Owens & Perkins, P.C. is pleased to announce that Kris Leonhardt has joined the firm. Leonhardt’s practice focuses primarily on family law. The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. today announced that twenty-two attorneys have been selected by Southwest Super Lawyers as top attorneys in Arizona for 2013. Fifteen attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers of the Southwest and seven have attained the title of Rising Stars. Robert S. Baran has recently joined the firm of Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner as of counsel, bringing years of experience in the practice area of complex bankruptcy law. Baran practiced bankruptcy law at a large firm in Kansas City and clerked for the Honorable Jerry W. Venters, bankruptcy judge for the Western District of Missouri, for over 10 years. He specializes in complex business and personal Chapter 11 work, but is comfortable with all aspects of bankruptcy law. Baran is licensed to practice in Arizona, Missouri, and Kansas. Geoffrey M. Khotim has joined the firm of Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner as of counsel bringing 17 years of experience in the practice areas of bankruptcy litigation along with transactional, intellectual property and information technology matters. Khotim is licensed to practice in both Arizona and California and has authored for the State Bar Bankruptcy Journal and lectured at the Maricopa County Bar Association. Lewis and Roca LLP is pleased to announce that John Krieger and 52 additional attorneys at their firm have been recognized for their commitment to pro bono service at the 19th Annual John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon. Of the 52 attorneys recognized for exceeding 50 hours of pro bono services in 2012 were these Phoenix attorneys: Bryant Barber, Matt Bingham, Tom Campbell, Emily Cates, Alan Christenson, Todd Coleman, Kim Demarchi, Scott DeWald, Matt Engle, Susan Freeman, Rich Goldsmith, Alexandra Gormley, Michael Hammer, Kristina Holmstrom, Kathleen Kahn, Myles Morrison, Tore Mowatt-Larssen, Randy Papetti, Laura Pasqualone, Melanie Pate, Candida Ruesga, Bruce Samuels, Bob Schaffer, Jared Sutton, Cindy Villanueva and Will Voit. Lewis and Roca LLP is pleased to announce that Erik Smith has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as an associate in the real estate practice group. Smith concentrates his practice in all areas of commercial real estate including acquisitions and dispositions, equity and traditional financing, and development. He is a certified public accountant, previously with Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where he specialized in tax consulting, strategy, and compliance for national and multinational entities and high net-worth individuals. Jared Allen and Steven Meyer are pleased to announce the opening of their law firm, the Law Offices of Allen & Meyer. With a solid background in criminal law, the two partners are proud to work as a criminal defense team. With a combined history of over 10 years as prosecutors, they hope to bring their experience to criminal defense. The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. is pleased to announce that zoning attorney William E. Lally, and AICP certified land use planners Kurt A. Jones and Benjamin J. Patton have joined the firm. Tiffany & Bosco’s land use and zoning practice is dedicated to working closely with builders, developers, brokers, banks and design consultants; focused in the areas of land use, zoning and permitting throughout Maricopa County and the state of Arizona. They are experienced in all aspects of land use entitlements which includes general and comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning, conditional use permits, site planning, subdivision planning, civil improvement plans, landscaping design, transportation, drainage, utilities and any municipal, county or state permitting. Dickinson Wright/Mariscal Weeks is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in Southwest Super Lawyers Top Lists. Gary L. Birnbaum – business litigation, is ranked among the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. He focuses his practice in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, appellate, commercial & business litigation, condemnation & land use, municipal law & finance, professional liability defense, real estate, and construction, environmental & real estate litigation. Timothy J. Thomason – business litigation, is ranked among the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial & business litigation, product liability & personal injury, insurance & ERISA litigation, real estate, and litigation. Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, P.L.C. is pleased to announce Benjamin A. Thinnes has joined the firm. Thinnes focuses his practice in the area of commercial real estate and finance transactions. Given Phoenix School of Law’s mission pillar of Practice Ready Students, PSL has created the PSL Valley of the Sun Law Clerk Program. The program was designed to attract private law firms and business employers to hire students as summer law clerks, and to provide them with high quality practice experience. Andante Law Group of Daniel E. Garrison, PLLC is pleased to announce that Jaclyn D. Foutz has joined the firm as an attorney. Her practice is concentrated in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, reorganization and capital recovery. She represents creditors in collection and enforcement matters, as well as in all facets of bankruptcy proceedings and advising clients on creditors’ rights. Jennings, Haug & Cunningham LLP is pleased to announce that Karen Gaylord was elected to the Valley Forward Regional Council and Ronnie Hawks was appointed to the Southern Arizona Regional Council for Arizona Forward. Their role on each council allows the attorneys to assist the organization with its statewide initiative directed towards environmental quality. Gaylord is a partner with the firm whose legal practice is focused on environmental and natural resource matters. She advises clients on environmental regulatory matters and assists in developing business strategies that capitalize on environmental opportunities or address regulatory challenges. Gaylord also helps clients negotiate compliance agreements, and has worked extensively on water quality matters throughout Arizona. Hawks, a partner with the firm, focuses his practice predominantly on environmental and governing matters, including state, federal, and tribal entities. He has extensive experience in Native American law, assisting to cognize water rights issues and environmental conformity on tribal lands. Hawks also helped draft environmental assessments in compliance with NEPA. Attorney Shayna Balch with the Phoenix office of Fisher & Phillips has been selected as a Super Lawyers 2013 Southwest Rising Star, one of only 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state to be selected. Balch was nominated based on her outstanding work in employment litigation on behalf of employers. A 2006 graduate of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, this is her second consecutive Rising Star selection. She is Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent reviewed and has been named as one of five women under the age of 35 in AZ Business Magazine’s ranking of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona. The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. announced that Martha C. Patrick and Wendi A. Sorensen have been selected as two of the “Top 25 Women Attorneys” in Arizona by Southwest Super Lawyers in 2013. Patrick’s practice deals exclusively with tax controversies, handling both civil and criminal matters Sorensen’s practice focuses on aggravated liability and damages matters, including Federal Motor Carrier (trucking accident) cases, vehicular products liability matters, construction site injury and death matters, and premises liability cases. Ernest Calderón, a partner in the Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis law firm in Phoenix and president emeritus of the Arizona Board of Regents, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Northern Arizona University. Calderón served as the commencement speaker at its May 2013 ceremony. Calderón is a past president of the State Bar of Arizona. The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth P.C. is pleased to announce that they’ve moved up. Their offices are now located at The Great American Tower 3200 North Central Avenue, Suite 2500, Phoenix, AZ, 85012. Kleinman, Lesselyong & Novak is pleased to announce that Partner Frank Lesselyong has been honored with the American Board of Trial Advocates, Phoenix chapter, Kenneth P. Clancy Lawyer of the Year Award. Lesselyong is the former president of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the Phoenix chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is currently a fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers. National law firm Polsinelli welcomes corporate attorney Jamie Cole to its Phoenix office. Cole joins a national team of corporate lawyers who practice collaboratively across the country on complicated merger and acquisitions in a variety of industries. She advises private and publicly-held companies on domestic and cross-border general corporate and transactional matters, and joins a growing Phoenix office.
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