Travis J. Leach, a lawyer in Ballard Spahr’s mergers and acquisitions and private equity group, has received the 2017 Emerging Leaders Award from The M&A Advisor. the award, widely regarded as a pinnacle of achievement in the M&A industry, recognizes excellence in dealmaking, restructuring, and financing, and spotlights the achievements of leading firms and professionals. The Emerging Leaders category celebrates professionals who have reached a significant level of success in the industry before the age of 40. Leach has advised clients on hundreds of millions of dollars in acquisitions and sales. He has played a key role in Project SING, a program that helps growth-stage companies get started and thrive. He also spearheaded a partnership with CO+HOOTS in Phoenix in which Ballard Spahr attorneys discuss business ideas and challenges with young entrepreneurs at no cost. The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Tyler J. Carrell has been elected to serve on the State Bar of Arizona board of governors. Carrell was elected to a two-year term. He previously served on the board of governors from 2015-2016, a position he served concurrently with his role as president of the State Bar’s young lawyers division. As with his first term, he will be the youngest member of the board of governors. Carrell has practiced at Gallagher & Kennedy since 2012 as an associate in the areas of real estate, commercial finance, and general corporate law. Sanders & Parks P.C. is pleased to announce that Dane Dodd has joined the firm as an associate. Dodd will focus his practice on complex civil litigation, including business and intellectual property litigation, tort liability, and insurance disputes. Dodd earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of law and his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. Jones, Skelton & Hochuli partner Donald L. Myles Jr. has been named Best Lawyers’ 2018 Lawyer of the Year for insurance law litigation in Phoenix. This is his second time receiving the award. Don practices in the areas of bad faith, insurance coverage and fraud, professional liability, and wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury defense. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel, Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and President-Elect of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Don previously served as president of the USLAW Network and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel. Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Scott Altes, a director in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed the new practice group chair of the firm’s health care litigation and regulation practice group. Altes has broad litigation and trial experience in complex commercial and tort litigation matters, with an emphasis in medical negligence and professional liability cases. Attorney Robert E. Wisniewski, a fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, received the Professional Hockey Players’ Association Workers’ Compensation Panel Member of the Year Award at their annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Canada. Wisniewski is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation. Wisniewski is one of the premier workers’ compensation attorneys in Arizona. He has been practicing workers’ compensation law for over 40 years in the Greater Phoenix area and his law firm is dedicated to providing justice for injured workers throughout Arizona. Withey Morris, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for nearly 20 years, brought on father-son team Dave and Alex Baker of Baker Law Offices, expanding its range of real estate services. Dave Baker has over 25 years of experience in Arizona real estate transactions and litigation. Alex Baker specializes in real estate transactions and litigation, commercial transactions and litigation, entity formation and estate planning. Cordell & Cordell, the nation’s largest domestic litigation firm focusing on representing men in family law cases, recently hired associate attorney Alexus C. Mamood in its Scottsdale office. Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mamood has practiced estate planning, probate, and family law. She joins Cordell & Cordell as the sixth attorney in the Scottsdale office. Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Kristi Lundstrom, an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed president-elect of the Western Pension and Benefits Council’s Phoenix Chapter. Lundstrom focuses her practice in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits, employment and labor relations and business and finance. Susan Freeman, a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, is the new chair of the American Bar Association business bankruptcy committee. It is the largest organization of business bankruptcy lawyers in the United States and a committee of the ABA business law section. Freeman concentrates her practice on business bankruptcy cases and civil appeals of all kinds. She has particular expertise in bankruptcy ethics, a topic on which she frequently speaks and writes for professional organizations. Benjamin Aguilera, a corporate and securities practice shareholder in the Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, has been elected co-vice chair of the executive council of the business law section of the Arizona State Bar for the 2017-2018 period. The election took place during the 2017 Annual State Bar Convention. In this role, Aguilera will share responsibility for the sponsorship and administration of the programs that are devoted to the legal education of the members of the