The Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2021

Business News | 18 Jan |

If you’re wondering what it takes to be one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2021, experts say you might want to start thinking about what you can give instead of what you can get.

“Give 110 percent every day,” says Andrew Abraham, president and shareholder at Burch & Cracchiolo and the 2020 Az Business Angel of the Year, which was given to him for his philanthropic work. “Be available even when you think you are too busy.”

Abraham is among this year’s Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona. The prestigious group is chosen by Az Business magazine’s editorial team in collaboration with industry experts. The attorneys were selected from a pool of more than 2,000 of the state’s most talented and successful attorneys. Selections are based on each lawyer’s professional success and ratings, impact on his or her law firm, impact on the communities she/he serves and impact on the legal profession.

Do you know an attorney who should be considered for the 2022 list? Email Editor in Chief Michael Gossie at michael.gossie@azbigmedia.com.

Here are the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2021 — in alphabetical order — as chosen by the editorial board of Az Business magazine and legal industry experts.

Andrew Abraham

President and shareholder | Burch & Cracchiolo

Practice areas: Real estate law, real estate litigation, commercial litigation

Background: Abraham, Burch & Cracchiolo’s president, is certified as a Real Estate Specialist by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Transactions since 2008 and in every edition of Southwest Super Lawyers. In the 2011 and 2014-2020 editions, Abraham was voted among the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona by his peers. He is included among Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and is an AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 peer review rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell. Az Business Angels named Abraham as the 2020 Az Business Angel of the Year.

Contact: aabraham@bcattorneys.com

Amy Abdo

Director | Fennemore Craig

Practice areas: Business litigation, healthcare, employment and labor, professional liability

Thomas H. Allen

Member | Allen Barnes & Jones

Practice areas: Bankruptcy, bankruptcy trustee rights, business and consumer debtor bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, mediation and arbitration, commercial litigation

Ann-Martha Andrews

Shareholder | Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Practice areas: Insurance coverage and bad faith litigation in state and federal courts throughout the Ninth and Tenth Circuits

Laurent Badoux

Shareholder | Buchalter

Practice areas: Labor and employment, trade secrets and employee mobility

Background: Badoux focuses his practice on employment and labor law, with an emphasis on compensation and employee relations advice. He has a broad range of litigation experience that includes handling some of the largest collective and class actions in Arizona, collective bargaining agreement arbitration, discrimination lawsuits, restrictive covenant enforcement and injunction, and the defense of administrative charges involving various state and federal agencies across the United States. Badoux has advised domestic and international clients in a variety of industries, including retail and services, hospitality, transportation, trades, governmental affairs, financial services, mining, oil and gas, sanitation, technology, medical devices, health care, and defense contracting. He is also a member of the board of directors for Arizona Autism United.

Contact: lbadoux@buchalter.com

Shayna H. Balch

Partner | Fisher & Phillips

Practice areas: Wage and hour law, employment discrimination and harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act, employment policies and procedures, appellate practice, labor and employment litigation, litigation of employment disputes

John J. Balitis

Chair, Labor & Employment | Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Practice areas: Employment and labor relations, business litigation, construction, healthcare litigation and regulation, mediation and arbitration

Background: Balitis is a labor and employment law practitioner with over 30 years of experience representing clients in Arizona as well as in Colorado. He regularly represents parties in a broad range of administrative proceedings and litigates in both federal and state courts, where he has bench, jury trial, and appellate experience. Balitis also serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association.

Attraction to industry: “I wasn’t bright enough to handle pre-med, so law seemed like a good alternative at the time.  The most surprising aspect of the practice is that it involves just as much collaboration and partnering with clients as it does providing legal advice.”

