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Apr10

Alice Jones presents CLE regarding overview and update on the Civil Appellate Rules of Procedure

Alice presented a continuing legal education seminar providing an overview of civil appeals in Arizona, built around the principle that, in every case, it is important to anticipate and prepare for the possibility that an order or judgment may be appealed.  The presentation reviewed what judgments and orders may be appealed, the requirements for an appealable judgment or order, the relevant procedures and applicable rules in special actions and direct appeals, the importance of creating a good record for the appeal, the policies applicable to the different divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals, and general practice tips for briefing …

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Mar29

Legal Clerk Leanne Hay places 4th at Jessup Moot Court Competition, will attend World Competition

Legal clerk Leanne Hay placed 4th in the pacific regional of the Jessup Moot Court Competition.  She and her team from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law placed first overall in the region.  She will be travelling to Washington, DC in April, 2019 to compete in the World Competition, which is widely considered the largest and most prestigious of the moot court competitions.  Best wishes to Leanne at the competition.…

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Mar26

Jason Kasting presents CLE regarding updates to Arizona Rules of Ethics

On March 11, 2019, BOWW attorney Jason Kasting presented a CLE entitled Arizona Ethics Refresh and Update.  The presentation focused on new and emerging topics and trends within the realm of legal ethics, in addition to providing an overview of updates to long-standing tenets of legal ethics.

Jason discussed technological competence in light of new technologies’ impact on the practice of law.  Subtopics included preventing inadvertent or unauthorized disclosures of client information or confidences, use of social media both affirmatively and defensively in civil litigation, e-discovery ethics, and ethics concerns that derive from metadata, cloud storage, and file sharing services.  …

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Mar22

Tom Galbraith offers CLE on “Lawyer Behavior for Survival and Elegance”

On March 21, 2019, Mr. Tom Galbraith presented a CLE entitled “Lawyer Behavior for Survival and Elegance.” Mr. Galbraith gave an informative and entertaining view of the perils and pitfalls of practicing law as well as solutions to overcome them. Mr. Galbraith reviewed the desire to win, egos, financial pressures, and client issues as some of the perils of practicing law. He also discussed solutions for survival and becoming an elegant lawyer such as immediately sharing with others when problems arise, being mindful what you say in ink, how to communicate with consultants, recognizing your limits, staying within the scope …

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Feb8

Jathan McLaughlin prevails at the Court of Appeals in a matter arising out of an administrative hearing

Attorney Jathan McLaughlin recently prevailed at the Court of Appeals in a matter arising out of an administrative hearing.  The case, dealing with contract termination, was litigated by the Firm at the administrative hearing level and through two sets of appeals – to the Lower Court of Maricopa County Superior Court and the Court of Appeals – prevailing at every stage.…

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Jan30

Nick Scavio conducts CLE on federal court procedures

On January 29, 2019 , Nick Scavio conducted a CLE for the firm titled “Federal Court: How to get there (and what to do once you’re in)”.  With the growing number of Federal Court matters our firm is taking, this CLE gave members of the firm a chance to review jurisdictional requirements of the District Court.  In doing so, this CLE covered subject matter jurisdiction, including diversity jurisdiction and how to remove.  Nick also discussed personal jurisdiction and performed a case study of where we successfully dismissed a case brought in the wrong venue.  Finally, Nick compared practice in the …

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Dec10

Dani Chronister presents CLE on ABA task force for attorney well-being

On December 6, 2018, BOWW attorney Dani Chronister presented a CLE entitled The Current State of Attorney Well-Being and Recommendations for Positive Change.  The presentation focused on the 2017 National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being Report published by the American Bar Association and some of its surprising findings.  The goal of the task force and the CLE was to impart a realistic sense of the wellness red flags within the profession, as well as new ideas on how to combat those red flags in order to maintain a long and happy legal career.

Dani discussed the facts and figures set …

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Nov20

Richard Chambliss secures dismissal on behalf of legal malpractice client

In defending a legal malpractice action in which the plaintiff asserted a claim for wrongful institution of civil proceedings, Mr. Chambliss prepared a motion for summary judgment that set forth the detailed investigation the lawyer had done before filing the lawsuit in the underlying action.  Mr. Chambliss coupled the motion with a demand the claims be dismissed or Defendant would pursue fees pursuant to Rule 11.  On the eve of oral argument, Plaintiffs agreed to dismiss the claims against the lawyer, with prejudice.  Pursuant to stipulation, the Court dismissed the claims in November.…

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Oct4

Tyler Abrahams secures dismissal of Complaint and monetary sanctions due to Plaintiffs’ discovery violations

On behalf of his attorney clients, Tyler Abrahams obtained a judgment in his client’s favor after proving the plaintiffs had suppressed and spoliated evidence throughout the litigation.  Mr. Abrahams oversaw a two year long forensic discovery investigation into the plaintiffs’ computers and email accounts.  His detailed analysis and arguments established how the plaintiff’s misdeeds were severe violations of Rules 11 and Rule 37.  The Court agreed that the only appropriate sanction was a complete dismissal of the Complaint.  The court also awarded the defendants their attorneys fees and costs incurred in having to retain a forensic expert to prove the …

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