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AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception at The Venue in Scottsdale.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2014 are:

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D, senior vice president and chief research officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Trish Bear, president and CEO, I-ology
Dr. Amy Beiter, president and CEO, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
Janet G. Betts, member, Sherman & Howard
Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, Cramer-Krasselt
Delia Carlyle, councilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Luci Chen, partner, Arizona Center for Cancer Care
Mary Collum, senior vice president, National Bank of Arizona
Kathy Coover, co-founder, Isagenix International
Janna Day, managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Karen Dickinson, shareholder, Polsinelli
Michele Finney, CEO, Abrazo Health
Susan Frank, CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Leah Freed, managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors, Gila River Casinos
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
Deb Gullett, senior specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Diane Haller, partner, Quarles & Brady
Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Catherine Hayes, principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc.
Camille Hill, president, Merestone
Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Heidi Jannenga, founder, WebPT
Kara Kalkbrenner, acting fire chief, City of Phoenix
Lynne King Smith, CEO, TicketForce
Joan Koerber Walker, CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association
Karen Kravitz, president and head of conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Jessica Langbaum, PhD, principal scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Georgia Lord, mayor, City of Goodyear
Sherry Lund, founder, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
Teresa Mandelin, CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Shirley Mays, dean, Arizona Summit Law School
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, vice president, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns
Marcia L. Mintz, president, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Martha C. Patrick, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Stephanie J. Quincy, partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer, GoDaddy
Marian Rhodes, senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joyce Santis, chief operating officer, Sonora Quest Laboratories
Gena Sluga, partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Scarlett Spring, president, VisionGate
Patrice Strong-Register, managing partner, JatroBiofuels
Sarah A. Strunk, director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Marie Sullivan, president and CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Dana Vela, president, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Alicia Wadas, COO, The Lavidge Company
Ginger Ward, CEO, Southwest Human Development

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Anca Bec, 36, business development officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alison R. Christian, 32, shareholder, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Jaime Daddona, 38, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Nancy Kim, 36, owner, Spectrum Dermatology
Jami Reagan, 35, owner, Shine Factory Public Relations

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

Diane Haller

Quarles & Brady’s Haller Named Lawyer of the Year

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partner Diane Haller is one of 14 Quarles & Brady attorneys nationally to have been selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America®.

Each year, Best Lawyers compiles its list of “Lawyers of the Year,” in which only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored. Lawyers with this designation are chosen based on peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this honor reflects the respect a lawyer has acquired among other leading lawyers in the same practice areas throughout the same communities.

Haller is at the center of many major development projects in Phoenix, not only as a lawyer, but as an advocate of smart development. She is a board member of Habitat for Humanity, as well as a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and serves as vice-chair on the board and executive committee of the Phoenix Community Alliance.

Haller has been named among the Top 25 Female Lawyers in Southwest Super Lawyers and honored as the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business by AZ Business Magazine. She serves as the national chair of Quarles & Brady’s Real Estate & Land Use Practice Group and is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated.

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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/

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Enterprise Univ. examines Social Media, Personnel

Enterprise Bank & Trust, focused on the financial needs of privately-held businesses, their owner families, executives and professionals, announces its spring 2014 Enterprise University course schedule providing free educational seminars on a variety of relevant topics for business owners and their leadership.

“We’ve received outstanding feedback from Enterprise University participants the last two years and are delighted to debut our new format and dynamic speakers this semester,” said Enterprise Bank & Trust Arizona Region Chairman Jack Barry. “We’re pleased to offer the Phoenix business community an opportunity to learn from leading Valley professionals and the chance to share ideas and network in this engaging and interactive setting.”

