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Attorney Benjamin J. Branson

Bar Admissions:

  • State of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • State of Arizona
  • District Court of Arizona
  • State of Utah

Education:

  • New York University (Departmental Honors, B..A.A. 2000)
  • Whittier Law School, (summa cum laude, 2010)
    • Whittier Law Review – Published Member
    • Moot Court Honors Board
    • Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Service to the Institution

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Donald and Ruby Branson Foundation, President/Board Member, June 2006 – present.
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsels – Board member from 2018 to present.

Attorney Nicholas J. Brown

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2019

Education:

  • Arizona State University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2018)
  • University of California at Berkeley (B.A. Linguistics 2009)
    • William H. Pedrick Scholar
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Order of the Coif
    • First Place – 2018 Ralph Spritzer Oral Argument Competition
    • CALI Awards in Family Law, Community Property, ADR/Employment, and Professional Responsibility
    • Arizona State Law Journal, Arizona Issue Editor
    • Moot Court Board, Problem Drafting Committee, Member

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division, District 4 Representative, 2019 – 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division, President-Elect, 2021 – Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member, 2015 – Present
  • Lorna Lockwood Inn of Court, Member, 2018 – Present

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Attorney Parker C. Bunch

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2017

Education:

  • University of Arizona (J.D., cum laude, 2017)
    • Arizona Law Review
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (B.A. magna cum laude, 2014)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Serves on Board of Directors

Attorney James G. Busby Jr.

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1996
  • Utah, 1997

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona, Tax Law Section, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Arizona, Tax Law Section, Legislative Liaison
  • State Bar of Utah, Member
  • Arizona Legislature’s Property Tax Appeals Study Committee, Member
  • Arizona Tax Research Association, Board Member
  • Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, Arizona Tax Liaison, Tax Legislative Committee, Past Member of Board of
  • Directors
  • Arizona State Board of Accountancy, Law Review Advisory Committee, Past Member
  • Streamlined Sales Tax Business Advisory Council, Member
  • Phoenix Tax Advisory Board, Member
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow since 2017
  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Varsity Coach
  • Boy Scouts of America, Former Venturing Crew Advisor
  • Dayspring Preschool and Kindergarten, Past Board Member

Attorney Kelton G. Busby

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2003
  • Utah, 2004

Education:

  • Brigham Young University (J.D., 2003)
  • Brigham Young University (B.S., 2000)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Utah
  • American Bar Association
  • The Harmonie Group
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Boy Scouts of America

Attorney Levi T. Claridge

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2015

Education:

  • University of Arizona, (J.D. cum laude, 2015; B.A. cum laude, 2012)
  • Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Note and Comment Editor
    • Dean’s List, all semesters
    • CALI Awards in Regulation and Antitrust
    • Students of Arizona Health Law
    • J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Attorney Helen R. Davis

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Arizona, 1997

Education:

  • Arizona State University (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • Arizona State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1994)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barristers
  • William H. Pedrick Scholar, 1997
    • Jurimetrics Journal, Senior Articles Editor
    • Chair and Member, Moot Court Board
    • Co-winner Best Oral Advocate of Class
    • Writing Instructor
  • Arizona State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1994)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona, Executive Council for Family Law Section, 2001-present; Past Chair, 2007-2008; Past Member CLE Committee
  • State Bar of Arizona, Certified Family Law Specialist, Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Past Member of the Continuing Education Committee
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2014-present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Board Member, 2008-present
  • Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association, Past Chair, 2005; Past Member of Steering Committee
  • Marriage and Family Communications Committee, Arizona Legislature, appointed by Governor Napolitano
  • Quadrennial Child Support Guidelines Review Committee (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court), Member 2008-2009, Past Member of the Economic Workgroup Subcommittee of the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee, 2007-2008
  • Restyling of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court), Member, 2017-present
  • Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona, Board Member, 2010-2014; President Elect, 2011-2012; President, 2012
  • Daughters of Penelope
  • East Valley Community Board Member Dignity Health, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 2012-present
  • Liaison from the East Valley Community Board to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Board, 2015-2016

Attorney William M. Demlong

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1989
  • Nevada, 2011
  • New Mexico, 2017
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, 2019

Education:

  • University of Texas (J.D., with Honors, 1988)
  • Arizona State University ( B.S., Accounting, with Honors, 1982)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Nevada Bar Association
  • New Mexico Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Claims Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Lawyer Representative, 2003 – 2007
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Chair, Lawyer Representative, 2006 -2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Chair, Magistrate Selection Committee, 2007, 2009
  • The Centers for Habitation, Board Member, 1999 – 2005
  • The Centers for Habitation, Vice-Chairman, 2003
  • Tempe Communities in Schools, Board Member, 1999 – 2001
  • City of Tempe Police Department, Reserve Police Officer, 1994 – 2001
  • Tempe Leadership, President, 1997 – 1998
  • Tempe Leadership, Board of Directors, 1994 – 1999
  • Tempe Leadership, Member of Class IX, 1993 – 1994
  • Chances for Children, 2005 – 2011
  • Certified Public Accountant, Texas

