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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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Gallagher & Kennedy adds Church and Ministry Law practice

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy has announced that shareholder Robert (Bob) Erven Brown and associate Matthew (Matt) H. Mason have joined the firm. In addition to their work in the newly formed Church and Ministry Law practice, both attorneys bring substantial experience in real estate and business law and transactions.

“The array of legal issues confronting churches is expanding at a furious pace. Bob and Matt are the premier church and ministry lawyers in the Southwest and a timely addition to our non-profit organization practice,” said Mike Kennedy, co-founder of the law firm.

Throughout his 40-year career, Mr. Brown has worked with numerous nonprofits and represented a wide range of clients in real estate and commercial transactions.  For the past 15 years, he has focused his practice in providing legal counsel to secular and faith-based nonprofit entities, including churches, para-ministries, human services organizations, faith-based schools and other faith-based entities.

As an advisor to pastors, business administrators, board members and committees, he counsels boards and leadership teams on campus development and construction, church planting, entity planning services, risk management, real estate and asset protection, insurance coverage, mandatory abuse reporting, media response, protecting religious liberties, board and staff training, and acts as general counsel to help resolve ongoing operational concerns.

Mr. Brown is the founder of the Campus Preservation Planning© program, which protects critical assets of faith-based ministries and secular charities against uninsurable, under-insured, and uninsured unjust claims. He was a certified specialist in real estate law in Arizona for more than 20 years and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Martindale Hubble. In the community, he serves on numerous nonprofit boards as a legal advisor and trustee. Mr. Brown completed his B.S. from Yale University before receiving his J.D. from the University of Wyoming Law School.

Mr. Mason is an experienced transactional attorney with an emphasis in nonprofit, real estate, and corporate representation. In advising his clients, who include real estate investment companies, charter schools, churches and other nonprofits, he provides outside general counsel to help efficiently resolve legal and regulatory issues, along with routine and complex operational matters.

He is a member of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, the City of Scottsdale Development Review Board, and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Arizona Christian University. Mr. Mason completed his B.S. from Arizona State in 2002, and received his J.D. and M.D.R. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2007.

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Gallagher & Kennedy expands criminal law group

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy has announced that Woodrow C. “Woody” Thompson and Jay S. Volquardsen have joined the criminal law group as shareholders.

“We are pleased to have these two, highly effective criminal defense lawyers joining our attorney team,” said Dean Short, Managing Partner of Gallagher & Kennedy.

Mr. Thompson is a criminal defense attorney who represents his clients on all types on felony and misdemeanor offenses and government investigations.  Over his career, Mr. Thompson has also practiced commercial litigation, products liability and intellectual property law.  However, he has concentrated his practice in criminal law for the past 13 years, representing clients on a wide range of criminal offenses from misdemeanor DUI to homicide and federal investigations. Mr. Thompson has developed extensive expertise in the area of felony and misdemeanor DUI and vehicular offences, finding great satisfaction in advocating for accused individuals in the community.   Mr. Thompson completed his B.B.A. in Mathematics in 1998 and his J.D. in 2001 from Arizona State University.  Mr. Thompson is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and was awarded “Best of Our Valley” in 2013 for criminal defense attorney from Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Mr. Volquardsen focuses his practice in criminal law, with vast expertise in felony and misdemeanor DUI and other vehicular offenses.  Earlier in his law career, Mr. Volquardsen worked in creditor and debtor representation including bankruptcy law but found criminal defense work to be his true passion and has been defending individuals and businesses exclusively in criminal matters for the last ten years.  Mr. Volquardsen obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in Project Management (1997) and was part of the Barrett Honors College during matriculation.  After working in the construction and engineering fields in Los Angeles, California, Jay returned to Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, clerked for the Arizona State Court of Appeals Staff Attorneys Office (Division One) and, ultimately, received his Juris Doctor in 2000 after just two-and-a –half years in law school.  In 2015, Mr. Volquardsen was honored to receive the “10 Best Award Based on Client Satisfaction” from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as well as the “Nation’s Top One Percent” from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

 

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Data breach: Not if, but when, experts warn

“It will never happen to us.”

That misperception puts businesses at risk for data breaches, expert say.

“The most common mistake is assuming your company won’t be breached because you’re not a large, multi-national company similar to the ones whose breaches are covered by the national media,” says Ari Bai, shareholder at Polsinelli. “In reality, however, every company is a target. Hackers, be they individual vigilantes, criminal organizations or nation-states, look for any and all data, and often the most accessible is that in smaller companies. Plus, small companies make for good ‘practice’ for hackers. Thus, when a company ignores the risk and does not set forth the proper protocols for protection and response, it is essentially asking to be breached.”

The 2015 Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chief Legal Officers Survey revealed that one quarter of general counsel report their companies have been hit by data breaches. And according to the 2015 Cyberthreat Defense Report, more than seven in 10 respondents said their networks were breached in 2014, up from 62 percent in 2013. The average cost of a data breach in 2013 for companies in the Unites States was $5.85 million. The scariest part about the threat of a data breach is that experts agree that there is no way to completely protect a business from becoming the victim of a data breach.

