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EDWARD NOVAK Shareholder Polsinelli polsinelli.com

Partner Gammage & Burnham gblaw.com

Gammage grew up on the ASU campus in the 1950s. After graduating from Stanford, he came home and started practicing law in the mid 1970s. With two partners, he founded Gammage & Burnham in 1983. Gammage practices in the areas of zoning, land use and real estate. He is also a senior fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute and the Kyl Center for Water Policy. His work there focuses on urban growth and development, quality of life and local economic issues. He also teaches at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the W.P. Carey School of Business. Business advice: “Lawyers don’t have to be obnoxious to be successful. ”

JOHN NORLING Managing attorney Jennings, Strouss & Salmon jsslaw.com

Norling’s practice is focused on advising clients on all aspects of their business operations, including corporate and finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, federal and administrative compliance, and advertising law. Norling is recognized as an industry leader in the representation of automobile dealerships. Trend to watch: “The legal industry is transforming at a rapid pace. Law firms must adapt to ever changing client demands and expectations. Technology continues to be a blessing and a curse – a blessing regarding the opportunities it presents and a curse regarding the cost of implementation and the potential exposure from a cybersecurity perspective.”

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Managing shareholder Ogletree Deakins ogletreedeakins.com Freed has exclusively practiced management-side labor and employment law throughout her career. Freed advises and counsels private and public employers in all aspects of employment law, in addition to handling complex employment litigation matters. Freed has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Southwest Super Lawyer and as one of Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business. Business advice: “Understand your role as a partner to your clients. The more you get to know their businesses needs and goals, the better you can provide client service that will solidify a long-term relationship.” Source of pride: “I consider myself extremely lucky to work in profession that I enjoy and to partner with talented colleagues and clients. It is rewarding to continue to work in a supportive environment and to be presented with the opportunity to help clients solve new challenges every day.”

Novak chairs the firm’s national Governmental Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice. In more than 30 years of legal practice, he has acquired the respect of the legal and business communities for his ability to counsel and resolve difficult issues. Business advice: “Listen and ask questions. Clients know more than we think they might.” Source of pride: “Assisting the Arizona Justice Project team in securing the release of Lewis Taylor, a wrongfully convicted man who spent 42 years in prison.” Trend to watch: “A decrease in regulation coming out of the new administration could lead to more litigation, as well as more transactional work.”


Phoenix office managing partner Quarles & Brady LLP quarles.com Stanton is a member of the American Law Institute, Charter 100 Women and Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council. She serves on the Arizona Equal Justice Foundation board and is founder of The Dion Initiative. In 2016, she was named Woman of the Year by Arizona Summit Women’s Law Association and honored by Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS with its Outstanding Achievement Award. Trend to watch: “Regulatory changes predicted to happen at a federal level due to the Trump administration. From immigration to the environment, to healthcare to trade, whenever a change occurs, it affects our clients. We will need to find cost effective ways to deal with what could be fast and furious dramatic changes.”

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