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Snell & Wilmer Significantly Expands Environmental Group

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.

Troy Froderman, Chair of Polsinelli’s Pro Bono Committee and a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, accepting the award in Washington D.C. from Jo-Ann Wallace, the President and CEO of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA.)

Polsinelli Honored for its Pro Bono Work

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.


Finalists announced for Arizona Deal of the Year

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.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.acg.org/arizona, e-mail the chapter at acgarizona@acg.org, or call 602.448.3981.


Laws of the land: Navigating development in Indian Country

Gerrit Steenblik, Polsinelli

Gerrit Steenblik, Polsinelli

Anyone who has tried to develop on one of the 22 federally recognized Indian tribes’ land in Arizona has probably encountered the patchwork of land ownership that can sometimes make it difficult to build. Land on reservations can be owned by the tribe, held in trust and owned by an individual (both allotted property and non). Recently, Polsinelli’s Gerrit Steenblik and Anne Kleindienst shared that to negotiate a 55-year land lease for the development of the Noah Webster school on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, they had to work with many departments of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, including the general counsel’s office, the economic development division, the treasurer’s office, the education administration and the community’s public relations office, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the allotted land owners.

Each tribe functions as a sovereign nation and provides a variety of governmental services to tribal members.

Roxann Gallagher, Sacks Tierney

Roxann Gallagher, Sacks Tierney

“Because few tribes tax their members, many tribes engage in commercial activities to generate sufficient revenue to provide these services,” says Roxann Gallagher, attorney at Sacks Tierney. “As a result, we have traditionally seen a mix of bonds, either tax-exempt or taxable, issued to acquire, construct or improve both governmental and commercial facilities.”

With the introduction of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, came $2B meant to broaden the reach of tax-exempt funding for commercial development. A significant portion of that $2B volume cap for tribal economic development bonds are still available.

Native American communities can issue tax-exempt bonds to finance construction projects that will benefit their own community, such as government and community buildings. Various departments also offer federal grants to fund schools, pre-school programs, health care, and infrastructure, including water systems and roads in Indian country.

“Keys to success [with regards to building in Indian country] included the personal relationships, long-range planning to avoid last-minute glitches and the fact that the new Noah Webster School responded to a genuine need of the community, leading to a win-win result,” says Steenblik, who was the borrower’s counsel for the Noah Webster School being constructed on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The construction of the new Noah Webster Schools-Pima project within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is being funded by a tax-exempt bond issued by the Industrial Development Authority of Pima County that is only available to tax exempt, nonprofit and non-Indian owned business.

“Construction financing undertaken by a tribal government or tribal governmental entity has many of the same challenges as any other governmental financing in terms of timing, structure, respect for political processes, and adherence to regulatory requirements,” says Gallagher. “Most notably, however, there are some additional legal and business issues that must be considered if certain tribal real property or restricted revenues are intended as security for the indebtedness. For instance, there are federal restrictions on the alienation of tribal property, potentially complicated title issues, and limitations on recourse against some potential sources of repayment.”

Ed Rubacha, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham

Ed Rubacha, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham

Though Jennings, Haug & Cunningham’s Ed Rubacha says it’s unlikely for tribal communities to resist payment by declaring sovereign immunity after a project is completed, the disputes of the Hualapai Skywalk and Ranch can make some developers nervous. Granted, if it’s a large project, Rubacha says, with a well-known tribe it may be smart to ask for a waive of immunity. A recent example being the Navajo Nation waiving its right to declare immunity on a $500M purchase of a coal mine being purchased by the Navajo Transitional Energy Company.

In the early 2000’s, the Navajo Nation decided to build its first casino in Arizona. It wouldn’t break ground until 2011 or open until May 2013. Twin Arrows employs 1,300 people and will make $45M a year. Instead of enlisting the help of a commercial bank, developers worked with the Navajo government to secure adequate funding.

“In 2009-10, the capital market was really soft,” says Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Chief Executive Darrick Wachtman. “Wall Street wasn’t lending to the casino startups. There was no activity. It was a good opportunity for the nation to get good returns. The interest rate was higher than market. It’s dependent on the cash-flow leverage.”

As for developers, Gallagher reports positive feedback: “Sacks Tierney’s clients have found that successful tribal finance transactions are akin to hitting a perfect golf shot in that the result is well worth the effort.”


