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Gallagher & Kennedy earns distinction

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced today that it has been named a “Highly Recommended Arizona Litigation Firm” in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation, an annual guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys. In addition, six Gallagher & Kennedy shareholders have been named 2015 “Local Litigation Stars” in the rankings.

Gallagher & Kennedy founders Michael L. Gallagher and Michael K. Kennedy have been named 2015 “Local Litigation Stars” in Arizona. Also recognized as 2015 “Local Litigation Stars” are Kevin O’Malley, shareholder and head of the firm’s litigation department, and shareholders Mark A. Fuller, Donald Peder Johnsen and Paul L. Stoller. The list of “Local Litigation Stars” for each state includes only individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.

Recognizing excellence in litigation since 2008, Benchmark Litigation is the only publication to focus exclusively on U.S. litigation. Benchmark Litigation conducts an extensive interview process with litigators and clients to determine the top litigators on a local and national level. “Highly Recommended” firms receive the most client and peer mentions and are dominant in their particular jurisdiction.

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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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G&K’s Antonuccio Elected to Phoenix Day’s Board

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that associate Laura E. Antonuccio has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Phoenix Day.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in November 2015, Phoenix Day is the oldest, continuously operating early childhood education and youth development center in Arizona. It provides affordable education and childcare options for children from low income families. Phoenix Day also offers after school and summer programs as well as preventative health services for Valley families. In her role with the board of directors, Ms. Antonuccio will serve on the governance committee, assist with human resource matters and review corporate documents and personnel policies.

Antonuccio has been a reading volunteer for Phoenix Day since 2013 through her participation in the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Million Minutes Reading Challenge with Gallagher & Kennedy’s Professional Women’s Group. “Working with Phoenix Day is a wonderful opportunity to combine my legal skills and early childhood teaching experience in service to my community,” said Antonuccio, who taught pre-kindergarten prior to attending law school.

Antonuccio is a member of the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, a member of the University of Nebraska College of Law’s Young Alumni Council, and a Legal Advice Clinic volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Volunteer Lawyers Program. In 2014, she was recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyers® Rising Star in government contracts.

Antonuccio is an associate practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, public bidding and procurement and employment and labor law. She earned her J.D., with distinction, from the University of Nebraska and her B.A., cum laude, from Cornell College.

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Could fantasy football land you in jail?

Jonathan Hasebe, an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy.

Jonathan Hasebe, an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy.

With football season here, fantasy leagues are scoring big with sports fans. But, what may throw many Arizonans for a loss is many sports fans’ favorite pastime can also be a crime. The multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry is illegal in Arizona, creating potential legal risks and gray areas for fantasy sport enthusiasts.

Since fantasy sports hit the scene, is has exploded in popularity and the professional sports leagues love it because of the marketing and exposure it generates for the leagues. In 2006, the federal government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act. However, Congress made a specific exemption for fantasy sports, based on the belief that fantasy sports are rooted in skill and outcomes are based primarily on statistical results of the athletes. However, the industry is regulated on the state level.

“Arizona is a unique minority in the nation when it comes to fantasy sports,” according to Jonathan Hasebe, an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy.

Hasebe said Arizona state law differs with federal law, stating that fantasy sports are based on chance, not skill. This makes fantasy leagues that involve any kind of reward illegal.

Whether a specific fantasy league is legal in Arizona depends on where the league originates and the operating procedures of the league. Three ways exist for the league to be legal:

• The league does not play for money.
• If everyone participating is over the age of 21 and no entity outside of the contest benefits financially.
• If the league is conducted out of a regulated gambling establishment, like a tribal compact casino.

However, Arizonians cannot participate in nationwide fantasy sports leagues that involve reward because of the Arizona Gambling Law that states, “No other person, other than the player or players, derives a profit from the money paid to gamble.” Contests that have an administrative fee disqualifies the league as an “amusement” or “social” gambling event under Arizona law. These contests include popular leagues run by ESPN and CBS.

Last year, State Sen. Adam Driggs attempted to change the standing law with Senate Bill 1468. The bill intended to set fantasy sports apart from gambling and outline the specifics for what is considered fantasy sport under state law. The Arizona Indian Gaming Association came out against the bill, which would have legalized and regulated fantasy sports gaming. The bill failed to reach the senate floor.
“Personally I have never heard of the law being enforced,” Hasebe said.

