John F. Barwell, a trial attorney with the national law firm Polsinelli, was selected to join Valley Leadership Institute’s 37th class. After a competitive application and interview process, Barwell was chosen from among a variety of industries ranging from business and politics to nonprofit organizations. The nine-month program brings about 50 Phoenix-area business and civic leaders together for extensive executive leadership training developed by the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale. The program is designed to help its graduates thrive at the highest levels of their careers. As an associate at Polsinelli, Barwell focuses his civil litigation practice on defending products liability and personal injury lawsuits. He also represents both plaintiffs and defendants on a variety of general business matters, including contract disputes and claims of breach of fiduciary duty, embezzlement, fraud and misrepresentation. In his spare time, Barwell devotes significant time serving his community by volunteering for several charitable and civic organizations in the Valley. Prior to becoming an attorney, Barwell served 15 years in the Marines as an infantry rifleman and later as a combat journalist.
A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.
“The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women under consideration and chose 50 influential women, five Generation Next women to watch and 12 groundbreakers in commercial real estate.”
Green said all the women featured have earned influence in their respective fields through demonstrated track records of profitability, leadership and innovation.
The women selected to the 2015 list for 2015 and honored Thursday were:
Amy Abdo, director, Fennemore Craig
Jennifer Anderson, senior vice president and regional manager, Wells Fargo
Karen Anderson, researcher, ASU’s Biodesign Institute
Lauren Bailey, founder, Upward Projects
Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises
Rita Cheng, president, NAU
Judith S. Gordon, associate professor and associate head for research at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine
Alisa Gray, shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco
Sue Hasenstein, BMO Harris Bank
Melissa Ho, Polsinelli
Bo Hughes, CFO and COO, Pinnacle Bank
Veronique James, CEO, The James Agency
Isabelle Jazo, senior vice president of strategy, LaneTerralever
Carolyn J. Johnsen, Dickinson Wright
Eileen Klein, Arizona Board of Regents
Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies
Becky Kuhn, executive vice president, Banner Health
Betsy Kuzas, chief operating officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Michelle Lawrie, economic development director, Goodyear
Nona Lee, SVP and general counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hope Leibsohn, member, Sherman & Howard
Stacey L. Lihn, Gallagher & Kennedy
Tina Machado, president, CodeRed-I
Carol May, president, Wisdom Natural Brands DBA SweetLeaf
Sara McCoy, first female to manage a power plant for SRP
Erica McGinnis, president and CEO, AIG Advisor Group
Tammy McLeod, vice president, APS
Rose Megian, president and CEO, Health Net of Arizona
Dion Messer, general counsel – intellectual property, Limelight Networks
MaryAnn Miller, senior vice president, Avnet
Ioanna Morfessis, president, IO.Inc.
Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh,VP and General Counsel, Honeywell
Annette G. Musa, Arizona market president, Comerica Bank
Christine Nowaczyk, senior vice president, Bank of Arizona
Deborah Pearson, Arizona State Credit Union
Susan Pepin, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Suzanne Pfister, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives
Christina Roderick, principal, REDW
Patricia Rourke, market president, Bankers Trust
Lisa Sanchez, COO, The CORE Institute
Adelaida V. Severson, president and CEO, Bushtex
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ 9th District
Sherri Slayton, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Wendi A. Sorensen, Burch & Cracchiolo
Molly Stockley, vice president of hospital growth, CTCA
Cathy Valenzuela, president, Arizona Business Bank
Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO, Casino Del Sol Resort
Cheryl Vogt, managing director, Marsh
Cynthia Walter, president, BAGNALL
Lori L. Winkelman, Quarles & Brady LLP
The groundbreakers selected from the commercial real estate world were:
Kathy Bollinger, executive vice president of University Medicine, Banner Health
Danielle Casey, economic development director, City of Scottsdale
Cindy Cooke, senior executive vice president, Colliers International
Karen Halpert, senior vice president, Head of Property Management, VEREIT, Inc.
Diane Jacobs, principal, Holly Street Studio Architects
Alison Melnychenko, vice president of marketing , DTZ
Jody Pokorski, partner, Snell & Wilmer
Barbi Reuter, COO, Cushman & Wakefield
Maria Salenger, senior associate, Jones Studio
Cathy Thuringer, principal, Trammell Crow
Alisa Timm, director of management services, Lincoln Property Company
Vicki Williams, senior vice president, commercial real estate, Alliance Bank of Arizona
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:
Denyse Airheart, interim director of economic development, City of Maricopa
Jessica Benford, shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
Dr. Ivana Dzeletovic, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Stephanie Parra, executive director, T.W. Lewis Foundation
Teresa M. Pilatowicz, of counsel, Garman Turner Gordon
National law firm Polsinelli has claimed the top spot on Modern Healthcare’s 2015 Healthcare Law Firms Survey, acknowledging that Polsinelli has built the largest Health Care Practice in the nation. Modern Healthcare’s rankings are based on a blended score of health care lawyers employed in 2014 and American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) memberships.
“This recognition from Modern Healthcare underscores the strength of our national Health Care Practice and commitment to serving clients in this dynamic and complex industry,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh.
