Jennings, Strouss & Salmon is pleased to announce that family law attorney Norma Izzo Milnerhas been elected president of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona’s executive board. Murphy Karber PLC, a Phoenix real estate and construction law firm, has announced that William H. Breier has joined the group as an associate. His unique background in the commercial construction industry brings an invaluable perspective to the firm’s construction law practice. Prior to law school, Breier worked professionally in the Phoenix and Las Vegas commercial construction industry for seven years, including five years as a project manager. Murphy Karber PLC, a Phoenix construction, real estate and business law firm, has announced that Alicia M. Casale joined the firm as of counsel. Before joining Murphy Karber, Casale spent ten years serving as general counsel to a multi-restaurant owner and operator. During this tenure, Casale handled business purchase agreements, real estate acquisitions, lease negotiations and company formations. She also handled human resource and employment law issues including hiring and termination protocol, sensitivity training and E-verify compliance. Phoenix School of Law (PSL) hosted The Lawyers As Peacemakers & Healers Conference on February 22-24th. The conference brought together the disciplines of the comprehensive/integrative law movement to educate the public, encourage and support lawyers, judges, mediators, and other legal professionals in this work. Presenters included leaders in the comprehensive law (law as a healing profession) movement such as local practitioner Hon. Donn Kessler; national experts include Professor Susan Daicoff and attorney/author J Kim Wright, international expert from the South African Centre for Integrative Law John Faris and many other local and national presenters. Attorney Melanie Beauchamp released, in e-book form, “DUI: The Next Day.” The book is the first of its kind in Arizona that allows nonlawyers to navigate both the court and MVD process after being charged with DUI. The book can be purchased in e-book form by going to www.ArizonaDUI.com. Paper copies will be available for purchase shortly. Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP is pleased to welcome two new associates to their Scottsdale office. Gaetano “Guy” Testini leads the Arizona workers’ compensation defense team. Testini is currently the chair of the Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. He is also serving his second term as the president of Los Abogados. Christopher T. Sammons joins the firm’s professional liability and the premises liability team. Sammons worked as a criminal prosecutor for seven years with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Phoenix School of Law (PSL) is pleased to announce they are expanding their current schedule from two academic terms to three academic terms beginning in the fall of 2013. The academic terms will start in the fall, spring and summer. Students have the option of attending either two or three terms during the academic year. The new structure offers significant advantages to students and is responsive to challenges currently facing legal education and the legal industry. Perry L. Goorman is pleased to announce the relocation of his Arizona law office. It will now be located at 16427 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 410 Scottsdale, Arizona 85254. Goorman will continue to serve as an employment law and commercial litigation attorney. Polsinelli Shughart PC will shorten the firm name to Polsinelli PC effective late April 2013. The owners agreed using one name reflects we are one firm from coast to coast. Today, the national law firm has more than 630 attorneys in 16 cities including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles New York, Phoenix, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, P.L.C. is pleased to announce Douglas J. Kunath and Scott M. Deeny have been named members of the firm. Kunath focuses his practice on commercial real estate and business/finance related matters while Deeny’s practice includes water rights and natural resources as well as commercial litigation. Morris, Hall & Kinghorn, P.L.L.C (MHK) has named Katherine A. O’Connell as the new managing partner. O’Connell is succeeding Dan Morris who has been the firm’s managing partner for over 20 years. Morris has been instrumental in leading and growing the firm, which currently has 10 offices across Arizona and New Mexico. As a partner at MHK, O’Connell focuses on estate planning, life care planning and veteran’s benefits, and now also oversees the daily operations and actively engages in efforts to continually improve the firm. Wheeler joined the firm as a partner. Wheeler is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on commercial disputes with an emphasis on construction related matters. Her trial and litigation experience includes complex business disputes, fidelity and surety law, construction law, administrative licensing and bid protests representing businesses ranging from national restaurant chains to child care facilities in state and federal courts. Cathy Reece, a shareholder at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, has been elected as a fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She is one of only four attorneys in Arizona honored with this membership. Reece chairs the financial restructuring, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group at Fennemore Craig. She has extensive experience in every aspect of corporate workouts and bankruptcies, and assists clients with structuring complex transactions and purchasing distressed assets. Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is pleased to announce that shareholder Todd A. Julian has been selected to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Julian’s’ practice primarily concentrates on personal injury and insurance defense litigation in state, federal and numerous tribal courts in the Southwestern United States. He is certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. Ballard Spahr LLP is pleased to welcome three new attorneys. Travis J. Leach, a corporate and securities attorney, has joined the firm as a partner. Leach handles mergers & acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, corporate governance matters, Sarbanes- Oxley and SEC compliance. Grant L. Cartwright joined the firm as an associate. Cartwright will focus his practice on corporate reorganizations, creditors’ rights issue and litigation arising in the context of bankruptcy cases. Shelley McTee joined the firm as a special counsel in the real estate department and a member of the commercial real estate recovery, development and leasing groups. Jennings Haug & Cunningham L.L.P. congratulates William Haug for being named a recipient of the Legacy Award, presented by the Arizona Surety Association. Haug is one of only four recipients to receive the award since its inception in 2007. Haug’s practice is focused in complex dispute resolution in construction, fidelity and surety law. Steptoe & Johnson LLP media law Partner David Bodney, based in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been voted by the members of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Communications Law to serve as chair-elect of the forum. He was elected chair-elect at the ABA’s annual conference held February 8 in Dana Point, California. Bodney practices media and constitutional law, representing clients in defamation, privacy, intellectual property and other lawsuits in courts in Arizona and across the country. Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Timothy J. Thomason has been named the Phoenix Real Estate Litigation Lawyer of the Year for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America. Tiffany and Bosco has been recognized by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell as one of the 2013 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms based on the large percentage of the firm’s attorneys who are individually AV-rated. Michelle M. Lauer joins Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. as an associate to assist with special needs trust matters, elder law and insurance defense. On May 8th, 2013 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort Rimkus Consulting Group is hosting its 3rd Annual Arizona FREE Continuing Education Seminar for both CLE Certificates of Attendance & CE credits. An ethics course pertaining to claim adjuster practices will be presented by Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith. Other forensic courses will be administered by Rimkus experts covering ECM & airbag module utilization, injury biomechanics, roof collapse and crane accidents. Please contact Matthew Thompson at 602-216-2200 for any additional information or to RSVP. Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. is pleased to announce that Donna H. Catalfio and Andrea L. Stone will rejoin the firm’s intellectual property practice group after two years away from the firm. Joining distinguished intellectual property attorney Robert Itri, the firm provides both transactional and litigation services for their intellectual property clients. As shareholder, Catalfio practices in both intellectual property litigation and transactional matters. Stone is an associate whose practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including intellectual property counseling, protection and litigation.
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