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LeslieAnn Haacke is doing some of the most fulfilling work of her career now that she leads her own firm, Haacke & Associates, PLLC. She represents plaintiffs in securities issues, including senior citizens who were duped out of their savings during the economic crisis. “There have been a lot of elder abuse securities fraud scams and people taking advantage of the elderly,” Haacke said. “What I’m doing right now is so fulfilling because I get to help these elderly folks who have been taken advantage of.” Haacke says much of her work these days is focused on righting the wrongs, getting victims their money back and putting bad guys in their place. Haacke cut her teeth working securities defense cases for several firms around the Valley, including Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, where she practiced in securities litigation, civil and commercial litigation and appellate practice. “I’ve defended brokers, dealers and agents,” Haacke said. “That’s how I really started in the practice, on the defense side. When I moved to Jennings I was lucky enough to work with some of the senior partners who were doing mergers, acquisitions and securities-related work.” Her clients included financial institutions, investment firms, other attorneys, accountants, real estate agents and brokers. It was prime-time training for Haacke to move into representing plaintiffs. Today, she is one of the leading securities litigation attorneys in the Valley and the present chair of the Securities Regulation Section of the Arizona State Bar Association. She’s also licensed to practice in Utah. “I was able to create a niche,” Haacke said. “There are not a lot of lawyers in the Valley who do the type of securities work I do.” Haacke started her career in television after graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Before moving on to law school at Brigham Young University, Haacke worked a stint as an on-air news reporter for an ABC affiliate in Utah. During her time at Brigham Young, Haacke was listed in “Who’s Who Among American Law Students” and was third-year vice president of BYU Associated Law Women. Her knack for research and writing helped Haacke become developments and topics editor for the Brigham Young University Law Review. Music has also played an important role in Haacke’s life. She majored in music at the University of Utah before earning her communications degree and even auditioned with the opera around the same time she took the LSAT. Outside of work, Haacke is a die-hard Arizona sports fan and can be spotted at numerous sporting events around the Valley. She still makes time to keep up on her musical endeavors and enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Haacke also serves on the board of directors of America’s Mighty Warriors, a charitable entity that provides support to our country’s troops and their families according to specific needs.
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