-Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. is proud to announce that John Parzych is the firm's newest partner. Parzych joined the firm when it was founded in 2008 and has since become an integral member of the firm's bankruptcy and business litigation departments. His practice areas include bankruptcy and restructuring, commercial litigation, real estate litigation and creditors’ rights. -Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, P.L.C. is pleased to announce Benjamin A. Thinnes has been named a member of the firm. Thinnes focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate and finance transactions. -Mike Patterson and Karen Dickinson, shareholders of the national law firm Polsinelli, recently participated in VerdeXchange Arizona 2015, a leadership business-to-business conference for sustainable economic growth. Approximately 400 state, regional and global connectors attended the event, including decisionmakers from 20 countries and 10 states that are involved in shaping the already trillion-dollar green economy. The conference consisted of over 25 expert panels and more than 100 speakers including some of the most influential thought leaders in the Southwest. Mike Patterson, a business attorney with experience in cross-border transactions, participated on the “Mexico - Projects Across Borders” panel and introduced Tucson Mayor Rothschild and the other members of the panel. Karen Dickinson, an international business attorney and chair of the Arizona District Export Council, participated in the International panel, discussing legal issues and exporting resources. -Timothy Fontes has joined the national law firm Polsinelli in its Phoenix office as an associate. An intellectual property and technology attorney who is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, he will be assisting the firm’s intellectual property clients on a broad range of technical issues. -Elizabeth Gilbert, Whitney Harvey and Ashley Halvorson, attorneys at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, were among the second graduating class of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel’s Ladder Down Program. Gilbert has been a trial attorney since 1995 and has tried over 75 jury trials in both criminal and civil matters. Halvorson concentrates her practice on bad faith and extra-contractual liability and insurance coverage. Harvey concentrates her practice on general civil litigation, wrongful death and personal injury, commercial and business litigation, and dram shop and social host liability. -The Phoenix office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has promoted Nathan T. Mitchler and Dana L. Hooper to shareholder. Mitchler focuses his practice on multiple areas of complex litigation, business disputes and intellectual property. He also is well-versed in all aspects of discovery and pre-trial motions practice. Hooper works with clients in areas of commercial litigation, business matters and sports law. In 2014, she was named to the board of directors of the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association. -Mark Zukowski is the ninth lawyer at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli to receive the distinction of being invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates. He joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli in 1983, and has been a partner since 1988. He has served on the firm’s management committee and is a past chair of the firm’s construction and insurance practice groups. In addition to his successful civil litigation practice, Zukowski is a construction and commercial arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association. -Phillip Guttilla has been elevated to vice chair of the corporate and transactional practice group of the national law firm Polsinelli. Guttilla works with clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and capital formation, hedge fund and private equity fund formation, and advises companies on business matters. -Sherman & Howard’s real estate attorneys have been ranked No. 1 in the real estate category in the most recent release of Ranking Arizona magazine. Four other Sherman & Howard practice areas were also recognized. -Gammage & Burnham is pleased to announce that Christopher L. Raddatz joined the firm as a partner. His practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate transactions, federal taxation, and business and finance. He has extensive experience in commercial real estate acquisitions, real estate lending, refinancing and workouts, planned community development, and drafting and enforcement of commercial leases. -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. In addition, the firm has been ranked No. 3 overall in firms with 21-50 attorneys and No. 2 in the government relations practice area. -Blake Law Firm is pleased to announce that Jenny Jansch joined the firm, representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death matters. Her experience as a legal assistant and plaintiffs’ PI attorney for 18 years gives her a unique perspective in connecting with clients and staff. -The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that it has expanded its securities practice with the addition of Stephen R. Boatwright, Alicia M. Corbett and Daniel A. DeChesaro to the firm. Boatwright joins the firm as a shareholder, bringing 25 years of experience in corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions laws. As of counsel, Corbett focuses her practice on securities, corporate and intellectual property compliance and transactions. As of counsel, DeChesaro focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions and securities. -Patton Boggs is pleased to announce the promotion of 40 lawyers as partners and principals. The promotions are within most of the firm’s key practices and involve lawyers from 21 offices around the world. In the Phoenix office, Jaime R. Daddona and Jacob B. Smith were promoted. Daddona is a member of the corporate practice group. Smith is a member of the tax strategy and benefits practice group. -The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University ranks No. 26 among the nation’s leading law schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of graduate schools. The college moved up five spots in one year and is now in the top 13 percent of the 198 accredited law schools evaluated as part of the survey. -National law firm Polsinelli welcomes Paul J. Roshka, a commercial litigator with extensive experience in prosecution and defense claims alleging violations of federal and state securities laws. Roshka represents clients before the SEC, the Arizona Securities Division and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). -On March 16, 2015, the Gallagher & Kennedy law firm donated more than 300 professional clothing items as well as a monetary donation to the Arizona affiliate of Dress for Success (DFS), an organization that supports women reentering the workforce. Over three weeks in February, the law firm’s Professional Women’s Group collected new and gently used women’s business clothing to donate to the Dress of Success Phoenix boutique. Donations were gathered from others in the Esplanade Complex, vendors and employees of the law firm. -Suzuki Law Offices is pleased to announce the addition of associate attorney, Amy Leonard. She has practiced since 1996, and has extensive experience in both civil litigation and criminal defense. -Arizona Summit Law School was named one of the 2015 Most Diverse Law Schools in the United States by PreLaw Magazine. The private law school, located in downtown Phoenix, earned an A+ rating and was named among the top ten law schools for diversity by the publication, which regularly evaluates law schools across the country accredited by the American Bar Association. -Polsinelli is pleased to welcome Lauren Crawford as an associate in its Phoenix office. Crawford is a litigation attorney who focuses her practice on representing corporate policyholders in coverage disputes in a variety of industries.
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