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Leaving the World a Better Place “Itook up the practice of environmental law because I wanted to leave the world a better place than I found it. I take on matters where I think I can make things better for my clients’ businesses or their daily lives,” says Nancy A. Mangone, attorney at law and owner of Mangone Law Firm in Phoenix. Mangone’s is a full-service environmental, natural resources and civil litigation law firm representing public and private sector clients in: permitting and compliance assistance; compliance orders and settlement agreements; Brownfield redevelopment projects; emergency response and remedial actions; environmental and natural resources litigation; real estate transactions, including short sales, foreclosures and eviction actions; and general civil litigation. Her practice draws clients from two very different disciplines: environmental and sports law. Her environmental clients tend to be municipalities, banks, businesses and other lawyers in need of her expertise. Her general civil litigation clients include former LPGA players, homeowners associations, real estate investors, small businesses and individuals. “The ability to marry my passion for the outdoors – whether protecting wilderness areas or playing 18 holes with my friends – with the work I do for a living makes the practice of law extremely rewarding for me,” Mangone says. Never Planned on Becoming an Attorney Mangone double majored in political science and philosophy at Boston College with a concentration on soviet politics. She went to law school to get the best all-around graduate degree to increase her marketability, receiving a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. In addition to being admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, she is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia, and Colorado. That decision turned out to be a smart move. She spent almost 20 years in government practice as an enforcement attorney working on some of the most complex Superfund sites and water and waste litigation in federal administrative and judicial courts. She also worked on the State of Arizona’s case against Honeywell for its 34th Street high-altitude engine testing facility. “Working in the government as lead negotiator and architect of hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements gave me the skills I put to use for my clients every day,” she says. Fun and Games Sometimes legal practice actually involves fun and games. The work she is most personally excited about is with her friends and clients in the golf and tourism industry. Mangone is vice president and general counsel of International Corporate Golf, Inc., a tournament management company. “We are currently working to develop a woman’s President’s Cup-style event pitting a team of the best U.S. and European women golfers against the finest players in Asia, Australia and New Zealand,” she says. The event has another connection to Arizona as it will rotate between Scottsdale and its sister city, Haikou, China. Mangone will be responsible for all domestic legal work and will supervise the Hong Kong-based international counsel. The motto of the Mangone Law Firm is “lawyers for Arizona’s unique environment.” Clearly, when Nancy A. Mangone, describes her practice and evolution as an environmental and sports lawyer, her statement is literally true.
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