-John F. Barwell, a trial attorney with the national law firm Polsinelli, was selected to join Valley Leadership Institute’s 37th class. The nine-month program brings about 50 Phoenix-area business and civic leaders together for extensive executive leadership training developed by the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale. As an associate at Polsinelli, Barwell focuses his civil litigation practice on defending products liability and personal injury lawsuits. He also represents both plaintiffs and defendants on a variety of general business matters. -The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partners Brad Vynalek and Leonardo Loo have been named among the Most Admired Leaders in Arizona by the Phoenix Business Journal. Vynalek and Loo were recognized with their fellow honorees during the Phoenix Business Journal’s 11th Annual Most Admired Leaders dinner. Vynalek is a member of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group and was recently elected to the firm’s national executive committee. Loo, who also was recently honored as among the Top Minority Leaders in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine, is the Phoenix office chair of the business law practice group. -Qingqing Miao has joined Lane Powell as an attorney in the firm’s business practice group, where she will focus her practice on immigration and business law. Prior to joining Lane Powell, Miao worked as of counsel at Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC. Miao assists clients in navigating the complex U.S. immigration process and provides legal services to help their businesses grow and succeed. -Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been selected as one of Arizona’s Most Influential Women by AZ Business Magazine. More than 2,000 women were considered for the distinction. As a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli, she works in the areas of government investigations and white collar criminal defense. -Berk Law Group, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Daniel L. Broadbent as an associate attorney at the firm. Broadbent received his Bachelor of Science in accounting in May 2004 from Arizona State University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2010. Since 2010, Broadbent has handled a wide variety of legal matters, including probate and real estate, business and contract disputes. At Berk Law Group, P.C., he will focus his practice primarily on probate, trust and estate administration and litigation and elder law litigation. -John Coughlan has joined Lane Powell as an attorney in the startups and emerging companies practice group. Coughlan will focus his practice on corporate, tax and transactional matters. He also has experience advising business owners on tax considerations of corporate, LLC and partnership formation, governance and exit strategies. -The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 12 of its associate attorneys have been admitted as partners as a result of superb performance and the promise of furthering the future for the firm and its clients. The new partners are in the firm’s Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Tampa offices. The new Phoenix partners are Rowan P. Smith, Cathleen T. Yu and Marian M. Zapata- Rossa. Smith practices in the firm’s intellectual property practice group with a focus on patent prosecution and counseling. Yu practices in the firm’s business law practice group, representing clients in corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions and business transactions. Zapata-Rossa practices in the firm’s labor & employment practice group, focusing on employment litigation defense and advising employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. -Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce that it has expanded to 83 lawyers with the addition of Samuel E. Arrowsmith, Cory E. Tyszka, Erica J. Spurlock, Jacob L. Speckhard and Sarah Staudinger. Arrowsmith is an associate, his practice focuses on general civil litigation, insurance defense, premises liability and automobile liability defense. Tyszka joins the firm as an associate in the medical malpractice department. Spurlock is an associate, who focuses her practice on personal injury defense, dram shop defense, premises liability defense and employment law. Speckhard joins the firm as an associate for the general liability, construction, auto trial practice groups. Staudinger is an associate, who focuses her practice on general civil litigation and insurance defense, construction litigation and automobile liability defense. -The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Kevin O’Malley will be inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Hall of Fame during the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. In addition to his shareholder responsibilities, Mr. O’Malley is a member of the Gallagher & Kennedy board of directors and head of the firm’s litigation and public bidding and procurement departments. -The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix office managing partner Nicole Stanton has been elected to the Arizona Equal Justice Foundation board of directors. In addition to her position as office manager partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Stanton is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group. Her experience includes defense of local and national law firms in legal malpractice actions and other business litigation disputes. -Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced the addition of two new attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office. Blake Atkinson and Philip Brailsford have joined the firm as associates and practice in intellectual property and business litigation. Atkinson practices in the area of intellectual property including patent prosecution and litigation, trademark registration and litigation, and copyrights. Brailsford focuses his practice in business litigation. Prior to practicing law, he served on the Mesa Police Department for more than 19 years, most recently as an operations lieutenant. -Booker T. Evans, Jr., a prominent white collar criminal defense attorney and commercial litigator in Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office, has been honored by the Arizona Diversity Council as one of the 2015 DiversityFIRST individual award winners. -The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP announced that Phoenix partner Steven A. Hirsch has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Hirsch joins 10 other Bryan Cave attorneys who also are fellows of this elite organization. Hirsch’s litigation practice concentrates on general business, utility and commercial litigation.
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