Polsinelli represents a wide variety of health care clients including hospital and health systems, infusion therapy providers, health care technology companies, home health and hospice agencies and senior and long-term care facilities. Health Care attorneys provide a wide variety of services for clients, including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, compliance issues, HIPAA and confidentiality compliance counseling, reimbursement, payor disputes, Medicare and Medicaid fraud allegations, medical staff and credentialing, risk management, public policy and real estate matters, 340B compliance and more.
U.S. News & World Report named Polsinelli the “Law Firm of the Year in Health Care” in its 2015 Best Law Firms report. The designation was based on Polsinelli’s overall performance in health care, incorporating both client feedback and peer review, and reflective of the firm’s growing talent pool, complete range of health care legal services, and geographic footprint across 18 cities.
Polsinelli’s team of health care professionals and attorneys include:
- An attorney who served in the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice
- Former Assistant U.S. Attorneys
- Former attorneys with State Attorney General’s Office
- Former General Counsel of the American Hospital Association
- Former in-house counsel of national health care providers
“Our diverse team of health care attorneys and professionals nationwide has immersed itself in this challenging and changing industry,” said Welsh. “We’re grateful for our clients who have made this a reality, and who have formed relationships with our growing team of health care attorneys.”
Polsinelli is now in its sixth year as one of the fastest-growing law firm in the U.S.*, opening two new offices this year in Raleigh and Nashville, cities with a focus in the health care industry. The Health Care Practice has grown from two regional practices which merged in 2009 into a coast to coast national practice attracting sophisticated laterals across the country. The American Lawyer recently featured Polsinelli’s Health Care Practice as one that focuses on concentrating its attorneys in competitive markets with high demands for health care work.
To determine the law firm rankings, Modern Healthcare utilized a survey methodology based on a blended score, including the sum of 50 percent weighting from data collected in the survey (number of health care lawyers) and 50 percent weighting of American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) membership from each firm, provided by the AHLA as of April 30, 2015. Polsinelli was ranked No. 3 by Modern Healthcare for 2014.
The AHLA also recently released its own national rankings, placing Polsinelli second among national law firms for the second consecutive year.
Melissa Ho, shareholder, Polsinelli
Ho, who was included in Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Hot List in 2013, practices law in the areas of government investigations and white-collar criminal defense.
Greatest accomplishment: “Being selected in 2014 for the Judge Learned Hand Award Emerging Leadership Award in recognition for my commitment to public and community service.”
Childhood aspiration: “When I was young, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. Curiosity about the world has led me to where I am now.”
Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) announced that national law firm Polsinelli has achieved the 2015 WILEF Gold Standard Certification, which awards firms that promote women as business leaders in the legal field. Polsinelli is one of only 44 firms recognized nationally for its emphasis on women in leadership.
“It’s wonderful to see our firm recognized as a company that places significant value on women as leaders in meaningful areas of management,” said Shareholder Karen Glickstein, who leads Polsinelli’s Women’s Initiative. “The women leaders at Polsinelli positively impact our business and our clients’ businesses, and the WILEF designation is an exclamation point on our continued commitment to the promotion and advancement of our female attorneys.”
“The WILEF Gold Standard Certification is a nod to our strategic and concerted priority to promote the professional development and advancement of women leaders at the firm, and it reinforces the philosophy that diversity in leadership simply makes good business sense,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh.
For 2015 Gold Standard Certification, WILEF evaluates the percentages of women engaged in meaningful firm-wide leadership positions in the following areas:
- Equity partners
- Office managing partners
- Governance and compensation committees
- Highest leadership positions
- Mostly highly compensated partners
- Practice leadership
Polsinelli has female leadership spread among its offices as well as various practice areas. The firm’s offices in Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles have female office managing partners: Shareholder Lisa Quateman in Los Angeles, Shareholder Nancy Rafuse in Atlanta and Shareholder Jennifer Evans in Denver (beginning at end of June).
In addition to managing the Atlanta office, Rafuse leads the firm’s national Labor and Employment Practice. She was recently selected by Benchmark Litigation for inclusion in the Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation, a distinction she has now achieved in each of the last three years.
Denver-based Shareholder Stacy Carpenter is currently Polsinelli’s Commercial Litigation Practice Chair, while fellow Shareholder Mary Clare Bonaccorsi leads the firm’s Health Care Litigation Practice out of Chicago. Out of Washington, D.C., Shareholder Dawn Lurie leads the EB-5 Foreign Investment Practice.
Richard Amoroso, an insurance recovery litigation attorney of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected to serve as President of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association (AzCIA.) The AzCIA serves as a resource to businesses, management firms and professionals active in the captive insurance industry. Its mission is to support and market the position of the State of Arizona as a competitive home for captive insurance companies.
“I am honored to have an opportunity to contribute to the leadership of AzCIA at this important time in the organization’s growth.” said Amoroso. “There are many exciting opportunities ahead for AzCIA including the hosting of the 2016 Western Region Captive Insurance Conference. The future for captive insurers in the State of Arizona looks bright and the AzCIA hopes to play a significant role in further developing Arizona as an attractive domicile for captives.”
