At the beginning of the New Year, Engelman Berger attorney Rachel Phillips was selected to be a part of the 2020 Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Ladder Down Arizona Class of 2020. Currently in its eighth year in Arizona, Ladder Down is a year-long program that provides training and career development to empower women lawyers in three critical areas: leadership, business development, and mentoring. Congratulations, Rachel! We are excited to see how you learn and grow through this excellent program.
Yesterday, Engelman Berger attorney, Meaghan Kramer, gave a presentation on Employee Handbook Tips to the human resources professionals at Fahrenheit Advisors. As the way we work and our laws change, it is important for companies to keep their employee handbooks up to date. In this educational presentation, Meaghan touched on five common mistakes that firms should be aware of related to progressive discipline, timekeeping for non-exempt employees, social media, #metoo issues, and drug testing. She also outlined some more obvious mistakes that companies should look out for, including out of date policies, overpromising, and unsigned acknowledgements.
Engelman Berger encourages companies to take the time to review their employee handbooks at the start of each year. If anyone would like help in doing so, please reach out to Meaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engelman Berger is eager to announce the expansion of our Litigation Department with the new hire of attorney Rachel Phillips. Rachel brings over seven years of experience providing her clients with innovative solutions and effective advocacy in the industries of banking and finance, food and beverage, health insurance, property/casualty insurance, sports, waste management, retail, and real estate. Rachel’s prior experience at a large international law firm includes representing and obtaining summary judgment on all counts in favor of a client facing over $16 million in damages claims for alleged breaches of contract, acting as second chair in a full-day trial which resulted in a $10 million deficiency judgment in favor of her client, and much more. Rachel’s addition brings great diversity to our firm’s commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, and class actions practice areas.
Rachel graduated from Seton Hall University in 2008 before obtaining her J.D. at the University of Arizona James E. Rodgers College of Law in 2012. During law school, Rachel was a Judicial Extern for United States District Court Judge David G. Campbell.
Rachel has been selected to Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2016 to 2020. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Women’s Sport Association and the Maricopa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
We are excited to introduce Rachel to our EB Team as we continue to serve clients and take our litigation department to the next level.
Engelman Berger is a proud sponsor of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education’s (CARE) 3rd annual holiday party. The event will be held on December 5th, 2019 from 4:30PM-6:00PM at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s annual Winter Leadership Conference at Terranea Resort in Southern California.
We hope our friends and colleagues attending the ABI Winter Leadership Conference will have the chance to attend the wonderful event. To register for the event, visit this link: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/event_step2/NjI1OTc=/55976?utm_source=ABI+Winter+Leadership+Conference+2019&utm_campaign=c9198e63b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_11_21_04_37_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6fdffe59c8-c9198e63b5-185170303&mc_cid=c9198e63b5&mc_eid=1c8c9415fa.
Engelman Berger attorney and CARE board/executive committee member, Patrick Clisham, will be attending the CARE event.
Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) is a non-profit organization that aims to teach young individuals the skills of financial literacy. CARE was founded in 2002 by a now-retired Bankruptcy Judge and continues to recruit professionals in the bankruptcy and financial service industries to talk directly with young adults about the importance of personal finance.
On December 5th-7th, the American Bankruptcy Institute is hosting its annual Winter Leadership Conference at Terranea Resort in sunny Southern California. This 3-day conference for business and consumer bankruptcy attorneys as well as financial advisors hosts more than 70 speakers, including over a dozen judges.
Patrick is an ABI Board Member and will also be attending the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) board meeting as a board/executive committee member. Scott will be attending the American Board of Certification (ABC) board meeting. ABC is the nation’s premier legal specialty certification organization that certifies attorneys as specialists in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law. Scott is also looking forward to playing in the annual tennis tournament organized by Rob Kinas, a partner at Snell & Wilmer.
Engelman Berger is a sponsor of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 40 Under 40 reception through its contribution to the ABC. ABI’s 40 Under 40 program recognizes the legal profession’s leading insolvency professionals who are committed to the highest standards of achievement at both their place of work and within their communities. The 2019 class will be announced at the Winter Leadership Conference on December 5th.
For more information or to register for the conference, please visit this link: https://www.abiwlc.org/.
