The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is pleased to announce that they have been recognized as the number one law firm in the tax category among firms with 21-50 attorneys in Ranking Arizona, The Best of Arizona Business. The Children’s Law Center has named Polsinelli as its 2013 Law Firm of the Year in recognition of the exceptional pro bono service undertaken by Polsinelli attorneys over the past year. The firm was selected for its volunteer efforts in connection with the Minor Guardianship Program that assists vulnerable children whose parents are not able or willing to care for them. The Children’s Law Center was established in 1998 by the Volunteer Lawyers Program and co-sponsored by the Maricopa County Bar Association and Community Legal Services. Its goal is to address the unmet legal needs of children. Polsinelli is deeply committed to providing legal services to clients and causes that cannot afford them. During the last fiscal year, the firm gave close to 14,000 hours in legal and support resources on a pro bono basis. Polsinelli also employs full-time pro bono attorneys to provide representation in a variety of civil and criminal cases. Attorneys also accept court-appointed assignments on behalf of indigent clients in the areas of child abuse and neglect, family disputes, and some types of criminal law. The firm consistently assists with juvenile and child advocacy cases in the majority of its 18 offices. Gammage & Burnham in Phoenix is pleased to announce that Michelle De Blasi has become a member of the firm. De Blasi’s practice is focused on energy and environmental matters, including traditional and renewable energy project development, environmental due diligence, permitting and compliance, and greenhouse gas emissions. She graduated from Arizona State University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in political science, and from the University of Washington School of Law with a certificate of emphasis in environmental law. The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is pleased to announce that AZ Big Media and Arizona Business Magazine have named Edwin C. Bull, Michael S. Dulberg, Joel K. Heriford, Melissa G. Lyer, Martha C. Patrick, Steven M. Serrano, and Wendi A. Sorensen in their Top Lawyers 2014 rankings. The honorees have a combined total of 137 years of practicing law with the firm and represent the real estate, construction law, estate planning, business/corporate law, tax controversy, family law and personal injury practice areas, respectively. The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Rodney Q. Jarvis has rejoined the firm as a shareholder in the land use and zoning practice group. Jarvis focuses his practice in all aspects of land use and planning including zoning approvals, development master plans, variances, use permits, design review, building permitting, subdivision/platting approvals, general plan amendments and development agreements. Jaburg Wilk is pleased to announce that Douglas O. Guffey joined the firm as a partner to expand the health care law practice area. Guffey has over 30 years of legal experience representing doctors and health care facilities. He served 12 years as the executive director of a management services organization supporting physician-owned medical groups and treatment centers. Guffey received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University. Carlyle “Cary” Hall has been appointed to serve on the corporate advisory board of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. Hall is a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli and chair of the firm’s products liability practice. Ed Novak, a shareholder at the national law firm Polsinelli, helped journalism students at Arizona State University by taking part in a mock press conference for a classroom exercise. The students in Kenn Tomasch’s Journalism Ethics course used their reporting skills as Novak played the part of the attorney representing a highprofile college football player accused of sexual assault. The “ripped from the headlines” exercise aided students in ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication hone their ethical decision-making and reporting abilities under deadline pressure. This is the second semester in which Novak has graciously lent his time and talents to give ASU students a similar experience to one which they might face in the real world. Litigation attorney Jason M. Covault has joined the Phoenix law firm of Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi P.C. Covault focuses his practice on serious personal injury claims, including medical negligence, elder abuse, catastrophic injury and wrongful death. He is a member of the board of directors of the Arizona chapter of the American Liver Foundation, Desert Southwest Division.
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