On the move at Maracay; Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Business News | 7 Oct |

Maracay names new president

Maracay, a member of the TRI Pointe Group family of premium regional homebuilders, has named James Attwood as president of the Arizona-based homebuilding brand. Attwood joins Maracay after serving as vice president of operations of Pardee Homes San Diego, another of TRI Pointe Group’s homebuilder brands. He brings more than 14 years of construction, sales, operations and leadership experience to his new position with Maracay. The native Arizonan started his career at Maracay and has played an integral role in maximizing homebuilding growth for TRI Pointe Group across multiple markets in the West. Attwood succeeds Andy Warren, who served as president for 11 years.

“James’ strong leadership, communication skills, business acumen and operational experience, coupled with his deep connection to TRI Pointe Group’s culture, make him the perfect fit for this position,” said TRI Pointe Group CEO Doug Bauer. “He has dedicated his career to learning all aspects of the homebuilding process and has taken every position he has held within the company as an opportunity to grow. Over his years with the company, he has advanced and gained the trust of the leadership team along the way. We are very excited to promote James, as he demonstrates an ideal balance of humility, confidence and strategic thinking.”

Starting with Maracay as a construction intern in 2005, Attwood showed himself to be a “super-motivated self-starter,” according to Warren, moving from assistant superintendent to superintendent to construction area manager. He then pivoted to sales, served as sales manager, and ultimately was promoted to vice president of the division’s Tucson market, where he led all sales, construction and warranty operations for an office responsible at the time for more than 200 sales and closings a year.

As vice president of operations of Pardee Homes San Diego for the past three years, Attwood has been responsible for all of the company’s purchasing, customer care, construction and warranty operations across a broad range of attached and detached product segments and sales prices from the $400,000s to well over $2 million. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University.

“The chance to lead a company with this kind of talent and this level of resources in any market would be an amazing opportunity, but getting to return home both to Arizona and to the company where I started my career is especially exciting for me,” Attwood said. “I return to Arizona with not only more homebuilding insight and experience, but also with a deep appreciation for the opportunity at hand and what Andy Warren has done to position Maracay for success.”

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli welcomes 2 associates and 5 law clerks

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli welcomed associates Mariah Logan and Alexis Tinucci, and law clerks Samantha Cote, Joshua Dunford, Kathryn Hunnicutt, Randall Nice, and Anne-Grace Reule.

Mariah Logan joins our General Liability and Auto Trial Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, general civil litigation, intellectual property, premises liability, and wrongful death and personal injury defense. Before joining JSH, Mariah worked for a year as a law clerk at the Court of Appeals in Tucson and a year with the Pima County Juvenile Court. While pursuing her law degree at UofA, Mariah gained legal experience working as an extern with the United States Attorney’s Office in Tucson, as a summer associate with a Valley litigation and insurance defense firm, and as a Rule 38(d) Law Student Advisor at UofA’s Child and Family Law Clinic. She also worked for the Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Program, served as Operations Editor at the Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, President of the Law Women’s Association, and Treasurer of the Black Law Student Association. She earned a Family and Juvenile Law Certificate, and was awarded the Dean’s Achievement Scholarship and Thomas Tang Law Scholarship. In her second year of law school, Mariah was chosen for UofA’s Pace National Environmental Moot Court Competition. Mariah earned her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University. She was awarded the MU Ignatius Scholarship and chosen for the Semester Study Abroad Program at City University in London, England.  

Alexis Tinucci joins our Transportation, Auto, Products and General Liability Trial Group and she focuses her practice in the areas of automobile and commercial trucking defense, personal injury and wrongful death, and general liability defense. Prior to joining JSH, she worked for two years at a Valley law firm in the areas of insurance defense and civil litigation. While there, her work resulted in numerous favorable outcomes for clients, including four arbitrations, multiple motions for summary judgment, two briefs before the Arizona Court of Appeals, and a jury trial she first chaired in Pima County Superior Court. During her 3L Spring Semester, Alexis worked as a legal extern at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona for the Honorable Michelle H. Burns and participated in a mock oral argument before the Honorable John J. Tuchi. She was named the Willard H. Pedrick Scholar in recognition of academic excellence. Alexis gained further legal experience working as a clerk at a Valley law firm practicing in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice defense. During her 2L Spring Semester, she worked as a legal extern at the Arizona Supreme Court, Staff Attorney’s Office. Alexis graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona Honors College with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law. In anticipation of a legal career, she wrote her senior thesis on capital punishment, “The Evolution of Capital Punishment Jurisprudence in the Supreme Court,” and worked as a paid intern with Pretrial Services where she oversaw the Bench Warrant Project.

