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Smith Paknejad PLC adds veteran litigator to roster

Smith Paknejad PLC recently welcomed attorney J. Phillip Glasscock to the firm. He joins the firm as “Senior Counsel” offering a broad variety of business law and estate planning services to businesses, business owners, key executives, property owners, families and individuals in the state of Arizona.

Glasscock brings his well-established business law and estate planning practice as well as over thirty years of experience to Smith Paknejad PLC. His practice includes general business and estate planning as well as real estate, buying and selling businesses, probate and trust litigation, employment law and related matters. Glasscock has worked with some of the best lawyers in the country and has successfully completed legal projects throughout the United States and abroad, including Russia, China, England, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Glasscock has successfully handled single transactions valued at hundreds of millions of dollars and successfully settled and tried several multi-million dollar legal cases.

Glasscock received his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, from the University of Wyoming and his Juris Doctor from the Arizona State University College of Law.

He remains active in the community and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Scottsdale Bar Association and Arizona Society of CPAs. He also served many years on the Paradise Valley Planning Committee and as Chairman of the Grenoble, France committee of the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission.

“Phil’s unique accomplishments in our profession make him an ideal addition to our law firm. He is a tremendously talented attorney – measured in his approach to litigation – and tough in advocating for clients,” said Gary Smith, Senior Partner at Smith Paknejad PLC. “Clients will be just as thrilled as we are to have him on their team.”

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G&K’s Antonuccio Elected to Phoenix Day’s Board

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that associate Laura E. Antonuccio has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Phoenix Day.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in November 2015, Phoenix Day is the oldest, continuously operating early childhood education and youth development center in Arizona. It provides affordable education and childcare options for children from low income families. Phoenix Day also offers after school and summer programs as well as preventative health services for Valley families. In her role with the board of directors, Ms. Antonuccio will serve on the governance committee, assist with human resource matters and review corporate documents and personnel policies.

Antonuccio has been a reading volunteer for Phoenix Day since 2013 through her participation in the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Million Minutes Reading Challenge with Gallagher & Kennedy’s Professional Women’s Group. “Working with Phoenix Day is a wonderful opportunity to combine my legal skills and early childhood teaching experience in service to my community,” said Antonuccio, who taught pre-kindergarten prior to attending law school.

Antonuccio is a member of the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, a member of the University of Nebraska College of Law’s Young Alumni Council, and a Legal Advice Clinic volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Volunteer Lawyers Program. In 2014, she was recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyers® Rising Star in government contracts.

Antonuccio is an associate practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, public bidding and procurement and employment and labor law. She earned her J.D., with distinction, from the University of Nebraska and her B.A., cum laude, from Cornell College.

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Mooney leads State Bar’s Tax Law Section

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that shareholder Kelly C. Mooney has been elected as chair of the Tax Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona for 2014-2015.

The Tax Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona provides leadership for tax attorneys and other tax professionals by furthering their education in the laws of taxation, facilitating the development of professional relationships, and fostering intellectual discussion about recent developments and current issues regarding tax law. Mooney has been an officer of the Tax Law Section since 2011 and was a member at large of the Tax Law Executive Council from 2009-2010.

In addition to her role as chair of the Tax Law Section, Mooney is also the vice-chair of the Tax Law Advisory Commission to the Board of Legal Specialization for the State Bar of Arizona. “I appreciate my involvement with the Tax Law Section and the State Bar because it is such a valuable resource for attorneys and legal professionals and it makes it very easy to stay connected with my tax law colleagues,” said Ms. Mooney.

Mooney is a shareholder practicing in federal tax law, working with businesses and individuals to assist with tax planning and analysis, entity structuring, and tax controversy. She earned her LL.M in taxation from the University of San Diego as well as her J.D., summa cum laude, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona.

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Jones Will Serve on State Bar Elder Law Section

TThe law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney Nora L. Jones has been selected to serve on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona’s Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs Planning Section. This section is a state-wide council of attorneys who practice in this ever-growing and vitally important area of law.

Michael Tiffany, Managing Partner of Tiffany & Bosco stated, “Nora’s appointment to the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona’s Elder Law, Mental Health and Special Needs Planning Section is another example of our legal community’s recognition of the quality attorneys we have practicing in our firm, and the many contributions our young lawyers are making.”

An Arizona native, Nora graduated summa cum laude from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with a degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Civic Education in 2008, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D. 2011.

