AZ Big Spotlight: Okland Construction, JSH, Banner Health
Lisa Fernandez joins Okland Construction
After serving as Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego’s Chief of Staff for the last three years, Lisa Fernandez is making the move to the private sector and joining one of Arizona’s fastest growing and top construction companies, Okland Construction.
Fernandez will come on board as an executive, working with the leadership team and CEO, Bill Okland to help Okland continue to create remarkable experiences for their clients, their partners, their team, and their community. Fernandez will focus on high-level strategy for the company and special projects, overseeing internal and external communications as well as community relations and outreach.
“I’m excited not only because Okland’s values align so closely with my own, but because it’s a unique opportunity to bring my skills and experience to an incredible company while learning a whole new sector,” said Fernandez. “I wanted to join a team of good people, who care about their employees and community and Okland is that company. They are passionate and driven about their people and partners, and I’m lucky to say I’m now part of the Okland family.”
Lance named Banner Health chief legal officer and general counsel
Banner Health announced the appointment of Jean Fitterer Lance as executive vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel, replacing David Bixby who recently announced his retirement after helping lead the organization for nearly 25 years.
Prior to her appointment, Lance was vice president of legal services and deputy general counsel at Banner.
“In making this important decision, we realized that Jean was a natural choice after having worked closely with David for the last few years,’’ said Banner Health Chief Executive Officer Peter Fine. “Her extensive knowledge and impressive experience will make her a strong asset for our senior leadership team.’’
Lance joined Banner in February of 2019, bringing more than 30 years of legal experience.
Since joining Banner, she has been instrumental in supporting service line growth and relationships, working with Banner’s innovation and strategy teams on equity investments and acquiring cutting-edge platforms and providing guidance on pandemic-related issues.
3 JSH attorneys elevated to firm partnership
Meet each of the firm’s newest partners below.
Kimberly focuses her practice on retail/hospitality liability, products liability, wrongful death and personal injury defense, commercial/business litigation, and other general liability matters. She also is experienced in professional liability and construction defect matters.
Kimberly earned her law degree from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University while volunteering with the Hofstra Law Criminal Justice Clinic, where she represented indigent clients in the Nassau County District Court and Queens County Criminal Court, providing clients comprehensive legal representation, from initial interview to sentencing.
Erica focuses her litigation practice in the areas of automobile, commercial trucking, and other personal injury, wrongful death and general liability defense. She represents healthcare providers involved in mental health cases, overseeing Court Ordered Treatment Plans, and other Title 36 matters.
Erica, who earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law, was a summer law clerk for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli and has practiced with the firm since she was licensed in 2015. In her practice, she has obtained favorable outcomes for many of her clients through motion practice, settlement negotiations, arbitrations, and trials in state and federal court – most recently a defense verdict in a wrongful death suit.
Cory focuses her practice in the areas of medical malpractice and health care liability defense, products liability, and wrongful death and personal injury defense. She also represents all manner of medical service providers – including hospitals, physicians, and nurses – as well as pharmaceutical and supplement manufacturers.
Cory earned her law degree from Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She built a solid foundation for her medical legal practice by earning B.A. in Biology from Wheaton College (MA). Cory continued her medical academic career in the Cancer Biology Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Arizona. Cory also has experience as a research technician at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and she served as a law clerk for the Hon. Rebecca White Berch, retired Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.