Five Engelman Berger Attorneys Selected as 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars®

Five attorneys from Engelman Berger have been selected for inclusion in 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers list and Rising Stars for their excellence in the categories of Bankruptcy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate, Banking, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Closely Held Business, Creditor Debtor Rights, General Litigation, Real Estate, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Congratulations Steve, David, Scott, Kevin, and Brad!

Steve Berger was also selected by Southwest Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Arizona Lawyers. Congratulations, Steve!

Super Lawyers is a legal industry rating service of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and profession achievement. Only 4% of attorneys in Arizona are named as Super Lawyers and only 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 are named as Rising Stars. For more information about Super Lawyers® visit:

Engelman Berger 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers®:

  1. Steven N. Berger – Bankruptcy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Real Estate, Creditor Debtor Rights, Top 50 Arizona Lawyers
  2. David Wm. Engelman – Creditor Debtor Rights, Bankruptcy, Closely Held Business
  3. Scott B. Cohen – Bankruptcy, General Litigation, Banking, Creditor Debtor Rights
  4. Kevin M. Judiscak – Business Litigation, Civil Litigation

Engelman Berger 2018 Southwest Rising Stars®:

  1. Bradley D. Pack – Bankruptcy, Appellate, General Litigation

EB Lawyers is Excited to be a Sponsor of the CARE Financial Literacy Celebration

EB Lawyers is excited to be a sponsor of the CARE Financial Literacy Celebration that will be held at the Marriott Marquis Downtown Washington, D.C. from 5:00pm-6:30pm this Friday, April 20, 2018. The event will be held alongside the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Annual Spring meeting, which Patrick Clisham will also be attending. Patrick currently serves on the CARE Board of Directors and Executive Committee. If you happen to be in the area, please come celebrate National Financial Literacy Month with us at the CARE event as we honor retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Grace Diehl who will be receiving a CARE Lifetime Achievement Award for her 12 years of volunteer service.

CARE, which stands for “Credit Abuse Resistance Education,” is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to teach young people the skills of financial literacy. Founded in 2002 by now-retired Bankruptcy Judge, CARE recruits professionals in bankruptcy and other financial service industries to talk directly with young adults about the importance of personal finance. To learn more about CARE visit,

Steve Berger Selected for Top 100 Lawyers In Arizona

Steve Berger has once again been selected for inclusion in Arizona Business Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers.  The distinction is based on his professional success, impact on his firm, impact on the communities in which he serves, and impact on the legal profession as a whole.  Each year Arizona Business Magazine and top industry experts select from over 1,000 of the most talented and successful attorneys from throughout Arizona to arrive at the Top 100.

Read more about his award here.

Join us Today at Lambda Legal in Arizona’s Annual Event

EB Lawyers is a proud sponsor of Lambda Legal in Arizona’s annual event this afternoon. Come participate with us from 5:30PM-7:30PM as we join in celebrating Lambda’s success in protecting and securing rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. For more information about the event see

For over 45 years, Lambda Legal has been advancing equality and fighting to defend the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Join us as we celebrate a year of legal victories and hear how Lambda is continuing to advocate at the local, state and federal level.

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization that strives to achieve full recognition of civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV.

Engelman Berger Expands its Transactional Practice with the Addition of Julie Arvo MacKenzie

We are excited to announce the addition of Julie Arvo MacKenzie to the firm’s growing transactional practice. Julie brings more than 25 years of experience helping clients navigate the complex steps involved in bond financing. She works closely with banks, issuers, lenders, nonprofits, developers, underwriters, trustees and borrowers, assisting them with all aspects of tax-exempt bond issuance, including disclosure, compliance, corporate governance, equipment leasing, governmental authority and debt restructuring.

“Julie’s deep understanding of project finance and complex business transactions will further expand the firm’s ability to advise clients at all stages of the business life cycle,” said Steve Berger, co-founder of the firm. “We are excited to have her join our team.”

Julie also advises clients on a variety of complex business transactions such as bank loans, lease-purchase structures, debt refinancing and bond defaults. She provides counsel to corporate management and boards of directors on business issues involving project financing for health facilities, schools, universities, governmental entities, senior living and multifamily housing. Prior to joining the firm, Julie served as in-house counsel for a health care conduit bond issuing authority.



