Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. announced its inclusion in the national and metropolitan Phoenix and Santa Fe law firm rankings in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2014 list of Best Law Firms. In total, the Arizona-based law firm was awarded five national rankings and 29 metropolitan rankings. In the metropolitan Phoenix rankings, U.S. News and Best Lawyers recognized 27 of Gallagher & Kennedy’s practice areas for excellence: administrative/regulatory law, commercial litigation, corporate law, criminal defense: non-white-collar, criminal defense: white-collar, energy law, environmental law, litigation – environmental, personal injury litigation – defendants, personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, real estate law, sports law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights, copyright law, employment law - management, entertainment law, land use & zoning law, litigation – bankruptcy, litigation – construction, litigation – land use & zoning, litigation – municipal, litigation – securities, mass tort litigation/class action – defendants, Native American law, employee benefits (ERISA) law, litigation – labor & employment, and tax law. Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce that Paul Charlton, the former U.S. attorney for the district of Arizona, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be based in the Phoenix office and will practice in Steptoe’s commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense groups. Charlton concentrates his practice on highprofile and complex litigation, internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense. He has represented corporations and public officials, as well as provided special assistance to those who were subjects of a state or federal investigation. U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers recently named Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., as one of the 2014 Best Law Firms. The award comes shortly after the firm’s named partners, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. In the metro Phoenix area, U.S. News and Best Lawyers named the firm Tier 1 in the practice areas of: bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law litigation – bankruptcy and Tier 3 for commercial litigation construction law. Michelle Lauer, an attorney at the Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk has been appointed to the Maricopa County Bar Association estate planning, probate and trust section (EPPT) board of directors. The editors of Business Management Daily have chosen the website of the law firm Fisher & Phillips as one of the most helpful legal resources for HR professionals. One of the nation’s leading labor and employment firms representing employers, Fisher & Phillips creates and maintains a storehouse of timely content focused specifically on labor and employment law issues. Lewis Roca Rothgerber is pleased to announce that partner Scott Brown was selected by the executive editors to serve as associate editor for the ABI Journal for the 2014 production year. Brown has been a member of the ABI for 13 years and recently served as co-chair of the bankruptcy litigation committee. He is also currently serving as the chair of the bankruptcy section for the State Bar of Arizona. Brown is a partner in the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group and the commercial litigation group. Lewis Roca Rothgerber is pleased to announce that the firm has been named to the 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list. This honor includes both national and regional rankings for more than 30 practice areas in seven cities where Lewis Roca Rothgerber has offices. Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. has achieved first-tier rankings in Phoenix 2014 U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers Best Law Firms rankings. The practice areas represented are land use & zoning law, real estate litigation, real estate law and tax litigation. Nationally, the firm ranked in Tier 2 in land use & zoning law. Joseph A. Kanefield, a Ballard Spahr partner and an accomplished Arizona election law attorney, has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). Kanefield focuses his law practice on government relations, civil and appellate litigation, public-private partnerships, administrative law, state and local tax matters, gaming, and election and campaign-finance law. He has extensive experience as a litigator at all levels of federal and state courts. Gammage & Burnham in Phoenix is pleased to announce the addition of Jason L. Cassidy, Andrew B. Compton and Heather T. Horrocks to the firm. Cassidy received his law degree from Northwestern University. His practice will focus primarily on zoning, land use, and commercial litigation. Compton received his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona where he was a Perry Rogers scholar. He will work with the firm’s business organizations, commercial transactions, and real estate practice groups. Horrocks graduated summa cum laude from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2011. She will focus her practice on zoning, land use and commercial litigation. Best Lawyers in America has named Bob Deeny from Sherman & Howard Lawyer of the Year in the area of labor law—management in Phoenix for 2014. Sherman & Howard L.L.C. announced the addition of attorney Lori Wright Keffer to its labor & employment practice group in the Phoenix office. Keffer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science and psychology from the University of Arizona, where she graduated summa cum laude. Squire Sanders is pleased to announce that its Phoenix labor and employment team has been ranked in the top tier of law firms in the employment law – management and the labor and employment litigation categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Law Firm rankings. Receiving individual recognition were Phoenix labor and employment partners D. Lewis Clark Jr., Lawrence J. Rosenfeld and Daniel B. Pasternak. Squire Sanders’ national labor & employment practice, with more than 40 lawyers in nine offices throughout the United States, also was recognized with a Tier 1 designation, making Squire Sanders only one of four firms in Arizona to be awarded both a local and national Tier 1 ranking. In addition to its labor & employment practice, U.S. News & World Report recognized the Squire Sanders Phoenix team with Tier 1 status in the following categories: bankruptcy law and litigation, commercial litigation, corporate compliance and corporate governance law, environmental law and litigation, health care law, mergers and acquisitions law, public finance law, real estate law and securities/capital markets law. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC announced that it has been selected for inclusion in Best Law Firms in America 2014, published by U.S. News & World Report. This year, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon was newly ranked in construction law; litigation – land use & zoning; professional malpractice law – defendants; securities/capital markets law; banking and finance law; and land use & zoning law. The Cavanagh Law Firm received national and metropolitan rankings in nine practice areas. They received a Tier 3 national ranking in litigation – real estate. Their metropolitan rankings included: Tier 1 litigation - real estate medical malpractice law - defendants real estate law family law litigation - tax personal injury litigation – defendants; Tier 2 land use & zoning law commercial litigation; and, Tier 3 litigation – construction. Lewis Roca Rothgerber is pleased to welcome Michael Charles Brown, David Jackson, Neel Kothari and Eric Wanner as new associates in their Phoenix office. Brown is in the firm’s litigation group, where he focuses on all facets of trial court litigation. He earned his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude and with high pro bono distinction, from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Jackson is in the firm’s litigation group. He earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, order of the coif and high pro bono distinction, from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Kothari is in the firm’s litigation practice group. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School. Wanner is in the firm’s business transactions group. He earned his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, order of the coif, from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Jones,Skel ton & Hochuli welcomes Ryan Hicks, John Lierman, Nicholas Meza, David Potts , Jonah Rappazzo and Gaya Shanmuganatha to the firm as associates. Hicks will be focusing his practice on commercial litigation and insurance defense. Lierman will be practicing in the areas of premises liability, construction defect and general liability. Meza will focus his practice on municipal defense. Potts will be focusing his practice on transportation defense and general civil litigation and insurance defense. Rappazzo will focus his practice on general civil litigation, professional liability defense, personal injury defense, transportation defense, product liability defense, and automobile liability defense. Shanmuganatha will be focusing her practice on general civil litigation and insurance defense.
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