On Monday, March 18, David Engelman, co-founder of Engelman Berger, moderated an introduction of the new CEO of the State Bar of Arizona to Community Legal Services and Volunteer Legal Program. David coordinated this introduction and brought together specific individuals to discuss issues surrounding access to justice. These individuals included Joel England, the new Executive Director of the State Bar of Arizona, Lillian Johnson, the director of Community Legal Services, Pat Gerrich, the director of Volunteer Legal Program, and Krystal Ahart, the chair of the Volunteer Legal Program Advisory Board.
On March 5, 2019, EB attorneys Julie Arvo MacKenzie and Tami Lewis attended the AWEE A New Leaf “Cocktails and Clothes 2019” annual charity event. Each participant of the charity event was encouraged to bring gently-used professional business attire for both men and women in an effort to replenish the AWEE Clothing Boutique. These items included suits, dresses, tops, pants, shoes, belts, ties, purses, and more. After the event and throughout the year, AWEE gifts the clothes to those in need of interview and work attire.
After the event, AWEE released a follow up and thank you video in which attorney Julie Arvo MacKenzie appeared. Follow this link to view the video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miWBFKU06UQ.
A New Leaf was founded in 1971 with a mission to promote “growth, hope, change, and new beginnings.” Throughout its existence, A New Leaf has remained committed to “Helping Families and Changing Lives” with the help of donors and volunteers that are able to gather and donate resources that greatly increase the impact of the organization on individuals in need. A New Leaf serves approximately 260,000 meals annually, provides 150,000 nights of shelter annually, hosts 12,000 counseling sessions annually, and reaches 32,424 individuals and families with critical resources. A New Leaf’s resources include homeless and domestic violence shelters, affordable housing solutions, youth services, foster care, counseling, financial literacy, neighborhood economic development, workforce support, and community services. As a result, clients of A New Leaf find successes in employment, healthier lifestyles, enhanced life skills, high school diplomas/GEDs, college degrees, and self-sufficiency.
Engelman Berger P.C. congratulates attorney and EB co-founder, Steven N. Berger, for being named by AZ Business Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2019.” Steve’s practice areas include: bankruptcy and reorganization, creditor’s rights, loan workouts, business restructurings, business and real estate disputes, and mediation. Every year, AZ Business Magazine announces its pick of Arizona’s Top 100 lawyers. The distinguished group is chosen by the publication’s editorial team in collaboration with industry experts from a pool of more than 2,000 of the state’s most talented and successful attorneys. Each lawyer is selected based on their professional success and ratings, impact on his or her law firm, impact on the communities he/she serves, and impact on the legal profession as a whole.
Before the founding of Engelman Berger PC in 1999, Berger was an associate and partner at two of Arizona’s largest law firms. He has extensive experience in representing parties involved with troubled loans or troubled businesses, and has represented lessors, business owners, investors, asset purchasers, creditor committees, and other parties in bankruptcy and reorganization cases, as well as in general business issues and business disputes. He utilizes his experience as an advocate and also as a mediator in bringing closure to unresolved disputes. Steve has almost 35 years’ experience in representing clients throughout Arizona and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers® and Super Lawyers® Top 50 Arizona Lawyers, Arizona Business Leaders and for many years in the Top 100 Best Lawyers in Arizona.
On March 1, 2019 Engelman Berger turned 20! Each year, in celebration of our firm’s anniversary, we partner up with an organization and dedicate the entire day to a social service project. We like to call this our “Social Services Day.” This year, on Friday, March 8, we partnered up with the Sojourner Center to help adults and children in Arizona who have been affected by domestic violence and have found safety through this organization. We also donated much needed supplies and items for the adults and children in the crisis center.
The Sojourner Center has been transforming the lives of over 60,000 adults and children who have been affected by domestic abuse by providing shelter and support services since 1977. This organization offers 124 shelter beds and 32 transitional housing apartments to those in the community who are in need of help and shelter. Each year, the Sojourner Center helps nearly 10,000 individuals and provides shelter services to many individuals. This organization’s goal is to provide a wide range of services to help those who have been impacted by domestic violence, one life at a time. The Sojourner Center is based on the following values and attributes: compassion, honesty, respect, authenticity, integrity, warm, safe, confidential, loving, influential, and so much more.
We are thankful for the opportunity to have worked with such an influential and life-changing organization!
On February 27, Kevin Judiscak, Damien Meyer, and Meaghan Kramer volunteered their time as guest lecturers at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor Law School. Students in the “Law, Accounting, and Finance” class are responsible for a mock trial presentation of an accounting expert witness, including the introduction of the expert witness’ written opinion. As guest lecturers, Kevin, Damien, and Meaghan gave instruction and tips to the students on courtroom presentation including basic interaction with the court and the witnesses, direct and cross examination, and leading and open questions. They also shared tips on how to make objections and offer relevant evidence, and gave specific instruction regarding expert witnesses, including qualifying an expert, attacking the foundation of an expert’s opinion, and handling objections to the introduction of an opinion.
Kevin, Damien, and Meaghan are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the students to help them build their trial skills as they get ready to start their careers in the law.
On February 19th, Bill Anger presented a seminar on the topic “Arizona Water Rights and Valuation” for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Appraisal Group. Invited to present to the group, Bill spoke about the process for valuing water rights and factors that are important in determining the value of a water right. In his presentation, he addressed how certain physical, legal and cost constraints affect the value of water rights as well as Arizona and Federal statutes and case law affecting the value of water rights.
Bill works closely with cities and other water providers, developers, homeowners’ associations, financial institutions and other entities and landowners, assisting them with regulatory compliance under the Arizona Groundwater Code and surface water laws; securing, purchasing and leasing water rights; water service agreements; shared well agreements; and various water rights litigation including the Gila River and Little Colorado general stream adjudications.
