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A JONATHAN FRUTKIN Principal // Radix Law // radixlaw.com As the founder and principal of Radix Law, Frutkin has significant experience as an attorney, business executive and business owner. Over the course of his 20-year career, he has owned a website design business, a software company, a real estate development company and was a developer for a national ice cream chain. Frutkin brings his talent and expertise, including reallife experience in the business world, to the practice areas of business law, securities law and commercial litigation. Personal strengths: “I’ve always been passionate about learning. I’ve never been afraid to jump in with two feet when it comes to business endeavors. That drive to discover new things has opened the door to so many opportunities, which ultimately benefit my clients.”


B PHILLIP GUTTILLA Shareholder // Polsinelli // polsinelli.com Guttilla, vice chair of the Corporate and Transactional Practice Group, is a deal lawyer. Whether it is an M&A transaction or a must-close financing, Guttilla delivers to his clients thought leadership and creative solutions along with a sense of urgency and superior responsiveness. Guttilla is both a CPA and a Chartered Financial Analyst and brings a broad perspective to business transactions of all types. Personal strengths: “I love the quarterbacking of the deal. Having a background in law, finance and accounting allows me to better understand how businesses and economics work and grasp new and innovative business models. I have a curiosity for the psychology of what motivates people, which is essential when negotiating and influencing the outcome of deals.”



C RICHARD LIEBERMAN Chairman, Corporate, Securities and Finance Department Jennings, Strouss & Salmon // jsslaw.com Lieberman helps clients in a wide variety of business transactions, including to buy and sell companies, obtain debt financing and equity capital, structure corporate governance, prepare contracts and compensation plans and draft legislation. He helps clients through formation, growth and crisis situations. Industry outlook: “The capital markets remain strong at this time, with financing available for acquisitions and growth, strong multiples and low interest rates. With election and other uncertainties, business owners should consider taking advantage of these conditions when deciding whether to buy, sell, or expand their businesses. Thus, 2019 and 2020 should remain strong for transactional attorneys.”

D DAN MAHONEY Partner // Snell & Wilmer // swlaw.com Mahoney’s practice is concentrated in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities and private equity/venture capital. His recognitions include Best Lawyers in America since 2008; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; and Southwest Super Lawyers, including selection as a Top 50 Lawyer in Arizona. Personal strengths: “Tenacity and perseverance are the qualities of which I am most proud. Hard work is the key to success in most everything and I always strive to be more prepared than my competitor. I believe whatever success I have obtained in my career is due to these qualities.” Professional advice: “Put in the extra effort and time to learn the skills of your trade better than your competition. Go the extra mile to do the things they won’t do.”

E STEVEN PIDGEON Co-managing partner // DLA Piper // dlapiper.com Pidgeon is a corporate lawyer recognized for excellence by premier legal publications, including Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He also serves on various community boards. Professional advice: “Well, work hard for one. The old adage that calls for working 10,000 hours in the first five years of a profession remains true. Secondly, find a mentor to emulate. I think that mentors were key to what success I have had.” Industry outlook: “If the markets stay strong, corporate legal work should also remain strong. Longer-term, I think that with technology, the legal profession will become increasingly efficient and thus need fewer lawyers to service clients. So, while the profession will improve its service, growth will slow.” 134 ABL | Nominate at azBIGmedia.com


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