5 Jones, Skelton & Hochuli attorneys promoted to partner

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC announced that five associate attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership. Congratulations to Jonathan Barnes, Elizabeth Gilbert, Alexander LaCroix, Kenneth Moskow and Clarice Spicker on the well-earned promotion!

Jon Barnes concentrates his practice on federal and state appeals in all types of civil litigation, including medical malpractice, governmental liability, employment, family law and torts. He also assists trial counsel in preserving the record for appeal, preparing dispositive and post-trial motions, and crafting proposed final judgments. Prior to joining JSH in 2011, Jon clerked at the Arizona Court of Appeals, where he discovered his passion for appellate practice. 

Liz Gilbert joined JSH in 2012, bringing significant litigation experience. In 22 years of practice, she has tried more than 75 cases to jury in both criminal and civil matters. She focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense, representing health care professionals and entities. In addition, Liz defends public entities facing claims of civil rights violations and discrimination. In her first 12 years practice, Liz worked for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted violent criminals, including large, high-profile gang/criminal syndicate cases involving joint state and federal task forces. 

Alex LaCroix joined JSH in 2012, and focuses his defense practice in matters involving premises liability, product liability, automotive liability, insurance coverage and bad faith, dram shop/social host liability, underinsured and uninsured motorist, trucking and transportation defense, and wrongful death and personal injury. Alex represents individuals, international businesses and some of the nation’s largest insurance companies. 

Ken Moskow represents an array of companies and professionals in all types of liability claims, with particular emphasis on aviation defense, medical malpractice defense, wrongful death, and Section 1983 cases involving medical services. Ken is experienced in both state and federal trial courts, including trying cases to verdict. He proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona.

Clarice Spicker focuses her practice on transportation defense, wrongful death and personal injury, premises liability, and products liability defense. She joined the firm in 2013 and is a member of the JSH Rapid Response Team, an experienced group of attorneys, experts and specialists available 24/7 to provide counsel and guidance when trucking or other transportation-related accidents occur. Before joining the firm, Clarice worked at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education and clerked for the Hon. Patricia A. Orozco in the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One and in the civil division of the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

Ogletree Deakins add Krizia Verplancke as an associate

Krizia Verplancke has joined Ogletree Deakins’ Phoenix office as an associate. Verplancke represents a broad range of employers in labor and employment law matters in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She earned her J.D. from Arizona State University in 2017.

Michael J. Pearce joins Gammage & Burnham

Gammage & Burnham announced that distinguished water law practitioner Michael J. Pearce has joined the firm as a Partner!

Michael’s practice focuses exclusively on water rights and water management issues. Michael has extensive experience in virtually every facet of Arizona’s water law regime, including certificates of assured water supply, extinguishment credits, and public/private water transactions. Mr. Pearce has consistently been a leader in complex interstate litigation concerning the Colorado River Basin, the Missouri River Basin, and the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint River Basin.

Michael’s work has been published in many forms and he is widely regarded as a leading voice in the field of water law. On his addition to the firm, Michael says that “Joining Gammage & Burnham gives me the opportunity to help develop a first-class, full-service water law practice in one of the finest law firms in Arizona.” Michael will be a tremendous asset to Gammage & Burnham’s clients, and in particular, he is the perfect complement to the Firm’s nationally-recognized real estate practice.

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