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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 France-Stanton, office managing partner, Quarles & Brady.

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.

Christian Stahl

Stahl Joins Quarles & Brady’s IP Group

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Christian G. Stahl has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as an associate in the Intellectual Property Group.

Stahl represents clients in many aspects of intellectual property enforcement and litigation (patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, trade dress, unfair competition and false advertising), including cease and desist actions, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, claim construction, inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, domain disputes, and UDRP proceedings. He also advises and assists clients on the acquisition, protection and exploitation of their intellectual property in brand licensing and market collateral.

He earned his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.

Christian Stahl

Stahl Joins Quarles & Brady’s IP Group

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Christian G. Stahl has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as an associate in the Intellectual Property Group.

Stahl represents clients in many aspects of intellectual property enforcement and litigation (patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, trade dress, unfair competition and false advertising), including cease and desist actions, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, claim construction, inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, domain disputes, and UDRP proceedings. He also advises and assists clients on the acquisition, protection and exploitation of their intellectual property in brand licensing and market collateral.

He earned his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.

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Quarles & Brady Immigration attorney honored

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Lisa D. Duran, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, was named to The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013 by Who’s Who Legal.

Duran was among 476 individuals in the world to be named leading corporate immigration lawyers. 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. The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013 guide will be published in April.

Duran practices in the areas of commercial litigation, international business law and immigration law. Her experience includes representing clients in international arbitration proceedings, assisting clients in negotiating and documenting international transactions requiring Spanish language fluency, representing corporations in sponsoring foreign national professionals for employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas (“green cards”), and representing foreign nationals in obtaining United States citizenship administratively and through federal court litigation. She is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, where she teaches business immigration law.

Duran was named in Best Lawyers’ 2012 Phoenix Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year. She earned her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois respectively.

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Quarles & Brady Immigration attorney honored

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Lisa D. Duran, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, was named to The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013 by Who’s Who Legal.

Duran was among 476 individuals in the world to be named leading corporate immigration lawyers. 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. The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013 guide will be published in April.

Duran practices in the areas of commercial litigation, international business law and immigration law. Her experience includes representing clients in international arbitration proceedings, assisting clients in negotiating and documenting international transactions requiring Spanish language fluency, representing corporations in sponsoring foreign national professionals for employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas (“green cards”), and representing foreign nationals in obtaining United States citizenship administratively and through federal court litigation. She is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, where she teaches business immigration law.

Duran was named in Best Lawyers’ 2012 Phoenix Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year. She earned her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois respectively.

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The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders

Benito Almanza
Arizona president
Bank of America
Born into a family of migrant workers, Almanza is now responsible for all lines of business efforts, community and civic activities in the state. The graduate of Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara has been with Bank of America for 30 years, working in California before moving to Arizona in 1992.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Hiring top talent and developing them to replace me someday.”
Surprising fact: “Growing up working with my family in the fields helped me better understand agribusiness banking.”

Marty Alvarez
CEO, principal in charge
Sun Eagle Corporation
Alvarez is founder of family-owned and operated Sun Eagle, one of the top minority-owned general contracting and construction management firms in the country. He has been a chair and officer for the Associated Minority Contractors of America since 1993.
His hope for his professional legacy: “That our well-constructed buildings improved the landscape, and our assistance to individuals and families improved lives.”
Surprising fact: “I have been involved with Shotokan Karate continuously for the past 39 years.”

Victor M. Aranda
Area president, Northern Arizona
Wells Fargo Arizona
Aranda manages six Wells Fargo Community Banking markets; Northeast Arizona, Central Arizona, White Mountains, North Phoenix, North Scottsdale and Scottsdale. He is responsible for 816 team members, 69 banking stores, and $4.1 billion in deposits. A 25-year financial services veteran, Aranda presently serves as a board member for Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Valley Leadership Arizona.
His hope for his professional legacy: “My passion in life is to add value to those I come in contact with.  What I would like to be remembered for is how I spent my life serving, helping and developing the leaders of tomorrow.”
Surprising fact: “I was involved and directed a church Spanish choir and I have also sang in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel.”

Tony Astorga
Retired CFO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Astorga recently retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona where he served as the Senior Vice President, CFO & CBDO since 1988. He currently serves as chairman of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a member of the board of directors for the Arizona Community Foundation, AZHCC, ASU Foundation, CSA General Insurance Agency, Phoenix Art Museum, and US Bank Arizona.
His hope for his professional legacy: “I would like to be remembered in my profession as a CPA and CFO for being a good mentor and for helping develop my staff in their work ethic and level of growth.”
Surprising fact: “I have a sweet tooth for twinkies or that my favorite movie is ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, I still laugh when I think about the movie”.

