Legal Industry Return to Office Outpaces Broader Commercial Office Average

Kastle Systems

With Coronavirus vaccinations expanding nationwide to all adults this month, business leaders are anticipating an acceleration in the return to the office. Kastle's Back to Work Barometer has tracked this phenomenon in ten major cities nationwide over the past year, revealing regional and industry differences in workplace occupancy rates. A fresh review of access to office … [More]

eSignatures – Social Distancing at the Closing Table

by Quinn C. Wheeler and Khaled Tarazi 

Among the many challenges facing the business world caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is the increased complexity of closing commercial transactions. Of course, the days of all parties gathering around a conference table to execute documents passed long before the advent of COVID-19, but the pandemic further complicated transactions by scattering necessary signatories — who … [More]

Repurposing Real Estate Use?

by Courtney Beller

2020 saw a slew of retail bankruptcies. Many of these companies will emerge from bankruptcy with a much smaller physical footprint, shedding both debts and brick and mortar locations. What does that mean for all of those soon to be empty locations? As you can probably guess, there is not an abundance of retail tenants to take their place. One answer has been for landlords to … [More]

Burch & Cracchiolo

Burch & Cracchiolo is a 51-year-old full-service law firm providing superior legal services at reasonable rates. Title with Firm: Shareholder Years at Firm: 37 Law School, Year completed: Arizona State University College of Law, cum laude, 1984 Contact Phone: (602) 274-7611 Other Practice-Area Expertise: Business and Corporate Law, Real Estate Law Ed … [More]

Citadel Law Firm

The Citadel Law Firm® is an Arizona-based law firm serving Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Sun Lakes, Mesa, Queen Creek and the entire Valley. We also work with several clients from the Midwest and maintain a part-time office in North Dakota. Title with Firm:Partner Law School, Year completed:Arizona Law School Sandra Day O’ Connor College of LawContact … [More]

Engelman Berger, PC

We are recognized for our expertise and commitment to resolving commercial disputes and helping clients prevent legal problems through proper planning. Title with Firm: ShareholderYears at Firm: 19Law School, Year completed: University of Notre Dame, 1989Contact Phone:(602) 222-4987Other Practice-Area Expertise:Mediation Kevin JudiscakCommercial … [More]

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is a full-service law firm with offices in Arizona, Colorado and Michigan. Title with Firm:ShareholderYears at Firm: 15Law School:University of Chicago Law SchoolContact Phone:(602) 440-4866Jessica Benford PowellCorporate and SecuritiesJessica Benford Powell helps local entrepreneurs, startups, business owners, … [More]

Sanders & Parks

Sanders & Parks delivers broad insight and great litigation results by leveraging decades of experience through creative and forward-thinking attorneys. Title with Firm:Senior Shareholder Years at Firm: 26Law School:Georgetown University Contact Phone:(602) 532-5783Other Practice-Area Expertise:Municipal Defense, Civil LitigationRobin … [More]

Snell & Wilmer

Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing in 15 locations. Title with Firm:PartnerYears at Firm: 31Law School:University of Iowa College of LawContact Phone:(602) 382-6235Other Practice-Area Expertise:Internal Investigations / International / Government Regulations Barbara J. DawsonCommercial … [More]

Wilenchik & Bartness

Wilenchik & Bartness, P.C. provides aggressive, reasoned counsel to individuals and companies of all sizes in the areas of complex federal, state and criminal litigation and mediation. Title with Firm: Managing PartnerYears at Firm: 30Contact Phone: (602) 606-2810Other Practice-Area Expertise: Business, Real Estate, White-Collar Criminal … [More]

Making Sense of It All: Business, the Law and COVID-19

by RaeAnne Marsh

The observation of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney Otto Shill, “The primary concern of business owners today is to keep their respective businesses viable,” can hardly be disputed. Most business owners are adapting to current market circumstances that may be limiting or altering the way they interact with their customers. In addition, many businesses are facing … [More]

Senator Mark Kelly

from Mark Kelly

The toll of the pandemic has been devastating. Hundreds of thousands of American lives lost. Millions more have lost jobs or faced economic hardship. The pandemic has also taken a toll on Arizona’s businesses, and that will be the focus of this edition of In Business Magazine. Some businesses have been able to adapt their model during the pandemic. Many businesses, however, … [More]

Business Noncompetes

by Nancy R. Giles

The year 2020 has changed the way we do business forever. From working at home to layoffs to total closures, 2020 has shaped the way businesses will operate moving forward. As a result, laid-off workers and struggling entrepreneurs have found creative ways to maintain their income and forge new paths. In 2014, freelancers made up 17% of the workforce. As of 2020, that number … [More]

Companies’ Compliance Concerns Regarding Independent Contractors 

by Shahar Erez

The gig economy has exploded and, now more than ever, contract workers are in high demand. One report showed that month-over-month revenues in the gig economy increased 18% in June 2020 alone, according to an article in Forbes. What’s more, many organizations are leaning on these contractors to keep their businesses afloat in the wake of this monumental recession. However, … [More]

Tips for Businesses in the Wake of Proposition 207

by Gary Michael Smith, Esq.

Proposition 207 officially became Arizona law last month when election results were certified. Some effects were immediate, such as lawful adult possession and use of cannabis without a medical card. Others will be felt in about six months, when recreational facility licenses issue. These licensed “marijuana establishments” will not replace existing dispensaries or the existing … [More]

EEOC Issues New Guidance to Employers Regarding Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccinations

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new guidance to employers that want to require employees to get Covid-19 vaccinations when they become available to most Americans. The guidance also outlines the steps that employers must take before they can exclude unvaccinated employees from their facilities and job sites. The guidance provides … [More]

How Businesses Can Navigate New COVID Restrictions

Dorsey & Whitney

With lockdowns going into effect all over the country again due to the surge in COVID cases, employers all over the country are trying to figure out what to do to prepare for "The December to Remember." Can you force employees to stay put? Can you penalize them for traveling over Thanksgiving or prevent them for traveling during Christmas? And how about work from anywhere … [More]

Arizona Minimum Wage Increase: Facts and Misconceptions

by Ivy N. Voss

On January 1, 2021, the minimum wage for Arizona employees will increase to $12.15 per hour, up from $12.00 per hour in 2020. This increase is based on the passage in 2016 of the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative, which provided for a gradual increase in the minimum wage each January, from $10.50 per hour on January 1, 2018, to $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2019, then … [More]

Are Overtime Rules Enforceable?

by Robert S. Reder

Seven months into 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of life. Even mundane matters like working out has changed (you now need a gym reservation). Working at home, remote learning, social distancing and mask mandates are only the surface of what challenges face our personal and professional lives this year and beyond. This article offers some basic, … [More]

Subchapter V 11 Bankruptcy Saves Companies Significant Time and Money 

by D. Lamar Hawkins

COVID-19 shutdowns crippled many Arizona companies, with some going out of business permanently. Others are considering bankruptcy, but question whether they can afford the $40,000 to $75,000 that a Classic Chapter 11 often costs. Fortunately, they now have a better option that saves as much as 50% in legal fees. In August, Arizona confirmed its first Subchapter V Chapter … [More]

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