But, Arizonians who participate are committing a misdemeanor. And under Arizona Chapter 33 of Title 13, which states, “benefiting from a game of chance” is prohibited, commissioners of leagues are committing a Class 5 felony.

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association reported that in 2013 there were more than 33.5 million people playing fantasy sports in the United States alone. It is not only illegal for Arizonans to partake in this national trend, Arizona is also missing out on the business and money-making opportunities that come along with the industry, according to Hasebe.

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Mooney leads State Bar’s Tax Law Section

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that shareholder Kelly C. Mooney has been elected as chair of the Tax Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona for 2014-2015.

The Tax Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona provides leadership for tax attorneys and other tax professionals by furthering their education in the laws of taxation, facilitating the development of professional relationships, and fostering intellectual discussion about recent developments and current issues regarding tax law. Mooney has been an officer of the Tax Law Section since 2011 and was a member at large of the Tax Law Executive Council from 2009-2010.

In addition to her role as chair of the Tax Law Section, Mooney is also the vice-chair of the Tax Law Advisory Commission to the Board of Legal Specialization for the State Bar of Arizona. “I appreciate my involvement with the Tax Law Section and the State Bar because it is such a valuable resource for attorneys and legal professionals and it makes it very easy to stay connected with my tax law colleagues,” said Ms. Mooney.

Mooney is a shareholder practicing in federal tax law, working with businesses and individuals to assist with tax planning and analysis, entity structuring, and tax controversy. She earned her LL.M in taxation from the University of San Diego as well as her J.D., summa cum laude, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona.

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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Deb Gullett – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Deb GullettSenior Specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Gullett is the executive director of the Arizona Association of Health Plans and senior specialist in G&K’s governmental affairs and lobbying practice.

Greatest accomplishment: “While I’ve had fabulous jobs, being a part of the Medicaid restoration was my proudest accomplishment.”

Surprising fact: “Back in my salad days I spent five months as the cook, sailing on a Caribbean charter boat.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

Click here to see all of the 2014 Most Influential Women.

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G&K Shareholder leads Hance Park Conservancy

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that shareholder William F. Allison has been elected as executive vice president of Hance Park Conservancy.

Hance Park Conservancy is an organization of stakeholders, cultural institutions, businesses and individuals working in collaboration with the City of Phoenix to produce and implement a redevelopment plan for Margaret T. Hance Park, located in Central Phoenix. The mission of the Hance Park Conservancy is to promote the creative use of public space and its vibrant arts and cultural experience.

In addition to his role with the Hance Park Conservancy, Mr. Allison also works with Arizona Forward where he serves as chair of the Central Regional Council and is a member of the Executive Committee and the board of directors. He is also secretary/treasurer of the Phoenix Public Library Foundation and vice president of the Actors Theatre of Phoenix. He received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating and the “Leading Individual” ranking from Chambers USA®.

Mr. Allison is a shareholder practicing in the areas of land use and zoning, government affairs and lobbying and administrative law. He earned his Master of Urban Planning and his J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Macalester College, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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G&K Shareholder Joins AzAJ Board

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that shareholder Lincoln Combs has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Arizona Association for Justice, also known as the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association (AzAJ/AzTLA).

The Association is an organization of lawyers dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting a fair and effective justice system, including the right to trial by jury. The AzAJ/AzTLA provides advocacy, continuing legal education and public education on behalf of its members and their clients. Concurrently with his position on the board of directors, Mr. Combs will continue to serve on the Legislative and Amicus Committees for the AzAJ/AzTLA. He has been a member since 2009.

Mr. Combs practices in the areas of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation, focusing on products liability, aviation disasters, general accident and negligence actions, elder abuse, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, professional malpractice, mass torts and insurance bad faith litigation. He also practices in the area of appellate law. In addition to his role with the AzAJ/AzTLA, Mr. Combs also serves on the Civil Practice and Procedure Committee for the State Bar of Arizona and is a member of the American Association for Justice. Earlier this year, he was recognized as a 2014 Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers.

Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, Mr. Combs served as a law clerk for the Honorable Andrew D. Hurwitz on the Arizona Supreme Court. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2006 from Arizona State University. He earned his M.S.A. in 1997 from Ohio University and his B.A. in 1994 from the University of California, San Diego.

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Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Announces Board

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announces its Board of Directors for Super Bowl XLIX. The board of directors is comprised of business leaders that volunteer their time to drive the state’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX.

