Jennings Strouss announces election of new members

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, announced that Fay W. Bidlack, Lindsay G. Leavitt, and R. Ryan Womack have been elected Members (Partners) of the firm, effective January 1, 2018.

“Fay, Lindsay, and Ryan have effectively demonstrated the legal skills, professionalism, and standing in the community that exemplifies Members of the firm,” stated John C. Norling, Managing Attorney of Jennings Strouss. “The firm congratulates them on this well-earned achievement.”

Bidlack focuses her practice in the areas of business and real estate transactions, restructuring and creditor rights, and commercial litigation. She earned a J.D., cum laude, from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and a B.A., with a focus in Spanish and Philosophy, from Edgewood College, where she received the distinction of summa cum laude. Bidlack is a member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) for which she currently serves on the Board of Directors and Chairs the Programs Committee. She was recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2014-2018) and by AzBusiness Leaders 2019 as a top Bankruptcy/Reorganization professional. 

Leavitt focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment, commercial litigation, landlord/tenant disputes, administrative law, and personal injury litigation. He has extensive experience assisting businesses with issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Leavitt earned a J.D. from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a B. Ed. from the University of Alberta.

Womack focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense, and premises liability. He earned a J.D. from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach and a B.S. in Business Administration and Biology/Chemistry from Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association and serves on the Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Committee.

JLL expands Phoenix multifamily platform with VP

The Phoenix office of JLL has hired Tyler Woodard as Vice President within the Multifamily Finance West Team, a group of JLL experts servicing clients in the West and across the nation. 

In his new role, Woodard is responsible for originating and structuring U.S. debt and equity opportunities for multifamily properties. This includes leveraging JLL’s direct Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD and Bridge lending capabilities, as well as life company, bank, CMBS and private equity relationships.

Woodard joins JLL from Walker & Dunlop, bringing with him a track record of more than $3 billion in loan executions, with a focus on agency multifamily lending. He becomes part of JLL’s Multifamily Finance West Team, which executes multifamily debt and equity transactions for institutional and middle market clients. Woodard will be based out of the JLL Phoenix office along with Managing Director Brandon Harrington and team. 

Companywide, JLL’s multifamily division employs more than 200 professionals with access to thousands of domestic and foreign investors. In 2017, Freddie Mac ranked JLL a Top 10 multifamily lender by volume and the No. 2 Targeted Affordable Housing Seller and Fannie Mae ranked JLL the No. 3 DUS® Producer for Multifamily Affordable Housing and No. 3 DUS® Producer for Seniors Housing. JLL is also one of the nation’s largest affordable and conventional multifamily and seniors housing lenders with comprehensive loan underwriting, asset management and loan servicing capabilities.

Coppersmith Brockelman promotes Melissa Soliz

Phoenix-based business law firm Coppersmith Brockelman announced the promotion of Melissa Soliz to partner. She focuses on regulatory health care law, one of the firm’s most robust practice areas.

Soliz has expertise in HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 compliance (the federal Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Record regulations), compliance with opioid treatment laws and regulations, health information exchange, data breaches and OCR investigations, and clinical research compliance and contracting.

“Mel is an outstanding young lawyer with exceptional knowledge and drive,” said Coppersmith Brockelman Managing Partner Kent Brockelman. “Her professionalism and expertise exemplify our firm’s core values. We feel very lucky to have her on our team.” 

Soliz is regularly called upon to share her expertise in opioid treatment regulation, health care data and information exchange at presentations for a variety of organizations, including the State Bar of Arizona, Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys. She earned her juris doctorate from Arizona State University.

Ryan Norris and Cullen Mahoney promoted in Phoenix

Trammell Crow Company (TCC) announced that Ryan Norris and Cullen Mahoney have been promoted to Vice President within the firm’s Phoenix Business Unit. Both individuals previously served as Senior Associates.

“Ryan and Cullen are a dynamic part of our team, in addition to being standout individuals within the commercial real estate industry,” said Cathy Thuringer, Principal within TCC’s Phoenix Business Unit. “Both have shown dedication, dependable work ethic, and have distinguished themselves both internally and externally as rising development experts. I am proud to say their leadership has been a critical part of the successful execution of our projects and congratulate them both on their promotion.”

As Vice Presidents, both Cullen and Ryan will take an active role in sourcing and executing new development and acquisition opportunities for the Phoenix Business Unit building upon solid skill sets in underwriting, analysis, equity and debt relationships, marketing and brokerage relationships.

Ryan joined TCC six years ago and has been an integral part of the Company’s industrial developments during that time, most notably: Park Lucero, Park Ladera, Corridors Industrial Park and West 202 Logistics Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University, with a focus on Economics and Finance. He is a member of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Phoenix Chapter and is an active member with Arizona State University’s SDC Young Professionals Group. 

Cullen joined TCC in 2014 and, since that time, has worked on office, industrial, land and residential projects throughout the region, including: Mach One, Coldwater Depot Logistics Center, Tolleson Logistics Center, The Osborn and The Fillmore. He is currently pursuing his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Phoenix Chapter where he sits on the Developing Leaders’ Steering Committee and acts as Chair of the Young Professionals Group.