Scott B. Cohen and Professor Laura N. Coordes of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law published Uneven Dischargeability Standards

Scott B. Cohen of Engelman Berger, P.C. and Professor Laura N. Coordes of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law published Uneven Dischargeability Standards in 26 No. 4 J. Bankr. L. & Prac.NL Art.. 1. By comparing two seemingly unrelated cases on the dischargeability exceptions under § 523(a) of U.S. Bankruptcy Code, Mr. Cohen and Professor Coordes are able to highlight the unsettling lack of uniformity concerning the culpable state of mind necessary to trigger the exceptions to discharge.


Scott B. Cohen is a shareholder of Engelman Berger and is a leading member of Arizona’s bankruptcy law community. Scott is a Past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona (2011-2012), and serves as an expert witness in bankruptcy and anti-deficiency matters. Most recently, Scott was instrumental in the litigation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan which was successfully defended in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 26th, 2017.

Laura N. Coordes is an Associate Professor of Law at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Professor Coordes’s research interests include corporate reorganizations, venue transfer and forum shopping issues, and municipal bankruptcies under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. Her teaching interests include bankruptcy law, secured transactions, corporations, and contracts. Before coming to the College of Law, Professor Coordes practiced in the Business, Finance and Restructuring Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York.

Engelman Berger Teams up with Arizona Business Bank to Support AASK (Aid to Adoption of Special Kids)

Engelman Berger is proud to partner with Arizona Business Bank to show support for AASK (Aid to Adoption of Special Kids) with these 3 full-page promotions in the 2017 Summer/Fall edition of AZ Business Angels.

Engelman Berger has had the privilege of being longtime supporters of AASK. In addition to the firm’s annual participation in the AASK Family Fun Walk, EB Shareholder Patrick Clishamserves on the AASK Board of Directors.

AASK is a private non-profit charity that was founded in 1988 with the mission of serving children in Arizona’s foster care system. Local philanthropist and child advocate, Kax Herberger, founded AASK with the strong belief that all children need homes and families, regardless of their backgrounds and unique challenges. Since its inception, AASK has been dedicated to Kax’s vision of ensuring every foster child has someone who cares.

Through their adoption, fostering and mentoring programs, AASK works to match quality families and individuals with children in need of love. AASK’s focus is maximizing the experience of each child through building strong relationships that will last a lifetime. AASK’s adoption program helps children find a permanent home with a family that can best meet their needs; the fostering program serves as a way for children to seek stability with a family while away from their biological parents, with the end goal of reunification; and AASK’s mentoring program pairs committed adults with foster children from nine to 22 years old.

Learn more about AASK at

David Engelman Awarded Hon. Daniel P. Collins Mentorship Award by the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

David Engelman has been awarded the Hon. Daniel P. Collins Mentorship Award by the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court for his outstanding mentorship during the 2016-2017 Inn year. David is the fourth recipient of this award which was first awarded to the Honorable Daniel P. Collins. David was presented with the award on May 11th by Larry Wilk, who is not only a previous recipient of this award, but was also mentored by David earlier in his career.

David has been recognized for his commitment to public service many times throughout his career. He has received volunteer and pro bono awards from the Arizona Bar Foundation, the Volunteer Lawyers Program, and the Arizona Supreme Court. Most recently, David was elected to the Board of Governors of the Arizona State Bar.

Engelman Berger Ranked #3 Law Firm for Creditors Rights, Bankruptcy/Reorganization for 2017 by Ranking Arizona

Engelman Berger was ranked the #3 Law Firm for Creditors Rights, Bankruptcy/Reorganization for 2017 in Ranking Arizona, up from #9 the year before. This year’s publication represents the 20th anniversary edition of the annual publication presented by AZ Big Media. Ranking Arizona is the result of the largest business opinion poll in Arizona. About 3 million votes were cast for the more than 20,000 businesses competing in over 200 categories.

“The companies that are voted into the top ten are those companies whose customers and clients say are the best companies to do business with in Arizona,” said Mike Atkinson, President and CEO of AZ Big Media. “There is no better endorsement in business than one from your customers.” “Ranking Arizona is an important and valuable resource guide for Arizona’s business community,” Atkinson said. “The companies that earn awards in Ranking Arizona truly represent the best of Arizona business.”

Engelman Berger was additionally recognized by being ranked the #6 Law Firm with 20 Attorneys or Fewer; and Founding Shareholder, Steven Berger, was listed as one of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers of 2017.