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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite selects new managing shareholder

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has announced that James  E. Brophy, III has been elected as the firm’s new Managing Shareholder starting September 1. Jim succeeds long-time leader Rodolfo “Rudy” Parga Jr., who has served as Managing Shareholder since 2007—the second longest tenure for the role in the firm’s 67-year history.

“I am honored and humbled to take on the role of Managing Shareholder for our firm,” Jim said. “These past eight years Rudy has guided our firm with great skill. During his tenure as Managing Shareholder, Rudy has been a creative and thoughtful leader. The firm thanks him for his strong leadership. ”

A third-generation Arizona native, Jim  has been an attorney with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite since 1974 and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee a number of times, including during Rudy’s 8-year tenure as Managing Shareholder. Jim has been the leader of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group for several years and served as the firm’s risk management shareholder. Jim’s legal practice focuses on securities and business law, and he is experienced in insurance and banking law. His practice includes regulatory representation before the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions and the Arizona Department of Insurance. Since 2005, Jim has been recognized by both Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America®. Jim is a past President of the Men’s Arts Council, a member of the Board of Managers of the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town Family YMCA, and a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Senior Living, an organization devoted to providing low-income housing for the elderly.

After assuming the role of Managing Shareholder at the age of 38 and serving in that capacity for the last eight years, Rudy is eager to return full-time to practicing as a trial attorney. “It was always my intention to return to active practice this year, and I’m looking forward to trying cases for the firm’s clients,” Rudy said. “I will continue to represent the firm in our engagement with the business community, and I have complete confidence in Jim’s leadership.”

Before his election to Managing Shareholder, Rudy served on the firm’s Executive Committee and as Practice Group Leader of the Litigation group. Rudy was recognized in AzBusiness Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona edition in 2015 and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in 2013. In 2012, the Phoenix Business Journal featured Rudy as one of the city’s Most Admired CEOs. Rudy is also frequently acknowledged for his community leadership, which includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success, Chicanos Por La Causa, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, and Friends of Public Radio Arizona.

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Chambers USA: Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite announced that four practices and 11 attorneys have been ‎recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA. Shareholder Sheryl Sweeney received a coveted Band 1 ranking in Environment: Water Rights. The firm’s Arizona Labor & Employment practice also received a Band 1 ranking.

The four practice areas recognized include:‎


Labor & Employment (AZ) 

Environment (including water rights)‎‎(AZ)‎

Real Estate (AZ)‎

The nine attorneys named as Leaders in their Field include:


James E. Brophy (Corporate/M&A)

Michael D. Moberly (Labor & Employment)

Nathan R. Niemuth (Labor & Employment)

Michael P. Ripp (Real Estate)

Sheryl A. Sweeney (Environment: Water Rights)

Michele L. Van Quathem (Environment: Water Rights)


Brian Nazarenus (Natural Resources & Environment)

James Sanderson (Natural Resources & Environment)

Jonathan Steeler (Natural Resources & Environment)

The two attorneys named to the Up and Coming list include:‎


Albert H. Acken (Environment including Water Rights)

Andrea Lovell (Labor & Employment)


Ryley Carlock Attorneys Selected by Chambers USA

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite had six attorneys from its Phoenix office selected as Leading Lawyers for Business in Arizona by Chambers & Partners.

“We are tremendously grateful to our clients who provided Chambers with the valuable insight into the work we provide for them,” said Managing Shareholder, Rodolfo Parga. “Chambers USA is a highly rigorous process and is a strong reflection of our commitment to understanding the challenges our clients face as business leaders. We are very honored to have received this acknowledgment for our lawyers.”

Chambers USA, the world’s leading guide to the legal profession, released its 2013 rankings for lawyers and practice groups. Chambers rankings are based on submissions put forward by law firms, interviews during the course of research and Chambers’ own database resources. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the highest ranking.

Ryley Carlock attorneys selected are:

Fredric D. Bellamy, Arizona, Litigation
James E. Brophy, Arizona Corporate and M&A
Michael D. Moberly, Arizona, Employment Law
Nathan R. Niemuth, Arizona, Labor and Employment Law
Michael Ripp, Arizona, Real Estate and Lending
Sheryl A. Sweeney, Arizona, Environmental, Water Rights

Chambers & Partners have been publishers since 1969. They are located in London, England, and publish United Kingdom, USA, and Global guides to the legal profession. Additional information regarding Chambers & Partners, its guides, and the selection process they use to determine the leading lawyers in the United Kingdom, the USA, and the World is available at http://www.chambersandpartners.com/.

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Managing Shareholder Rodolfo Parga.

Ryley Carlock Attorneys Named to Southwest Super Lawyers

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite had 15 attorneys from its Phoenix office selected for inclusion in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Each year, no more than five percent of the Southwest Super Lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the honor of Super Lawyers.  Additionally, the designation of Rising Stars is no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Arizona and New Mexico who are 40 years of age or younger, and in practice for 10 years or less. The list of Southwest Super Lawyers® includes shareholders:

• Fredric D. Bellamy – Intellectual Property/Litigation
• James E. Brophy, III – Banking
• John J. Fries – Bankruptcy
• John C. Lemaster – Business Litigation
• Michael D. Moberly – Labor and Employment
• Nathan R. Niemuth – Labor and Employment
• Rodolfo Parga, Jr. – Business Litigation
• Michael P. Ripp – Banking

The following attorneys were selected for inclusion as Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars:

• Albert H. Acken – Environmental
• Jessica Benford – Business/Corp
• Charitie L. Hartsig – Labor and Employment
• William S. Jenkins, Jr. – Bankruptcy
• Andrew M. Kvesic – Business Litigation
• Andrea G. Lovell – Labor and Employment
• Samuel L. Lofland – Energy