business law section of the State Bar of Arizona and other programs and issues that impact the business law community. Aguilera has a wide-ranging background in U.S. corporate, M&A, finance, and venture capital matters. In addition, he has experience in international transactions in Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, and Portugal. Aguilera has also coordinated litigation, tax, intellectual property, labor, and environmental matters in Mexico and Latin America. Sanders & Parks P.C. is pleased to announce that Karen Dougherty has joined the firm as an associate. Dougherty will focus her practice on medical malpractice defense. Dougherty earned her Juris Doctor and MBA from Arizona State University. During her time at Arizona State University, she also served as an editor on the Law Journal for Social Justice and was on the board of the Women Law Students’ Association. The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Diane Haller, a partner in its Phoenix office and past-chair of its national real estate practice group, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2018 Lawyer of the Year for real estate in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Scottsdale law firm of Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner P.C., has joined Scottsdale-based Sacks Tierney P.A. Among the five lawyers joining Sacks Tierney are bankruptcy attorneys Randy Nussbaum and Dean M. Dinner and construction attorney Gregory P. Gillis. Nussbaum is a certified bankruptcy specialist and a certified business bankruptcy specialist. His areas of practice include complex bankruptcy law, real estate, construction, and contract law. Gillis is a litigator, mediator and arbitrator with nearly 30 years of experience in a wide variety of construction disputes, commercial litigation matters, real estate transactions and litigation, and bankruptcy litigation. Dinner’s practice emphasizes bankruptcy law, creditor-debtor rights, workouts, commercial transactions and commercial litigation. He is a certified bankruptcy specialist. Also joining Sacks Tierney are attorneys Scott R. Weiner and Paul F. Dowdell. Jones, Skelton & Hochuli PLC is pleased to announce that the National Committee of the America College of Trial Lawyers has appointed Georgia Staton chair of the Arizona State Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers for 2017- 2018. Staton, a partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, was inducted as a fellow in 2010 and has served as vice-chair since 2015. Staton focuses her practice in the areas of employment law defense, defense of governmental entities, civil rights and personal injury defense. She is certified as a specialist in personal injury and wrongful death. Burch & Cracchiolo associate attorney Brian D. Greathouse has been elected president of the Peoria Diamond Club (PDC). The mission of PDC is to raise funds for local youth charities and organizations through extensive volunteer efforts. The PDC and its members are dedicated to supporting community programs that educate and enrich children’s lives while enhancing their future. Greathouse practices in the areas of real estate law, land use and zoning and business and corporate law. Brian Cabianca, partner in the Phoenix office of the global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, has been named regional chair for the firm’s litigation practice. A seasoned litigator with more than 20 years of experience, Cabianca will now oversee the litigation practices for the firm’s Phoenix, Denver, Dallas and Houston offices. Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Stephen Sullivan has joined the firm’s intellectual property practice in Phoenix. He will focus his practice in intellectual property, corporate law and complex commercial litigation. Sullivan’s experience has ranged across a variety of industries, including oil and gas, chemicals, renewable energy, life sciences, electronics, and aerospace defense. He has served as general counsel for several companies, including a publicly traded company in the semiconductor equipment and metrology field. Steven A. Cohen of Cohen Law is pleased to announce that he has been re-certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation. Cohen Law has also relocated to 4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Suite 150 Scottsdale AZ 85251. SBA member and past president Lynda Shely testified June 23, 2017, before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives. The subject was whether the federal government should regulate lawyer advertising related to adverse effects from prescription medications. Shely was asked to speak on behalf of the profession as an ethics expert that is involved in the ABA Model Rule changes regarding lawyer advertising. Jones, Skelton & Hochuli PLC is pleased to announce the addition of two associates, Ryan D. Pont and Alexix G. Terríquez, expanding the firm to 85 lawyers. Pont joins the firm as an associate in the professional liability and bad faith trial group and focuses his practice in the areas of auto and premises liability. Prior to joining the firm, Pont worked as a judicial clerk in the Arizona Court of Appeals for the Honorable James P. Beene. Terríquez joins the firm as an associate in the transportation, auto and general liability trial group, focusing his practice in general civil litigation and insurance defense. He represents clients in trucking, personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, contract disputes and construction defect cases. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution.
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