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7 Ogletree Deakins attorneys earn honor

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced today that seven attorneys from the firm’s Arizona offices were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. The 2015 list was compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review survey that included more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The Arizona-based Ogletree Deakins attorneys appearing on the 2015 Best Lawyers in America© list include:

• Joseph T. Clees (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management)
• L. Eric Dowell (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• Leah S. Freed (Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• Mark G. Kisicki (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• James K. Mackie (Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• Tracy A. Miller (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• Tibor Nagy, Jr. (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)

Best Lawyers® has also named Kisicki as the 2015 Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Phoenix, and Nagy as the 2015 Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Tucson. The publication awards this honor to a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area.

Firm-wide, 184 Ogletree Deakins attorneys were named to the Best Lawyers© list. Many earned recognition in multiple categories—144 were named under the Employment Law – Management category; 104 were named under the Labor Law – Management category; and 105 were named under the Litigation – Labor and Employment category.

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Carr boosts Jaburg & Wilk’s insurance litigation team

4824594_1The law firm of Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. announced that Jason S. Carr joined the firm as an Associate in our insurance litigation department where he will assist insurance carriers as well as their policy holders.

Carr developed his insurance defense skills by defending depositions and advocating at arbitrations on the Plaintiff’s side of personal injury law prior to joining Jaburg & Wilk.

“I’m very pleased Jason has joined the firm to expand our Insurance Defense department”, said Insurance Defense Team Leader Jennifer Erickson. “His energy and enthusiasm fits well with our team and practice approach.”

Carr received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law in 2013 and passed the Arizona State Bar exam in 2013. Jaburg Wilk is an AV rated Phoenix law firm, the highest level of professionalism according to the Martindale-Hubbell.

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GT lawyer honored for restructuring work

Shareholder David D. Cleary of the Phoenix office of the International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP was recently honored for his restructuring work at the Turnaround Atlas Awards in Chicago.

The Turnaround Atlas Awards exclusively honor top performances from the distressed M&A, restructuring, reorganization and turnaround communities worldwide, according to the Global M&A Network website.

Cleary was part of a transaction team that worked on the restructuring of FriendFinder Networks Inc. where he and four team members received the “Media & Entertainment Turnaround of the Year”. The team also won a “Deal of Year” award at the 4th Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards on June 19, 2014.

“Reorganizations are highly complex and require insight and knowledge that come only from decades of experience,” said John E. Cummerford, co-managing shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office. “Our firm is dedicated to its Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice and we are honored that David and the entire team were recognized for their work and expertise.”

Greenberg Traurig also received the “Cross Border Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year” award for its role in the AgFeed Industries sale of its assets to Ningbo Tech Bank, TriOadk Foods and Smithfield/Murphy as well as the “Consumer Goods Turnaround of the Year” award for the Orchard Supply Hardware Stores sale to Lowes.

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Quarles & Brady Named to Law360 Ceiling Smashers List

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that it has been included in the Law360 inaugural class of Ceiling Smashers, the 25 U.S.-based law firms out of nearly 400 surveyed that have the highest percentage of female partners. The firm was also noted as being one of seven “biglaw” firms with a woman chair.

According to the Glass Ceiling Report, based on a survey of more than 380 law firms, women make up 43 percent on nonpartner ranks at U.S. law firms, but only 21 percent of partnerships are composed of women. At Quarles & Brady, 29.5 percent of the partners are women, placing the firm well above the national average. Further, Quarles is one of only six firms on the list with more than 450 attorneys in its ranks, placing it among the top 10 firms with the most women partners in raw numbers.

“Diversity was a core value at Quarles well before it became an industry imperative,” says Firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “We are part of the Ceiling Smashers because inclusiveness is culturally engrained in the firm’s DNA, not because we arbitrarily promoted women to hit some sort of target.”

Quarles & Brady years ago adopted family-friendly work policies, such as flex-time partnership opportunities and phased return-to-work schedules for mothers following maternity leave, as well as establishing a Woman’s Forum to ensure unobstructed paths to professional success for all women. The firm similarly has developed programs designed to help law students and attorneys of color overcome barriers to upward mobility.

