➤ The law firm of Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. announced that Carissa K. Seidl has joined the family law practice group. Seidl has more than 10 years of experience providing legal services to individuals needing advice and guidance to resolve or litigate family law issues including divorce, paternity, post-dissolution issues, valuation and child-related disputes. ➤ Ballard Spahr hosted a “Government Relations Roadshow,” featuring two former U.S. governors, Pennsylvania’s Edward G. Rendell and Arizona’s Janice K. Brewer, as well as a group of political and legal experts who discussed campaign finance disclosure and dark money, the coming presidential race, and the evolving laws that govern political activity. The first stop on the roadshow, “A Meeting at the Corner of Law & Politics,” was held Jan. 27 at Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The firm plans to hold similar events this year in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Program speakers included Ballard Spahr government relations partners Kenneth M. Jarin and Joseph A. Kanefield and Scott A. Smith, the firm’s managing director of government relations. ➤ Scott Richardson, a Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner insurance and administrative attorney, presented on the ways to limit business’s risk in “Bringing Business Sense to My Landscape Business Seminar” held Jan. 27. ➤ Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A., is pleased to announce Donald R. Kunz has joined the firm as of counsel. Kunz practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance coverage and insurer bad faith. Kunz is in the 61st year of a vigorous and varied trial practice. He is one of the few lawyers in the United States who has ever tried and/or appealed an APEX case involving litigation stemming from mining laws in the western United States. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Aisha E. Alcaraz has been selected as its diversity legal writing program scholar. The 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, Alcaraz has been offered the opportunity to clerk for the firm for the entire spring semester. In addition to gaining valuable clerking experience, the firm will also provide Alcaraz with a $5,000 scholarship. ➤ Ballard Spahr will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Phoenix through a “Year of Service” and giving back to the community. The first event was held Monday, Jan. 18, at the Lura Turner Homes Civitan House where lawyers and staff spent the morning socializing with its residents and lending a hand with maintenance of the property. The Phoenix office opened in September 2006, and was the 12th office in the firm’s western expansion which began with the opening of the Salt Lake City office in 1987. ➤ The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A., is pleased to announce that Tonya K. MacBeth and Kenneth J. Januszewski have been named shareholders of the firm. MacBeth is a domestic relations attorney whose practice addresses a full range of family law concerns, including nuptial agreements, divorce and post-decree modification and enforcement actions. She resolves issues in mediation but also takes cases to trial when indicated. Januszewski has over 30 years of experience handling a broad array of litigation on behalf of insured parties and as coverage counsel. He practices in all areas of general liability and construction-related litigation and serves as the practice group chair for the firm’s construction defect and general liability practice. Januszewski actively practices in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. ➤ Brian R. Booker has joined Gordon & Rees as a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office. He is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation, tort and product liability and professional liability defense practice groups. Booker joins the firm after practicing for over 17 years in the Phoenix office of a national AmLaw 200 firm. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce that Sarah Staudinger has joined the firm as an associate. Staudinger focuses her practice on general civil litigation and insurance defense, construction litigation, and automobile liability defense. ➤ On Thursday, Dec. 17, members of Quarles & Brady’s Phoenix office joined together to donate nearly 300 blankets to the students at Capitol Elementary School, which is among the firm’s longest- term volunteer programs and partnerships. For more than 25 years, attorneys and staff have volunteered their time each school year as homeroom parents to the West Phoenix elementary school, providing both interactive activities and mentoring to engage students from kindergarten to sixth grade. ➤ Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP and Christie, Parker & Hale LLP announced they have combined to become Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. The combination brings together two well-respected law firms creating a top-level intellectual property practice group with broad industry and technical depth serving clients across the entire spectrum of IP. All firm offices remain in their present locations. ➤ Stephen Wade Nebgen, of The Law Office of Stephen Wade Nebgen, PLLC was recently elected as the chair of the advisory committee to The School of Film and Theatre at Scottsdale Community College. The committee’s mission is to aid the film and theatre departments in expanding the reach of the two departments, assist in fundraising, and to help obtain the most up-to-date equipment for use by the students. Nebgen’s practice focuses on entertainment law and intellectual property. ➤ During the month of December, Jaburg Wilk held a drive for HALO Animal Rescue and the Arizona Humane Society. Jaburg Wilk employees were asked to bring in gently used items that could help dogs and cats stay warm during the winter. The bed of a full size pick-up truck was filled with blankets, dog beds, towels and toys and they were delivered to Halo Animal Rescue and the Arizona Humane Society. ➤ Polsinelli shareholder Melissa Miller Proctor has been selected to serve on the Working Board of the Metropolitan Phoenix Export Alliance. MPEXA is considered the go-to outlet for all small and medium enterprises (SMEs) looking for export assistance and guidance. ➤ Mesch Clark Rothschild is pleased to announce that Gary Cohen, a shareholder, has been certified as a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Cohen, a Tucson native, has been practicing law at Mesch Clark Rothschild since graduating from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1993. He is a partner in the firm’s litigation and appeals sections. His practice focuses on commercial disputes, employment matters, personal injury and medical malpractice, municipal law and appeals. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce our firm has expanded to an 83-lawyer law firm, which includes the recent additions of Dustin A. Christner, Jonathan L. Sullivan, Jacob L. Speckhard, Erica J. Spurlock and Keith D. Collett. This growth is contributed to the success of not only to firm lawyers but also every single firm employee. Dustin Christner joined the firm as a partner, concentrating his practice on medical malpractice and health care law. Christner is an experienced litigator with significant experience defending claims of medical negligence, nursing home elder abuse liability, products liability, and personal injury. Jonathan Sullivan is an associate and focuses his practice on professional liability and insurance bad faith. After graduating from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, he was involved in medical research that centered around obtaining federal approval for medical devices and pharmaceutical clinical trials. Jacob Speckhard’s practice concentrates on general civil litigation, insurance defense, premises liability, and automobile liability defense. During law school, Speckhard worked as a summer associate at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli and JDA Software. He also served as a legal extern for the Honorable Robert Oberbillig, Maricopa County Superior Court, Civil Division. Erica Spurlock practices personal injury defense, dram shop defense, employment law, and general liability defense. Before graduating law school at Boston University, Spurlock worked as law clerk for the Attorney General’s Office in the criminal division and for The Law Offices of Diane Miller. She was also a summer associate for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli. Keith Collett is an associate in the general liability, construction and auto trial department. While attending University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Collett worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Bradley Astrowsky and was a legal intern for the University of Arizona, Office of the General Counsel. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Naomi E. Thurston has joined the firm’s Phoenix office in its litigation and dispute resolution practice group. Thurston practices in the areas of commercial litigation and appellate advocacy with emphasis on breach of contract; breach of guaranty; commercial torts; and lender liability claims. She also has experience representing clients in water, environmental and construction defect litigation.
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