Award of Special Merit

Established in 1988, the Award of Special Merit is  presented by the Board of Governors to members of the State Bar of Arizona who have made significant contributions to the furtherance of public understanding of the legal system, the administration of justice,  and confidence in the legal profession.  


2015 Recipient Rosenbaum, David


DAVID B. ROSENBAUM is a partner at Osborn Maledon. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal court. David has represented public companies and their officers and directors in numerous securities fraud class actions and has represented Fortune 50 companies in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters. He recently chaired the Arizona Supreme Court's Business Court Advisory Committee and now co-chairs the Supreme Court's Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. He also chaired the Supreme Court's Task Force that developed the Arizona law course for new admittees. He has served as President of the Federal Bar Association's Phoenix Chapter and as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Among other recognitions, he has been listed since 2005 in Chambers USA's America's Leading Lawyers for Business and was Best Lawyer's Phoenix "Lawyer of the Year" in 2014 for securities litigation and in 2011 for bet-the-company litigation.




Prior Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1988     Hon. Frank X. Gordon, Jr
1989 Not awarded
1990 Hon. L. Ray Haire
1991 Prof. Charles M. Smith
Hon. Morris K. Udall
1992 Not awarded
1993 Mark I. Harrison
Charles T. Stevens
1994 Hon. Nikki A. Chayet
Patricia A. Sallen
John M. Schlosser
1995 E. Calvin Fuchs II
Duke Nordlinger Stern
1996 Christopher Johns
1997 Michael M. Grant
1998 Not awarded
1999 Hon. Norman S. Fenton
2000 Sen. Marc L. Spitzer
Hon. Thomas A. Zlaket
2001 Timothy M. Hogan
Norman L. Miller
2002 Daniel Cracchiolo
2003 Walter Cheifetz
2004 Hon. Edward E. Davis (posthumously)
2005 Frances L. Johansen
2006 Anthony W. Clark
Susan R. Agrillo
Norma L. Classen
2007 Theodore Campagnolo
Hon. Gary E. Donahoe
2008 Larry C. McVey
Sidney T. Marable (posthumously)
2009 John W. Rogers
2010 Gary R. Stickell
Alex E. Navidad
2011 Hon. Daniel A. Barker
James W. Richardson
2012 Hon. Ann A. Scott Timmer
Stephen Weiss
2013 Mark E. Meltzer
2014 William W. Owsley