Cordell & Cordell, the nation’s largest domestic litigation firm focusing on representing men in family law cases, recently hired associate attorney Allyssa Birnley in its Scottsdale office. Before joining Cordell & Cordell, Birnley practiced in the fields of landlord-tenant, real estate and domestic relations. She joins Cordell & Cordell as the sixth attorney in the Scottsdale office. Michael Sillyman, a senior partner at Kutak Rock LLP, was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Herberger Theater Center, a nonprofit organization that supports and fosters the growth of performing arts in Phoenix. Sillyman practices primarily in the area of complex commercial litigation. He has an extensive practice in administrative law and has represented numerous state licensing agencies and several government entities, including the state of Arizona and various counties and municipalities. Three intellectual property attorneys from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP – Emily Bayton, Jennifer Van Kirk and Flavia Campbell, are included in the 2017 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. In Arizona, Jennifer Van Kirk is joined by Flavia Campbell for recognition. Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., is pleased to announce that Joe Clees has been elected to the firm’s board of directors. Clees joined Ogletree Deakins in 2005 as the founding and managing shareholder of the firm’s Phoenix office. He represents employers in Arizona and across the United States in employment litigation and labor relations matters. Clees also has a strong advice and counsel practice covering an array of state, federal and tribal compliance laws. The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo P.A., is pleased to announce Casey S. Blais has been named a shareholder with the firm. Blais practices in the areas of commercial litigation and real estate law. His practice covers a full range of matters, including business and contract disputes, real property issues, property foreclosures, collections, and landlord/tenant disputes. He first joined the firm of Burch & Cracchiolo in 2007 as a law clerk while attending law school. The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy is pleased to announce its 2017 shareholder class. Representing three of the firm’s largest practices, Alana Hake, Christopher Thompson and Matthew Mason were promoted as of Jan. 1. Mason joined the firm in 2015 and is an experienced transactional attorney focusing on nonprofit, real estate, and corporate representation. Hake joined the firm in 2013 and focuses her practice on environmental remediation work for the mining industry under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. A member of the firm’s litigation practice group, Thompson began his career in 2009 at Gallagher & Kennedy. He is adept at handling all stages of litigation through trial in a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial disputes. Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that Rayna Jones has been elected to the position of shareholder. Jones practices in the firm’s Phoenix office. Jones has practiced law for more than 18 years and has spent her entire career representing and counseling employers on all aspects of employment law. The law firm of Morris Hall PLLC, is pleased to announce that effective Jan. 1, 2017, Theron M. Hall Jr. has been named managing partner, replacing Dan R. Morris. Hall joined Morris Hall in 1998 as a partner and has been an integral part of the firm. His extraordinary commitment to both clients and the community have led the company to continued success. He has worked with thousands of individuals and small businesses, developing legal strategies that have helped secure and protect their assets for the future. Matthew Hesketh, an attorney with the law firm of Sherman & Howard, has joined the board of directors of the Arizona Educational Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to the development and celebration of excellence in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade public education throughout Arizona. Hesketh is an associate in Sherman & Howard’s trial and litigation practice group in Phoenix. His practice focuses primarily on contractual disputes, corporate and business matters, administrative law and appellate litigation. He joined Sherman & Howard in 2010. Attorney Susan Demmitt was recently elected to equity partner at Gammage & Burnham. Demmitt concentrates her practice in the areas of land use, development law and real estate transactions. Shaw & Lines partner Augustus H. Shaw IV has been elected to the board of governors of the College of Community Association Lawyers. Th e college is a national organization of community association law practitioners who have demonstrated high levels of skill, experience and ethical conduct, and who are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of community association law. Augustus practices in the areas of community association law, real estate and insurance defense and has been a member of the college for eight years. Shayna Fernandez Watts, a litigation associate in Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office, has been elected to the 2017 Los Abogados board of directors. Fernandez Watts manages all aspects of litigation, including dispositive motions, discovery, and court appearances, from the initial filing of a complaint through resolution. She is experienced in enforcing and defending Arizona noncompete agreements and defending clients against claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, fraud, breach of contract, bad faith, quiet title and negligence, and handled claims brought under the FDCPA and FCRA. Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce the election of two new member attorneys to the firm’s Phoenix office. Jonathan Batchelor represents clients in intellectual property and litigation matters. He specializes in trademark and class action litigation. He represents major technology firms and retailers in trademark matters, major commercial litigation and regulatory matters. David Ferrucci focuses his practice on commercial litigation, intellectual property law, First Amendment and media litigation, and appellate advocacy. He represents clients in matters involving breach of contract claims, unfair competition claims, racketeering defense, defamation and libel defense, and various intellectual property matters, including trademark and trade dress infringement claims. Richard Goldsmith, a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month for January 2017 by the Volunteer Lawyers Program, a joint venture of Community Legal Services and the Maricopa County Bar Association. Goldsmith is an attorney in the firm’s business transactions practice group. Mediation is the primary focus of his current work with the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Jones, Skelton & Hochuli PLC is pleased to announce Ashley Villaverde Halvorson has been elected vice president of Los Abogados. Since starting out as a member in 2010, Halvorson served three terms as secretary, and has served as the chair of the gala and mentorship committees. Halvorson concentrates her practice on bad faith and extra-contractual liability, and insurance coverage. Members of the Quarles & Brady Phoenix office came together to raise nearly $3,000 that was used to donate 362 sweaters to Capitol Elementary School, which is among the firm’s longest-term volunteer programs and partnerships. For more than 25 years, Quarles & Brady’s attorneys and staff members have volunteered each year as “homeroom parents” to this West Phoenix elementary school, serving as mentors and providing collaborative activities that engage all students ranging from Kindergarten to sixth grade. Over the last few years, attorneys in Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office have represented nine human trafficking victims hoping to stay in the country legally. The lawyers represent these clients pro bono in the pursuit of T visas, which were established to encourage victims to work with law enforcement officials to investigate and prosecute their traffickers. Ballard Spahr attorneys have successfully obtained T visas for several of the victims, while other cases remain pending. Associates Lea A. Phillips, Lorna B. Banister, Laura C. Brooks and Lauren E. McKeon work on these pro bono cases under the direction of partner Kimberly A. Warshawsky. Cases are referred by the International Rescue Committee. The team currently is representing four Thai women who were trafficked into the United States as sex slaves. The women were brought to Tempe, Arizona, by two suspected comanagers of a local sex trafficking ring and forced to prostitute themselves to pay for the costs to bring them to the United States. Upon the arrest of their captors in April 2016, following a months-long investigation by authorities, the women gained their freedom. Their T visas are in process. Fennemore Craig, announced Alexis Glascock, an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Glascock practices in the area of government affairs where she has lobbied for clients including the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the Arizona Association of Health Care Plans, the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Uniform Laws Commission, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Roy Herrera has joined Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP as of counsel in the firm’s litigation practice group. Herrera’s background includes representing clients in complex litigation, including matters involving class actions, securities and business disputes. He has also represented clients in white collar criminal defense matters and government enforcement actions.
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