Our Staff

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT TEAM

KATIE E. BIEN is passionate about innovative leadership, business development, operations, marketing, and recruiting. As our Legal Administrator, Katie empowers our lawyers to manage and grow their practice through a client service focused perspective. She supports our administrative and legal support staff through direct communication and development. Born and raised in Phoenix, Katie has a passion for our unique business climate and gets outside to enjoy our desert lifestyle as much as possible.

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MARIA M. RAMIREZ has lived in Arizona since 1989, after having moved to the United States as a small child from Romania. Maria joined Engelman Berger in 2004 while working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Business from Arizona State University, and has since become an invaluable part of the EB team as our Bookkeeper. Prior to joining our firm, Maria worked for the Arizona State Governor’s Office. When not at work, Maria enjoys spending time with her growing family and being outdoors.

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CELINA R. PADILLA was born and raised in Arizona, and currently serves as our Administrative Assistant, the face of EB when you first enter our office. Celina went to high school at Westview High School where she played varsity volleyball. She received the President’s Scholarship at Estrella Community College where she is currently attending school and will receive her AA degree with honors in December, 2017. Celina plans to transfer to ASU to pursue her bachelor’s degree in criminology. Meanwhile, she continues to raise her seven dogs at home with her sister.

 

LEGAL SUPPORT TEAM

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HEIDI A. is one of our Legal Assistants and has worked in law firms for over 20 years. Some time ago, Heidi left Minnesota for the warmer temperatures of Arizona.

Heidi works closely with: Kevin Judiscak, Damien Meyer, and Meaghan Kramer.

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MARIE K. KELLY has been working with EB since the firm was founded in 1999, and currently supports our lawyers as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant. Having worked in law firms for over three decades, Marie’s vast experience includes a variety of support roles such as Legal Assistant, Paralegal, and Office Administrator. Marie is originally from the Chicago area, but escaped the sub-zero temperatures several years ago when she moved to Arizona. Marie enjoys spending free time with her husband, and trying to keep up with her two teenagers.

Marie works closely with: Bill Anger, Scott Cohen, and Patrick Clisham.

LISA G. MORGAN brings over thirty years of experience as a Legal Assistant to the EB team. Lisa has worked at larger firms in the Valley, in a variety of practice areas including commercial, real estate, tax, corporate transactions, and government affairs. She takes great pride in her work product and when not working, spends time with her teenage boys and husband.

Lisa works closely with: Wade Burgeson and Kurt Peterson.

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CYNTHIA D. NESSELRODE was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Arizona in 2002. Her prior experience was in the medical field, but Cynthia discovered she had an exceptional talent for organization and detail, and a particular passion for the law. Cynthia has recently moved into a Legal Assistant role, where she supports our lawyers and also maintains some office administrative responsibility. When not at work, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. “Nothing beats family!”

Cynthia works closely with: Steve Berger.

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CINDY K. SOLOMON, CP is a Certified Paralegal with more than 25 years of experience in litigation, commercial bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, real property trustee’s sales, and collections. She is experienced in civil litigation at the federal and state levels, including recent e-discovery issues. In real property issues, Cindy’s expertise spans the areas of trustee’s sales, chain of title analysis, and title insurance issues. She has assisted in judgment enforcement, UCC sales, provisional remedies, and asset recovery analysis. Cindy’s extensive bankruptcy trial experience includes the preparation of electronic exhibits during witness testimony. In 1999, Cindy received her paralegal certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants.

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KATHLEEN J. STEPHENS brings over 40 years of experience as a Legal Assistant to the EB team. During this time, she primarily supported law firm Managing Partners who focused their practices on litigation and transactions, including bankruptcy, corporate, employment, class action, estate planning, and product liability matters. Kathleen was born and raised in Los Angeles and recently moved to Arizona with her family to enjoy our beautiful desert landscape and open space. Her spare time is spent riding her horse and enjoying the company of her family and pets.

Kathleen works closely with: David Engelman, Tami Lewis, Bradley Pack, Michael Rolland, and Cindy Solomon.