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Fennemore Craig Attorneys on State Bar Committees

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced JP has been appointed to the State Bar of Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and Patrick Irvine has been elected to serve a three-year term as an at-large member of the Executive Council of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

“We congratulate Janice and Patrick on their appointments to serve the legal community and the State Bar of Arizona,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “Janice and Patrick’s commitment to legal excellence and dedicated service to clients further enhances the firm’s awareness of the continually evolving legal landscape.”

The State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct(“Ethics Committee”) assists the State Bar and its members with questions of professional ethics. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section promotes the awareness and use of dispute resolution methods other than litigation among members of the State Bar; the business, professional and legal communities; and the public at large.

Procter-Murphy practices in the areas of labor and employment law and civil appeals. She currently serves as Corporate Sponsorship chair for the American Cancer Society’s Central Phoenix Relay for Life. Procter-Murphy earned her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Irvine focuses his practice in litigation and business law, with special expertise in taxation, Indian law, appeals, and arbitration/mediation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judge on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals for over nine years. Irvine earned his LL.M. from the University of San Diego and his J.D. and B.S. from Arizona State University.

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Posinelli attorney earns 2nd term on State Bar Board

Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected for a second term to the State Bar Association Board of Governors. The members of the State Bar of Arizona elected 10 Board of Governor members. Melissa will serve a three-year term.

“The State Bar of Arizona is an outstanding organization in large part due to its members and the governance of its Board” said Melissa Ho. “I am honored to have been selected by the Bar’s membership to serve for a second time as their representative to this important governing body.”

Earlier this year, Melissa was the recipient of the AJC’s Emerging Leadership Award, a prestigious honor bestowed on an attorney practicing twelve years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public and community service. Melissa is a past recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Best Lawyers Under 40”, a distinction achieved by only a select few attorneys in the United States. Melissa has also been named to the “Lawyers of Color Hot List” and was recently selected by AZ Business Magazine as a “Generation Next Forty Under Forty.” Southwest Super Lawyers named her as a Rising Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the category of Criminal Defense – White Collar.

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Hancock Elected to State Bar’s Executive Council

GFennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced Graeme Hancock, shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, was elected to the Executive Council of The Trial Practice Section of the State Bar of Arizona.

Hancock has nearly 30 years of experience representing manufacturers of a variety of products in tort and product-related litigation. His practice also includes representation of condemnation claims, land litigation, government contract disputes and defense against government fraud. Hancock earned his J.D. and A.B. from Stanford University. Hancock’s community activity has included a lifelong involvement in .

The Trial Practice Section promotes the administration of justice by improving the caliber of trial practice and procedure in the courts of Arizona to afford members of the Bar the opportunity to increase their knowledge and to improve their skills as trial practitioners.

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Bryan Cave Partner Elected to State Bar Board

Hirsch.S.2013P_croppedBryan Cave LLP Partner Steven A. Hirsch has been elected to the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors. He will serve a three-year term in District 6, Maricopa County. Hirsch was installed on June 13 by Supreme Court of Arizona Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch at the State Bar Annual Convention in Tucson, Arizona.

The Board of Governors oversees the policy making and operations of Arizona’s mandatory bar. The Board is comprised of 30 people: four non-attorney, public members appointed by the Board; three at-large members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; 19 attorney members elected by fellow Bar members in their district; and four ex-officio members (immediate past president and the deans of Arizona’s three law schools).

Hirsch’s litigation practice concentrates on general business, utility and commercial litigation and has included several jury trials concerning eminent domain, contract and lease disputes, valuation of real estate, land use regulation and other government takings of undeveloped and improved land, income producing properties, utility property and certificated areas and water rights. He also has substantial experience in construction law matters, including the resolution of mechanic’s and materialmen’s lien disputes, public and private contract disputes, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in construction contracts and negotiating the terms of owners’, general contractors’, subcontractors’ and suppliers’ agreements and purchase orders.

Hirsch has served as President of the Arizona Bar Foundation, the State Bar of Arizona’s charitable arm, and was a founder and president of the Arizona Justice Institute, now known as the Morris Institute for Justice, a non-profit organization devoted to providing legal services and public policy initiatives regarding issues affecting the underprivileged. He is current President of the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, the charitable arm of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and is past chair of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona. He served as Co-Chair of Arizona’s Multi-jurisdictional Task Force, which studied and helped implement changes to the State’s Ethics Rules allowing better service to clients in other states’ courts. Hirsch is a former President of the University of Arizona Law College Association and has served on a wide variety of other boards and committees of the Maricopa County Bar Association, State Bar of Arizona and American Bar Association. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served as a judge pro tempore of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

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Watton Rejoins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service law firm, today announced that Brooke K.A. Watton has rejoined the firm as an associate, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury and general business law.