While Amoroso focuses his practice on reinsurance litigation, arbitration, and asset recovery, his background as a former insurance executive and a licensed insurance broker enables him to use his extensive experience to assist clients in developing insurance programs and strategies to protect their assets and balance sheets.
Among his many distinctions, Amoroso served as President & CEO of Republic Western Insurance Company for 10 years and as Litigation Counsel for U-Haul International for 7 years. He is admitted to practice in local, state and federal courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. Amoroso earned his law degree from Rutgers University with honors and his B.B.A. degree from Cornell University.
“It will never happen to us.”
That misperception puts businesses at risk for data breaches, expert say.
“The most common mistake is assuming your company won’t be breached because you’re not a large, multi-national company similar to the ones whose breaches are covered by the national media,” says Ari Bai, shareholder at Polsinelli. “In reality, however, every company is a target. Hackers, be they individual vigilantes, criminal organizations or nation-states, look for any and all data, and often the most accessible is that in smaller companies. Plus, small companies make for good ‘practice’ for hackers. Thus, when a company ignores the risk and does not set forth the proper protocols for protection and response, it is essentially asking to be breached.”
The 2015 Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chief Legal Officers Survey revealed that one quarter of general counsel report their companies have been hit by data breaches. And according to the 2015 Cyberthreat Defense Report, more than seven in 10 respondents said their networks were breached in 2014, up from 62 percent in 2013. The average cost of a data breach in 2013 for companies in the Unites States was $5.85 million. The scariest part about the threat of a data breach is that experts agree that there is no way to completely protect a business from becoming the victim of a data breach.
“Once we develop a way to protect ourselves from something, the hackers are already using a new technique,” Bai says. “This is why preparation is so important. Liability for lack of preparation can financially devastate a company. You are going to get hacked — with preparation, you don’t have to lose lawsuits.”
Like any potential business catastrophe, limit a business’ risk of becoming the victim of a data breach starts with preparedness, according to Paul Stoller, shareholder at Gallagher & Kennedy.
“Every company should work with its legal professionals and IT staff to create and to implement a comprehensive data privacy and security plan, which will help to remove, or at least to reduce, the risk of many of the common causes of breach,” Stoller says.
Leon B. Silver, office co-managing partner at Gordon & Rees, says all companies, no matter their size, need to adopt data security as a core business practice throughout the organization and not look at it as something that is taken care of by one department or by an outside vendor.
“Policies on mobile devices, passwords and encryption are just part of an overall culture of data security awareness,” Silver says. “But be aware, a breach can happen.”
Heather Buchta, partner at Quarles & Brady says business leaders need to engage in some internal due diligence and ask themselves these questions:
• What internal policies are in place to protect data?
• Is there a policy against removing devices from the business location?
• Is there a policy to encrypt data?
• Even more basic, what kind of data does a company have?
“Risk of a breach increases as the volume of data a company has increases and oftentimes the data wasn’t even used by the business,” Buchta says, “which is creating an increased risk for no business purpose.”
Despite a company’s best efforts to lower its risk of a data breach, Buchta says today’s hackers are getting more sophisticated and businesses always have the added risk of employee error.
“The risk really lies in what was done ahead of time to try and prevent and breach and how the incident is handled afterward,” she says.
After the breach
While a business can be proactive in taking the appropriate steps to minimize risk and being well equipped to handle a loss or theft if data or information, there are no measures that provide a guarantee of security, Silver says.
“In fact, virtually every mid- to large-size company has already likely been breached, but the extent is either not known, or is not significant,” Silver says. “A big source of loss continues to be human error. That, coupled with continually evolving technology and more sophisticated theft/hacking measures equates to an ongoing need to stay ahead of the curve and simply arm yourself the best you can by adhering to and enforcing strict privacy policies following a thorough risk assessment.”
So what should you do if you’ve taken all the proper steps to reduce your risk of a data breach and your businesses is still victimized?
“The first thing is always to identify the source and to fix the issue that caused the breach so that there is not any further loss or theft of data,” Stoller says. “After that, the business needs to work with its IT professionals to investigate what caused the leak, to identify those persons who may be affected and to preserve evidence of what happened.”
Stella says it’s also imperative to work with legal professionals to determine a business’ legal obligations after a breach, including notifications to affected persons and government agencies.
“Don’t delay in investigating and don’t delay in calling in the experts,” Buchta says. “Businesses should have an incident response plan and that plan should identify the key players to investigate and manage a breach — legal counsel, IT forensics, operations/HR, public relations and the executive team.”
Because experts say a data breach is almost inevitable, it’s crucial for a business to develop and enforce sound privacy policies, including a response plan should a breach or loss occur, Silver says.
“Such policies will also need to evolve over time as technology continues to improve,” he says. “The bottom line is to expect the unexpected, think ahead, keep thinking ahead, and do your best to prepare.”
Advice from experts
Here is what Valley legal experts advise businesses to do to lower their risk of a data breach:
Ari Bai, shareholder; and Nick Verderame, associate, Polsinelli: “Start preparing now. Bring in technical and legal help to assess your data and risk levels, create technical protections, implement company procedures to protect against leaks, educate your employees and leadership, organize annual ‘fire drill’ tests and prepare a reaction and notification procedure.”