“Once we develop a way to protect ourselves from something, the hackers are already using a new technique,” Bai says. “This is why preparation is so important. Liability for lack of preparation can financially devastate a company. You are going to get hacked — with preparation, you don’t have to lose lawsuits.”

Being prepared

Like any potential business catastrophe, limit a business’ risk of becoming the victim of a data breach starts with preparedness, according to Paul Stoller, shareholder at Gallagher & Kennedy.

“Every company should work with its legal professionals and IT staff to create and to implement a comprehensive data privacy and security plan, which will help to remove, or at least to reduce, the risk of many of the common causes of breach,” Stoller says.

Leon B. Silver, office co-managing partner at Gordon & Rees, says all companies, no matter their size, need to adopt data security as a core business practice throughout the organization and not look at it as something that is taken care of by one department or by an outside vendor.

“Policies on mobile devices, passwords and encryption are just part of an overall culture of data security awareness,” Silver says. “But be aware, a breach can happen.”

Heather Buchta, partner at Quarles & Brady says business leaders need to engage in some internal due diligence and ask themselves these questions:

• What internal policies are in place to protect data?

• Is there a policy against removing devices from the business location?

• Is there a policy to encrypt data?

• Even more basic, what kind of data does a company have?

“Risk of a breach increases as the volume of data a company has increases and oftentimes the data wasn’t even used by the business,” Buchta says, “which is creating an increased risk for no business purpose.”

Despite a company’s best efforts to lower its risk of a data breach, Buchta says today’s hackers are getting more sophisticated and businesses always have the added risk of employee error.

“The risk really lies in what was done ahead of time to try and prevent and breach and how the incident is handled afterward,” she says.

After the breach

While a business can be proactive in taking the appropriate steps to minimize risk and being well equipped to handle a loss or theft if data or information, there are no measures that provide a guarantee of security, Silver says.

“In fact, virtually every mid- to large-size company has already likely been breached, but the extent is either not known, or is not significant,” Silver says. “A big source of loss continues to be human error. That, coupled with continually evolving technology and more sophisticated theft/hacking measures equates to an ongoing need to stay ahead of the curve and simply arm yourself the best you can by adhering to and enforcing strict privacy policies following a thorough risk assessment.”

So what should you do if you’ve taken all the proper steps to reduce your risk of a data breach and your businesses is still victimized?

“The first thing is always to identify the source and to fix the issue that caused the breach so that there is not any further loss or theft of data,” Stoller says. “After that, the business needs to work with its IT professionals to investigate what caused the leak, to identify those persons who may be affected and to preserve evidence of what happened.”

Stella says it’s also imperative to work with legal professionals to determine a business’ legal obligations after a breach, including notifications to affected persons and government agencies.

“Don’t delay in investigating and don’t delay in calling in the experts,” Buchta says. “Businesses should have an incident response plan and that plan should identify the key players to investigate and manage a breach — legal counsel, IT forensics, operations/HR, public relations and the executive team.”

Because experts say a data breach is almost inevitable, it’s crucial for a business to develop and enforce sound privacy policies, including a response plan should a breach or loss occur, Silver says.

“Such policies will also need to evolve over time as technology continues to improve,” he says. “The bottom line is to expect the unexpected, think ahead, keep thinking ahead, and do your best to prepare.”

Advice from experts

Here is what Valley legal experts advise businesses to do to lower their risk of a data breach:

Ari Bai, shareholder; and Nick Verderame, associate, Polsinelli: “Start preparing now. Bring in technical and legal help to assess your data and risk levels, create technical protections, implement company procedures to protect against leaks, educate your employees and leadership, organize annual ‘fire drill’ tests and prepare a reaction and notification procedure.”

Heather Buchta, partner, Quarles & Brady: “Know your business. Know what data you have. Have an incident response plan in place in advance to facilitate the handling of an event when it occurs. Note I said, ‘when it occurs,’ not ‘if it occurs.’”

Leon B. Silver, office co-managing partner, Gordon & Rees: “Begin by assessing risk, including the availability of special ‘cyber risk’ insurance, which is not just for hacking and may provide coverage for both investigation and response costs, as well as defense and/or indemnity for third-party claims.”

Paul Stoller, shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy: “The best practice for a business is to create and maintain a comprehensive data privacy and security plan. That begins with an audit of the business’s data and the development of policies and procedures to manage its confidential information. Then, it is essential to train employees on both the policies and procedure and the potential threats to the data’s security.”