Contact: jbalitis@jsslaw.com

Dorothy B. Baran

Shareholder | May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie

Practice areas: Real estate, business planning and corporate law, commercial landlord and tenant law, labor and employment law, mediation and arbitration

Hilary L. Barnes

Member | Allen Barnes & Jones

Practice areas: Corporate and consumer bankruptcy

Kira N. Barrett

Partner | Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, construction, insurance, product and general liability, employment law

Becky A. Bartness

Shareholder | Wilenchick & Bartness

Practice areas: Real estate, commercial,  banking and environmental law, and commercial mediation

Timothy J. Berg

Director | Fennemore Craig

Practice areas: Civil appeals, state constitutional and public law, public records law and public utilities regulation

Steven N. Berger

Shareholder | Engelman Berger

Practice areas: Bankruptcy and reorganization, creditor’s rights, loan workouts, business restructurings, business and real estate disputes, mediation

Steve Biddle

Shareholder | Littler

Practice areas: Discrimination and harassment, workplace safety and health, labor-management relations, wage and hour matters

William D. Bishop

Founder | Bishop Law Office

Practice areas: Family law

Jodi Bohr

Shareholder | Tiffany & Bosco P.A.

Practice areas: Employment and labor, civil litigation

Daniel L. Bonnett

Partner | Martin & Bonnett

Practice areas: Employment discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge and other issues

Neal H. Bookspan

Shareholder | Jaburg | Wilk

Practice areas: Employment, real estate and construction-related matters

Max K. Boyer

Attorney at law | Boyer Bohn

Practice areas:  Tax law and trusts and estates

James E. Brophy

Managing shareholder | Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Practice areas: Business transactions and legal compliance for for-profit and nonprofit businesses

Stephen Brower

Managing partner | Brentwood Law Group

Practice areas: Business, real estate, healthcare, securities, creditor and bankruptcy based litigation

Garland Brown

Co-founder | Weiss Brown

Practice areas: Start-up and emerging businesses, general counsel, intellectual property

Timothy D. Brown

Shareholder | Gallagher & Kennedy

Practice areas: Federal tax law, with an emphasis on partnerships, limited liability companies, C and S corporations, real estate, and civil tax controversy

Background: Brown is a member of the Gallagher & Kennedy board of directors and head of the firm’s Tax Law practice. For more than 30 years, Brown has focused his practice in all areas of federal tax law, with an emphasis on partnerships, limited liability companies, C and S corporations, real estate, and civil tax controversy. He provides tax planning, structuring and documentation for business and individual clients, including joint ventures and tax-exempt organizations. Since 2007, Brown has been consistently recognized as a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America, and has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating.

Contact: tdb@gknet.com

Rebecca Lynne Burnham

Of counsel | Greenberg Traurig

Practice areas: Acquisition, planning, development, financing, operation and sale of real estate developments of all types with an emphasis on master plans and mixed-use development

Brian A. Cabianca

Partner | Squire Patton Boggs

Practice areas: Business litigation, with an emphasis on breach of contract, fraud, interference with business advantage, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, securities, banking, noncompete agreements, defamation and intellectual property

Flavia Campbell

Member | Dickinson Wright

Practice areas: Trademarks and copyrights

Sheila Carmody

Partner | Snell & Wilmer

Practice areas: Complex litigation with an emphasis on defense of insurance companies and manufacturers in class action cases, multi-jurisdictional litigation and general commercial litigation

Susan E. Chetlin

Of counsel | Burch & Cracchiolo

Practice areas: Intellectual property, patent law

Background: One of Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women of 2020, Chetlin is a registered patent attorney and intellectual property attorney with a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating – the highest rating available. She has worked at big firms, boutique firms, and as in-house counsel and draws on all that experience in approaching intellectual property protection from a business point of view. Before joining Burch & Cracchiolo, Chetlin had her own IP boutique firm which was recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm after just three years. Chetlin has represented clients in a wide variety of businesses and industries, including mining, equipment repair and manufacturing, robotics, insulation, geospatial technologies, autonomous systems, materials handling and transportation, armor and online businesses.

