➤ William A. Hicks III, Karen C. McConnell and Kendis Key Muscheid of Ballard Spahr were named 2017 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. ➤ Twelve Arizona lawyers of the 63 total Sherman & Howard lawyers were recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers In America. ➤ Continuing its systematic expansion, Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm, announced a significant recognition of its growing intellectual property practice. Just six months aft er 44 attorneys joined the firm from Houston-based boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP, Polsinelli was recognized as a Top Patent Firm. ➤ Mesch Clark Rothschild is pleased to announce Jeff Coe as the firm’s newest associate. Prior to joining the firm, Coe clerked for multiple federal bankruptcy judges in Tucson, Arizona. Coe graduated in 2013 from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. While in law school, Coe was a writer for the Arizona Law Review and earned awards for Outstanding Performance in both Oral Advocacy and Legal Writing. ➤ the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 30 of its Phoenix attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2017. ➤ Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Phoenix partner Bahar A. Schippel has been elected vice chair for the ABA Section of Taxation: Pro Bono and Outreach. In that position, Schippel will be heading the Section of Taxation’s pro bono efforts, including assisting low income taxpayers and small tax exempt organizations, as well coordinating the Section of Taxation’s outreach efforts to improve public understanding of, confidence in, and respect for, the tax system. ➤ Eight lawyers from Mesch Clark Rothschild were listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2017. ➤ the law firm of Tiffaany & Bosco P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Justin P. Nelson as an associate attorney. Nelson concentrates his practice in civil and commercial litigation. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2015 and received his Bachelor of Arts in communications from Southern Utah University in 2011. ➤ Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. announced 16 attorneys have been selected by the Best Lawyers in America 2017. ➤ Paul J. Sheston of the Checkett Law Firm PLLC in Scottsdale was recently named a Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers for a third consecutive year in the field of medical malpractice defense. Sheston was also recently selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 40 Litigation Lawyers Under 40. Sheston represents and defends hospitals, physicians and licensed health care providers throughout Arizona. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli PLC is pleased to announce that partner Donald L. Myles has been elected as secretary-treasurer of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) board. Myles has been a member of the FDCC since 1991, and has held several positions, including vice president, chairman of the professional liability committee and chair of the extracontractual liability committee. ➤ Quinn Williams, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, has been elected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Williams focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, venture capital transactions, and advising on the formation and funding of emerging companies. ➤ Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional firm, announced Laura Lo Bianco, chair of the firm’s nonprofit and tax-exempt practice group, has been elected to the board of directors for the Desert Botanical Garden Foundation. ➤ Jazz in Arizona, which owns the Nash, a Roosevelt Row jazz performance venue, elected Bryan Albue to president of its board of directors. Albue is a commercial litigation attorney at the law firm of Sherman & Howard L.L.C. Albue has been on the board of directors at Jazz in AZ since 2014. ➤ Scott K. Brown is a contributing author for “Bankruptcy Mediation,” a new book on effectively using mediation to achieve resolution between debtors and creditors, published by the American Bankruptcy Institute. A partner in the bankruptcy team at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP in Phoenix, Brown is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy topics. ➤ Travis J. Leach, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s business and finance department, has been named to Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. Leach focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on public offerings, private placements, corporate governance matters, SEC compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. ➤ the law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, a full service business law firm, has announced that John P. Flynn, shareholder; Peter J. Moolenaar, of counsel; and Katherine E. Hollist, associate, have joined the firm’s litigation practice group. ➤ Gordon & Rees welcomed Scott Theobald, John Vassiliades, Lawrence Cohen, Kami Hoskins and Mark Nickel to the Phoenix office. ➤ the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix attorney Jason F. Wood has been appointed to the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. Wood is a member of the firm’s real estate practice group, focusing his practice on a wide array of transactional real estate matters locally and throughout the country. ➤ Jones, Skelton & Hochuli PLC is pleased to announce that Sarah E. Epperson has joined the firm. Epperson will be the newest associate in the general liability group. ➤ Melanie Pate, a labor and employment attorney at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, is being recognized as one of the Most Infl uential Women in Arizona Business for 2016. A member of the litigation practice group, Pate also received the firm’s 2016 John P. Frank Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for her representation of domestic violence victims in cases involving family law issues. ➤ Joe Clees, a founding shareholder of the Phoenix office of Ogletree Deakins, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). ➤ Tax attorney and CPA Giselle C. Alexander has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to a five-year term on the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. Alexander focuses her law practice on tax controversy, tax planning and state and local tax matters. ➤ the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Daniel G. Radler will become the firm’s managing partner, effective Dec. 1, 2016. Radler will be the second managing partner in the firm’s history. As a former engineer, Radler brings a practical solutions mindset to the managing partner role. ➤ Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s lawyers in Phoenix have been identified as the leading practitioner in their practice area by Best Lawyers in America 2017. ➤ Nicole Maroulakos Goodwin, administrative shareholder and chair of the litigation practice in the Phoenix office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, has been named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2016. ➤ Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that intellectual property attorney William E. Van Curen has rejoined the Phoenix office. He previously practiced with the firm from 2009-2015 before moving to Franklin, Tennessee to act as intellectual property counsel at MARS Petcare.
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