Faculty Bios

Ethics Program

Chief Justice Scott Bales, Arizona Supreme Court
Chief Justice Scott Bales joined the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005 and became Chief Justice in 2014. Before joining the Court, he had practiced law in Arizona for 20 years as both a public and private lawyer. His strategic agenda, Advancing Justice Together: Courts and Communities, focuses on promoting access to justice and civil and criminal justice reforms.

John Phelps, CEO/Director, State Bar of Arizona
John currently serves as CEO and Director of the State Bar of Arizona. Before his position with the State Bar, John served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C., Chief Oper-ating Officer of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross in Phoenix, and Deputy Director of the Arizona Office of Homeland Security.
John served nearly 25 years in the U.S. Army, retiring from active duty in 2003 as a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Professor Daniel Rothenberg, Arizona State University
Daniel Rothenberg is Professor of Practice, School of Politics and Global Studies, the Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law at ASU and a Fellow at New America. Previously, he was the founding executive director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Managing Director of International Projects at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law, and Senior Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School.
Rothenberg has designed and managed rule of law and human rights projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Central Africa and throughout Latin America. His books include With These Hands, Memory of Silence: The Guatemalan Truth Commission Report (Palgrave), Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy.

Judge Peter Swann, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Judge Peter Swann was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 2008. From 2003-08 he was a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court. From 2006-08, he served as Associate Civil Presiding Judge and helped develop the court's electronic filing system. Judge Swann received his law degree from Univ. of Maryland Law School, graduating first in class, 1991. In 2008, Judge Swann was named "Judge of the Year" by the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Board of Trial Advocates, and in 2016 by the Arizona Supreme Court.

Judge Randall H. Warner, Maricopa County Superior Court, Presiding Civil Judge
Randall H. Warner has been a judge of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County since October 1, 2007. He is currently the Civil Presiding Judge in Maricopa County and has a complex civil calendar. He chairs the Court's Commercial Court Practices and Procedures Committee, and is a member of the Supreme Court's Committee on Superior Court and the State Bar's Civil Practice and Procedures Committee.


Estate Planning & Probate Track

Colleen A. Cacy, Gadarian & Cacy, PLLC
Colleen A. Cacy is a partner with Gadarian & Cacy, PLLC in Tucson. She has practiced in the area of estate planning and taxation for the past 22 years, with a focus on complex estate and trust administration. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a past President of the Board of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council and the Chair-Elect of the Executive Council of the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar.

Steve Evans, EvansDukarich
A native of Arizona, Steve earned a B.S. in economics from ASU in 1986 and a J.D. from ASU in 1989. He has practiced law in the Phoenix area since 1990. Steve's practice focuses on civil litigation (primarily professional liability) and litigation of probate-related matters (contested proceedings in decedent's estates, trust disputes, and protective proceedings).

Robert B. Fleming, Fleming & Curti, P.L.C.(CHAIR)
Robert B. Fleming, partner at Fleming & Curti, PLC, in Tucson, is a certified specialist in Estate and Trust Law (certified by the State Bar of Arizona) and a Certified Elder Law Attorney (certified by the National Elder Law Foundation). Mr. Fleming is a Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is the co-author of several books, including The Elder Law Answer Book.

Emily Kile, Kile & Kupiszewski Law Firm, LLC
Emily Kile is a graduate of the Northeastern School of Law (1993) and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College (1988). Emily is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Academy of Special Needs Planners, and the Programs Committee of the Alzheimer's Association (Phoenix office).

Brent Nelson, Snell & Wilmer, LLP
Brent Nelson is a partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. Although Tucson is home base for Brent, he has offices in Tucson and Phoenix and serves clients throughout Arizona. He assists individuals, families, and financial institutions in domestic and international tax and trust and estate matters, including matters related to their closely-held business interests and investments. He is a confidante to wealthy individuals and families, where he helps clients navigate their personal and family wealth management with an eye to worldwide tax efficiency. Brent earned degrees from Northern Arizona University (B.S.), Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D.), and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M (tax)). Brent is a frequent lecturer and author on estate planning and tax topics and is the co-author of the Arizona Estate Planning and Probate Handbook (Thomson Reuters).

Elizabeth N. Rollings, Fleming & Curti, P.L.C.(CHAIR)
Elizabeth Rollings is a graduate of the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and joined the law firm of Fleming & Curti in as an associate in 2013. She is a licensed private fiduciary and her practice focuses on guardianship, conservatorship, estate planning, and trust administration. Elizabeth enjoys speaking and has presented on topics that include best practices for trustees, diverging interpretations of the H.E.M.S. standard and special needs planning.

