EB Attorney, Scott Cohen, Presenting at State Bar of Arizona “2021 Advanced Current Issues in Real Estate” Virtual CLE Program Panel

Engelman Berger attorney, Scott Cohen, will presenting at a State Bar of Arizona virtual CLE program panel titled “2021 Advanced Current Issues in Real Estate” this Friday, April 9, 2021 from 8:45 a.m. to Noon.

Scott, along with other panelists which include attorneys and real estate professionals, will cover current issues concerning the Arizona real estate market, deal making, development, and closings.

Some discussions that will be covered during the CLE program include:

  • Is the Phoenix market too hot, too cold, or just right?:  How affordability, infrastructure, regulations, healthcare, and the Schires v. Carlat decision are impacting the Arizona market.
  • Behind (and After) the Mask:  Advanced deal making issues in the Covid / post-Covid environment.  Scott’s section will address distressed real estate deals concerning such topics as forbearance agreements, loan-to-own, and bankruptcy sales.

This upcoming CLE program (which qualifies for 3.0 hours of CLE credit, with 0 hours of ethics included) will be held remotely via Zoom. In order to foster greater discussion and interaction between panel members, the speakers will all be together at Engelman Berger, if they so choose.

For more information about the State Bar of Arizona’s CLE programs, visit https://azbar.inreachce.com/Home/Calendar.

EB Attorney Brad Pack Article “Small Business Bankruptcy Relief Expansion About to Expire” Published by AZ Big Media

Engelman Berger banking and finance attorney Brad Pack’s article titled “Small Business Bankruptcy Relief Expansion About to Expire” was published by AZ Big Media.

In his article, Brad explains how the addition of “Subchapter V” to Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides small businesses in financial distress the opportunity to restructure their debts without the complex disclosure obligations, costly fees, and other procedural hurdles of traditional bankruptcy proceedings.

The law that created Subchapter V originally limited eligibility to businesses whose debts did not exceed $2,725,625. That limit was increased to $7.5 million by the CARES Act, but only for a one year period. Brad’s article warns that time may be running out for small businesses to take advantage of the increase in the debt limit.

There may still be hope for businesses that want to take advantage of Subchapter V’s enactment, though. Brad states that, “Senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Grassley have recently introduced a separate bill that would extend the increase in the debt limit by another year.” It is uncertain whether or not the bill will gain the support necessary for its passage, so Brad suggests that “financially distressed businesses whose debts exceed $2.7 million consult with bankruptcy counsel now to determine whether a Subchapter V bankruptcy petition is right for them,” as every client’s situation is unique.

To read Brad’s article, click here.

EB Attorney Brad Pack Appointed to Board of the Arizona Bar Foundation

EB attorney Brad Pack has been appointed to the Board of the Arizona Bar Foundation. Brad will add expertise in the Banking and Finance, Business, Hospitality, and Real Estate areas.

The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education was created by the State Bar of Arizona with the mission of promoting access to justice for all Arizonans. Brad is an active member in the State Bar of Arizona and is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona’s CLE Committee. He served as the Convention Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Bankruptcy Section in 2015. He also served as both Secretary and Board Member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Youth Lawyers Division from 2009-2011.

The Arizona Bar Foundation strives to prepare Arizona youth for civic responsibility and provide access to justice for Arizonans most in need. Its vision is to balance the Scales of Justice through engaging over 800 volunteers a year to assist over 400,000 individuals through programs such as “Connecting with Classrooms”, the “Domestic Violence Project”, “Kids Voting AZ”, “Legal Legacy”, the “Modest Means Project”, “Project Citizen”, “Teen Court Association”, “Wills for Heroes AZ” and many others, to ensure that all Arizonans have access to justice.

EB Attorneys Steve Berger and Tami Lewis Recognized as Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2021

Engelman Berger congratulates attorneys Steve Berger and Tami Lewis on being recognized as Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2021 by Az Business Magazine. They have been recognized for their professional success and ratings as well as their impact in their law firm, the communities they serve, and the legal profession as a whole.

Steven N. Berger | Shareholder | Engelman Berger

Practice areas: Bankruptcy and reorganization, creditor’s rights, loan workouts, business restructurings, business and real estate disputes, mediation

Tamalyn E. Lewis | Shareholder | Engelman Berger

Practice areas: Bankruptcy and reorganization, creditors’ rights, commercial landlord tenant law, loan workouts, business and financial restructuring, real estate, loan documentation

Each year, the Az Business Magazine’s Editorial Team collaborates with industry experts to select and compile a prestigious group of Arizona’s most talented and successful attorneys.

Congratulations, Steve and Tami!

