Capacity crowd honors best in-house attorneys in Arizona for 2022

Above: Carmen Neuberger (center in green), executive vice president and general counsel of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards. Business News | 27 Mar |

A capacity crowd filled The Scottsdale Plaza Resort Thursday night to honor the the best in-house attorneys in Arizona for 2022.

“We had a record number of nominations for this year’s Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards and we have the honor of congratulating the in-house attorneys who truly represent the best of the best in our state,” said AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie, who co-hosted the event.


READ ALSO: Here are the finalists for the 2022 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards


Each year, Az Business magazine — in partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel, the State Bar of Arizona, and title sponsors Cresa and Ogletree Deakins — recognizes the important and vital role in-house counsel plays with the Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards. Finalists for the Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards represent the finest legal expertise across all industries in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

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Here are the winners of the 2022 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards

Lifetime achievement award: David Bixby, chief legal officer and general counsel for Banner Health

Lifetime achievement award: Carmen Neuberger, executive vice president and general counsel, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

In-house legal department of the year: Troon legal department

Environmental Impact Award: Steve Burdumy, chief legal officer, Footprint

Publisher’s Award: Pinnacle West/APS legal team, led by Robert Smith, executive vice president, general counsel and chief development officer

In-house counsel of the year for a sports-related organization: Melissa Goldenberg, general counsel, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury

In-house counsel of the year for small-sized private companies: Jonathan Perez, general counsel, True Food Kitchen

In-house counsel of the year for medium-sized private companies: Trevor Steege, general counsel, Arrivia

In-house counsel of the year in the large private companies: Rachel Molina, senior counsel, PetSmart

In-house counsel of the year for public companies with fewer than 4,000 employees: Peter Witty, senior vice president and general counsel, Cable One

In-house counsel of the year for public companies with more than 4,000 employees: Michael McCoy, general counsel, Avnet

In-house counsel of the year in the technology industry: (tie) Tracy Donahue, associate general counsel, global head of litigation, PayPal; and Douglas Shamah, general counsel, WebPT

In-house attorney of the year in the healthcare category: Martin Demos, general counsel, Valleywise Health

Up-and-comer award: Christie Hammerle, director of legal, GoDaddy

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