Miguel Bravo
Senior community development consultant
Arizona Public Service Company
Bravo is responsible for directing community development initiatives statewide to help serve diverse markets for APS. He also collaborates with economic development organizations to attract industry to Arizona. Bravo also serves the boards of Friendly House, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Center at Morrison Institute, Boys Hope Girls Hope and Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates.
His hope for his professional legacy: “For conducting business with integrity, purpose, passion; and for having a conviction for public service.”
Surprising fact: “I became a US Citizen in 2007. Having grown up in Arizona, this was one of my proudest moments.”

José Cárdenas
Senior vice president and general counsel
Arizona State University
Before joining ASU in 2009, Cárdenas was chairman at Lewis & Roca, where he became the first Hispanic to serve as managing partner of a major law firm in Arizona. A Stanford Law School graduate, Cárdenas has served on many boards and commissions and has received various awards.
His hope for his professional legacy: “As a good lawyer who served his clients and community well with the utmost integrity.”
Surprising fact: Cárdenas was involved with death penalty cases for more than 30 years.

America Corrales-Bortin
Co-founder
America’s Taco Shop
Corrales-Bortin grew up Culiacán in Sinaloa, Mexico, watching her mother prepare the dishes that would become the recipes for success at America’s Taco Shop. Founded in 2008, America’s authentic carne asada and al pastor quickly built a following that has led to rapid expansion and a partnership Kahala, a franchise development company. So far in 2013, America’s has already moved into California, Texas and Maryland.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “As someone who has a passion for the food we serve at America’s Taco Shop.”
Surprising fact: “People would be surprised that I am named after a famous soccer team in Mexico.”

Gonzalo de la Melena Jr.
President and CEO
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
In addition to leading the Hispanic Chamber, de la Melena Jr. operates the Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the state’s leading advocate representing more than 100,000 minority business enterprises. De la Melena is also the Founder of edmVentures, LLC a small business investment company with holdings in Phoenix airport concessions at Sky Harbor International.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Helping small businesses succeed.”
Surprising fact: “I had the opportunity to do business in more than 30 countries before the age of 30.”

Robert Espiritu
Acquisition marketing
American Express
Espiritu’s diversified professional experience includes working for small business enterprises as well as corporate 100 businesses in the areas of sales, marketing and financial management. He has also been actively involved with various nonprofit organizations; most recently as the former chairman of the board for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Innovative and focused leader who delivers with energy and is known for building successful relationships and high performing teams.”
Surprising fact: “As a first generation American, I am passionate about helping aspiring and under-privileged youth achieve their dreams and advocating for Hispanic career advancement, education and scholarships.”

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick
Executive vice chancellor and provost
Maricopa Community Colleges
Harper-Marinick oversees all areas of academic and student affairs, workforce development, and strategic planning. She serves on several national and local boards including ABEC and AMEPAC, which she chairs.  Originally from the Dominican Republic, Harper-Marinick came to ASU as a Fulbright Scholar.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “Passion for, and unwavering commitment to, public education as the foundation of a democratic society.”
Surprising fact: “The joy I get from driving fast cars.”

Julio Herrera
National Spanish Sales and Retention Director
Cox Communications
Herrera and his team work across markets and cross-functional departments to drive Spanish language sales and grow Cox’s Hispanic markets nationally. He also helped establish LIDER, a leadership program tailored for Hispanic team members looking for advancement opportunities in Phoenix and Southern Arizona.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Growing and improving the Hispanic customer experience and making a difference our communities.”
Surprising fact: “Spanish was my first language and I started my career in sales leadership at 18 ears old.”

Lori Higuera
Director
Fennemore Craig
Higuera defends, provides counsel and trains employers of all sizes. She’s a Southwest Super Lawyer, an employment law expert for the Arizona Republic/Arizona Business Gazette and is a recent recipient of the High-Level Business Spanish Diploma from the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “A skilled lawyer who elevated the practice by integrating the diverse perspectives of our community.”
Surprising fact: “I was fired from my first job as a Santa’s helper for being too social!”

Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate dean, outreach and multicultural affairs
Professor of medicine (Tenured) and pathology, College of Medicine
Medical director, Arizona Telemedicine Program
University of Arizona
López has a passion for addressing health inequities and human suffering. From clinical research with molecular targets to health services research, her work focuses on optimizing the health of individuals and communities.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “Life is an opportunity to contribute. I hope to contribute, to make a difference.”
Surprising fact: “I love simple pleasures. Witnessing the daily miracle of the sun rising sustains me.”

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.
His hope for his professional legacy: “That I cared about our community and helped make it better.”
Surprising fact: “I’m seriously considering getting matching tattoos with my kids in the near future.”

