Rachel Werner hired at MacQueen & Gottlieb

MacQueen & Gottlieb, PLC, (M&G) announced the hiring of Rachel Leigh Werner, a 2015 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law. Werner comes to M&G from Scottsdale’s Hymson, Goldstein, Pantiliat & Lohr where her practice areas included civil litigation for personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, real estate and contract law.

Prior to attending DePaul, Werner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, magna cum laude, from California State University, Northridge. She received her juris doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, with a certificate in Health Law.

“We are thrilled to have Rachel on board with us,” said Patrick MacQueen, a founding partner in the firm, one of the fastest growing firms in Arizona. “She is an ideal fit within the culture of our firm, and she brings impeccable credentials in a variety of areas of the law. Her dynamic personality will serve her well within the firm, with clients and in front of juries. We are very excited to have her as part of the M&G team.”

Werner is a Valley native, born in Phoenix and raised in Scottsdale. She subsequently spent a decade in Southern California where, during high school and college, she worked as an accredited actress, garnering roles in both television and motion pictures. She currently enjoys activities related to health, wellness and fitness including hiking, Vinyasa yoga, Zumba and CrossFit.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named IP STARS

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP announced five attorneys have been named IP STARS 2018 by Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS, a guide to IP law firms and attorneys. The firm was also one of three firms ranked in the highly recommended category for intellectual property in Arizona.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie IP STARS 2018:

Terry Ahearn – Patent Star & Trademark Star – California

Jeffrey Albright – Patent Star – New Mexico

Flavia Campbell – Trademark Star – Arizona

Michael McCue – Patent Star & Trademark Star – Nevada

Jennifer Van Kirk – Trademark Star – Arizona

“We congratulate our esteemed IP attorneys on this prestigious honor,” stated Ken Van Winkle, managing partner of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. “This recognition is a testament to the talented attorneys recognized for their leadership and legal acumen.”

The Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Intellectual Property practice is a dynamic group of attorneys assembled to handle its clients’ IP needs across a wide variety of industries. The firm boasts intellectual property attorneys who are technical specialists in a variety of arenas, and has a talented team of Ph.Ds. to provide clients the most highly technical understanding and guidance. The group is adept at handling the unique needs of clients whether they are a start-up company protecting their IP assets, or a multi-national Fortune 500 company with complex IP issues.

Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS obtains information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, emails and online surveys. Researchers conduct their own independent research, which includes an analysis of publicly available information. The aspects assessed for the firm rankings include expertise, outcomes achieved for clients and unique strengths in a given practice area.

Fennemore Craig grows natural resources practice

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Rhett Billingsley has joined the firm’s natural resources, energy and environmental practice. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior attorney at Central Arizona Project.

“Rhett possesses a skill set and experience that further enhances the firm’s ability to provide clients with comprehensive counsel in the natural resources area,” said James Goodnow, president and chair of Fennemore Craig’s management committee. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Rhett to the firm.”

Billingsley is based in the Phoenix office and focuses on working with clients on water transactions, water planning, environmental permit litigation, and water adjudications. He also represents clients in administrative and judicial appeals, general stream adjudications and other complex water litigation. Billingsley earned his J.D. and B.S. from Arizona State University. 

Fennemore Craig has a long history in natural resources, energy and environmental law serving clients across the real estate, manufacturing and mining industries with matters involving federal, state and local environmental permitting, natural resources and endangered species litigation, groundwater and surface water rights, legislation and regulation. The firm also serves clients in connection with electric, renewable energy, natural gas, sewer and water utilities and telecom regulatory, legislative and litigation counsel.