Attorney Andy Gaona

Arizona Supreme Court Appoints Election Practice Leader Andy Gaona to Judicial Performance Review Task Force

With a deep-seated commitment to championing transparency in public processes and maintaining the integrity of elections,  Andy Gaona – head of Coppersmith Brockelman’s nationally recognized elections, political, and public law practice – was named to the Arizona Supreme Court Task Force overseeing reforms to the Judicial Performance Review system. Appointed by Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel of the Arizona Supreme Court, Andy is one of 21 members called to develop recommendations to expand and improve the judicial performance review process, which currently evaluates the performance of all judges and justices who stand for retention. Andy is one of only three practicing attorneys appointed to the Task Force, and will join current and retired judges and others in helping the Arizona Supreme Court with this important task. He...

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Attorney John DeWulf

John DeWulf Recognized as Volunteer Lawyers Program’s Home Protection Attorney of the Year

With a deep-seated commitment to serving the community, John DeWulf was awarded  Home Protection Attorney of the Year from the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Featured in the January 2023 issue of Maricopa Lawyer for his outstanding litigation work, John took on a full-fledged case against a real estate company that had deceived a retired disabled man into selling his home. John and his legal assistant Verna Colwell were able to save the client’s home and force the real estate company to pay the client $15000.  This is in addition to the work he and Verna have done over the years, including handling numerous guardianship and adoption matters to protect children and provide them with safe homes. “I feel good that I am in a position where I can...

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Attorneys John DeWulf and Keith Beauchamp

John DeWulf and Keith Beauchamp Chosen for Az Business’s Top 100 Lawyers List

Az Business published its 2023 Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona list, and both John DeWulf and Keith Beauchamp were selected for their outstanding legal careers. John was chosen for the eighth straight year while Keith is a first-time feature. Keith was selected for his handling of complex commercial litigation matters in Arizona and around the country. He has extensive experience defending legal malpractice claims and class actions and represents plaintiffs and defendants in all manner of business disputes. As well, Keith has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America© since 2008 in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice, and Securities Litigation. Additionally, he has been included in Southwest Super Lawyers in the categories of Business Litigation and Securities Litigation for more than 15 years and...

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Attorney Jill Chasson

Should Service Animals Be Allowed in the Workplace? Attorney Jill Chasson Breaks It Down With HR Daily Advisor

Service dogs are a common sight in public places, but what happens when someone wants to bring their furry friend into the office? BLR’s HR Daily Advisor turned to Jill Chasson for insight on whether companies should allow service or emotional support animals into their workplaces and, if so, how they should evaluate the situation. Jill explains that the answer is often circumstantial. When considering such a request, the employer should follow the ADA interactive process, just as with any other request for accommodation. A good starting point is to have the employee identify their medical condition(s), the resulting limitations, the type and breed of animal, and how the animal will assist them in performing their essential job functions. The company may also ask to see...

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Mel Soliz Shares Insights on Data Access and Interoperability at Industry Events

A sought-after thought leader for nationwide events and webinars on health data access and interoperability, Mel Soliz recently spoke about information blocking, TEFCA and the 2021 Cures Act, while also taking time to help health law and clinical informatic students understand the career opportunities in the health data field. Mel’s most recent speaking engagements include: American Health Law Association (AHLA) Webinar Mel presented “To Boldly Go: Meeting Interoperability Requirements Under the 21st Century Cures Act” with her co-speakers before a virtual audience of more than 200 registrants. She covered the real life complexities faces by health care providers and payers in complying with the Information Blocking Rule and CMS interoperability mandates, as well as recent developments in health data interoperability policies, including the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common...

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2022 Phoenix Business Journal Best Places to Work

Coppersmith Brockelman Among Top Finalists of Phoenix Business Journal’s 2022 Best Places to Work Awards

Recognized for creating an outstanding work environment, Coppersmith Brockelman was honored as one of Phoenix Business Journal's 2022 Best Places to Work . The firm placed seventh among 35 forward-thinking finalists in the Micro category (10-45 employees). More than 300 companies submitted nominations, and 100 finalists were selected based on their local employees’ survey scores. 100% of Coppersmith Brockelman employees who participated feel valued and were scored as highly engaged, indicating they intend to stay with the company long-term and are motivated to contribute high discretionary effort. When asked to describe the firm’s environment, the top word used was “friendly.” Employees were also invited to provide responses to several open-ended questions.  Recurring themes included how much the firm genuinely cares about and supports each employee, shows appreciation...

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