Az Business honors healthcare leaders

Each year, Az Business magazine hosts the Healthcare Leadership Awards to honor the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare system. Here are the winners and finalists who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and were recognized at the 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 10 at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix. See photos from the event here or on our Facebook page.

Winner: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
TGen has made great strides in the field if genomics medicine. TGen researchers work to help physicians prescribe drugs that are designed more intelligently, work more effectively and have fewer toxic side effects. They have received numerous grants to support research into brain cancer and brain injuries, advanced cancers, Parkinson’s, rare childhood disorders, and more.

Barrow at PCH
Sonora Quest

Winner: Barbara Kavanagh, Arizona Myeloma Network
Kavanagh’s mission is to change the lack of information and support resources for myeloma cancer by forming the Arizona Myeloma Network and the Living with Myeloma Conference, which has grown to 300 people. She also introduced the Pat and Bill Hite Cancer Caregivers Education and Support Program for caregivers to receive support and answers.

Catherine Ivy, Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation
Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University

Winner: Robert L. Meyer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of Phoenix Children’s Hospital from the edge of financial failure to a successful $588 million expansion that made the hospital into one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country. PCH is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

Tim Bricker, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert
Mary Lee DeCoster, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista, IASIS Healthcare
Ed Myers, St. Luke’s Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare

Winner: Dr. John Chen, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Serving the community’s most vulnerable residents, Chen has helped thousands of patients within the Maricopa Integrated Health System. He sees patients who are in urgent need of treatment because of their lack of dental insurance or location in third world countries. He promotes dental care and hygiene to help prevent serious diseases.

Dr. Randal Christensen, Crews ‘n’ Healthcare
Gerri Hether, Orchard Medical Consulting

Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Marking its 75th anniversary in Arizona, BCBSAZ is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance as well as outside programs targeted to children and their families to help reduce childhood obesity.

Health Net of Arizona
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

Winner: Kristen Rosati, Polsinelli
As an attorney dedicated to the healthcare industry, especially to healthcare privacy, health information exchange and clinical research, Rosati has written 12 books, 30 articles and made 200 presentations on healthcare topics. She also helped establish two nonprofits in Arizona that support health information exchange and health information technology.

Richard Mallery, Snell and Wilmer
Martin L. Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Winner: Scottsdale Healthcare
As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s Medical Center

Winner: Ventana
Ventana is driving personalized healthcare through the development of “companion diagnostics” to identify patients most likely to respond favorably to specific therapies. Ventana has worked is currently engaged in more that 150 collaborative projects to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics globally.

W.L. Gore and Associates

Winner: Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
BAI has undergone a major prevention trial to evaluate a treatment in cognitively healthy older adults at the highest known genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The study is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative API, an international collaboration led by BAI to accelerate the evaluation of promising but unproven prevention therapies.

Banner MD Anderson
University of Arizona Cancer Center

Winner: Jimmy Chow, IASIS Healthcare
Chow improved the field of orthopedics by helping to design and teach a hybrid technique of a minimally invasive total hip replacement where the surgeon builds a new hip from inside the body. This surgery results in no post-operative limitations and many patients are discharged within 24 hours. Chow is one of 10 surgeons in the world to perform his surgery.

Karen Corallo Chaney, Magellan Health Services
David Notrica, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Winner: Venkatesh G. Ramaiah, Arizona Heart Hospital
Ramaiah, the medical director and director of vascular and endovascular research, successfully created the “un balloon,” which is used to remodel thoracic endografts without the wind sock effect. This products was able to be marketed and sold.

David Jacofsky, CORE Institute
Glen Weiss, CTCA

Linda Hunt, Dignity Health
Hunt, who has served as the leader of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012, has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. She has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.

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Polsinelli Named Children’s Law Center Firm of the Year

The Children’s Law Center has named Polsinelli as its 2013 Law Firm of the Year in recognition of the exceptional pro bono service undertaken by Polsinelli attorneys over the past year. The firm was selected for its volunteer efforts in connection with the Minor Guardianship Program that assists vulnerable children whose parents are not able or willing to care for them.

