Jones, Skelton & Hochuli provides a scholarship to a diversity legal writing program participant. The writing program provides second-year law students at Arizona State University with practical clerking experience in private law firms within Maricopa County. As a participant in the program, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli will offer one student who’s involved in the program the opportunity to clerk for the firm for the entire spring semester. In addition to gaining valuable clerking experience, the firm will also provide the student with a $5,000 scholarship. Lewis Roca Rothgerber announces the election of Peter Wand to the firm’s partnership. Wand is a member of the firm’s tax practice and currently serves as the co-chair of the firm’s executive compensation and employee benefits practice. In his executive compensation and employee benefits practice, Wand helps employers design and administer qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and executive compensation programs. In his estate and tax planning practice, Wand helps his clients identify and implement their tax and estate planning goals. Gordon Silver is pleased to announce that Loren A. Morris was recently named as a board member for the Maricopa County Bar Association’s young lawyers division. Morris will serve in her role for three years. Morris is a member of the firm’s litigation and business restructuring & bankruptcy departments. The focus of her practice is representing clients in adversary proceedings and contested matters in bankruptcy court and litigating actions brought in state and federal court involving issues such as fraudulent transfers, business torts and breach of contract. The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is pleased to announce that Wendi A. Sorensen and Gregory A. Rosenthal have been named partners with the firm. Sorensen is a certified specialist in personal injury and wrongful death law and currently serves on the Arizona State Bar committee that confers certification status in this practice area. Rosenthal is an AV Preeminent peer review rated attorney with Martindale- Hubbell whose practice focuses on civil litigation matters, representing clients in cases involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, negligence, premises liability and construction matters. Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Amber D. Curto has been elected the 2015 chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association estate planning, probate and trust administration section. Curto is an attorney in the corporate practice group, focusing on the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration. Recognized by his peers as one of the finest trial lawyers in the country, Patrick McGroder will present the 2015 Civil Justice Lecture at The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. McGroder, a shareholder in the Phoenix-based law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, specializes in high profile, catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation. Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk announced that Blake DeLong joined the firm as a partner, bringing his knowledge and expertise of insurance coverage and defense to the firm’s insurance group. The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Stacey L. Lihn has been elected as a public member of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Foundation. She will serve a three-year term. In her role, Lihn will serve as the first parent representative for the ABP foundation, bringing a new and unique perspective to leaders in the field of pediatrics. Gordon Silver is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Salerno was recently named as a regional endowment chair, Texas & Southwest, for the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. Salerno is the senior shareholder in the Arizona office, and a member of the firm's business restructuring & bankruptcy department. He has been involved in restructurings in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland and the Czech and Slovak Republics. Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Albert H. “Bert” Acken has been named practice group leader of the firm’s water, energy, resources and environmental law practice group. Acken will oversee 12 attorneys in the Phoenix and Denver offices. The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Joshua S. Becker has joined the firm as a shareholder in the business law and intellectual property practice groups. The primary focus of Becker’s business law practice is all aspects of franchising, including franchise development and maintenance, franchise licensing and agreements, franchise sales, and federal, state franchise law compliance and mergers and acquisitions. Jennings Haug & Cunningham L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Russell R. Yurk has been elected to partner with the law firm. Yurk’s practice focuses on professional liability, lawyer discipline and complex civil litigation. He is serving as the chair of DRI’s lawyers' professionalism and ethics committee for the second consecutive year. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, Arizona has shown a noticeable increase in commercial and residential construction litigation over the past few years. Jones, Skelton & Hochuli expands their construction litigation team with the addition of John M. Gregory. Gregory is an associate with Jones, Skelton & Hochuli and serves as an executive board member for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel young lawyers division, where he is also social media chair. Andante Law Group is pleased to announce that the founder and managing partner Daniel E. Garrison, was unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the board of directors of Care Fund. Care Fund is a 501(c)(3) foundation whose mission is to provide mortgage or rent support to Arizona families during a child’s extended health crisis. Garrison has served on the board of directors of Care Fund since its organization nearly two years ago. Gary Lento has joined the Phoenix office of Gordon & Rees as a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. Lento brings more than 20 years of experience handling business transactions, construction, employment, product liability, professional negligence and real estate disputes.
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