The Host Committee is a private, non-profit Arizona corporation. The mandate of the Host Committee is to galvanize local stakeholders in a united approach to hosting the largest single-day sporting event by maximizing positive media exposure, fueling the economic engine of Arizona and leaving a lasting legacy long after the excitement of the Big Game. The board was assembled in 2013 to begin planning and to garner local corporate support and sponsors.

Board members include:
● Board Chair David Rousseau, president, SRP

● Brad Anderson, executive vice president, brokerage office services, CB Richard Ellis

● Michael Bidwill, president, Arizona Cardinals

● Jose Cardenas, senior vice president and general council, Arizona State University

● David Farca, president, ToH Design Studio

● Jim Grogan, chief operating officer, International Capital Investment Company

● Michael Haenel, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley

● Mike Kennedy, partner, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. (chairman, Super Bowl XLII Host Committee in 2008)

● Dan Lewis, senior vice president, Sovereign Finance

● Jeffrey Lowe, president, MidFirst Bank

● Mary Martuscelli, regional president for the private client reserve, U.S. Bank

● Andrew McCain, vice president and CFO, Hensley Beverage Company

● Patrick McGinley, vice president of property management, Vestar

● Steve Moore, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix CVB

● Jodi Noble, partner, Deloitte

● Jay Parry, president and CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

● Earl Petznick Jr., president and CEO, Northside Hay Company

● Ken Van Winkle, managing partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

● KJ Wagner, president and CEO, Willis of Arizona, Inc.

● David Watson, co-founder and managing partner, mybody and president and managing partner, Revolution Tea

● John Zidich, CEO, Republic Media Publisher, The Arizona Republic

“We have an impressive group of business leaders working together to meet the fundraising goals for Super Bowl XLIX and to maximize the opportunity to build the Arizona brand in this unparalleled global spotlight,” said David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chairman. “We want to promote Arizona as an ideal destination for businesses and tourists well beyond Super Bowl XLIX.”

Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to be played at University Of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s second Super Bowl in seven years. In Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.

For more information on the Board of Directors, please visit http://azsuperbowl.com/about-us/meet-the-team/

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G&K Shareholder Earns Pro Bono Distinction

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Charles Thomson has received the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona award for 2014 from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. Mr. Thomson was nominated for the award by the Community Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program.

The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposed to promote access to justice for all Arizonans. The Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona award was established in 2001 to recognize attorneys who give their time and legal expertise to residents of Arizona who otherwise do not have access to legal services.

“I sincerely appreciate being honored along with my colleagues by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education,” says Mr. Thomson. “There are many lawyers who generously share their expertise in communities across the state without such recognition.”

Mr. Thomson is a shareholder practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation, products liability and professional liability. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation. Mr. Thomson earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1975 and his B.A. in 1972 from Indiana University.

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Dalager Re-Appointed to County Commission

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Robert D. Dalager has been re-appointed to serve on the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Dalager was first appointed to the commission in January 2010.

The Arizona judicial system operates under merit selection, in which judges are chosen through a non-partisan commission of lawyers and non-lawyers which investigates and evaluates applicants. Dalager serves on the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, which is one of four judicial nominating commissions in the state of Arizona. He was nominated by Governor Janice Brewer and confirmed by the Senate for re-appointment to the commission in April. His term expires in January 2018.

Dalager is a shareholder practicing in the areas of government affairs and lobbying. Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, he spent 13 years working directly with and for State government, ten of which as the Chief of Staff for the Arizona State Senate. In addition to his role with the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, he also serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is a member of the City of Phoenix Citizen’s Transit Commission, the Encanto Village Planning Committee and the Phoenix Pedestrian and Bicycle Task Force. He earned his J.D. from Creighton University and his B.S. from Arizona State University.

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Phoenix Symphony Elects G&K Shareholder

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Ryan B. Opel has been elected to the office of Vice Chair, Nominating & Governance, for The Phoenix Symphony Association. Mr. Opel joined the Symphony’s Board of Directors in 2012 and became Chairman of the Education and Community Engagement Committee in 2013.

“I am honored to serve the community through The Phoenix Symphony,” said Opel. “Music has shaped my life in very significant ways, so I relish this opportunity to give something back.”

