Fennemore Craig’s Jessica Post leads practice group

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Jessica Post, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed the new Practice Group Chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor Relations practice group.

“Jessica possesses a deep knowledge of labor and employment law and is a leader among her peers,” said Steve Good, chair of Fennemore Craig’s management committee. “We are proud to have her on our team, and we congratulate Jessica on her new leadership role.”

Post regularly advises clients on all facets of labor and employment law that arise in the workplace.  Post also regularly represents companies in litigation involving employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, and wrongful termination, representing clients before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also has defended employers in wage and hour class actions in both state and federal court.  Post has been recognized in Benchmark Litigation, Southwest Rising Stars, and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell. She earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona and her A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Fennemore Craig elects new directors

Fennemore Craig  also announced the promotion of Daniel Arana, Courtney Beller, Ryan Curtis and Deb Polly to Director. 

“It is an honor to welcome Daniel, Courtney, Ryan, and Deb as directors of the firm,” said Steve Good, chair of Fennemore Craig’s management committee. “They are each outstanding lawyers who consistently provide excellent client service, and we are proud to have them on our team.”

Marcus & Millichap hires Michael Farrar as associate

Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, today announced that Michael Farrar has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a part of the National Office & Industrial Properties Group.

Farrar brings over 20 years of experience in real estate, both commercial and residential. He previously worked at Colliers International where he served his clients in site selection, sourcing and underwriting of new investment opportunities, asset valuation analysis, and disposition of real estate asset holdings.

“We are fortunate to add Mike Farrar to our expanding office brokerage team. Mike brings deal-making experience and valuable relationships to our local office and national platform,” said Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager. “This combination enables us to leverage our wide-reaching network, providing the best real estate investment solutions to the private client market.”

New executive chef at SaltRock in Sedona

There’s a new executive chef leading the charge at SaltRock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona at Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa, and he’s looking to draw inspiration from his upbringing to bring more local fare to the menu.  

Born and raised in a small town in Louisiana, Logan Stephenson grew up hunting and fishing for his food, but slowly got away from that as his career advanced in more metropolitan areas. Now in Sedona, Logan is ready to reembrace the slower pace of life and take a foraged approach by partnering with local wineries, fisheries and farmers to bring more indigenous ingredients to the SaltRock cuisine (new menu coming this spring!).

Logan’s dedication and natural talent for his craft has led him to a number of opportunities on the West Coast. From making his way to the San Francisco Bay Area to explore ingredient-driven inspiration at Osteria Locanda to developing the pasta program at FiAMMA Trattoria in Phoenix, Logan most recently served as the Chef de Cuisine at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

MJ Insurance welcomes risk management consultant

MJ Insurance, one of the nation’s largest privately-held insurance agencies with more than five decades of success, is pleased to welcome Justin Rarick, a new addition to the Phoenix office.

Rarick joins the MJ team as a risk management consultant, responsible for proactively driving sales and service to new and existing clients while delivering innovative risk management solutions.

Prior to MJ Insurance, Rarick served as a commercial claims specialist at Nationwide Insurance, handling commercial injury claims. Most recently, Rarick worked as a commercial insurance broker for Arthur J. Gallagher in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rarick obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration management with a minor in finance from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.