AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is Fennemore.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.


Most Admired Company: 2016, 2020, 2021

Top Arizona executive: James Goodnow, president and managing partner

What it does: Full-service business law firm.

Company profile: Fennemore’s client-focused approach means that in today’s complex and constantly evolving business and legal landscape, the firm aggressively protects the legal interests of the companies it serves, while identifying endless opportunities. As a law firm with 135-plus-years of storied history in Arizona and the Mountain West, and now, California, you can safely assume – and probably be correct – that Fennemore has nearly seen it all, and survived and thrived, while proudly serving its business clients.

Admirable trait: Fennemore actively recruits a diverse mix of talented attorneys and allied legal professionals through various initiatives, including scholarship, internship, training, community involvement and mentoring opportunities. In 2019, the Fennemore Diversity Scholarship and Fellowship was the first of its kind partnership between ASU and a law firm. Under the partnership, the firm provides a scholarship and a paid summer fellowship. Over the past year, Fennemore’s management committee and Diversity and Inclusion Council have hosted three all-hands meetings about diversity, equity, and inclusion.