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Novak featured on ’60 Minutes’

CBS’ “60 Minutes,” will air a story on Sunday, March 31 at 6 p.m. about an Arizona man who will be freed from prison next week after serving more than 40 years for a conviction based on flawed science. CBS Correspondant Steve Kroft recently interviewed Edward Novak, of national law firm Polsinelli Shughart, who worked with the Arizona Justice Project to free the man who is now in his late 50s.

Since 1998, The Justice Project has been helping to overturn — and prevent — wrongful convictions in the State of Arizona. The Justice Project examines claims of innocence and manifest injustice, and provides legal representation for inmates believed to have been failed by the criminal justice system. The Justice Project also works for policy reform, to strengthen the criminal justice system and minimize the likelihood that wrongful convictions will occur in the first place. For more info, visit www.arizonajustice.org.

Novak practices in the area of white collar crime/special matters. He has extensive jury, non-jury and appellate experience in criminal defense cases, complex civil litigation and government agency investigations in several areas including health care. He leads the Phoenix office of Polsinelli Shughart as office managing partner. For more info, visit www.polsinelli.com.

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Novak featured on '60 Minutes'

CBS’ “60 Minutes,” will air a story on Sunday, March 31 at 6 p.m. about an Arizona man who will be freed from prison next week after serving more than 40 years for a conviction based on flawed science. CBS Correspondant Steve Kroft recently interviewed Edward Novak, of national law firm Polsinelli Shughart, who worked with the Arizona Justice Project to free the man who is now in his late 50s.

Since 1998, The Justice Project has been helping to overturn — and prevent — wrongful convictions in the State of Arizona. The Justice Project examines claims of innocence and manifest injustice, and provides legal representation for inmates believed to have been failed by the criminal justice system. The Justice Project also works for policy reform, to strengthen the criminal justice system and minimize the likelihood that wrongful convictions will occur in the first place. For more info, visit www.arizonajustice.org.

Novak practices in the area of white collar crime/special matters. He has extensive jury, non-jury and appellate experience in criminal defense cases, complex civil litigation and government agency investigations in several areas including health care. He leads the Phoenix office of Polsinelli Shughart as office managing partner. For more info, visit www.polsinelli.com.

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2013 Top Lawyers list: Business/corporate law

Az Business magazine’s 2013 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from 16 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were put on a ballot and were voted on by their peers in the legal community and the readers of Az Business magazine to determine the exclusive 2013 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers list.

Jessica Benford
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
602-440-4866
www.rcalaw.com
Benford counsels clients regarding general corporate representation, including corporate formation and governance. She also handles securities enforcement and regulation matters.

Charles E. Davis
Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC
480-733-6800
www.davismiles.com
Davis has an “AV Preeminent” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system, which connotes the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Gerald Gregory Eagleburger
Sanders & Parks, P.C.
602-532-5692
www.sandersandparks.com
Eagleburger’s practice includes all types of transactional, commercial/business and personal asset matters, including formation and governance of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Stephanie Fierro
The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC
602-606-9300
www.frutkinlaw.com
Fierro’s practice focuses on general counsel business law and estate planning. She brings the firm a wide range of experience and interests including all aspects of corporate transactional work, estate planning, and tax representation.

Jonathan B. Frutkin
The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC
602-606-9300
www.frutkinlaw.com
Frutkin is the principal attorney at The Frutkin Law Firm and brings areas of expertise in the practice areas of corporate and business law, corporate bankruptcy, and commercial litigation.

Phillip Guttilla
Polsinelli
602-650-2327
www.polsinelli.com
Guttilla Guttilla serves as general corporate counsel to his clients ranging from emerging growth companies to multi-national enterprises.

Gregory R. Hall
DLA Piper
480-606-5128
www.dlapiper.com
Hall regularly counsels clients on a broad range of corporate, securities and business-related matters and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy, including directors’ duties and responsibilities and other aspects of corporate governance.

Travis J. Leach
Jennings Strouss
602-262-5806
www.jsslaw.com
Leach focuses his practice in the area of corporate, securities, and finance. He also helps lead the firm’s Sports and Entertainment practice, coinseling professional athletes, coaches, entertainers, and ownership groups.

Brian Moll
Polsinelli
602-650-2302
www.polsinelli.com
Moll practices in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contracts. He has extensive experience in assisting businesses in all stages of their operations, from start-up to a mature business.

Robert A. Royal
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.
602-255-6011
www.tblaw.com
Royal’s practice emphasizes intra-corporate dispute and director, officer and manager liability issues.

Terence W. Thompson
Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
602-530-8515
www.gknet.com
Thompson’s practice emphasizes corporate business acquisitions; public-private projects, including strategic joint ventures; Native American enterprises and projects; water/wastewater infrastructure development; sports facility financing; and physician-hospital contracts.

Nancy White
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
602-257-5213
www.steptoe.com
White’s practice emphasizes international and domestic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, purchases and sales of capital assets and real property, project finance, asset-based financings, asset securitizations, and private placements of debt and equity securities..

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Sports Commission names new leader

The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission (PRSC) has named Katie Brown as its new president and executive director.

Brown joins PRSC after serving as secretary, general counsel and a member of the PRSC Executive Board for the last six months, and serving as a board member for the past two years. She is a licensed attorney with more than a decade of diverse experience in athletic administration, with expertise in sports law, operations, fundraising and NCAA compliance.

“We are pleased to name Katie to this position,” said PRSC Board Chairman Garry Hays.  “Her experience and passion for sports will help her lead the Commission and its mission: grassroots sports tourism, youth athletic development and driving economic impact into the Phoenix community.”

Prior to joining PRSC, Brown served as an associate attorney for Polsinelli Shughart, PC in Phoenix, representing both individuals and companies in complex commercial litigation, contract negotiations and business transactions.  During her tenure, Brown was recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2012 and 2013.  Before that, she worked in the legal department at Mesa Airlines, Inc.  Her sports career includes ties to the athletic departments at both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, for which she served as the Director of Women’s Basketball Operations and Camp Director.  She was also previously the Assistant Director of Football Operations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brown earned her juris doctorate in 2008 from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe.  While pursuing her degree, Brown served as president and Symposium chairman of the Sports and Entertainment Law Student Association, for which she organized various events discussing the legal issues that arise in sports, including an annual symposium that featured prominent sports executives from around the Valley.  She is a 2000 graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.  She was also a track and field athlete, and earned All-Conference honors both on the track and in the classroom.  She earned a master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Sport Administration in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill.  While at the University of North Carolina, Brown received a research grant from the National Association of Basketball Coaches to complete her thesis, titled “An Analysis of the 2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Bracketing Procedures.” For this research she was awarded the 2003 John E. Billing Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, and the research was discussed in Athletic Business magazine.

