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Clarence McAllister, president and CEO of Fortis Networks,

Arizona’s 25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders

What would you do it you opened the pages of this magazine and saw Jerry Colangelo listed as one of the 25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders in Arizona? You’d do a double take, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities.

Consider this: Among 439,633 Arizonans under age 5 in 2012, this is how the Census broke down those numbers:

• Hispanic: 196,776 (44.8 percent)
• Non-Hispanic white: 171,888 (39.1 percent)
• American Indian and Alaska Native: 22,198 (5 percent)
• Black: 18,617 (4.2 percent)
• Asian: 11,311 (2.6 percent)
• Two or more races: 18,088 (4.1 percent)
• Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 755 (0.17).

If you combine numbers like that with the fact that 91.7 percent of the nation’s population growth between 2000 and 2010 was attributed to racial and ethnic minorities, with the largest segment of population growth occurring in the Hispanic community, lists like this — the 25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders in Arizona of 2014 — could become obsolete in our lifetimes.

Until we get there and as our state’s minority population moves toward majority status, it’s important to notice that the state’s most dynmanic business leaders have helped fuel our economic recovery and growth … and many of them just happen to be minorities. And while the future looks bright, we still have work to in overcoming outdated perceptions. According to a 2012 Minority Business Enterprise Report commissioned by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Phoenix MBDA Business Center, a significant portion of minority-owned businesses in Arizona have had problems earning the trust of their customers, suppliers, peers and lenders and need support from within the business community to help break down some of these misconceptions and stigma.

The 25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders in Arizona, whom you will meet below, have changed that perception.

Benito Almanza
Arizona president
Bank of America
Heritage: Mexican-American
A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara, Almanza has been with Bank of America for 34 years. He is a member of the Teach for America Arizona Board.
His hope for professional legacy: “Working every day with great teammates to make our community better and surrounding myself with strong leaders and developing them to replace me.”

Glynis Bryan
CFO
Insight Enterprises Inc.
Heritage: Jamaican
Bryan is responsible for setting the company’s financial strategies; ensuring the company has the appropriate financial and operating controls and systems in place to support future growth; and serving as a financial and business advisor to the leadership team.
Her hope for professional legacy: “Setting a standard of excellence in an organization and helping teammates reach their full potential.”

Debbie Cotton
Director
Phoenix Convention Center
Heritage: African American
Cotton manages a staff of 240 employees, a budget of $47.5 million and is the city’s chief representative to the state’s tourism and hospitality industry.
Her hope for professional legacy: “Throughout my career, I’d like to be remembered for adhering to high ethical standards and inspiring individuals to pursue careers within public service.”

Gonzalo de la Melena Jr.
President and CEO
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Heritage: Peruvian and Mexican
De la Melena, who directs the state’s leading advocate representing more than 60,000 Hispanic business enterprises, has 20 years of global brand management, business development and Latino marketing experience gained from conducting business in more than 30 countries.
His hope for professional legacy: “For helping the lifeblood of our economy, small businesses, prosper – especially minority-owned businesses, now one-fourth of Arizona’s total. Our future global competitiveness depends on it.”

Diane Enos
President
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Enos is the 23rd president of the Salt River Community and the second women elected to the office. Enos is the first member of the Community to become a lawyer and practiced in the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office for 11 years.
Heritage: Onk Akimel O’Odham, or one of the River People otherwise known as Pima
Her hope for professional legacy: “The top qualities I’d like to be remembered for is someone who was unafraid to try something new and to do it with integrity for the good of my people.”

Rufus Glasper
Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges
Heritage: African American
As the CEO of one of the nation’s largest systems of community colleges, he is leading MCCCD to address the community’s education and workforce training needs.
His hope for professional legacy: “An educator who focused on human rights and education for first-generation college students, quality healthcare, workforce and jobs, and re-framing an institution for the future.”

Deborah Griffin
President of the board of directors
Gila River Casinos
Heritage: Gila River Indian Community member and Mexican-American
Griffin leads Arizona’s largest minority-run business with more that 2,500 employees.
Her hope for professional legacy: “I would like to be remembered for creating a legacy of self-sufficiency and volunteerism in my community. My Tribe needs only to seek within themselves and have confidence in the beauty of their abilities to continue this legacy.”

Edmundo Hidalgo
President and CEO
Chicanos Por La Causa
Heritage: Mexican-American
His hope for professional legacy: “I would like to be remembered as someone who made a difference in the community. The Hispanic community is at a breakaway point because of our demographics and the opportunities we establish for our youth will have a tremendous impact on our state. As the Hispanic community goes, so will the State of Arizona. My focus has always been in support of education and ensuring that young people get the opportunities I received as I was beginning my career. I am blessed to have been mentored by many individuals who were willing to invest in me and I have the responsibility to do the same.”

Leezie Kim
Partner
Quarles & Brady
Heritage: Korean-American
Kim returned to Quarles & Brady after four years of service as a White House appointee to the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and as general counsel to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.
Her hope for professional legacy: “As a trusted counselor to and partner with leaders in business, government and politics who found new ways to get things done that make life a little better for us all.”

David Kong
President and CEO
Best Western International
Since he was named president and CEO in 2004, Kong has guided Best Western International through a brand resurgence, winning numerous awards for training, social media and ecommerce initiatives. Brand Keys ranked Best Western No. 1 in customer loyalty for four consecutive years.
Heritage: Asian
His hope for professional legacy: “I’d like to be remembered for having made a positive difference – in Best Western, in the industry and the lives of all our associates and our hotel staff.”

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation
Luna leads Helios Education Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education. He is the former president of Valley of the Sun United Way and has held positions with Pepsi, IBM and the Office of Governor Bruce Babbitt.
Heritage: Hispanic
His hope for professional legacy: “That I cared about our community and helped make it better.”