“We are honored that the Children’s Law Center has selected Polsinelli as its Law Firm of the Year,” said Troy Froderman, chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. “Our firm is deeply committed to providing legal support to those who would otherwise not be able to access it. As attorneys we have an obligation to give back to our communities in ways that ensure that all people are able to secure and preserve their rights under the law.”

The Children’s Law Center was established in 1998 by the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) and co-sponsored by the Maricopa County Bar Association and Community Legal Services. Its goal is to address the unmet legal needs of children. Over 120 attorneys from firms throughout the Valley volunteer each year to fill gaps in legal assistance for children of diverse ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds. Current programs include Free Advice Clinics for Teens, the Court Advisor Project, the Minor Guardianship Project, the Guardianship Clinic, Teens at Work, the Adoption Project and Medical Legal Partnership.

“We are so grateful for the time and legal talent that Polsinelli’s attorneys have given so freely to the public through the Guardianship Program” said Roni Tropper, Esq., Children’s Law Center Program Coordinator. “They saw the tremendous need and offered to step in and take responsibility for all of the cases at one of our two guardianship clinic locations held monthly in English and quarterly in Spanish. They have been doing that now for three years.”

Tony Merrill, a shareholder at Polsinelli, spearheads the firm’s involvement in the Guardianship Program. “Volunteering to assist family members so that they can become legal guardians and thereby access health care for the children, enroll them in school or obtain other much needed services is very rewarding.” said Merrill.


Lynch Joins Polsinelli’s National Litigation Practice

National law firm Polsinelli added attorney Eric E. Lynch to the firm as shareholder bolstering the firm’s litigation capabilities in Phoenix and nationally. Lynch has more than 20 years of extensive experience as a litigator, trusted advisor and trial attorney in a wide variety of industries. His move to Polsinelli is rooted in a desire to be able to provide his clients with access to strategic thinking and legal guidance from coast to

“Polsinelli has a national reach and a rich trial history that I found attractive,” said Lynch. “The attorneys are focused on understanding their clients’ business and committed to addressing their clients’ business objectives.”

Lynch’s practice is focused on addressing sophisticated and complex commercial litigation
matters including business torts, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, breach of partnership, fraud and civil RICO matters. Licensed in four states, Lynch has represented clients in the construction, mining, real estate, banking and finance, insurance, utilities, technology and manufacturing industries.


Polsinelli Attorney Receives Emerging Leadership Award

Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, is among three outstanding legal professionals who will be honored at the Judge Learned Hand Awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Melissa will be recognized for her exceptional professional achievements and profound dedication to civic and
philanthropic causes and organizations.

“Once again, we are blessed to be able to honor three of Arizona’s finest lawyers and most worthy citizens. Matthew Feeney, Paul Bender, and Melissa Ho embody the very best in our legal community. Their professional and personal contributions help advance a more just society and their philanthropic efforts help shape a world in which human rights and human dignity are protected for all peoples.” said Timothy J. Eckstein, co-chair of the AJC’s Judge Learned Hand Awards luncheon.

Established in 1964, the Judge Learned Hand award program recognizes those who have contributed meaningfully to the legal community and whose work reflects the integrity and broad humanitarian ideals exemplified by Judge Hand. The honorees are selected by an independent committee of prominent judges, law professors and practitioners.

Ho will be honored with the AJC’s Emerging Leadership Award, which is a tribute to an attorney practicing 12 years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public or community service. A tireless volunteer, Ho dedicates her time to the State Bar of Arizona serving on six different committees over the past several years. At present, she is the youngest member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. Ho is a former past president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and has served on numerous boards and commissions for the City of Phoenix. She regularly volunteers her time on domestic violence, guardianship and immigration matters, helping vulnerable individuals and families.

Ho is a past recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Best Lawyers Under 40”, 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. Ho has also been named to the “Lawyers of Color Hot List” and most recently was selected by AZ Business Magazine as a “Generation Next Forty Under Forty.” Southwest Super Lawyers named her as a Rising Star in 2012 and 2013 in the category of Criminal Defense – White Collar.

Ho practices law in the areas of government investigations and white collar criminal defense. She is Past President of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and an active member on numerous Arizona State Bar Association committees. She 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.