A native of Tucson, Brown was a three-sport varsity athlete at Catalina Foothills High School in track and field, basketball and tennis.  She currently resides in Phoenix.

The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission is a non-profit organization created in 1988 to “Enrich Our Community Through Sports.”  The Commission currently collaborates with hundreds of partners to help fulfill this mission, bringing national and international sporting events to the state, assisting in the promotion of existing events and Arizona sports teams, and developing youth sports programs throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.  In 1999, it assumed oversight of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, the Grand Canyon State Games.

For more information about the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission call (602) 258-6272 or visit www.phoenixsports.org.

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Polsinelli Shughart Shortens Firm Name

Polsinelli Shughart PC will shorten the firm name to Polsinelli PC effective late April, 2013.

The firm’s February 2009 combination with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy was preceded by several smaller mergers and acquisitions. The firm has added over 150 attorneys in the four years since the Shughart Thomson merger. Today, the national law firm has more than 630 attorneys in 16 cities including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“While our legacy firms and our history provides our foundation, we have become more than the sum of our parts. Most importantly we are all one firm today and our clients already refer to us as Polsinelli,” said Chairman Russ Welsh. “The owners agreed using one name reflects we are one firm from coast to coast.”

In its 40-year history Polsinelli has had multiple firm names including Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus just before the firm successfully merged with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy and adopted the combined name of Polsinelli Shughart. The merger added Shughart’s well recognized extensive litigation experience to the firm’s established and growing corporate, healthcare, real estate and financial services practices. Adopting one name reflects true integration of services and firm culture.

“This decision reflects branding trends in legal and other professional services which have emulated longstanding practices in consumer marketing,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Allison Yurman. “From a strategic point of view, building brand equity around one name is more viable, and this change leverages existing name awareness by focusing on the shorthand already in use by clients.”

Welsh said the Shughart merger in 2009 brought critical strength in litigation and Shughart’s long, impressive history in Kansas City since the 1940’s. Many of the original Shughart attorneys hold key leadership positions at Polsinelli as practice group chairs and board members.

“We would not be where we are today without those who joined the firm through mergers and laterally.” said Welsh. “When we first merged with Shughart we all joked that both names were a mouthful. But the core reason for the name change is that it reflects who we are now and where we are headed strategically. We are confident the one name, Polsinelli, is easier for clients and will help us strengthen our national identity.”

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Polsinelli Shughart attorney Appointed to Solar Task Force

Michael Patterson, an international business attorney with Polsinelli Shughart has been appointed to the Arizona Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Task Force. Patterson brings to the committee a dedication to the growth of business in Arizona and an in depth knowledge of business and securities transactions, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and finance and compliance.

“I am honored to serve with my colleagues on the Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Task Force as we work to identify ways to further strengthen Arizona’s solar industry and propose solutions to impediments in solar-energy development,” said Patterson.

Patterson also has considerable experience related to international business transactions and disputes. He previously lived and worked in Mexico City and Costa Rica working both in nonprofit initiatives and as a U.S. lawyer assisting U.S. companies.

“Arizona is uniquely positioned to expand its solar presence both nationally and internationally. I am excited to be able to contribute to the development of our State’s solar energy incentives, policies and best practices,” said Patterson.

The Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Task Force was created by an executive order signed by Governor Jan Brewer in 2011.

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Polsinelli expands its public policy group into Arizona

In a move to expand its public policy presence into Arizona, Polsinelli Shughart announced that Amanda Reeve, voted Arizona’s 2012 Legislator of the Year, and Adam Hawkins, a high profile policy advisor, have teamed together to bring these capabilities for clients to the firm’s Phoenix office.

Reeve, designated Representative of the Year 2012 by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Hero of Cities and Towns by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, among many other distinctions, is known for her ability to craft bipartisan support and successfully advance numerous bills of significant importance to Arizona.

“Working with Polsinelli’s clients to help businesses develop public policy that strengthens our state, creates jobs, and ensures the quality of life that Arizonans deserve, is an exciting new opportunity for me. It allows me to continue developing great policy for Arizona while working in the private sector,” said Reeve.

Hawkins, a fifth-generation Arizonan and former Hill staffer, recently worked with the third-largest mining company in the world with operations in 50 countries on five continents to advance their public policy needs. While on staff at Rio Tinto, he helped lay the public policy groundwork for the largest underground copper project in the world, a $61.4 billion endeavor currently underway in Superior.

Together, the two have an extensive network of contacts including members, officials, and staff of municipalities, counties, states and federal governments and agencies. They are combining forces to positively impact public policy issues of significance to Arizona and the nation.

“Even though we come from different backgrounds, Amanda and I are firm believers in restoring order to a complicated world. In a political and regulatory climate that is constantly changing, being in business these days can be down-right daunting. We want the business community to know that we’ve got their backs when it comes to public policy,” said Hawkins.

The addition of Reeve and Hawkins to Polsinelli’s public policy team in Arizona positions the firm to advise and serve as a voice for clients on all issues of importance.

“People like Amanda and Adam are what differentiate our firm,” said Phoenix Managing Partner Ed Novak. “Amanda has proven that she is an effective bipartisan leader able to find new solutions to old problems. Adam’s background is in understanding the business of our clients and navigating the complex landscape particular to each matter. With their addition, we will be able to support our business clients in public policy in a way that overcomes obstacles and find solutions to the complexities that many businesses encounter. We welcome the challenge and look forward to helping our clients achieve their goals.”

Reeve earned her B.A. in Communication from California State University Sacramento and will receive her M.S. in Environmental Technology Management from Arizona State University in 2013. She served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012, was Chair of the Environment Committee, and was a member of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Higher Education Innovation & Reform Committee, Military Affairs & Public Safety Committee, and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Hawkins earned his B.I.S. degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University and received his M.B.A. degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Prior to Rio Tinto, Hawkins worked in several sectors of public policy and business administration including the alcoholic beverage industry and international trade and development.

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YWCA Hosts 2013 Tribute To Leadership Gala

YWCA Maricopa County will Host its 20th annual Tribute To Leadership Gala on February 23, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix at 6:00pm. Guests will be provided an elegant setting to dine and dance to the wonderful Upper East Side Big Band.

Tribute To Leadership, our largest event of the year, will honor those who have made substantial contributions to eliminating discrimination, empowering women, and serving as champions to our community. The gala provides funding to support YWCA programs throughout the year; including financial education, advocacy and awareness programs, and essential services for seniors. Please join us on February 23rd to celebrate these amazing honorees. For more information, visit www.ywcaaz.org or call 602-258-0990.