Attorney Philip C. Gerard

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1973

Education:

  • Drake University (J.D., 1973)
  • Coe College (B.A., 1968)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Certified Specialist Domestic Relations, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association

Attorney Kerry M. Griggs

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1995

Education:

  • Washington University (J.D., 1995)
  • Brigham Young University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1992)
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Hinckley Scholarship
  • Presidential Scholarship

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Harmonie Group
  • American Sand Association

Attorney Steven J. Gross

Education:

  • Arizona State University (B.A., Economics, summa cum laude, 2002; J.D., cum laude, 2005)
    • Arizona State Law Journal
    • Arizona State Bar Tax Scholarship. 2005
    • William H. Pedrick Scholar

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Trucking Insurance Defense Association
  • CPCU Society
  • AADC-YLD Board of Directors, 2008-2010
  • Mended Little Hearts Pediatric Heart Charity, 2012-2015

Attorney Chrisanne Gultz

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2019

Education:

  • Arizona State University, (J.D., 2017)
  • Arizona State University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2014)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Phoenix Zoo’s Wildest Club in Town

Attorney Christina S. Hamilton

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1984

Education:

  • University of Illinois (J.D., cum laude, 1984)
  • Butler University (B.S., cum laude, 1981)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Trial Law Institute
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Board member and past President of the Arizona Family Planning Council
  • Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • National Charity League
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys Premier 100 designation, 2015
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Barrister, Order of Centurions

Attorney William P. Haynes

Bar Admissions:

  • Kansas, 2021
  • Arizona, 2022

Education:

  • The University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 2021)
  • Washburn University (B.A. summa cum laude, 2018)

Attorney Timothy R. Hyland

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • Arizona State Courts

Education:

  • University of Arizona (J.D. with High Distinction, 1985)
  • Grand Canyon College, (B.A. Behavioral Science and Government with High Distinction, 1982)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Board of Trustees, All Saints’ Episcopal Day School
  • Arizona Supreme Court Chair of Committee on Character and Fitness (2008-2009); Committee on Character and Fitness (2002-2009); Judicial Performance Review Team (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
  • American Bar Association Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2001-2009); Delegate YLD Assembly (1992-1996); Fellow of the American Bar Association Member, TIPS Section
  • Arizona State Bar Association Board of Governors Member (1995-1996); Member, Appellate Section
  • Arizona State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; Arizona YLD President (1995-1996); Executive Council (1992-1997)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association; Maricopa County Bar Association Board of Directors (1992-1993; 1994-2001)
  • Maricopa County Young Lawyers Division MCBA/YLD President (1992-1993); Board of Directors (1988-1994)
  • Foundation For Legal Services and Education; Fellow of the Foundation LRE Committee (1999-2009)
  • Maricopa County Superior Court Hearing Officer Selection Committee (2000-2002); Maricopa County Civil Study Committee (1990-1991)
  • Legislative Intern to the Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, Arizona State Legislature, 1982
  • Legislative Intern to the Chairman of the Committee on Transportation, House of Representatives, Arizona State Legislature, 1982

Attorney Bradley J. Johnston

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1994

Education:

  • Cornell University (J.D., 1994)
  • Brigham Young University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1991)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Maricopa County Bar Construction Section
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel

Attorney Victoria (Tori) Kelly

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2019

Education:

  • University of Kansas (B.A., with Distinction, 2016)
  • Arizona State University (J.D., 2019)
    • William H. Pedrick Scholar

Attorney Phillip E. Lapointe

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2019

Education:

  • University of Iowa (J.D., 2019)
    Luther College (B.A. cum laude, 2016)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, President-Elect 2022

Attorney Richard W. Mear

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2006
  • Arizona District Court, 2006

Education:

  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2006)
    • Graduated in top 20% of class
    • Participated in ATLA Trial Advocacy Team
    • Dean’s List
  • Brigham Young University (B.A., 2003)
    • Golden Key Honor Society

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • The Harmonie Group
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • J. Rueben Clark Law Society
  • Board of Directors, Valley Youth Theatre
  • Varsity Scout Coach, Cub Master Boy Scouts of America

Attorney Cassandra V. Meyer

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2001
  • California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • Southern District Court of California
  • Northern District Court of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education:

  • California Western School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000)
    • California Western Law Review/International Law Journal, Executive Board Member and Notes and Comments Editor
  • University of Arizona (B.A. cum laude, 1998)
    • Gamma Sigma Alpha
    • Phi Eta Sigma
    • Phi Alpha Delta (Treasurer, 1998)
    • Order of Omega
    • Golden Key Mortar Board Senior Honors
    • Pro Bono Honors Program and Sophistor Program

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • The Harmonie Group, Board of Directors, 2015-present, President-Elect, 2019-2020, President 2021-Present
  • Arizona Women’s Lawyers Association (AWLA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association