Contact: schetlin@bcattorneys.com

John A. Conley

Shareholder | Milligan Lawless

Practice areas: Representation of physicians, physician groups, and healthcare organizations in a variety of litigation matters such as contract-based claims, shareholder disputes, payor/provider disputes and business torts

Jennifer Cranston

Shareholder | Gallagher & Kennedy

Practice areas: Condemnation and valuation, insurance, public utilities

Background: Cranston focuses her practice in three primary areas: real estate disputes involving condemnation and valuation issues; insurance coverage analysis and bad faith litigation; and public utility regulation. Jennifer’s objective is to provide sound legal advice, exceptional service, and cost-effective resolution for all her clients. She has successfully negotiated favorable settlements at hearings, in arbitrations, at trial, and on appeal. Cranston’s trial experience has resulted in two of the largest condemnation verdicts in the history of Arizona.

Attraction to industry: “I think I watched too much TV courtroom drama as a child. What amazes me most is that the real life of a lawyer is nothing like the shows I grew up watching, but I love it anyway.”

Contact: jennifer.cranston@gknet.com

Shawn M. Cunningham

Managing partner | Harris Powers & Cunningham

Practice areas: Medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death

Susan Dana-Kobey

Shareholder | Burch & Cracchiolo

Practice areas: Family Law and civil litigation

Background: Dana-Kobey handles all aspects of divorce and family law matters at Burch & Cracchiolo. Her approach with her clients is to advocate for you in the most positive and forthright manner. Dana-Kobey lived in Argentina as a child and is fluent in Spanish. While living in Argentina, she traveled often to Brazil to visit family and also learned to speak Portuguese. Her multilingual proficiency led Dana-Kobey to volunteer by assisting Spanish-speaking individuals at the Family Court Facilitator’s Office in Orange County, California. Dana-Kobey also worked as a Spanish translator in the telecommunications industry. She also handles civil litigation matters, representing clients in cases involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, negligence, premises liability and construction matters.

Contact: sdana-kobey@bcattorneys.com

John E. DeWulf

Partner | Coppersmith Brockelman

Practice areas: Contracts, business torts, trade secrets, real estate, securities, intellectual property, professional malpractice, officer and director liability, and products

John Alan Doran

Member | Sherman & Howard

Practice areas: Labor and employment, litigation, trials, appeals

William W. Drury

Shareholder | Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros

Practice areas: Commercial and business litigation, medical malpractice and healthcare litigation, professional liability litigation, construction litigation, product liability litigation

Matthew P. Feeney

Phoenix firm chair | Snell & Wilmer

Practice areas: Mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC reporting and compliance, and corporate governance matters

Susan M. Freeman

Partner | Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Practice areas: Business bankruptcy and on appeals of all kinds

Candace French

Associate attorney | Sacks Tierney

Practice areas: Indian law, municipal law, government relations

Paul D. Friedman

Shareholder | Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

Practice areas: Personal injury, wrongful death, ethics, and professional malpractice

Jonathan Frutkin

Principal | Radix Law

Practice areas: Business law and commercial litigation

Background: As the founder and principal of Radix Law, Frutkin has significant experience as an attorney, a business executive, and business owner. Over the course of his career, he has owned a website design business, a software company, a real estate development company, and served as the developer for a national ice cream chain.

Attraction to industry: “The most surprising thing I have found throughout my career as a business attorney is that you have highly intelligent business owners — but they struggle to understand certain legal concepts. This is where the Radix Law firm comes in as a general counsel for hire. We can help businesses with not only legal challenges, but also business opportunities.”

Contact: jfrutkin@radixlaw.com

Garrick L. Gallagher

Owner and director | Sanders & Parks

Practice areas: Personal injury, mass torts, insurance litigation and coverage

Roxann Gallagher

Shareholder | Sacks Tierney

Practice areas: Public and commercial finance, Indian law and tribal relations, business and corporate law

Lauren L. Garner

Partner | Jaburg Wilk

Practice areas: Probate and trust litigation and mediation

John T. Gilbert

Partner | Radix Law

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, business and real estate law and business acquisitions

Background: Gilbert has decades of experience in negotiating complex transactions, contracts and leases, especially in the field of real estate. He has represented clients from every area of the real estate market, including owners, developers, general contractors, and bankers. Gilbert is an “AV” rated attorney under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review process. He previously was active in the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, which he chaired in the late 1980s. He also was a co-editor of the Arizona Litigation Guide, Second Edition, published in 1993. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Scottsdale Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Contact: gilbert@radixlaw.com