“It’s no coincidence that we are the only large law firm in the country to have had an African-American chairman, immediately followed by a chairwoman, and that half of our offices are led by diverse managing partners,” adds Johnson. “We hire based on ability and organizational fit, regardless of diversity status, but we’re an enthusiastically inclusive business, dedicated to seeing every attorney succeed, so we expect our woman partners and leaders to increase in number, year-in and year-out.”

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Sellers Not Required to Disclose Sex Offender

In some cultures it’s customary to meet the neighbors before purchasing a home. In the recent case of Lerner v. DMB Realty, LLC, the plaintiffs wish they would have done just that. Unfortunately, they didn’t discover until after they closed on their purchase and moved in that their next-door neighbor is a class 1 sex offender.

As discussed in this column’s November 2013 edition, Avoiding Real Estate Malpractice, Arizona REALTORS’® Duty to Disclose and the November 2012 edition, Caveat Venditor!, the law imposes strict disclosure requirements on property sellers – namely, sellers must disclose any information that materially or adversely affects the value of the property. Hill v. Jones, 151 Ariz. 81, 725 P.2d 1115 (App. 1986).

Most families, especially families with young children, prefer not to live near criminals and sex offenders. As a result, buyers want to know if a home is situated immediately next door to a sex offender.

Arizona law, however, exempts certain conditions from disclosure. For example, pursuant to A.R.S. § 32‑2156, sellers and their agents are not required to disclose:

> that the property is or has been the site of a natural death, suicide, or homicide;
> that the property has been occupied by someone with HIV or a similar disease; or
> that the property is located in the vicinity of a sex offender.

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld the constitutionality of this statute in Lerner v. DMB Realty, LLC, et al., 231 Ariz. 297, 294 P.3d 135 (2014).

Notwithstanding A.R.S. § 32-2156, the plaintiffs sued the sellers and their REALTORS® after they closed on the purchase of their residence which is located next door to a sex offender.

Six months after closing on the purchase of their home, the plaintiffs discovered that the home is situated next door to a “level-one” sex offender.[1] This was particularly troublesome to the plaintiffs because they have small children. As a result, the plaintiffs sued the sellers and the REALTORS® for damages due to the non‑disclosure. The plaintiffs argued that the sellers and the REALTORS® were liable

for fraud and non‑disclosure. They urged that their claim wasn’t precluded by the statute because the statute is unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs knew that the sellers and their agents weren’t required to disclose whether the property was near a sex offender. Pursuant to the dual agency agreement[2], the plaintiffs signed the Consent to Limited Representation which reminded the plaintiffs that pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-2156, the sellers and the agents are not obligated to disclose that the property is or has been located in the vicinity of a sex offender.

Further, the sellers provided the plaintiffs with the standard Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement which expressly provided that “buyer acknowledges that by law, sellers, lessors and brokers are not obligated to disclose that the property is or has been … located in the vicinity of a sex offender.”

In addition, the sellers and their REALTORS® provided the plaintiffs with the Residential Seller Advisory which further explained that by law the sellers are not obligated to disclose that the property is located in the vicinity of a sex offender.

And finally, the standard AAR Residential Resale Purchase Agreement provided that “if the presence of sex offenders in the vicinity is a material matter to the buyer, it must be investigated by the buyer during the inspection period.”

Notwithstanding the above disclosures, the plaintiffs sued the sellers because they felt deceived. Prior to close of escrow, the plaintiffs asked the sellers why they were selling and the sellers said they were moving to be closer to friends. After discovering that the property was located next to a sex offender, the plaintiffs inferred that the real reason the sellers were moving was because they didn’t want to live next door to a sex offender and that the sellers’ explanation of wanting to be closer to friends was pretext.

After discovering the sex offender status of the neighbor, the plaintiffs sued the REALTORS® and the sellers for non‑disclosure, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.

