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A ANDREW ABRAHAM President and shareholder // Burch & Cracchiolo // bcattorneys.com Abraham serves as president of the firm and is certified as a Real Estate Specialist by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Transactions and in Southwest Super Lawyers in the 2011 and 2014-2020. Az Business magazine has named him among the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona. Role model: “Dan Cracchiolo. He taught me that to succeed in this profession you have to work harder than any other lawyer involved and ‘break bread’ with your clients.” Attraction to industry: “The goal of helping both paying clients and volunteering legal services to those in need.” Favorite book: “‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ opened my mind to imagination.”


B THOMAS ARENDT Member // Jennings, Strouss & Salmon // jsslaw.com Arendt is experienced in acquisition and development, leasing, and real estate workouts and foreclosures. His representation includes various ground-up developments, retail centers, and banks and lenders in deed of trust and mezzanine projects. Arendt is a Certified Real Estate Specialist with the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has been listed in Southwest Super Lawyers in the area of Real Estate Law for over ten years, and in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate since 2002. Arendt is currently a member of the State Bar’s Real Estate Advisory Commission. Attraction to industry: “Practicing real estate law permits daily interaction with people who have the skill to build something complicated. You then get to see it.”



C DOROTHY BARAN Co-founder and shareholder // May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie maypotenza.com Baran is chair of the board at her firm and practices law with a focus on business. For more than three decades, she has served as a trusted advisor to C-suite executives and boards of closely held and nonprofit companies. She has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers for real estate in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Attraction to industry: “I watched TV shows and movies featuring legal eagles when I was young. I thought trials were great, especially when a critical piece of evidence blew one side’s theory apart. I always knew a good brain was essential, but the stamina required for this career is intense.” Surprising fact: “I ran away from a caregiver when I was 4 years old. She had locked me in her cellar. I got out through a window and spent the day in the local park. It was delightful.”


D JENNIFER CRANSTON Shareholder // Gallagher & Kennedy // gknet.com Cranston is a home-grown Gallagher & Kennedy shareholder and the newest member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Since joining G&K in 2000, she has developed a unique practice focused on condemnation, insurance, and public utility law. Thanks to her professional diversity, Cranston has experience working with and representing a variety of clients across several industries, which experience gives her a balanced perspective that compliments her practical, cost-effective approach to problem solving and meeting client needs. Favorite book: “‘The Fountainhead,’ by Ayn Rand. I’ve read it multiple times — every time I’ve come to a crossroads in my life — and each time it’s empowered me to make the decision that’s right for me (regardless of what anyone else thinks).”

E PAUL WEISER Managing shareholder of Scottsdale office // Buchalter // buchalter.com Weiser’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial landlord/tenant law, from document preparation, negotiation and interpretation to dealing with such issues as defaulting and bankrupt tenants, brokerage disputes, construction related matters and the day-to-day issues facing office, retail, industrial and medical owners and property managers. Role model: “I’ve tried to learn something from every attorney, property owner, property manager and leasing agent that I’ve worked with during my career as they each brought different experiences and knowledge to the table. Using the positives and avoiding the negatives has helped make me a better, more efficient and smarter lawyer.” Surprising fact: “I was born in a US Army hospital on a base in Germany.” 116 ABL | Nominate at azBIGmedia.com


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