Bryan Cave partner George Chen was sworn into office as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association at the organization’s 26th annual convention, Convergence: Collaborating for a Grand Tomorrow, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chen has been with the law firm since 1999, and partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. Polsinelli is pleased to announce that Monica Thompson has joined its Phoenix office as an associate practicing in the area of insurance recovery. Thompson graduated earlier this year from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where she was on the Law Journal for Social Justice. Lewis Roca Rothgerber attorney Matthew Engle has been appointed to the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission. The commission champions the development, promotion and sustainability of Phoenix's vibrant cultural community. Engle practices in Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s business transactions practice group, where he counsels businesses and individuals on a broad array of corporate transactions, including structuring, negotiating, documenting and implementing mergers, acquisitions and commercial transactions; business formation; corporate governance; joint ventures; regulatory compliance and securities and franchise law. Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. has been named the Small Business Honoree of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce’s 29th Annual Sterling Awards. National law firm Polsinelli welcomes Dustin Jones, a zoning and land use attorney who represents developers in obtaining land use permits in complex commercial real estate deals. Jones brings to the firm an unusual combination of academic knowledge and practical legal experience. He will practice out of the firm’s Phoenix and New York offices. Jones serves as a full-time faculty member in Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning where he is a senior lecturer on zoning and complex land use issues. He was recently named associate director of Cornell University’s prestigious Baker Program in real estate, a two-year master’s degree program. Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to welcome Raphael Avraham to their Phoenix office. His practice will be focused on representing both public and private companies in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities matters and managing corporate governance and compliance issues. Corporate Counsel has released its 2014 Patent Litigation Survey list, ranking national law firm Polsinelli at no. 40 among the top 50 firms in the number of patent lawsuits handled in U.S. federal courts during 2013. Richard Amoroso, a shareholder with the national law firm Polsinelli, has been appointed to the Chandler Chamber of Commerce board of directors for a threeyear term. Amoroso’s legal practice is focused in the areas of insurance recovery litigation, insurance business law and regulatory matters, arbitration and asset recovery. Matthew Meaker, a shareholder with the law firm of Sacks Tierney P.A., recently co-authored two chapters in a primer for green construction lawyers, “Green Building and the Construction Lawyer – A Practical Guide to Transactional and Litigation Issues,” published by the American Bar Association. The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that the firm’s Phoenix office has been named one of the Best Places to Work 2014 by the Phoenix Business Journal. Mike Patterson, a U.S.-Mexico cross border business attorney with the national law firm Polsinelli, recently led a panel for Global Ties, a national nonprofit that works closely with the U.S. State Department for international visitors. At their regional summit, Patterson led a program on U.S. – Arizona – Mexico trade. The program was held in conjunction with the city of Phoenix, the Mexican Consul, Rep. Hernandez and Doug Bruhnke of the newly-launched Global Chamber of Commerce. Following the panel discussion, Patterson joined the Latin entertainment band in singing two Mexican boleros. The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that David E. Funkhouser, III, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council ambassador steering committee, which is focused on ensuring GPEC’s ambassador program aligns with the organization’s key objectives and mission. Scott A. Smith, chief of staff to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, will join Ballard Spahr as managing director of government relations when the governor’s term ends in January, firm chair Mark Stewart announced. As a member of Ballard Spahr’s government relations, regulatory affairs and contracting group, Smith will help clients prepare for government developments, capitalize on opportunities, and execute approaches that align government objectives and business goals. He will be based in the firm’s Phoenix office. The Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development recently appointed James Osborne, general counsel and partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, to its board of directors. The Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development opened in 1972 and provides emergency shelter and services for runaway and homeless youth. Osborne has been the firm’s general counsel since 2006, one of his areas of emphasis is professional responsibility, including legal ethics, lawyer discipline and legal malpractice defense. Three lawyers from Mesch, Clark & Rothschild have been recognized as 2015 Southwest Rising Stars: David J. Hindman in the area of business litigation; Cassandra B. Meynard in the area of employment & labor; and Isaac Rothschild in the area of bankruptcy: business. Gordon Silver is pleased to announce that shareholder Thomas J. Salerno recently served as part of the plan issues advisory subcommittee for the ABI Bankruptcy Review Commission. In what could result in the largest amendments to the U.S. bankruptcy law in 40 years, the Chapter 11 bankruptcy review commission just released their ABI commission report and recommendations. The 19-member commission had 13 separate subcommittees examining major Chapter 11 topics. Of the 150-subcommittee members, more than 100 were fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy. Joshua S. Becker is pleased to announce that as of Dec. 16, 2014, he has joined the law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. Craig Rosenstein, founding partner of the Rosenstein Law Group, has joined the 2015 board of governors for The Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AAJC), a statewide not-for-profit membership organization of criminal defense lawyers, law students and associated professionals. Commercial real estate and M&A attorney Janet Jackim and construction, real estate and Indian law attorney Roger Owers join Sacks Tierney, P.A. to further strengthen four of their core practice areas. Janet Jackim is a former vice president, real estate, and assistant general counsel at The Circle K Corporation. During three decades as a commercial real estate attorney, she has represented developers, lenders, landlords, tenants, title agencies and local governments in real estate sales, financing, development, leasing and other transactions. Roger Owers began his professional career in civil engineering and construction management before working his way through law school and earning a doctorate in civil engineering. He has practiced law since 2002, with a focus on construction law, real estate law and Indian law. His clients include small businesses, architects, engineers, contractors, land developers, landlords, tenants, lenders and businesses working in Indian Country.
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