Mr. Opel has been involved in the performing arts since childhood when he began playing the violin at the age of four. His grandmother was a violinist in the early years of The Phoenix Symphony and taught violin in Scottsdale for much of her career.

A shareholder in Gallagher & Kennedy’s Business Law & Transactions group, Mr. Opel represents clients in a wide variety of business transactions and corporate matters. His professional and philanthropic experience includes working with nonprofit corporations to implement best practices in nonprofit governance. In addition to his role with The Phoenix Symphony, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Arizona Musicfest. Prior to relocating to Arizona in 2012, Mr. Opel was a member of the Board of Directors for the Winston-Salem Symphony and Piedmont Opera in North Carolina. Mr. Opel earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2002 from Duke University where he was Managing Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He also holds an M.A. in Psychology from Duke University and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University.

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Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona elects 3 to Board

Three new members were elected to the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) Board of Directors at the non-profit organization’s annual member meeting last month. Ray Norris, Sharon Phillips and Amanda Wigal-Schlosser will serve their first terms December 2013 through 2016.

“The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona is incredibly excited to include these three experienced and dedicated individuals to our already wonderful board,” said Kim Halloran, executive director of BIAAZ. “We look forward to the strong leadership this board can provide to carry out our mission, and the support they will bring to community members with brain injuries, their families and professionals.”

Ray Norris
Ray Norris is an attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy who specializes in plaintiffs’ catastrophic personal injury, with particular experience in brain and spinal cord injury, along with medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death and mediation of disputes. He also conducts trial preparation and jury selection focus groups. Throughout his career, Norris has spoken extensively in the areas of traumatic brain injury and trial advocacy.

Sharon Phillips
Sharon Phillips is the owner and president of Freedom Manor, Inc. Freedom Manor specializes in the care of brain injury survivors in an assisted living home setting. Phillips has owned and managed Freedom Manor for 19 years. She has experience in many volunteer boards, including the Assisted Living Federation of Arizona, Assisted Living Federation of America and Arizona Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries. Phillips also previously served on the board of Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

Amanda Wigal-Schlosser
Amanda Wigal-Schlosser is the owner of Brandables, a promotional products company. Wigal-Schlosser suffered a traumatic brain injury in June 2007. Since her rehabilitation, she has made it her personal mission to teach people about brain injury.

In addition to these three new board members, the BIAAZ board has elected new officers. These officers will serve one-year terms on the Executive Committee:

> President: Becky Armendariz, public relations director, Banner Health Arizona East Region
> Vice President: Dr. Robert Djergaian, medical director, Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute
> Treasurer: Sean Badding, partner and owner, Everlasting Services
> Secretary: Tom Nielsen, father of brain injury survivor

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Deaf Awareness Week spotlights diversity

Throughout the month of September 2013, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) joins the world in promoting the annual Deaf Awareness Week (DAW). September 23rd – 28th is the time to celebrate the culture, heritage and language unique to Deaf people of the world.  Currently there are more than 55 million people in the United States experiencing some degree of hearing loss and in Arizona there are more than 700,000 people who are hard of hearing and more than 20,000 who are culturally Deaf.

Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to promote the rights of Deaf people throughout the world which includes education for Deaf people, access to information and services, the use of sign languages, and human rights for Deaf people.  Recognition of achievements by Deaf people, past and present is acknowledged.  The misconceptions of being Deaf and the challenges the Deaf population face during everyday life are brought to light and shared with the greater population. Learning sign language and other ways Deaf people communicate allows one to gain insights and better understanding of Deaf Culture and its norms.

Society should understand that Deaf individuals are just as capable, able, and intelligent as hearing individuals.  There is a difference in the way those that are Deaf communicate, but it is not a handicap or disability. Deaf Awareness Week is about promoting the positive aspects of being Deaf and “social inclusion” and raise awareness about Deaf people and its culture.
As we (the Deaf community) continue to face a variety of issues of barriers and oppression, we need to continue in being proactive with our actions, show pride in our identity as a Deaf individual, and constantly embrace and cherish the uniqueness of Deaf Culture.

An example of what ACDHH does in the community to improve the quality of life for the deaf and the hard of hearing is work with a variety of industries to better understand and communicate with deaf individuals. One of these industries is healthcare – a situation in which clear communication between a patient and service provider could mean the difference between life and death. ACDHH offers a free, comprehensive training course for healthcare providers in order to ensure proper information is being given and received.