Heather Buchta, partner, Quarles & Brady: “Know your business. Know what data you have. Have an incident response plan in place in advance to facilitate the handling of an event when it occurs. Note I said, ‘when it occurs,’ not ‘if it occurs.’”
Leon B. Silver, office co-managing partner, Gordon & Rees: “Begin by assessing risk, including the availability of special ‘cyber risk’ insurance, which is not just for hacking and may provide coverage for both investigation and response costs, as well as defense and/or indemnity for third-party claims.”
Paul Stoller, shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy: “The best practice for a business is to create and maintain a comprehensive data privacy and security plan. That begins with an audit of the business’s data and the development of policies and procedures to manage its confidential information. Then, it is essential to train employees on both the policies and procedure and the potential threats to the data’s security.”
Polsinelli has announced the official release of the “The Devil’s Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms,” the electronic version, or app, of the original publication, “The Devil’s Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms for Commercial Lenders,” now in its 2nd edition. The “Devil’s Dictionary” is a guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals to obtain a quick reference to many of the buzz words used in today’s bankruptcy arena. Now, with the app version, if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you can quickly search or reference any key bankruptcy terminology and find accurate and, at times, humorous definitions.
“The book has been very popular over the years with firm clients and we felt making it available in an electronic form to a larger audience was the next natural step,” said Dan Flanigan, one of the original authors and Chair of the Financial Services and Real Estate Department at Polsinelli. “Plus the Devil made us do it!”
“This book has been an excellent reference tool for several years and the idea of making something available at your fingertips was a no-brainer,” said Christopher Ward, Co- Chair of the Polsinelli Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice.
“The Devil’s Dictionary” reflects the collective wisdom of its four authors, Brett Anders, Jim Bird, David Ferguson and Flanigan, who have gained from their combined total of more than 110 years working in the forefront of real estate and other commercial finance, loan enforcement, financial restructuring and bankruptcy law.
In addition, “The Devil’s Dictionary” features instructive and humorous illustrations by respected cartoonist and illustrator, Charlie Podrebarac. Podrebarac’s first comic panel “Cowtown” appeared in the The Kansas City Star in 1984 and since then, he has created several others including “Smart Alex” and his latest, “Fat Cats,” which currently appears in several newspapers across the nation.
Chambers USA, a leading legal industry rankings organization, released its 2015 rankings for lawyers and practices. Polsinelli earned high placements by state, practice and attorney. Chambers rankings are based on information obtained from client interviews, submissions put forward by law firms and Chambers’ own database resources. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 as best.
“Thank you to our clients who provided Chambers with valuable insight into our strategic partnerships,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. “It’s a strong reflection of our dedication to understanding the challenges our clients face as general counsel and business leaders. We are proud to have earned this acknowledgement of the caliber of so many of our lawyers across the country.”
In the Phoenix office, the White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations practice received a Rank 1 and the Corporate/M&A practice received a Rank 3. Individual Phoenix attorney rankings were received by Edward F. Novak in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Rank 1; Anne L. Kleindienst in Healthcare – Rank 2; Phillip P. Guttilla in Corporate/M&A – Rank 3: and Melissa Ho in Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigation – Rank Up and Coming.
National law firm Polsinelli added Melissa Miller Proctor to its Corporate and Transactional Practice to serve clients from the firm’s Phoenix office. Proctor has extensive experience negotiating and advising manufacturers, retailers (including online retailers), importers and exporters on complex international trade issues involving customs law, export controls, embargoes and economic sanctions, anti-boycott compliance, federal and state agency requirements impacting imports and exports, and trade issues involving non-U.S. jurisdictions.
“I’m excited to be here and look forward to collaborating with my colleagues in Phoenix and nationally to serve my domestic and international clients in a more comprehensive way,” said Proctor. “The collaboration among the firm’s attorneys coast to coast will be a great platform for my clients in the U.S. and abroad.”
Proctor also has experience designing effective import and export compliance programs for businesses, assisting companies in taking full advantage of available duty and cost-savings programs, representing clients through all stages of import and export enforcement actions, and providing timely updates on new legislative and regulatory developments to ensure that companies operating in the global marketplace are well-positioned to navigate the complex arena of international trade. She serves clients in a number of industries including aerospace, defense, computer, software, electronics, high technology, telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics, textiles, apparel and footwear and automotive.
“We are expanding in strategic ways to best serve our clients and Melissa’s international trade experience brings another unique perspective to our clients,” said Corporate and Transactional Chair Jonathan Henderson. “We are excited to have her on our team.”
Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Justice Project (AJP). Since 1998 the Justice Project has been helping to overturn and prevent wrongful convictions in the State of Arizona. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to examine claims of innocence and manifest injustice, and provides legal representation for inmates believed to have been failed by the criminal justice system.
“It is an honor to be elected to the Board of Directors of an organization that works tirelessly to strengthen the criminal justice system.” said Melissa. “For a system of justice to be truly just, it must take steps to assist those who have been wrongfully convicted, falsely accused, or have suffered manifest injustice. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board to further its goals.”