Engelman Berger attorneys, David Engelman and Steve Berger, were quoted in an AZ Big Media article titled, “Arizona Attorneys Make it a Practice to Help Nonprofits.” Our firm is passionate about working with nonprofits as well as attending and sponsoring events to support the mission of many of the Valley’s charitable organizations.
Nonprofits are usually low in funds and most wish to allocate the donations they receive to the programs and people they support. Consequently, when a nonprofit is in need of legal counsel, they have to make a decision i.e. whether they wish to use donations towards payment of necessary legal counsel or toward their organization’s program mission and goals. This is often a very difficult decision, as nonprofits typically prefer to use their funds to help others and not on administrative costs. When faced with this dilemma, Arizona nonprofit organizations rely on Arizona attorneys willing to provide legal services free of charge.
In this article, both David Engelman and Steve Berger are highlighted for the significant amount of pro bono work they have given to nonprofit organizations over the years. David Engelman, co-founder of Engelman Berger P.C., has continuously done pro bono work over the 43 years that he has practiced law. “It’s all about helping those who are in need,” Engelman said. Steve Berger, co-founder of Engelman Berger P.C., also makes it a top priority to offer Arizona nonprofits pro bono legal work. Berger said, “I think for the projects where we provide legal services, we certainly fill a gap for persons or nonprofits who wouldn’t really be able to afford the kind of service we provide normally. They can use that money for more important things, like putting food on the table or their core mission.”
Pro bono service to the community is one of the core values of Engelman Berger. The firm’s attorneys donate several hundreds of hours each year in pro bono legal services. Many of the firm’s attorneys also volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors of a variety of Arizona nonprofit organizations.
On March 3, 2019, Center Dance Ensemble (CDE) will be presenting Frances Smith Cohen, the Founder and Artistic Director of CDE, with the Spirit of Dance Lifetime Achievement Award. Engelman Berger is a proud sponsor of this special event. The event will be hosted at the Herberger Theater Center at the Stage West Patio beginning at 12pm, with complimentary valet parking. Included with every $100 per person ticket will be scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and beverages, as well as admission to the 2pm matinee performance of “Rite of Spring.” This is an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful afternoon celebrating the contributions of Francis Cohen as well as the artistic talents of the dancers of Center Dance Ensemble.
Engelman Berger Partner, Tamalyn “Tami” Lewis who is Co-Chair for CDE, is excited to share this event. Tami will also be the emcee of the event, setting the tone for a special afternoon.
CDE is a resident modern dance company at the Herberger Theater. It was founded in 1988 with the dual mission of creating original works of the highest artistic quality and designing arts education opportunities and programs for students throughout the Valley. Each year, CDE puts on four performances and helps to facilitate several opportunities for students in our community to see modern dance. For more information or to buy tickets to the event, visit https://www.centerdance.com/gala/.
On Friday, February 22, the CASA Academy hosted their annual fundraiser, Mi Casa es su Casa: Raising Leaders of our Community. Engelman Berger was a proud sponsor of this 250-person event that featured appetizers and desserts, beer and wine, live entertainment and testimonials from CASA Academy staff and scholars. The donations raised by the event directly benefit the 175-low-income youth that CASA Academy strives to help and serve.
CASA Academy, an acronym for College, Achievement, Social Responsibility, and Authenticity, is a school that provides low-income students with the necessary early academic foundation and character skills that are necessary to graduate from college and further succeed in life. CASA Academy prides itself on its effort to raise the bar for education in Phoenix and benefit students within the area. A unique aspect of CASA Academy is that it starts the road to college in kindergarten. Rigorous curriculum is taught from the first day of school and from there on. CASA Academy originated in 2012 when Jenna Leahy and Tacey Clayton connected over the multiple injustices they had witnessed in their classroom: low-income students were not progressing or advancing at the level and rate as high-income students. They joined forces, worked hard to raise $950,000 in start-up funding, visited many top performing schools and took note of various tools and learning practices, and submitted their charter application in 2014 which was then approved. CASA Academy has been positively impacting underserved students ever since.
We hope everyone who attended had a wonderful time supporting this inspirational and life-changing organization!
Engelman Berger is looking to hire an experienced Litigation Legal Assistant (LA) to join our 15 lawyer mid-town firm. Our firm prides itself on both the quality of its work and the collegiality of its work environment. This LA will be an integral part of our legal support team, often working on all phases of a matter from beginning to resolution. The LA will work primarily with a team of lawyers and/or paralegals, while occasionally assisting other professionals within our firm.
We are seeking a highly organized and detail-oriented individual. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of state and federal litigation procedures and electronic filing systems, strong proofreading skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and the ability to work within a paper-light environment. Bankruptcy experience is highly valued.
Responsibilities will include drafting, proofreading, verifying, and editing a wide variety of legal documents, client correspondence, and docketing deadlines, hearings, and meetings. This position requires a proactive and cooperative approach in working with multiple attorneys, staff, clients, and court officials, while maintaining a professional and client service-oriented demeanor. This candidate must be engaged in the current use and development of technology. Depending on experience, this position may also include or evolve into including some paralegal duties.
A minimum of 5 years of law firm experience in litigation is required. We are looking for someone with specific experience in Business Litigation, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy, and Creditor/Debtor Rights. Appellate experience is a plus.
Working at Engelman Berger, you will experience a unique work environment. We offer an excellent benefit and compensation package including a competitive salary based on experience, full health coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, etc.
Please send your resume and cover letter to: Katie Bien, Legal Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.