The sellers and the REALTORS® moved to dismiss the Complaint based on A.R.S. § 32-2156. The trial court agreed that the statute precluded the plaintiffs’ claims and dismissed the Complaint. The plaintiffs then promptly appealed the dismissal to the Arizona Court of Appeals.

On Appeal, the plaintiffs argued that the statute was unconstitutional and that the sellers should have told the plaintiffs about the presence of a sex offender in the neighborhood. They further argued that the sellers committed fraud when they told the plaintiffs that the reason they were moving was to be closer to friends when the real reason was that they didn’t want to live next to a sex offender.

The Court of Appeals generally affirmed the trial court’s ruling and upheld the constitutionality of A.R.S. § 32-2156 and affirmed that the sellers and the REALTORS® were not obligated to disclose the sex offender status of the next door neighbor.

The Court of Appeals found, however, that the plaintiffs may have a claim for fraud against the sellers if the sellers did in fact misrepresent the real reason for moving. Thus, the Court of Appeals remanded the case to trial court for a finding of whether the sellers misrepresented the reason for moving and whether the plaintiffs reasonably relied on their statement.

The Court of Appeals also dismissed the plaintiffs’ breach of fiduciary duty claim against the REALTORS® because pursuant to the statute, the REALTORS® were not obligated to disclose the vicinity of the sex offender. And unlike their claims against the sellers, the plaintiffs did not allege that the REALTORS® made any specific misrepresentations.

The two take aways from the case are: (1) A.R.S. § 32-2156 is constitutional; and (2) the statute does not prevent the claim for outright fraud.

When confronted with these difficult disclosure issues, sellers and REALTORS® must always be truthful in their comments to buyers. When asked whether one of the exempted categories above applies, sellers and REALTORS® should simply respond “by law we are not obligated to respond to your question but if that condition is important to you, you should research your question and possibly hire a professional to help you with your research.”

Christopher Charles is a partner with the law firm Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC, where he serves as the chair of the Real Estate Practice Group. He is an experienced real estate lawyer and a former “Broker Hotline Attorney” for the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (the “AAR”).

RDP Founding Member Appointed to SWHD Board

Roshka DeWulf & Patten, a Phoenix-based law firm representing clients in complex litigation and regulatory issues, is pleased to announce Founding Member Paul Roshka has been appointed to the board of directors for Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development.

As a member of the board, Roshka will serve a minimum three-year term, helping to set policy and oversee the general wellbeing of Southwest Human Development. The organization provides comprehensive and innovative early childhood services to more than 135,000 children and their families each year.

“We are thrilled to have a person of Paul’s professional standing and reputation join our board,” said Ginger Ward, founder and CEO, Southwest Human Development. “His passion, business acumen and long-term commitment to serving children will make an enormous contribution to our organization.”

Roshka previously served as chairman of the board for several local children’s organizations including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, Phoenix Suns Charities Board of Trustees, Children’s Cancer Center, and others.

“My work on behalf of children is among the most important of my life’s endeavors,” said Roshka.
“Making a difference for kids here in Arizona has become a huge focus in my life, and nothing fulfills me more than supporting organizations like Southwest Human Development that provide such an invaluable service to local families.”

Over the course of his 40-year law career, Roshka has earned a reputation as a top attorney in Arizona. With a background in commercial litigation, he recently opened a mediation practice focusing on securities and general business matters. He is consistently recognized for his legal expertise by Super Lawyers, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America®, and he has carried an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for 20 years.

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Greenberg Traurig Expands Phoenix Labor Practice

The Phoenix office of the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig, has expanded its Labor and Employment Practice, adding two seasoned shareholders to serve client demand. Three accomplished employment attorneys, all listed in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America, and two experienced associates, now comprise the firm’s growing Phoenix practice group.

The group will host its 13th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presentations will focus on emerging trends in labor and employment law and suggestions and strategies for enhanced compliance with applicable laws, in areas such as social media, the Affordable Care Act, immigration, wage and hour and workplace investigations.

Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix Labor and Employment Practice includes shareholders Laurent Badoux and James Nelson, counsel Mona Stone, and associates Dana Hooper and Lindsay Schafer. The group has a wide mix of experience in labor and employment litigation and advice. Specifically:

* Laurent Badoux focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on compensation, employee relations and transnational employment issues. His broad range of experience includes collective and class actions litigation, collective bargaining agreement negotiations and arbitration, restrictive covenants and the defense of administrative charges involving various state and federal agencies across the U.S. Badoux is a frequent lecturer, both nationally and internationally, a former UNLV adjunct faculty member and has extensive experience in employee training.

* James Nelson represents employers and plan fiduciaries in matters concerning ERISA compliance, fiduciary responsibility, collective bargaining, wage and hour, employee benefits, safety, discrimination, wrongful termination among others. Nelson’s litigation experience includes complex litigation, class action defense, administrative proceedings and appeals.

* Mona Stone advises both entrepreneurs and Fortune 50 companies on employment policies and agreements, compliance with local, state and federal laws including the FCPA and employee issues. She is a published author on employment law including employer guides on EEOC investigations, employment handbooks and policies and non-compete agreements. Having successfully defended numerous employee complaints at administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations and trials throughout the U.S., Stone is called upon to be a frequent speaker at seminars and client training sessions.

* Dana Hooper focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law and sports law. Her litigation experience includes alternative dispute resolution and collective and class action defense. Hooper is certified as an athlete’s agent and provides legal representation to sports-oriented individuals and businesses.

* Lindsay Schafer works with clients on business litigation and complex commercial disputes. She maintains a particular practice emphasis on employment litigation. Schafer is experienced defending administrative complaints and lawsuits involving claims of employment discrimination, breach of employment contract and wrongful discharge in federal and state court.

Cost to attend the Labor and Employment Seminar is $75 per person or $50 each for groups of three or more. Admission includes lunch and refreshment. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www4.gtlaw.com/marketing/LE/21955/index.html. Registration deadline is Sept. 25.

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Stephenson elected Sun Health Services Board chairman

R. Jack Stephenson has been elected chairman of the board for Sun Health Services for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Stephenson, a resident of Sun City West, has a rich history of civic involvement, serving as president of both the Sun City West Rotary Club and the Briarwood Country Club in 2011. He previously served as vice chairman of the Sun Health Services Board, and has been active on a number of board committees as well as the Sun Health Foundation Board.

The founder/owner of the Pacific Northwest law firm Carney, Stephenson, Badley, Smith & Spellman, Stephenson’s distinguished legal career stretched nearly four decades. His areas of concentration included construction, products liability, insurance coverage and environmental law.

“Jack brings an impressive combination of keen legal and business acumen that will serve us well in shaping Sun Health’s vision for healthy living,” Sun Health Chief Executive Officer Ron Guziak explained. “He has a passion for the role Sun Health plays in the West Valley and is a natural fit for this role.”

Stephenson previously served as chair of the Trial Practice section of the Washington State Bar Association and as president of Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. He also served as chair of environmental and coverage for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

Stephenson also brings extensive real estate experience to the Sun Health Services Board, having owned a 70-acre apple and pear orchard and having managed a real estate LLC.

“I’m honored to serve as chairman,” Stephenson said. “This is an exciting time for Sun Health, with a number of new programs being introduced. I believe great things are ahead.”

An avid golfer, Stephenson has held numerous positions both at Briarwood as well as Sand Point Golf and Country Clubs in Seattle.

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Denim Goes a Long Way at Phoenix Business Law Firm

Employees of Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk asked management to have a Jeans for Charity day to raise money for the 19 firefighters who were killed while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Employees were able to wear jeans to work if a donation was brought in for the 19 firefighters. Various attorneys then matched the total amount of money brought in by the firm.

