Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorney earns award

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP attorney Nicole True is the recipient of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s 2019 Steven A. Hirsch Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. This annual award is presented to young lawyers who embody the mission of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”), which is to serve the community and enrich the legal profession. 

True, an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group, focuses her practice on defending insurance coverage decisions made under medical, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, life, and property insurance policies, including those governed by the Employee and Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

True has held various leadership positions within Maricopa County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for the past four years and was the recipient of the Board Member of the Year Award in 2017 and 2018. Prior to joining the firm, True clerked for ‎Honorable Thomas D. Waterman at the Iowa Supreme Court where she ‎researched and drafted memos and judicial opinions.‎ She was also a legal assistant for an Iowa law firm defending the state against tobacco companies’ claims to recover ‎‎$150 million in payments made to the state under a multi-state settlement agreement. True received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, with high distinction, Order of the Coif and her B.S. from the University of Iowa.

Kyle Robertson joins Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC announced that Kyle Robertson has joined the firm’s  General Liability and Auto Defense Trial Group.

Kyle Robertson’s practice focuses on transportation and trucking liability, products liability, premises liability, and dram shop liability. He is experienced in defending suits involving wrongful death, serious bodily injury and underinsured motorist claims, and has served as co-counsel in both state and federal court. Additionally, Kyle has served as lead counsel in numerous arbitrations. He earned his J.D. from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and his B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from the W.P. Carey School of Business Barrett Honors College.

SaltRock in Sedona hires new executive chef

There’s a fresh new face taking the helm as executive chef of SaltRock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona and she’s looking to shake things up with a simple, yet elegant approach to local fare on the menu.

Hailing from Syracuse, NY, Lindsey Dale grew up helping her mom in the kitchen and draws inspiration from her upbringing and love of art to create seasonal and vibrant dishes that pack powerful flavor. Working to launch her first menu at SaltRock this summer, Chef Lindsey plans to introduce more sustainable, indigenous ingredients and ancient grains sourced from purveyors within the Verde Valley, Phoenix and beyond.

A graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in New York City, Chef Lindsey gained her experience from a variety of kitchens before landing her first sous chef position at The Sherwood Inn within the Finger Lakes. No stranger to resort towns, her career then brought her to Enchantment Resort in Sedona where she started as a sous chef then was promoted to chef tournant, spending close to five years in the resort’s kitchen.

Scottsdale-based R Entertainment adds Alycia Klein

R Entertainment of Scottsdale, a special event, business development and concert entertainment company with projects nationwide, has enlisted entertainment industry veteran Alycia Klein to serve as Director of Operations. 

Klein started in the industry at the age of 17, as a box office ticket seller at Celebrity Theatre.  The quick study’s diligence led her on a steady ascent in her career: box office manager, office manager, controller, talent buyer and general manager.  Klein’s trademark is her thorough attention to details in a colorful creative industry. 

“There is only one way and it’s the right way,” she says.  “I’m excited to learn the bigger part of the business on a national level, which is where R Entertainment continues to focus.  I’m interested in participating and growing with the company’s major event portfolio as well as the concert business that I know so well.” 

Fiesta Bowl names Patrick Barkley chair

The Fiesta Bowl organization named Patrick Barkley as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. A Tucson native who has lived in the Phoenix area for 23 years, Barkley was appointed to the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors in 2010. 

Barkley will oversee the governance of the Board, helping lead and promote the nonprofit organization and its extensive football and charitable giving efforts. Over his two-year term, he will preside over the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl’s College Football Playoff Semifinal contest on December 28, 2019.

Fiesta Bowl names Dave Dorward as committee chair

The Fiesta Bowl has appointed Dave Dorward as Chair of the Yellow Jacket Committee for the 2019-20 season. Dorward’s one-year term starts immediately, following Jeff Smith who led the committee through the 2018-19 season.

“Dave has been a valuable member of the Yellow Jacket Committee since he joined nearly 10 years ago,” said Patrick Barkley, Chair of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “The Yellow Jacket Committee are huge contributors to all that we do and represents this organization in a variety of ways year-round. Our success as an organization is directly related to an engaged Yellow Jacket Committee and I’m confident that Dave will bring that engagement to new heights in the year ahead.”