YWCA Honors Valley Women at Tribute to Leadership

The YWCA of Maricopa County has announced its Tribute to Leadership Honorees who will be honored at the 20th Anniversary Tribute to Leadership Gala on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at The Ritz Carlton in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Tribute to Leadership Gala is a special evening set aside to recognize the outstanding individuals who have given selflessly of their time and talent to make our community, and the world, a better place to live and work.

The awards are presented across a variety of categories and recognize those who have made substantial contributions to eliminating discrimination and empowering women in the community.

This year’s honorary chairs are Tim and Deborah Bateman. Cindy McCain will receive the YW’s “Global Justice Leadership Award”.

2014 Tribute to Leadership Honorees:

Mrs. Cindy McCain
The McCain Institute
2014 Global Justice Leadership Award

Alejandra Amarilla Nash
Landfill Harmonic Project
Community Service Nonprofit Leader

MaryLynn Mack
Desert Botanical Garden
Education Leader

Chevy Humphrey
Arizona Science Center
Health & Science Leader

Martha Kuhns
Women’s Overseas Service League
Military or Armed Service Leader

Karen Johnson
Midwestern University
Dorothy Willey Award

Pam Conboy
Wells Fargo
Community Service Corporate Leader

Leon Silver
Advocacy Leader

Judge Roxanne Song Ong
City of Phoenix- Phoenix Municipal Court
Public Service Award

Dr. Joel Martin
Positively Powerful | Triad West Inc
Racial Justice Leader


Leadership spotlight: Ari Bai

Ari Bai

Bai has extensive experience protecting client products in the mechanical, electrical and computer industries. Bai previously served as in-house patent counsel for a large national medical device company. He also worked as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington.

Biggest challenge: “The biggest obstacle I faced was making the transition from in house patent attorney early in my career to private practice. As an in house attorney you have one client – your employer, while in private practice your focus is divided among many clients. I overcame this obstacle by organizing my practice to ensure that the proper priorities were assigned to each client’s work.”

Best advice to offer: “Make sure your clients fully understand the complexities of intellectual property and how it impacts their business.”

Surprising fact: “I was awarded a first degree black belt in Karate and that I’ve won numerous awards at various tournaments.”


GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO

Jay Tibshraeny
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
City of Surprise

Bryant Barber
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca


Polsinelli Recognized for Employment Litigation Counsel

Employers, both large and small, face an ever-growing web of workplace regulations and potential entanglements with employees. According to the BTI Litigation Outlook 2014 report, perhaps more than 90 percent of companies may need employment litigation representation in the coming year.

To reach its conclusions, BTI Consulting Group of Wellesley, MA, conducted interviews with more than 300 general counsel from Fortune 1000 companies across 15 industries. The BTI Litigation Outlook includes a listing of law firms best suited to assist these companies and Polsinelli is listed among eleven national firms as a “standout” for its counsel in complex employment litigation matters.

Among Polsinelli’s high profile litigation engagements:

* Successfully defended several major interstate motor carriers against class action claims
by truck drivers that alleged the company had improperly calculated driver compensation,
violated FMCSA truth-in-leasing regulations and/or misclassified drivers as independent
* Successfully represented the Kansas City Chiefs twice in a four-month period involving
discrimination suits filed by former employees against the National Football League
*  Represented a major health care provider with its immigration needs in hiring and
retaining personnel, including J waivers, through the Conrad 30 and Delta Regional
Authority Programs.
*  Successfully represented two U.S. Secret Service agents in the Supreme Court of the
United States in a case involving the scope of civil liability of Secret Service agents
protecting the U.S. President and Vice-President.
*  Worked with a major employer to obtain preliminary and permanent injunctive relief
against former employees who were using confidential company information and
customer lists to start a competing business.

“Employment litigation and advocacy experience is definitely one of our strengths, but avoiding or minimizing the risk of litigation is also a top priority,” said W. Terrence Kilroy, chair of Polsinelli’s national Labor and Employment Practice. “We assist a broad spectrum of employers, ranging from small family owned businesses to multi-national corporations, in establishing policies, writing handbooks, resolving employee disputes, handling terminations and, of course, successfully defending against legal claims.”


Zaragoza joins Polsinelli

National law firm Polsinelli has added Juan Pablo G. Zaragoza to the firm’s Wealth Planning/Administration Practice as associate in the Phoenix office. Zaragoza has extensive experience in the areas of estate planning, international estate planning, business succession planning, charitable planning and probate and trust administration.

