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Hines completes 60,000 SF lease for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Hines, the international real estate firm, recently completed a 60,000-square-foot long-term lease for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli at its downtown Renaissance Square.

The Phoenix-based firm with 80 attorneys and 125 support staff will be relocating from mid-town Phoenix to the new downtown Phoenix location. The law firm specializes in trial practice, insurance law, personal injury defense, commercial litigation, defense of corporations, self-insured professionals, governmental entities, insurance companies and medical malpractice carriers.

Managing Partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli William D. Holm said, “Moving to Renaissance Square provides Jones, Skelton & Hochuli with greater access to the courts, and enables us to participate in the energy and vitality in downtown Phoenix.”

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is leasing floors 24 – 27 with a balcony reception area on the 27th floor.

Other major tenants at Renaissance Square include Bryan Cave, Ernst & Young, Gammage and Burnham, Quarles & Brady and The Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Renaissance Square is a set of twin downtown buildings located on a full-city block at 2 N. Central Ave. and 40 N. Central Ave.

Property Manager of Renaissance Square Steve Hamel said, “Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is a high-quality tenant that will serve as a dynamic addition to Renaissance Square’s mix of business and community leaders.”

Chuck Nixon with CBRE represented the law firm and Pat Devine of Cushman & Wakefield represented Hines in the transaction.

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Jones, Skelton & Hochuli expands to 78 Lawyers

Jones, Skelton and Hochuli started with 12 lawyers when the firm was founded in 1983. Having been in business for over 32 years now, the firm has now grown to a 78 lawyer firm with the addition of A. Blake DeLong and Gianni Pattas.

Mr. DeLong has more than 12 years of civil litigation experience. He has represented clients both in private practice and as in-house counsel for a major insurance company. Mr. DeLong practices in the areas of automobile, premises liability, and general insurance defense litigation. He handles trials, arbitrations, mediations, and settlement conferences.

Mr. Pattas is an Associate with Jones, Skelton & Hochuli where he focuses his practice on construction and general civil defense litigation. Mr. Pattas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Santa Clara University before attending law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

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How to market yourself as a law student

What does marketing have to do with law school and the legal profession? It’s a skill many attorneys learn to master throughout their careers, but it’s one skill law schools don’t teach. Learning to market yourself as a law student can help you land internships, externships, clerkships, and potentially, your first job.

Get Connected

If there’s a particular firm you’d like to work for, do some research and see if any of the attorneys belong to organizations outside the firm. For example, if one of the attorneys holds a position in a volunteer (civic, nonprofit, charitable, etc.) organization, get involved in that group; it may give you an opportunity to gain some face time in an informal setting. How do you find out what organizations an attorney belongs to? Try looking at their biography on the firm’s website, or check their LinkedIn profile to see what groups they follow. Building relationships early in your legal career is an important step to marketing yourself as an attorney. The people you meet today may not be in a position to pass you work now, but eventually they may be. Building these relationships now will greatly increase your chances of getting work later.

Joining a professional association can also provide you with an opportunity to network with attorneys from across the country. The Defense Research Institute (DRI) offers a special law student membership for $20 a year, which provides students with free registration to all of their seminars and annual meetings. In addition, law students are able to get involved in DRI’s Young Lawyers Committee, which provides its members with professional development and networking opportunities.

If you’re looking for a summer law clerk position with a state court, try joining one of their committees. For example, the Arizona Supreme Court has several committees that are open to the public. Several judges from across all court levels sit on these committees, which would give you an opportunity to get to know judges who could potentially give you the summer clerkship you’ve been looking for.

The American Inns of Court is another organization comprised of judges, lawyers and legal professionals. Getting involved in an Inn of Court in your city is a good way to get face time with legal professionals who could potentially serve as a mentor as you finish making your way through law school. As an Inn of Court member you’ll build and strengthen relationships with other members, share experiences and advice, and discuss the pressing legal issues of today. You can find an Inn of Court in your city by visiting the American Inns of Court website.

Get Published

Writing an article is another good way for you to get your name out there. In addition to writing articles for your school’s law review, you may also want to consider submitting an article for publication in your state’s legal magazine(s). Be sure to look up the legal magazine’s publication guidelines so you don’t waste your time writing something they won’t publish.

If you’re not sure what to write about, try emailing the editors of these magazines and see if there’s a topic they’d recommend writing about. Chances are they have plenty of ideas, and as an added bonus, this increases the chances that your article will be published.

These are just some of the many marketing techniques you’ll learn throughout your legal career. One important thing to remember is not to bite off more than you can chew. You don’t want to let your marketing efforts interfere with your law school studies. After all, you can’t get a job if you don’t graduate.

 

As the Marketing Coordinator for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, Steven Crocchi assists 78 lawyers with their marketing efforts. He served on the Technology Committee for the Legal Marketing Association Southwest Chapter and on the Crisis Response Team for the Phoenix Fire Department in 2014. Crocchi will be attending law school beginning August 2015.

Jones Skelton & Hochuli expands team

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As one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, Arizona has shown a noticeable increase in commercial and residential construction litigation over the past few years. Jones, Skelton & Hochuli expands their Construction Litigation team with the addition of John M. Gregory.

Mr. Gregory is an Associate with Jones, Skelton & Hochuli and serves as an Executive Board Member for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Young Lawyers Division, where he is also Social Media Chair. Mr. Gregory received his law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2013. In law school, he was a member of the Business Law Society, treasurer of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and editor-in-chief of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. He was also the recipient of the Dean’s Recognition Award upon graduation.