Steve Macias
President and CEO
Pivot Manufacturing
Macias serves on the Governor’s Council on Small Business and is co-chair of the Supply Chain/Buy Arizona Committee, which is exploring ways government can help promote Arizona businesses.
Heritage: Hispanic
His hope for professional legacy: “Someone who made a positive impact in promoting manufacturing as a worthwhile and valuable industry that provides quality jobs to the community.”

Louis J. Manuel, Jr.
Chairman
Ak-Chin Indian Community
Heritage: Tohono O’odham Nation and Ak-Chin Indian Community
Manuel has diversified his Community’s economy with Ak-Chin Farms, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Santa Cruz Commerce Center and a partnership with the Super Bowl Host Committee.
His hope for professional legacy: “That my decision making gave value and sustainability in promoting a strong future and self-reliance for the people I serve.”

Clarence McAllister
President and CEO
Fortis Networks
Heritage: Black Latino
McAllister was born in Panama and earned degrees in electrical engineering from ASU and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. In 2000, he and his wife Reyna started Fortis, a certified 8a and HUBZone government contractor specialized in engineering, construction and technology services.
His hope for professional legacy: “As an immigrant who came to this country in search of the American Dream, and built a business that employs more than 100 Americans.”

Alfredo Molina
Chairman
Molina Jewelers
Heritage: Hispanic
Molina went from fleeing Cuba as a boy without a change of clothes to rocking the jewelry world by selling the Archduke Joseph diamond for $21.5 million, the most ever paid at auction for a colorless diamond.
His hope for professional legacy: “I would like to be remembered as someone who made a difference. I believe that every individual is a precious jewel and it is my commitment and social responsibility to ensure they become brilliant.”

Rodolfo Parga, Jr.
Managing shareholder
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
Heritage: Mexican
Parga has been named in multiple editions of Southwest Super Lawyers®, including in 2014. He also serves on the doard of Chicanos Por la Causa, a leading nonprofit helping advance and create economic and educational opportunities.
His hope for professional legacy: “I would like to be remembered as always trying my best to do the right thing, and being fair and loyal.”

Dan Puente
Owner
D.P. Electric
Heritage: Hispanic
Puente founded D.P. Electric in 1990 out of his garage with one truck and has built it into the largest Hispanic-owned company in Arizona.
His hope for professional legacy: “As an individual who created a company that set industry standards, gave back to an industry generous with opportunity and helped people grow personally and professionally.”

Terry Rambler
Chairman
Arizona Indian Gaming Association
Heritage: San Carlos Apache Tribe
In addition to his AIGA leadership role, Rambler is chariman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and president of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.
His hope for professional legacy: “Strong vision, consistent oversight, yet humble leadership that helped build successful partnerships in economic development, cultural preservation, and the expansion of tribal sovereignty.”

Terence Roberts, M.D., J.D.
Radiation oncologist
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Heritage: African-American
Roberts specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery and tumors of the brain, spine, and prostate. He also received a law degree from Stanford University and practiced corporate law in the Silicon Valley for start-up companies.
His hope for professional legacy: “I would like to be remembered professionally as compassionate, knowledgeable and having integrity. Also as someone who innovated in an era of health care reform.”

Steve Sanghi
Chairman, CEO and president
Microchip Technology
Heritage: Indian
Sanghi, named president of Microchip in 1990, CEO in 1991 and chairman in 1993, is the author of “Driving Excellence: How The Aggregate System Turned Microchip Technology from a Failing Company to a Market Leader.”
His hope for professional legacy: “For building Microchip Technology into one of the most successful semiconductor companies, which achieved an unprecedented 100 consecutive profitable quarters in a brutally competitive industry.”

Roxanne K. Song Ong
Chief presiding judge
Phoenix Municipal Court
Heritage: Chinese American
Song Ong, who chair the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Minorities, was the first Asian female judge in Arizona and first minority to be named as Phoenix chief judge.
Her hope for professional legacy: “It would be my great honor to be remembered for three primary things: (1) my work in judicial and civics education, (2) the promotion of cultural competency and diversity in the judicial and legal profession, and (3) promoting access to justice for all Arizonans through legal services and education.”

Charlie Touché
Chairman and CEO
Lovitt & Touché, Inc.
In 2004, Touché became chairman and CEO of one of the largest insurance agencies in the United States, with nearly 200 employees in three offices and more than $300 million in total premiums.
Heritage: Hispanic
His hope for professional legacy: “I’m proud to say that during this entire century, we’ve remained a client-driven, hands-on kind of company with people who will roll up their sleeves and jump in the trenches to help those we do business with.”

Lisa Urias
President and CEO
Urias Communications
Heritage: Mexican
Urias has built an award-winning advertising, marketing and public relations agency that specializes in the diverse markets of the American Southwest, particularly the Hispanic market.
Her hope for professional legacy: “Having a nationally-known agency that successfully connects corporations to multicultural markets through ad campaigns, public relations and community outreach for mutual benefit and respect.”

Lonnie J. Williams, Jr.
Partner
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Heritage: Black
The Yale graduate’s practice focuses on commercial business and employment-related matters. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.
His hope for professional legacy: “Martin Luther King said, ‘if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures.’ Professionally, I would like to be remembered like that street sweeper.”

Kuldip Verma
CEO
Vermaland
Heritage: East Indian
Vermaland, founded by Verma, holds more than 24,000 acres of land in Arizona with a portfolio valued at $500 million. Nabha, the tiny Indian village Verma was born in, could fit many times into the acreage he now controls in the desert Southwest.
His hope for professional legacy: “I saw a dream and pursued it. Success without humility is a curse, but Success with your values intact is a blessing.”

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Quarles & Brady Earns PHX Renews Corporate Partner Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that it has been selected to be the recipient of a “PHX Renews Corporate Partner” award from Keep Phoenix Beautiful for its pro bono work on the PHX Renews and Keep Phoenix Beautiful projects.