He is one of very few attorneys in the Southwest experienced in international estate planning, advising U.S. citizens with assets abroad and foreign nationals with assets here in the U.S.

“I pride myself in being a trusted advisor to my clients. It is important to me to be able to work closely with individuals and families on all of their legal matters. Polsinelli provides me with a larger platform allowing my clients to receive outstanding representation across the full spectrum of services we provide,” said Zaragoza.

Zaragoza brings to the firm a unique background. He is both bi-cultural and bi-lingual, as he was born in the border state of Sonora, Mexico. He is one of a select group of attorneys who practice international estate planning.

“Juan Pablo is a terrific addition to our team. His commitment to understanding the needs of his clients and providing them with a comprehensive business approach to meet their objectives is aligned with Polsinelli’s goal to provide solutions to its clients. Juan Pablo will be an invaluable asset as we expand our international reach to serve clients in Mexico and internationally in a comprehensive and strategic way,” said Wealth Planning/Administration Chair T. Jack Challis.

Zaragoza is a recipient of the Cesar E. Chavez Community Leadership Award presented by the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation. He is an active member of the Hispanic
National Bar Association, the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association where he served on the Board of Directors for three years, the Arizona Latino Research Enterprise where he served on the Board of Directors for three years, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association, the Central Arizona Estate Planning Council, the Valley Estate Planners, as well as the Trusts and Estates Section and the International Section of the State Bar of Arizona.

He earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Arizona, his J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and his LL.M in Tax from the University of Washington School of Law.



Joel Hiller

Hiller Elected President of Arizona Citizens for the Arts

Joel Hiller, President of the Yavapai Indian Cultural Center, has been elected president of the Arizona Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors.

Hiller will be joined on the executive committee by Vice President: Robert Knight, Tucson Museum of Art; Secretary: Phillip C. Jones, community volunteer and former executive director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture; Treasurer: Dawn Brown, Arizona Business Consulting; Directors at Large: Rick Pfannensteil, Pfocus LLC, and Jeff Rich, Rich-Gillis Law Group.  Also elected to the executive committee were Tom Chapman, retired educator, Advocacy Committee chair; and Lynn Tuttle, Arizona Department of Education, Finance Committee chair.

The following new board members were elected to three-year terms:  Laurie Goldstein, Freescale Semiconductor; Charles Goldstein, Emcare; Anne Kleindienst, Polsinelli P.C.; Bernadette Mills, West Valley Arts Council; Maureen O’Brien, Musical Instrument Museum; Vincent VanVleet, Phoenix Theatre; and Michael Vargas, Arizona Public Service.

Four board members were re-elected to serve another three-year term including Chapman; Jennifer Burns, Public Affairs Consulting; Sen. Steve Farley, Arizona State Senate; and Steve Martin, Childsplay.

For more information about Arizona Citizens for the Arts, visit www.azcitizensforthearts.org.


Melissa Ho Named to Lawyers of Color Hot List

Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, is among 100 exceptional minority attorneys under the age of forty named to the Western Regional “Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List”. The honorees represent some of the most promising and accomplished minority legal talent in the western United States.

“It is an honor to be included among the first minority attorneys to be awarded with this
distinction,” said Melissa Ho. “It is particularly meaningful to see so many accomplished and talented lawyers being recognized in this way.”

Lawyers of Color Hot List honorees were chosen using a two-pronged process. The selection committee spent months reviewing nominations from mentors, peers and colleagues and performing preliminary research of bar publications and legal blogs in order to identify the most promising candidates. Editorial picks were made based on noteworthy accomplishments and achievement in legal initiatives.

Among Melissa’s many accomplishments is her recent selection for the distinction of “Best
Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, an honor bestowed on only a select few attorneys in the United States.

Kristen Rosati

Rosati Named Healthcare 'Lawyer of the Year'

Polsinelli placed 135 of its attorneys nationwide among those included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Eleven attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected, including first timer John Hebert, who was chosen in the category of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Kristen Rosati, a member of Polsinelli’s health care practice (the fourth largest in the country), was named Best Lawyers® 2014 Phoenix Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Rosati is a national thought leader in the electronic health industry and current President of the American Health Lawyers Association which has a membership in excess of 12,000.

