AzBusiness Leaders 2020

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A SUSAN BRIENZA, PHD Shareholder // Ryley Carlock & Applewhite // Brienza has practiced in the area of regulatory compliance and laws governing natural products for more than 20 years. She focuses on the federal laws (FDA, USDA, and FTC) regulating the manufacture, labeling, marketing, and sales of organic foods, dietary supplements, “functional foods,” sports drinks, pet supplements, cosmetics, “cosmeceuticals,” medical foods, homeopathic drugs, and OTC drugs. In addition to regulatory compliance in food and drug law matters, Susan counsels clients in advertising law—in all areas of marketing including print ads, websites, TV and radio ads, infomercials, telemarketing, consumer testimonials, expert endorsements, contests and free offers and social media promotions.



B ROBIN BURGESS Owner, Officer // Sanders & Parks // Burgess is an experienced trial attorney who emphasizes healthcare defense, employment law, personal injury and municipal liability in her practice. She has tried cases in state and federal courts, on issues ranging from complex medical negligence claims, to constitutional claims, and has argued appeals in all Arizona courts and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Personal strengths: “Tenacity and a focus on finding sometimes creative solutions to problems have been motivators and probably helped set me apart from my peers early in my career, and remain as driving forces for me to this day.” Prized possession: “A client once gave me a little football trophy to thank me for successful representation and I keep it on hand as a reminder that what I do does touch others’ lives.”

C EDWARD COMITZ Member // Comitz //


Comitz has developed one of the most successful disability insurance practices in the country, exclusively representing professionals (primarily physicians, dentists and other attorneys). Personal strengths: “About 10 years ago, I suffered a spinal injury that caused a precipitous decline in the quality of my life for many years. I still struggle, but not to the extent that I did years ago. I believe that this experience has made me more sympathetic to conditions and limitations that others may not fully understand.” Industry outlook: “Insurers are issuing new private disability policies that are carefully crafted to make it much more difficult for policyholders to collect benefits. These new provisions restrict coverage in ways that can dramatically impact professionals who need to file disability claims, requiring much more vigilance and advocacy than previously required.”

D KRISTEN ROSATI Partner // Coppersmith Brockelman //


Rosati is considered one of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys. She also has deep experience in data breaches, health information exchange, data sharing for research and clinical integration initiatives, clinical research compliance, clinical trials contracting and biobanking and genomic privacy. Professional advice: “Learn the business. Healthcare lawyers give better and more practical, creative legal advice when they have a deep understanding of how their advice affects their clients’ day-to-day operations.” Industry outlook: “Healthcare continues to change at breakneck speed. Healthcare law is in flux, with healthcare reform, regulatory updates and new federal and state law. But healthcare technology evolves even more quickly, posing real challenges for the law to keep up with it.”

E ANDREW TURK Senior counsel // Clark Hill //


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Turk is a member of the Litigation and Health Care Practice Groups. As an advocate, mediator, and arbitrator, he focuses his practice on complex litigation. Turk is an experienced and sophisticated commercial litigator with a diverse practice including breach of contract, non-solicitation and fiduciary duty claims. Prized possession: “As a kid, my bicycle represented freedom. That is still true today. For me, bikes are indelibly linked to health and fitness, the outdoors and just enjoying life.” Industry outlook: “We face a lot of challenges, both internal and external. Good lawyers constantly struggle to make the system work better, to increase transparency and access. At the same time, changes in technology have drastically changed how we practice. Change is constant and most of it is exciting and good.”