TJ Ryan, Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold, LLP
A senior partner with Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold, LLP, T.J.'s practice encompasses virtually all aspects of estates and trusts, from estate and business planning, to probate and trust administration, to litigating contested issues related to estates and trusts. T.J. holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell; was named "Lawyer of the Year" in trust litigation for 2015 by The Best Lawyers in America; was Martindale-Hubbell's top-rated lawyer in Trusts & Estates in 2016; and was honored as a 2016 Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in the Trust and Estates category. Along with colleagues Darren Case and Brent Nelson, T.J. co-authored the Arizona Estate Planning and Probate Handbook, published by Thompson Reuters, and separately T.J was an assistant editor of the State Bar of Arizona's Arizona Probate Code Practice Manual, 5th Edition (2014).


Family Law Track

Gloria Cales, Gloria L. Cales, PC (CHAIR)
Gloria Cales has practiced family law for over 30 years. She served on the State Bar Family Law Executive Council for 17 years including being Chair of that organization. Gloria regularly teaches for the State Bar and has been co-chair of CLE by the Sea for several years.

Judge Suzanne Cohen, Maricopa County Superior Court
Judge Suzanne Cohen was appointed to the Bench in December 2012 and was recently appointed as the Family Court Presiding Judge. Prior to being appointed, Judge Cohen was a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's office and with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Judge Cohen received the 2006 Governor's award for outstanding Sexual Assault Prosecutor, Maricopa County Attorney Violent Crimes Prosecutor of the year for 2007; the 2011 Arizona Prosecuting Attorney's Advisory Council Felony Prosecutor of the year award and was commended for outstanding advocacy in a capital case by the association of government attorneys in capital litigation for 2011-2012.

David Horowitz, May, Potenza, Baran, & Gillespie, PC (CHAIR)
David Horowitz, a Certified Family Law Specialist and shareholder with May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie, is a Fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is highly experienced in Alternative Dispute Resolution including Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. David is honored to have served on the Arizona Supreme Court's Child Support Guidelines Review Workgroup, the Arizona Supreme Court's Parenting Coordinator Rule Petition Rule Committee, and the Arizona State Senate Domestic Relations Committee; he is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Advisory Commission and is its current chair.

Deborah Johnson, MC High Stakes Communication
Deborah Johnson has consulted on a variety of criminal and multi-million dollar civil and divorce cases. She is a six-time EMMY Award-winning writer/producer with a Masters Degree in cognitive psychology. She applies this lifetime of expertise to prepare challenging witnesses for high-stakes or high-risk cases.

Barb Kiffmeyer, LMSW
Barb Kiffmeyer received a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Ms. Kiffmeyer has been working as a Court-Appointed Advisor in Maricopa County Superior Court, Family Court Division since 2008. She was one of the first three Court-Appointed Advisors hired by the Office of Public Defense Services as part of their pilot program. Since that time, she has worked on more than a thousand cases involving families where there are allegations of child abuse and neglect, mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Ms. Kiffmeyer also works as a Parenting Coordinator, working with hundred of families over the years. Ms. Kiffmeyer currently serves on the Board for the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Kathleen A. McCarthy, The McCarthy Law Firm
Kathleen A. McCarthy has been a lawyer for over 40 years, practicing exclusively in the area of complex family law. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), is certified as a domestic relations specialist by the State Bar of Arizona, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, 1999-present (and earned the recognition as being named as the Best Lawyers? 2010 Tucson Family Lawyer of the Year), Super Lawyers of the Southwest, 2007-pres., and in Martindale-Hubbell?s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. She has been a guest lecturer at the Judicial College for family law judges, has written a handbook on spousal maintenance for judges and she frequently lectures and writes on family law related issues.

John (Jack) Moran, Ph. D.
John (Jack) Moran, Ph.D. is a past president of the Arizona chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AzAFCC). Dr. Moran is a member of the Board of Directors of Overcoming Barriers, Inc., and was Clinical Director of the 2016 Overcoming Barriers Vermont Family Camp. Dr. Moran, Tyler Sullivan and Matthew Sullivan, Ph.D. are the authors of Overcoming the Co-Parenting Trap; Essential Skills When a Child Rejects a Parent.

Lynda Shely, The Shely Law Firm, PC
Lynda Shely of The Shely Firm PC, Scottsdale Arizona is an ethics lawyer. She helps law firms in Arizona and DC try to follow the Rules.