The award recognizes an organization for its dedication, leadership and passion for PHX Renews and Keep Phoenix Beautiful. Quarles & Brady and especially Sarah R. Anchors, an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office and a member of the Keep Phoenix Beautiful board, have been instrumental in moving the project forward and making a fundamental change to an important high-profile vacant lots in central Phoenix and surrounding communities. The firm will be honored at the awards program on April 10 in Phoenix.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Keep Phoenix Beautiful for the past few years,” said Anchors. “They have been doing incredibly important work, sustaining a city to be proud of.”

Leonardo Loo

Loo Earns Community Leader of the Year Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Leonardo Loo, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, received the Community Leader of the Year Award from the Phoenix chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals.

Loo received the award for his devotion to the community and outstanding service to the valley. The award was presented to him at the organization’s annual dinner event on January 11.

Loo is a member of the firm’s Corporate Services and China Law practice groups. He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial financing, international transactions, securities and general corporate law involving clients in a wide variety of industries. He is also a member of the boards of directors of several organizations, including the Arizona Asian American Bar Association, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. and Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, and he also serves as general counsel for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Loo earned his law degree from the University Chicago and his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Lizzie Kim

Kim Named to ASU Center for Emergency Management

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Leezie Kim, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to the ASU Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory Council.

The ASU Center’s advisory council executives provide extensive expertise from all sectors of emergency management and homeland security. The council advises the center regarding solution innovations and research, and affords insight into emerging trends, needs and requirements such that the center is at the forefront of solution delivery, innovation, research and academic preparation.

Kim is a partner in the Quarles & Brady Corporate Services Group. Her practice focuses on helping clients navigate the laws of national security and international business transactions as well as health care and restaurant business transactions. She returned to the law firm following four years of service as a White House appointee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as general counsel to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.

While serving as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., Kim became involved with aviation security, border entry matters and customs issues at airports, including the federal response to the 2009 Christmas day airline underwear explosive attempt and the implementation of the new airport security procedures thereafter. In 2012, Kim was appointed to the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board by Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council.

Kim earned her law degree from the University of Virginia and her undergraduate degree from Rice University.

Quarles & Brady's Funkhouser earns award from Iowa

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that David E. Funkhouser III, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has received the Recent Alumni Award from the University of Iowa College of Law.

The Recent Alumni Award is granted to alumni of the College of Law, within the first 10 years of their graduation from law school, for significant achievements in their area of practice and for their service to the college, community, state or nation.  Funkhouser received his award during the University of Iowa College of Law Reunion Weekend on October 26, 2013.

Funkhouser handles complex commercial litigation matters. His litigation practice has an emphasis in real property disputes, trust, estate and probate litigation, and other commercial torts. Funkhouser also routinely represents financial institutions in all aspects of litigation.

He is also heavily involved in the local community, just recently completing his term as President of the Maricopa County Bar Association, is a member of the Leadership Council for the Special Olympics Advocacy Resource program, is a founding member of Suns 88 Charities, and is a certified ambassador for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He also served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2008–2009. Funkhouser earned both his law degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.

Quarles' Sirower Named to National Post

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Brian Sirower has been named national Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group chair, succeeding John A. Harris, a partner in the firm’s Milwaukee office who has led the group since 2008.

“Quarles is elated that Brian will be chairing one of the firm’s largest practice groups,” said firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “We are confident that he will continue to lead the group successfully and build on the great leadership that both John provided. We thank John for his role in leading the group for the past several years.”

“I am honored to be chosen as chair of the firm’s Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group,” said Sirower. “I am excited to work with my colleagues on a deeper level to continue the group’s successes.”

Brian Sirower has been a member of the firm’s Phoenix office since 2000. He concentrates his practice on workouts, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation, with a focus on all forms of creditor representations.  Sirower also has extensive experience in distressed leasing matters, preference and fraudulent conveyance defense, committee representations, and commercial debtor representations. Sirower received his law degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.

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Wolf Named to Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013

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

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

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

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Quarles & Brady Earns Inclusive Workplace Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that the firm’s Phoenix and Tucson offices received the Inclusive Workplace Leader Award for a medium-size company from Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) at their Annual Conference on Friday, November 1.

The DLA award is designed to recognize companies that are leaders in the area of Diversity & Inclusion and model the mission of DLA. In particular, they create an environment where individuals are treated and respected equally, and they are considered an “Inclusive Workplace Leader.”

“We’ve worked long and hard to create an environment in which any productive person can succeed,” says firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “It’s satisfying to see that our efforts have not gone unnoticed, and the workplace we’ve created is its own reward as well.”

Quarles & Brady makes diversity a central component of its strategic plan. The firm is a recognized industry leader in mentoring and developing outstanding diverse attorneys, routinely ranking above average and among the best law firms for women and diverse attorneys. The firm has women and diverse attorneys heading four of the firm’s eight offices and offers family-friendly policies, informal training and other initiatives that promote a diverse workplace.

In addition, the firm’s Executive Committee appointed a Diversity & Inclusion Committee that consists of representatives from offices across the country and includes partners, associates and staff to ensure that diversity is a part of the organization. The firm also created the position of Director of Employee Relations, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility, held by Darlene M. Austin, to provide firm leadership on diversity efforts.

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Quarles & Brady Earns Inclusive Workplace Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that the firm’s Phoenix and Tucson offices received the Inclusive Workplace Leader Award for a medium-size company from Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) at their Annual Conference on Friday, November 1.

The DLA award is designed to recognize companies that are leaders in the area of Diversity & Inclusion and model the mission of DLA. In particular, they create an environment where individuals are treated and respected equally, and they are considered an “Inclusive Workplace Leader.”

“We’ve worked long and hard to create an environment in which any productive person can succeed,” says firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “It’s satisfying to see that our efforts have not gone unnoticed, and the workplace we’ve created is its own reward as well.”

Quarles & Brady makes diversity a central component of its strategic plan. The firm is a recognized industry leader in mentoring and developing outstanding diverse attorneys, routinely ranking above average and among the best law firms for women and diverse attorneys. The firm has women and diverse attorneys heading four of the firm’s eight offices and offers family-friendly policies, informal training and other initiatives that promote a diverse workplace.