The money was sent to the 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit organization dedicated to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The 100 club has been supporting Arizona public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, paramedics and their families through financial assistance, peer support training, safety enhancement stipends and scholarships for over 40 years.

“We are honored to contribute to the families of the brave men that lost their lives working to save the people and property of Arizona,” said Jaburg Wilk Managing Partner Gary Jaburg.

Jaburg Wilk is an AV rated Phoenix law firm, the highest level of professionalism according to the Martindale-Hubbell.

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Attorney Enhances Bryan Cave’s Corporate Practice in Phoenix

The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP announced that Marcel Valenta has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as Of Counsel. He will practice within the firm’s Transactions and Corporate Finance and Securities practice groups.

“We are delighted to welcome Marcel to the firm,” said Jay Zweig, managing partner of Bryan Cave’s Phoenix office. “He will be a valuable addition to the firm’s international corporate practice as well as enhance the expertise we offer to clients in our Phoenix office.”

Valenta has more than 10 years of experience advising U.S. and foreign clients on acquisitions, divestures, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other business transactions. He also devotes a significant amount of time to representing emerging growth technology companies in an array of venture capital, private equity, securities and strategic transactions.

Before joining Bryan Cave, Valenta was Senior Corporate Counsel handling mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions for Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. Prior to his career with HP, Valenta practiced in the Silicon Valley office of an AM Law 100 global law firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and venture financings.

Valenta has an international background. He studied law at the University of Florence in Italy and received a J.D. from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 1999. After moving to the United States, he received his LL.M. (2000) and J.D. (2003) from Northwestern University School of Law. He is fluent in English and German and conversational in Italian. Valenta is admitted to practice in Arizona, California and Illinois.

Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiary Bryan Cave International Consulting provides trade and customs consultancy. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in over 30 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve client’ needs in the world’s key business and financial markets.

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Jordan Rose – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jordan Rose – Owner, Rose Law Group

In 2000, Rose founded Rose Law Group, a fullservice law firm that that is known for its work in real estate, litigation, family, tax, estate planning, intellectual property and environmental issues. Rose Law Group is currently the largest law firm owned by a woman in the Southwestern United States.

Surprising fact: “I love listening to sports radio.”

Biggest challenge: “The recession hit and instead of prolonged pouting, I decided to use it as an opportunity for expansion and practice area diversification. We ended up growing during the downturn, expanding litigation and tax; and adding estate planning, criminal, intellectual property and family law practices.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

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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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Karen Dickinson joins Polsinelli

National law firm Polsinelli has added Karen Dickinson to its Phoenix office. Dickinson has extensive experience negotiating and advising on complex international and e-commerce legal issues involving international contracting, joint ventures and alliances, software and intellectual property licensing, joint developments, trademark prosecution and licensing, and web development.

“I chose to move my practice to Polsinelli because the firm is dynamic and growing. Polsinelli’s extensive international and cross-border practice capabilities will be beneficial to my clients and to me. The firm’s bigger footprint and larger resource base are a great platform for companies interested in doing business internationally, and for companies outside the U.S. wanting to invest here,” said Dickinson.

Dickinson has experience as a senior manager of in house lawyers for a large U.S. multinational conglomerate where she negotiated multimillion dollar transactions in Europe, Canada, Japan and the People’s Republic of China. She has also been a partner in a start-up online business, and is a sought-after speaker on issues involving international business.

“Karen brings a valuable combination of legal savvy and hands-on business experience to the firm from working both within a Fortune 100 company and as an entrepreneur. Our clients will benefit from her ability to understand their business challenges as well as their legal needs,” said General Corporate Chair Jonathan Henderson.

“We are excited to have Karen join our team. She has the depth of experience and a commitment to clients to help them achieve success,” said Phoenix Office Managing Partner Ed Novak. “We’re growing the Phoenix office in key areas important to our clients.”

Dickinson is the chair of the Arizona District Export Council, a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) International Leadership Committee and a founding member of Arizona Women in International Trade. She earned her B.A., cum laude, from Duke University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Upon graduation from law school she clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dickinson was also a Fulbright Scholar during her career, studying European Union law at the University College London, and working with the global law firm of Allen & Overy in London.

