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Engelman Berger Attorney Scott Cohen Presenting at ABA Annual Business Law Section Meeting

Scott Cohen, a shareholder of Engelman Berger, will be presenting at the American Bar Association Annual Business Law Section meeting in Austin, Texas. The event will be held at the Fairmont Austin Hotel from September 13-15, 2018, and will feature many great speakers.

Scott, a member of the ABA, will be presenting on the topic of “Successor Liability in Asset Acquisition Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Bankruptcy Committees.” During his presentation, Scott will present a comprehensive approach to analyzing and minimizing successor liability risk in asset purchase transactions through specific structural steps, due diligence and insurance strategies.

This year’s ABA Annual Business Law Section meeting will feature over 80 CLE programs, presented by many leaders in all areas of business law. Those who attend will be able to connect with colleagues and learn at substantive sessions, as well as at hundreds of committee and subcommittee meetings. The meeting will provide a great opportunity for over 1,600 business law professionals from over 20 countries to network together.

Engelman Berger Sponsors 26th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference in Las Vegas

Attorneys and judges from around the Southwest will gather for the American Bankruptcy Institute 26th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference on September 6-8, 2018 at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, Nevada. Engelman Berger will be a sponsor of the event during which experienced practitioners and regional judges will present workshops on both business and consumer insolvency related topics.

The conference will feature 12 panels focused on a variety of topics including: how to handle challenging clients and conflict issues in individual cases, the ins and outs of dealing with tax claims, post-confirmation liquidating and litigation trusts, and more. Patrick Clisham, Managing Shareholder of Engelman Berger will be moderating the Judicial Roundtables panel at the conference.

During the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, there will also be two social events where participants can spend time together: a Golf Tournament at the Royal Links Golf Club and a Jerry Seinfeld show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

ABI is known as the nation’s largest association of bankruptcy professionals. The organization is made up of more than 12,000 attorneys, bankers, judges, lenders, turnaround specialists, accountants and other professionals. Since 1982, ABI has provided congressional leaders and the general public with non-partisan reporting and analysis of bankruptcy regulations, laws, and trends. ABI also takes part in many education and research activities dedicated to the better understanding of insolvency.

Engelman Berger Wishes you a Happy and Relaxing Labor Day

Engelman Berger would like to wish you a happy and relaxing Labor Day. We thank you for your contributions to the workforce and hope you have an opportunity to relax over the three-day weekend with friends and family.

Labor Day was first observed on Tuesday, September 2, 1882 but it wasn’t until 1884 that it was decided that the holiday would be recognized on the first Monday of September every year. The holiday was first celebrated in New York City, and spread to many other industrial rich cities around the country in 1855. Labor Day originally included a street parade that honored the public’s strength and common loyalty to labor organizations. It was then followed by a festival, filled with amusements and recreational activities provided for workers and their families. To this day, Labor Day is intended to celebrate and honor “the American worker” including their dedication, hard work, strength, and leadership.

Wade Burgeson and Michael Rolland Welcomed into the Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

Congratulations to attorneys Wade Burgeson and Michael Rolland for being invited to join the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court (“ABAIC”). The ABAIC provides an opportunity for judges, lawyers, legal educators, law students, and others to meet regularly to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of bankruptcy law, the adversary system in which it exists, and to foster interaction and collegiality.

The ABAIC is one of 350 chartered American Inns of Courts established around the country with the goal of inspiring the legal community to achieve the highest level of professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills through example, education and mentoring.

Bill Anger Presents on Water Rights and Valuation at the Arizona IAAO 2018 Annual Appraisal & Property Tax Seminar

Bill Anger was one of a select group of speakers at the 2018 Annual Appraisal & Property Tax Seminar for the Arizona Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) on August 15th. Bill presented on the topic of “Water Rights & Valuation.” In his presentation, he addressed the following topics: water right valuation factors, Arizona appropriable surface water and percolating groundwater law, and examples of water rights and related property valuation. Bill works closely with 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.

IAAO is a nonprofit, educational, and research association. It is a professional membership organization of government assessment officials and others interested in the administration of property tax. IAAO was founded in 1934, and now has a membership of more than 7,000 governmental, business, and academic community members worldwide.

Meet Grace, our Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

Meet Grace Taskinsoy, our Social Media and Marketing Coordinator. I’d like to thank the firm for introducing me and am eager to share what I’m doing at Engelman Berger. First, a bit about me. I am a Junior at the University of Arizona, attending classes online while living in San Luis Obispo, California during the school year. I am majoring in Communication with a concentration in Marketing and Public Policy, and would like to continue working in law firm marketing and communication in Arizona after graduation.

I have been working with Engelman Berger since January 2018, helping them share information. I draft and post content for the firm’s website and social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. These posts are educational, but also provide a sneak peek into the firm, giving our clients and the public important information and timely updates. This summer 2018, I have been working in EB’s office providing administrative support, while continuing my marketing and social media projects.

Be sure to like/comment/share our posts and follow @EBLawyers for important information and timely updates. Engelman Berger prides itself on client service and we would like to hear your opinion about what topics you would like to see on our new blog page, as well as what types of posts interest you.

Four Engelman Berger Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Four of Engelman Berger’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019, considered by many to be the definitive guide to legal excellence. EB attorneys were chosen in the areas of Bankruptcy, Litigation, Public Finance, and Real Estate Law. Steve Berger was selected for the 15th year in a row, Brigitte Finley Green was selected for the 10th year in a row, Tami Lewis was selected for the 5th year in a row, and Kurt Peterson was selected for the 2nd year in a row.