J. Phillip Glasscock

Manager | Guidant Law Firm

Practice areas: Business transactions, litigation and estate planning

Background: With more than 35 years of experience, Glasscock has a simple mission at Guidant: help clients make money and keep it. Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Glasscock approaches business representation differently than many other attorneys. He typically starts with ascertaining the client’s exit strategy and other long-term plans so that all efforts are designed to achieve lasting success. Likewise, Glasscock’s approach with estate planning clients is focused on expediency and efficiency with the goal of “making it easy” in all respects. His client roster has included public companies and three generations of family owners of private companies. He has worked with manufacturers, international distributors, professional services firms and family-owned businesses.

Contact: jpg@guidant.law

Benjamin Gottlieb

Founding partner | MacQueen & Gottlieb

Practice areas: Real estate, business, commercial cases

Alisa J. Gray

Shareholder | Tiffany & Bosco

Practice areas: Probate and trust litigation, estate administration, elder law and mediation

Melissa S. Ho

Shareholder and practice co-chair | Polsinelli

Practice areas: Antitrust; antitrust – healthcare; compliance (fraud and abuse, stark); financial and securities litigation; financial technology (FinTech) and regulation; government investigations; healthcare litigation; internal investigations; international; litigation and dispute resolution; pro bono

Background: Melissa Ho is a trial attorney with a detailed understanding of government regulations and business litigation. A former prosecutor, she is sympathetic to the disruption and chaos a government inquiry and criminal investigation can cause. Ho defends individual clients against a wide variety of criminal allegations, including health care fraud, qui tam, RICO violations, bank fraud, real estate fraud, mortgage fraud, foreign corrupt practices, securities fraud, water and air quality violations, government corruption, procurement and public fraud, professional misconduct, civil and criminal forfeiture, licensing violations, parallel proceedings, and computer crimes.

Contact: mho@polsinelli.com

Donald W. Hudspeth

Principal attorney | Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth

Practice areas: Corporate and business law

Background: Hudspeth has more than 25 years’ experience practicing business law and corporate litigation. Before attending law school, Hudspeth held a stock broker’s license at the age of 21 and owned his own businesses at the age of 23 until he went to law school at the age of 36. Hudspeth has published two books on law, “Inside the Firm, The Inside Story of Choosing and Using a Lawyer” and “Law on the Edge: Sex and the Constitution.”

Personal qualities needed in law: “The Chinese have a saying: ‘He who cannot smile should not own a shop.” Getting along with people is critical. People like to do business with someone they like.”

Contact: don@azbuslaw.com

H. Hughes Grehan

Partner | Jones Walker

Practice areas: Commercial matters and contracts, and commercial and corporate finance transactions

Andrew F. Halaby

Partner | Snell & Wilmer

Practice areas:  Intellectual property and technology litigation, intellectual property and technology, commercial litigation, professional licensure

Diane M. Haller

Partner | Quarles & Brady

Practice areas: Real estate, highly complex transactions, land development deals, and portfolio transactions

Mark Horne

Partner | Degnan Law Group

Practice areas: Litigation regarding real estate and medical malpractice as well as appeals

Susanne Ingold

Shareholder | Burch & Cracchiolo

Practice areas: Employment law and litigation; and issues of workplace discrimination, employer policies, employee discipline and termination, and compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws

Background: Ingold, one of Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women of 2019, regularly represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in complex litigation matters in state and federal court. An experienced litigator and trial lawyer, she has successfully defended corporations, businesses, employers, executives and management in jury trials throughout Arizona’s state and federal courts. Ingold also practices in general liability defense and construction litigation and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Construction Defect-General Liability Practice Group. She has served as lead counsel for commercial and construction industry clients in multi-million dollar litigation matters, including developers, general contractors, subcontractors and insurers.

