Member of the Year Award

The Member of the Year Award is presented by the Board of Governors to an attorney who has rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the State Bar in the prior year.  Hundreds, even thousands, of the Bar's members contribute their time and talent to the work of the Bar, but this award is limited to an individual whose contributions are exceptional.   The award was established in 1991.

2016 Recipients

Jodi FeuerhelmJODI KNOBEL FEUERHELM joined the Phoenix office of Brown & Bain––now Perkins Coie LLP––in 1990. She is a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation group, focusing on construction, real estate and business litigation. She serves on the Bar’s Civil Practice & Procedure Committee, and is a member and past Chair of its Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. She currently serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Rules of Civil Procedure and on its Committee on Civil Justice Reform, and previously served on its Committee on the Review of Rules Governing Professional Conduct and the Practice of Law. Jodi is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Commercial Litigation (2016) and has been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer® in the categories of Business and Construction Litigation (2014-16). Jodi also is a member of the AAA’s Panel of Commercial and Construction Neutrals and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In addition to her professional activities, Jodi serves on the Board of Directors of Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law. 


Andrew JacobsANDREW JACOBS is a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where he was a research assistant to Professors Laurence Tribe and Alan Dershowitz.  He practiced at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 1992 to 2001, and was a partner there.  Since 2002, he has been with Snell & Wilmer, where he is a partner and the Chair of its appellate practice group.  He chaired Snell's pro bono committee from 2004 to 2007, during which time the firm tripled its pro bono hours per lawyer.  He was the head lawyer representative to the District of Arizona, and founded its pro bono program, which he coordinated from 2007 to 2014.  He also is the lawyer-coordinator for the Ninth Circuit's pro bono program in Arizona and Nevada, and the lawyer-coordinator for the Arizona Court of Appeals' pro bono program.  He was the Chair of the Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee for the Ninth Circuit in 2011-12.  He has been Chair of the State Bar's Civil Practice and Procedure Committee for the last two years.  He was appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to the Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, the Committee for Civil Justice Reform, and the Judicial Performance Review Commission, and serves actively on all three at present.

Brian PollockBRIAN J. POLLOCK is a partner with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP in Phoenix.  He received his JD from the University of Arizona in 1998.  He then enjoyed a two-year clerkship with Judge Robert C. Broomfield of the U.S. District of Arizona, after which he joined Lewis and Roca.  He practices in the areas of complex commercial and professional liability litigation.  Mr. Pollock has been a member of the State Bar’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee since 2009.  He also currently serves on the Local Rules of Practice Advisory Committee for the U.S. District of Arizona, and served as a member of the State Bar’s Civil Jury Instructions Committee from 2009-2015.  Since December 2014, he has been a member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure.  His publications include, “A New But Familiar System: Case Management and Trial Settings in the Arizona Superior Court,” ARIZONA ATTORNEY (February 2014); “Arizona’s Adoption of Federal Rule of Evidence 702,” ARIZONA ATTORNEY (March 2012) [co-authored with Tore Mowatt-Larssen]; “Surviving a Screwup,” LITIGATION (Winter 2008); and “Sensible Pleading Requirements: Arizona Courts Should Adopt Twombly,” ARIZONA ATTORNEY (September 2007).  He is married (Jennifer) with two sons (Zach and Sam).



Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1991     Ed Hendricks
William R. Jones, Jr.
Tom Karas
Daniel J. McAuliffe
Thomas A. Zlaket
1992 Larry W. Suciu
1993 Roxana C. Bacon
1994 Kenneth J. Sherk
1995 Crane McClennen
Robert E. Schmitt
1996 Diane L. Drain
1997 Charles T. Stevens
1998 Michael R. Murphy
1999 Denise M. Blommel
Mary Mangotich Grier
John E. Lundin
2000 Andrew R. Sherwood
2001 Robert W. Browder
2002 Craig Mehrens
Ted A. Schmidt
2003 Hon. Michael Owen Miller
Steven A. Hirsch
2004 Sarah R. Simmons
Aaron Kizer
2005 Michael V. Mulchay
Ronald W. Messerly
2006 Jeffrey H. Jacobson
2007 Lynda C. Shely
2008 Jeffrey A. Hursh
2009 Daniel J. McAuliffe
2010 J. Scott Rhodes
Jeffrey Messing
2011 James E. McDougall
2012 Todd F. Lang
2013 William G. Klain
2014 Amelia Craig Cramer
2015 George C. Chen

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