Brad Pack and Michael Rolland Selected for Inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars List

Brad Pack and Michael Rolland have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Super Lawyers® Rising Star list. These attorneys have displayed excellence in the categories of Bankruptcy, Appellate, General Litigation, and Business/Corporate. Congratulations Brad and Michael!

We would like to congratulate Michael Rolland for being included for the first time in the Super Lawyers® Rising Star list!

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 professional 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®.

Engelman Berger 2019 Southwest Rising Stars®:

  1. Bradley D. Pack – Bankruptcy, Appellate, General Litigation
  2. Michael P. Rolland – Business/Corporate

Five Engelman Berger Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2019 Southwest Super Lawyers® List

Five Engelman Berger attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Southwest Super Lawyers® list. These attorneys have displayed excellence in the categories of Bankruptcy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Real Estate, Creditor Debtor Rights, Closely Held Business, General Litigation, Banking, and Civil Litigation: Defense. Congratulations Steve, David, Scott, Kevin, and Patrick!

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

We would also like to congratulate Patrick Clisham for being included for the first time in the Southwest Super Lawyers® list!

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 professional 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®.

Engelman Berger 2019 Southwest Super Lawyers®:

  1. Steven N. Berger – Bankruptcy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Real Estate, Creditor Debtor Rights
  2. David Wm. Engelman – Creditor Debtor Rights, Closely Held Business, Bankruptcy
  3. Scott B. Cohen – Bankruptcy, General Litigation, Banking, Creditor Debtor Rights
  4. Kevin M. Judiscak – Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense
  5. Patrick A. Clisham – Bankruptcy, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation

EB Attorney Scott Cohen Will Be Presenting at ABI Spring Meeting in D.C. “Not So Free, Not So Clear: An Ethical Walk Through Asset Sales” Panel

On April 12, 2019, Engelman Berger attorney Scott Cohen will be presenting at ABI “Not So Free, Not So Clear: An Ethical Walk Through Asset Sales” panel. This panel is a joint session between both the ABI Asset Sales Committee and the ABI Ethics & Professional Compensation Committee. Faculty will discuss the ethical problems facing counsel and their clients in § 363 sales including collusion, abuses during due diligence, and successor liability. The other panelists include Peter J. Barrett, the moderator, of Kutak Rock LLP; Peter J. Roberts of Fox Rothschild LLP; and Cynthia Romano of CR3 Partners LLP.

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.

Come Join Engelman Berger as we Participate in the 6th Annual AASK Family Fun Walk on May 4th

Come join Engelman Berger on Saturday, May 4th, as we participate in the 6th annual Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) Family Fun Walk. We are forming a team and raising funds in support of this amazing and impactful organization that connects children with foster families, adoptive families, siblings, kin, and adult mentors. To join Engelman Berger’s team or to donate funds towards AASK, visit this link http://familyfunwalk.org/teampage.asp?fundid=896#.XIXB3s9KiCR.

The walk will take place at Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix Green Area, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix (entrance off 7th street). Registration opens at 7:30AM and the walk begins at 8:30AM. The AASK Family Fun Walk is a 1.5-mile loop around the park that begins and ends in the walk’s expo area where families, friends, and children of all ages can enjoy music, food, games, and activities. We hope to see you there!

“Aid to Adoption of Special Kids” (AASK) founded by “Kax” Herberger in 1988 has been providing relationships for Arizona’s children in the foster care system for over 29 years. AASK connects children with foster families, adoptive families, siblings, kin, and adult mentors. AASK families and mentors have seen first-hand the difference a committed, caring adult has in the lives of a child in foster care and how the emotional connection of an enduring relationship can help children who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect heal. AASK hosts free informational meetings in both Spanish and English for those who are interested in becoming a parent or a mentor to a child in foster care. For more information about AASK visit, http://www.aask-az.org/

Engelman Berger is a Sponsor of the Black & White Ball Honoring Barbara & Mathis Becker and Melanie & Barry Becker

On April 7, 2019, Beth El Congregation is hosting a Black & White Ball honoring Barbara and Mathis Becker, and Melanie and Barry Becker, four longtime Beth El members and supporters. Barbara was recently appointed as president of Beth El, Mathis has displayed strong leadership of the Endowment Committee, Barry is an active participant in the Cemetery Committee, and Melanie has volunteered many hours in the Talmud Torah and Beth El’s preschool. For two generations, the Becker family, including parents, has supported Beth El and the Phoenix community. These individuals are especially important to our firm, as they are friends of Engelman Berger co-founder, David Engelman and other members of the firm. The event will be hosted at the Beth El Congregation at 5:30pm and will include a celebratory and fun night filled with cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. To commemorate the Becker families that are being honored at the event, a tribute journal, designed by members of Beth El, will be distributed to the attendees of the event. Those who attend the event can then add messages or ads in the journal to support the honorees. For more information about the event or to RSVP, visit this link https://www.bethelphoenix.com/black-white-ball/.

Beth El is a synagogue that accepts all who wish to have access to Judaism. Beth El hopes and strives to provide its members with a place to go when they need company, friends, and community; a place to participate in Jewish ritual and programming; and a place where you have a support system of clergy and staff who will cater to your needs as pertaining to your synagogue experience.

 

David Engelman Moderated an Introduction of the New CEO of the State Bar of Arizona to Community Legal Services and Volunteer Legal Program

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.

Julie Arvo MacKenzie and Tami Lewis Attended AWEE A New Leaf Annual Charity Event

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.

Steve Berger Selected as One of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers by Arizona Business Magazine

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.

EB Celebrated Turning 20 by Volunteering at the Sojourner Center for our Social Services Day

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!

Three Engelman Berger Attorneys Served as Guest Lecturers at ASU Law School Class

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.