Contact: singold@bcattorneys.com

Norma C. Izzo

Chair, Family Law and Domestic Relations | Jennings Strouss & Salmon

Practice areas: Family law and domestic relations, pre/post-nuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements and domestic partnerships, adoptions and guardianships, asset division, collaborative divorce

Background: Izzo concentrates her practice in the area of family law and domestic relations matters, including complex litigation and asset division, business dissolution, collaborative divorce, mediation, arbitration, parent coordination, child custody, child support, and spousal maintenance. She perceives practicing in the area of family law as a three dimensional experience: legal, financial and emotional. Izzo serves as a parenting coordinator and mediator for family law matters of all levels of complexity. She has served as past president of the Maricopa County Bar Association and president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Arizona Chapter.

Contact: norma@jsslaw.com

Todd S. Kartchner

Director | Fennemore Craig

Practice areas: General and complex business litigation

David C. Kresin

Managing partner | Robaina & Kresin

Practice areas: Employment litigation matters including discrimination, retaliation, medical leave denial, restrictive covenant enforcement, unpaid compensation disputes, and wage and hour violations

John C. Lemaster

Shareholder | Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, managing and trying complex cases

Tamalyn E. Lewis

Shareholder | Engelman Berger

Practice areas: Bankruptcy and reorganization, creditors’ rights, commercial landlord tenant law, loan workouts, business and financial restructuring, real estate, loan documentation

Amy L. Lieberman

Founder | Insight Employment Mediation and Insight Mediation Group

Practice areas: Arbitration and mediation

Laura A. Lo Bianco

Partner | Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Practice areas: Corporate law and transactional matters

Rachel Love

Partner | Struck Love Bojanowski & Acedo

Practice areas: Corrections defense, government liability defense, class action and complex litigation, civil litigation defense, insurance defense

Patrick MacQueen

Founder and partner | MacQueen & Gottlieb

Practice areas: Real estate transactional law and real estate litigation

William J. Maledon

Partner | Osborn Maledon

Practice areas: Alternative dispute resolution and mediation, antitrust and trade regulation counseling, antitrust and trade regulation litigation, appellate, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities defense, sports law, state and local administrative law

Background: Maledon is recognized as one of the leading commercial litigation and trial attorneys in Arizona and in the country.  He has extensive experience in both federal and state courts in a wide variety of cases in Arizona and throughout the country, including antitrust and trade regulation, product liability, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith, class actions, securities, sports, and various other complex commercial cases. He also has extensive experience in handling appellate matters in both federal and state courts and he also has acted as mediator in numerous significant cases.

Contact: wmaledon@omlaw.com

Nicole Maroulakos Goodwin

Managing shareholder | Greenberg Traurig

Practice areas: Corporate governance disputes, financial services litigation, real estate litigation, post-acquisition disputes, health care litigation, and franchise litigation

Susan J. Martin

Partner | Martin & Bonnett

Practice areas: Labor and employment class actions and individual case

Michelle Matheson

Managing partner | Matheson & Matheson

Practice areas: Employment law, represents management and employers, workplace investigations and training, insurance law

Paul J. McGoldrick

Attorney and owner | Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann

Practice areas: Personal injury cases and has experience as lead counsel in complex business disputes

Christopher J. Meister

Office managing shareholder | Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Practice areas: Employment law, traditional labor relations

Alexandra Mijares Nash

Partner | Mijares Nash

Practice areas: Represents corporations and individuals in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters

Tracy A. Miller

Shareholder | Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Practice areas: Represents management in all facets of labor and employment law and civil rights

Jason B. Morris

Partner | Withey Morris

Practice areas: Land use, planning, zoning, and administrative law

Mark Nadeau

Co-managing partner, Phoenix office | DLA Piper

Practice areas: Television, aviation, real estate hospitality, energy, trade secret and unfair business practice matters

Randy Nussbaum

Shareholder | Sacks Tierney

Practice areas: Bankruptcy, debtor and creditor rights, trustee representation, commercial litigation, real estate law, construction litigation

Shawn Oller

Office managing shareholder | Littler

Practice areas: Represents management and companies in all aspects of employment litigation arbitration and mediation

Gerard R. O’ Meara

Partner | Gust Rosenfeld

Practice areas: Civil litigation, insurance defense law, real estate, corporate and commercial transactions, probates, wills and trusts