The 2014 Best Lawyers® rankings occur during a time of growth as the firm was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, Polsinelli moved up to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. Attorneys from the firm’s key cities were chosen for Best Lawyers® including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and Phoenix. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and Polsinelli is proud to be recognized for this prestigious ranking.

The 2014 Best Lawyers® in the firm’s Phoenix office — and the first year they made the list — include:

* Yu Cai (2013): Biotechnology Law
* Karen R. Dickinson (2010): Information Technology Law
* Michael C. Ford (2013): Environmental Law
* Marty Harper (2006): Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Securities, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
* John J. Hebert (2014): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
* Thomas K. Irvine (2008): Litigation – Construction. Litigation – Municipal, Municipal Law
* Anne L. Kleindienst (1995) (10 years): Corporate Law. Finance Law
* Lucas J. Narducci (2007): Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
* Edward F. Novak (1995, 10 years): Criminal Defense: White-Collar
* Kristen Rosati (2007): Health Care Law
* Andrew B. Turk (2013): Commercial Litigation

Kristen Rosati

Rosati Named Healthcare ‘Lawyer of the Year’

Polsinelli placed 135 of its attorneys nationwide among those included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Eleven attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected, including first timer John Hebert, who was chosen in the category of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Kristen Rosati, a member of Polsinelli’s health care practice (the fourth largest in the country), was named Best Lawyers® 2014 Phoenix Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Rosati is a national thought leader in the electronic health industry and current President of the American Health Lawyers Association which has a membership in excess of 12,000.

The 2014 Best Lawyers® rankings occur during a time of growth as the firm was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, Polsinelli moved up to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. Attorneys from the firm’s key cities were chosen for Best Lawyers® including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and Phoenix. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and Polsinelli is proud to be recognized for this prestigious ranking.

The 2014 Best Lawyers® in the firm’s Phoenix office — and the first year they made the list — include:

* Yu Cai (2013): Biotechnology Law
* Karen R. Dickinson (2010): Information Technology Law
* Michael C. Ford (2013): Environmental Law
* Marty Harper (2006): Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Securities, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
* John J. Hebert (2014): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
* Thomas K. Irvine (2008): Litigation – Construction. Litigation – Municipal, Municipal Law
* Anne L. Kleindienst (1995) (10 years): Corporate Law. Finance Law
* Lucas J. Narducci (2007): Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
* Edward F. Novak (1995, 10 years): Criminal Defense: White-Collar
* Kristen Rosati (2007): Health Care Law
* Andrew B. Turk (2013): Commercial Litigation


Turk appointed to MCBA Litigation Section Board

Andrew Turk, a shareholder with the national law firm Polsinelli, has been appointed to the Maricopa County Bar Association Litigation Section Board.

Turk represents clients in commercial, tort and insurance litigation, as well as construction defect, toxic tort, elder abuse and contract dispute litigation.  He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator.


Carlson helps Polsinelli Expand Cybersecurity Capabilities

Polsinelli has added attorney Kris Carlson to the firm, where he will focus on cybersecurity matters for corporate clients and law firms.

Carlson, formerly with Special Forces, has extensive operational knowledge of cybersecurity that will bring value to the firm’s clients. Carlson counsels corporate clients on compliance matters arising from the duty to protect electronic data and assists companies in establishing proper security protocols, including effective data breach responses at both the federal and state levels. He also works with law firms to assist them in protecting their client data in compliance with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

“Kris brings to the firm a unique combination of practical cybersecurity experience coupled with the legal knowledge to guide companies through the complexities of protecting themselves from electronic data theft and it’s far reaching implications,” said Life Science & Technology Division Chair Patrick Woolley. “We are excited to have him join our team and strengthen our cybersecurity law capabilities, an area that very few firms in the country offer.”

Carlson will assist in identifying weaknesses in current e-data security and develop processes/protocols to help clients protect against theft of data and guard against hacking. He will also work with companies and law firms to make certain they have protocols in place for responding to government regulations in the event of a breach, assist board of director members with information security compliance issues particular to public companies and help attorneys ensure that they are satisfying their ethical obligations to safeguard client information.

“Businesses, healthcare organizations, utility companies, banks and law firms need to be proactively protecting their confidential information,” stated Carlson. “It’s my goal to understand the clients’ needs, and working with my colleagues, strive to ensure systems are in place to protect their confidential information.”

