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Former Tempe mayor joins Rose Law Group

Hugh Hallman has worn many distinguished hats over his 25 year career in law, education, politics and business; Mayor of Tempe, Statewide Candidate for Treasurer, Headmaster, Economist, and Civic Activist. But one title that has remained steadfast throughout his career, is serving as one of the state’s top attorneys.

Scottsdale-based Rose Law Group pc announced the appointment of Hugh Hallman as Chairman of Rose Law Group’s Litigation Department.

Hallman’s significant experience includes election law, complex finance law, education, technology, and government, both as an accomplished litigator and as a master of business deals. His years of service, and dedication in the legal field has led to impressive work in representing Apple against Microsoft, as well as Dell against Texas Instruments.

“Hugh Hallman is one the most intelligent, experienced and diversified litigators and transaction attorneys in our state right now”, said Jordan Rose, Founder and President of Rose Law Group. “He not only brings an impressive resume, and vast collection of skills to our firm, but he is a real asset for clients working with local, state and national governmental bodies across the globe.”

Before and after serving as Mayor of Tempe from 2004 to 2012, Hallman served as a political consultant for city, state and national campaigns, providing advice on economic issues, tactics, and outreach programs.

“My broad political experience has taught me how to work effectively with government officials at all levels, and how to accomplish a client’s objectives, while bringing people together to find common ground and practical solutions,” said Hallman. “I’m excited to be leading the litigation department here at Rose Law Group and hope to provide my expertise on many more matters to come.”

In Election law and First Amendment matters, Hallman shines. He’s represented political parties and candidates in ballot challenges, freedom of speech issues, testing the Constitutionality of Arizona’s party regulation statutes, the electronic distribution of voter data and numerous other issues.

Hallman has also practiced across the legal spectrum in Business Law. With a concentration in domestic and international finance and taxation, Hallman’s experience is diverse, and includes straight lending transactions, preferred securities, public and private placements of equity securities, and operations and tax-planning advice and strategies to corporations and businesses in major acquisitions, mergers and reorganizations.

Hallman has represented organizations ranging from small family businesses and start-up enterprises to large, established and publicly-traded institutions. He has represented parties in modest matters as well as in transactions that have exceeded 2.5 billion dollars and litigated disputes that have exceeded 5 billion dollars.

To round out his resume, in 2009, while serving at Tempe Mayor, Hallman limited his law practice to serve as the Headmaster of Tempe Preparatory Academies, sixth through twelfth-grade public schools serving more than 450 students, a position he held from 2009 to 2013. Under Hallman’s leadership, Tempe Prep was ranked as the top public school in the State of Arizona that maintains fully open enrollment practices.

Hallman is a writer and frequent speaker on topics ranging from law, education, municipal governance, finance, real estate and foreign relations, in the latter case specifically regarding Mexico and Kazakhstan. And Hallman is not ruling out another political run — this time perhaps for Congress.

Runoff Election, Early Voting Phoenix Mayor, Council

Andrew Thomas will run for governor

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he’s planning to run for Arizona governor in 2014.

Thomas served as county attorney from 2005 until he resigned in 2010 to unsuccessfully run for Arizona attorney general.

A three-member disciplinary panel of the Arizona courts disbarred Thomas about a year ago for failed corruption investigations that he and county Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched against officials with whom they were having political and legal disputes.

Thomas is a Republican and he joins a growing list of candidates for governor.

Democrat and former Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Fred DuVal, Republican and ex-Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Americans Elect party candidate John Mealer have already formally filed to run.

Republicans Sen. Al Melvin and Secretary of State Ken Bennett have formed exploratory committees.

desert peaks awards

Desert Peaks Awards Honor Regional Efforts

During a ceremony attended by nearly 300 people, the Maricopa Association of Governments honored nine partnerships and individuals in six categories who were selected to receive the 2012 Desert Peaks Awards. The awards are presented to those agencies and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting, recognizing, and attaining the ideals of regionalism. In addition, the first-ever “Lifetime Achievement Award for Regional Planning” was bestowed upon Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, in recognition for her 22 years of service exemplifying regional cooperation.

