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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 2011 and 2014-2019. AZ Business Magazine has named him among the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona. He is included among Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and is an AV Preeminent 5.0 peer-review-rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell. Professional advice: “Give 110 percent every day. Be available even when you think you are too busy.” Industry outlook: “Wonderful opportunities for new (and not so new) lawyers in the community. It’s a time of transition and re-branding for many local and national firms.”


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 more than 10 years. Professional advice: “Throughout your career, strive to work in an area of law that you know little about. Offer to assist attorneys in other practices. For a part of your day, you need to feel like a novice in your work. You may be surprised at how those other experiences eventually will directly tie back into the core areas of your practice.”


C MARK BARKER Partner // Jennings Haug Cunningham // jhc.law Upon joining Jeninnings Haug Cunningham, Barker began practicing surety law and has been recognized by his peers as a leader in the field for over a decade. Barker’s commercial transaction practice focuses on financial institutions. He particularly enjoys handling special asset matters and the creative problem solving needed to successfully accomplish loan work-out transactions. Barker is highly involved in documenting commercial, real estate acquisition and construction loans. Personal strengths: “I have always tried to tackle, think through and understand on my own, first time projects, activities and challenges. From my hobbies to the practice of law, this has helped me to learn and understand more quickly and to teach and mentor more effectively.”


D REBECCA BURNHAM Of counsel // Greenberg Traurig // gtlaw.com Burnham represents real estate development interests in connection with the acquisition, planning, development, financing, operation and sale of real estate developments, as well as legislative and public policy matters pertaining to economic development and land use. Personal strengths: “I have a strong work ethic and desire to help others. I think those qualities lend themselves to success in the legal profession and also explain how I got involved in the public policy arena.” Professional advice: “Excellence in execution is a given at the top levels of this profession. In addition to serving the needs of the client today, leading practitioners also need to keep a close watch on the horizon, anticipating change and making the adjustments necessary to be prepared to address it when it comes.”

E PATRICK MACQUEEN Founding partner // MacQueen & Gottlieb // mandglawgroup.com


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MacQueen’s 13-year legal career has been highlighted by work primarily in real estate transactional law and litigation. He prevailed in litigation before the Arizona Court of Appeals and served as local counsel in the $129 million acquisition of the City North development in north Phoenix. He was selected to the Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for seven consecutive years and was selected as one of Arizona Business Magazine’s 2019 Top 100 Attorneys in Arizona. Professional advice: “Find a way to deliver legal services in a unique way. There are a million lawyers – don’t be like the rest. Build a network of experts, mentors and friends ASAP; no one succeeds alone. Your network will help you get there and enjoy it with you when you do.”

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