Engelman Berger would like to wish our clients, colleagues, and the community a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you are able to spend today with family and friends celebrating all for which you are grateful.
Engelman Berger would like to give special thanks to our amazing team for all of the hard work they do and for making EB such a wonderful place to work. We would also like to give special thanks to our clients who make what we do so worthwhile.
Engelman Berger has been selected for inclusion in the “Best Law Firms” section of Best Lawyers® 2020, considered by many to be the definitive guide to legal excellence. Engelman Berger was chosen in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Public Finance Law, and Real Estate Law. Our firm was ranked nationally in one practice area and regionally in four practice areas.
National Tier 3
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Metropolitan Tier 1
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Metropolitan Tier 2
Real Estate Law
Metropolitan Tier 3
Public Finance Law
Earlier this year, Steve Berger, Brigitte Finley Green, Tami Lewis, Kurt Peterson, Patrick Clisham, Scott Cohen, Brad Pack, and Bill Anger were among the individual lawyers selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020®.
Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers® selects its honored attorneys and law firms entirely by peer review. Their methodology is designed to gather as accurate of a consensus opinion of the leading attorneys and firms 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.
The Anti-Defamation League-Arizona is hosting their annual 2019 Torch of Liberty Community Breakfast on November 22, 2019 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. At this year’s event, ADL will honor Ahron Cohen, president and CEO and Alternate Governor for the Arizona Coyotes Hokey Club, with the 2019 Torch of Liberty Award. ADL will also Honor Rabbi Elana Kanter of the New Shul with the Al Brooks Community Leadership Award, Ryan Green of the Maricopa County Attorney’s office with the ADL George Weisz Law Enforcement Award, and Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, with the ADL Herman Lewkowitz Emerging Leader Award. For more information and event details, visit this link, https://arizona.adl.org/event/torch-of-liberty-community-breakfast-2019/.
EB attorney, Bradley Pack, is an active member of ADL Arizona’s Board of Directors, and currently serves as Chairman of its Government Relations Advocacy and Community Engagement Chair (GRACE) committee. EB attorney and founder, Steve Berger, served two periods on the ADL Board of Directors and has been a supporter of the organization since the early 1980’s.
The ADL’s Arizona Regional office in Phoenix is one of the youngest in ADL, having been established in 1983. Long before that, however, many of the same people who launched the ADL office here were involved in a successful, nationally high-profile fight to eradicate the long-standing restrictions against Jews that were observed by many of Arizona’s finest resorts. Today, the Arizona Regional Board, led by Board Chair Donna Johnson, and the office regional staff led by Regional Director Carlos Galindo-Elvira, represent one of the premier civil rights/human relations organizations in the state and provide an ongoing and dynamic counter to bigotry, discrimination and hate in all forms, against any and all groups.
Engelman Berger thanks all of the veterans that have served our country. We hope everyone takes a moment to pause, reflect, and honor our veterans, appreciating what they have done for the freedoms we enjoy every day.
Veterans Day initially originated from “Armistice Day,” a day highlighting the one-year anniversary of World War I on November 11, 1919. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution declaring Armistice Day a national holiday to be observed annually. Not long after, in 1938, November 11th was declared the official holiday and observance of Armistice Day. Many years later, Congress wished to commemorate veterans of all wars and changed the holiday’s name to Veterans Day in 1954.
On October 23, Engelman Berger sponsored the AWLA Maricopa Chapter’s 25th Annual Wine and Cheese Reception to celebrate the contributions of Paige A. Martin, the recipient of the Ruth V. McGregor 2019 Award. Guests were treated to a delightful evening filled with the Desert Botanical Garden’s vibrant desert cacti. EB attorneys Julie Arvo MacKenzie, Tami Lewis, and Brigitte Finley Green attended the event with their guests. Julie has been a member of Arizona Women Lawyers Association for over 25 years and served on the on the Maricopa Chapter steering committee for approximately 15 years alongside Paige Martin, the recipient of this year’s Ruth V. McGregor Award. Tami, Brigitte, and Meaghan Kramer are also members of the AWLA.
The Ruth V. McGregor Award is an award that celebrates and recognizes individuals who work to both support women in the law and who make contributions towards the advancement of women who work in the legal profession.