Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP proudly announces that Amy E. Altshuler will lead the firm’s business transactions practice group, a strategic focus area for the firm that includes banking and regulatory compliance, commercial real estate, executive compensation and employee benefits, mergers and acquisitions, securities and regulatory compliance, tax and trusts and estates. The Arizona Association of Defense Counsel’s young lawyers division has elected Jason Kasting to be their 2015/2016 executive board president. Kasting has previously served as vice president and secretary for the young lawyers division. Kasting joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli as an associate in 2011, and concentrates his practice on general civil litigation and insurance defense, transportation defense, product liability defense and professional liability. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that two new attorneys, Robert K. Rogers and Christopher J. Rogers, have joined the firm’s Phoenix office, expanding the firm’s corporate, securities and finance legal services. Robert K. Rogers joined the firm as a member. He is a longtime figure of the Arizona corporate and securities bar, and previously practiced in the corporate and securities departments of large New York and Salt Lake City law firms. Christopher J. Rogers joined the firm as an associate. His practice focuses primarily in the areas of general corporate law and private securities offerings. The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is pleased to announce Douglas L. Wood has joined the firm as an associate. Wood is an attorney who practices in the areas of business and corporate law, estate planning and probate, and tax controversy. Prior to joining the firm, Wood practiced as a certified public accountant with a large national accounting firm focusing his practice on taxation. Xico has selected Alejandro Pérez, an associate at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, to join its board of directors. As an associate at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, Pérez focuses his civil litigation practice on employment law, governmental entity defense, commercial litigation and general liability defense. Pérez also devotes a significant amount of time to working with legal and other nonprofit organizations. Lynda C. Shely of The Shely Firm, PC, in Scottsdale, Arizona was elected the 2015–2016 president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, a national organization whose members advise lawyers and law firms in legal ethics matters. Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek PLC announced the retirement of former managing partner Peter Ambelang, a tax and business attorney. Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that James E. Brophy, III has been elected as the firm’s new managing shareholder starting Sept. 1. Brophy succeeds longtime leader Rodolfo “Rudy” Parga Jr., who has served as managing shareholder since 2007 – the second longest tenure for the role in the firm’s 67-year history. A third-generation Arizona native, Brophy has been the leader of the firm’s corporate practice group for several years and served as the firm’s risk management shareholder. His legal practice focuses on securities and business law, and he is experienced in insurance and banking law. Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is pleased to announce Sharon J. Oscar has joined the firm. Oscar practices in the areas of commercial real estate law and equine law. Arizona Summit Law School is pleased to be included on the 2015 list of Top Companies to Work for in Arizona by Careerbuilder. The private law school, located in downtown Phoenix, earned the recognition following its participation in an assessment process managed by the independent workplace research firm, Best Companies Group. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that attorney Eric D. Gere has been selected by Valley Leadership as a Leadership Institute Class 37 Member. Tax controversy lawyer Shaun T. Kuter has joined the state & local tax and property tax groups at Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP. Kuter is a former Arizona Department of Revenue attorney, where he handled tax litigation involving transaction privilege tax, use tax and luxury tax issues. The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. announced that shareholder Wendi A. Sorensen has been named one of the 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona by Arizona Business Magazine. The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Darrell S. Husband has joined the firm’s Phoenix office in its real estate practice group. Husband represents financial institutions, local and regional banks, private lenders, private equity funds, REITs, builders, contractors, developers, business owners, and investors in various real estate transactions including the acquisition, disposition, development and construction of various commercial real estate projects. Polsinelli is pleased to announce that Melissa Ho has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, by Arizona Business Magazine. Ho and the other 49 honorees are women who have procured influence in their fields through their track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership. They were honored Aug. 27 at a cocktail party at the Chateaux Luxe in Phoenix. Rodney Ott, of Bryan Cave, has been selected as one of this year’s Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. Ott was specifically nominated by the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP). Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek PLC announced the addition of Tara Nordquist to the firm. She practices in the areas of general civil litigation, probate litigation, real estate litigation, real estate transactions and business law. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix- based law firm, is pleased to announce that Norma C. Izzo has been recognized in the Arizona’s Top Mediators list in the July/August issue of AZ Business Magazine. Izzo is chair of the firm’s family law and domestic relations practice, and vice chair of its alternative dispute resolution (ADR) group.
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