The spring 2014 course schedule entails:

o Emerging Social Media and Personnel Policy Risks for Employers, Tuesday, March 11 7:30-8 a.m. networking, 8-9:30 a.m. program (Instructor: Joseph T. Clees, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins and New Guest Instructor: Brian E. Hayes, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins and past member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
o Options for Selling a Business and How Private Equity Can Help, Thursday, April 10 7:30-8 a.m. networking, 8-9:30 a.m. program (Instructor: James D. Colyer, Partner, True North Companies)
o Leveraging Digital Marketing to Grow Your Business, Wednesday, May 14 7:30-8 a.m. networking, 8-9:30 a.m. program (Instructor: Stephen Heitz, Managing Director of Interactive Services, The Lavidge Company)

All courses are held at Phoenix Country Club located at 2901 N 7th St, in Phoenix. Classes are free, but registration is required. For additional information and to register visit www.enterprisebank.com/eu.

Enterprise Bank & Trust Arizona Region Chairman Jack Barry

Enterprise announces free spring seminar schedule

Enterprise Bank & Trust, focused on the financial needs of privately-held businesses, their owner families, executives and professionals, announces its spring 2014 Enterprise University course schedule providing free educational seminars on a variety of relevant topics for business owners and their leadership.

“We’ve received outstanding feedback from Enterprise University participants the last two years and are delighted to debut our new format and dynamic speakers this semester,” said Enterprise Bank & Trust Arizona Region Chairman Jack Barry. “We’re pleased to offer the Phoenix business community an opportunity to learn from leading Valley professionals and the chance to share ideas and network in this engaging and interactive setting.”

The spring 2014 course schedule entails:

o Emerging Social Media and Personnel Policy Risks for Employers, Tuesday, March 11 7:30-8 a.m. networking, 8-9:30 a.m. program (Instructor: Joseph T. Clees, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins)
o Options for Selling a Business and How Private Equity Can Help, Thursday, April 10 7:30-8 a.m. networking, 8-9:30 a.m. program (Instructor: James D. Colyer, Partner, True North Companies)
o Leveraging Digital Marketing to Grow Your Business, Wednesday, May 14 7:30-8 a.m. networking, 8-9:30 a.m. program (Instructor: Stephen Heitz, Managing Director of Interactive Services, The Lavidge Company)

All courses are held at Phoenix Country Club located at 2901 N 7th St, in Phoenix. Classes are free, but registration is required. For additional information and to register visit www.enterprisebank.com/eu.

Enterprise University courses in Phoenix, St. Louis and Kansas City are taught by a variety of industry experts and focus on relevant business topics including marketing, social media, sales, financial strategies, leadership training, employee management, employee benefits, succession planning and more. Enterprise University challenges business owners to think strategically and collectively supports a thriving business community by offering its courses to bank clients as well as non-clients. Attendees may register for any or all of the free courses.

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Wolf Named to Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partner Jeffrey H. Wolf, a DC Ranch resident, has been named to The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013 by Who’s Who Legal. He is one of less than 400 attorneys worldwide selected for the honor. This is his third consecutive time being named to the prestigious list.

Who’s Who Legal identifies the foremost legal practitioners in several areas of business law around the world. Nominees are selected based upon comprehensive, independent surveys with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

Wolf is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Franchise and Distribution Groups. His national litigation practice focuses on representing franchisors in complex cases, including the defense of class actions. Wolf has handled a variety of franchise litigation cases involving termination, transfers, rights of first refusal, the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, trade secrets, trademark infringement, franchisee associations, and unfair competition.

Aerospace and defense industry - AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012

Aerospace & Defense Forum launches Arizona Chapter

The Aerospace & Defense Forum, a global aerospace and defense organization promoting collaboration and commerce among industry leaders, has established an Arizona chapter which will launch in October.

An impressive line-up of Arizona business leaders will lead the Arizona Chapter Steering Committee and host monthly meetings and networking events. The Phoenix meetings will be hosted by the international law firm Greenberg Traurig and the Tucson meetings will be hosted by law firm Snell & Wilmer. Monthly chapter meetings will take place the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between Phoenix and Tucson, and include networking opportunities, presentations by aerospace and defense industry experts and small group discussions and at least once a year, a tour of an A&D facility not generally available to the public.

