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Left to right: Shareholder Robert (Bob) Erven Brown and associate Matthew (Matt) H. Mason

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.


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/