The firm was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, the firm moved to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. The firm’s nationally recognized Health Care Practice is the fourth largest in the nation according to the American Health Lawyers Association. The American Lawyer Magazine featured Polsinelli in its June 2013 issue.

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17 Fennemore Craig Attorneys Recognized for Excellence

Fennemore Craig, one of the largest law firms in the Southwest, announces 17 of its attorneys were named to the prominent Chambers USA 2013: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for 2013.

“The firm’s reputation has been built on our attorney’s continued commitment to excellence,” states Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We are honored to be recognized by the prestigious Chambers USA, an esteemed legal resource.”

Chambers USA is an annual ranking of law firms and attorneys comprising multiple practice areas. Fennemore Craig was also was recognized in band one, the highest ranking possible, for both Environment (including water rights) and Real Estate practice areas.

Fennemore Craig attorneys recognized by Chambers USA include:

Robert Anderson, Environment: Water Rights, Arizona
Lauren James Caster, Environment (including water rights), Arizona
Phillip F. Fargotstein, Environment (including water rights), Arizona
Andrew M. Federhar, Litigation: General Commercial, Arizona
Maggie Gallogly, Environment: Water Rights, Arizona
Donald R. Gilbert, Labor & Employment, Arizona
Gregg Hanks, Real Estate, Arizona
Norman D. James, Environment (including water rights), Arizona
Charles M. King, Real Estate, Arizona
Jay S. Kramer, Real Estate, Arizona
Erwin D. Kratz, Labor & Employment, Arizona
Douglas C. Northup, Litigation: General Commercial, Arizona
Michael Phalen, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Arizona
Robert P. Robinson, Real Estate, Arizona
Ronald J. Stolkin, Labor & Employment, Arizona
Sarah A. Strunk, Corporate/M&A, Arizona
Susan M. Wissink, Corporate/M&A, Arizona

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Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has charitable celebration

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, announced it is making a $1,000 donation to Tempe-based Children’s Cancer Network as part of a campaign making five donations in five weeks to celebrate the firm’s fifth anniversary.
“The Children’s Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer,” said Greg Gillis, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner. “Hopefully our donation will help local children and families struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis.”

“Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has long been an active supporter of the community, and specifically to the Children’s Cancer Network,” said Patti Luttrell, Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Network.  “We’re grateful for their ongoing financial and volunteer efforts to help local children and families battling childhood cancer.”

Celebrating its anniversary by making donations to local non-profits fits with the firm’s belief that its rapid growth is a direct credit to its talented staff and their personal and professional commitment to community involvement.  This commitment to community is in addition to the firm’s year-round donations and volunteer efforts.

The firm was founded in July of 2008 by Randy Nussbaum and Gregory Gillis with a focus on complex bankruptcies, commercial litigation, construction law, real estate law, just as the economic downturn began. Despite the recession, the firm surpassed its initial three-year business plan in just two years. Dean Dinner became the third named partner in 2010 and since then the firms areas of practice have grown to include trust and estate planning and probate, insurance defense work, administrative and regulatory law including the pest control and landscaping industries. Over the years, the firm has continued to expand to its current number of 11 lawyers, bringing its total to nearly 30 employees.

Additional recipients of donations from Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, will be announced weekly throughout July, as part of the firm’s anniversary celebrations.

For more information about the Children’s Cancer Network visit:  http://www.childrenscancernetwork.org/

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Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has charitable celebration

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, announced it is making a $1,000 donation to Tempe-based Children’s Cancer Network as part of a campaign making five donations in five weeks to celebrate the firm’s fifth anniversary.
“The Children’s Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer,” said Greg Gillis, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner. “Hopefully our donation will help local children and families struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis.”

“Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has long been an active supporter of the community, and specifically to the Children’s Cancer Network,” said Patti Luttrell, Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Network.  “We’re grateful for their ongoing financial and volunteer efforts to help local children and families battling childhood cancer.”

