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.

Bill Anger Presented a Seminar on Arizona Water Rights and Valuation for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Appraisal Group

On February 19th, Bill Anger presented a seminar on the topic “Arizona Water Rights and Valuation” for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Appraisal Group. Invited to present to the group, Bill spoke about the process for valuing water rights and factors that are important in determining the value of a water right. In his presentation, he addressed how certain physical, legal and cost constraints affect the value of water rights as well as Arizona and Federal statutes and case law affecting the value of water rights.

Bill works closely with cities and other water providers, developers, homeowners’ associations, financial institutions and other entities and landowners, assisting them with regulatory compliance under the Arizona Groundwater Code and surface water laws; securing, purchasing and leasing water rights; water service agreements; shared well agreements; and various water rights litigation including the Gila River and Little Colorado general stream adjudications.

Engelman Berger Attorneys David Engelman and Steve Berger Are Quoted in AZ Big Media Article

Engelman Berger attorneys, David Engelman and Steve Berger, were quoted in an AZ Big Media article titled, “Arizona Attorneys Make it a Practice to Help Nonprofits.” Our firm is passionate about working with nonprofits as well as attending and sponsoring events to support the mission of many of the Valley’s charitable organizations.

Nonprofits are usually low in funds and most wish to allocate the donations they receive to the programs and people they support. Consequently, when a nonprofit is in need of legal counsel, they have to make a decision i.e. whether they wish to use donations towards payment of necessary legal counsel or toward their organization’s program mission and goals. This is often a very difficult decision, as nonprofits typically prefer to use their funds to help others and not on administrative costs. When faced with this dilemma, Arizona nonprofit organizations rely on Arizona attorneys willing to provide legal services free of charge.

In this article, both David Engelman and Steve Berger are highlighted for the significant amount of pro bono work they have given to nonprofit organizations over the years. David Engelman, co-founder of Engelman Berger P.C., has continuously done pro bono work over the 43 years that he has practiced law. “It’s all about helping those who are in need,” Engelman said. Steve Berger, co-founder of Engelman Berger P.C., also makes it a top priority to offer Arizona nonprofits pro bono legal work. Berger said, “I think for the projects where we provide legal services, we certainly fill a gap for persons or nonprofits who wouldn’t really be able to afford the kind of service we provide normally. They can use that money for more important things, like putting food on the table or their core mission.”

Pro bono service to the community is one of the core values of Engelman Berger. The firm’s attorneys donate several hundreds of hours each year in pro bono legal services. Many of the firm’s attorneys also volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors of a variety of Arizona nonprofit organizations.

Engelman Berger Sponsoring Center Dance Ensemble’s Spirit of Dance 30th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Frances Smith Cohen

On March 3, 2019, Center Dance Ensemble (CDE) will be presenting Frances Smith Cohen, the Founder and Artistic Director of CDE, with the Spirit of Dance Lifetime Achievement Award. Engelman Berger is a proud sponsor of this special event. The event will be hosted at the Herberger Theater Center at the Stage West Patio beginning at 12pm, with complimentary valet parking. Included with every $100 per person ticket will be scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and beverages, as well as admission to the 2pm matinee performance of “Rite of Spring.” This is an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful afternoon celebrating the contributions of Francis Cohen as well as the artistic talents of the dancers of Center Dance Ensemble.

Engelman Berger Partner, Tamalyn “Tami” Lewis who is Co-Chair for CDE, is excited to share this event. Tami will also be the emcee of the event, setting the tone for a special afternoon.

CDE is a resident modern dance company at the Herberger Theater. It was founded in 1988 with the dual mission of creating original works of the highest artistic quality and designing arts education opportunities and programs for students throughout the Valley. Each year, CDE puts on four performances and helps to facilitate several opportunities for students in our community to see modern dance. For more information or to buy tickets to the event, visit https://www.centerdance.com/gala/.

EB Was Proud Sponsor of CASA Academy Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Raising Leaders of our Community Annual Fundraiser

On Friday, February 22, the CASA Academy hosted their annual fundraiser, Mi Casa es su Casa: Raising Leaders of our Community. Engelman Berger was a proud sponsor of this 250-person event that featured appetizers and desserts, beer and wine, live entertainment and testimonials from CASA Academy staff and scholars. The donations raised by the event directly benefit the 175-low-income youth that CASA Academy strives to help and serve.

CASA Academy, an acronym for College, Achievement, Social Responsibility, and Authenticity, is a school that provides low-income students with the necessary early academic foundation and character skills that are necessary to graduate from college and further succeed in life. CASA Academy prides itself on its effort to raise the bar for education in Phoenix and benefit students within the area. A unique aspect of CASA Academy is that it starts the road to college in kindergarten. Rigorous curriculum is taught from the first day of school and from there on. CASA Academy originated in 2012 when Jenna Leahy and Tacey Clayton connected over the multiple injustices they had witnessed in their classroom: low-income students were not progressing or advancing at the level and rate as high-income students. They joined forces, worked hard to raise $950,000 in start-up funding, visited many top performing schools and took note of various tools and learning practices, and submitted their charter application in 2014 which was then approved. CASA Academy has been positively impacting underserved students ever since.