Not only is it the responsibility of a healthcare provider to provide effective communication for the deaf and the hard of hearing, it’s the law. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, regardless of the provider’s size or number of employees. The healthcare providers’ curriculum offers valuable information on the options available to achieve the effective communication that is required without threatening the livelihood of the business.

Join ACDHH in celebrating Deaf Awareness throughout the month of September in recognizing the past, present, and future contributions and achievements that have paved the way to where we are today.

For more information on the events taking place during Deaf Awareness Week, please visit www.acdhh.org.

 

Beca Bailey and Sean Furman are both deaf specialists with the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. Information and referral, community development and outreach education are among the services they help provide. By informing deaf and hard of hearing individuals about their rights and the laws and programs available to support those rights, they, too, can become empowered as self-advocates.

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G&K Attorney Joins Board of Children's Museum

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm announced today that Andrea L. Stone has joined the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

The Children’s Museum Board of Directors is a professionally diverse group of community leaders who understand and value early childhood education. The mission of the Museum is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the adults who care about them.

“The Museum focuses on learning through play, strives to build cultural understanding and promotes positive social interaction.  I believe in this mission, and I believe everyone in our community benefits, directly or indirectly, from this wonderful resource,” said Stone.

Ms. Stone is an associate whose practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including intellectual property counseling, protection and litigation.

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G&K Attorney Joins Board of Children’s Museum

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm announced today that Andrea L. Stone has joined the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

The Children’s Museum Board of Directors is a professionally diverse group of community leaders who understand and value early childhood education. The mission of the Museum is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the adults who care about them.

“The Museum focuses on learning through play, strives to build cultural understanding and promotes positive social interaction.  I believe in this mission, and I believe everyone in our community benefits, directly or indirectly, from this wonderful resource,” said Stone.

Ms. Stone is an associate whose practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including intellectual property counseling, protection and litigation.

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G&K Shareholder Recognized by State Bar

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced that shareholder Jennifer A. Cranston has been selected as the 2013 Member of the Year for the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA).

The Member of the Year award recognizes MCBA members who devote an exceptional amount of time and talent to the Association, the legal profession and the community. Selection criteria for the award include a current member of the MCBA who significantly contributes to the programs and activities of the MCBA, who dedicates themselves to furthering the goals of the legal profession, and who shows an outstanding commitment to community service.

“As I mark my tenth year as a volunteer with the Maricopa County Bar Association, I am extremely honored to be recognized among my peers in this way,” said Ms. Cranston. She has been an active member since 2003, having served as secretary, treasurer, president-elect, president and, currently, immediate past president. Ms. Cranston also served as president of the MCBA Young Lawyers Division in 2007.

Ms. Cranston focuses her practice on three primary areas: real estate disputes, including condemnation and valuation matters; insurance coverage analysis and bad faith litigation; and public utility regulation. Earlier this year, she co-authored the third edition of the Arizona State Bar Association’s publication of Eminent Domain in Arizona. In her free time, she is an avid reader and loves to relax at home with her husband, Jake, and their two dogs.

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G&K Shareholder Recognized by State Bar

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced that shareholder Jennifer A. Cranston has been selected as the 2013 Member of the Year for the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA).

The Member of the Year award recognizes MCBA members who devote an exceptional amount of time and talent to the Association, the legal profession and the community. Selection criteria for the award include a current member of the MCBA who significantly contributes to the programs and activities of the MCBA, who dedicates themselves to furthering the goals of the legal profession, and who shows an outstanding commitment to community service.

“As I mark my tenth year as a volunteer with the Maricopa County Bar Association, I am extremely honored to be recognized among my peers in this way,” said Ms. Cranston. She has been an active member since 2003, having served as secretary, treasurer, president-elect, president and, currently, immediate past president. Ms. Cranston also served as president of the MCBA Young Lawyers Division in 2007.

Ms. Cranston focuses her practice on three primary areas: real estate disputes, including condemnation and valuation matters; insurance coverage analysis and bad faith litigation; and public utility regulation. Earlier this year, she co-authored the third edition of the Arizona State Bar Association’s publication of Eminent Domain in Arizona. In her free time, she is an avid reader and loves to relax at home with her husband, Jake, and their two dogs.

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Gertsman Elected Actors Theatre Board President

Renee Gertsman, a partner with Jaburg Wilk, has been elected President of the Actors Theatre Board of Directors for the 2013-14 season, which begins Oct. 25 with A Steady Rain.

