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Clees, Joe

Clees Among ‘Nation’s Most Powerful Attorneys’

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that Joe Clees, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2013 list of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.” This is the fifth consecutive year that he has been selected by clients and colleagues for inclusion in the Most Powerful list.

Attorneys were named to the list based on their excellence in guiding employers through today’s ever-intensifying legal landscape. To make the list, attorneys must receive glowing recommendations from corporate counsel who have benefitted from their services and would hire them again. Listed attorneys typically also must have practiced for more than 20 years and have amassed a number of accomplishments, including defending companies in headline-making cases and holding leadership positions within employment groups both in and outside of their firms.

Clees, who has practiced employment law for more than 25 years, represents employers throughout the United States. He also counsels clients on a wide array of state, federal, and tribal compliance laws. He has served as the chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law section, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Affirmative Action Association and the Valley of the Sun Human Resource Association (VSHRA), and as employment law counsel to many industry and trade groups. Clees regularly speaks and trains on labor and employment law topics, both regionally and nationally.

Beyond the “Most Powerful Employment Attorney” award, Clees has been recognized as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-2013), including several years in the Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers, and is regularly included in Chambers USA (2005-present). He has been included in Best Lawyers in America (2006-present), and this year, was named by Best Lawyers as the Phoenix “Employment Law – Management” Lawyer of the Year. Clees has also been singled out as one of the “The Legal 500.” Locally, Arizona Business Magazine rates him as one of the “Top Attorneys of Arizona,” and the Phoenix Business Journal designates him as a “Best of the Bar.”

Joe Clees, Tibor Nagy, Jr., and Mark Kisicki

Ogletree Deakins Attorneys Ranked in Chambers USA

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that Joe Clees and Mark Kisicki, from the firm’s Phoenix office, and Tibor Nagy, Jr., from the firm’s Tucson office, have been included in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, an annual ranking of law firms and lawyers comprising an extensive range of practice areas. Ogletree Deakins’ Arizona offices also earned a Band 1 ranking, the highest possible, in the Labor & Employment practice area. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Arizona offices have earned a Band 1 ranking. In total, the firm’s offices in 19 states and the District of Columbia along with 72 of the firm’s attorneys have been included in the 2013 edition.

Chambers USA is widely used by firms and businesses for referral purposes and many utilize the rankings and profiles of firms to find appropriate legal counsel. Firms and individuals are ranked in bands and the rankings are developed through research and thousands of in-depth interviews with clients and peers in order to assess their reputations and knowledge across the United States. The guide reflects a law firm’s high level of performance in key areas including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other various qualities stated as most valued by the client.

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Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands to Yuma

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC (Jennings Strouss), a leading Phoenix-based law firm, announced the opening of its Yuma office to serve the growing legal needs of Yuma and Imperial counties. The firm’s Yuma location will provide clients with the full range of personal and business legal services, including agribusiness law, business and finance law, estate planning, health care law, labor and employment law, and real estate law.

Shanna Bowman Orlich and Wayne A. Smith will be the primary attorneys at the Jennings Strouss Yuma office. Shanna has deep roots in Yuma and a strong background in agriculture. Orlich has been involved in the business and legal aspects of both of her father’s agribusinesses, BSN Farms and Coronation Peak Ranches, Inc.

“I’m very excited to serve my hometown,” stated Orlich. “This is a tremendous opportunity to give back to my community and offer legal services that are directly beneficial to and customized to meet the unique and diverse needs of business owners and families in Yuma and Imperial Counties. Our Yuma office will have the firm’s full support and resources, which includes a network of 65 attorneys.”

Orlich focuses her practice in the areas of agricultural law, commercial and financial transactions, business operations, planning and formation, and real estate. She also has experience in commercial and probate litigation. Orlich attended Columbia University, where she earned her juris doctorate degree and master’s degree in business administration. She earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.

Wayne Smith also has a strong background in agriculture and continues to run his family’s cattle ranch today. Smith focuses on issues related to agribusiness and agricultural compliance with federal and state programs, water law, real estate (including 1031 exchange and reverse exchange), federal and state income and estate taxation, business and estate planning, and partnership, corporation and limited liability company formation and compliance. Smith earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University, a juris doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a master’s of law degree in taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Jennings Strouss is committed to supporting the numerous business, civic and industry organizations that are dedicated to the growth of Yuma and Imperial Counties. The firm is a member of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation and the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce.