Melissa previously worked on the Louis Taylor case, which received national visibility on CBS 60 Minutes. Taylor was released at the age of 58 after maintaining his innocence and being incarcerated for more than 42 years. Together with attorneys and volunteers from the Arizona Justice Project, Taylor was released after developments in arson science showed that the original investigation was flawed.
As a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli, Melissa works in the areas of government investigations and white collar criminal defense. She also dedicates her time to the State Bar of Arizona as a member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. Melissa is a former past president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association. She has also served on numerous boards and commissions for the City of Phoenix, and volunteers her time on domestic violence, guardianship and immigration matters.
Last year, Melissa was the recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award, which is a tribute to an attorney practicing twelve years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public or community service. She is also a past recipient of “Best Lawyers Under 40” awarded by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, an honor bestowed on only a select few attorneys in the United States. In 2013, she was chosen by the Phoenix Business Journal as a recipient of its “Forty Under 40” award honoring the best and brightest leaders in the Phoenix metro area. Melissa has also been named to the “Lawyers of Color Hot List” and recently was selected by AZ Business Magazine as a “Generation Next Forty Under Forty.” Most recently, Chambers USA, the world’s leading guide to the legal profession, ranked Melissa in its 2014 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of Litigation: White Collar Crime. Southwest Super Lawyers named her as a Rising Star in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the category of Criminal Defense – White Collar.
Melissa earned her B.A. with honors and a B.S. from Arizona State University and her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
National law firm Polsinelli has added Paul J. Roshka, a commercial litigator with extensive experience in prosecution and defense claims alleging violations of federal and state securities laws. Roshka represents clients before the SEC, the Arizona Securities Division and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA.) He has defended businesses and individuals in numerous disciplinary and enforcement matters originating out of SEC and FINRA offices across the country, and has handled securities industry arbitrations and mediations in jurisdictions nationwide.
“We are pleased to add an attorney of Paul’s caliber to our litigation team,” said Robert A. Henderson, Chair of Financial and Fiduciary Litigation Practice. “His depth of experience as an accomplished commercial and securities litigator and his ability to resolve complex disputes is a terrific complement to our national litigation team.”
Roshka joins a national team of nearly 30 attorneys in Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis and Wilmington who serve clients with financial and fiduciary litigation matters. Trained in alternative dispute resolution, Roshka also has an active mediation practice dedicated to assisting with a wide variety of business disputes. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitration Panel and serves as a designated mediator for the Arizona Association of Realtors®.
Among Roshka’s many distinctions are his selection as Lawyer of the Year for Securities Litigation in Phoenix by Best Lawyers in America 2013, as well as his selection for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America each year since 2005 in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation- Regulatory Enforcement, and Litigation-Securities. Roshka earned his B.S. from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He received his training in Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute.
A recent ranking of full-service law firms across the country revealed that Polsinelli is now one of the top ten law firms with the largest number of real estate partners in the country. While many other law firms reduced the size of their real estate groups during the recession, some firms such as Polsinelli focused on growth and attracting lateral real estate attorneys who were looking for national platforms on which to build their practices.
Polsinelli’s Phoenix office recently hired Dustin Jones, a zoning and land use attorney who represents developers in obtaining land use permits in complex commercial real estate deals. Jones, who works out of both the firm’s Phoenix and New York offices, also serves as a full-time faculty member in Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning where he is a senior lecturer on zoning and complex land use issues. Jones’ hire added to Polsinelli’s continued efforts to expand its national prominence and local dominance.
Timothy Fontes has joined the national law firm Polsinelli in its Phoenix office as an associate.
An intellectual property and technology attorney who is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Fontes will be assisting the firm’s intellectual property clients on a broad range of technical issues related to medical devices, semiconductors, analog and digital circuits, audiology devices, software, networking and internet technology, media technology, and other computer electrical and mechanical devices.
Fontes draws upon his combined background of business and technology to provide a broad spectrum of guidance in the areas of trademark, copyright, patent, and other forms of intellectual property law.
Nick Jensen has joined the national law firm Polsinelli in its Phoenix office as an associate. A real estate attorney and certified public accountant with an LL.M in taxation, Nick will be assisting clients with real estate and finance transactions including commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, real estate construction and development, joint ventures, syndication, lending and leasing. Nick will also be providing real estate due diligence services and transaction support in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions. He has represented national banks, insurance companies, REITs, hospitals, private real estate funds, private lenders, individual investors, developers, small businesses and non-profit organizations and has experience working with buyers and sellers, borrowers and lenders, landlords and tenants and developers and investors.
National law firm Polsinelli has added Dustin Jones, a zoning and land use attorney who represents developers in obtaining land use permits in complex commercial real estate deals. Jones brings to the firm an unusual combination of academic knowledge and practical legal experience.
Jones serves as a full-time faculty member in Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning where he is a senior lecturer on zoning and complex land use issues. He was recently named Associate Director of Cornell University’s prestigious Baker Program in Real Estate, a two-year master’s degree program. Cornell University encourages its faculty to serve as “professors of practice” enabling Jones to serve client needs in private practice while continuing to teach at the university level.
