Steptoe adds Monica Thompson to Phoenix Office

Steptoe & Johnson LLP announced the arrival of Monica Thompson in the firm’s Phoenix office. Thompson joins Steptoe as an associate in the Insurance & Reinsurance and Professional Liability Groups.

Thompson represents clients in insurance coverage and contract disputes. Named to Southwest Super Lawyers’ 2018 list of “Rising Stars” in insurance, Thompson works with clients to strategize defenses against product liability claims, including vicarious liability, failure to warn or maintain, and design and manufacturing defect claims, in order to secure case dismissals, settlements and summary judgment.

Committed to pro bono legal services, Thompson has handled several guardianship matters and cases involving the pursuit of animal rights. For her work, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education named Thompson to its 2018 Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys list.

Food for the Hungry hires content strategist

Soon after Alice Zhang graduated from journalism school at Northwestern University, she boarded a plane to Peru with the hope of empowering women through the microfinance project and the power of savings. After nearly a year of gathering stories and co-directing an entrepreneurship center designed to help women start their own businesses, Zhang returned to the United States with a global perspective and passion for poverty alleviation. Today, she is bringing her communications skills and passion to Phoenix-based international nonprofit Food for the Hungry as a content strategist.

“As our organization continues to expand our reach globally, we needed the right person to help us tell the incredible stories about the work we do and the people whose lives are transformed through our programs,” said Beth Allen, Senior Communications Manager at Food for the Hungry. “Alice’s background in journalism and passion for our mission makes her an ideal fit for our team.” 

While Zhang was in Peru, she realized she had a responsibility to advocate for others and wanted to make a real, lasting impact. Upon her return from Peru, Zhang honed her public relations skills at a PR agency in California, where she shared stories about the fast-paced advancements in technology and often where they intersected with corporate social responsibility, including a project that brought Wi-Fi to underserved parts of India and promoting sustainability causes like coastline beach cleanups via connected objects.

LevRose Commercial Real Estate grows team

LevRose Commercial Real Estate, one of the Valley’s leading commercial real estate firms, recently announced the addition of four new advisors and a marketing assistant to the growing firm. 

Hunter Chasse joins LevRose as an advisor, specializing in the acquisition, disposition, and leasing of office properties in Scottsdale. Chasse recently joined the Turbow/Kottler/Cosgrove Team and will be assisting them with creative marketing, research and customer service for their landlord and tenant representation clients in the Greater Phoenix, Metropolitan. Prior to joining LevRose, Chasse furthered his knowledge of the real estate market and online applications at CoStar Group where he managed and trained +250 Phoenix commercial real estate companies. Chasse graduated from Arizona State University in 2014.

Colby Pool was hired as an advisor bringing an invaluable understanding to the LevRose retail team while specializing in the representation of retail landlords and tenants. Prior to joining LevRose, Pool consulted for a REIT successfully purchasing properties in bulk for the purpose of acquiring a large holding portfolio. Additionally, she spent time at CBRE creating a database of current tenants and landlords in the Phoenix area. Pool holds dual degrees in history and urban development from Arizona State University.

Drew Gabler joins LevRose as an industrial advisor concentrating his scope of business relationships and development in the West Valley, Deer Valley and Sky Harbor areas. He has extensive background and acumen in real estate administration and project management, site acquisitions, land planning, design, eminent domain and zoning. Gabler has more than 20 years’ experience in managing client/principal relationships and his priority has always been and continues to understand clients needs and present the best options for them to consider. He was DAUM Commercial Real Estates’ Rookie of the Year in 1998. 

Jason Reddington has recently been hired as an advisor at LevRose focusing on office properties for the Scottsdale & Midtown/Central Phoenix markets. He brings the social skills, leadership, and past business success needed to be a top producer in the industry. Prior to joining LevRose, Reddington spent 14 years as a golf professional. He also spent 7 years in Cleveland where he was named the 2013 Northern Ohio Teacher of the Year. Reddington grew up in Indiana where he played collegiately at the University of Evansville.

Casey Chisholm joins LevRose as the marketing assistant. In her new role, Chisholm will help with additional marketing support for the team and clients in providing top marketing materials as well as necessary communications to best showcase LevRose property listings. She currently holds an associate’s degree from Palomar Community College in Social and Behavioral Science and is working toward her bachelor’s degree in marketing at National University.