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A BEN HIMMELSTEIN Partner // Radix Law // radixlaw.com Himmelstein practices business law, focusing on business disputes and transactions, including business dissolutions, misappropriation of trade secrets, business torts, sales contracts, buy and sell agreements, and non-compete agreements. He represents businesses in a range of industries, primarily focused in technology, medical and dental. Role model: “My father taught me the value of asking questions and getting to the root of a problem. My father-in-law, Steven Bienstock, is also an important role model for me. He is a man of few words, so when he talks, whatever he is going to say is important.” Surprising fact: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, I discovered my secret coronavirus talent ... cooking. Even my picky-eater of a son has been complimenting me recently on my cooking skills.”



B MICHAEL MANNING Partner // Stinson // stinson.com In addition to his regional and national litigation successes, Manning has significant international experience in connection with construction contracts, technology exchange contracts, royalty agreements, distributor agreements and sales agreements in Norway, Great Britain, France, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Role model: “My most impactful model is a man of historical fiction, Jean Valjean, from Victor Hugo’s, ‘Les Miserables.’ I suppose only through fiction can a man be created and celebrated so perfectly possessed with such compassion, integrity, courage, generosity, strength, and selflessness. Though fictional, for me, a role model to emulate.”


C CHARLES PRICE Member // Dickinson Wright // dickinsonwright.com Price is a civil litigator and mediator in the areas of intellectual property, securities fraud litigation, contract, insurance, health care, and antitrust law. He has taught negotiation at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and teaches negotiation to lawyers and nonlawyers across the country through the Latz Negotiation Institute. He teaches and writes about mindfulness and life balance for attorneys and other professionals. Attraction to industry: “As a young man, I was attracted by using my mind to earn a living through intellectual combat. After many years, I continue to be surprised by the space afforded by the legal profession to continue growing in the areas of mentoring, connecting with others, and emotional maturity.”

D PATRICIA REFO Partner // Snell & Wilmer // swlaw.com Refo is a senior commercial litigation partner at Snell & Wilmer and president of the American Bar Association, the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. She chairs Snell’s professional liability group, and concentrates her practice in legal malpractice defense work, commercial and business disputes, class action defense and internal investigations. Role model: “I have been blessed with many role models and mentors, and our firm’s late Chair John Bouma is at the top of the list. He gave me a job, and then taught me by example to always put clients first while also serving the legal profession and our community.” Attraction to industry: “I wanted to be a lawyer because the law is about helping people, and upholding the Constitution and laws of our nation.”


E JOHN SESTAK Member // Jennings, Strouss & Salmon // jsslaw.com Sestak is an attorney with more than 35 years of experience in the areas of general business and commercial litigation and transactions. He is experienced in corporate, administrative, creditors’ rights, securities litigation, real estate, employment, professional negligence, and environmental matters, with an emphasis on litigation and disputes in these areas. He has appeared extensively before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Role model: “My mentor as a young lawyer was Tim Barton.” Attraction to industry: “What attracted me to the industry was the law school experience and challenges posed by participating in an American institution.” Favorite book: “The best book I have read was ‘Profiles In Corruption’ by Peter Schweizer.” 90 ABL | Nominate at azBIGmedia.com


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