AzBusiness Leaders 2020

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A LAUREN GARNER Partner // Jaburg | Wilk // Garner’s practice emphasizes probate and trust litigation and mediation. She was certified as a mediator in Florida and is a Judge Pro Tem for Maricopa County Superior Court. She is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council. Professional advice: “Work to maintain a reputation for competence, civility and collaboration. Find a way to focus your attention to your individual clients in the midst of competing demands from all the distractions of modern life.” Industry outlook: “Probate and trust litigation is a strong and ever-growing area of the legal practice and touches people from all walks of life. The sources of these conflicts have been around since the beginning of time.”


B NORMA IZZO Equity partner/chair, Family Law Department Jennings, Strouss & Salmon // Izzo concentrates her practice in the area of family law and domestic relations matters, including complex litigation and asset division, business dissolution, collaborative divorce, mediation, arbitration, parent coordination, child custody, child support and spousal maintenance. Professional advice: “Be fearless and don’t be intimidated. No one in the legal field knows everything, and even professionals who have been in the field for many years don’t have a monopoly on the best way to do things. They are learning and working to stay current just like you are. Don’t let your inexperience or youth be an obstacle to setting big goals. Learn and refine your trade, but recognize that to master it, you need to find mentors who are as invested in your development as you are.”


C AMY LIEBERMAN Executive director // Insight Employment Mediation // Lieberman has successfully mediated and arbitrated close to 2,000 workplace conflicts, legal claims and business disputes. She has been listed in Best Lawyers of America and Southwest Super Lawyers for more than 14 years and has been ranked among the Top 100 Lawyers and Top 25 female lawyers in Arizona. Lieberman is the author of “Mediation Success: Get it Out, Get it Over, Get Back to Business,” and is a champion of ADR in the business world. Personal strengths: “Persistence, patience and enduring optimism.” Professional advice: “Look for the opportunities. It’s never too early or too late to mediate.” Industry outlook: “Mediation polices and processes are now the accepted standard in employee handbooks and in business contracts, so that more disputes are resolved without the need for litigation.”

D PAUL MCGOLDRICK Attorney // Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann // McGoldrick is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He focuses his practice on personal injury cases. He also has experience as lead counsel in complex business disputes. McGoldrick routinely represents clients in nearly every locale of Arizona, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, both in tort cases and in the context of commercial and professional liability suits. In addition to his litigation practice, McGoldrick is a frequent mediator and arbitrator, helping to provide effective alternative dispute solutions to other attorneys and their clients. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. The American Board of Trial Advocates has elected McGoldrick an associate based upon his many jury trials and peer review.

E DAVID TIERNEY Attorney // Sacks Tierney // A veteran in Arizona construction law, Tierney has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2003 and is a two-time Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law and Construction Litigation. He also devotes a considerable portion of his practice to alternative dispute resolution across many commercial industries and is a past chair of the ADR Section for the State Bar of Arizona. Personal strengths: “Curiosity and tenacity. With these two, and adaptability, anything is possible.” Professional advice: “Come with more than law school training. Come with engineering or medicine or real estate development or construction experience or education. Such makes the lawyer vastly more helpful to his clients.” 90 ABL | Nominate at