Watton is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association and the Maricopa Bar Association, where she previously served on the Board of Directors for the Corporate Counsel Division.

Watton earned her J.D. with the “Highest Distinction in Pro Bono” and her M.B.A. in 2010 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her B.S. with distinction in 2006 from the University of Colorado, Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar. Watton is currently a certified mediator under the Nebraska Dispute Resolution Act.

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Watton Rejoins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service law firm, today announced that Brooke K.A. Watton has rejoined the firm as an associate, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury and general business law.

Watton is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association and the Maricopa Bar Association, where she previously served on the Board of Directors for the Corporate Counsel Division.

Watton earned her J.D. with the “Highest Distinction in Pro Bono” and her M.B.A. in 2010 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her B.S. with distinction in 2006 from the University of Colorado, Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar. Watton is currently a certified mediator under the Nebraska Dispute Resolution Act.

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Carrell Elected Treasurer of State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced that Tyler J. Carrell has been elected to serve as treasurer of the Executive Council for the State Bar of Arizona’s Young Lawyers Division for 2013-2014.

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is a professional service organization specifically created for lawyers who are under the age of 37, or have been in practice for five years or less. YLD members donate an exceptional amount of time to pro bono legal services and other volunteer opportunities throughout Arizona. Presently, the Division has approximately 4,000 active members in the state, which constitutes nearly 33 percent of the total in-state active State Bar membership.

Carrell served as YLD District Representative from 2012 to 2013 before being elected treasurer. He has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division since 2010.

Carrell is an associate practicing in the area of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.  In addition to his role as executive council member for the Young Lawyers Division, he is also on the executive council for the Young Lawyers Division of the Maricopa County Bar Association, a member of the Arizona Alumni Association, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the Brophy Alumni Association.

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Carrell Elected Treasurer of State Bar's Young Lawyers Division

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced that Tyler J. Carrell has been elected to serve as treasurer of the Executive Council for the State Bar of Arizona’s Young Lawyers Division for 2013-2014.

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is a professional service organization specifically created for lawyers who are under the age of 37, or have been in practice for five years or less. YLD members donate an exceptional amount of time to pro bono legal services and other volunteer opportunities throughout Arizona. Presently, the Division has approximately 4,000 active members in the state, which constitutes nearly 33 percent of the total in-state active State Bar membership.

Carrell served as YLD District Representative from 2012 to 2013 before being elected treasurer. He has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division since 2010.

Carrell is an associate practicing in the area of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.  In addition to his role as executive council member for the Young Lawyers Division, he is also on the executive council for the Young Lawyers Division of the Maricopa County Bar Association, a member of the Arizona Alumni Association, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the Brophy Alumni Association.

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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.

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JacksonWhite Names First Female Shareholder

JacksonWhite P.C. announced that attorney Susan Court was made a shareholder of the firm.  Court joins 12 other attorneys at JacksonWhite who share the distinction of shareholder.

Court joined JacksonWhite in 2005 and focuses her practice on elder law, probate, guardianships, conservatorships, and estate planning. Court assists clients with end-of-life issues including incapacity, mental illness and the transfer of assets before or after death. She is a member of the Arizona Fiduciaries Association as well as the State Bar of Arizona. Court is a former Maricopa County prosecutor and taught Business Law at Mesa Community College and Chandler Gilbert Community College. She is also active on the MCC Development Board, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Founded in 1983, JacksonWhite P.C. offers a full-range of services to assist individuals, families and businesses with their legal needs. Since its inception, the Mesa firm has grown steadily to include 22 highly experienced attorneys and over 40 paralegals, legal assistants and staff. At this size, the firm is large enough to offer the efficiency and technical expertise of larger firms, yet small enough to provide clients with individualized, personalized attention. JacksonWhite has three offices around the state of Arizona including a Mesa, Casa Grande and Peoria location. For more information on a specific attorney or area of practice, visit www.jacksonwhitelaw.com or www.arizonaseniorlaw.com.