In addition, the firm’s Executive Committee appointed a Diversity & Inclusion Committee that consists of representatives from offices across the country and includes partners, associates and staff to ensure that diversity is a part of the organization. The firm also created the position of Director of Employee Relations, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility, held by Darlene M. Austin, to provide firm leadership on diversity efforts.

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Phoenix attorney designated advocate for NITA

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix attorney John Craiger has been designated as an advocate for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), which is nation’s leading provider of legal advocacy skills training. A 501(c)(3), organization NITA pioneered the legal skills learning-by-doing methodology more than 40 years ago and has since remained the ultimate standard in continuing legal education.

The NITA Advocate designation is awarded to a person who has taken a well-rounded set of courses that prove they are serious about trial advocacy.  This designation requires a person to complete a Building Trial Skills, Deposition Skills and a Specialty program, respectively.

Craiger has practiced in the area of commercial litigation and creditors’ rights for more than 10 years. He is a Phoenix resident.

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Quarles & Brady Announces New Phoenix Partners

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that the following Phoenix attorneys have been elected to partnership by the firm’s executive committee:

Stanton E. Johnson is a commercial real estate lawyer with extensive experience in acquisitions and sales, development, leasing and property management. His experience includes representation of homebuilders, developers and land bankers in the acquisition, development and financing of master-planned residential communities; representation of commercial property developers in the development and management of office, retail and industrial properties; representation of banks in the management, leasing and sale of bank-owned properties; representation of court-appointed receivers in the management and sale of hotel, industrial and residential properties in multiple states and more. Johnson is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Maricopa County Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona. He also serves on the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona. He earned his law degree from University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 2002) and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University (B.S., 1999).

Brenda Maloney Shafer is a member of the Health Law Group. Her practice focuses primarily in health law and, in particular, health care regulatory and transactional work. Ms. Maloney Shafer advises health care providers and organizations on regulatory and operational compliance and business development. She has experience drafting and negotiating contracts for a variety of health care providers and entities, including physician employment agreements, professional services arrangements, pharmacy benefit management agreements and 340B pharmacy services agreements. Brenda has represented physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers before several state licensing boards. Maloney Shafer is a member of the state bars of Arizona, New Mexico and North Carolina, and of the American Health Lawyers Association. She earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico (J.D., cum laude, 2001) and her Master of Law degree in Health Law from Saint Louis University (LL.M., 2002). She received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University (BSN, 1993). Prior to law school, Brenda served as an active duty officer in the United States Army Nurse Corps.

Lauren Elliott Stine is a member of the Commercial Litigation Group and the Appellate subgroup. Her experience includes representing local and national corporations in complex corporate and contract disputes, assisting clients in special action and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts, and representing local and national clients in health care, real estate, professional liability, financial services and construction litigation matters. Stine was selected for inclusion in the Southwest Super Lawyers®– Rising Stars 2013 Edition (Business Litigation). She is a member and former officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix MetOrg Board, she served as the Phoenix-office co-chair for the firm’s Quarles Cares community service program and is the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s Phoenix office. She earned her undergraduate degrees (B.A. and B.S., summa cum laude, 2003) and her law degree (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2006) from Arizona State University.

Susan Brichler Trujillo practices in the areas of health law and litigation & dispute resolution. Her practice includes representation of health care clients, including retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and wholesale distributors, pharmacy benefit managers, hospitals, behavioral health providers and nursing homes in the areas of regulatory compliance, contract disputes, licensing issues and litigation matters. Brichler Trujillo is a member of Lorna Lockwood Inn of Court, the American Bar Association and the Association of Arizona Health Care Lawyers. She also serves on the board of directors for Community Legal Services. Brichler Trujillo received her law degree from University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2004) and her master’s (M.A., 1998) and undergraduate degrees (B.A., 1995) from the University of Arizona.

Amy R. Cotton is a member of the firm’s Health Law Group. As a licensed physical therapist and health care attorney, she has more than 14 years of experience in the health care industry. Her practice includes advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues, business development and defending clients before professional boards. Amy has experience with advising clients regarding compliance with pharmaceutical laws and regulations; drafting policies and procedures relating to pharmacy practice, HIPAA and health care business activities; regulatory compliance with laws relating to Discount Medical Provider Organizations, Pharmacy Benefit Management and Third Party Administration; and advising health care clients regarding marketing and business development and drafting marketing agreements. She is a member of American Health Lawyers Association, the Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues and Arizona Autism United. Amy is also a licensed physical therapist. She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 2005) and her undergraduate degree from Truman State University (B.S., cum laude, 1996). She also earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in 1999.

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Quarles & Brady Announces New Phoenix Partners

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that the following Phoenix attorneys have been elected to partnership by the firm’s executive committee:

Stanton E. Johnson is a commercial real estate lawyer with extensive experience in acquisitions and sales, development, leasing and property management. His experience includes representation of homebuilders, developers and land bankers in the acquisition, development and financing of master-planned residential communities; representation of commercial property developers in the development and management of office, retail and industrial properties; representation of banks in the management, leasing and sale of bank-owned properties; representation of court-appointed receivers in the management and sale of hotel, industrial and residential properties in multiple states and more. Johnson is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Maricopa County Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona. He also serves on the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona. He earned his law degree from University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 2002) and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University (B.S., 1999).

Brenda Maloney Shafer is a member of the Health Law Group. Her practice focuses primarily in health law and, in particular, health care regulatory and transactional work. Ms. Maloney Shafer advises health care providers and organizations on regulatory and operational compliance and business development. She has experience drafting and negotiating contracts for a variety of health care providers and entities, including physician employment agreements, professional services arrangements, pharmacy benefit management agreements and 340B pharmacy services agreements. Brenda has represented physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers before several state licensing boards. Maloney Shafer is a member of the state bars of Arizona, New Mexico and North Carolina, and of the American Health Lawyers Association. She earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico (J.D., cum laude, 2001) and her Master of Law degree in Health Law from Saint Louis University (LL.M., 2002). She received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University (BSN, 1993). Prior to law school, Brenda served as an active duty officer in the United States Army Nurse Corps.