Ivan Rosenberg, President and CEO of Frontier Associates is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of A&D Forum. Stephane Frijia, Director, Research and Strategy at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council will serve as Chapter Chair of the Arizona A&D Forum.

In addition, those serving on the founding Arizona A&D Steering Committee include:
* Jerry Fellows, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Phoenix
* Brett Johnson, Partner, Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix
* Richard Katz, Counsel, Snell & Wilmer, Tucson
* Bruce Macdonough, Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Phoenix
* Peter Vedder, Director, Civil Space and Space Services, General Dynamics C4 Systems

“We’re thrilled to bring this proven collaborative format to the Arizona A&D community,” said Rosenberg. “A&D companies have discovered that A&D Forum membership and group involvement provides an unmatched source of new ideas for improving both their top and bottom lines, as well as a forum for learning best practices and solving problems.”

The inaugural meeting of the Arizona chapter will take place Oct. 8, with a keynote presentation by Lt. Gen. Gene Tattini, Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), entitled,  “Dare Mighty Things: Turning Around Two A&D Organizations.” Tattini is also former Commander of the United States Air Force Space and Missile System Center.

Currently, there are more than 700 international leaders involved in the A&D Forum. Other A&D Chapters are located in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, Calif. In Arizona, there are more than 2,000 companies in the aerospace and defense industry providing more than 43,000 jobs and significant positive economic impact.

“The Greater Phoenix Economic Council reported more than $13 billion in defense contracts with Arizona ties in 2012 alone. These high-paying jobs make a significant economic impact in our state and we are proud to support and encourage industry growth,” said Greenberg Traurig Co-Managing Shareholder Bruce Macdonough. “We also look forward to raising the visibility of Arizona a top-tier destination for the best aerospace and defense companies to grow and prosper.”

Each monthly meeting is free of charge, but registration is required. To RSVP for the Oct. 8 meeting, visit: https://adfazoct13.eventbrite.com.

Aerospace and defense industry - AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012

Aerospace & Defense Forum launches Arizona Chapter

The Aerospace & Defense Forum, a global aerospace and defense organization promoting collaboration and commerce among industry leaders, has established an Arizona chapter which will launch in October.

An impressive line-up of Arizona business leaders will lead the Arizona Chapter Steering Committee and host monthly meetings and networking events. The Phoenix meetings will be hosted by the international law firm Greenberg Traurig and the Tucson meetings will be hosted by law firm Snell & Wilmer. Monthly chapter meetings will take place the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between Phoenix and Tucson, and include networking opportunities, presentations by aerospace and defense industry experts and small group discussions and at least once a year, a tour of an A&D facility not generally available to the public.

Ivan Rosenberg, President and CEO of Frontier Associates is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of A&D Forum. Stephane Frijia, Director, Research and Strategy at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council will serve as Chapter Chair of the Arizona A&D Forum.

In addition, those serving on the founding Arizona A&D Steering Committee include:
* Jerry Fellows, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Phoenix
* Brett Johnson, Partner, Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix
* Richard Katz, Counsel, Snell & Wilmer, Tucson
* Bruce Macdonough, Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Phoenix
* Peter Vedder, Director, Civil Space and Space Services, General Dynamics C4 Systems

“We’re thrilled to bring this proven collaborative format to the Arizona A&D community,” said Rosenberg. “A&D companies have discovered that A&D Forum membership and group involvement provides an unmatched source of new ideas for improving both their top and bottom lines, as well as a forum for learning best practices and solving problems.”

The inaugural meeting of the Arizona chapter will take place Oct. 8, with a keynote presentation by Lt. Gen. Gene Tattini, Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), entitled,  “Dare Mighty Things: Turning Around Two A&D Organizations.” Tattini is also former Commander of the United States Air Force Space and Missile System Center.

Currently, there are more than 700 international leaders involved in the A&D Forum. Other A&D Chapters are located in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, Calif. In Arizona, there are more than 2,000 companies in the aerospace and defense industry providing more than 43,000 jobs and significant positive economic impact.