“Polsinelli is nationally recognized for its zoning and land use accomplishments. The firm’s entrepreneurial spirit and emphasis on the importance of attorneys who understand their clients’ businesses attracted me to the firm,” said Jones. “I am excited to be part of the firm’s highly respected team.”
Jones will practice out of the New York and Phoenix offices and continue to work with Arizona developers and homebuilders while having access to New York’s epicenter of real estate financing. His work in the New York office will enable clients to continue to access the epicenter of real estate financing. The firm spans 19 offices across the country, and Law360 recently named the Real Estate Practice as “one of the Top 10 Real Estate Practices” based on number of partners.
U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 Best Law Firms report, naming Polsinelli the “Law Firm of the Year in Health Care.” The designation is based on Polsinelli’s overall performance in health care, incorporating both client feedback and peer review, and reflective of the firm’s growing talent pool, complete range of healthcare legal services, and geographic footprint across 19 cities.
“We are extremely grateful to our clients. We are privileged to serve our clients in this complex and dynamic industry, and we have been fortunate to continuously attract lawyers from top law firms across the country who are passionate about building client relationships and providing outstanding client service. This recognition validates our commitment to the health care industry and importance of continuing to support our strong national practice,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. “It’s an exciting time for our firm.”
Polsinelli represents a wide variety of health care clients including hospital and health systems, clinical research organizations, physician groups, home health agencies, hospice providers and senior and long-term care facilities. In 2014, Polsinelli was also ranked as the second largest Health Care Practice by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and as the third largest Health Care Practice by Modern Healthcare.
“The industry is seeing tremendous change, and our clients’ roles are becoming increasingly complex,” said Health Care Practice Chair Matthew Murer from his Chicago office. “Polsinelli has responded by building a strong and diverse team of more than 190 health care attorneys and professionals across the country who understand their clients’ businesses and immerse themselves in this evolving and challenging industry.” Murer continued, “We greatly appreciate our clients who have made this a reality, and who have formed relationships with our growing, talented team of health care attorneys.”
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.
Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected for a second term to the State Bar Association Board of Governors. The members of the State Bar of Arizona elected 10 Board of Governor members. Melissa will serve a three-year term.
“The State Bar of Arizona is an outstanding organization in large part due to its members and the governance of its Board” said Melissa Ho. “I am honored to have been selected by the Bar’s membership to serve for a second time as their representative to this important governing body.”
Earlier this year, Melissa was the recipient of the AJC’s Emerging Leadership Award, a prestigious honor bestowed on an attorney practicing twelve years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public and community service. Melissa is a past recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Best Lawyers Under 40”, a distinction achieved by only a select few attorneys in the United States. Melissa has also been named to the “Lawyers of Color Hot List” and was recently selected by AZ Business Magazine as a “Generation Next Forty Under Forty.” Southwest Super Lawyers named her as a Rising Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the category of Criminal Defense – White Collar.
Karen Dickinson – Shareholder, Polsinelli
Dickinson is an international business attorney with extensive experience negotiating and advising clients on complex international deals and e-commerce legal issues. She is chair of the Arizona District Export Council and a founding member of Arizona Women in International Trade.
Greatest accomplishment: “Flying to England with a Japanese client to negotiate a patent license agreement for DNA chip technology.”
Surprising fact: “I am a photographer and a poet.”
Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.
Modern Healthcare has just released its national rankings of Health Care Practices and Polsinelli is listed as the third largest Health Care Practice in the nation. Polsinelli’s Healthcare Practice growth has been driven by client demand in the areas of health information, data management and security and complex reimbursement.
“Our clients are facing challenges in every facet of their business, from how they deliver care to how they get paid,” said Health Care Practice Chair Matthew Murer from his Chicago office. “In response, the firm has built a select team of 190 health care attorneys and professionals across the country who make it their priority to understand the opportunities and challenges that face the industry, and more importantly, their clients’ businesses.”
Polsinelli’s well-rounded group of health care professionals and attorneys include:
• Former in-house counsel of national health care providers
• The Office of Inspector General (OIG)
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
• Former Assistant U.S. Attorneys
• Current and former leaders of the American Hospital Association and American Health Lawyers Association
To determine the law firm rankings, Modern Healthcare utilized a survey methodology based on a blended score: Sum of 50% weight from data collected in the survey (number of healthcare lawyers) and 50% weight of American Health Lawyers Association membership from each firm, provided by the AHLA as of June 5, 2014. Polsinelli was previously ranked No. 4.
The AHLA also recently released its own national rankings placing Polsinelli second among national law firms.
“We are very pleased to be included so high in both rankings, which reflects our commitment to providing our clients with quality counsel in all aspects of health care law,” Murer said. “Whether it’s counseling a provider on how to handle a hacker’s theft of data or structuring a merger to create the state’s largest health system, we are able to bring a team of experienced attorneys who are focused on a true business solution.”