Steve Macias
President and CEO
Pivot Manufacturing
Macias is a co-owner of Pivot Manufacturing, a Phoenix machine shop, chairs the Arizona Manufacturers Council, and is on the boards of the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber. He is an active proponent of manufacturing in Arizona and a proud father of three boys.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Contributed in some small way to the sustainment of manufacturing in Arizona.”
Surprising fact: “In high school, I was the school mascot – a Bronco.”

Mario Martinez II
CEO
360 Vantage
Martinez is responsible for the overall vision, strategy and execution of 360 Vantage, a leader in cloud-based sales and marketing technology solutions designed to solve the unique challenges of the mobile workforce in life sciences, healthcare and other industries.
His hope for his professional legacy: “I would most like to be remembered for truly changing the lives of our clients, employees and our community in great and meaningful ways.”
Surprising fact: “I hosted a radio show during my college years.”

Clarence McCallister
CEO
Fortis Networks, Inc.
McAllister was born in Panama and earned his master’s in electrical engineering from ASU. In 2000, he and his wife started Fortis Networks, Inc., a certified 8a and HUBzone government contractor specializing in engineering, construction and technology services.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Building a world-class organization that always exceeds our customers’ expectations.”
Surprising fact: “I did an emergency landing on a City of Mesa street.”

Rodolfo Parga, Jr.
Managing shareholder
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
In addition to managing a law firm with 120 attorneys, Parga has been to Best Lawyers in America for the last four years. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Chicanos Por la Causa, a leading non-profit helping advance and create economic and educational opportunities.
His hope for his professional legacy: “I want to be remembered as always trying to do the right thing and having led with integrity.”
Surprising fact: “I was bullied until age 11, which drove me not only to strengthen my body, but my resolve.”

Hector Peñuñuri
Senior planning analyst
SRP
Peñuñuri is an Arizona native and has spent most of the past 15 years in the Customer Services Division at SRP.  He has served on several boards including the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and LISC.  He was raised in the West Valley, and currently resides in Gilbert.
His hope for his professional legacy: “A trusted and valuable team member/leader; a communicator who understands the importance of sharing knowledge to help others.”
Surprising fact: “I’m a jack of all trades – woodworker, photographer, musician, outdoorsman and a decent cook when I put my mind to it.”

Dan Puente
Owner
D.P. Electric
Puente founded D.P. Electric in 1990 out of his garage with one truck. D.P. Electric now has more than 200 employees and generated more than $30 million in revenue in 2012, making it the biggest Hispanic-owned company in Arizona.
His hope for his professional legacy: “A guy that is fair, honest, hard-working and gives back both personally and professionally.”
Surprising fact: “Professionally, that I do not have a college degree and personally, that I am a Bikram Yoga junkie.”

Marie Torres
Founder
MRM Construction Services
Torres is an Arizona native and built her business in the community that she grew up in. With more than 30 years experience in the construction field, she started MRM in 2002 and currently has more than 50 employees. The focus of her company has been in government contracting and has self performed airfield work at Luke AFB, MCAS Yuma and Davis Monthan.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “As being technically competent.”
Surprising fact: “I don’t like to drive and I am happy as a passenger – even in my own car.”

Lisa Urias
President and CEO
Urias Communications
After 15 years in international marketing and communications, Urias founded Urias Communications to address the need for advertising and PR with a uniquely multicultural focus. Now an award-winning advertising, and PR agency, Urias Communications specializes in the multicultural markets of the U.S. Southwest, with concentration on the burgeoning Hispanic market.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “Bridging the divide between corporations and the growing Hispanic community for mutual benefit and respect.”
Surprising fact: “I am a fourth-generation Arizonan whose grandfather was the first Hispanic city councilman.”

Dawn C. Valdivia
Partner, chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group
Quarles & Brady
Valdivia is the chair of Quarles & Brady’s Labor and Employment Group in Phoenix. She regularly advises clients in all matters of labor and employment law and is skilled in complex litigation matters, including wage and hour class action litigation in Arizona and California.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “A creative problem solver, committed to her clients and to giving back to the community.”
Surprising fact: “I love adventure — sky diving, gliding, scuba diving, helicopters, etc.”

Lorena Valencia
CEO
Reliance Wire
Valencia is the founder and CEO of Reliance Wire Systems, a wire and tubing manufacturing company she founded in 2000. She is also the founder and president of Magin Corporation — an eco-friendly wood pallet alternative company — and the FRDM Foundation.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “Empowering children by building schools and libraries in impoverished countries through my FRDM Foundation.”
Surprising fact: “I put hot peppers on almost everything I eat. The hotter. the better.”

Roberto Yañez
Vice president and GM
Univision Arizona
Yañez is a 27-year broadcast television veteran, who has served 17 of those years with the Univision Television Group (UTG). Yañez has created various opportunities that helped build the station’s relationship with the community: Cadena de Gente Buena, El 34 Esta Aqui and Ya Es Hora.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Someone who used his craft to build bridges between the problem and the solution.”
Surprising fact: “Though Monday through Friday you will never see me without a suit and tie, I am most comfortable in boots, jeans and driving a pick-up truck.”