“The Greater Phoenix Economic Council reported more than $13 billion in defense contracts with Arizona ties in 2012 alone. These high-paying jobs make a significant economic impact in our state and we are proud to support and encourage industry growth,” said Greenberg Traurig Co-Managing Shareholder Bruce Macdonough. “We also look forward to raising the visibility of Arizona a top-tier destination for the best aerospace and defense companies to grow and prosper.”

Each monthly meeting is free of charge, but registration is required. To RSVP for the Oct. 8 meeting, visit: https://adfazoct13.eventbrite.com.

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Jaburg Wilk Expands Family Law Group

The law firm of Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. announced that Jason B. Castle joined the firm as a Partner to expand the Family Law group.

Castle is experienced in handling all aspects of family law including paternity, annulment, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, business valuations, Orders of Protection and post-decree matters involving enforcement or modification.

“We are very pleased Jason joined our group,” said Jaburg Wilk Family Law Specialist Mitchell Reichman. “His experience with divorces involving complex financial issues and high net worth estates along with his expertise in conflicts between parents regarding legal decision making and parenting time gives our team greater depth to assist clients with their needs. As President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Jason has worked with numerous judges and mental health professionals providing him with the knowledge and sensitivity needed to address difficult situations where there’s been domestic violence, substance abuse or dysfunctional relationships. This provides our group and clients with a new and important resource.”

Castle received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He obtained his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati and his Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies from Indiana University. He is licensed to practice in the State of Arizona and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

Castle was named a 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, a status awarded to outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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Scottsdale League for the Arts Appoints Board Member

Susan E. Wells, partner of business law firm Jaburg Wilk, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale League for the Arts.

The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a non-profit volunteer organization supporting artists, arts programs and education through fundraising and special events, including the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Funds raised are granted to arts-focused organizations.

Wells has been a member of the organization for three years and has been actively involved for five. In April 2013, she chaired the VIP Passport to the Picnic Experience at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. She founded and chaired the “Take the Cake Competition,” a cake decorating contest for professionals and culinary art students that showcased participant’s creativity and talents to top pastry chefs and Wine Country Brunch guests. In 2014, she will co-chair the “Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner,” a culinary feast prepared by several James Beard award-winning chefs and held at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.

“The Scottsdale League for the Arts has issued millions of dollars of grant money to arts-focused organizations over its 35-year history,” said Wells. “This past year has been one of the League’s best years in terms of fundraising. I look forward to working with Jerry McMahon, the incoming President, and the League directors and members in making 2014 an even better year by enhancing the League’s legacy and positively impacting the community.”

Wells is an attorney at Phoenix Business law firm Jaburg Wilk. Practice areas include Business/Corporate law, Franchise law, Healthcare law and Employment law. She is a 2008 Super Lawyer, listed in Best Lawyers of America, named 2012 Best Lawyers in Franchise Law and named 2013 Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers. Wells has achieved the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

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Phoenix Attorney Receives Top Appellate Award

Kathi M. Sandweiss, partner at Phoenix law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C has been selected as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law’ by American Lawyer Media and  Martindale-Hubbell.

Award recipients are selected based on peer reviews. Sandweiss has achieved the AV Preeminent peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Sandweiss is head of the appellate law department and has represented clients in Arizona and federal appellate courts. She has filed over 100 appellate briefs and petitions for review in the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Phoenix Attorney Appointed to AZ Humane Society Board

The law firm of Morris, Hall & Kinghorn, P.L.L.C (MHK) announced that partner Ronald G. Wilson has been appointed to the Arizona Humane Society’s Board of Directors.

Wilson has dedicated much of his time to serving and participating on various boards in the past.   When asked about this new appointment, Wilson stated “I look forward to working with the Humane Society and their endeavors to help all homeless animals. It is an honor to be appointed and to have the opportunity to work with a caring staff and board members.”   Previously he has served as president for the Phoenix Art Museum Men’s art council, the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the Terrance retirement community just to name a few

Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society has been committed to helping all animals and believes that every pet deserves a good life. They have grown to become the largest animal welfare and protection agency in Arizona.

