AWARDS–ANNOUNCEMENTS–PRESS RELEASES–PROMOTIONS–EVENTS–ACTIVITIES–HONORS–RECOGNITIONS Sherman & Howard is pleased to announce that Jodi Powers has joined the firm as a marketing manager. Powers will be responsible for all marketing, communications and business development initiatives in the firm’s Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona offices, including community outreach and media relations. Arizona Trial Lawyers Association named Phoenix attorney Craig Knapp their president. Knapp, who specializes in helping families in lifechanging injuries and death cases, succeeds Tucson attorney Elliot Glicksman as head of the state’s leading consumer protection group. The Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that eight of its attorneys were named to the 2014 Edition of the Chambers USA Guide. The eight are among nearly 200 included on the list from Greenberg Traurig offices worldwide. The Arizona attorneys included: corporate and mergers and acquisitions attorneys Brian H. Blaney, Robert S. Kant, Bruce E. Macdonough and Quinn Williams; labor and employment attorney Les A. Klein; and, real estate attorneys Rebecca Burnham, David Paltzik and Lesa J. Storey. Polsinelli was pleased to announce that the firm received top rankings in Chambers USA. In the firm’s Phoenix office, the environmental practice received a Rank 1 and the corporate M&A practice received a Rank 3. Individual Phoenix attorney rankings were received by Lucas J. Narducci in environment, Rank 1; Edward F. Novak in white-collar crime & government investigations litigation, Rank 1; Barton D. Day in environment, Rank 3; Mitchell J. Klein in environment, Rank 3; Phillip P. Guttilla in corporate/M&A, Rank 4; Thomas K. Irvine in real estate, Rank 4; Brian K. Moll in corporate/M&A, Rank 4; Margaret B. LaBianca in environment, Rank Up and Coming; and Melissa Ho in white collar crime & government investigations litigation, Rank Up and Coming The Scottsdale Bar Association elected new officers and board members for 2014-2015. Officers are: Monica Lindstrom, president; Kevin Estevez, vice president; Ryan Lorenz, secretary; Lance Davidson, treasurer. Directors are Donald Alvarez, Gail Barsky, Dean Dinner, Carolyn Goldman, Perry Goorman, Steve Guttell, Jamie Hanson, Cody Hayes, Paige Martin, Lynda Shely and Scott Zwillinger. Richard Amoroso, a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected to the board of directors of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association (AZCIA). AZCIA is the official voice of Arizona’s captive insurance industry. Amoroso practices in the areas of insurance business and regulatory law and insurance recovery litigation. Gordon Silver is pleased to announce that Teresa M. Pilatowicz has been named committee chair for the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation Arizona bankruptcy best practices committee. Pilatowicz is an attorney in the firm's business restructuring and bankruptcy practice. Her practice focuses on corporate restructuring and bankruptcy including representation of creditors, trustees and corporate debtors. The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that the firm is ranked in the top 10 percent of innovative client service leaders in the BTI Brand Elite 2014: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms annual report. Kristen Rosati, a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli and president of the American Health Lawyers Association, recently received the Health Care Leadership Award for Legal Advocate of the Year 2014 from AZ Business Magazine. Rosati was recognized for her contribution to the health care industry, particularly in the areas of health care privacy, health information exchange and clinical research. Zachar Law Firm, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Barry R. Shalen, Esq. to the firm. Shalen has spent the last 20 years handling Arizona personal injury cases from intake through settlement, including many years litigating cases and fighting for injury victims. He will continue to practice plaintiff personal injury law, handling both pre-litigation and litigation cases. Two attorneys from Sherman & Howard’s Phoenix office were recognized in the 2014 release of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. John Alan Doran and Azim Q. Hameed were rated in the top tiers of their respective practices. Doran, a member of Sherman & Howard’s labor and employment department, was rated in Band 2 in Arizona. Hameed, a member of Sherman & Howard’s real estate department, was rated in Band 4 in Arizona. The American Health Lawyers Association has released its national rankings of health care attorneys and national law firm Polsinelli moved up two spots to become the second largest health care practice in the nation. To meet the increased demand for strategic legal assistance, Polsinelli just added seven new attorneys nationwide, including Kenneth Briggs in its Phoenix office, bringing the total number of health care attorneys and professionals to 190. Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is pleased to announce that the firm’s managing partner, Edwin C. “Ed” Bull was selected as a Leading Individual attorney by Chambers USA 2014 - America’s Leading Lawyers in Business. Shareholder M. Brennan Ray was selected as an Up and Coming attorney also in the land use and zoning practice group. The real estate practice group is ranked in Tier 1 among law firms in Arizona. Bull, the firm president and managing partner, is a certified specialist in real estate law. Ray, also practices in the areas of land use planning, zoning, real estate transactions, landlord/tenant, and other real estate-related matters. The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Kenneth A. Motolenich- Salas has joined the firm as a shareholder in the intellectual property practice group. Motolenich-Salas focuses his practice in all aspects of intellectual property law including patent litigation and prosecution, trade secret misappropriation litigation, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecution, Internet domain name dispute resolution and commercial litigation. Jaburg Wilk celebrated 30 years by hosting a charity carnival and silent auction June 18 at the Great American Tower. All proceeds were divided amongst three local charities Ryan House, Devin’s Gift and St. Joseph the Worker. The Law Offices of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin and Lacy is proud to announce attorneys Lisa Anne Smith, Kristen B. Klotz and Sesaly O. Stamps as recipients of the 2014 Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona Award, awarded by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. The attorneys practice in the areas of education law, employment law and litigation. Bryan Cave partner Steven A. Hirsch has been elected to the State Bar of Arizona board of governors. He will serve a three-year term in District 6, Maricopa County. Hirsch’s litigation practice concentrates on general business, utility and commercial litigation. Gallagher & Kennedy announced that shareholders Lincoln Combs and Paul L. Stoller have been appointed to serve on the civil practice and procedure committee for the State Bar of Arizona. Combs practices in the areas of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Stoller represents plaintiffs and defendants in virtually all types of commercial litigation matters.
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