“Even before she took office, Mayor Scruggs was involved in the ‘get out the vote’ campaign for proposition 300, which implemented the half-cent sales tax that built the regional freeway system we are driving on today,” stated MAG Chair and Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman in conferring the award. “She was a charter member and driving force in creating the Transportation Policy Committee and a primary champion of Proposition 400 to extend the tax another 20 years. She was instrumental in accelerating the regional freeway system completion by seven years. Mayor Scruggs continues to work closely with citizens, and is noted for being visible, accessible and approachable,” he said.

Desert Peaks Awards were distributed in six categories: Public Partnership, Public-Private Partnership, Professional Service (two recipients were selected for this honor), Regional Partnership (two recipients were selected for this honor), Regional Excellence (two recipients were selected for this honor), and a new category added this year, Outstanding Economic Development Champion. See the list of projects below, as well as the partners in the project in the attached page. (Photos available on request.)

This year, two individuals were selected to receive the program’s highest honor for Regional Excellence, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers and Tempe Councilmember Shana Ellis. Mayor Rogers was nominated “for her regional leadership in guiding the transformation of not only Avondale but the entire region through her direct engagement to ensure its economic, social and cultural vitality.” Councilmember Shana Ellis was cited for being instrumental in having the Regional Public Transportation Authority (Valley Metro) and METRO light rail work in tandem to realize significant efficiencies through a combined, streamlined regional agency.

Public Partnership:

  • Regional Emergency Transportation Service

Public-Private Partnership:

  • Gangplank Avondale

Professional Service:

  • Mr. Ed Beasley, former City Manager, City of Glendale
  • Mr. David Smith, former County Manager, Maricopa County

Regional Partnership:

  • Domestic Violence Protocol Evaluation Project
  • Regional Wireless Cooperative/Topaz Regional Wireless Cooperative

Regional Excellence:

  • Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, City of Avondale
  • Councilmember Shana Ellis, City of Tempe

Outstanding Economic Development Champion

  • The Flinn Foundation

Regional Emergency Transportation Service

  • Apache Junction Fire District
  • Town of Gilbert
  • City of Mesa
  • Town of Queen Creek

Public-Private Partnership: Gangplank Avondale

  • City of Avondale
  • Gangplank Collective

Professional Service: Ed Beasley, former Glendale City Manager

Professional Service: David Smith, former Maricopa County Manager

Regional Partnership: Domestic Violence Protocol Evaluation Project

  • City of Apache Junction Police Department
  • City of Avondale Police Department
  • Town of Buckeye Police Department
  • City of El Mirage Police Department
  • Town of Gilbert Police Department
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Goodyear Police Department
  • Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
  • City of Mesa Prosecutor’s Office
  • City of Peoria Police Department
  • City of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center
  • City of Phoenix Police Department
  • City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office
  • City of Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office
  • City of Tolleson Police Department

Regional Partnership: Regional Wireless Cooperative/Topaz Regional Wireless Cooperative

  • Apache Junction Fire District
  • City of Apache Junction
  • City of Avondale
  • Town of Buckeye
  • City of Chandler
  • City of El Mirage
  • Town of Gilbert
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Goodyear
  • Town of Guadalupe
  • City of Mesa
  • City of Peoria
  • City of Phoenix
  • Town of Queen Creek
  •  City of Scottsdale
  • City of Surprise
  • City of Tempe
  • City of Tolleson

Regional Excellence: Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, City of Avondale

Regional Excellence: Councilmember Shana Ellis, City of Tempe

Outstanding Economic Development Champion: Flinn Foundation

Lifetime Achievement Award for Regional Planning: Mayor Elaine M. Scruggs, City of Glendale

For more information on the Desert Peaks Awards, visit azmag.gov.