The Jones, Skelton & Hochuli construction team represents general contractors, subcontractors, builders, owners, engineers, architects, or insurers in matters relating to construction defect litigation, dispute resolution, risk management and insurance coverage analysis, drafting and review of construction-related agreements and documents, surety and fidelity bond defense and liens. They frequently present educational seminars on defense of construction defect cases and related case law.

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Jones, Skelton & Hochuli creates new position

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli has created a new position, titled Director of Paralegals and Litigation Technology. This position is the first of its kind. “We believe having this new position will add value to the paralegal team as well as the clients they serve, by creating a more efficient and streamlined team,” says Jennifer Lovato, Firm Administrator.

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli promoted Narinda Greene into this role. She has served as a paralegal at JSH for the past ten years. During her tenure at JSH, she has helped coach and train the firm’s paralegal staff and continues to serve as a valuable resource to the firm’s 34 paralegals. It is because of her hard work and dedication that we have decided to create a new position at the firm. As the Director of Paralegals and Litigation Technology, Narinda will provide one on one training as well as develop group educational programs for the paralegal team. We are confident Narinda will continue to strive for success and serve as an excellent leader for the paralegals here at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli.

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is one of the largest and most experienced defense trial law firms in Arizona. Having been in business for 31 years, the firm specializes in trial practice; insurance coverage; defense of corporations; self-insureds; municipalities and insurance carriers.

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Jones Selected as 2014 Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers has selected William R. Jones, Jr. as the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Law in Phoenix, Arizona. According to Best Lawyers, when an attorney is selected as “Lawyer of the Year,” it “reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.”

William R. Jones, Jr. is one of the founding attorneys at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C., which began in 1983. Mr. Jones has been practicing law for 52 years and has tried over 250 civil jury cases in Arizona and other states. While he currently concentrates his practice in the medical malpractice area, Mr. Jones is still involved in litigating and trying other types of civil liability cases on an active and ongoing basis. He has served as both the Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Pro Tem and the Superior Court of Arizona Judge Pro Tem.

Jones has passed along the knowledge he has gained throughout his legal career by speaking as a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona College of Law. He has been listed as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona since 2007 by Southwest Super Lawyers.

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Callahan Joins Jones, Skelton & Hochuli as Partner

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli announced that Charles M. Callahan has joined the firm as a Partner. Mr. Callahan has over 20 years of experience and focuses his practice on professional and personal liability defense, and bad faith/insurance coverage litigation. “I am very excited for the opportunity to bring my practice and experience to one of the most respected defense firms in the Southwest, and joining professionals of the highest quality and integrity.”

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Callahan serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and is the Chair of the Amicus Committee. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the State Bar of Arizona, and the State Bar of Nevada.

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is one of the largest and most experienced defense trial law firms in Arizona. Having been in business for almost 31 years, the firm specializes in trial practice; insurance coverage; defense of corporations; self-insureds; municipalities and insurance carriers. For additional information, visit www.jshfirm.com or call 602.263.1798.

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Clark, Suciu Join Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC announced that Andrew Clark and Kimberly Suciu have joined the firm as Associates.

Clark will focus his practice on general civil litigation and insurance defense, bad faith, personal injury and construction defect.  Clark grew up in the valley and attended the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU prior to attending ASU law school. Prior to joining Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, Clark was a law clerk with the Arizona Corporation Commission, legal extern with the Arizona Department of Administration, a law clerk for the Yuma County Legal Defender’s Office, and legal extern with City of Mesa Prosecutor’s Office.

Suciu joins Jones, Skelton & Hochuli as an Associate focusing her practice on medical malpractice defense and general civil litigation and insurance defense. Prior to joining the firm, Suciu served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Patricia A. Orozco, of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division.

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Clark, Suciu Join Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC announced that Andrew Clark and Kimberly Suciu have joined the firm as Associates.

Clark will focus his practice on general civil litigation and insurance defense, bad faith, personal injury and construction defect.  Clark grew up in the valley and attended the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU prior to attending ASU law school. Prior to joining Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, Clark was a law clerk with the Arizona Corporation Commission, legal extern with the Arizona Department of Administration, a law clerk for the Yuma County Legal Defender’s Office, and legal extern with City of Mesa Prosecutor’s Office.

Suciu joins Jones, Skelton & Hochuli as an Associate focusing her practice on medical malpractice defense and general civil litigation and insurance defense. Prior to joining the firm, Suciu served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Patricia A. Orozco, of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division.

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Stone will lead Young Lawyers Division of State Bar

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC announced that Erik Stone has been named President-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Arizona.

Stone has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division since 2011 and has served on the Executive Board from 2011 to 2013 before being elected President.

Stone joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli as an Associate in 2010, and concentrates his practice on Commercial and Business Litigation; General Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense; Construction Litigation; and Wrongful Death and Personal Injury. Mr. Stone received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 2009, and is admitted to practice in Arizona and California. Prior to joining the firm, Stone served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Patricia A. Orozco, of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I.

The YLD is a dynamic community and professional service organization of the State Bar of Arizona, specifically created for new lawyers who are under 37 years of age, or have been in practice for five years or less. Presently, the Division has approximately 4,000 active members in the state, which constitutes nearly 33% of the total in-state active Bar membership.