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Super Lawyers: Gallagher & Kennedy

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers. Additionally, 12 attorneys have been named as 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars.   Annually, only the top five percent of attorneys in Arizona and New Mexico are selected by Southwest Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

The following Gallagher & Kennedy attorneys are named 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers in Arizona:

• Robert W. Boatman – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

• Timothy D. Brown – Tax Law

• Shannon L. Clark – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

• John R. Clemency – Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights

• J. Stanton Curry – Environmental Law

• Mark A. Fuller – Business Litigation

• Michael L. Gallagher – General Litigation

• Jeffrey D. Gross – Real Estate Litigation

• Tom Henze – Criminal Defense Law

• Robert J. Itri – Business Litigation

• Michael K. Kennedy – Business Litigation

• Patrick J. McGroder, III – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

• Raymond M. Norris – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

• Mark S. O’Connor – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

• Kevin E. O’Malley – Business Litigation

• Jeffrey T. Pyburn – Insurance Coverage

• Terence W. Thompson – Mergers & Acquisitions

The following Gallagher & Kennedy attorney is selected to the 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers list in New Mexico:

• Dalva L. Moellenberg – Environmental Law

The following Gallagher & Kennedy attorneys are named 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Arizona:

• Kimberly G. Allen – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

• Laura E. Antonuccio – Government Contracts

• Tyler J. Carrell – Real Estate Litigation

• Lincoln Combs – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

• Alicia N. Corbett – Securities Law

• Jennifer A. Cranston – Eminent Domain

• Liana J. Garcia – General Litigation

• Janel M. Glynn – Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights

• Jonathan T. Hasebe – Business/Corporate Law

• Matthew P. MacLeod – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

• Timothy W. Overton – Business Litigation

• Lindsi M. Weber – Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights

Election Results, Phoenix 2011

Pediatrics Foundation elects G&K’s Stacey Lihn

 Stacey Lihn - HeadshotThe law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced today that Stacey L. Lihn has been elected as a public member of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Foundation. She will serve a three-year term beginning January 2015.
In her role, Ms. Lihn will serve as the first parent representative for the ABP Foundation, bringing a new and unique perspective to leaders in the field of.
The ABP Foundation supports the mission of the American Board of Pediatrics to ensure excellence in the education of pediatricians and the delivery of pediatric care. The ABP Foundation pursues rigorous research, convenes collaborators in health care, develops and disseminates collective expertise and promotes innovation in order to foster the health and well-being of children and families.
Ms. Lihn has been an effective advocate for cardiac and pediatric health care since 2009, when her daughter was diagnosed in utero with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a severe congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.
“I am honored to serve as the first parent voice for the ABP Foundation,” said Ms. Lihn. “As primary medical decision makers for our children, we believe that incorporating parents as partners in health care is vital for continued growth and improvement in pediatric medicine.”
In addition to serving on the ABP Foundation, Ms. Lihn also serves as president of Sisters by Heart and is a parent leader for the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative. In 2012, she spoke at the Democratic National Convention about the impact of health care reform on her family.
Ms. Lihn has been a paralegal in Gallagher & Kennedy’s personal injury and wrongful death practice group for 10 years. She earned her B.A. in 1999 from Arizona State University.
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Gallagher & Kennedy adds Joshua S. Becker

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced today that Joshua S. Becker has joined the firm as a shareholder in the business law and intellectual property practice groups.

The primary focus of Mr. Becker’s business law practice is all aspects of franchising, including franchise development and maintenance, franchise licensing and agreements, franchise sales, and federal, state franchise law compliance and mergers and acquisitions. He also advises franchisors in all aspects of the franchise relationship, including operational compliance, enforcement of system standards, default, termination, renewal, workouts, transfers, remodeling/reimaging, debt restructuring, acquisition of franchised outlets, sale of company-operated outlets and sale of franchise systems.

Within his intellectual property practice, Mr. Becker assists technology and digital industry clients with domestic and international license agreements, corporate formation and structure, and trademark registration and maintenance.

Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, Mr. Becker served as senior vice president and assistant general counsel for Kahala Corp., where he directed and managed litigation and trademark activities for national franchises including Cold Stone Creamery.

Mr. Becker is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising and the International Franchise Association. He was recognized as a 2013 Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers and as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers in 2012.

Mr. Becker earned his J.D. in 1998 from the Arizona State University College of Law and his B.S. in 1995 from the University of Arizona.

G&K’s Tyler Carrell begins YLD president term

Tyler Carrell - HeadshotThe law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy today announced that Tyler J. Carrell has begun serving his year-long term as president of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA).
Mr. Carrell is one of the youngest attorneys ever to serve as president of YLD. He previously served as president-elect, as treasurer and has been an active member of the organization since 2010. The Young Lawyers Division of the MCBA is a professional service organization focused on community service and targeted initiatives to meet the needs of young and new lawyers. Members of the YLD are lawyers who are under 37 years old, or have been in practice for five years or less.
“The YLD is a highly energized group of young lawyers who enjoy the camaraderie of working together to enrich our profession and the community through initiatives like the Race Judicata, the Barrister’s Ball and the annual Necessities Drive,” said Carrell. Working in collaboration with the YLD Board of Directors and regular members, he expects the organization to introduce new programming this year.
In addition to his role on the Maricopa County Bar Association YLD, Mr. Carrell is also the current president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Arizona. In June 2015, he will become the first attorney in state history to serve as president of the YLD for both the State Bar of Arizona and the Maricopa County Bar Association.
Mr. Carrell is an associate practicing in the areas general commercial litigation, corporate restructuring and real estate. Mr. Carrell is recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star and is also a member of the University of Arizona Alumni Association, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the Brophy Alumni Association. Mr. Carrell earned his J.D. in 2010 from Arizona State University and his B.S. in 2006 from the University of Arizona.
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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.