Wilson has been a partner with Morris, Hall and Kinghorn since 2006 and focuses only on estate planning.  He has worldwide experience and education in estate planning and trust law, and is an Accredited Estate Planner from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.

MHK devotes its practice to estate planning matters and has helped thousands of families and individuals to meet their long-term estate planning and financial goals. The firm is a premier member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA).

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Wilken teams with Engel & Völkers

Engel & Völkers announced the opening of its first Scottsdale shop and entrance into the Arizona real estate market, breaking new ground as the luxury brand continues to expand throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Sandra Wilken, of Sandra Wilken Luxury Properties, has become the first Engel & Völkers license partner  in Arizona, converting her 18-year, Scottsdale-based company to Engel & Völkers Scottsdale, Sandra Wilken Partners. The company, with a team of 17 agents that closed $58 million in transactions in 2012, now becomes one of 491 shops worldwide in more than 36 countries.

“Engel & Völkers brings the highest standards of real estate service to the most sought-after markets throughout the world,” said Anthony Hitt, Chief Operating Officer of Engel & Völkers North America. “We are excited to introduce our distinctive brand in Scottsdale and to debut with the leadership of Sandra Wilken, the most successful and highly respected name in the area’s luxury market.”

As an already well known and respected name in luxury real estate, Sandra Wilken has been among the top producing Scottsdale brokers for the past 38 years. Wilken specializes in luxury real estate purchases and sales of properties ranging from luxury condominiums to multimillion-dollar estates in the Valley’s most prominent, high-end communities such as Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, the Arcadia and Biltmore areas of Phoenix, Fountain Hills and Gainey Ranch.

“It is an extreme honor to be selected by such a prestigious, international real estate company,” said Sandra Wilken. “With the success that my company has experienced over the past 18 years, it seems to be a natural step in catapulting us to an international level. This affiliation not only raises the awareness of our clients’ listings to the broader Engel & Völkers global network, but it allows the firm to expand our client base, the number of agents we employ and our total number of listings and transactions. The timing couldn’t be better with Arizona’s housing market seeing significant gains month over month. I see it as an opportunity to bring the world to Scottsdale and Scottsdale to the world.”

“Engel & Völkers’ global expansion strategy has always been based on being where our clients want to be, whether it is to reside, to vacation or to have a second or third home,” said Hitt.  “We’ve selected to open in Scottsdale’s because of its popularity among international home buyers, the leadership and established reputation of Sandra Wilken in the market and the area’s exceptional luxury properties. It’s the perfect home for our brand which is known internationally for of high end, white glove service. Sandra and her team became leaders in the market because of their higher standards of service, which they’ve succeeded in providing for the past 18 years. They have attracted the best agents in the area, and will continue to do so. They were the obvious choice to represent the Engel & Völkers brand.”

For more information about Engel & Völkers Scottsdale, Sandra Wilken Partners visit www.scottsdale.evusa.com or call 480-596-0001.

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Wilken teams with Engel & Völkers

Engel & Völkers announced the opening of its first Scottsdale shop and entrance into the Arizona real estate market, breaking new ground as the luxury brand continues to expand throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Sandra Wilken, of Sandra Wilken Luxury Properties, has become the first Engel & Völkers license partner  in Arizona, converting her 18-year, Scottsdale-based company to Engel & Völkers Scottsdale, Sandra Wilken Partners. The company, with a team of 17 agents that closed $58 million in transactions in 2012, now becomes one of 491 shops worldwide in more than 36 countries.

“Engel & Völkers brings the highest standards of real estate service to the most sought-after markets throughout the world,” said Anthony Hitt, Chief Operating Officer of Engel & Völkers North America. “We are excited to introduce our distinctive brand in Scottsdale and to debut with the leadership of Sandra Wilken, the most successful and highly respected name in the area’s luxury market.”

