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► Clare H. Abel (real estate law, 2013) from Burch & Cracchiolo and Roopali Desai (civil rights law; commercial litigation, 2015) from Coppersmith Brockelman were named among the “Most Influential Women in Arizona Business” for 2016 by AZ Business Magazine.

► Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & WardNancy Hollander (bet-the-company litigation; criminal defense: general practice; criminal defense: white-collar, 1989) represents Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Guantanamo detainee whose memoir, Guantanamo Diary, is now being produced as a feature-length film by Benedict Cumberbatch. Slahi has been approved for release after serving 14 years in custody without a charge, alongside 31 other prisoners who have also been approved for release. The date of his release is still to be determined.

► Lewis Roca Rothgerber ChristieRobert G. Schaffer (antitrust law; appellate practice; litigation – antitrust, 2010) is one of 11 applicants for the two openings on the Arizona Supreme Court.

► Modrall SperlingRoberta Cooper Ramo (arbitration; mediation, 2010) spoke at the New Mexico Bar Association’s annual conference in Sante Fe this August alongside U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ramo was the first woman to serve as president of the American Bar Association (from 1995 to 1996) and was also the 2015 recipient of the American Bar Association’s highest award, the ABA medal.

► Montgomery & AndrewsDeborah E. Mann (medical malpractice law – defendants, 2013), shareholder at the firm, participated as a panelist among other regional legal and business leaders in the “FOCUS” summit hosted by the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (NMACI).

► Osborn MaledonDavid B. Rosenbaum (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; litigation – construction; litigation – intellectual property; litigation – mergers and acquisitions; litigation – securities, 2005) is representing the Gila River Indian Community as they fight to pause construction on the South Mountain Freeway. Federal Judge Diane Humetewa rejected the requests for a pause, to which Mr. Rosenbaum argued that continuing to allow construction to proceed could potentially lead to the damage that the appeal seeks to avoid.

► Sanders & Parks: Mark Worischeck (aviation law; commercial litigation; insurance law; litigation- construction; litigation – insurance; personal injury litigation – defendants; personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; product liability litigation – defendants, 2013) was honored with the 2016 Client’s Choice award by the International Law Office and Lexology.

► The Cavanagh Law FirmTimothy R. Hyland (insurance law, 2015) is one of five nominees from the Phoenix area for a new judicial role on the Arizona Court of Appeals.


In-House & Government:

► Whitney Sedwick Meister (employment law – management, 2016) left private practice to become corporate counsel at Best Western International. She was previously director of Fennemore Craig in Phoenix.

Private Practice:

► Bacal & Garrison Law Group: The past year has held a lot of changes for the previously named Bacal Law Group. After five years with that name, they became Bacal Andersen & Garrison Law Group in January when David B. Andersen (copyright law; trademark law, 2015) and Sean Garrison (commercial litigation; copyright law; litigation – intellectual property; litigation – patent; trademark law; technology law; trade secrets law, 2007) became named partners of the firm. In July, the firm changed names again to Bacal & Garrison following Mr. Andersen’s appointment to Brigham Young University’s counsel.

► David F. Gomez (employment law – individuals; employment law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 1995) moved his practice from Phoenix to San Diego, California.

► Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff: Amy M. Samberg (insurance law, 2009) joined the firm in Chicago, Illinois. She was previously at Snell & Wilmer in Tucson.