Lauren Elliott Stine is a member of the Commercial Litigation Group and the Appellate subgroup. Her experience includes representing local and national corporations in complex corporate and contract disputes, assisting clients in special action and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts, and representing local and national clients in health care, real estate, professional liability, financial services and construction litigation matters. Stine was selected for inclusion in the Southwest Super Lawyers®– Rising Stars 2013 Edition (Business Litigation). She is a member and former officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix MetOrg Board, she served as the Phoenix-office co-chair for the firm’s Quarles Cares community service program and is the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s Phoenix office. She earned her undergraduate degrees (B.A. and B.S., summa cum laude, 2003) and her law degree (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2006) from Arizona State University.

Susan Brichler Trujillo practices in the areas of health law and litigation & dispute resolution. Her practice includes representation of health care clients, including retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and wholesale distributors, pharmacy benefit managers, hospitals, behavioral health providers and nursing homes in the areas of regulatory compliance, contract disputes, licensing issues and litigation matters. Brichler Trujillo is a member of Lorna Lockwood Inn of Court, the American Bar Association and the Association of Arizona Health Care Lawyers. She also serves on the board of directors for Community Legal Services. Brichler Trujillo received her law degree from University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2004) and her master’s (M.A., 1998) and undergraduate degrees (B.A., 1995) from the University of Arizona.

Amy R. Cotton is a member of the firm’s Health Law Group. As a licensed physical therapist and health care attorney, she has more than 14 years of experience in the health care industry. Her practice includes advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues, business development and defending clients before professional boards. Amy has experience with advising clients regarding compliance with pharmaceutical laws and regulations; drafting policies and procedures relating to pharmacy practice, HIPAA and health care business activities; regulatory compliance with laws relating to Discount Medical Provider Organizations, Pharmacy Benefit Management and Third Party Administration; and advising health care clients regarding marketing and business development and drafting marketing agreements. She is a member of American Health Lawyers Association, the Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues and Arizona Autism United. Amy is also a licensed physical therapist. She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 2005) and her undergraduate degree from Truman State University (B.S., cum laude, 1996). She also earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in 1999.

Kimberly Leach Johnson

Quarles & Brady Elects First Female Chair

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP and its chairman John W. Daniels Jr. today announced that Kimberly Leach Johnson has been selected as the firm’s next chairperson. Her term begins on October 1, 2013. Fredrick G. Lautz has been re-appointed as the firm’s managing partner.

“There are many outstanding partners at Quarles who could lead us forward, but Kim is a perfect reflection of the firm’s tradition of practice excellence and its progressive vision,” said Daniels. “She is an exceptional attorney and a collaborative, client-centric, business-minded leader, whose commitment is unsurpassed. I look forward to supporting her leadership. She understands that the most important attribute a firm can have is to create value for its clients. She will make sure Quarles continues to focus on that above all else.”

Johnson was most recently chair of the firm’s Finance Committee and managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Naples and Tampa, Florida offices, and she continues to serve as a member of the firm’s elected Executive Committee. She is the first woman to serve as Quarles & Brady’s firm chair, adding to the organization’s long history of women leaders.

John Daniels will serve as chairman emeritus of the firm, in which role he will continue to focus on strategic counseling to business clients, with particular emphasis on financial services, health care and mid-market growth entities. Daniels will also serve as chair of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a position he was elected to in January 2013.

“It’s been a privilege to lead Quarles & Brady with John. His energy, optimism, strategic vision and business acumen are unmatched, as is his commitment to client service. Those were exactly the leadership attributes we needed to succeed over the last six years,” said Lautz. “I look forward to working with Kim, whose insights and collaborative approach will further strengthen our culture and commitment to creating value for our clients and developing long-lasting client relationships.”

Johnson will work closely with Lautz and the rest of the leadership team in each of Quarles & Brady’s eight U.S. offices to help achieve the firm’s business plans.

“John Daniels sustained and grew Quarles & Brady during one of the most challenging economies in recent history, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to build upon that success,” said Johnson.

In Phoenix, office managing partner Jon E. Pettibone said, “We appreciate John Daniels’ sterling contribution to the success of our firm and our Phoenix office and look forward to working more closely with Kim Johnson, who is an excellent attorney, administrator and leader.”

Kimberly Leach Johnson

Quarles & Brady Elects First Female Chair

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP and its chairman John W. Daniels Jr. today announced that Kimberly Leach Johnson has been selected as the firm’s next chairperson. Her term begins on October 1, 2013. Fredrick G. Lautz has been re-appointed as the firm’s managing partner.

“There are many outstanding partners at Quarles who could lead us forward, but Kim is a perfect reflection of the firm’s tradition of practice excellence and its progressive vision,” said Daniels. “She is an exceptional attorney and a collaborative, client-centric, business-minded leader, whose commitment is unsurpassed. I look forward to supporting her leadership. She understands that the most important attribute a firm can have is to create value for its clients. She will make sure Quarles continues to focus on that above all else.”

Johnson was most recently chair of the firm’s Finance Committee and managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Naples and Tampa, Florida offices, and she continues to serve as a member of the firm’s elected Executive Committee. She is the first woman to serve as Quarles & Brady’s firm chair, adding to the organization’s long history of women leaders.

John Daniels will serve as chairman emeritus of the firm, in which role he will continue to focus on strategic counseling to business clients, with particular emphasis on financial services, health care and mid-market growth entities. Daniels will also serve as chair of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a position he was elected to in January 2013.