Gregg R. Woodnick, Gregg R. Woodnick PLLC
Gregg is a graduate of Arizona State University College of Law. Gregg has served as a Court Appointed Advisor (CAA), Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), and Best Interests Attorney (BIA) in Maricopa County for 16 years. Gregg worked as an adjunct professor at Arizona Summit Law School and is a lecturer at Midwestern College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he regularly teaches a course on Mandatory Reporting. Gregg handles matters involving child abuse and neglect in Criminal, Family and Juvenile courts throughout Arizona.


Labor and Employment Track

Janice P. Brown, Esq., Principal Owner - The Brown Law Group
Janice P. Brown is the owner of Brown Law Group (BLG), a Southern California law firm specializing in business litigation with an emphasis in employment, intellectual property, fraud, contract, and class action litigation. Ms. Brown is also the founder of Beyond Law, a company designed to help lawyers reach their full potential; developmentally, professionally and financially in the areas of business development and networking. Ms. Brown's commitment to excellence has earned her numerous accolades throughout her career: Department of Justice-Trial Lawyer of the Year; California Association of Black Lawyers-Lawyer of the Year; Gonzaga University Alumni Association-Distinguished Alumni Merit Award; and San Diego Regional MSDC-Supplier of the Year.

Ahron Cohen, General Counsel, Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club
Ahron serves as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club and its related entities, including the Tucson Roadrunners and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation. He joined the organization in August of 2015. In this role, he oversees and advises on all legal and business aspects affecting the organization, including ownership and corporate governance matters, new arena strategic planning, Collective Bargaining Agreement analysis, employment issues, player safety compliance, litigation management, significant corporate transactions, and government relations.

Melissa Goldenberg, General Counsel, Phoenix Suns
Melissa Goldenberg is the General Counsel for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Talking Stick Resort Arena. Melissa joined the organization in June 2014, just in time to watch the Phoenix Mercury win the WNBA Championship. Melissa's responsibilities include managing all aspects of the legal affairs of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Caleb E. Jay, Senior Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks
Caleb E. Jay is the Senior Counsel for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is also a Faculty Associate at Arizona State College of Law, where he teaches in its Sports Law & Business Program. Jay earned a B.A. from Emory University, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and M.A. in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.

Ashley Kasarjian, Esq., Senior Corporate Counsel - Employment, Republic Services
Ashley Kasarjian is a labor and employment attorney at Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix, Arizona. Ashley's primary focus is providing day-to-day advice to HR departments and business executives, defending companies in litigation, and also helping businesses manage risk. She is the author and publisher of an award-winning legal blog, immediate past chair of the Editorial Board of Arizona Attorney Magazine, a member of the Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Arizona, and chair-elect of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. In addition to Ashley's employment practice, she regularly defends companies throughout the nation that are contesting citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or its state equivalent.

Joseph A. Kroeger, Snell & Wilmer LLP (CHAIR)
As a former in-house counsel, Joe Kroeger brings a corporate perspective to the practice of law to best serve the needs of his clients in an effective and cost-efficient manner. His practice focuses heavily on the prevention side of employment claims and positioning problem employment situations for the best possible defense, but Joe also litigates in a variety of federal and state judicial and administrative forums. Joe has particular experience in class action litigation, restrictive covenant/confidential information litigation, and employee background checks.

Troy E. Larkin, Esq. (CHAIR)
TROY E. LARKIN is currently employed with the Office of Principal Legal Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Previously, Mr. Larkin was an associate with Farhang & Medcoff, PLLC and an attorney with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He first started practicing law as a Deputy County Attorney in the Pima County Attorney's Office's Civil Division and worked in both the Land Use/Environment Unit as well as the Tax and Bankruptcy Unit.

P. David Lopez, Former General Counsel for the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
David Lopez is a Partner at Outten and Golden and the attorney-in-charge at the firm's Washington, DC office. Mr. Lopez is Co-chair of the Discrimination & Retaliation Practice Group. Mr. Lopez served as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from April 8, 2010 until December 9, 2016 – the longest serving General Counsel of the agency. Mr. Lopez was nominated twice by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2010 and 2014. Mr. Lopez is the first EEOC field trial attorney to be appointed as the agency's General Counsel.