Contact: gustlaw.com

Kristy L. Peters

Shareholder | Littler Mendelson

Practice areas: Labor and employment matters arising under federal and state laws

Steven D. Pidgeon

Co-managing partner | DLA Piper

Practice areas: Mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and general corporate

Frank M. Placenti

Senior partner | Squire Patton Boggs

Practice areas: Corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions

Pamela Overton Risoleo

Shareholder | Greenberg Traurig

Practice areas: Product liability, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, commercial litigation, business torts, breach of contract, cyber and data breach litigation, eminent domain

Scott I. Palumbo

Founding partner | Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

Practice areas: Defending the rights of personal injury victims and those who have lost loved ones to wrongful death

Background: Palumbo is a trial lawyer dedicated to defending those who have been victimized by serious personal injury accidents and those who have lost loved ones to wrongful death.

Source of pride: “I represented a young man who was terribly brain injured in a crash. We went to trial and obtained a verdict on his behalf. The funds from that verdict have been used for therapy and rehabilitation. I am very happy to report that 10 years later, that young man is now a happy adult living a much better life. To know that we played a large part in his recovery is very rewarding.”

Contact: spalumbo@palumbowolfe.com

Susan Plimpton Segal

Partner | Gust Rosenfeld

Practice areas: Public law, municipal law, education law, employment law

Contact: gustlaw.com

Stephanie Quincy

Shareholder | Greenberg Traurig

Practice areas: Labor and employment, trade secrets and unfair competition, financial institutions litigation, trade secrets

Cynthia A. Ricketts

Founding partner | Sacks Ricketts & Case

Practice areas: Complex contract and commercial litigation, consumer class action defense

Background: In her 30 years of practice, Ricketts has handled more than 200 diverse complex contract and consumer-related matters. Prior to founding Sacks, Ricketts & Case, Ricketts was the most senior woman partner in the Phoenix office of DLA Piper, the largest global law firm. Ricketts is a recognized NITA instructor who has taught both trial and deposition skills.

Attraction to industry: “The legal industry is a mecca for constant learning — both of industries and legal issues. Most surprising are the lack of women in leadership positions and the number of talented women lawyers who leave the profession. This is particularly surprising because 53 percent of my ASU law school class were women.”

Contact: cricketts@srclaw.com

David B. Rosenbaum

Partner | Osborn Maledon

Practice areas: Complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts

Background: David B. Rosenbaum’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in the state and federal courts. He has represented public companies and their officers and directors in numerous securities fraud class actions, represented Fortune 50 companies in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, including matters involving intellectual property disputes, represented a major telecommunications company in an array of commercial litigation matters, represented companies in sales and use tax disputes, and represented national and local companies in employment controversies, including class-action discrimination lawsuits. As past president of the Federal Bar Association and Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Rosenbaum has developed knowledge and experience in the finer points of prosecuting complex litigation in the federal courts.

Contact: drosenbaum@omlaw.com

Paul J. Roshka, Jr.

Shareholder | Polsinelli

Practice areas: Financial regulatory enforcement; financial and securities litigation; financial technology (FinTech) and regulation; government investigations; internal investigations; corporate directors and officers liability litigation; class action and multidistrict litigation; commercial litigation; litigation and dispute resolution

Background: Known for his thorough preparation and persistence, Paul Roshka has a national practice representing companies, their directors, officers, and employees during investigations and enforcement/disciplinary proceedings involving potential violations of the federal and state securities laws, and other financial regulatory statutes and rules. He has handled matters initiated by virtually every SEC regional office and FINRA district office, and their home offices in Washington, D.C. He is also a recognized bet-the-company litigator. Roshka has defended securities/financial claims in federal and state court, including class action defense.