Polsinelli has been the fastest growing law firm in America for the past six years according to The American Lawyer. In 2014, the firm moved up to the 62nd position in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. Polsinelli focuses on finding practical solutions for clients in health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation matters.
Snell & Wilmer announced the addition of seven attorneys and a policy advisor to the firm’s environmental and natural resources group in Phoenix. These additions significantly expand Snell & Wilmer’s existing practice group to over 40 attorneys across its multiple offices throughout the western United States. The group joins the firm from Polsinelli, where it was recognized by notable industry publications such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America®.
“We are thrilled to have this exceptional group of professionals join Snell & Wilmer,” said Matthew Feeney, a partner in Snell & Wilmer’s Phoenix office and a member of the firm’s executive committee. “Environmental and natural resources concerns impact businesses and government agencies in virtually every industry. With the expansion of this practice group, we are able to enhance our collective substantive knowledge and extensive experience throughout our geographic footprint and beyond to provide our clients with superior environmental and natural resources-related legal services.”
Snell & Wilmer welcomes the following individuals to the firm:
* Lucas Narducci has more than 27 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. Narducci regularly guides clients through administrative hearings, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, striving to protect their assets and keep their business goals in mind. He has extensive experience in acquisitions, divestments, expansions, mergers, ventures, operational compliance, employee workspace safety, workplace and third-party toxic exposures, audits, risk reductions and control methods. He also advises on policy and legislative developments that affect or could impact his clients and their businesses. He has been a lead counsel in the divestment, acquisition, operation, curtailment, reclamation and closure of several copper, gold, coal and uranium mines. Narducci’s practice has taken him across the United States, as well as to Canada, Mexico and several countries in South America. He participates in many significant business, industry and manufacturing associations in order to advance the interests of those associations and his clients, and to influence rule-making, regulatory, policy and legislative processes. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
* Mitchell Klein has more than 30 years of trial experience across a wide variety of environmental and natural resources legal issues. He has extensive experience working with many state and federal agencies in all areas of natural resources and environmental law, and has litigated matters pursuant to the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Hazardous and Solid Waste regulations, and Superfund liability. Klein was previously an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona for nearly 10 years, during which time he served as chief counsel for the Civil Unit of the Environmental Enforcement Section and was responsible for all environmental enforcement actions taken by the state. Klein earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
* John Burnside has more than 15 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. His experience extends to and beyond Superfund cost recovery and defense, air and water quality permitting and enforcement, environmental insurance coverage placement and claims, environmental forensics, toxic tort defense and the contractual allocation of environmental liabilities. Burnside has also addressed corporate transactions involving extensive environmental due diligence and has ushered the transacting parties through the transfer of environmental permits and authorizations to the satisfaction of regulatory authorities. With respect to environmental insurance matters, he has assisted with evaluation, litigation and resolution of multi-site environmental insurance claims. Burnside earned his J.D. from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
* Michael Ford has more than 15 years of experience working with clients ranging from religious orders to global corporations in navigating the complex web of environmental issues impacting industrial operations and commercial transactions. Ford focuses his practice on helping industrial and commercial entities on regulatory compliance, enforcement defense and transactional risk mitigation issues. He has helped clients efficiently resolve their government enforcement issues using voluntary disclosures, administrative settlement agreements and judicial consent decrees. Ford has worked extensively on issues impacting hardrock mines, including groundwater and surface water permitting and compliance, chemical reporting, release response and closure operations. He also has considerable experience in mobile source emissions compliance and enforcement defense under the Clean Air Act. His experience in Brownfields development includes project feasibility analysis and due diligence, contract negotiation, voluntary cleanup programs, tax credit qualification, remediation oversight and consultant management, environmental insurance and obtaining regulatory closure approval. Ford earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
* Maribeth Klein concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental and natural resources law and environmental litigation. Klein’s transactional practice involves addressing various matters relating to mining, such as U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management procedures, requirements and permitting as well as permit transfer and amendment requirements for uranium mining licenses issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has assessed the permitting needs for several renewable energy projects including multiple utility-scale wind projects in Kansas and Oklahoma and planned biomass facilities on the East Coast. Klein served as in-house counsel on an interim basis for an international diversified natural resources company where she monitored proposed federal energy legislation and assessed the constitutionality of various proposals, counseled clients regarding technology license agreements and engineering services contracts, and assisted with a response to a Senate inquiry. Klein also has a broad range of experience in air quality matters on the county, state and federal levels in assisting clients with the permit process and in related compliance issues. She earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
* Margaret LaBianca focuses her practice on a broad range of strategic considerations and regulatory compliance issues. For more than 15 years, she has counseled on transactions, from due diligence and negotiations to drafting and effectuation, as well as operations and development. Among other areas of law, LaBianca’s practice encompasses water rights and water supply issues, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), protected and endangered species, Section 404 permitting and public land use. She has devoted a significant amount of her practice to working with clients on issues presented by operating on or near land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service or the state. Her clients include miners, ranchers, developers, landowners and energy businesses. LaBianca earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
* Amanda Reeve most recently served in the Arizona House of Representatives, where she was also chair of the House environment committee. Her experience ideally positions her as a key member of Snell & Wilmer’s environmental and natural resources team. Reeve provides public policy services to clients through stakeholder identification and organization, the regulatory process and reform, and the legislative process. She is well known for her ability to develop public policy and craft bipartisan support to advance bills of significant importance to Arizona businesses. She is extensively involved in numerous policy and regulatory processes impacting various media, including air, on the local, state and federal levels. Reeve earned her M.S. in Technology – Environmental Management from Arizona State University.