“It’s been a privilege to lead Quarles & Brady with John. His energy, optimism, strategic vision and business acumen are unmatched, as is his commitment to client service. Those were exactly the leadership attributes we needed to succeed over the last six years,” said Lautz. “I look forward to working with Kim, whose insights and collaborative approach will further strengthen our culture and commitment to creating value for our clients and developing long-lasting client relationships.”

Johnson will work closely with Lautz and the rest of the leadership team in each of Quarles & Brady’s eight U.S. offices to help achieve the firm’s business plans.

“John Daniels sustained and grew Quarles & Brady during one of the most challenging economies in recent history, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to build upon that success,” said Johnson.

In Phoenix, office managing partner Jon E. Pettibone said, “We appreciate John Daniels’ sterling contribution to the success of our firm and our Phoenix office and look forward to working more closely with Kim Johnson, who is an excellent attorney, administrator and leader.”

Quarles & Brady's Roger K. Ferland

31 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 31 attorneys from its Phoenix office, and a total of 162 nationwide, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. The local Quarles & Brady attorneys distinguished for excellence in their practice areas are:

·         Scott M. Berg (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Brian R. Booker (Commercial Litigation)
·         Joseph A. Drazek (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental / Natural Resources Law)
·         Lisa D. Duran (Immigration Law)
·         Steven P. Emerick (Corporate Law / Equipment Finance Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law)
·         Roger K. Ferland (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental)
·         Nicole France-Stanton (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants)
·         Jeffrey B. Fugal (Tax Law)
·         Jeffrey L. Gage (Real Estate Law)
·         Diane M. Haller (Real Estate Law)
·         John A. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation – Bankruptcy)
·         Robert P. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
·         Christian J. Hoffmann III (Corporate Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law / Securities Regulation)
·         Don P. Martin (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants / Litigation – Banking and Finance / Litigation – Real Estate)
·         Matthew Mehr (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Roger N. Morris (Health Care Law)
·         P. Robert Moya (Corporate Law / Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law)
·         Daniel L. Muchow (Environmental Law)
·         John Maston O’Neal (Commercial Litigation)
·         Jon E. Pettibone (Administrative/Regulatory Law / Employment Law – Management / Labor Law – Management)
·         James A. Ryan (Bet-the-Company Litigation / Commercial Litigation / Tax Law)
·         Edward Salanga (Litigation – Construction)
·         Brian Sirower (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Litigation Bankruptcy)
·         Derek L. Sorenson (Real Estate Law)
·         Kent W. Stevens (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Peter A. Terry (Banking and Finance Law)
·         James A. Ullman (Franchise Law)
·         C. Bradley Vynalek* (Commercial Litigation)
·         Jacque N. Westling (Banking and Finance Law / Corporate Law)
·         Lori L. Winkelman (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
·         Jeffrey H. Wolf (Franchise Law)

Quarles & Brady's Roger K. Ferland

31 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 31 attorneys from its Phoenix office, and a total of 162 nationwide, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. The local Quarles & Brady attorneys distinguished for excellence in their practice areas are:

·         Scott M. Berg (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Brian R. Booker (Commercial Litigation)
·         Joseph A. Drazek (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental / Natural Resources Law)
·         Lisa D. Duran (Immigration Law)
·         Steven P. Emerick (Corporate Law / Equipment Finance Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law)
·         Roger K. Ferland (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental)
·         Nicole France-Stanton (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants)
·         Jeffrey B. Fugal (Tax Law)
·         Jeffrey L. Gage (Real Estate Law)
·         Diane M. Haller (Real Estate Law)
·         John A. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation – Bankruptcy)
·         Robert P. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
·         Christian J. Hoffmann III (Corporate Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law / Securities Regulation)
·         Don P. Martin (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants / Litigation – Banking and Finance / Litigation – Real Estate)
·         Matthew Mehr (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Roger N. Morris (Health Care Law)
·         P. Robert Moya (Corporate Law / Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities/Capital Markets Law)
·         Daniel L. Muchow (Environmental Law)
·         John Maston O’Neal (Commercial Litigation)
·         Jon E. Pettibone (Administrative/Regulatory Law / Employment Law – Management / Labor Law – Management)
·         James A. Ryan (Bet-the-Company Litigation / Commercial Litigation / Tax Law)
·         Edward Salanga (Litigation – Construction)
·         Brian Sirower (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Litigation Bankruptcy)
·         Derek L. Sorenson (Real Estate Law)
·         Kent W. Stevens (Banking and Finance Law)
·         Peter A. Terry (Banking and Finance Law)
·         James A. Ullman (Franchise Law)
·         C. Bradley Vynalek* (Commercial Litigation)
·         Jacque N. Westling (Banking and Finance Law / Corporate Law)
·         Lori L. Winkelman (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
·         Jeffrey H. Wolf (Franchise Law)

Nicole France Stanton - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Nicole France Stanton – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Nicole France StantonPartner, Quarles & Brady   

The primary focus of France Stanton’s practice is defending professionals such as lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers and others in malpractice actions, earning a spot in The Best Lawyers in America in 2011 and 2013. In 2012, she created the award-winning Stop Bullying AZ to bring awareness of the issue of bullying.

Surprising fact: “I have three tiaras from pageants I was in during high school. I am a firm believer that every women should have at least one tiara.”

Biggest challenge: “Trying to balance the competing interests in my life … I have overcome this by knowing what my highest priority is — my kids … I’ve become much more organized and intensely selective in what I choose to participate in both professionally and personally.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

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New COPPA Regulations: Are You Ready?

Less than two weeks remain before the effective date of amended regulations for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). With the new and expanded definitions under the amended regulations, COPPA may have an impact on you now, even if it didn’t previously. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to review your processes in anticipation of compliance, as the requirements become effective July 1, 2013.

