of healthcare litigation, professional liability, long term care and catastrophic injury defense.

“We are thrilled to welcome Victoria Stazio to Fennemore Craig,” said, Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “Victoria’s skills and experience further enhances the firm’s growing health care practice.”

Prior to joining the firm, Stazio worked as an associate at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer in Phoenix, Arizona. She also served as Deputy County Attorney with the Mohave County Attorney’s Office. She earned her J.D. from St. John’s University, School of Law and her B.A. from Siena College. Stazio was a recipient of the Community Partnership Award from the Kingman Police Department.

Fennemore Craig’s healthcare practice includes more than 40 attorneys who practice in the areas of medical negligence defense, health care real estate, for-profit and non-profit health care facilities, medical associations and medical device companies.

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Fennemore Craig shareholder elected to Childsplay Board

Susan WissinkFennemore Craig announced Susan Wissink, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to serve as Vice President of Childsplay Board of Trustees.

“We are proud of our attorneys’ willingness to serve in the community,” said Tim Berg, managing partner at Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Susan on her dedication to supporting initiatives to enhance children’s education and well-being throughout the Valley.”

Wissink chairs the firm’s business and finance practice group and represents buyers and sellers in numerous complex transactions, including asset and stock based acquisitions and sales, mergers and other business reorganizations. Wissink was elected as Fellow for the American Bar Foundation and currently serves as Chair for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. She earned her J.D. from Arizona State University and her B.A. from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1977, Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. Over the past 36 years, Childsplay has educated and inspired more than four million young people and families.