2013 Tribute to Leadership Honorees:

Jaye Perricone, PetSmart, Advocacy Leader

Pamela Overton Risoleo, Greenberg Traurig, Community Service Corporate Leader

Andy Kramer, Banner Health Foundation, Community Service Nonprofit Leader

Michael Barnard, Phoenix Theatre, Creative Arts Leader

Paul Luna, Helios Education Foundation, Education Leader

Dean Victor Coonrod, MD-MPH, Maricopa Medical Center, Health & Science Leader

Patricia Little-Upah, retired, US Army Reserve, Military or Armed Service Leader

Angela Hughey, ONE Community Media, Public Service Leader

Karen Churchard, Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation, Centennial Leader

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, Sports Leader

Julie Sullivan, International Foundation for Education & Self-Help, Racial Justice Leader

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Polsinelli Shughart Attorney Recognized as Best Under 40

Polsinelli Shughart  Shareholder Melissa Ho was recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) as a “Best Under 40.” The NAPABA recognized Ho at its national convention in Washington, D.C., on November 16. Ho practices in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Practice in its Phoenix office.

“It is tremendous honor to be professionally recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for the work I have accomplished as an attorney,” Ho said. “I am humbled to be recognized among judges, law partners and other practitioners who have contributed to the legal profession.”

The NAPABA celebrates how far Asian Pacific Americans have progressed in their quest for advancement and how Asian Pacific American attorneys have contributed to, and embodied, that progress. Where once their efforts revolved around ensuring basic civil rights, they now have evolved to include succeeding at the highest levels in business, law and politics.

Ho advises her clients in all stages of litigation, including pre-indictment, post-indictment and appellate review. Her areas of practice include government investigations and white-collar criminal defense. She brings experience representing and advising individuals and corporations who are the target of complex governmental and regulatory investigations, as well as handling parallel civil litigation matters, administrative law proceedings and professional licensing board matters.

Ho earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and B.S., with honors, and B.A. from Arizona State University. She holds leadership positions in a wide variety of legal and civic organizations at all levels, including city, county and state levels. Additionally, Ms. Ho is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a former felony crimes prosecutor and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. She is involved with Mackrell International, for clients with international matters, and has access to and relationships with law firms all over the world.

With more than 600 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart (www.polsinelli.com) is a national law firm and recognized leader in the areas of health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences, energy and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, the firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through its legal services – with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Phoenix; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.

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Polsinelli Shughart attorneys Raise Awareness of Men’s Health Issues

You don’t normally see attorneys, some of whom are headed to court, sporting moustaches inside the walls of a national law firm. But 21 Polsinelli Shughart attorneys and staff put down their razors during November as part of the national “Movember” campaign to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Calling themselves “The Gentlemen of Polsinelli,” the Phoenix office is in its third year of taking part in the important awareness campaign.

“It’s commonly known that most men don’t like to go to the doctor or take care of their health issues,” said Phoenix litigation attorney Brian M. Flaherty, who is a cancer survivor. “But being proactive about your health is key to good health. We’ve had a lot of fun growing our mustaches and talking about our stories. We hope we get other men talking too.”

What happened in Phoenix caught the attention of their Polsinelli Shughart colleagues in Chicago who participated in Movember for the first time. The Windy City office held an indoor mini-golf invitation to raise funds for Movember, and across the firm, the two cities combined raised more than $5,000.

“This is our third year in Phoenix. We’re glad our colleagues in Chicago jumped on board and we hope this catches on in our cities such as Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.”

In 2010, the Phoenix office relocated to the new 27-story CityScape high-rise downtown. The move is a result of the explosive growth of the Phoenix office which increased to more than 60 attorneys.
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Technology and the law

We all know how quickly technology is changing.

But how will changes in technology affect changes in the law?

As Arizona enters its second century, three Arizona attorneys weigh in on the legal changes they see coming as technology continues to rock our world.

Cheryl Walsh, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.: Just 107 years ago, the Wright Brothers flew a plane for the first time.  Who could have imagined then that we would have the technologically-rich world we have today?  With that in mind, we do have technological advancements in our midst today that are ripe for challenge and examination. For instance, access to information and data as a result of technology can increase safety and efficiency of  law enforcement substantially; however, privacy and personal rights must be balanced in the process. The Supreme Court will be tackling this issue in the current session by considering the admissibility of GPS tracking device information obtained without a warrant. Cameras are everywhere and soon we will enter our homes and businesses with eye recognition technology that will make the individuality of fingerprinting more obsolete than ever.  Protecting our rights while advancing our civilization is a delicate balance.

Yu Cai, associate in Polsinelli Shughart’s science and technology practice group: Intellectual property development and protection will become an essential part of any business plan. Particular attention must be paid to the recent change in patent law from “first to invent” to “first to file,” requiring earlier interaction and involvement between inventors and their legal representatives.

John E. Cummerford, co-managing shareholder, Greenberg Traurig: Until fairly recently, “privacy” — as we think of it today — was a rare commodity. The word “privacy” doesn’t even appear the Constitution, no doubt because it was so uncommon when the Constitution was drafted. Technology has sharply reduced — and in my view, will soon eliminate — the whole notion of personal privacy.  Naturally, this will cause a lot of worry and fear.  But, when nobody’s privacy is safe, how will that affect our own inclination to invade the privacy of others?  I think it will cause people to actually become more respectful of others, and will — for lack of a better term — cause them to avert their eyes.

That is, will the muck-raking reporter who makes a living ferreting out scandals and embarrassing others really want someone to find out, say, his own bank balance, or what websites he has visited, or with whom he has been keeping company and put that information on the web?  Probably not, although that information may be readily available.  And so, I think that recognition that we are all vulnerable to invasions of privacy will foster more civility and I dare say more kindness among people.  And that will be a good thing indeed.

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Polsinelli Shughart Expands Nationwide

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes 19 new associate attorneys to the firm. The additions are part of the firm’s ongoing national growth and commitment to the development of new attorneys. The associates will practice in health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences, energy and technology and litigation.

“The firm recently announced our 21 new shareholders and now we’re pleased to be adding the services of 19 new associates,” said Polsinelli Shughart Chairman Russ Welsh. “We welcome these young attorneys to the firm and we are excited to be helping them start or advance their legal careers.”

The new Phoenix attorneys are:

• Frances R. Sjoberg, Real Estate Development/Transactions She earned her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, with honors, 2011.
• Andrew C. Stanley, Environmental Litigation. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2012.

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Innovation unites Arizona’s economic engines

When Arizona became a state 100 years ago, it was easy to identify its economic engines, those industries, innovators and locations that drove the state’s economy and employment.

They all started with C — copper, cotton, citrus, cattle and climate.
A decade later, it’s not so easy.

