• Hilary L. Barnes and Michael A. Jones have been elected as members at the bankruptcy law firm of Allen Maguire & Barnes, PLC, a full-service bankruptcy firm. Barnes, a 2014 Super Lawyers selectee, is the chair of the State Bar of Arizona Bankruptcy Section and the program chair for the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. Jones, who joined the firm as an associate in 2010, is a 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Stars selectee. • Rose Law Group, PC is pleased to announce the addition of Kelly Mendoza, who brings an extensive background specializing in family law. Mendoza holds extensive experience in domestic relations as a Phoenix divorce attorney. • Patricia “Trish” Lee Refo, a partner in Snell & Wilmer’s Phoenix office, became chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston. Refo’s practice is concentrated in complex commercial litigation and internal investigations. • Renee B. Gerstman and Susan E. Wells, longtime commercial attorneys, announce the formation of Wells & Gerstman PLLC. The attorneys will continue to counsel their business clients in their business and commercial real estate transactions and as outside concierge general counsel. • Lewis Roca Rothgerber partner Susan Freeman is one of only four attorneys in Arizona to be recognized by Benchmark Litigation in its 2015 Top 250 Women in Litigation. Her practice focuses on distressed real estate acquisition and management, in addition to bankruptcy law. • On July 31, the entire staff of Morris Hall & Kinghorn continued its support of St Mary’s Food Bank by volunteering at their warehouse and distribution center in Phoenix. Together, over 1,000 boxes were filled with food and juices for the elderly in our community. • Tiffany & Bosco P.A. is pleased to announce that Nora L. Jones has been selected to serve on the executive council of the State Bar of Arizona’s elder law, mental health and special needs planning section. • Jaburg Wilk delivered more than 35 fully stocked backpacks to the children of Bella Q Summer Program. The participants of the program come from inner-city, low-income homes. Each participant was provided a backpack containing various school supplies. All supplies were brought in by employees of Jaburg Wilk during a two-week Back to School drive. Additional supplies were donated to Larkspur Elementary. • Owens & Perkins, P.C. is pleased to announce that Kristi M. Morley has joined the firm. She began her career as a litigation associate at Sacks Tierney P.A., where she gained experience in complex litigation for corporate clients. She went on to establish and manage a successful boutique law practice, providing clients with family law and estate planning services. • Becky Snyder and Tina Ziegler, both paralegals at Hammerman & Hultgren, P.C. in Phoenix, respectively took office as president and president-elect of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s paralegal division in July. • Scottsdale Bar Association announced Helene S. Fenlon as the recipient of the 2014 Award of Excellence. The award is given annually to an individual who either resides or works in Scottsdale, who has given outstanding service to the legal community. She represents individuals, private and corporate fiduciaries and focuses her practice on probate & trust litigation. • The Frutkin Law Firm congratulates attorney Ben Himmelstein on earning the rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale- Hubbell. As senior counsel attorney at The Frutkin Law Firm, Ben works with individuals and small to medium-sized businesses on a wide variety of matters. • Jonathan Brinson, a litigation attorney and shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli in its Phoenix office, was recently honored by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education as a 2014 Top Pro Bono Attorney in recognition for his significant volunteer legal service to the community. The mission of the foundation is to promote access to justice for all Arizonans. • Squire Patton Boggs Phoenix partner Peter W. Culp has been recognized as a 2014 Leader of the Year in environment by the Arizona Capital Times, which recognizes individuals and organizations for advancing public policy to positively impact the state and the lives of Arizonans. Culp has extensive experience representing land developers, industrial and energy concerns, investment firms, and public and nonprofit entities in matters related to surface water rights, groundwater rights, state and federal water policy and the Law of the Colorado River. • Karen Dickinson, an international business attorney and shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been selected as one of the 50 most influential women in Arizona Business by AZ Business Magazine. Dickinson also serves as the chair of the Arizona District Export Council, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. • Arizona Summit Law School recently appointed Keith Swisher as the school’s associate dean of academic affairs. Swisher replaces retired Judge Penny Willrich, who is concluding her term in the position and returning to faculty as a full-time professor of law, beginning fall 2014. Prior to joining Arizona Summit, Swisher practiced criminal and commercial litigation and professional liability law with the law firm of Osborn Maledon. • Attorney Jim Susa has joined the Tucson office of the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. as a shareholder in the firm’s tax practice group. Susa is recognized by the State Bar of Arizona as a certified tax specialist, and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona legal specialization board tax law advisory commission. He is also licensed to practice law in Nevada. • Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to welcome Michael Angelo to the Phoenix office. Angelo’s practice at Squire Patton Boggs will be focused on representing both public and private companies in corporate transactions, including debt and equity capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions and bank finance transactions, and in corporate governance and securities compliance matters. • Christine Iijima Hall has been appointed by Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales to a task force to review the role and governance structure of the Arizona State Bar. It will make recommendations to the court for changes, if needed. Hall has very extensive civic involvement which includes serving on the Arizona State Bar board of governors as a public member, Committee for the Superior Court, Judicial Selection Advisory Council for Phoenix Municipal Court, and Arizona Judicial Council. • Adante Law Group is pleased to announce that Brian M. Blum, has been hired to serve as a managing attorney with The Turnaround Team which is a newly founded sister law firm that focus solely on consumer Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy matters. • Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic bar association, will be hosting their Third Annual Gala, benefiting the Hon. Valdemar A. Cordova Scholarship for Hispanic law students, and honoring those who have contributed to the organization and the community. The 2014 honorees are Virginia Herrera-Gonzales, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Martín Quezada, who will receive the Emerging Leader Award; and Tony Moya, who will receive the Community Service Award. The 2014 gala will consist of dinner, cocktails and dancing at the Renaissance Hotel in Phoenix Oct. 25, 2014. • The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A., is pleased to announce Ann Marie Stevens has joined the firm as an associate. Stevens joins Burch & Cracchiolo after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Kent E. Cattani of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Stevens will focus her practice on commercial litigation, labor and employment and real estate law. • Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Judith K. Gargiulo has joined the firm’s Phoenix office. Gargiulo’s knowledge and experience enhances the firm’s corporate practice.
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