Attorney Steven Plitt

Education:

  • University of Connecticut (L.L.M., Insurance Law, With Honors, 2012)
  • University of Arizona (J.D., With Distinction, 1982)
  • Arizona State University (B.S., summa cum laude and ‘with honors’, 1978)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  •  American Law Institute
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • Arizona Insurance Institute
  • Insurance Litigation Reporter, Senior Contributing Editor and Editorial Board Member, 2006 – present
  • Claims Journal, Editorial and Advisory Board member, 2012 – 2014
  • Claims Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP)

Attorney Jordan R. Plitt

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2010

Education:

  • Arizona State University (J.D., cum laude, 2010; B.S. Finance, summa cum laude, (2007)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arizona Insurance Law Institute Co-Chair

Attorney Terry L. Rakow

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1973

Education:

  • University of California (J.D., 1973)
  • California Lutheran University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1970)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona

Attorney Sharon D. Ravenscroft

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1987 

Education:

  • University of California (J.D., 1987)
    • International Law Journal
  • Wellesley College (B.A, cum laude, 1984)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section, 2002-2005
  • Supporter of Desert Botanical Gardens; Heard Museum; Phoenix Art Museum; Phoenix Zoo; Boys and Girls Club 

Attorney M. Scott Rowan

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2020

Education:

  • Brigham Young University (B.S. 2017)
  • UCLA School of Law (J.D. 2020)

Attorney Jennifer L. Sellers

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri, 2007
  • Arizona, 2009
  • Illinois, 2006
  • Missouri, 2007
  • Arizona, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona 2010

Education:

  • St. Louis University (J.D., 2006)
    • National Moot Court Team for Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Judge Robert G. Dowd, Sr. Award for Appellate Advocacy
  • University of Illinois (M.S. in Taxation, 2003)
    • General Assembly Scholar
  • Southern Methodist University (B.B.A. and B.A., magna cum laude, with honors in business and liberal arts, 2002)
    • University Scholar
    • Robert H. Stewart Scholar

Attorney Karen C. Stafford

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona

Education:

  • Arizona State University 
  • Arizona State Law Journal, Research Editor
  • Ottawa University, Phoenix, AZ
  • Northern Arizona University 

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Attorney Loren A. Suddes

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2011
  • United States District Court, Arizona, 2011

Education:

  • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011)
    • Order of the Coif
    • William H. Pedrick Scholar
    • John J. Ross Award for Excellence in Business Courses
    • Jurimetrics:  The Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Topic and Production Editor
  • Arizona State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2006)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance, Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors (2015-2018)

Attorney Andrea Swan

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2021

Education:

  • Michigan State University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2021)
  • Arizona State University (B.S. Accountancy, cum laude, 2018)

Attorney Debora L. Verdier

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1997
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • United States District Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court of Colorado

Education:

  • Arizona State University (B.S. Political Science/Philosophy, 1992)
  • Arizona State University (J.D., 1997)
  • Writing Instructor (1995-1996)
  • National Moot Court Team, Member (1996-1997)
  • ASU Law Journal, Member/Editor (1996-1997)
  • Women Law Student’s Association, President (1996)
  • Outstanding Woman of the Year, Women Law Student’s Association (1997)
  • CALI Award – Federal Courts
  • CALI Award – Employment Law

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS), Southwest Chapter, Steering Committee Member (2013-2019), Chapter Chair (2017-2018)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Attorney Elliot H. Wernick

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1993
  • Arizona, 1993 

Education:

  • Arizona State University (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
    • Associate Note and Comment Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 1992 – 1993
    • Truman Young Prosecutorial Fellowship, 1992 – 1993
    • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
    • American Jurisprudence Award, Trusts and Estates, 1993
    • Legal Research and Writing, Honors
  • University of California (B.A. 1990)
    • Provost’s List

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Board Member, 2005 – 2011
  • Co-Chair of Pro Bono Disciplinary Committee, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2005 – 2011
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Participant, 2002
  • ASU College of Law, Judge – Moot Court and Closing Argument Competitions
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education/Young Lawyers of Arizona, Judge – Arizona High School Mock Trial State Tournament, 2001
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Judge – Essay Writing Competition for Law Week, 2001 – 2001

Attorney John K. Wittwer

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Education:

  • Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006)
    • Associate Managing Editor, Arizona State Law Journal
    • Pedrick Scholar
    • Couch Fellow, 2004 (assisted in revision of Couch on Insurance treatise)
    • Pro Bono Distinction
    • Student Editor, Advanced Insurance Research class (supervised other students’ research)
  • Brigham Young University (B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, 1997)
    • Teaching Assistant – Intermediate Macroeconomics, Public Finance

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance, Certified Litigation Management Professional
  • Board of Directors, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC)
  • Southwest Chapter Steering Committee, Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Chair, Arizona State Bar Technology Advisory Group

Languages Spoken:

  • Finnish

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Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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