“We must find ways to diversify our economy, including investing in bioscience and technology, health science and innovation,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says. “We are coming out of the recession, and we need to move forward in a strategic way.”

Today’s economic engines are doing just that. They innovate, they collaborate, and the only one that starts with C is CityScape, and the only copper you’ll find there is Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen and the cotton is at Urban Outfitters.

But today’s economic engines have to clear vision and direction for driving Arizona’s economy during its second century.

The Biodesign Institute at ASU
What it is: The Biodesign Institute at ASU addresses today’s critical global challenges in healthcare, sustainability and security by developing solutions inspired from natural systems and translating those solutions into commercially viable products and clinical practices.
Economic impact: The Biodesign Institute has met or exceeded all of the business goals set in mid-2003 by attracting more than $300 million in external funding since inception, and generating more than $200 million in proposals advanced in 2011 alone.
Companies it has helped grow: Licensed next-generation respiratory sensor technology to a European medical device developer; executed an exclusive license agreement for DNA sequencing technology to Roche, which includes a sponsored research agreement to develop devices in collaboration with Roche and IBM; and launched two Biodesign Commercial Translation companies.
Latest news: Led by electrical engineer, Nongjian Tao, ASU researchers have formulated a new sensor technology that will allow them to design and create a handheld sensor that can contribute to better diagnosis of asthma.
Michael Birt, director of the Center for Sustainable Health at the Biodesign Institute at ASU: “By establishing biosignatures centers, we hope to build a global network that will provide the scale necessary to overcome scientific limitations while creating a global platform to share methods, results and experiences.”

CityScape
What it is: A highrise mixed-use development in Downtown Phoenix consisting of residential, retail, office, and hotel components. The project covers three downtown Phoenix city blocks and is located between First Avenue and First Street, and between Washington and Jefferson streets.
Economic impact: Officials credit the evolution of Downtown Phoenix — led by CityScape — with helping the Valley land the 2015 Super Bowl, which will bring an economic impact of an estimated $500 million.
Companies it has helped grow: In addition to entertainment venues and top-notch restaurants, business leaders calling CityScape home include Alliance Bank, Cantor Law Group,  Fidelity Title, Gordon Silver, Gust Rosenfeld, Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, PLC, Polsinelli Shughart, RED Development, Squire Sanders and UnitedHealthcare.
Latest news: The 250-room boutique hotel, Hotel Palomar Phoenix by Kimpton, opened in June.
Jeff Moloznik, general manager, CityScape:  “The most progressive and entrepreneurial talent in the Valley have convened at CityScape. The impact our tenants’ businesses have brought to Downtown Phoenix is noticeable and significant. In an area that once lacked a central core, there is now energy, creativity, enterprise and excitement all day, every day in once central location.”

Intel

What it is: Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.
Economic impact: Since 1996, Intel has invested more than $12 billion in high-tech manufacturing capability in Arizona and spent more than $450 million each year in research and development. Intel is investing another $5 billion in its Chandler site to manufacture its industry-leading, next-generation 14 nanometer technology.
Companies it has helped grow: Intel has been a catalyst for helping to create Chandler’s “tech corridor,” which includes Freescale, Microchip Technology, Orbital Sciences, Avnet, Amkor, and Marvell Technologies.
Latest news: Intel and ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) are developing a customized engineering degree for some of the chip maker’s Arizona-based employees. The program is based on CTI’s modular, project-based curriculum and upon completion will provide a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering degree from ASU, with a focus in materials science.
Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny: Intel likes the partnership it has with Chandler, likes doing business in Arizona, and they’re a very good corporate citizen.”

Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport

What it is: Formerly Williams Gateway Airport (1994–2008) and Williams Air Force Base (1941–1993), it is a commercial airport located in the southeastern area of Mesa.
Economic impact: The airport helped generate $685 million in economic benefits last year, and the airport supports more than 4,000 jobs in the region.
Companies it has helped grow: Able Engineering & Component Services, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Embraer, CMC Steel, TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc..
Latest news: The Airport Authority’s Board of Directors announced Monday the airport will undergo a $1.4 billion expansion. There is also an effort to privately raise $385 million to build two hotels and office and retail space near the airport.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith: “Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has gone through tremendous growth and expansion and has truly arrived as a major transportation center in the Valley.”

SkySong

What it is: A 1.2-million-square-feet mixed use space that gives entrepreneurs and innovators the resources they need  to grow and thrive, and provide them an exceptional home for when their businesses begin to take off.
Economic impact: Projected to generate more than $9.3 billion in economic growth over the next 30 years, according to an updated study by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Companies it has helped grow: Emerge.MD, Channel Intelligence, Adaptive Curriculum, Alaris, Jobing.com/Blogic, webFilings.
Latest news: Jobing, an online company that connects employers and job seekers nationally, relocated its corporate headquarters from Phoenix to SkySong.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane: “It is hard to think of a business attraction initiative the city has recently used that has not mentioned SkySong as a major attribute. SkySong has a national reputation and as it grows it will continue to elevate Scottsdale’s standing.”

Talking Stick

What it is: This economic engine encompasses a complex that includes the 497-room Talking Stick Resort, Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale Salt River, Casino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the spring training home of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Economic impact: Salt Rivers Fields аt Talking Stick accounted fоr 22 percent оf the the attendance for Cactus League baseball, which generates more thаn $300 million а yeаr іn economic impact tо the greater Phoenix metropolitan area economy.
Companies it has helped grow: In 2011, nearby Scottsdale Pavilions — which features 1.1 million square feet of select retail and mixed-use properties — became The Pavilions at Talking Stick. Pavilions has added Hobby Lobby, Mountainside Fitness, Buffalo Wild Wings and Hooters.
Latest news: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will be one of the ballparks selected to host the first round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic in the spring.
David Hielscher, advertising manager, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort: “Our property’s diverse, entertainment-driven culture and convenient locations allow us limitless opportunities for future expansion and development.”

Translational Genomics Research Institute

What it is: TGen is a non-profit genomics research institute that seeks to employ genetic discoveries to improve disease outcomes by developing smarter diagnostics and targeted therapeutics.
Economic impact: TGen provides Arizona with a total annual economic impact of $137.7 million, according to the results of an independent analysis done by Tripp Umbach, a national leader in economic forecasting.
Companies it has helped grow: TGen researchers have collaborated with Scottsdale Healthcare, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Ascalon International Inc., MCS Biotech Resources LLC, Semafore Pharmaceuticals Inc., Silamed Inc., Stromaceutics Inc., SynDevRx Inc., and Translational Accelerator LLC (TRAC). and many others.
Latest news: When TGen-generated business spin-offs and commercialization are included,  Tripp Umbach predicts that in 2012 TGen will produce $47.06 for every $1 of state investment, support 3,723 jobs, result in $21.1 million in state tax revenues, and have a total annual economic impact of $258.8 million.
Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals: “TGen is one of this state’s premier medical research and economic assets, and is a standard-bearer for promoting everything that is positive and forward-looking about Arizona.”