COPPA was first passed in 2000, prohibiting website operators from knowingly collecting personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without notice and verifiable parental consent. However, as technology has continued to advance, the FTC has recognized a need to amend the definitions under the regulation to sustain the intent of COPPA. “Personally Identifiable Information” has been expanded to include (i) geolocation; (ii) audio, photo, and video files that contain a child’s image or voice; and (iii) persistent identifiers that can recognize users over time and across different websites or online services such as IP addresses and mobile device IDs. None of these items is traditionally (at least within the United States) considered to be personally identifiable; nevertheless, under the new regulations, a website operator cannot collect them from a child under 13 years of age without parental consent, and “collection” now includes even passive tracking.

There are a few limited exceptions to this prohibition under the new regulation: No parental notice or consent is required when an operator collects a persistent identifier for the sole purpose of supporting the website or online service’s internal operations, such as contextual advertising, frequency capping, legal compliance, site analysis, and network communications. Further, under the new definitions, “collection” of personal information now permits operators to allow children to participate in interactive communities without parental consent, so long as the operators take reasonable measures to delete any personally identifiable information before it is made public.

On the other hand, with the expanded burdens on the restriction of data collection come a bit more flexibility, as the new regulations also expand the acceptable types of verifiable parental consent. The new definition of “verifiable parental consent” expressly contemplates electronic scans of signed parental consent forms, video-conferencing, the checking of government-issued IDs against known databases, and requiring a parent to use alternative payment systems such as debit cards and electronic payment systems in connection with a monetary transaction.

The new regulation also closes a loophole that had previously existed with use of third-party ad networks by expanding the definitions of “operator” and “website” to include third-party data collectors. For example, third parties will no longer be permitted to use plug-ins on kid-directed apps to collect personal information from children without parental notice and consent.

In addition to the change to the current definitions, the new regulations impose tighter data security obligations, focusing on the release of data to third parties and on stricter processes for data retention and deletion. The FTC now requires reasonable steps to ensure children’s personal information is released only to companies that are capable of keeping it secure and confidential. Finally, the regulation requires reasonable procedures for data retention and deletion to help ensure information is not kept longer than reasonably necessary and to ensure it is securely deleted.

On a final note, if you have previously applied to be, and have been approved as, a member of a COPPA safe harbor, be prepared for an audit. The FTC is requiring enhanced oversight of such organizations by requiring the self-regulatory safe harbors to audit their members.

With each new wave of internet sophistication and technology, we will likely continue to see expansion of the applicability of COPPA. More and more entities are building their business models off of “big data” and the collection and use of such data online. With that kind of business, however, comes the privacy regulations, and the FTC considers COPPA a useful tool in its toolbox to continue to enforce online data privacy.

Take a deep breath and dive into the definitions — the fully revised rule can be found at 16 C.F.R. Part 312 (http://www.ftc.gov/os/2012/12/121219copparulefrn.pdf). Contact your data privacy counsel to help you sort through the new definitions and see what your obligations might be under the new regulatory scheme. The earlier you can sort through your potential compliance issues, the sooner you will be able to minimize any potential liability and exposure, and thus protect your business, its assets, and its reputation.

For more information on data privacy issues of all kinds, contact Heather Buchta at (602) 229-5228 or heather.buchta@quarles.com, Cameron Robinson at (602) 229-5285 or cameron.robinson@quarles.com, or your Quarles & Brady attorney.

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Controversial NLRB Posting Rule Declared Invalid

On May 7, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the final rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) on August 30, 2011, which would have required that all employers subject to the NLRB’s jurisdiction post a prescribed notice to employees and also place the notice on their intranets or web pages if they use such tools to communicate with their employees. The notice, which was created by the NLRB, informs employees of their right to join or create a union, bargain collectively, strike and picket, and engage in certain other conduct. The notice also identifies certain actions which, if taken by employers or unions, would be unlawful. We advised in alerts we issued on October 4, 2011, and again on April 17, 2012, that employers should wait to learn the outcome of litigation challenging the NLRB’s rule before posting the required notice.

The NLRB’s rule provides that an employer’s failure to post will be an unfair labor practice, will suspend the running of the six-month deadline to file any unfair labor practice charge against the employer, and may be evidence of the employer’s unlawful motive in NLRB cases challenging other conduct by the employer.

Relying upon Section 8(c) of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), a provision enshrining the free speech rights of employers provided that speech does not contain threats or promises of benefits, the court reasoned that freedom of speech not only protects the expression or dissemination of opinions and views, but also prohibits the government from telling people what they must say. The court concluded that the NLRB’s rule is invalid because it violates Section 8(c).

The court also concluded that the rule is invalid because the NLRB lacked authority to extend the six-month limitation period for the filing of unfair labor practices, which Congress had placed in the NLRA. The case name is National Assn of Manufacturers v. NLRB.

The NLRB may now seek to have this case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is not obligated to take the case. While all employers are now free of the NLRB’s posting requirement unless and until the Supreme Court reverses this decision, government contractors and subcontractors remain obligated to post a very similar notice if they work under a contract of $100,000 or more that contains a posting requirement pursuant to executive order.
Jon Pettibone is managing partner at Quarles & Brady. He can be reached at (602) 230-5572 or jon.pettibone@quarles.com.

Benjamin Tietgen

Tietgen Joins Quarles & Brady's IP Group

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Benjamin D. Tietgen has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as an attorney in the Intellectual Property Group.

Prior to joining the firm, Tietgen worked at Etherton Law Group, LLC in Tempe, Arizona. His practice focuses on the preparation of patent applications covering inventions in a variety of industrial and technological fields. Tietgen’s experience also includes drafting and negotiating IP asset licenses and assignments and developing IP portfolios for independent inventors and emerging companies across a broad range of high and low technologies.

He received his law degree from Arizona State University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri.

Benjamin Tietgen

Tietgen Joins Quarles & Brady’s IP Group

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Benjamin D. Tietgen has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as an attorney in the Intellectual Property Group.

Prior to joining the firm, Tietgen worked at Etherton Law Group, LLC in Tempe, Arizona. His practice focuses on the preparation of patent applications covering inventions in a variety of industrial and technological fields. Tietgen’s experience also includes drafting and negotiating IP asset licenses and assignments and developing IP portfolios for independent inventors and emerging companies across a broad range of high and low technologies.