As an already well known and respected name in luxury real estate, Sandra Wilken has been among the top producing Scottsdale brokers for the past 38 years. Wilken specializes in luxury real estate purchases and sales of properties ranging from luxury condominiums to multimillion-dollar estates in the Valley’s most prominent, high-end communities such as Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, the Arcadia and Biltmore areas of Phoenix, Fountain Hills and Gainey Ranch.

“It is an extreme honor to be selected by such a prestigious, international real estate company,” said Sandra Wilken. “With the success that my company has experienced over the past 18 years, it seems to be a natural step in catapulting us to an international level. This affiliation not only raises the awareness of our clients’ listings to the broader Engel & Völkers global network, but it allows the firm to expand our client base, the number of agents we employ and our total number of listings and transactions. The timing couldn’t be better with Arizona’s housing market seeing significant gains month over month. I see it as an opportunity to bring the world to Scottsdale and Scottsdale to the world.”

“Engel & Völkers’ global expansion strategy has always been based on being where our clients want to be, whether it is to reside, to vacation or to have a second or third home,” said Hitt.  “We’ve selected to open in Scottsdale’s because of its popularity among international home buyers, the leadership and established reputation of Sandra Wilken in the market and the area’s exceptional luxury properties. It’s the perfect home for our brand which is known internationally for of high end, white glove service. Sandra and her team became leaders in the market because of their higher standards of service, which they’ve succeeded in providing for the past 18 years. They have attracted the best agents in the area, and will continue to do so. They were the obvious choice to represent the Engel & Völkers brand.”

For more information about Engel & Völkers Scottsdale, Sandra Wilken Partners visit www.scottsdale.evusa.com or call 480-596-0001.

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Phoenix Litigation Attorney Receives Top Rating

Nathan D. Meyer, Partner at Jaburg & Wilk, P.C., has been selected as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation” by Martindale-Hubbell™ and American Lawyer Media.

Meyer received the distinction based upon his peer review rating as “AV Preeminent,” the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell.

Super Lawyers recently named Meyer a “Rising Star,” an honor bestowed upon the best Arizona attorneys 40 or younger and awarded to no more than 2.5% of eligible attorneys.

Meyer’s practice areas include Commercial Litigation, Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith, General Liability Litigation and Professional Liability. He represents a variety of clients including private businesses, insurance companies, policy holders, lawyers, insurance agents, real estate agents and general contractors.

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Quarles & Brady appoints Valdivia as Practice Group Chair

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partner Dawn C. Valdivia has been named the Phoenix Office’s Labor & Employment Practice Group Chair.

Valdivia has extensive experience advising clients about labor issues and representing clients before the NLRB and in other labor matters including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and labor arbitrations. In addition, Valdivia is skilled in complex litigation matters, including wage and hour class action litigation in Arizona and California. She regularly represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, Industrial Commission, Arizona Civil Rights Division, and numerous other employment related state agencies.

She routinely advises clients regarding issues of workplace discrimination, employee discipline and termination, employer policies, reductions in force, and compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws. She earned her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rodgers College of Law and her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, with honors, from Arizona State University.

Valdivia is a Phoenix resident.

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Quarles & Brady appoints Valdivia as Practice Group Chair

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partner Dawn C. Valdivia has been named the Phoenix Office’s Labor & Employment Practice Group Chair.

Valdivia has extensive experience advising clients about labor issues and representing clients before the NLRB and in other labor matters including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and labor arbitrations. In addition, Valdivia is skilled in complex litigation matters, including wage and hour class action litigation in Arizona and California. She regularly represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, Industrial Commission, Arizona Civil Rights Division, and numerous other employment related state agencies.

She routinely advises clients regarding issues of workplace discrimination, employee discipline and termination, employer policies, reductions in force, and compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws. She earned her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rodgers College of Law and her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, with honors, from Arizona State University.

Valdivia is a Phoenix resident.