University of Arizona’s Tech Park

What it is: The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park) sits on 1,345 acres in Southeast Tucson. Almost 2 million square feet of space has been developed featuring high tech office, R&D and laboratory facilities.
Economic impact: In 2009, the businesses that call Tech Park home had an economic impact of $2.67 billion in Pima County. This included $1.81 billion in direct economic impacts such as wages paid and supplies and services purchased and $861 million in indirect and induced dollar impacts. In total, the Tech Park and its companies generated 14,322 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced).
Companies it has helped grow: IBM, Raytheon, Canon USA, Citigroup, NP Photonics, and DILAS Diode Laser.
Latest news: A 38.5-acre photovoltaic array is the latest addition to the Solar Zone technology demonstration area at Tech Park. Power generated from the facility will be sold to Tucson Electric Power Co., providing power for  about 1,000 homes.
Bruce Wright, associate vice president for University Research Parks:  “By 2011, the park had recaptured this lost employment (resulting from the recession) with total employment increasing to 6,944. In addition, the number of tenants had expanded from 50 to 52 reflecting the addition of new companies in the Arizona Center for Innovation and the development of the Solar Zone at the Tech Park.”

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Polsinelli Shughart Elects 21 New Shareholders for 2013

Polsinelli Shughart congratulates 21 of its attorneys elected to shareholder from our Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, and St. Louis offices effective November 1, 2012. The firm is committed to the development of its attorneys and ongoing growth to better serve clients.

“We’re pleased to recognize and reward our new shareholders for their hard work and dedication to our clients,” said Polsinelli Shughart Chairman Russ Welsh. “Their professional achievements help ensure that together, our firm will continue to create value to help our clients succeed. We’re excited to share the news.”

The promotions to shareholder are occurring during an exciting period of growth for Polsinelli Shughart. In 2012, the firm added 78 attorneys nationwide to help meet our clients’ needs. Dallas and Los Angeles offices were added in 2011. The firm focuses on health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation.

Among the new shareholders is Ryan A. Berry  in Polsinelli’s Phoenix office. Berry specializes in corporate and securities law. He earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2005.

Molly Edwards named PIO

Huppenthal Appoints Molly Edwards As PIO

Superintendent John Huppenthal announced that Molly E. Edwards was named public information officer for the Arizona Department of Education on May 21, replacing Andrew LeFevre.

With more than 14 years experience in government affairs and media relations, Edwards served as manager of the City of Scottsdale’s Community Mediation Program and subsequently the Housing Resources Program. Most recently she served as Marketing Manager at the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart.

Superintendent Huppenthal announced, “Molly is a great addition to my team at the Department of Education.  Her passion for education, dedication to public service and experience working with the media are strong assets. I am extremely pleased to have someone of Molly’s caliber on my team.”

Her background includes a term as president of the World Affairs Council of Arizona and completion of the Global Leadership Executive Program at the Thunderbird Garvin School of International Management. She is a recent graduate of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, as well as a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, Valley Leadership and Scottsdale Leadership. In 2007, she was chosen by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of its “40 under 40″ honorees.

Edwards earned a degree in urban planning and environmental design from Arizona State University, and is currently a Master’s/Ph.D. candidate in the political science program at Northern Arizona University.

For more information on Arizona Department of Education, visit Arizona Department of Education’s website at azed.gov.

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Arizona’s Top Lawyers 2012 – Mergers & Acquisitions – Real Estate

Arizona Business Magazine used its own research, solicited input from legal experts, and referenced professional ratings and rankings to determine the legal professionals who made the 2012 Top Lawyers list.


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Construction Litigation Mergers and Acquisitions
Employment/Labor
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Environmental Law Securities and Corporate Finance
Estate and Trust Litigation Tax

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MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Charles R. Berry ◆ Polsinelli Shughart PC
602-650-2030 ◆ polsinelli.com
Berry has extensive experience in securities regulation, public offerings, business mergers, acquisitions and sales.

Brian H. Blaney ◆ Greenberg Traurig, LLP
602-445-8322 ◆ gtlaw.com
Blaney concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments.

Joseph M. Crabb ◆ Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
602-528-4084 ◆ squiresanders.com
Crabb focuses his practice on corporate finance and securities matters including merger and acquisition transactions, public and private securities offerings, and counseling corporate officers and directors.

Matthew P. Feeney ◆ Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
602-382-6239 ◆ swlaw.com
Feeney’s practice is concentrated in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC reporting and compliance, and corporate governance matters.

William M. Hardin ◆ Osborn Maledon PA
602-640-9322 ◆ omlaw.com
Hardin’s practice includes representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financing, securities offerings and other significant business transactions.

Karen C. McConnell ◆ Ballard Spahr LLP
602-798-5403 ◆ ballardspahr.com
McConnell is a partner in the business and finance department and practice leader of the mergers and acquisitions/private equity group.

Bruce E. Macdonough ◆ Greenberg Traurig, LLP
602-445-8305 ◆ gtlaw.com
For more than 25 years, Macdonough’s practice has concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and providing general corporate counsel to public and private companies.

Thomas J. Morgan ◆ Lewis and Roca LLP
602-262-5712 ◆ lrlaw.com
Morgan practices in the areas of securities, with emphasis in public and private securities offerings, private equity fundings, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, commercial transactions and general tax planning.

Steven D. Pidgeon ◆ DLA Piper LLP
480-606-5124 ◆ dlapiper.com
Pidgeon concentrates his practice on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, and private equity and venture capital investments.

Susan E. Wells ◆ Jaburg & Wilk P.C.
602-248-1034 ◆ jaburgwilk.com
Wells’ 30 years of practice include mergers and acquisitions and securities at large law firms in Phoenix and New York City.


REAL ESTATE

Edwin C. Bull ◆ Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
602-234-9913 ◆ bcattorneys.com
Martindale-Hubbell rated 5.0, Bull’s practice includes zoning, general plan amendments, specific area plan approvals and amendments, variances, development impact fees and real estate transactions.

J. Scott Burns ◆ Burns and Burns, P.C.
602-264-3227 ◆ b-blaw.com
Burns is a Board Certified Real Estate Law Specialist with a practice area emphasizing the acquisition and disposition of commercial and industrial properties, title review, landlord tenant issues and commercial lease negotiations.

Christopher A. Combs ◆ Combs Law Group
602-957-9810 ◆ combslawgroup.com
Combs writes a regular column for Arizona REALTOR Digest and is a former member of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league baseball organization.

