AWARDS–ANNOUNCEMENTS–PRESS RELEASES–PROMOTIONS Leon Silver, a shareholder in the commercial litigation practice and co-leader of the retail & hospitality group, of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been selected as a 2014 Tribute to Leadership Honoree by the YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix. Silver is being honored as this year’s Advocacy Leader in recognition of his career long efforts to promote causes consistent with the YWCA’s mission of empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Nathan D. Meyer, a partner at Jaburg Wilk, has been selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 litigation attorneys in Arizona by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). Meyer’s practice areas include commercial litigation, insurance coverage & bad faith, general liability litigation and professional liability litigation. He represents a variety of clients including insurance companies, policy holders, private businesses and professionals. Burch & Cracchiolo associate attorney, Casey S. Blais, has begun serving his year-long term as president of the Maricopa County Bar Association young lawyers division. Blais practices in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate law, landlord/tenant disputes, and insurance defense / personal injury litigation. Blais received his Juris Doctor from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2008. Greenberg Traurig shareholder Michelle De Blasi has been selected as one of the top 10 Women Who Move the Valley by Arizona Foothills Magazine. The award highlights De Blasi’s extensive work in Arizona energy and environmental law. De Blasi is a co-chair of the Arizona Energy Consortium, a group affiliated with the Arizona Technology Council. She focuses her practice on environmental and energy law, with an emphasis on natural resources matters. She advises clients on matters including traditional and renewable energy project development, environmental permitting and compliance, and greenhouse gas emissions. Wilenchik and Bartness is proud to be joined by Colleen C. Thomas, who will be practicing civil litigation. Before joining Wilenchik & Bartness, P.C., Thomas was an adjunct professor at the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University, where she taught business law and ethics. Thomas graduated summa cum laude from the Eller College of Business and Public Administration at the University of Arizona. She received her Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she graduated third in her class. Sherman & Howard L.L.C. announced the addition of Jennifer Szkatulski to its Scottsdale office. Szkatulski, who has practiced at the firm as a consultant since 2012, will join the firm’s estate planning group as an associate. Szkatulski earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2010. The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Tyler J. Carrell has been elected to serve as president of the young lawyers division of the Maricopa County Bar Association for 2014- 2015. Carrell is an associate practicing in the area of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and general commercial litigation. He earned his Juris Doctor in 2010 from Arizona State University. The Tarver Law Group, PLLC has relocated to 2999 North 44th Street, Suite 306, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Established in 2009, the Tarver Law Group is a Phoenix-based tax, trust and business planning law firm offering legal services in corporate formation, trust planning, employment law, contracts, taxation, bankruptcy, intellectual property (copyright/trademark infringement), asset protection/succession planning, and wealth transfer through various tax-wise and philanthropic vehicles. Charlene Tarver, Esq is the firm’s principal, and she counsels high net worth individuals, family-owned businesses and nonprofits. Squire Sanders is pleased to announce that partner, Joe Crabb has been selected, for the second year in a row, by corporate counsel to the 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars list. Crabb focuses his practice on corporate finance and securities matters including merger and acquisition transactions, public and private securities offerings, and counseling corporate officers and directors on governance and compliance matters. Crabb has practiced for over 20 years and has experience with a wide variety of transaction structures across a broad range of industries, including matters for both private and public company clients. Jaburg Wilk has been named Best Intellectual Property Law Firm by Arizona Foothills Magazine. Each year, Arizona Foothills Magazine asks readers to vote for the valley’s best people, places, organizations and a variety of other categories. Winners will be featured in the March 2014 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents. Noted asset protection attorney Ike Devji has joined the law firm of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC and its multistate legal practice in an of counsel capacity. Devji is in his 11th year of focused asset protection legal practice.
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