The opening of the Yuma office marks the fourth location for Jennings Strouss, with offices also located in Phoenix and Peoria, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.

The Yuma office is located in historic downtown Yuma, Ariz at 256 S. 2nd Ave., Suite C.

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Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands to Yuma

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC (Jennings Strouss), a leading Phoenix-based law firm, announced the opening of its Yuma office to serve the growing legal needs of Yuma and Imperial counties. The firm’s Yuma location will provide clients with the full range of personal and business legal services, including agribusiness law, business and finance law, estate planning, health care law, labor and employment law, and real estate law.

Shanna Bowman Orlich and Wayne A. Smith will be the primary attorneys at the Jennings Strouss Yuma office. Shanna has deep roots in Yuma and a strong background in agriculture. Orlich has been involved in the business and legal aspects of both of her father’s agribusinesses, BSN Farms and Coronation Peak Ranches, Inc.

“I’m very excited to serve my hometown,” stated Orlich. “This is a tremendous opportunity to give back to my community and offer legal services that are directly beneficial to and customized to meet the unique and diverse needs of business owners and families in Yuma and Imperial Counties. Our Yuma office will have the firm’s full support and resources, which includes a network of 65 attorneys.”

Orlich focuses her practice in the areas of agricultural law, commercial and financial transactions, business operations, planning and formation, and real estate. She also has experience in commercial and probate litigation. Orlich attended Columbia University, where she earned her juris doctorate degree and master’s degree in business administration. She earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.

Wayne Smith also has a strong background in agriculture and continues to run his family’s cattle ranch today. Smith focuses on issues related to agribusiness and agricultural compliance with federal and state programs, water law, real estate (including 1031 exchange and reverse exchange), federal and state income and estate taxation, business and estate planning, and partnership, corporation and limited liability company formation and compliance. Smith earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University, a juris doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a master’s of law degree in taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Jennings Strouss is committed to supporting the numerous business, civic and industry organizations that are dedicated to the growth of Yuma and Imperial Counties. The firm is a member of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation and the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce.

The opening of the Yuma office marks the fourth location for Jennings Strouss, with offices also located in Phoenix and Peoria, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.

The Yuma office is located in historic downtown Yuma, Ariz at 256 S. 2nd Ave., Suite C.

Pamela Overton Risoleo

31 Phoenix Greenberg Traurig attorneys earn honors

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP with 50 Arizona-based attorneys, has 22 attorneys on the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list, an independent rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. In addition, the publication also named nine Greenberg Traurig attorneys as Southwest Rising Stars.

“We are extremely proud of this independent recognition by Super Lawyers,” said John E. Cummerford, a co-managing shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office. “The professionals included on this list are exceptional and truly deserving of this honor. I’m proud of the strength and local roots of our Phoenix office which is supported by our firm’s national resources and global reach.”

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters organization, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.

Six Greenberg Traurig attorneys were also recognized on the “Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers” list. They are: Brian H. Blaney, Rebecca L. Burnham, Robert S. Kant, Jeffrey H. Verbin, E. Jeffrey Walsh and Quinn P. Williams.

Three Greenberg Traurig attorneys were included in the Super Lawyers “Top 25 Arizona Women” list. They are: Rebecca Lynne Burnham, Stacey F. Gottlieb and Pamela Overton Risoleo.

More than 60 percent of the attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office are included in the 2013 ranking. The attorneys named Southwest Super Lawyers include: Gil Rudolph, Jeffrey H. Verbin (Banking), David D. Cleary (Bankruptcy), Brian H. Blaney, Robert S. Kant, Bruce E. Macdonough, Quinn Williams (Corporate/Securities), Michelle De Blasi (Environmental), John E. Cummerford, Jerry Fellows, Frank G. Long (Intellectual Property), Laurent R. G. Badoux (Labor and Employment), Nicole M. Goodwin, Stacey F. Gottlieb, Pamela Overton Risoleo, Brian J. Schulman, Peter W. Sorensen, E. Jeffrey Walsh (Litigation), Rebecca Lynne Burnham, Kevin J. Morris, David M. Paltzik and Lesa J. Storey (Real Estate). Southwest Rising Stars include: Greenberg Traurig attorneys Michael L. Aguirre, Logan V. Miller, Katherine A. Swenson and Jeremy D. Zangara (Corporate/Securities), Kimberly A. Warshawsky (Intellectual Property), Dana L. Hooper, Nathan T. Mitchler, Laura Sixkiller and Tracy L. Weiss (Litigation.)

The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.