Mark Dioguardi ◆ Dioguardi Flynn LLP
480-970-2430 ◆ dioguardiflynn.com
Mark has 31 years of extensive practice in the fields of real estate law and private venture finance including in the areas of development, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, finance, leasing, syndications, and zoning and entitlements.

Gerald L. Jaco ◆ Gust Rosenfeld PLC
602-257-7436 ◆ gustlaw.com
Jacobs has focused almost his entire 47-year legal career on real estate transactions and related areas.

Steven L. Lisker ◆ Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
602-528-4023 ◆ squiresanders.com
Lisker is a certified specialist in real property law by the State Bar of Arizona, represents real estate developers and builders in the review, planning, acquisition, development, financing, sale, leasing and regulatory compliance of real estate projects.

J. Lawrence McCormley ◆ Tiffany & Bosco
602-255-6005 ◆ tblaw.com
McCormley has extensive transactional real estate, bankruptcy, and litigation experience.

Don J. Miner ◆ Fennemore Craig PC
602-916-5000 ◆ fclaw.com
Miner was the buyer’s counsel in sale of a portfolio of $101 million of loans secured by residential real estate mortgages.

James R. Nearhood ◆ Nearhood Law Offices PLC
480-269-8979 ◆ nearhoodlaw.com
For more than 20 years, Nearhood has been one of a small elite group of attorneys certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Real Estate Specialist.

Michael E. Tiffany ◆ Tiffany & Bosco PA
602-255-6000 ◆ tblaw.com
Tiffany concentrates in the area of commercial transactions, primarily in real estate and finance.

Arizona Business Magazine has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is a complete or exhaustive list of the top lawyers in Arizona, and hereby disclaims any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein.

Arizona Business Magazine March/April 2012

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Arizona’s Top Lawyers – 2012 Environmental – Estate & Trust Lit

Arizona Business Magazine used its own research, solicited input from legal experts, and referenced professional ratings and rankings to determine the legal professionals who made the 2012 Top Lawyers list.


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Business/Corporate Law Intellectual Property
Construction Litigation Mergers and Acquisitions
Employment/Labor
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Environmental Law Securities and Corporate Finance
Estate and Trust Litigation Tax

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ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Charles A. Bischoff ◆ Jorden Bischoff & Hiser PLC
480-505-3900 ◆ jordenbischoff.com
Bischoff practices in the areas of environmental and natural resources law.

Peter Culp ◆ Squire Sanders
602-528-4063 ◆ squiresanders.com
Culp’s practices includes representing various industrial and municipal clients with regard to facility siting, permitting, regulatory compliance and environmental cleanup matters arising under the major federal and state environmental laws.

Barton D. Day ◆ Polsinelli Shughart PC
602-650-2330 ◆ polsinelli.com
Day has been assisting clients with environmental and other regulatory matters for more than 25 years.

David P. Kimball, III ◆ Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
602-530-8130 ◆ gknet.com
Kimball is head of the firm’s environmental and natural resources department and is recognized nationally as an expert in all areas of federal, state and local environmental and natural resources law.

Michelle A. De Blasi ◆ Quarles & Brady LLP
602-229-5448 ◆ quarles.com
De Blasi is chair of the Solar Energy Law Team and focuses her practice on guiding renewable energy projects from concept to completion.

Michael C. Ford ◆ Polsinelli Shughart
602-650-2321 ◆ polsinelli.com
Ford has worked with clients ranging from religious orders to global corporations in navigating the complex web of environmental issues impacting real estate deals and industrial operations.

Ryan Hurley ◆ Rose Law Group
480-240-5585 ◆ roselawgroup.com
Hurley assists renewable energy clients with a variety of issues from entity planning, power purchase negotiations, and various regulatory and compliance issues.

Patrick J. Paul ◆ Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
602-382-6359 ◆ swlaw.com
Paul’s practice is concentrated in environmental and toxic tort litigation, including mold, asbestos and pollution claims.

Michael J. Pearce ◆ Maguire & Pearce Attorneys at Law
602-277-2195 ◆ mpwaterlaw.com
From 1995 through 2002, Pearce was chief counsel of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and now focuses on his practice on energy and natural resources.

Lee A. Storey ◆ Ballard Spahr LLP
602-798-5443 ◆ ballardspahr.com
Storey has been named to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, for environmental and water rights law, from 2008-2011.


ESTATE AND TRUST LITIGATION

Rex H. Decker ◆ Decker & Woods PC
480-821-1012 ◆ deckerandwoods.com
Practice area include estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, guardianship and conservatorship, and estate and trust litigation.

Roger T. Hargrove ◆ Fennemore Craig PC
602-916-5459 ◆ fclaw.com
Hargrove practices in the areas of general civil commercial litigation and appeals, with emphasis on probate and trust litigation.

K. Alexander Hobson ◆ Duffield Adamson & Helenbolt, PC
520-792-1181 ◆ duffieldlaw.com
Hobson’s practice areas include estate planning, probate and trust law, elder law, and probate litigation.

Gregory M. Kruzel ◆ Braun Siler Kruzel PC
480-951-8044 ◆ bskarizonalaw.com
Braun Siler Kruzel focuses exclusively on estate planning, trust administration, and settlement of both contested and non-contested estates.

Phoebe Moffatt ◆ Sacks Tierney P.A.
602-268-4700 ◆ sackstierney.com
Moffatt is a certified specialist in estate and trust law, as certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization and the State Bar of Arizona.

Stephen C. Newmark ◆ The Newmark Law Firm, PLLC
602-274-7552 ◆ newmarklawfirm.com
Newmark enjoys helping estate planning clients small and large put their lives and finances in order.

George L. Paul ◆ Lewis and Roca LLP
602-262-5326 ◆ lrlaw.com
Paul handles cases on a wide variety of issues, including probate, estate and trust litigation.

Michelle J. Perkins ◆ Owens & Perkins, P.C.
480-994-8824 ◆ oplaw.com
Perkins practices in the areas of estate planning for individuals and families, trust litigation, and contested and uncontested probate matters.

Jay M. Polk ◆ Barron & Polk PLLC
602-252-8100 ◆ azprobatelawyers.com
Polk’s primary areas of practice are probate, trust, estate, elder and mental health law.

John C. Vryhof ◆ Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
602-382-6333 ◆ swlaw.com
Vryhof’s practice is concentrated in estate planning, charitable planning, foundation and non-profit organizations, business succession planning, and international estate planning.

Arizona Business Magazine has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is a complete or exhaustive list of the top lawyers in Arizona, and hereby disclaims any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein.

Arizona Business Magazine March/April 2012

Chris Mason, Polsinelli Shughart

Polsinelli Shughart Welcomes New Shareholder, Adds Labor And Employment Focus

Polsinelli Shughart

Polsinelli Shughart has added a labor and employment focus to the firm’s Trial department with the addition of Christopher Mason, a labor and employment attorney.