Celebrating its anniversary by making donations to local non-profits fits with the firm’s belief that its rapid growth is a direct credit to its talented staff and their personal and professional commitment to community involvement.  This commitment to community is in addition to the firm’s year-round donations and volunteer efforts.

The firm was founded in July of 2008 by Randy Nussbaum and Gregory Gillis with a focus on complex bankruptcies, commercial litigation, construction law, real estate law, just as the economic downturn began. Despite the recession, the firm surpassed its initial three-year business plan in just two years. Dean Dinner became the third named partner in 2010 and since then the firms areas of practice have grown to include trust and estate planning and probate, insurance defense work, administrative and regulatory law including the pest control and landscaping industries. Over the years, the firm has continued to expand to its current number of 11 lawyers, bringing its total to nearly 30 employees.

Additional recipients of donations from Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, will be announced weekly throughout July, as part of the firm’s anniversary celebrations.

For more information about the Children’s Cancer Network visit:  http://www.childrenscancernetwork.org/

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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.

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Ben Quayle joins Clark Hill PLC

Former Rep. Ben Quayle is moving on from politics after losing to another sitting congressman in last year’s Republican primary.

Quayle is joining the law firm of Clark Hill PLC as a senior director in the firm’s government and public affairs practice group. The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle will work in both Phoenix and Washington.

Quayle served one term after winning an open Phoenix-based seat in 2010 in a race featuring an attack ad on President Barack Obama. He decided to take on Rep. David Schweikert in the 6th District after redistricting made his old seat more competitive.

Clark Hill announced Quayle’s hiring on Monday. He told the Arizona Republic he could make another political run but has no plans to do so in the immediate future.

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Hake Joins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced today that Alana C. Hake has joined the firm as an associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. She will practice environmental and natural resources law, specializing in environmental remediation work for the mining industry.

Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, Hake was an associate at a Phoenix law firm where she practiced environmental, energy, and regulatory law. She has significant experience analyzing and preparing legal memoranda on environmental, energy and regulatory issues. Hake has also successfully represented clients with regulatory compliance and licensing needs before several state regulatory agencies, including the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.

Hake earned her J.D., summa cum laude, in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.S., summa cum laude, in 2005 from The Master’s College. She is a Blackstone Legal Fellow for Alliance Defending Freedom and a volunteer for The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

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Hake Joins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced today that Alana C. Hake has joined the firm as an associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. She will practice environmental and natural resources law, specializing in environmental remediation work for the mining industry.

Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, Hake was an associate at a Phoenix law firm where she practiced environmental, energy, and regulatory law. She has significant experience analyzing and preparing legal memoranda on environmental, energy and regulatory issues. Hake has also successfully represented clients with regulatory compliance and licensing needs before several state regulatory agencies, including the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.

Hake earned her J.D., summa cum laude, in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.S., summa cum laude, in 2005 from The Master’s College. She is a Blackstone Legal Fellow for Alliance Defending Freedom and a volunteer for The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

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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.”

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Tiffany & Bosco Names Fischbach as Shareholder

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney William M. Fischbach III has been named as a Shareholder.  Fischbach concentrates his practice in commercial and civil litigation with an emphasis in real estate, banking, contract disputes, and personal injury. He brings over 13 years of leadership experience at the local, state, federal, and international levels, and in both the private and public sectors.  Will serves as Board Chairman for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Valley Young Professionals and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emerging Leaders Group.

Prior to joining Tiffany & Bosco, Fischbach gained invaluable courtroom and leadership experience in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.  He served as the chief prosecutor for the 101st Airborne Division, a criminal defense attorney in the 82nd Airborne Division, and an appeals attorney at U.S. Army Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Fischbach completed tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and the Republic of Korea, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge for his service in Iraq. He was honorably discharged in 2008 at the rank of Major.

He received his JD and MBA in 1999 from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA and a BS in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1994.