Dawn Valdivia

Quarles & Brady appoints Valdivia as Practice Group Chair

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

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

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

Valdivia is a Phoenix resident.

Dawn Valdivia

Quarles & Brady appoints Valdivia as Practice Group Chair

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

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

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

Valdivia is a Phoenix resident.

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Women Investing In Women announces summit plans

Women Investing In Women announced that their Inaugural Women Investing in Women Summit, at the Arizona Biltmore on 12/12/12, will bring together over 150 professional women from across the Valley to discuss important issues and opportunities, build new relationships and celebrate our accomplishments in 2012.

Anu Bhardwaj, WIIW’s founder stated, “I appreciate all the support from our valued sponsors, luminary speakers, and community partners that are helping bring the Women Investing In Women Summit to Arizona — by supporting our mission of creating a cohesive platform for women in Financial Literacy, through education, entrepreneurship and providing access to capital markets”.

Kathy Lynn-Cullotta, co-president of 85 Broads Phoenix, said “We are very excited to help support the WIIW mission and be a partner in bringing this wonderful event to the women business owners in Arizona.”

WIIW Summit topics on 12-12-12 will include Impact Investing with guest panel Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder of Pipeline Fellowship; Michelle Mace, ASU Women & Philanthropy; Jackie Sturm, Intel’s global strategic initiatives.

Continuing the WIIW Summit with a luncheon conversation about Board Diversity and women’s participating in the  2020 Women on Boards Campaign which is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women directors on U.S. public company boards to 20 percent or greater by 2020.  Our Arizona Summit keynote speaker Dr. Mary Walshok, founder of Global CONNECT / Dean of the UCSD Extension School and the Summit discussion will be led by Shelly Esque, Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group and include Joanne Flynn, Managing Director, Phoenix Group International.

The One Day summit Educational Track’s will include a variety of speakers and topics including Branding Your Brilliance, Women’s Access to Capital, Women’s Angel Investors in Arizona, Women Entrepreneurs Building New Companies Faster, The Lean Launch pad Way, and Pitching like a Rock Star with Candace Klein, founder of SoMoLend.

WIIW 2012 Summit Sponsors and Partners include Intel, Venture Catalyst Private Equity Partners, 85 Broads Phoenix, Premier Media Service, Nautilus Group / New York Life, 2020 Women on Boards, NetGains America, Quarles & Brady, The Valley Girl Show, Arizona State University, NAWBO, AZBIO, MBAWI, Global CONNECT, Women & Philanthropy, SEEDSPOT, Thunderbird Online.

Sign up today to attend 12-12-12 Women Investing In Women at Arizona Biltmore a Full Day Program is only $175 Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner all the Educational Tracks and Summit Access.

Women Investing in Women is a branded platform of high impact educational programs and public-private partnerships emphasizing financial literacy and entrepreneurship by women for women, globally.  These programs will be held internationally to provide continuing education to address the need for high quality online content and interactive event formats that foster broader access to capital for women and the growth of women-led businesses.

Allison Weyer

Allison Weyer joins Quarles & Brady's Real Estate Practice

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady announced that Allison N. Weyer has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group.

Weyer’s practice focuses on handling transactions in the lending and real estate areas.

In her lending practice, she primarily represents banks and other financial institutions in real estate, commercial and business loans, restructuring and workouts.

She also represents lenders and other corporate clients in documenting purchase and sale transactions, leases, and other real property and asset based matters.

Weyer earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from New York University.

 

Edward Salanga

Edward Salanga Elected President of CIDA

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Edward Salanga, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, was elected president of the City of Chandler Industrial Development Authority (CIDA).

Salanga is a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and co-chairs the Real Estate and Construction Litigation Subgroup. His real estate and construction practice involves representing owners, lenders and contractors in property and construction-related disputes, including construction contract negotiations, contract performance and payment disputes, construction defect claims, title insurance disputes and mechanics lien, stop notice and bonding issues.

He also represents manufacturers of consumer water treatment products, plumbing components, heavy earth moving equipment and industrial materials and supplies in product liability, warranty and construction disputes. As part of his commercial litigation and direct sales practice, Salanga represents businesses in a variety of disputes in both federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and serves as co-chair of the Expert Witness Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.

Salanga earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University and his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.

CIDA provides tax-exempt financing through industrial revenue bonds for the financing or refinancing of the cost of acquisition, construction, improvement, rehabilitation or equipping of a project. It is a “conduit” lender and do not directly loan their own funds, but rather, “pass funds through” from third parties that purchase CIDA’s bonds and loan them to CIDA’s borrowers.