Engelman Berger is excited to welcome Stephanie Fulk-Higgs to our firm. Stephanie joined our team as a Commercial Litigation paralegal this June. While she will primarily focus on commercial litigation matters, she also has experience with creditor rights. With over 20 years of experience, Stephanie will complement the firm’s practice in the areas of litigation, bankruptcy, and business. Welcome, Stephanie!
Engelman Berger is proud to be a sponsor of MITA-AZ (Arizona Marijuana Industry Trade Association). Two of our attorneys, Wade Burgeson and Meaghan Kramer, attended the dispensary owners conference held on May 24, 2018. Engelman Berger works with businesses in the industry to help them create business structures, defend against claims, and protect their investments to ensure that dispensaries in Arizona are able to manage their assets in a way that is consistent with Arizona law.
MITA-AZ, The Marijuana Industry Trade Association – Arizona, is a group of professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, and advocates that are united to build a strong and sustainable future for the cannabis industry in Arizona. This organization works hard to keep Arizona businesses informed, build networks, and thrive. MITA-AZ strives to support and educate local non-profits and citizens on the benefits of joining the Medical Marijuana Program, as well as defeating negative stigmas about cannabis and ending prohibition.
Wade has actively represented MMJ investors and dispensary owners, both to protect their investments and to ensure effective and consistent dispensary management and control. The MMJ industry continues to evolve and Wade has been involved in a number of litigation cases with a goal of protecting assets and asserting the rights of owners and investors.
Engelman Berger proudly sponsors the 115th Annual Arizona Bankers Association Convention and Meeting at which three of our attorneys will be attending: Scott Cohen, Tami Lewis, and Kurt Peterson. The event will be held on Thursday, June 7th through Saturday, June 9th at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. Bankers throughout Arizona will participate in panels and presentations on topics ranging from cybercrime to FDIC, FRB and OCC regulations and the economy. Dr. Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University, will kick-off the first business session with a presentation on “The Changing Nature of Higher Education in a Technologically Integrated Economy.”
For over 100 years, the Arizona Bankers Association has been the voice of Arizona’s banking community. The organization counts over 50 banks and credit card operations among its members, operating from the Grand Canyon to Tuba City, Douglas to Yuma, and everywhere in between. The Arizona Bankers Association strives to engage its members in industry related issues as well as be the catalyst for creating a unified voice. The Arizona Bankers Association does this by providing government relations advocacy, relevant, accurate and timely information, value-added products and services, and a forum for open and candid communication.
Engelman Berger would like to wish you a safe and reflective Memorial Day. We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend and also hope that you have a chance to pause and remember the more than 1.3 million Americans who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces.
Memorial Day is a national American holiday that honors the men and women in the U.S. military who lost their lives serving our country. Memorial Day was first known as “Decoration Day” and was established a few years after the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many individuals, families, friends, etc. visit cemeteries or memorials to honor those who served but did not come home alive.
Thank you to the Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) for hosting a wonderful, educational event today! The dynamic panel of experts shared their different perspectives on employment law, with an emphasis on Religion in the Workplace. Jezreel Ramirez, thank you for keeping us on track today and thank you to all of today’s presenters, including: Meaghan Kramer, Carlos Galindo-Elvira, Shatha Barbour, Joe Blankenship and Joanna De Shay. We are looking forward to the next one!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 5th Annual Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) Family Fun Walk. We had a wonderful time supporting this important organization that makes a difference in the lives of Arizona’s children in the foster care system. With 23 days still remaining, the 2018 AASK Family Fun Walk has already raised $114,716 toward their $140,000 goal.
“Aid to Adoption of Special Kids” (AASK) connects children in Arizona’s foster care system 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. For more information about AASK visit, http://www.aask-az.org/.
Ranking Arizona, the state’s largest public opinion poll has released its 2018 findings. Engelman Berger received three top rankings this year including the #3 law firm for Creditor’s Rights/Bankruptcy/Reorganization for the second year in a row, as well as the #6 law firm for Creditor’s Rights/Collections, and the #9 law firm in the state for firms of 22 or fewer attorneys.
Each year approximately 3 million votes are cast by the public for 20,000 businesses competing in over 200 categories to determine the best companies to do business with based on quality of service and people. Thank you to everyone who voted for Engelman Berger!
To vote for next year’s winners, go to https://azbigmedia.com/vote-ranking-arizona/, select finance and professional, and scroll down to law firms.
This year, Engelman Berger is forming a team and raising funds in support of the 5th annual Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) Family Fun Walk. Come join us on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 as we help raise awareness about AASK and the important difference the organization makes in the lives of Arizona’s children in the foster care system. We are proud to support such a wonderful organization in which one of our partners’, Patrick Clisham, is an active Board Member.
The walk will be held 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.
“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 members. 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 partner Patrick Clisham has been selected as the Educational Director for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee. Patrick has been active in ABI for many years. He is currently the Fundraising Chair for the ABI Southwest Conference Planning Board and a contributing editor of the ABI Journal. Congratulations, Patrick!
“I am honored to now be serving as the Educational Director for ABI’s Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee. Being an active participant in the American Bankruptcy Institute is a great way to stay involved in the insolvency community and work to better our profession.” -Patrick Clisham
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 educational and research activities dedicated to the better understanding of insolvency. For more information about ABI visit, https://www.abi.org/.
Engelman Berger would like to wish our legal assistants, paralegals, and administrative support professionals a Happy Administrative Professionals Day! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to making EB a great place to work. We could not provide top notch client service without you!
A little history behind this holiday: In 1952, Harry F. Klemfuss, who handled the Dictaphone Corporation account for an advertising agency, thought secretaries deserved more recognition and wanted to encourage more people to consider entering the profession. He teamed with the National Secretaries Association, now the International Association of Administrative Professionals, and worked to persuade the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to proclaim a day in which administrative professionals are honored for the important role they play in the success of companies throughout the United States. Thank you for your leadership, Mr. Klemfuss.