Best Lawyers in Arizona & New Mexico 2016

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Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi: Michael J. Petitti, Jr. (labor and employment law, 2005), joined the firm, dissolving his previous firm of Gomez & Petitti.

Fennemore Craig: Theresa DwyerFederhar (appellate practice, 2013) was elected to the board of directors of the Herberger Theater Center.

Ballard Spahr: David J. Bodney (advertising law; First Amendment law, 1995) contributed an op-ed article to The Arizona Republic, “Lawmakers want to hide what police officers see,” arguing that an Arizona State Senate bill that would prohibit the release of the names of police officers involved in death or serious injury until 90 days after an incident should be opposed because it would decrease police accountability. William A. Hicks III (corporate law; mergers & acquisitions law; municipal law; public finance law, 2003) received the Adoption Sustaining Award of Excellence from the Children’s Law Center. Hicks has volunteered at the Children’s Law Center for many years, helping concerned relatives and others get custody of children whose parents are unable or unwilling to care for them.

Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward: Nancy Hollander (bet-thecompany litigation; criminal defense: nonwhite-collar; criminal defense: white-collar, 1989) is the attorney for Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army private serving a 35year sentence in military prison for releasing classified information to WikiLeaks. In 2014, Hollander filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain records of the FBI’s investigation into Manning. Hollander recently filed a complaint against the government for denying the request, arguing that, because the FBI’s investigation records were not used in Manning’s military trial for the same crimes, the records cannot be part of an ongoing investigation and are not exempt from release under the FOIA.

Bryan Cave: George C. Chen (intellectual property law, 2012) is president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and recently led the NAPABA in calling for the U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the rising number of criminal prosecutions of Chinese Americans by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), GEORGE C. CHEN arguing that racial profiling may be playing a part in these prosecutions. The joint letter to the Attorney General was signed by leaders of more than 100 Asian American professional and community organizations.

Gammage & Burnham: Manjula M. Vaz (land use & zoning law, 2014) joined the board of directors of the Tempe Community Action Agency, a non-profit that provides services, including emergency housing assistance and food programs, to the homeless, seniors, children, people with disabilities, and working poor of Tempe.

Jaburg Wilk: Members of the firm cooked and served dinners for children and families at Ryan House, a palliative care facility in Phoenix for children with disabling or terminal illnesses.

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon: John C. Norling (real estate law, 2014) has been elected managing attorney at the firm.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber: Josh Grabel (construction law, 2015) joined the firm as partner from Snell & Wilmer.

Modrall Sperling: Roberta Cooper Ramo (alternative dispute resolution, 2010) was awarded with the American Bar Association’s highest award, the ABA medal, at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago. In 1995, Ramo was the first woman elected ROBERTA COOPER RAMO president of the ABA and, in 2008, she began her tenure as the first woman president of the American Law Institute.

Burch & Cracchiolo: Daniel Cracchiolo (personal injury litigation, 1995) is chairman and CEO of the Steele Foundation and led the foundation in endowing the Daniel Cracchiolo Chair in Civil and Criminal Law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with a gift of $2 million. Sharon J. Oscar (real estate law, 2010) joined the firm from Fennemore Craig.

Civerolo, Gralow, Hill & Curtis: Megan Day Hill (transportation law, 2010) recently became a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association.

Dickinson Wright: Carolyn J. Johnsen (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2008) has been selected as co-chair for the alumnae of DirectWomen, a national organization focused on increasing the number of women on company boards of directors.

Perkins Coie: Jean-Jacques Cabou (criminal defense: white-collar, 2011) and the American Civil Liberties Union represented Monica Jones, a transgender woman who was arrested in Phoenix under a city law intended to curb prostitution, which critics,

including Jones, say has been used to target transgender women, when she accepted a ride from an undercover police officer. The charges against Jones were dismissed when Jones’ JEAN-JACQUES CABOU legal team appealed an initial guilty verdict, but the law itself remains unchallenged.

Quarles & Brady: John A. Harris (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2009) and Lori L. Winkelman (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2013) represented the bankrupt in-flight shopping catalog SkyMall in its sale of assets to C&A Marketing for a sum of $1.9 million. The catalog once reached an estimated 650 million airline passengers each year on airlines such as Delta and Southwest; its bankruptcy has been attributed to several factors, including the rise of on-demand wireless internet on airplanes. W. Scott Jenkins (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2015) joined as a partner from Ryley Carlock & Applewhite. Stephanie J. Quincy (labor and employment law, 2008) joined as a partner from Steptoe & Johnson.

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb: John P. Salazar (eminent domain and condemnation law; land use & zoning law; real estate law, 1989) was presented with the New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Award, sponsored by the non-profit hospital National Jewish Health for his contributions to the community.

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite: James E. Brophy (banking and finance law; corporate law; employee benefits [ERISA] law; labor and employment law, 2005) has been elected managing shareholder of the firm.

Sherman & Howard: Dewain D. Fox (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, 2010) was appointed by Arizona Governor Dough Ducey to the Maricopa County superior court.

Snell Wilmer: Matthew P. Feeney (banking and finance law; corporate governance and compliance law; corporate law; mergers & acquisitions law; mutual funds law; securities / capital markets law, 1995) has been selected to serve as chairman of the firm.

Compiled by Nathaniel Barr.

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