- Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Christopher D.Thomas and Matthew L. Rojas have joined the firm’s environment, energy and resources practice in Phoenix.Thomas, a partner, and Rojas, senior counsel, advise municipal, industrial and commercial clients on a variety of environmental disputes and regulatory compliance issues, focusing on complex infrastructure permitting, groundwater contamination litigation, enforcement defense, and brownfields remediation. Rojas also advises clients on the regulation of public lands, including the use and development of surface water and groundwater rights issues throughout the West. - Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski P.C., is pleased to announce that attorney Javier A. Puig has joined the firm. Puig focuses his practice on assisting injured workers. - Jones, Skelton & Hochuli PLC, is pleased to announce the firm has expanded to an 84-lawyer law firm, which includes the recent additions of Timothy D. Butterfield and Nathan S. Ryan. Butterfield and Ryan both participated in the 2015 Summer Law Clerk program. Butterfield focuses his practice on dram shop and social host liability, and premises liability. Ryan is a member of the construction defect group. - Polsinelli congratulates 21 of its attorneys nationwide, who have been recommended by Benchmark Litigation for 2016. These include Phoenix office shareholder Troy Froderman who was named a Local Litigation Star – Arizona and Phoenix office shareholder Melissa Ho who was named a Local Litigation Future Star –Arizona and a Top Litigator Under 40 – Arizona. - Fisher Phillips announced that the law firm has been named to the 2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.The firm received Tier 1 Rankings for its employment and labor law practices as well as its labor and employment litigation practice. - The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, a full-service business law firm, has announced that Dominick San Angelo, associate, has joined the firm’s business law and transactions group. San Angelo’s practice will span all stages of the business life cycle, including business formation and governance, contracts and commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as securities law and franchise law. - Attorneys Barbara R. Berman, David R. Cohen, Marilyn D. Cage and Maya Milovic have joined Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP. A Harvard Law School graduate, Berman focuses on estate controversy and trust and estate law in assisting clients in end-of-life challenges. Cohen is a tax, corporate and M&A attorney. Cage’s law practice encompasses probate, trust administration, guardianship and conservatorship. Milovic, a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, focuses her practice on education law, employment law and civil litigation. - Lonnie Williams Jr. has been elevated to the role of managing partner of Stinson Leonard Street’s Phoenix office. He succeeds Michael Manning, who served as managing partner for 27 years and remains a partner in the firm’s business litigation practice group. As managing partner, Williams will lead the office’s strategic planning and communication efforts as well as target areas for growth and investment. Williams is a trial lawyer who represents clients in commercial business, employment-related matters and complex litigation matters. - Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix office managing partner Nicole Stanton has been honored by the Children’s Action Alliance with its 2016 Horace Steele Child Advocacy Award for her courage, commitment and resolve in improving the lives and life chances of Arizona’s children and families. Stanton accepted the honor during the organization’s 18th Annual “Through the Eyes of a Child” luncheon, which was held Oct. 21 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. - Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP earned national top tier recognition for its commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, real estate litigation and trademark law practices in the 2017 Best Law Firms rankings released online by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. - Gallagher & Kennedy has announced that shareholder Kevin Neal has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for Maricopa Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting Maricopa Integrated Health System, Arizona’s only public health care system. As a member of the board, Neal will support the foundation’s mission to provide philanthropic support to MIHS programs, education, research and capital improvement projects that advance patient welfare, improve quality of care, and increase community access to health care. - Education and employment attorney Ernest Calderón has joined Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP as a partner. Calderón is a past president of the State Bar of Arizona and president emeritus of the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the state’s university system. He has served as president of the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America and chair of the Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Phoenix. - Tina Ziegler, ACP, president of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s paralegal division and director of the paralegal division at Hammerman & Hultgren P.C., has been named as this year’s recipient of the Robert R. Mills Member of the Year Award.This award was created in honor of Bob Mills for service above the realm of normal volunteerism. She is the first non-attorney to receive this honor. - James M. Nelson, shareholder in Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Phoenix, Sacramento and Los Angeles offices, and co-chair of the firm’s national labor and employment practice’s ERISA litigation team, has accepted an invitation to join the board of visitors of the James E. Rogers College of Law at The University of Arizona. Nelson represents employers and ERISA plan fiduciaries in matters concerning ERISA compliance, fiduciary responsibility, collective bargaining, wage and hour, employee benefits, safety, discrimination, wrongful termination, and other labor and employment issues. - The Law Office of Magaly Fontes PLLC and M Silva Law Firm PLC, announce that they have combined their talents and expertise to serve existing and new clients. Fontes and Silva have 30 years of combined legal experience to secure a positive outcome in any immigration and criminal defense matter.The new firm, Silva & Fontes, is a true combination of equals – a joining of two extraordinary firms very similar in size and culture, with practice strengths that are highly complementary. - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that the firm has been named a Law Firm of the Year for the sixth consecutive year. Phoenix law firm achieves rankings at regional, national levels for 13 practice areas. - Coppersmith Brockelman, a prominent Phoenix law firm, announced the firm has been ranked among the 2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Coppersmith Brockelman achieved high rankings in multiple categories both nationally and in the Phoenix metropolitan area. - Gordon & Rees Phoenix partner Kami M. Hoskins is the 2016 recipient of the Arizona Black Bar Excellence in Diversity Rising Star Award. This honorary award is presented to an Arizona Black Bar member with less than eight years of practice, who has demonstrated dedication, high achievement and had a significant impact on promoting diversity and inclusion in the Arizona legal profession.The award was presented at the 2016 Hayzel B. Daniels Scholarship Dinner Oct. 20, 2016. - Tiffany & Bosco P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Suzette S. Doody as a shareholder. Doody’s commercial litigation practice includes representation of individuals, businesses and contractors, primarily in the area of construction defects, complex litigation, general liability, professional malpractice, personal injury, product liability and premises liability. - Leighton Rockafellow Sr., one of the first lawyers in Arizona to become board certified in injury and wrongful death, was recently named to the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of personal injury litigation – plaintiffs. - Coppersmith Brockelman, a business law firm in Phoenix, announced the addition of Vidula Patki as an associate. A member of the commercial litigation and elections and political law practice areas, she assists clients in complex commercial disputes, appeals, and election- related matters. Prior to joining Coppersmith Brockelman, Patki clerked for the former chief judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals and then practiced for nearly three years at a large national law firm. She has represented clients at both the trial court and appellate level. - Jones, Skelton & Hochuli PLC is pleased to announce that partner Georgia A. Staton has been re-appointed as vice chair of the Arizona State Committee. Since 2010, Staton has been a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. This will be her second year serving as vice chair. Staton has practiced law for over 40 years, chiefly as a trial attorney. She has been with the firm since 1984 and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and all Arizona, Kansas and Illinois courts. She has successfully tried many employment cases in both state and federal courts and has represented counties before personnel or merit system boards. - Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Kevin J. Walsh, an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to the Hon Kachina Council.The Hon Kachina Council is a nonprofit organization of professional men and women who are dedicated to promoting volunteerism in Arizona.The council honors volunteers whose tireless contributions make Arizona communities better places to live.The Hon Kachina Volunteer Award, which the council gives each year, is Arizona’s most prestigious award for outstanding volunteer service. 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. - Gallagher & Kennedy, a full-service business law firm, has announced that Danielle M. Hazeltine, associate, has joined the firm’s environmental law practice group. Hazeltine’s extensive knowledge in air quality makes her acutely aware of the new and challenging environmental problems facing many companies today. Her experience with local and national government agencies like the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation has helped her develop a deep understanding of state and federal environmental regulations concerning environmental quality. - Phil Guttilla, a shareholder and vice chair of the corporate and transactional practice group at national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce board of directors.The board will focus on efforts to grow the economy, support business growth in the region and advocate for pro-business policies. Guttilla is a business attorney, a CPA and a chartered financial analyst who works with clients as a trusted adviser to help them grow and achieve their goals. He focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, VC and private equity fund formation, and business transactions.
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