➤ Two attorneys, Robert Garcia and Meredith Marder, from the Tucson law firm of Farhang & Medcoff have been named 2016 Southwest Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. Garcia was selected for his work in the areas of employment and labor. Marder now has been selected as a Southwest Rising Star three consecutive years in the area of business and corporate law. ➤ Coppersmith Brockelman, a prominent Phoenix law firm, announced that 12 of its 20 attorneys have been honored as 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix office managing partner Nicole Stanton was honored by the Southwest Center for HIV/ AIDS with its 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award during the organization’s 21st Annual Night for Life Gala, which took place Saturday, May 14 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa. She was also named Woman of the Year by Arizona Summit Women’s Law Association. Stanton was honored at the first annual Arizona Summit Women’s Law Association’s Spring Luncheon April 30. In addition to her position as office managing partner at Quarles & Brady and as a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group, Stanton is the founder of The Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being and Bullying Prevention at Arizona State University, which is committed to promoting environments that foster children’s health, well-being and academic success. ➤ For the second year in a row, Law360 has ranked Polsinelli among its 100 best U.S. law firms for women. The firm’s ranking is based on female representation from the partner to associate levels, as well as the total number of female attorneys. Polsinelli is among only 18 large firms also ranked in the AmLaw 100 to appear on this list. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 19 of its attorneys have been named by Southwest Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in Arizona for 2016. Additionally, 15 attorneys were named to the 2016 Southwest Rising Stars list. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partner, Jeffrey H. Wolf, has been named a Legal Eagle honoree for 2016 by Franchise Times magazine. Wolf is a member of the franchise and distribution team in the firm’s Phoenix office. For nearly 30 years, Wolf has regularly represented franchisors, manufacturers and marketers of products and services in a wide range of legal matters. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is proud to announce the 14 lawyers that have been selected to the 2016 Arizona Super Lawyers list. ➤ Tax attorney Lisa M. Reilly has been elected partner at the Phoenix law firm of Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP. In her tax controversy practice, Reilly represents businesses and individual taxpayers in state and federal tax disputes. She also assists clients in estate planning, business formation and succession planning. ➤ The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, a full service business law firm, announced that Matthew H. Engle, of counsel, has joined the firm’s business law and transactions practice group. Engle’s practice area will span business formation and governance, contracts and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and franchise law. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce Lisa Bivens, Jon Brinkman, Christopher Heo and Brian Ripple will be joining the firm as law clerks this summer. ➤ Leighton Rockafellow, Sr., one of the first lawyers in Arizona to become board certified in injury and wrongful death, was recently named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Arizona for 2016 by The National Trial Lawyers, an organization of dedicated, experienced lawyers who practice personal injury law. ➤ Corey I. Richter, an attorney at Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C., has been selected as a 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers’ Rising Star. This is Richter’s third consecutive year on this list. ➤ Engelman Berger, P.C., a law firm concentrating on resolution of business issues, announced that Meaghan K. Kramer joined the firm as an associate attorney. Kramer will concentrate her practice in her areas of experience – commercial litigation, lender representation and employment law including enforcement and drafting of restrictive covenants and employment contracts. ➤ Guttilla Murphy Anderson P.C. is pleased to announce that Dawn M. Maguire Esq. has joined the firm as of counsel and will continue her focused practice of representing bankruptcy trustees. Maguire has over 16 years of considerable experience in bankruptcy law and representing fiduciaries appointed in bankruptcy cases. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is proud to announce that Chelsey Golightly has joined the Fiesta Bowl Committee. The Fiesta Bowl Committee is made up of a team of community leaders, who work with sponsors, volunteers, staff and the board of directors to support the Fiesta Bowl and other events. Golightly started at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli as an associate in 2012 and concentrates her practice on wrongful death and personal injury defense, premises liability and general civil litigation. ➤ Booker T. Evans, Jr., recognized as a leader in the legal profession and for his lifelong commitment to diversity and community service, has been named a 2016 Community Luminary by the State of Black Arizona. Evans and nine others were recognized April 28 at the Community Luminary Ceremony. ➤ The Scottsdale Bar Association elected its 2016-2017 board and officers. The officers include President Ryan Lorenz, Vice President Lance Davidson, Secretary Perry Goorman and Treasurer Charles Berry. The directors include Donald Alvarez, Gail Barsky, Dean Dinner, Carolyn Goldman, Steve Guttell, Monica Lindstrom, Cody Hayes, Denise Blommel, Coni Rae Good, Steve Kupiszewski, Callie P. Maxwell, James Padish, Paige Martin and Kevin Estevez, the immediate past-president ➤ The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. announced that 21 attorneys have been selected by Southwest Super Lawyers as top attorneys in Arizona for 2016. Seventeen attorneys have been recognized as Southwest Super Lawyers and four have attained the title of Rising Stars. ➤ Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski, P.C. is pleased to announce that attorneys, Chris Gulinson and Benjamin F. Manion have joined the firm. The two attorneys will focus on workers’ compensation. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP has been named the Best BigLaw Firm For Female Attorneys by Law360, underscoring its ongoing commitment to gender equality in the legal profession and workplace. ➤ Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Phoenix partner Damon Ashcraft has been appointed to the nominating committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). As a member of the nominating committee, Ashcraft will interview candidates for key leadership positions within ICANN, including its board of directors. In addition, Ashcraft will travel to the ICANN56 Policy Forum in Helsinki, Finland June 27-30 to make the final selections for the board and other positions. At Snell & Wilmer, Ashcraft assists clients in identifying, protecting and maximizing the value of their intellectual property. ➤ Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a $125,000 gift to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The first scholarship from the Ballard Spahr Diversity Scholarship - $25,000 for one year of tuition – will be awarded for the 2016-17 academic year, and the recipient will be known as the Ballard Spahr Diversity Scholar. ➤ Michele Van Quathem is pleased to announce the opening of the Law Offices of Michele Van Quathem, PLLC. Van Quathem will continue serving clients in the water, natural resources, mining and Arizona Corporation Commission practice areas.
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