The best in-house counsel in Arizona will be in the spotlight Thursday at the Arizona Corporate Counsel (ACC) Awards.
The event will feature a keynote address from the always-entertaining Grant Woods, one of Arizona’s most acclaimed and successful lawyers.
Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in today’s new and ever-evolving, technology-driven economy. So each year, Az Business magazine, in partnership with Arizona Corporate Counsel and the Arizona State Bar, recognizes the important and vital role that in-house counsel plays in the success of a business with the ACC Awards.
“The diverse personalities and skill sets of the finalists for the ACC Awards show how much the role of the corporate counsel has evolved over the last few years,” says AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie. “While maintaining a firm handle on the traditional functions of the legal department, the roles of these in-house attorneys are expanding to handle complex issues such as regulation and compliance, data privacy and cybersecurity issues. It’s a difficult, yet vital role that has a direct impact on every organization’s bottom line.”
Candidates in several categories will be recognized for their extraordinary legal skills and achievements across a full range of in-house responsibility, exemplary leadership and for contributions to Arizona’s communities. The finalists and winners will be honored during a ceremony and dinner Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. For more information or to buy tickets, go here.
Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order:
William Black, MD Helicopters
Carvana legal department
Marina Carpenter, Arizona Coyotes
Jose Carrillo, Western Alliance Bancorporation
Sonny Cave, ON Semiconductor
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company legal department
Martin Demos, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Mary de Ranitz, Canyon Ranch
Jason Englund, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Martin Felli, JDA Software
Peter Gentala, Childhelp
Jeff Hansen, Troon
Ijana Harris, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Ryan Liebengood, ASM America
Lance Lucey, International Cruise & Excursions (ICE)
Brendan Mahoney, BBK Tobacco & Foods
Matthew Meaker, Sundt Construction
Microchip Technology legal department
Michael Minnaugh, Valley Metro
David Mulvihill, Make-A-Wish
Michael O’Neill, Avnet
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation legal department
Justin Powell, Isagenix International
Mike Rafford, Isola Group
William Sawkiw, Bar S Foods
Mona Stone, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona
Marcel Valenta, ASU Enterprise Partners
All the finalists will be profiled in the January issue of Az Business magazine. For more information about the event, send an email here.