Environmental Health & Safety Considerations for Business Operations

by Todd W. Rallison

Comprehensive U.S. laws to protect the environment and worker health and safety (collectively EHS laws) date from the 1970s and 1980s, with numerous state or industry-specific antecedents. Most of those original laws have since been amended or expanded in the 1990s and beyond, the most recent being the 2016 revision to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA, which, despite its … [More]

First-of-Its-Kind Partnership to Create Access to Legal Services


Scout Law Group, a nationally recognized law firm based in Arizona, announced a new partnership with Miami-based investment firm, 777 Partners, that will instantly create one of the most well-funded plaintiffs’ law firms in the country dedicated to creating access to legal services. In 2021, Arizona became the first state in the country to permit non-lawyer ownership of law … [More]

COVID Continues to Infect Business

by Susan Trujillo and Eric Johnson

Exigencies of workplace and workforce needs and relationships persist even as restrictions ease from the height of the pandemic. Susan Trujillo speaks to healthcare and COVID safety, with guidance for employers and regulatory response, and Eric Johnson discusses legal ramifications of and regulatory considerations on remote and hybrid work — including Arizona-specific … [More]

National Law Firm Opens Scottsdale Location, First in Arizona


In a move to service existing Arizona-based clients as well as capture new business in one of the fastest growing markets in the United States, Rutan & Tucker LLP announced the opening of an office in Scottsdale, Arizona. The office, the Firm’s first in Arizona, will be managed by Hani Z. Sayed, the Department Head of Rutan’s Intellectual Property Section.  Mr. Sayed has … [More]

Increased Debt Limits for Both Subchapter V and Chapter 13 Cases 

by Carrie Tatkin

The Small Business Reorganization Act, commonly referred to as “Subchapter V,” is a streamlined, flexible process for small businesses to reorganize in bankruptcy. Subchapter V is a type of Chapter 11 case designed for debtors (an entity or individual) engaged in business where at least half their total debt is business related. Less procedurally complex than a traditional … [More]

Should You Create an LLC for Your Rental Property?

by Kyle Wallace

Whether you currently own rental properties or are a homeowner contemplating leasing your own home or purchasing a rental property, it's important to consider how you should protect yourself. One of the more popular options is to create a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and transfer ownership of that property into the LLC. The Application Process Creating an LLC involves … [More]

Domain Hijackers Prey on Business Websites

by Mario C. Vasta

Today, it’s relatively easy to have a professional-looking website that inspires confidence and drives customers to one’s company. If a particular domain name is available, a business needs only use an internet domain registrar to make it its own.  Unfortunately, the ease of registering a domain name comes with a price: It can allow fraud to proliferate. For example, imagine … [More]

Law Firm’s Phoenix Office Launches Real Estate Practice


International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced that it has formed a four-attorney real estate group in its Phoenix, Arizona, office, led by Partner Ben Thinnes. In addition to Mr. Thinnes, the group includes Of Counsel Brian McNamara and associates Lauren Smith and Tom Whitten, all of whom joined in June 2022. Dorsey opened its Phoenix office in … [More]

Quarles & Brady

Quarles & Brady has more than 150 diverse attorneys, legal professionals and business professionals in our Phoenix and Tucson offices, each of them committed to the success of our clients. That commitment is driven by two words — partnership and value — that have been the foundation of our firm’s approach to client service for 130 years and continue to inspire us today. … [More]

Burch & Cracchiolo

Now with 41 attorneys, Burch & Cracchiolo is one of the Southwest’s premier law firms. The firm was founded in 1970 by Haze Burch and Dan Cracchiolo and today the firm’s lawyers are among the most highly regarded and recognized leaders in the areas of business and corporate law, construction, criminal defense, estate and wealth preservation planning, family law, finance, … [More]

Guidant Law Firm

Guidant takes a personalized and practical approach to resolving complex growth-oriented legal issues. Whether handling a contentious dispute, overseeing a sensitive negotiation or positioning a company for growth, the firm maintains a strong client-first philosophy, providing sound and practical counsel. The partners are business owners who have encountered many of the same … [More]

Lewis Roca

Lewis Roca, a premier U.S.-based law firm, serves clients from around the world in complex litigation, intellectual property, business transactions, labor and employment, regulatory counseling, and government relations. One guiding principle has driven our success: an unwavering commitment to client service. With lawyers and legal professionals across nine offices throughout … [More]

Spencer Fane LLP

Spencer Fane is a full-service business law firm focused on providing results that move clients and their businesses forward. With direct access to firm leadership and a different approach to client engagement, its attorneys instill confidence and certainty that the clients’ interests are the firm’s priority. Your business leaders work with our business leader — leaders who … [More]

Wilenchik & Bartness

The law firm of Wilenchik & Bartness provides high-level litigation services to a select group of clients. With its many highly skilled attorneys and paralegals, the firm also provides commercial arbitration and mediation services and works closely with businesses to manage their legal needs. It has represented many high-profile individuals in the state and county, … [More]

Your Business & the Law

by RaeAnne Marsh

The upheaval of the past couple of years has required businesses to adapt and adopt a lot of change to survive. Some of this comes from social pressures as attitudes and habits change, and some comes from new regulatory guidelines and requirements. Attorneys bring businesses expertise to help them navigate the changing landscape and, where needed, can be the anchor that keeps … [More]

Andy Abraham, Burch & Cracchiolo

from Andy Abraham

The term “the new normal” has become ubiquitous in our lives, referring to how we perceive the world and how we act in it. As businesses struggle to navigate the new normal – whether social or regulatory – attorneys can serve as their anchor and guide. The pandemic raised numerous challenges for attorneys, especially to look for creative ways to allow our clients to serve … [More]

(Not) Business as Usual: Corporate Political Activity in 2022

by Christine Fort

Inflation, the economy, taxes, gas prices, labor and supply shortages, education, immigration. Today’s state of affairs is rife with motivation to join in the political debate this election season. This holds true for the business community, which is significantly impacted by the policies enacted here in Arizona and in Washington, D.C., as well as the elected officials … [More]

New Laws for Real Estate Investors and Wholesalers

by Patrick MacQueen

If you are a real estate investor or real estate wholesaler, there are new laws that will affect you. Last week, Governor Ducey signed HB 2747 into law and this new law places disclosure requirements on buyers that enter into residential real estate contracts and then assign the contracts to someone else. In short, HB 2747 applies to real estate wholesalers. Under a typical … [More]

Firm Ownership Now Open to Non-Lawyers

by Andy Kvesic

The Arizona Supreme Court last year enacted sweeping rules that revolutionize the practice of law in Arizona. While the general rule across the United States was that only lawyers could own and share profits in law firms, Arizona took a bold approach in turning that rule on its head, now allowing non-lawyers to own, profit from and participate in the management of law firms. … [More]

Nationally Recognized Law Firm Announces Office in Phoenix


Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinksy & Josefiak PLLC, a nationally-recognized law firm specializing in government, regulatory matters and litigation, is pleased to announce it will be launching a regional office in Phoenix. On Tuesday, April 26, the firm will commemorate the opening of its new office at The Esplanade by hosting the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry for … [More]

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