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.
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.
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