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 Radix Law, which is led by managing partner Andy Kvesic.
“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 businesses community needed great leaders like Bayer and the other men, women and businesses you should keep your eyes on in the coming year, including Andy Kvesic, managing partner of Radix Law, who made Az Business magazine’s lists of Who’s Who in 2022.
Kvesic joined Radix following a decorated legal career in the public and private sectors. He began his career practicing complex business litigation for nearly a decade at a large law firm in Phoenix, then became a prosecutor at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Kvesic was then appointed chief counsel and legal division director of the Arizona Corporation Commission, where he advised five elected commissioners on statewide public utility matters and led some of the most influential policies and judicial outcomes in the history of the commission.
BACKGROUND: “I have had a very interesting career path. I started in litigation. I was then a prosecutor, so I did some criminal work, and then public service work at the commission, so I got that utilities, regulatory, and government affairs experience. I then went into a private general counsel job, so I’ve seen a lot of different things and I can help clients with a lot of different problems. They like having the ability to call me with whatever they need and I’m there to solve their problems.”
FOCUS OF PRACTICE: “I serve as outside general counsel to a number of different clients, private companies, public agencies, individuals, and high-net-worth folks. I am their one-stop-shop lawyer that handles everything for them.”
ATTRACTION TO RADIX: “The opportunity to be the managing partner of Radix was a one-of-a-kind chance to be part of the first multi-lawyer, traditional law firm in the country that has non-lawyer owners. It was such a unique opportunity to come into an established firm with a really unique platform, bring in some capital partners, and bring in a revolutionary idea on how law firms should be changed and improved. It was hard to pass up.”
LAW FIRM OUTLOOK: “We’re about a 10-person law firm right now. I think I’d like to double in size within the next two to three years. I came from a big firm. I think there are pros and cons to being in those types of places. But I think culture is extremely important at a law firm. That’s what keeps people there. That’s what keeps people productive. And I think that 20-, 25-lawyer size is the sweet spot where everyone feels like they’re part of the family.”
Who’s who? Male leaders to watch in 2022
John Bradley, president, Brookfield Residential Arizona
Rick Cassidy, CEO, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Arizona
Henry Darwin, shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy
Hans Driessnack, CEO, Abrazo West Campus
Dieter Gable, CEO, TBConsulting
Tomas Gorny, CEO, Nextiva
Jeffrey B. Guldner, CEO, APS
David J. Jacofsky, MD, founder and CEO, HOPCo and The CORE Institute
Michael Jones, president and CEO, Delta Dental of Arizona
Scott Harris, site director, Peloton Interactive
Brett Helgeson, president and CEO, Adopt Technologies
John Hogeboom, president and CEO, Community Bridges
Thomas J. Inserra, chairman and CEO, Integro Bancorp.
Christopher Keeler, Gilbert site leader, Northrop Grumman
Kyle Kennedy, Arizona president, Bell Bank
Chris Koch, CEO of Carlisle Companies
Lee D. Lambert, chancellor, Pima Community College
Hugh Lytle, CEO, Equality Health
James Murphy, CEO, Willmeng
Steve Purves, CEO, Valleywise Health
Humphrey Shin, market president, FirstBank