Even though the world we once knew has been turned upside down by the pandemic, Arizona’s business community is hitting new heights. That includes Burch & Cracchiolo, which features associate Ali Bull.

“Currently, many firms are reporting record profits and the need to retain and attract strong talent is at a pinnacle,” says Heidi Bayer, principal and legal recruiter for HGB Professional Recruiting Solutions. “The pandemic forced the legal profession to become more agile, learning how to facilitate working remotely. Despite most firms bustling with people again, many are downsizing their physical footprint and implementing office sharing.”

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Never before has the business community needed great leaders like Bayer and the other men, women and businesses you should keep your eyes on in the coming year, including Ali Bull, associate at Burch & Cracchiolo, who made Az Business magazine’s lists of Who’s Who in 2022.

Alicia M. Bull


Burch & Cracchiolo

Born and raised in Phoenix, Bull graduated from Xavier College Preparatory, Northern Arizona University, and earned her M.Ed. in elementary education from ASU in 2012. After spending some time in the classroom, she attended ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and received her J.D. in 2017.

THE SWITCH TO LAW: “Teaching will always have a special place in my heart and I will always cherish the time I spent in the classroom, but I was ready for a new challenge. Law felt like a natural shift after growing up with my dad, a local zoning attorney.”

BENEFITS OF TEACHING FIRST: “Teaching gave me many tools that I often use in legal practice. One of the best tools I have is the ability to convey an idea. As a teacher, it is important to break down information and quickly determine whether your students understand the lesson. The same skills come into play when addressing the court or local governments or clients. Other skills learned in the classroom include organization, time management, and understanding. Good lawyers manage their cases effectively and understand the needs of their clients and how to best address those needs.”

SATISFACTION OF LAW: “It is always amazing to see the way members of the community and our zoning clients can work together to create incredible developments that will benefit the community for years to come.”

OUTLOOK FOR 2022: “I think the commercial real estate area is going to be great to watch in 2022. There are some amazing developments in the works and it will be exciting to see the growth and opportunities that come as a result.”

Other young business leaders to watch in 2022

Liz Agboola, CEO, Moses Behavioral Care

Ashley Bunch, public affairs manager, APS

Justin M. Brandt, attorney, Bianchi & Brandt

Simon Charter, community development manager, FreeportMcMoRan

Lauren Fitzpatrick Shanks, founder and CEO, KeepWOL

Lora Hobaica, assistant corporate secretary, SRP

Michael Hwang, senior sustainability program manager, Intel

Shon Mack, corporate strategist, SRP

Alana Millstein, co-founder and owner, Henri

Gear Misner, president, Hye Tech Networks

T.J. Mitchell, Jennings Haug Cunningham

Kenneth G. Poole Jr., MD, medical director of patient experience, Mayo Clinic

Danielle Puente, CFO, DP Electric

Chris Rodriguez, president and CEO, Ability360

Chris Ronzio, founder and CEO, Trainual

Eivan Shahara, co-founder and CEO, Mint Cannabis

Marcos Tapia, partner, Tiffany & Bosco

Stanley Wong, energy engineer, ETC Group

Whitney Yates-Woods, dealer principal, Yates Buick GM

Jackie Yoder, COO, Wilde Wealth Management Group

Yiyun Zhang, director of materials engineering, Footprint