Now a shareholder to the department, Mason will assist Polsinelli’s clients with a range of typical labor matters. His contribution serves as part of the ongoing strategy to expand the Polsinelli Shughart office in Phoenix.

Mason’s education reflects his new position with the firm. He obtained his law degree from the University of California’s Los Angeles School of Law in 1999. He also earned his B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California-Davis in 1996.

During his time in law school, he served as both managing and staff editor for the ULCA Law Review. Mason has experience representing clients before trial and appellate courts.

“We listen to our clients and strive to meet their growing needs,” says Ed Novak, Phoenix office managing partner. “Labor and employment matters are at the forefront of challenges for businesses and Christopher’s extensive labor and employment experience provides a valuable resource for our clients.”

Some prominent topics of Mason’s focus are aspects of labor and employment law including restrictive covenants, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and other points of debate.

“There is a great entrepreneurial spirit at Polsinelli Shughart, as well as a commitment to excellence and value,” Mason says. “The attorneys strive to provide outstanding and creative solutions and real value to clients in the most efficient way possible.”

Mason welcomes the expanded resources of a national firm, and is excited to join one of the fastest growing firms in the country.

Polsinelli Shughart is a national law firm and recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. With more than 540 attorneys, Polsinelli redefines the business of law by sharing goals, ideas and outcomes with clients. The law firm serves a variety of clients, including corporate, individual and institutional. By creating value through their legal services, Polsinelli builds enduring relationships.

For more information about Polsinelli Shughart, visit www.polsinelli.com.

 

Arizona Business People & Promotions

Arizona Business Promotions and People Moving Up

Arizona Business Promotions:

Arizona business is booming as important executives across the Valley are being appointed, promoted and honored. Major companies highlight their updates on essential leaders within their divisions.

Congratulations to the following who have shown excellence in their field:

American Heart Association (Western States Affiliate)

Kelly Grose:

Grose has been named senior vice president for the organization’s Greater Phoenix Division.


CB Richard Ellis

Mark Krison, Luke Denmon and Scott German:

The Phoenix-based brokerage sales professionals Krison, Denmon and German have joined the firm’s Critical Environment Practice, which provides transaction services, project management and facilities management for data centers and mission critical facilities.

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 DenmonArizona Business Promotions: Luke Denmon

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Arizona Bridge to Independent Living

Susan Webb:

Webb, Arizona Bridge to Independent Living’s director of employment services, received the Humanitarian Award from the Arizona Medical Association

Arizona Business Promotions: Susan Webb

Polsinelli Shughart

Jonathan Brohard:

Brohard has been added to the real estate department of Polsinelli Shughart and brings 17 years of experience as an attorney to the firm.


Everest College Phoenix

Dr. Edward Johnson:

Johnson – a veteran educator – has been appointed president of Everest College Phoenix.

 Arizona Business Promotions: Dr. Edward Johnson

Johnson Bank

Peter Engel:

Engel joins Johnson Bank as Executive Vice President – Consumer Banking.

Arizona Business Promotions: Peter Engel

Destination Hotels & Resorts

Chris Kenney:

Kenney is now regional vice president of sales and marketing of several properties in the Western region.


More Arizona Business Promotions

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State budget crisis - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

The State’s Budget Crisis Is Further Straining The Judiciary System

When talk turns to the state’s budget crisis, the discussion almost invariably focuses on the impact funding cuts will have on Arizona’s health and education systems. Among the general public, however, little to no thought is given to the effect budget cuts are having on the state’s judicial system.

“The state’s lack of resources promises to remain a challenge for several years,” says Timothy Berg, managing partner at Fennemore Craig. “However, it is important to remember that there are pronounced constitutional, social and economic dangers in rendering the Arizona court system ineffective by undue budget cuts.”

According the Arizona Judicial Branch, there were more than 2.6 million filings in Arizona courts in 2010.

“To make matters worse, the total number of persons working full-time in the Arizona judicial system decreased from 9,684 in 2009 to 9,379 in 2010 — a 3.1 percent decrease,” says David E. Funkhouser III, an associate at Quarles & Brady. “Thus, an already-strained judiciary is being forced to work more with less.”

As it is, the state’s judicial system receives just above 1 percent of the general budget, according to Don Bivens and Trish Refo, partners at Snell & Wilmer. Just a few years ago, Bivens says that allocation stood at 2.75 percent, a number still inadequate for the judicial branch’s needs.

“Funding state courts is a challenge all across America, as state courts face additional cuts to already inadequate budgets,” Refo adds. “Indeed, the situation is of such concern that American Bar Association President Steve Zack has formed a blue ribbon task force … to address the funding crisis in our state courts. State courts cannot fulfill their constitutional mandate to provide justice without adequate resources to do so.”

According to Snell & Wilmer, 80 percent of Arizona’s funding of the justice system goes to probation services. The remaining 20 percent is allocated across the supreme court, the appellate courts, and partial judicial salaries in local superior courts throughout the state. At least one county, Maricopa, is now shouldering the full burden for superior court salaries.

As Berg points out, cutting funding for the judicial branch will create an ineffective civil court system, which will have serious economic and social consequences on the state.

“Arizona’s judiciary is the arbiter of disputes involving government, corporations and individuals,” he says. “If businesses and entrepreneurs are unable to have their disputes resolved in a fair and timely manner, it is reasonable to expect that, over time, they will look to locate in other states.”

Thomas Irvine, a shareholder at Polsinelli Shughart, contends that the situation with civil cases will
likely become more dire as the court system continues to do more with less.

“Even with the 2012 opening of the new downtown criminal courthouse, we are out of courtrooms,” Irvine says. “Management miracles, as accomplished by the superior court in the last decade, cannot — without more — keep up with growth. There will be a need for more judges, staff and courthouses.”

In Maricopa County alone, Bivens of Snell & Wilmer says the clerk’s office has laid off 182 clerks. As a result, the court system is learning to work smarter.

“That loss of person power has accelerated the change over to electronic filing of court records, which, while causing commotion in the short term, will likely save millions in the future as the courts move from the laborious task of preserving mounds of paper for every court case, to filing and storing all court records digitally,” Bivens says.

Still, there’s no getting around the fact that funds for the judicial system are growing more and more scarce. To make up for the loss in tax revenue, fees for court filings have increased 44 percent during the last two years, according to Snell & Wilmer. Irvine of Polsinelli Shughart emphasizes that the funding cuts and fee increases are not just a problem for the legal community.

“Arizona business must take the lead in supporting adequate budgets and resources for the courts,” he says. “Justice, victims, our community and the low priority of business cases demands that this effort be made. Slowing down the dance of justice is out of the question.”

Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2011

Arizona Business People & Promotions

Arizona Business Promotions and People Moving Up

Arizona Business Promotions - Arizona business is booming as important executives across the Valley are being appointed, promoted and honored. Major companies highlight their updates on essential leaders within their divisions.

Congratulations to the following who have shown excellence in their field:

Russ George Agency

Russ George:

George has been recognized as Allstate’s 2011 Best in Company after serving the Phoenix community for 32 years.


Clark Hill PLC

Abbie Shindler:

Shindler is a new addition to Clark Hill PLC, a law firm in Phoenix. Shindler focuses her practice on business law, estate planning, probate, trusts and business organizations.

Abbie Shindler, Clark Hill PLC

Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts

Catherine Foley:

Foley has been named Executive Director of Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts and will be in charge of the nonprofit statewide arts advocacy organization.

Catherine Foley, Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts

Polsinelli Shughart

Jonathan Brohard:

Brohard has been added to the real estate department of Polsinelli Shughart and brings 17 years of experience as an attorney to the firm.


The Wellness Community-Arizona

Christy McClendon:

McClendon has been given the title of Executive Director, bringing outstanding community service and nonprofit leadership to the organization.

Christy McClendon, Wellness Community, Arizona

CB Richard Ellis

Dennis Firestone:

Firestone has joined the firm’s Assessment and Consulting Group in Phoenix. With more than 25 years of experience, Firestone will provide direct client support for the organization.

Dennis Firestone, CB Richard Ellis

Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods (ICAN)

Becky Jackson:

Jackson has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for ICAN, bringing 20 years of leadership experience to the organization.

Becky Jackson, Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods

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CityScape, Phoenix, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

New Retail And Restaurants To Attract People To Dowtown Phoenix

With the opening of CityScape at One E. Washington St., Downtown Phoenix now has an urban-style, mixed-use development where people can eat, shop, meet friends after work, relax at a boutique hotel, and even blow off some steam at the gym or roll a few frames at a bowling center.

Developers of CityScape envision retail and restaurants as being key to the project’s success. Some of the new downtown businesses include Gold’s Gym, CVS pharmacy, Charming Charlie, Urban Outfitters, Stand Up Live, Five Guys Burger and Fries, and The Arrogant Butcher. Scheduled to open in March 2012 is the 4-star Kimpton Palomar Hotel.

“If you have a comedy club, a couple of bars, a fine dining place, a yogurt shop, a burger place and a taco shop, it gives people more of an incentive to check (CityScape) out,” says Peder Bondhus, manager of Vitamin T, an already established Aaron May restaurant at CityScape.

Part of what CityScape has accomplished is due to its relationship with the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau (GPCVB) and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership.

“The Greater Phoenix CVB has been a relentless touring campaign,” says Jeff Moloznik, RED’s development manager. “We spend a lot of time with them touring prospective delegates to the downtown market and CityScape. They also help us with discussing what amenities are available for those who are considering coming to Phoenix for a convention.”

Moloznik says he believes that the success of downtown as a whole hinges on the collaboration of all of downtown’s stakeholders.

“ASU, the (Phoenix) symphony, Comerica, the sporting arenas, CityScape — we all contribute to what is good about Downtown Phoenix,” he says.

Adding to the mix of retail and restaurants are the Phoenix offices of several major law firms including Polsinelli Shughart, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, and Ballard Spahr. The building also houses Alliance Bank, Fidelity Title and RED Development.

And by the end of the year, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona plans to move 600 of its Valley employees to CityScape.

Restaurants scheduled to open later this year offer diverse meal selections, such as American-style breakfast or lunch at The Breakfast Club, Italian cuisine at The Strand, French favorites at La Crepe Nanou, and Japanese options at Silk Sushi.

“We have the utmost confidence in CityScape and the synergy it’s brought to Downtown Phoenix,” says Kyle Shivers, owner of The Breakfast Club. “We’re a breakfast and lunch venue, and the density and daytime market (in Phoenix) is exactly what we’re looking for.”

The only stumbling block CityScape has experienced so far occurred early this year, when LGO Public House pulled out of the project due to zoning and code restrictions relevant to a wood furnace burner.

 

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2011

2011 Mackrell International Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Phoenix, AZ

Lawyers From Around The World Converge In Phoenix For International Conference

More than 100 attorneys from across the globe will congregate in Phoenix for the 2011 Mackrell International Annual General Meeting (AGM), where said lawyers will explore cross-border relationships to help companies better conduct business internationally.

This is the first time in 12 years this international conference will be held in the United States. AGM was previously held in Sydney, Athens, Berlin, Istanbul and Buenos Aires.

Lawyers from Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America, the Middle East and South America will be present at the Arizona Biltmore from April 27-30.

Marty Harper, Polsinelli Shughart PC shareholder from the Phoenix office, is the chair of the conference, with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon speaking at the event, discussing foreign investment opportunities in Phoenix and upward economic trends occurring in the Valley.

Mayor Gordon will be speaking on April 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

President of Thunderbird Global School of Management, Dr. Angel Cabrera, will also be speaking at the event, addressing trends in both the local and international economy as well as the legal issues impacting its specific regions. Dr. Cabrera will be speaking on April 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mackrell International has 80 law firm members in 55 countries. It is one of the world’s premier networks of independent legal firms.

According to Harper, Mackrell builds strong relationships among members and plays a critical role in assisting member firms to expand their geographical reach.


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Arizona Biltmore
2400 E. Missouri Avenue
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Best Tenant Improvement Project 2011

Lumberyard Tap Room

Tenant Improvement 2011: Lumberyard TaproomContractor: Loven Contracting
Architect:
Smith Architects
Size:
15,083 SF
Location:
5 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff
Completed:
May 2010

Located in downtown Flagstaff, the Tap Room was a complete renovation of the historic Copeland Lumber facility. The building was stripped down to the shell and transformed into a 15,083 SF restaurant and brewery. The circa-1890 building sat vacant since the mid-1990s and is the last remaining building from Flagstaff’s lumber era. The original brick perimeter was reconditioned and the entire interior was gutted. The original wood trusses can be seen as one enters the building. The project was awarded intermediate level recognition from the Coconino County Sustainable Buildings Program. Sustainable amenities include a rainwater collection system, passive solar design and 90% of construction waste was recycled or reused.



Honorable Mention: Polsinelli Shughart

Honorable Mention 2011: Polsinelli Shughart, RED DevelopmentDeveloper: RED Development
Contractor:
The Weitz Company
Architect:
Gensler
Size:
60,000 SF
Location:
One E. Washington St., Suite 1000-1200, Phoenix
Completed:
September 2010