A graduate of the University of Arizona in Near Eastern Studies, Carlson earned his law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law where he was the recipient of the CALI Award in National Security Litigation. He was the founder and supervising attorney of the Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the James E. Rogers College of Law, a clinic that was created to provide pro bono legal services in the Veterans Treatment Courts of the City of Tucson and Pima County.

Carlson currently serves as a subject matter expert on veterans’ legal issues for the Army OneSource Legal Resource Center. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law where he taught issues in national security law such as computer security, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and government response to public health emergencies.


Karen Dickinson joins Polsinelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristen Rosati

Rosati leads American Health Lawyers Association

Attorney Kristen Rosati, a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli, has assumed the office of President of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). The AHLA has more than 12,000 members and is the nation’s largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field.

Rosati is a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice which is the fourth largest in the country according to the AHLA and Modern Healthcare. She’s a national thought leader in the electronic health industry and will use her term to advance outreach to younger members; increase support for existing programs in the areas of leadership, training and mentoring; expand the use of technology and social media in providing benefits to members; and continue the tradition of collegiality for which the organization is known.

“I am excited to assume the role of President of AHLA at this important juncture in health care law.” said Rosati. “Creating a strong foundation for the next generation of lawyers as well as continuing to support the unique programs that distinguish AHLA as the leading health care organization for lawyers in the country, is an honor that I am proud to accept.”

Rosati has been an active member of AHLA for many years, serving on the organization’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Programs Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Professional Resources Committee, Chair of the Quality Council, Chair of the Health Information and Technology Practice Group, and Chair of the HIT Think Tank.

“Kristen has enormous respect among the healthcare bar because of her deep expertise in health information and technology, her prodigious work ethic, and her commitment to collegiality among her peers,” said Chief Executive Officer of the American Health Lawyers Association Peter Leibold. “Kristen is leading the Association in a direction that will provide significant benefit to members and continue the organization’s recent membership growth.

In her legal practice at Polsinelli, Rosati heads up the “Big Data” initiative. She plays a key role in assisting hospitals, physicians and other health care providers migrating to electronic health records as they tackle the legal complexities associated with HIPAA compliance, electronic health records roll-outs, health information exchange, data sharing for research and clinical integration initiatives and ACO’s, and clinical research compliance and clinical trials contracting.

“Kristen’s leadership in AHLA will not only benefit the organization, but it will also serve as a model for all of Polsinelli’s lawyers as we look for ways to be more in tune with our clients and the industry generally,” said Polsinelli’s Health Care Practice Chair Matt Murer.


Polsinelli Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA

Chambers USA, the world’s leading guide to the legal profession, released its 2013 rankings for lawyers and practice groups. Polsinelli received high rankings for 53 attorneys and nine practice areas in four states. The Phoenix office of Polsinelli received high rankings for eight attorneys and three practice areas.

Chambers rankings are based on submissions put forward by law firms, client and industry interviews during the course of research and Chambers’ own database resources. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best.

“Thank you to our clients who provided Chambers with valuable insight into our strategic partnerships,” said 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 this acknowledgement of so many of our lawyers in Phoenix and across the country.”

New in 2013
Six Polsinelli attorneys improved band rankings, including two new Band 1 rankings for Arizona attorneys Lucas J. Narducci in Environmental (including water rights) and Edward F. Novak in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

The Phoenix office 2013 Chambers rankings include:

Polsinelli Practice Area Rankings – Phoenix office
Ranked 1 in Environmental (including water rights) – Arizona
Ranked 4 in Corporate M&A – Arizona
Ranked 4 in Litigation: General Commercial – Arizona
Individual Attorney Rankings – Phoenix office
Ranked 1 for Lucas J. Narducci in Environment (including water rights) – Arizona
Ranked 1 for Edward F. Novak in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Arizona
Ranked 3 for Barton D. Day in Environment (including water rights) – Arizona
Ranked 3 for Marty Harper in Litigation: General Commercial (Arizona) – Arizona
Ranked 4 for Phillip P. Guttilla in Corporate/M&A – Arizona
Ranked 4 for Thomas Irvine in Real Estate (Arizona) – Arizona
Ranked 4 for Brian K. Moll in Corporate/M&A (Arizona) – Arizona
Ranked U (Associates to Watch) for Margaret B. LaBianca in Environmental (including water rights) – Arizona

GPEC Forum

GPEC targets international business executives

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) this week officially launched an international toolkit and forum series, called “Doing Business in Greater Phoenix, U.S.A,” with additional support from the City of Phoenix. The toolkit is designed to assist foreign companies with investment and expansion decisions in the United States and, specifically, the Greater Phoenix region.

