AWARDS – ANNOUNCEMENTS – PRESS RELEASES – PROMOTIONS Kristen Rosati, a shareholder with the national law firm Polsinelli, has been selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. Rosati is a national thought leader in electronic health information. She was recently selected by Best Lawyers as the 2014 Phoenix health care law Lawyer of the Year. Phoenix School of Law was recognized for offering law students one of the Top 25 Innovative Ideas by preLaw magazine, a law school journal published by National Jurist. The publication, which recognized the school as one of the Top 20 Most Innovative Law Schools in 2012, cited Phoenix School of Law’s new first-year curriculum, known as FIRSTClass Program: Full Integration of Real-life Skills with Teaching, as a leading factor in earning the designation. Phoenix School of Law’s FIRSTClass Program combines the traditional foundation of a legal education with real-life, practical experience. It reflects the need for law school graduates to excel in legal writing and client communications, develop a heightened sense of professionalism and have both the knowledge and practice-ready experience to contribute to the legal profession The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is pleased to announce Sarah N. O’Keefe has joined the firm as an associate attorney. O’Keefe joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 2013 after having completed a one-year term serving as a law clerk for Judge Patricia K. Norris of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Brad Smith joined Suzuki Law Offices as a criminal defense associate. He has over 11 years of criminal litigation experience as a former state prosecutor and defense attorney. Michael Grubbs has joined the labor and employment practice of Polsinelli in its Phoenix office. Grubbs brings both traditional employment and labor experience to Polsinelli representing employers at National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unfair labor practice proceedings and in federal court. He also advises employers in all aspects of management-side employment law, including discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge litigation. Gordon Silver Ltd. is pleased to announce that Susan R. Gilman, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, is now chairperson of the board of directors for Citizenship Counts. Gilman’s focuses her practice in the areas of finance and banking, financial institutions/loan program development, real estate and commercial transactions, loan workouts and restructuring, and collection activities for problem credits, with a special emphasis in affordable housing, community development, and government lending programs. Cheyenne Walsh of Squire Sanders was named to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s (GPCC), Valley Young Professionals, (VYP) board of directors. The 2013-2014 VYP board will utilize their personal and professional relationships to help promote both the work of the VYP as well as the chamber. Michael R. King, a founding partner with the Phoenix law firm of Gammage & Burnham has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of: construction law, commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, construction litigation and bankruptcy and creditor rights/insolvency and reorganization law. Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, today announced that Michael R. Ross has joined the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc. (“RHMC”). Ross is a shareholder practicing in the areas of civil litigation, focusing primarily on commercial and employment litigation. Business attorney Matthew F. Winter has joined Sacks Tierney P.A. Winter’s practice encompasses equity and debt finance, commercial transactions and entity formation. He is board chairman of Ryan House, which provides respite and palliative care for children who have lifethreatening conditions, and is a member of the Fiesta Bowl board of directors. Berry Riddell & Rosensteel, announced that John Hink, has joined the firm as a partner. Hink is a native of Scottsdale and received his law degree at Arizona State University and his undergraduate degree at University of Arizona. He is an AV/ Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 peer review rated attorney with Martindale Hubbell and has been listed as a top real estate attorney in every edition of Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers since 2004 and every edition of Best Lawyers since 2010. Lewis and Roca LLP, headquartered in Phoenix and a Southwestern leader in representing businesses in litigation and complex real estate transactions, and Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, a century-old Rocky Mountain firm with nationally recognized litigation and banking practices, announced today that the two law firms officially combined forces September 1, 2013 to become Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. Stein Law, PLC is excited to announce that Rebecca C. Goldberg has joined the firm of counsel. Rebecca brings with her over ten years of experience in the areas of commercial leasing, real estate and finance transactions to expand and compliment Stein Law’s thriving real estate and corporate transactional practice. The law firm of Fisher & Phillips is pleased to announce that Alanna R. Brook has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a labor and employment law staff attorney. An Arizona native, Alanna graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a degree in Russian language. Prior to attending law school, Brook served as officer in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged at the rank of captain. Squire Sanders’ partner, Thomas J. Salerno has been named Phoenix litigation bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers 2014. Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, today announced that shareholder Jennifer A. Cranston has been selected as the 2013 Member of the Year for the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA). Cranston focuses her practice on three primary areas: real estate disputes, including condemnation and valuation matters; insurance coverage analysis and bad faith litigation; and public utility regulation. Earlier this year, she co-authored the third edition of the Arizona State Bar Association’s publication of Eminent Domain in Arizona. Sacks Tierney attorney David C. Tierney has been named Lawyer of the Year – construction (Phoenix) for 2014 by The Best Lawyers in America. Tierney, whose practice includes construction law, civil litigation and dispute resolution, is a 12- time Best Lawyers selectee and for four straight years was ranked by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Floyd Bienstock, based in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named the 2014 Phoenix insurance law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. Fifteen Gust Rosenfeld lawyers were named Best Lawyers® in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Gust Rosenfeld attorneys who received this distinction include: Tom Chauncey II, Mark Collins, Peter Collins, Jr., Robert D. Haws, John L. Hay, Gerald L. Jacobs, James W. Kaucher, Christina M. Noyes, Sean P. O’Brien, Frederick H. Rosenfeld, Scott W. Ruby, Richard A. Segal, Madeleine C. Wanslee, Richard H. Whitney, and Charles W. Wirken. John L. Hay has been named the Best Lawyers 2014 Phoenix franchise law Lawyer of the Year, while Frederick H. Rosenfeld was named the Best Lawyers 2014 Phoenix municipal law Lawyer of the Year. Gammage & Burnham is proud to announce that 19 of its partners have been named to the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest peer review publication in the legal field. Included in the 2014 list this year are Timothy J. Martens for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law and Patricia E. Nolan for business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships). Ballard Spahr LLP announces the firm has two new lawyers. Elizabeth J. Lee has joined Ballard Spahr as an associate in the litigation department. Before entering private practice, Lee served for four years as an assistant federal public defender in Houston and in Tucson. Adam N. Lerner has joined Ballard Spahr as an associate in the business and finance department. He is an experienced transactional attorney who advises clients on their mergers, acquisitions, and securities matters. Craig J Rosenstein of the Rosenstein Law Group, PLLC has been awarded board certification in DUI defense by the National College of DUI Defense. Only 50 attorneys have received this award nationally while only three have earned it in Arizona. Shelley Detwiller DiGiacomo was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of corporate law. DiGiacomo is a partner of Detwiller DiGiacomo & Pisaruk where she advises businesses and startup companies in the areas of angel financing, private placements, mergers & acquisitions, securities and general business law. Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. is pleased to announce that David W. Lunn has joined the firm as a partner. Lunn, who focuses his practice on commercial, construction, and eminent domain cases, is a licensed attorney in both Arizona and California. Brad D. Smith joined the firm of Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C.. He has 11 years’ experience in criminal defense with an emphasis in DUI defense. Melissa Ho, a shareholder with the national law firm Polsinelli, has been named to the Western Regional Lawyers of Color Hot List. She is one of 100 exceptional minority attorneys under the age of forty to be recognized. Ho practices law in the areas of government investigations and white collar criminal defense.
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