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.

2015 Recipient

Chen, George

GEORGE C. CHEN is a Partner at Bryan Cave LLP and leads the intellectual property practice in its Phoenix office. He partners with clients to protect, litigate, and license intellectual property, including (1) representing electronics companies and gun manufacturers in patent lawsuits; (2) representing real estate developers, utility companies, and Internet search companies in trademark lawsuits; (3) representing software companies in copyright lawsuits; and (4) preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark, and copyright applications for universities, sporting goods companies, and eCommerce companies. George is recognized by Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers of America® for excellence in intellectual property law and litigation, and was honored as a "Top Pro Bono Attorney" by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. He also is a co-inventor of four US patents. George is the President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), representing the interests of 70 affiliates and over 40,000 APA lawyers and judges. George earned his B.S. from MIT in electrical engineering, with a minor in economics, and he worked as an engineer at Motorola, Inc. while earning his M.S. from ASU in electrical engineering, with an emphasis in solid state electronics. He earned his J.D. with honors from ASU.



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