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Thirty-Nine Jennings Strouss Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

August 15, 2019

Phoenix, AZ and Washington, D.C.

Phoenix, AZ (August 15, 2019) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that thirty-nine attorneys have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

In addition, two of the firm’s attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas in Phoenix. J. Scott Rhodes was named Best Lawyers® 2020 Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law “Lawyer of the Year”, and Richard Lieberman was named Best Lawyers® 2020 Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) “Lawyer of the Year.”

Only a single attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. The attorneys are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Best Lawyers has published its list for over three decades. Attorneys on The Best Lawyers in America© list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to ensure they are currently in private practice and in good standing with their state bar.

Jennings Strouss congratulates the following attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America© list for 2020:

  • Julia S. Acken – Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Gerald W. Alston – Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration – Commercial, International Trade and Finance Law, Litigation – Construction, Mediation
  • Thomas C. Arendt - Real Estate Law
  • John J. Balitis – Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Timothy W. Barton – Litigation - Real Estate
  • David Brnilovich – Real Estate Law
  • John R. Christian – Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Richard K. Delo – Health Care Law, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • John J. Egbert – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Lee E. Esch Real Estate Law
  • Jay A. Fradkin Health Care Law, Litigation – Health Care, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Scott F. Frerichs – Construction Law
  • Jeffrey D. Gardner – Commercial Litigation
  • Joel L. Greene Energy Law
  • Norma C. Izzo Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, Family Law Mediation
  • Paul G. Johnson Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation
  • John J. Kastner Personal Injury Litigation Defendants
  • Michael K. Kelly – Copyright Law, Litigation Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Trademark Law
  • Gary G. Keltner Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law
  • Christopher W. Kramer Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Richard Lieberman Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law, Corporate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Chris M. Mason – Employment Law Management
  • Bruce B. May Real Estate Law
  • Anne E. McClellan Medical Malpractice Law Defendants
  • Gary J. Newell Energy Law
  • John C. Norling Corporate Law, Real Estate Law
  • Robert J. Novak Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • Michael R. Palumbo – Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Mediation
  • J. Scott Rhodes Administrative / Regulatory Law, Arbitration, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation – Municipal, Mediation,  Municipal Law, Professional Malpractice Law Defendants
  • Alan I. Robbins - Energy Law
  • Jack N. Rudel - Corporate Law, Tax Law
  • John G. Sestak - Administrative / Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation Banking and Finance, Litigation – Construction, Litigation Labor and Employment, Litigation - Real Estate
  • Otto S. Shill, III – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law Management
  • Richard H. Silverman - Energy Law
  • Richard C. Smith – Corporate Law
  • Wayne A. Smith Real Estate Law
  • George C. Spilsbury Corporate Law, Public Finance Law
  • Bradley J. Stevens Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation Bankruptcy
  • Howard J. Weiss – Real Estate Law                                                                                                        

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC                 

For over 75 years, Jennings Strouss has been dedicated to providing clients with strategic legal guidance to help them seize every opportunity. The firm is well-known for its rich heritage, commitment to community, and long-lasting relationships. We have a deep understanding of business and law. When you work with us, you’ll have a team of legal experts who are dedicated to your vision of success.

Through our offices in Phoenix, Peoria, and Tucson, Arizona, and Washington, D.C., we leverage resources both regionally and nationally to serve our expanding client base. Jennings Strouss is deeply rooted in each of our locations’ legal and business communities, and especially instrumental in helping shape the dynamic growth of Arizona and many of its institutions. The firm promotes a pragmatic, results-oriented approach, coupled with a healthy, well-managed, and friendly atmosphere of collaboration.

Our primary areas of practice include advertising and media law; agribusiness; automobile dealership law; bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights; construction; corporate and securities; eminent domain and condemnation; employee benefits and pensions; energy; estate planning and probate; family law and domestic relations; finance; healthcare; insurance defense; intellectual property; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; medical malpractice; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; and tax.

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