Gertsman will be joined on the executive committee by William Allison, vice president, an attorney with Gallagher & Kennedy; Cathiey Lanier Lemon, secretary, a community volunteer; Sara Gordon, senior vice president, J.P. Morgan Chase; and Oonagh Boppart, past president, a community volunteer.

“With our recent pause nearing an end, our new board leadership is prepared to guide a refreshed and refocused Actors Theatre back to audiences that are open to boldly experiencing the world from new perspectives through theatre that is powerful and talk-provoking,” said Managing Director Erica Black.

In February, Actors Theatre announced it was “taking a pause” to redesign its business model and consider future plans that included leaving the Herberger Theater Center as a resident company after more than 20 years.

“This is an exciting time for Actors Theatre and contemporary theatre in the Valley,” Gertsman said.  “The board and artistic management took a very brave step in pulling back to rethink and redesign and we’re all very anxious to experience the outcome of this new strategic direction.”

A Steady Rain will run through Nov. 10 at Playhouse on the Park at the Viad Corporate Center (box office: 602-888-0368), 1850 N. Central Ave.  Tickets are $20-$45 and are on sale at www.actorstheatrephx.org.

A Steady Rain is the first of four plays Actors Theatre will stage during the 2013-14 season.  Good People will run from April 26-May 11 at a venue that will be announced later this year.  Two others will run from Jan. 10-26 and June 7-22.  The names and venues also will be announced later this year.

For more information, visit www.actorstheatrephx.org.

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Watton Rejoins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service law firm, today announced that Brooke K.A. Watton has rejoined the firm as an associate, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury and general business law.

Watton is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association and the Maricopa Bar Association, where she previously served on the Board of Directors for the Corporate Counsel Division.

Watton earned her J.D. with the “Highest Distinction in Pro Bono” and her M.B.A. in 2010 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her B.S. with distinction in 2006 from the University of Colorado, Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar. Watton is currently a certified mediator under the Nebraska Dispute Resolution Act.

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Watton Rejoins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service law firm, today announced that Brooke K.A. Watton has rejoined the firm as an associate, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury and general business law.

Watton is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association and the Maricopa Bar Association, where she previously served on the Board of Directors for the Corporate Counsel Division.

Watton earned her J.D. with the “Highest Distinction in Pro Bono” and her M.B.A. in 2010 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her B.S. with distinction in 2006 from the University of Colorado, Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar. Watton is currently a certified mediator under the Nebraska Dispute Resolution Act.

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Carrell Elected Treasurer of State Bar's Young Lawyers Division

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced that Tyler J. Carrell has been elected to serve as treasurer of the Executive Council for the State Bar of Arizona’s Young Lawyers Division for 2013-2014.

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is a professional service organization specifically created for lawyers who are under the age of 37, or have been in practice for five years or less. YLD members donate an exceptional amount of time to pro bono legal services and other volunteer opportunities throughout Arizona. Presently, the Division has approximately 4,000 active members in the state, which constitutes nearly 33 percent of the total in-state active State Bar membership.

Carrell served as YLD District Representative from 2012 to 2013 before being elected treasurer. He has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division since 2010.

Carrell is an associate practicing in the area of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.  In addition to his role as executive council member for the Young Lawyers Division, he is also on the executive council for the Young Lawyers Division of the Maricopa County Bar Association, a member of the Arizona Alumni Association, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the Brophy Alumni Association.

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Carrell Elected Treasurer of State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced that Tyler J. Carrell has been elected to serve as treasurer of the Executive Council for the State Bar of Arizona’s Young Lawyers Division for 2013-2014.

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is a professional service organization specifically created for lawyers who are under the age of 37, or have been in practice for five years or less. YLD members donate an exceptional amount of time to pro bono legal services and other volunteer opportunities throughout Arizona. Presently, the Division has approximately 4,000 active members in the state, which constitutes nearly 33 percent of the total in-state active State Bar membership.

Carrell served as YLD District Representative from 2012 to 2013 before being elected treasurer. He has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division since 2010.

Carrell is an associate practicing in the area of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.  In addition to his role as executive council member for the Young Lawyers Division, he is also on the executive council for the Young Lawyers Division of the Maricopa County Bar Association, a member of the Arizona Alumni Association, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the Brophy Alumni Association.