He received his law degree from Arizona State University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri.

Nicole Stanton

Stanton honored by Echo Magazine

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Nicole France Stanton, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, received an Echo Magazine Readers’ Choice Award in the category of “Outstanding Service by a Woman.” Stanton’s husband Mayor Greg Stanton was also named in the category of “Leader of Political Action and Advocacy.”

Developed in 2006, Echo Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards name the community’s favorite leaders, events and hot spots. This year, 26 categories covered community leadership, community and cultural events, bars and other establishments. Winners are determined by online voting. Honorees were named at the Readers’ Choice event on April 4 in Phoenix and will also be featured in the April 11 edition of Echo Magazine.

Stanton is a member of the Quarles & Brady Commercial Litigation Group. Her experience includes defense of local and national law firms in legal malpractice actions and other business litigation disputes. She also is a member of Charter 100 Women, serves as a founding board member and past president of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum, and she is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching Professional Responsibility. Within the past year, Stanton received the Outstanding Service by Straight Ally Award and was named Man and Woman of the Year with husband Mayor Greg Stanton by Echo Magazine.

A graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXIX, Stanton was the YWCA of Maricopa County’s 2011 Tribute to Women honoree. She received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

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22 Quarles Attorneys make Southwest Super Lawyers

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that twenty-two of its local attorneys have been named by Southwest Super Lawyers® magazine as among the top five percent of attorneys in Arizona for 2013. Susan Boswell, James Ullman, and Jeffrey Wolf were named among the Top 50 attorneys in Arizona and Susan Boswell, Lisa Duran, and Diane Haller were also named among the Top 25 Female attorneys in Arizona.

Additionally, 10 Quarles & Brady attorneys were named by Southwest Super Lawyers & Rising Stars as among the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state for 2013. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the list.

Attorneys from the firm’s Arizona offices who were selected for inclusion in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list are:

Brian R. Booker – Business Litigation
Susan G. Boswell – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Lisa D. Duran – Immigration
Roger K. Ferland – Environmental
Isaac M. Gabriel – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Diane M. Haller – Real Estate
John A. Harris – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Craig H. Kaufman – Business Litigation
Don P. Martin – Business Litigation
Roger N. Morris – Health Care
James F. Morrow – Banking
P. Robert Moya – Mergers & Acquisitions
John Maston O’Neal – Business Litigation
Jon E. Pettibone – Employment & Labor
Kevin D. Quigley – Business Litigation
James A. Ryan – Business Litigation
Derek L. Sorenson – Real Estate
Nicole France Stanton – Professional Liability: Defense
James A. Ullman – Franchise/Dealership
C. Bradley Vynalek – Business Litigation
Lori L. Winkelman – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Jeffrey H. Wolf – Franchise/Dealership

Quarles & Brady attorneys from the firm’s Arizona offices who were named to the 2013 Southwest Rising Stars list are:

Heather L. Buchta – Intellectual Property
Amy Cotton – Health Care
John S. Craiger – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
David E. Funkhouser III – Business Litigation
Craig J. O’Loughlin – Employment & Labor
Ryan S. Patterson – Business Litigation
Kelly E. Singer – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Rowan P. Smith – Intellectual Property
Lauren Elliott Stine – Business Litigation
James L. Ugalde – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights

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2013 Top Lawyers list: Banking

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.

Mark Barker
Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP
602-234-7828
www.jhc-law.com
Barker has a busy commercial transaction practice representing financial institutions and Arizona small businesses.

Mark S. Bosco
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.
602-255-6006
www.tblaw.com
Bosco has published numerous articles on mortgage banking, default servicing and related topics.

Michael A. Bosco
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.
602-255-6002
www.tblaw.com
As one of the largest financial services practices in the nation, Bosco represents more than 40 top banks and mortgage lenders including Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Tia Cottey
Bryan Cave LLP
602-364-7012
www.bryancave.com
Cottey’s practice emphasizes all aspects of real estate finance and real estate capital markets, including the representation of lenders, commercial mortgage loan servicers, special servicers, participants, and co-lenders.

Erick S. Durlach
Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA
602-256-3008
www.rcdmlaw.com
Durlach  obtained summary judgment and dismissal of an action against a financial institution relating to claims for fraud, misrepresentation and indemnification.

Susan Gilman
Gordon Silver
602-256-0400
www.gordonsilver.com
Gilman is the chair of the firm’s Finance & Banking Practice Group and focuses her practice in areas of finance, banking and financial institutions/loan program development.

Richard H. Herold
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
602-382-6223
www.swlaw.com
A substantial portion of Herold’s work focuses on prosecuting claims for financial institutions, including commercial receiverships, trustee’s sales and post-sale deficiency litigation.

Stephen A. Lenn
Sacks Tierney P.A.
480-425-2619
www.sackstierney.com
Lenn’s practice focuses on banking law and regulation and debt and equity finance. He authored the article “Incentive Compensation for Banks in the Dodd-Frank Era” in February 2012.

Matthew Mehr
Quarles & Brady LLP
602-229-5288
www.quarles.com
Mehr focuses in the areas of real estate, commercial and tax-exempt finance. His experience includes negotiation and documentation of loan workout, extension and modification, and forbearance agreements.

Edmund F. Richardson
Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC
480-733-6800
www.davismiles.com
Richardson has more than 38 years experience and expertise in business, real estate and lending transactions and litigation in Arizona law firms and as in-house counsel to a real estate development firm.

Mike Ripp
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
602-440-4823
www.rcalaw.com
Ripp heads up the firm’s banking and finance practice, which was recently recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural “Best Law Firms” rankings as a “Tier 1” (top tier) practice in the Phoenix market.

Peter Terry
Quarles & Brady LLP
602-230-5506
www.quarles.com
Terry focuses in the areas of banking, commercial finance and real estate development and his experience includes representation of financial institutions in asset based and real estate financing.