Michael Mason, Esq., HR Director, APS
Michael Mason is a labor and employment attorney and human resources executive in Phoenix, AZ. He is a Director in Human Resources at Arizona Public Service Company (Pinnacle West). He also served as Senior Labor and Employment Counsel for Pinnacle West. Prior to that Michael was a Shareholder with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Rachel Molina, Esq., Senior Counsel Labor and Employment, Swift Transportation
Rachel Molina is responsible for managing all of Swift's labor and employment matters. In this role, Ms. Molina oversees all of Swift's employment lawsuits nationally. She provides daily advice to all departments at Swift regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws. Prior to joining Swift, Ms. Molina was an associate in the Labor & Employment group at Quarles & Brady LLP, in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Molina graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Magdalena Osborn, Esq., VP- General Counsel, Lovitte & Touché
Magdalena Osborn is Vice President and General Counsel of insurance brokerage firm Lovitt & Touché, Inc. She is experienced in numerous practice areas including contract law, employer compliance, employment & labor law, health law, human resources and litigation. Magdalena is a graduate of the Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute, serves on the Executive Council of the Employment & Labor Law Section of the State Bar, is a State Bar certified continuing legal education presenter, and was recently named one of Arizona's top women executives by Who's Who In Business.


Litigation Track

Chief Justice Scott Bales, Arizona Supreme Court
Chief Justice Scott Bales joined the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005 and became Chief Justice in 2014. Before joining the Court, he had practiced law in Arizona for 20 years as both a public and private lawyer. His strategic agenda, Advancing Justice Together: Courts and Communities, focuses on promoting access to justice and civil and criminal justice reforms.

Justice Robert Brutinel, Arizona Supreme Court
Justice Robert Brutinel is an associate justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2010, he served for the previous 15 years as a Superior Court judge in Yavapai County.

Judge David G. Campbell, United States District Court, District of Arizona
Judge David G. Campbell is a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona. Judge Campbell served as chair of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure from 2011 to 2015, and as a member of the committee from 2005 to 2011. He currently chairs the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, which oversees the Advisory Committees on the Federal Rules of Civil, Criminal, Appellate, and Bankruptcy Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm, Perkins Coie, LLP
Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm is a partner in Perkins Coie LLP, focusing on complex commercial and construction litigation. She serves on the Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Civil Justice Reform, and previously served on its Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. Jodi is a member and Vice-Chair of the Bar's Civil Practice & Procedure Committee, and is a past Chair of its Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. In addition to her litigation practice, Jodi serves on the AAA's Panel of Commercial and Construction Neutrals. She was a co-recipient of the Bar's Member of the Year Award in 2016.

Andrew Jacobs, Snell & Wilmer LLP (CHAIR)
Andrew Jacobs, a partner with Snell & Wilmer LLP, is the present Chair of the State Bar's Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, and has served on the Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Practice. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992, and his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1989.

William G. Klain, Lang & Klain, PC (CHAIR)
William G. Klain, a member of Lang & Klain, PC, focuses his practice on complex corporate and commercial litigation. Among other rules-related activities, he co-chaired the Arizona Supreme Court's Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, and serves on the Court's Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence and the State Bar's Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, which he chaired from 2011-2014. He received his J.D. from the University of Denver and B.A. from the University of Richmond, and lives in Phoenix with his wife, Carrie, and their two daughters.

Judge Patricia K. Norris, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
The Hon. Patricia K. Norris was appointed to Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals by Governor Janet Napolitano in 2003. Judge Norris received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University (1974) and J.D. degree, magna cum laude (1977) from Arizona State University College of Law. She was previously a partner at Lewis and Roca in Phoenix, practicing in civil and commercial litigation and appeals, and before that, clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Patricia Lee Refo, Snell & Wilmer, LLP
Patricia Lee Refo is a partner with Snell & Wilmer. Her practice is concentrated in complex commercial litigation and internal investigations, with extensive experience in financial institutions litigation, professional malpractice defense, class actions, trade secret litigation, and commercial and business torts. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on the Arizona Rules of Evidence and served from 2000-2006 on the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence by appointment of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. The National Law Journal named her one of 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.

Judge Peter Swann, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Judge Peter Swann was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 2008. From 2003-08 he was a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court. From 2006-08, he served as Associate Civil Presiding Judge and helped develop the court's electronic filing system. Judge Swann received his law degree from Univ. of Maryland Law School, graduating first in class, 1991. In 2008, Judge Swann was named "Judge of the Year" by the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Board of Trial Advocates, and in 2016 by the Arizona Supreme Court.

Judge Randall H. Warner, Maricopa County Superior Court, Presiding Civil Judge
Randall H. Warner has been a judge of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County since October 1, 2007. He is currently the Civil Presiding Judge in Maricopa County and has a complex civil calendar. He chairs the Court's Commercial Court Practices and Procedures Committee, and is a member of the Supreme Court's Committee on Superior Court and the State Bar's Civil Practice and Procedures Committee.




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