➤ Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional firm, announced Patrick Irvine, a director in the firm’s Phoenix office, received the 2016 Henry Tom Outstanding Tax Attorney award. The award was presented at the State Bar of Arizona’s annual convention June 17, 2016. Irvine focuses his practice in federal, state and local taxation, tax-exempt organizations, public law, Indian law, and appeals. A former Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, he also regularly serves as an arbitrator, mediator and judge pro tem on the superior court. ➤ Seven attorneys from Sherman & Howard’s Arizona offices were recognized in the 2016 release of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers recognized Sherman & Howard’s labor and employment (including employee benefits), litigation: general commercial, real estate and leisure and hospitality for practice group band rankings. ➤ The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Tyler J. Carrell has been appointed by Phoenix City Councilman William Gates to serve on the North Mountain Village Planning Committee. Carrell will serve a two-year term commencing May 2016. In his role, Carrell will assist in identifying aspects of the city of Phoenix’s general plan that may require amendment or modification and help develop a long-term plan for the North Mountain Village, located in North Central Phoenix. Carrell will also make recommendations on rezoning requests and provide input on proposed commercial, industrial, medical and retail development in the village. Carrell is an associate practicing in the areas of real estate transactions, commercial litigation, and church and ministry law. ➤ Chambers USA, a leading legal industry rankings organization, released its 2016 rankings for lawyers and practices. Polsinelli earned high placements in state, practice and attorney rankings, with 10 practices and 57 attorneys receiving recognition. The firm’s Phoenix office received rankings in corporate M&A and in litigation – white collar crime and government investigations. Individual attorneys in the Phoenix office who received rankings include Phillip Guttilla, Melissa Ho, Anne Kleindienst and Edward F. Novak. ➤ Kathryn A. Pidgeon, a nationally recognized adoption lawyer, celebrates her firm’s 25th anniversary. Over the past two decades, Pidgeon has been working as an adoption attorney helping foster families, special needs children and families seeking to become forever parents achieve their dreams and in the process helped place thousands of children in foster homes. ➤ National law firm Polsinelli welcomes former U.S. Congressman John B. Shadegg as shareholder to its Phoenix and Washington, D.C. offices. Shadegg brings extensive experience to Polsinelli’s national public policy practice, including eight terms in Congress where he demonstrated leadership and a passion for health care and energy issues on behalf of the country and Arizonans specifically. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partner Brad Vynalek has been appointed to the regional board for Teach For America – Phoenix. Vynalek is a member of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group. He serves as a counselor and adviser on strategy, exposure and enterprise opportunity for clients ranging from local startups to Fortune 500 companies. ➤ Attorney Gregory A. Rosenthal has been elected as chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Arizona Regional board of directors. He will serve from June 1, 2016 through May 2018. Rosenthal has been a member of the ADL Arizona Regional Board since 2007. Rosenthal, a partner at Burch & Cracchiolo, concentrates his law practice in the area of civil litigation. ➤ National law firm Polsinelli has been named the recipient of the Mayor’s 2016 Export Services Provider of the Year Award. The firm was recognized at the Sisters Cities 17th Annual Global Links Business Outlook luncheon. The awards are intended to highlight the contributions made in advancing the Phoenix export economy and recognize companies that have demonstrated export excellence. Polsinelli shareholder Michael Patterson accepted the award on behalf of the firm. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Kevin J. Walsh, an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed to the Maricopa County Bar Foundation board of trustees. The mission of the foundation is to support the justice-related public service and educational activities of the Maricopa County Bar Association and other organizations, and to support local pro bono legal service providers that serve low income residents of Maricopa County. Walsh is a member of the firm’s business law practice group and concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, early- stage and emerging growth companies, equity and debt financing, crowdfunding, and general business counseling. ➤ Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that the Phoenix office has been highly ranked by Chambers USA 2016 in the areas of corporate and M&A, environmental (including water rights) and labor and employment. In addition, the following Phoenix based attorneys have been individually recognized in their respective practice groups by Chambers, D. Lewis Clark, Jr., Peter W. Culp, Matthew Holman, Christopher D. Johnson, Laura Lawless Robertson, Steven L. Lisker, Bart J. Page, Daniel B. Pasternak, Frank Placenti, Lawrence Rosenfeld and Christopher D. Thomas. ➤ Coppersmith Brockelman, a prominent law firm in Phoenix, announced that six of its lawyers have been recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, an annual guide to the nation’s best attorneys and legal firms. The 20-lawyer firm earned national rankings in the labor and employment and health care practice areas. The individual attorneys recognized were Keith Beauchamp, James Belanger, Kent Brockelman, John DeWulf, Kimberly Fatica and Karen Owens. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix attorney Jon Howard has been appointed to the board of directors of Valley Leadership, the Valley’s premier leadership organization, whose roots date back to the late 1970s when a group of local visionaries recognized the need to identify and develop the next generation of leadership. A member of Valley Leadership Class 36, Howard practices in the firm’s business law practice group and focuses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate law. ➤ Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that three attorneys from the firm’s Phoenix office have been included in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA. Those from the Phoenix office include Joseph Clees, Mark Kisicki and Nonnie Shivers. Ogletree Deakins’ Phoenix office also earned a Band 1 ranking, the highest possible, in the labor and employment practice area. ➤ The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partner Susan Brichler Trujillo, office chair of the health law practice group, has been elected president of the board of Community Legal Services, an Arizona nonprofit that provides legal assistance, advice, and representation to individuals below the federal poverty level. A longtime member of the board of directors, Trujillo most recently served as the organization’s vice president. Trujillo’s practice includes representation of health care clients, including retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and wholesale distributors, pharmacy benefit managers, hospitals, behavioral health providers and long-term care facilities in the areas of regulatory compliance, contract disputes, licensing issues and litigation matters. ➤ The Children’s Law Center has named Polsinelli as its 2015 Law Firm of the Year, for the second time in the past three years. The firm was honored at a recent reception and pro bono awards ceremony put on by the Volunteer Lawyers Program, a civil law project of Community Legal Services and the Maricopa County Bar Association at its celebration recognizing 35 years of pro bono service. Arizona Supreme Court Justice Ann Scott Timmer and the Honorable Paul McMurdie and the Honorable Colleen McNally presented the awards. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce that Lisa Bivens, Jon Brinkman, Christopher Heo and Brian Ripple will be joining the firm as law clerks this summer. The summer law clerk program is designed to introduce law students to its practice areas and clients, and give them insight as to what it’s like to be a lawyer at the firm. ➤ Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced Michael Phalen, a director in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been listed in The Legal 500 United States 2016 for real estate and construction – land use/zoning. Phalen is chair of the firm’s zoning and land use subgroup and focuses his practice on land acquisition, entitlement and development. Prior to joining the firm, he served as assistant Arizona attorney general in the land and natural resources section, representing the Arizona State Land Department, and in a non-attorney capacity as the land planning director at the Arizona State Land Department. ➤ National law firm Polsinelli welcomes shareholder Michael Gillette to its national corporate and transactional practice. Gillette’s practice focuses on the representation of emerging and established companies in connection with a range of general corporate and transactional specific matters, including corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, convertible debt and preferred equity issuances, joint ventures, intellectual property transfers and licensing, and other complex commercial and corporate transactions. Gillette practices across a number of industries, with a particular focus on serving clients within the health care and technology fields.
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