Steven N. Berger (since 2003)

         Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

         Litigation – Bankruptcy

Brigitte Finley Green (since 2007)

         Public Finance Law

Tamalyn E. Lewis (since 2015)

         Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Recognition Law

Kurt A. Peterson (since 2018)

         Real Estate Law

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers® selects its honored attorneys entirely by peer review. Their methodology is designed to gather as accurate of a consensus opinion of the leading attorneys in the profession. Selections are made after compiling data from extensive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially review and evaluate their professional peers. Opinions are based on the lawyers’ professional abilities which are compared to others in the same geographical location and legal practice area.

Congratulations Steve, Brigitte, Tami, and Kurt!

EB is Now Hiring a Client Service Coordinator

Engelman Berger is hiring an organized, professional, friendly, and pro-active Client Service Coordinator. This person will be a valuable part of our team, ultimately responsible for ensuring that everyone who interacts with EB has the best client service experience possible.

We are looking for someone with intuitive people skills who enjoys the satisfaction that comes with taking care of others. The ideal candidate needs to be able to take direction, but also be a self-starter who takes initiative and enjoys being organized while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously. To ensure a consistent experience both for our visiting guests as well as our own employees, we often have specific guidelines and processes that need to be followed. It is imperative that our Client Service Coordinator be attentive to detail and able to carry through on specific tasks as directed, while always keeping an eye toward improvement. Given the ebb and flow of any front desk environment, our Client Service Coordinator must enjoy and be able to successfully tackle multiple responsibilities at once. This includes client service related tasks such as answering phones, greeting visitors, while also performing conflict checks, opening new matters, closing and archiving client files, ensuring supplies are well stocked, and assisting with marketing functions such as updating materials, ordering client gifts, etc.

Our Client Service Coordinator will have direct communication with existing, new and prospective clients; attorneys; court officials; support staff; and friends of the firm. This position requires a very proactive approach to self-managing their workload, while always maintaining a professional and client service oriented demeanor.

A minimum of 3 years of professional service experience is required, preferably in a law firm. Working at Engelman Berger, you will experience a unique work environment. We believe our people are our greatest asset and are looking for someone who is willing to learn, teach us a few things, and most importantly grow with us! We offer an excellent benefit and compensation package including a competitive salary based on experience, full health coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, etc. We offer a casual yet professional environment and are looking forward to hearing from those who are interested! Please note: Engelman Berger is not accepting resumes from search firms for this position.

For more information, contact Katie Bien our Legal Administrator at keb@eblawyers.com or 602.222.4950. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Katie Bien.

Engelman Berger Expands its Public Finance Practice with the Addition of Brigitte Finley Green

Engelman Berger is pleased to announce that public finance attorney, Brigitte Finley Green, has joined the firm. Brigitte teams with Julie Arvo MacKenzie in building the firm’s public finance practice area and assisting clients in the business, nonprofit, governmental, banking, finance, healthcare, education, housing, economic development, and real estate sectors.

Brigitte brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm, having worked with clients as bond counsel, special tax counsel, underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, and disclosure counsel for state and local governments on a variety of tax-exempt and taxable municipal bond and lease-purchase transactions. Brigitte helps clients navigate the complexities of public finance to achieve their goals. She also serves as bond and disclosure counsel on tax-exempt conduit financings for nonprofit charter schools, and has participated in bond financing of multi-family housing facilities, single family mortgage loans, student loans, and facilities for 501(c)(3) organizations.

Prior to private practice, Brigitte spent two years as an attorney advisor with the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel in Washington D.C., where she practiced exclusively in the tax-exempt bond area. Brigitte has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Public Finance Law every year since 2009. She was also named “Phoenix Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Public Finance Law in 2015 and has been AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Ratings.

Welcome, Brigitte! We are excited to have you as part of the EB team.

Engelman Berger Welcomes Six Summer 2018 Interns

Engelman Berger is excited to welcome six summer interns to our office this Summer 2018: Connor Folts, Ashish Dubey, Youngseo Lee, Grace Taskinsoy, Spencer Morgan, and Trevor Colceri.

These six interns will be gaining valuable experience and learning about the practice of law. Our interns perform legal research, draft presentations, learn and embrace software programs, and hold training programs regarding new technology. They also attend meetings, depositions, settlement conferences, and hearings.

Two of our interns, Youngseo and Ashish are student leaders of the Mock Trial Club at BASIS Chandler. Thanks to the efforts of its founding president Rahul Jayaraman and coach/attorney David Johnson, BASIS Chandler’s Mock Trial team was formed in 2015 and has competed in the Arizona High School Mock Trial Regional Tournament. Scott Cohen is one of their Mock Trial coaches and works with the students to help them continue to improve their technique and skills. With hard work and dedication, the BASIS Chandler team has won numerous awards in a variety of tournaments. They are working to continue to improve as they will be competing at Regionals for the fourth year in a row. Last year Engelman Berger had three summer interns from BASIS Chandler: Rahul Jayaraman, Jigisha Bagchi, and Mark McGovern.

Connor is currently a student at the Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University. Engelman Berger has created a first-year law student clerkship position for the summer, which we offered to Connor. He will be doing substantive legal work as well as document review and preparation. Read more by clicking here: https://www.eblawyers.com/uncategorized/engelman-berger-creates-first-year-law-student-clerkship-position/

Spencer will be an incoming 1L at Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at ASU this Fall 2018.

Grace has been working with our firm since January 2018 as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator. She will be starting her junior year at University of Arizona this Fall 2018 where she will be majoring in Communication.

Trevor is finishing up at UofA this Fall 2018 and getting his degree in Business and Marketing.

Welcome to Engelman Berger, summer interns!