Samantha Cote works in the transportation, auto, products and general liability trial group. During law school at ASU, Sam gained valuable experience working as a summer law clerk at JSH, as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Extern at the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office, as an extern at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, and as a volunteer with the Arizona Legal Center. While at ASU, she acted as the chair of the fundraising committee and served as the symposium editor of the Arizona State Law Journal, served as Secretary of the Liberty Project, and earned the Rob Carey Sports Law Scholarship. Sam earned her B.S., magna cum laude, in Sport Management, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was awarded the Glenn M. Wong Sports Law Scholarship and named a Top Senior Nominee. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked at the Worcester District Attorney’s Office as a Juvenile Unit Intern and with the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs – a Futures Collegiate Baseball League – as a Baseball Operations Intern.

Joshua Dunford focuses his practice in the areas of auto liability defense, general civil litigation, product liability defense, transportation defense, and wrongful death and personal injury defense. During law school at ASU, he gained legal experience as a summer associate at JSH, judicial extern at the Arizona Court of Appeals for the Honorable Kenton D. Jones, and extern at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. While at the Court of Appeals, Josh was an honoree of the Dean’s Recruitment Award and a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar. He served as a Senior Article Editor of the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and was a member of the Executive Moot Court Board Problem Drafting Committee. Josh earned his undergraduate degree in Communications from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he also served as President of the Prelaw Society. He earned 1st Place in the Research and Creative Works Conference, and coordinated and hosted a support group for LGBT students. After graduating from BYU-Idaho, Joshua worked as a Hispanic Victim Advocate and Peer Advocacy Program Coordinator at the Family Crisis Center in Rexburg. When needed, he served as an English-Spanish-English translator.

Kathryn Hunnicutt works in the firm’s Professional Liability & Complex Litigation Trial Group, focusing in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith and extra-contractual liability, professional liability, and commercial and contract litigation. During law school at ASU, she gained legal experience as a summer associate at JSH and most recently, she served as a law clerk at the City of Scottsdale Attorney’s Office. Kathryn was an active member in the Women Law Students’ Association and Arizona Women Lawyers Association. She earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management. In her senior year, Kathryn studied Macroeconomics and International Marketing at Rome’s John Cabot University. Demonstrating her passion for leadership and social networking, Kathryn served as Social Chair Assistant for Chi Omega Sorority, and was a Social Committee Member for Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. While pursuing her undergraduate and law degrees, Kathryn worked as Assistant Director at Primrose School of Ahwatukee. She continues to expand her proficiency in Spanish, which she has studied for eight years.

Randall Nice works in the firm’s Appellate Department, where he assists JSH trial attorneys with critical motions, and provides guidance from the pleading stage through the post-trial stages. Randy joins the firm after a 1-year clerkship with the Honorable John Lopez IV at the Arizona Supreme Court. He earned his law degree at UofA, graduating magna cum laude and with certificates in Business Litigation and Transactional Business Law. During law school, Randy worked as a summer associate at a multi-state business and litigation firm, judicial extern with the Honorable James Alan Soto at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and Research Assistant. He was active in his law school community, participating on the Arizona Law National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team and the Fegtly Moot Court Competition, where he earned the Award for Excellence in Brief Writing. Randy was also an Ares Fellow, a student member of the Morris K. Udall Inn of Court and member of the Arizona Law Review. His published note was awarded the 2020 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing and the 2019 Best Published Note Award. Randy also earned his undergraduate degree from UofA, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and a minor in Arabic. Before pursuing a law degree, Randy devoted himself to public service and safety, working for 11 years as a Pima County Deputy Sheriff and for seven years as a Corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his A.A. in Criminal Justice Administration. During his tenure, Randy earned a Sheriff’s Commendation, Medal of Valor for Public Safety, was named Deputy of the Quarter for the Special Operations Section, and earned two Deputy of the Year Awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. In 2008, Randy’s Marine Corps Unit deployed to Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. As a fireteam and squad leader, Randy was responsible for security at entry control points, lead security patrols, and organized humanitarian missions in the nearby village of Negad.

Anne-Grace Reule works with the Automobile & General Liability Trial Group, where she focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, auto liability, personal injury, general civil litigation and insurance defense. While earning her law degree at ASU, Anne-Grace gained legal experience working as a summer law clerk at JSH and another Valley law firm, as well as with a summer externship position with the Arizona Justice Project. Active in her law school community, Anne-Grace served as Vice President of the Moot Court Executive Board, worked as a teaching assistant for the Legal Advocacy Writing Course, and served as Associate Editor of Jurimetrics Journal of Law, Science, and Technology. Passionate about litigation and trial practice, she competed and won against the University of Arizona’s law school moot court teams in a closing-argument style competition (Moot Court Jenckes’ Closing Argument Competition), taking first place two years in a row. Anne-Grace was awarded of the J. Windle Merit Scholarship and inducted into the Order of the Barristers upon graduation. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science and Arabic Language from the University of South Florida. Anne-Grace was the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership of Student Organization Award, served as President of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, served as President of the Arabic Language Organization, and worked as a legal assistant at an intellectual property law firm in Tampa.

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