- Gerrit Steenblik, a shareholder with national law firm Polsinelli, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the East Valley Partnership, a regional coalition of business, educational and government leaders dedicated to promoting economic development in the East Valley. Steenblik is a real estate attorney who works with financial institutions, investors, and developers on multifaceted real estate finance and real estate development transactions. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that its Phoenix office has been named among AZ Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ’s Most Admired Companies for the third consecutive year. The firm and its fellow honorees were recognized during the AZ Business Magazine’s seventh annual Most Admired Companies dinner Sept. 15 at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. - Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Nathalie M. Daum has joined the firm in the newly created role of regional director of business development and marketing. She will be residing in the Phoenix office and will be responsible for the marketing and business development efforts of more than 100 legal professionals in the Phoenix, Las Vegas and Reno offices. - Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner is pleased to announce that it has pledged funding for a scholarship to assist ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students facing unexpected financial needs during the school year. In conjunction with the scholarship pledge, the firm celebrated the opening of the interview room with fami- ly, friends and clients Aug. 23. The celebration included an early evening reception complete with tours of the recently opened Beus Center for Law and Society, home to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner Interview Room. - On Wednesday, Sept. 7, the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady LLP signed the UNITY Pledge in support of fully inclusive non-discrimination policies in the workplace, housing and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people. Quarles & Brady, who joins more than 2,000 businesses and organizations in supporting a fully inclusive Arizona, is the first large law firm in Arizona to sign the pledge. - Michael Patterson, a shareholder with national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected as the senior co-vice chair and chair-elect of the business law section of the State Bar of Arizona. Patterson is a business attorney who practices in the areas of international business, cross-border transactions and securities law. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix partner Stephanie Quincy has been named the chair of the Phoenix office’s labor and employment practice group. Quincy is a trial attorney who has defended companies on claims of discrimination and harassment in front of juries and judges, including cases involving multiple plaintiffs. - National law firm Polsinelli recently cohosted a welcome reception for the new Mexican Consul Claudia Franco together with the Governor’s Arizona Mexico Commission. 120 business leaders were in attendance at the event which was held at the new six-story downtown Phoenix Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. Mike Patterson, an international business attorney with Polsinelli gave the closing remarks. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Cathleen T. Yu, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to the executive council of the State Bar of Arizona business law section. In her role, Yu will work to promote the objectives of the State Bar of Arizona within the area of business law; simplify and improve the application of justice in the field; promote the legal education of members of the Bar; and otherwise further the interests of the State Bar of Arizona and the legal profession as a whole. Yu is a member of the firm’s business law practice group. She represents institutional investors including tax-exempt organizations. - The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project has named Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP as its Law Firm Partner of the Year in recognition of the firm’s long-standing pro bono support. The Florence Project also presented firm attorney Brian Kim with the Children’s Program Pro Bono of the Year award for persevering through difficult cases. Awards were presented Sept. 1. - The Phoenix law firm of Jaburg Wilk supported the Code Red program at Phoenix Rescue Mission by donating seven pallets of bottled water. Jaburg Wilk has previously supported Code Red, which provides water to vulnerable people during the dangerous triple digit summer heat. This year, the firm donated 13,500 bottles of water to Code Red. - Coppersmith Brockelman, a business law firm in Phoenix, announced that the following attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year in their practice are by Best Lawyers in America. Jim Belanger was recognized for his work in criminal defense. Kent Brockelman was recognized for his work in labor and employment law litigation. Kim Fatica was recognized for her work in employment law on the management side. Andy Gordon was recognized for his work in health care law litigation. Kristen Rosati was recognized for her work in health care law. - Dickinson Wright PLLC, with offices in Phoenix, is pleased to announce that the firm has received ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, becoming one of the few law firms to achieve certification. - The law firm of Sherman & Howard L.L.C. is pleased to announce that Jonathan Loe has joined the firm in its Scottsdale office as an associate in the health care, business and real estate groups. - Patent attorney, Brian M. Kaufman, has been elected partner at Patent Law Group: Atkins and Associates located in Chandler, Arizona. Kaufman’s areas of practice include patents and trademarks before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and foreign offices, as well as licensing, agreements, oppositions, litigation and alternate dispute resolution - Jones, Skelton & Hochuli partner Gordon Lewis has been named the 2017 Lawyer of the Year for education law in Phoenix, Arizona. This is Lewis’ second time winning this award. Lewis is a partner is the firm’s governmental liability section. He has 23 years of experience in the areas of education law and labor and employment law. - Melissa Ho, a shareholder of national law firm Polsinelli, has been selected for the 2016 edition of the first ever Under 40 Hot List by Benchmark Litigation, considered by many to be the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys. Ho practices in the areas of government investigations and white collar criminal defense. - Ballard Spahr attorneys across the country have been included in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with three from Phoenix recognized as 2017 Lawyers of the Year, including William A. Hicks III for municipal law; Karen C. McConnell for corporate law; and Kendis Key Muscheid for nonprofit and charities law. - The 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America listed Jean E. Harris of Greenberg Traurig LLP as Lawyer of the Year for securities and capital markets law for Phoenix. - Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP announces that the following attorneys received Phoenix Lawyer of the Year accolades from Best Lawyers in America 2017. Bruce E. Samuels was recognized for his work in intellectual property litigation. Jesse B. Simpson was recognized for securities litigation. Jennifer Van Kirk was recognized for copyright law. - The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that the following shareholders were recognized as Lawyers of the Year Dalva L. Moellenberg, Jeffrey T. Pyburn, Kevin E. O’Malley and co-founder Michael K. Kennedy. - 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, including Glenn M. Feldman for gaming law; Richard A. Friedlander for construction litigation; William L. Novotny for bankruptcy litigation; David J. Ouimette for real estate litigation; and Robert L. Schwartz for family law mediation.
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