On the move at Graycor, Banner, UA, Polsinelli

Graycor Promotes Todd Ostransky

Graycor Construction Company has promoted Todd Ostransky to Vice President of the Southwest Division. In this role, Ostransky directs construction efforts across the Southwest, including current industrial and office assignments, and a strategic expansion into diversity markets such as retail, entertainment, hospitality and tenant improvement.

As a member of Graycor’s senior leadership team, Ostransky is also charged with serving and growing the company’s national distribution center portfolio – ranging from new client opportunities to the expansion of existing relationships with entities including Amazon, FedEx and Walmart.

“Over almost a decade, Todd has made countless contributions to the growth and performance of Graycor’s commercial client base – not only in Phoenix and the Southwest, but also among our national customers,” said David Wing, President of Graycor Construction Company. “We appreciate his contributions, and are confident in the success he will achieve in this new role.”

A 20-year industry veteran, Ostransky joined Graycor in 2010 as a preconstruction manager, bringing with him a decade of experience in estimating, operations and management. Since that time, he has held numerous leadership positions within Graycor, most recently as General Manager for the Southwest Division.

Banner Behavioral Health Hospital appoints new CEO

Bill Southwick has been named the new chief executive officer of Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in Scottsdale. Southwick was named interim CEO of the facility in March.

In addition to overseeing operations of the Scottsdale hospital, Southwick will have leadership responsibilities for the behavioral health programs at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, as well as service line responsibility for behavioral health across Banner Health.

“Bill has very impressive and extensive experience working with patients who suffer with behavioral health disorders,” said Todd Werner, president of Arizona Community Delivery for Banner Health. “We’re pleased he’ll continue to focus on this very important need in the communities we serve.”

Southwick comes to Banner Behavioral Health after most recently serving as chief operating officer of Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital in East Mesa. Southwick’s experience working with mental health patients includes serving as director of behavioral health and post-acute care at St. Luke’s Magic Valley in Twin Falls, ID, as well as working as a registered nurse in behavioral health through much of his early nursing career.

UA Department of Surgery names chief of Trauma Division

The University of Arizona Department of Surgery has promoted Professor Bellal A. Joseph, MD, FACS, to serve as chief of its Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery, following a national search.

Dr. Joseph joined the faculty of the UA Department of Surgery within the UA College of Medicine – Tucson in 2009. He assumed his new post as division chief on July 1.

Over the past nine years, Dr. Joseph has held a series of leadership positions within the UA Department of Surgery while working as a busy trauma surgeon, educator and active researcher.

He has served as the department’s vice chair of knowledge expansion, associate director of the Surgery Critical Care/Acute Care Fellowship Programs, director of the Southern Arizona Tele-Trauma Program, associate director of Tele-surgery in the Arizona Telemedicine Program and director of the International Research Fellowship.

“Dr. Joseph’s  goal is to make what exists better and advance to the premier place where patients want to receive their care, faculty members want to build sustainable programs and further develop their careers, where fellows and residents want to do their training and where medical students feel motivated and inspired to enter our field,” said Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS, chair of the UA Department of Surgery.

Polsinelli attorneys make ‘Under 40 Hot List’

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli congratulates five of its attorneys who have been included in Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List for 2018.

Melissa Ho

Melissa S. Ho of the firm’s Phoenix office received the distinction for the third year in a row.  She was named together with Lauren E. Tucker McCubbin and Robert V. Spake, Jr. of the firm’s Kansas City office, Nitin Gambhir of the firm’s recently established Silicon Valley office, and John M. Challis of the St. Louis office.

The Under 40 Hot List is billed as an “exclusive ranking of the most talented U.S. litigators” 40 years of age or younger.  Benchmark uses a process of peer review and case examination compiled over many months to recognize this new generation of up-and-coming attorneys.

“We are very proud of these younger lawyers, who are performing at the highest levels,” said Polsinelli Litigation Department Chair Russ Jones. “They embody our commitment to delivering superior client service, value and results, and we look forward to building on their talents as they grow into key leaders at our firm.”

The selected attorneys represent a wide range of capabilities across various industries and regions:

• Melissa Ho is a trial attorney with a detailed understanding of government regulations, intellectual property and international business. As a former prosecutor, she is sympathetic to the disruption and chaos a government inquiry and criminal investigation can cause, allowing her to successfully defend matters at both state and federal levels. She is a shareholder in the firm’s national Government Investigations practice.

• As a shareholder and vice chair of the firm’s national Insurance Recovery Litigation Practice, Tucker McCubbin assists her clients in recovering tens of millions of dollars in insurance coverage for a broad range of business losses. She concentrates on coverage counseling and litigation in connection with all types of insurance, including director’s and officer’s liability insurance, intellectual property and cyber liability coverage, business interruption, property losses and excess reinsurance disputes, amongst others. This is Tucker McCubbin’s second time earning a spot on the Under 40 Hot List. 

• Spake is a shareholder in Polsinelli’s Commercial Litigation Practice and focuses on complex business, derivative, securities and shareholder class action litigation in both federal and state courts throughout the country. He partners with clients to effectively resolve business disputes and defend companies, boards of directors and senior management in litigation, and has a specialized knowledge of Delaware corporate law. The 2018 Under 40 Hot List is Spake’s second-consecutive recognition.

• Gambhir, principal in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco areas, focuses his practice on patent infringement, trade secret litigation and strategy when navigating computer-related technologies. He works with clients to resolve their most complex issues related to the establishment and protection of their intellectual property. This is Gambhir’s second appearance on the Under 40 Hot list. 

• Challis has been recognized all three years of the Under 40 Host List’s existence. As a shareholder in the national Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, Challis focuses in the areas of intellectual property and technology litigation, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, intellectual property ownership, unfair competition and trade secrets. He also provides counsel to clients in the areas of fiduciary, trust and estate litigation.