From accessing capital to forming strategic partnerships with universities and purchasing land in Arizona – the toolkit is a compilation of how-to advice ranging from human resources issues, immigration law, investment parameters, taxes, import/export laws and banking.

“Phoenix is open for business,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “In order for our economy to be globally competitive, we have to reach out internationally so we can attract the businesses and jobs that will propel Phoenix toward a stronger future. Making our city a place where it’s easier to do business makes it even more attractive to investment. It’s a win-win.”

The toolkit was officially launched last month in Shanghai, where GPEC joined representatives from Green Card Fund, Polsinelli and BDO for the first forum, held in conjunction with the International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference and Exhibition (SNEC).

“The response we received to our forum was incredible, with 75 attendees at the forum and nearly 1,000 online views to date – and we are just now starting to actively promote it,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “In China, executives are hungry for this type of information so they can grow their businesses abroad. Fortunately for them, Greater Phoenix is primed for growth and is very hospitable in helping companies that are considering foreign-direct investments with their options in the City of Phoenix and the surrounding region.”

Arizona has taken giant strides over the past few years to keep business taxes low and improve available economic development programs. The City of Phoenix has a 24-hour business permitting program that allows businesses to apply for a permit and start construction on the same day.

“The response from businesspeople and government officials in China to the toolkit we presented was excellent. Helping executives understand the benefits that GPEC has to offer companies is a key component to positioning our region for future business opportunities,” said Melissa Ho, a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli. “Our international law team is excited to partner with GPEC and the City of Phoenix as we explore the possibilities in China.”

Since last month’s launch in Shanghai, the toolkit’s website has received nearly 1,000 hits without any additional promotion beyond the first forum. As such, the region’s international brand – of which the City of Phoenix is a central part – is receiving a significant boost from the toolkit. The media impact from the initial rollout in Shanghai was also substantial, with media impressions of 370 million from last month’s trip alone.

“By taking the initiative and launching the International Toolkit, GPEC, along with local business leaders and the City of Phoenix, have shown their steadfast commitment to providing foreign firms and individuals with the knowledge and resources needed to successfully invest and expand to the Greater Phoenix region,” said Kyle Walker, Managing Partner at Green Card Fund, which specializes in EB-5 visas and presented at the forum in Shanghai.

“I couldn’t be more excited about GPEC’s creativity in developing ways to attract new businesses to Arizona and am proud to contribute the strength of the BDO network to those efforts,” said Susan Wolak, Office Business Line Leader at BDO USA, which has 37 offices and 4,700 employees in China, and also assisted in the recent trip to Shanghai.

The toolkit is currently available in English, Mandarin and Spanish, and plans are underway for further translations. Both short and long versions of the toolkit are available at http://www.gpec.org/toolkit.

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LaBianca Elected to Arizona Investment Council Board

Margaret LaBianca, an attorney and shareholder with Polsinelli, has been elected to the Arizona Investment Council (AIC) Board of Directors. LaBianca brings to the board extensive experience in energy, natural resources, and environmental regulatory compliance, utilization of public lands, and strategic development.

“I am honored to be elected to the Arizona Investment Council. The work of the Council has a significant positive impact on Arizona. I look forward to working with the board to achieve its goals and further support the development of Arizona’s energy infrastructure,” said LaBianca.

LaBianca will serve a two-year term. “We are excited to have Margaret join the board. Her commitment and knowledge in the field of energy and natural resources will bring additional strength to the board as we work to carry out the objectives in our 2013 strategic plan” said Gary Yaquinto, president and CEO of the Arizona Investment Council.

LaBianca is the current Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section and past Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association Environmental Law Section. In 2012 she was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business and ranked by Chambers USA: American’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of Environmental. She earned her B.A. from Simmons College, her M.A. from Columbia University, and her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law magna cum laude.