We hope everyone who attended had a wonderful time supporting this inspirational and life-changing organization!

EB is Now Hiring a Litigation Legal Assistant

Engelman Berger is looking to hire an experienced Litigation Legal Assistant (LA) to join our 15 lawyer mid-town firm. Our firm prides itself on both the quality of its work and the collegiality of its work environment. This LA will be an integral part of our legal support team, often working on all phases of a matter from beginning to resolution. The LA will work primarily with a team of lawyers and/or paralegals, while occasionally assisting other professionals within our firm.

We are seeking a highly organized and detail-oriented individual. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of state and federal litigation procedures and electronic filing systems, strong proofreading skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and the ability to work within a paper-light environment. Bankruptcy experience is highly valued.

Responsibilities will include drafting, proofreading, verifying, and editing a wide variety of legal documents, client correspondence, and docketing deadlines, hearings, and meetings. This position requires a proactive and cooperative approach in working with multiple attorneys, staff, clients, and court officials, while maintaining a professional and client service-oriented demeanor. This candidate must be engaged in the current use and development of technology. Depending on experience, this position may also include or evolve into including some paralegal duties.

A minimum of 5 years of law firm experience in litigation is required. We are looking for someone with specific experience in Business Litigation, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy, and Creditor/Debtor Rights. Appellate experience is a plus.

Working at Engelman Berger, you will experience a unique work environment. We offer an excellent benefit and compensation package including a competitive salary based on experience, full health coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, etc.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: Katie Bien, Legal Administrator at keb@eblawyers.com.

Damien Meyer and Engelman Berger Support the Children’s Cancer Network at 1960’s Themed Rock-a-Thon Experience

Tonight the St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus counsel is hosting a 1960’s Themed Rock-a-Thon Experience. Funds raised will benefit the Children’s Cancer Network. The event will include a dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions.

Having a child with cancer is a painful and extremely difficult experience for families, which is why the Children’s Cancer Network, a non-profit organization, devotes its time providing support to families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer. The organization does so by offering families financial assistance, promoting education, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and creating an awareness of the issues around childhood cancer.

This year, Engelman Berger is a sponsor of the Rock-a-Thon and we look forward to supporting both the Knights of Columbus and the Children’s Cancer Network in such a wonderful cause. Engelman Berger attorney, Damien Meyer, is a member of the St. Patrick’s Knight of Columbus counsel and helped plan the event. Damien will be in attendance with fellow Engelman Berger attorney, Kurt Peterson.

The Knights of Columbus has grown over the years to include more than 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea. This organization is focused on charitable activities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Engelman Berger is a Proud Supporter of the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers

Engelman Berger is proud to be a supporter of the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program. Our firm appreciates the hard work and dedication that goes into being a teacher and educating Arizona students.

Since 2016, Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers works hard to provide teachers all over Arizona with additional resources that they can use to help enhance learning in their classrooms. Fiesta Bowl recognizes that because of limited funding, many of Arizona’s hardworking teachers end up spending their own money to purchase supplies and resources to enhance their classroom experience for their students. Knowing this, Fiesta Bowl developed a program that aids teachers by providing them with money to buy tools to enhance the educational experience of their students without them having to spend their own money in doing so. Every fall, Arizona teachers are given the opportunity to fill out an online application providing their school name and describing their goals and wishes for their classroom. These wishes are then selected by a random drawing and the winning teachers are each given a $5,000 grant. The winning teachers are also invited to walk in the Fiesta Bowl Parade where they are recognized for their commitment to their students. During the two years that this program has been active, Wishes for Teachers has granted teachers all over Arizona with a total of $1.2 million and impacted over 60,000 students.

The Fiesta Bowl organization is fueled by the spirit of competition and is dedicated to enhancing various organizations that make an effort to contribute to their community’s success by supporting youth, sports, and education. It is the Fiesta Bowl organization’s mission to enhance Arizona non-profit organizations through charitable giving. From 2017 to 2018, the Fiesta Bowl gifted $2.5 million to a variety of non-profit organizations throughout Arizona. It has gifted $10 million over the past seven years.

Engelman Berger Recognized in “Best Law Firms” 2019

Engelman Berger has been selected for inclusion in the “Best Law Firms” section of Best Lawyers® 2019, 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

                        Phoenix

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation – Bankruptcy

 

            Metropolitan Tier 3

                        Phoenix

Public Finance Law

Real Estate Law

 

Earlier this year, Steve Berger, Brigitte Finley Green, Tami Lewis, and Kurt Peterson were among the individual lawyers selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019®.

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.