Contact: proshka@polsinelli.com

Brian J. Schulman

Head of Litigation Group | Weiss Brown

Practice areas: Securities litigation and regulatory compliance, financial services litigation and regulatory compliance, real estate litigation, franchise law, Indian law

Bradley D. Shwer

Co-founding partner | Thorpe Shwer

Practice areas: Business and commercial litigation, personal injury torts, and products liability

Gena L. Sluga

Shareholder | Christian Dichter & Sluga

Practice areas: Insurance coverage analysis

Wendi A. Sorensen

Shareholder | Burch & Cracchiolo

Practice areas: Personal injury and wrongful death litigation, mediation and arbitration

Background: Sorensen is an Arizona State Bar practicing attorney and mediator who is a certified specialist in personal injury and wrongful death law and has been practicing for more than 30 years. She specializes in complex and catastrophic injury claims including those involving trucking law, worksite injuries, products liability, professional liability and insurance coverage. In her growing mediation practice, she offers an effective approach that is both logically predictive of the eventual result at trial and at the same time compassionate to the claimant, allowing him his “day in court” at a fraction of the cost. Sorensen also serves as a Judge Pro Tem and as a member of the Executive Board of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Contact: wsorensen@bcattorneys.com

Dana Stagg Belknap

Shareholder | Gallagher & Kennedy

Practice areas: Land use, real estate development and governmental affairs

Background: Stagg Belknap practices in the areas of land use, real estate development and governmental affairs. She has represented various regional and national developers and landowners in the planning and development of mixed-use, master-planned communities by assisting in a broad range of issues, including master planning and land use entitlements, negotiating annexations and development agreements, and advising on archaeological issues, infrastructure financing and development, analysis of water rights, and environmental protections. She is skilled at the representation of commercial developers in negotiating economic incentive agreements with municipalities and in the representation of developers in the lease and purchase of State Trust Land.

Contact: dsb@gknet.com

Christopher D. Thomas

Partner | Perkins Coie

Practice areas: Environmental and natural resource permitting and related federal, state and administrative litigation

William L. Thorpe

Co-founding partner  | Thorpe Shwer

Practice areas: Represents both large and small enterprises in complex commercial and tort matters

E. Jeffrey Walsh

Shareholder, commercial litigation  | Greenberg Traurig

Practice areas: Commercial litigation, construction law, real estate litigation, trial practice, arbitration and mediation

Paul M. Weiser

Managing shareholder,  Arizona office | Buchalter

Practice areas: Commercial real estate

Background: Weiser’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial landlord/tenant law, from document preparation, negotiation and interpretation to dealing with such issues as defaulting and bankrupt tenants, brokerage disputes, construction related matters and the day-to-day issues facing office, retail, industrial and medical owners and property managers.

Personal strengths: “Being organized, and driven by the desire to help others navigate the complicated world of commercial real estate. Being organized is essential to the preparation of legal documents, regardless of their complexity. The desire to help others is a far better driving force than the desire for wealth or fame.”

Contact: pweiser@buchalter.com

Dennis Wilenchik

Member and manager | Wilenchik & Bartness

Practice areas: Complex civil litigation, business and real estate law, contract and business disputes, criminal law, civil and criminal appeals

Background: Wilenchik is a civil litigation attorney practicing more than 40 years in business and real estate litigation. He is a certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and past chairman of the State Bar Civil Trial Practice Section. Wilenchik is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. Wilenchik is an Arizona Bar Foundation Fellow and was elected a Fellow to the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

Attraction to industry: “I was attracted to the idea of helping others to achieve simple justice, and that is truly why I became a lawyer.”

Contact: DIW@wb-law.com

Nancy Williams Bonnett

Attorney and shareholder | Pietzsch, Bonnett & Womack

Practice areas: Employee benefits and executive compensation

Michael B. Withey

Partner | Withey Morris

Practice areas: Handles larger, complicated re-zonings; negotiates the differing development and re-development agreements with municipalities and counties throughout Arizona

Charles W. Wirken

Partner | Gust Rosenfeld

Practice areas: Alternative dispute resolution, appellate practice, commercial litigation, franchise litigation, real estate litigation

Contact: gustlaw.com

Susan M. Wissink

Director, management committee member, chair of Fennemore Craig Foundation | Fennemore Craig

Practice areas: Corporate and mergers and acquisitions

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