In recognition of his business acumen and philanthropic contributions, Engelman Berger law firm co-founder David William Engelman will receive a business award at Arizona Interfaith Movement (AIFM)’s 7th Annual Golden Rules Awards Banquet on March 29. Honored with him will be recipients of Darl Andersen, youth, religious, international, health and community service awards.

Since 1995, Arizona Interfaith Movement’s mission has been to “build bridges of understanding, respect, and support among diverse people of faith through education, dialogue, service, and the implementation of the Golden Rule.” Award recipients, like Engelman, have been judiciously selected because they exemplify the Golden Rule in their daily interaction with people and institutions in the community.

An Arizona Interfaith Movement member since 2000, Engelman serves as a vice president to the organization. He previously served as a board of director.

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing David Engelman since he joined our organization twelve years ago,” said Dr. Paul Eppinger, Arizona Interfaith Movement executive director. “During that time, I’ve been impressed by David’s integrity, dedication, and openness to the opinions and traditions of others. An avid philanthropist and savvy attorney, David leads by example, and truly illustrates that one can be successful in business while still living the Golden Rule.”

An attorney for more than 30 years, Engelman conducts his business and personal life with dignity and respect – a core value exemplified in Engelman Berger’s client-centric philosophy, pro bono work and philanthropic outreach, as well as in the charitable and civic organizations that Engelman supports outside the office.

Engelman previously served as a board of director for Temple Chai, the Jewish Community Center, and the American Jewish Committee, and as a board member of the Hillel at ASU. In 2004, he received the William E. Morris Pro Bono Service Award from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, recognizing his contributions “in making legal services available to persons who otherwise could not afford them, and thereby to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services by Arizona attorneys in this area.”

A long-time member of the Maricopa County Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona, Engelman previously served as Pro Bono Chairman and Chairman of its Judicial Relations Committee for the latter’s Bankruptcy Section. He has spoken at numerous seminars on bankruptcy law and consumer lending regulations, and taught business law at Phoenix College for five years. Engelman received his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School, where he served on the Law Review and graduated with honors, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College. He is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts of Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.