* Megan Tracy counsels domestic and international clients on regulatory compliance and environmental contamination matters. She represents clients in federal and state forums, as well as before regulatory agencies on a full range of environmental matters, including environmental response, compensation and liability, as well as the Clean Air Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Tracy has extensive experience with the mining industry, including assisting clients with compliance matters involving domestic and international mining laws, remediation of abandoned mines and defense against enforcement actions. Tracy has also counseled clients on matters involving federal railroad regulations and Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance. In addition, her litigation experience includes defending clients against claims of infectious disease outbreak and insurance recovery for environmental liability. Tracy earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) honored national law firm Polsinelli at its 2014 Exemplar Award Dinner. Polsinelli earned the prestigious Beacon of Justice Award for its commitment to the delivery of pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford counsel including volunteer work done in connection with the Volunteer Lawyers Program Children’s Law Center Minor Guardianship Project. The firm was one of 25 law firms selected from across the United States for this distinction. Recipients were recognized for their devotion of significant pro bono time and resources and their dedication to creating and implementing innovative strategies that improve life outcomes for low-income individuals.
Approximately 400 attorneys, general counsel and advocates gathered for the NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner to pay tribute to those lawyers who give of themselves to improve the quality of representation for people who are unable to pay for legal assistance and to salute outstanding individuals who set an example by their dedication, achievement, leadership and vision. The event was held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C.
Troy Froderman, Chair of Polslinelli’s pro bono program, attended the awards ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the firm. “I am deeply honored that our firm has been recognized for its significant commitment to pro bono services.” said Froderman. “Attorneys across our firm are making a significant positive difference in the lives of people who might not otherwise be able to access legal representation.” Anthony Merrill and Christina Kelly, two of the Polsinelli attorneys who volunteer their time with the Children’s Law Center, as well as William Blakely, Lauren Desantis-Then, Daniel Donahue, and Andy Wright of Polsinelli’s Washington D.C. office were also in attendance.
The Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona Chapter has announced the finalists for its prestigious “Deal of the Year” Award, which will be presented at the organization’s Southwest Mergers & Acquisitions Conference on May 14-15.
The three finalists are:
— The merger of E.B. Lane and Terralever into LaneTerralever, which was nominated by JDB Capital Partners, LLC.
— Recapitalization of QK, Inc. by Cave Creek Capital, Stewart Capital and Seacoast Capital, nominated by Greene Holcomb Fisher.
— Sale of Pinto Valley Copper mining and milling operations and related railroad company, nominated by Polsinelli.
The Southwest Mergers & Acquisitions Conference will conclude with the presentation of the ACG-Arizona 2014 Deal of the Year Award, a coveted honor given annually to a company or private equity firm in recognition of their accomplishments in Arizona’s mergers and acquisitions or capital markets marketplace. The award will recognize a deal/transaction in the Arizona marketplace involving established businesses with between $10 and $750 million of revenue that closed in the 2013 calendar year.
Additionally, the conference program will include exceptional speakers and content for the business community, including:
— Breakfast Keynote with Jim Huntinger of BOK Financial
— Breakfast Keynote with Anthony LeBlanc of the Phoenix Coyotes
— CEO Panel Discussion in Morning Breakout Session
— Lunch Keynote with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, economic policy expert
— Afternoon breakout sessions featuring Private Equity and Credit Market updates
“We are pleased to be able to recognize these three exceptional transactions which have had a positive effect on Arizona’s economy,” said Sanat Patel, President of the ACG-Arizona Chapter Board of Directors. “These are perfect examples of how middle-market transactions are helping create economic growth and job development in our state and the country as a whole.”
Endeavour Capital’s purchase of Arizona Nutritional Supplements was recognized as the 2013 Deal of the Year last year.
The conference will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, where a room block for attendees is available. Registration is $310 for ACG members who sign up in advance and $410 for non-members. At-the-door registration is $365 for members and $465 for non-members.
The conference will kick off on May 14 at 1 p.m. with a Golf Event at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale. The golf event is open to all registrants for the conference and is $195.
Conference sessions will take place on May 15, and will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast featuring Huntzinger and LeBlanc as breakfast keynote speakers. After the morning CEO panel, lunch will be served and the Keynote Luncheon Speaker will be Holtz-Eakin.
A distinguished policy advisor, academic, and strategist, Dr. Doug Holtz-Eakin is skilled at forecasting policy changes on the horizon and recommending sound strategies for mitigating risk to your industry. He has served at the highest levels of government concerned with economics and is well-known on Capitol Hill and in Washington’s top think tanks. Having been involved in policy, politics, campaigns, and elections, he addresses economics from all points of view with his well-rounded expertise.