Best Law Firms 2020 Engelman Berger

Engelman Berger Recognized in Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2020

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.

ADL Torch of Liberty Community Breakfast Engelman Berger

EB Sponsoring 2019 ADL Torch of Liberty Community Breakfast

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,

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.

Veterans Day Engelman Berger

Engelman Berger Thanks All of the Veterans That Have Served our Country

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.

AWLA Wine and Cheese Reception Engelman Berger

Engelman Berger Proudly Sponsored AWLA Maricopa Chapter’s 25th Annual Wine and Cheese Reception

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.

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Engelman Berger Proudly Supports the TCH Monster Mash: Vampire Masquerade

“Are you ready for a bloody good time?” On October 19, The Centers for Habilitation (TCH) is hosting their annual SOLD OUT Monster Mash, benefiting Arizonans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s Vampire Masquerade invites guests to take part in a wonderful and spooky evening comprised of a delicious dinner, drinks, and dancing. EB attorney, Meaghan Kramer, is the Chair of the Board of Directors, and EB is a proud supporter of TCH. We hope to see you there!

TCH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to find creative and innovative ways to provide hope and purpose for individuals with disabilities. TCH works to provide individuals with developmental or physical disabilities with the support, care, and opportunities needed to help them adapt, grow, and reach their full potential. TCH works with more than 23% of Arizona adults with these conditions, helping them learn critical life skills, grow their self-determination and self-confidence, and foster important tools to help them in their careers. Not only does TCH provide these adults with what is necessary to achieve their goals, but TCH also helps them take control of their lives and work toward their future. Learn more about this awesome organization here:

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EB Attorney Brigitte Finley Green Has Become a Member of the Madison Education Foundation

Engelman Berger would like to announce that in September 2019, attorney Brigitte Finley Green became a member of the Board of Directors of the Madison Education Foundation. This foundation is close to her heart as both of Brigitte’s kids attended Pre-K through 8th grade at Madison Schools. During that time, Brigitte participated in the parent teacher organizations to raise money for art, music, drama, and other extracurriculars that are not sufficiently funded by the State of Arizona. Exposure to the arts have provided significant benefits to Brigitte’s kids, which fueled her interest in the PTO, as well as joining the Board of Directors of the Madison Education Foundation. Brigitte’s membership on the Board of Directors allows her to continue raising money for arts education that benefit all of the children in the Madison District, providing significant benefits to children within the district, just as it did with her own kids.

The Madison Education Foundation is a non-profit foundation that aims to both enrich the quality of each student’s academic and creative education through the innovative and hands-on music and art programs, as well as raise funds, in the form of grants, for the Madison School District. These programs and grants are designed and intended to both enhance and benefit each student’s life inside and out of the classroom. Special components of the Foundation include its partnership with the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), which fully funds trips for all district students. Every school year, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars to Madison District teachers, in the form of grants, impacting all Madison students for the better. The Foundation is also an annual sponsor of the Art Masterpiece program, a district-wide volunteer program that provides students with art education, history, and hands-on projects, in which all eight Madison schools participate.

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EB Attorney Damien Meyer appointed as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court

Damien R. Meyer, Engelman Berger shareholder, has recently been appointed as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court.

This distinguished honor, meaning temporary judge, allows the appointed pro tem attorney to temporarily sit for another judge and to conduct settlement conferences. Pro tem judges are selected by the court and are volunteer, pro bono positions that serve in the various Court Departments of their specific county.

Congratulations on this honor, Damien!

Labor Day Engelman Berger

Engelman Berger Wishes you a Relaxing and Enjoyable Labor Day

Engelman Berger would like to wish you a relaxing and enjoyable Labor Day. We thank all of you that are in the workforce for your significant contributions and hard work. We hope you have an opportunity to relax over the three-day weekend with friends and family.

Labor Day was first observed on Tuesday, September 2, 1882 but it wasn’t until 1884 that it was decided that the holiday would be recognized on the first Monday of September every year. The holiday was first celebrated in New York City, and spread to many other industrial rich cities around the country in 1855. Labor Day originally included a street parade that honored the public’s strength and common loyalty to labor organizations. It was then followed by a festival, filled with amusements and recreational activities provided for workers and their families. To this day, Labor Day is intended to celebrate and honor “the American worker” including their dedication, hard work, strength, and leadership.

Paul Manley Engelman Berger

Meet Paul Manley, EB’s Litigation Legal Assistant

Meet Paul Manley, EB’s Litigation Legal Assistant. After working for smaller boutique firms, Paul is enjoying the larger environment at EB, which provides him with greater exposure to a wider range of practice areas. He works directly with EB attorneys Brad Pack and Michael Rolland, learning the ins and outs of Bankruptcy Law from his work with them. Paul believes one of the things that makes EB so special is our office environment, which enables him to foster beneficial and important relationships with all of EB’s attorneys.

Paul attended Pima Community College where he studied Pre-Business from 2005 to 2008. Prior to his work at EB, Paul has worked as a paralegal, an assistant client services director, an officer for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and a vendor contracts manager for various firms and companies in Arizona including EZ Messenger, Pezzuto Law, the State of Arizona-ADOH, and Guglielmo & Associates. Paul has volunteered his time at the YMCA in Tucson, Arizona, and hopes to volunteer for his local animal shelter. He also recently volunteered with EB co-founder and attorney, Steve Berger, at Lambda Legal. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Paul enjoys hiking, traveling (often internationally) with his wife and friends, going to the gym, playing with his dogs, and attending networking events throughout the year.

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EB Paralegal Cindy Solomon Attending the Arizona Trustee Association’s 32nd Annual Convention and Education Seminar

On August 21-23, 2019, the Arizona Trustee Association is hosting their 32nd Annual Convention and Education Seminar at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino in Maricopa, Arizona. EB wishes to raise awareness about this convention that is host to many educational seminars and a large panel of talented and professional speakers. The event will kick off with a Golf Tournament where those in attendance are able to mingle and get to know their fellow attendees. The event will also host a dinner on Thursday, where participants of the seminar are welcome to take part in a raffle and win some amazing prizes. Cindy Solomon, EB paralegal and former board member of the ATA, will be in attendance.

The Arizona Trustee Association was established in 1987 with the mission of educating its members on real estate matters, monitoring legislations that may impact the trustee sale process, and formulating legislation designed to improve the quality of trust deed service. Each member of ATA is always up to date on relevant case law, invited to attend a wide range of educational meetings, trade shows, and events, and collectively, as a group, advocate before the Arizona State legislature.

For more information about the event, visit this link