Engelman Berger Best Lawyers 2021

Thirteen Engelman Berger Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021

Thirteen of Engelman Berger’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021, considered by many to be the definitive guide to legal excellence. EB attorneys were chosen in the areas of Bankruptcy, Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Appellate Practice, Public Finance Law, Water Law, Banking and Finance Law, Health Care Law, and Real Estate Law. EB would like to congratulate Wade Burgeson, Kevin Judiscak, Damien Meyer, Julie Arvo Mackenzie, and Michael Rolland for being our firm’s newest additions to the Best Lawyers list!

The Best Lawyers in America 2021:

Steven N. Berger

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation – Bankruptcy

Brigitte Finley Green

Public Finance Law

Tamalyn E. Lewis

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Kurt A. Peterson

Real Estate Law

Patrick A. Clisham

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Scott B. Cohen

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation – Bankruptcy

Bradley D. Pack

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Appellate Practice

Commercial Litigation

William H. Anger

Banking and Finance Law

Real Estate Law

Water Law

Wade Burgeson

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Kevin Judiscak

Commercial Litigation

Damien Meyer

Commercial Litigation

Julie Arvo MacKenzie

Health Care Law

The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021:

Michael Rolland

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Commercial Litigation

Litigation – Bankruptcy

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, Kurt, Patrick, Scott, Brad, Bill, Wade, Kevin, Damien, Julie, and Michael!

Engelman Berger 21st Year Volunteering at Sojourner Center

Engelman Berger Celebrates our 21st Year By Volunteering at the Sojourner Center

This past week, Engelman Berger celebrated our 21st year by stepping away from our desks for our annual social services day at the Sojourner Center. Each year, our team picks an organization that is making a large and beneficial impact in the state of Arizona and spends the day giving back to the community.

The Sojourner Center helps over 10,000 Arizonans every year, half of whom are children. Since 1977, the Sojourner Center has transformed the lives of over 60,000 Arizona men, women, and children affected by domestic violence by providing them with a safe haven and the necessary support and shelter services. This impactful organization has a residential program that provides Arizona adults and children who are affected by domestic violence with 124 shelter beds and 32 transitional housing apartments.

In an attempt to create a world that is free from domestic violence, the Sojourner Center is extending their housing and protection services to include education and prevention within the community.

We are grateful and thank the Sojourner Center for providing us with the opportunity to give back to the community and spend the day helping get the facility ready for new women and families to arrive.

Tamalyn Lewis Swearing Engelman Berger

EB Congratulates Attorney Tamalyn Lewis for Being Sworn in at the U.S. Supreme Court

Engelman Berger would like to congratulate attorney Tamalyn Lewis for being sworn in at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Tami was among the 50 individuals of whom participated in this special and honorable event hosted by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. The three other participating individuals from Arizona (pictured) were United States Bankruptcy Judge Daniel P. Collins, United States Bankruptcy Judge Brenda K. Martin, and Polsinelli attorney Lindsi M. Weber.

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges is an association comprised of Bankruptcy Judges of the United States that aims to provide judges, lawyers, and other involved professionals with continuing legal education and to promote cooperation among Bankruptcy Judges. The association also strives to secure and encourage a larger degree of quality and uniformity in the administrative side of the Bankruptcy system as well as improve the practice of law specifically in the Bankruptcy Courts of the United States.

Paralegal Kathryn Hardy Engelman Berger

Engelman Berger Welcomes Paralegal Kathryn Hardy to the EBTeam!

Engelman Berger welcomes new hire and paralegal, Kathryn Hardy, to the EBTeam! Kathryn brings over 24 years of experience and paralegal expertise to our office having worked in a wide range of practice areas in both California and Arizona. Kathryn is a litigation specialist and has worked in the areas of bankruptcy litigation, civil and commercial litigation, media and constitutional law, white-collar defense, creditor representation, and intellectual property law. Born and raised in Virginia, Kathryn attended the University of Virginia where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications. She then went on to obtain her post-baccalaureate Paralegal Specialist Certificate in Litigation from the University of West Los Angeles School of Paralegal Studies. Kathryn will be working closely with attorneys Damien Meyer and Meaghan Kramer.

At Engelman Berger, we are proud to offer our employees both a diverse and united community environment. Having worked at small, medium and large firms, Kathryn wished to join a smaller firm where the practice areas and socialization weren’t lost due to the size of the firm. She was looking for a community of dedicated and integrated individuals, and we are excited to make her a part of our firm.

Welcome to the EBTeam, Kathryn!

Public Finance Joan Hubbert Engelman Berger

EB Expands Our Public Finance Department with the Addition of Joan Hubbert

Engelman Berger is expanding our Public Finance department with the hire of paralegal Joan Hubbert to work with attorneys Julie Arvo MacKenzie and Brigitte Finley Green. Joan brings over 19 years of experience in the area of public finance and has worked with a number of firms in both her home state of New Jersey as well as Arizona.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a Finance concentration from Rutgers University and her Paralegal Certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Ladder Down Rachel Phillips Engelman Berger

EB Attorney Rachel Phillips Accepted to the Ladder Down Arizona’s Class of 2020

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.