• Michael Preston Green, a partner/director with Fennemore Craig, has been named the inaugural Phoenix Government Relations Lawyer of the Year for 2011 by legal industry publication “Best Lawyers.”
Only one lawyer is chosen in high-profile legal specialty areas in large legal communities to be recognized as lawyer of the year. Lawyers afforded this honor must “have received particularly high ratings” in surveys by “earning a high level of respect among their peers.”
The publication, which recognizes attorneys with various awards, bases its honors on more than 3 million “detailed evaluations” of lawyers by other lawyers.
• James Burgess, a shareholder at Fennemore Craig, was recently recognized as the top fundraiser in Arizona for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) program. This is his third year in a row as the top fundraiser in Arizona. Burgess’ total of $44,844 raised this year is the second highest in the United States among TNT cyclists.
Burgess logged 100 miles around Lake Tahoe during the America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride Event in June to raise money to fund medical research and to provide patient services to blood cancer victims.
• Frank G. Long, of counsel in law firm Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix Intellectual Property practice, has been elected to serve as vice chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Arizona. His main responsibility will be to develop the section’s programming for the 2011 State Bar Convention.
Long will begin his service as chair in July 2011.
• T. James Lee, a shareholder at Fennemore Craig, has been elected as a fellow of the nonprofit American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
According to its website, members of the organization are elected by “demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.”
Lee is a board-certified trust and estate specialist.
• Fennemore Craig has added the following three people to its Phoenix office:
• Todd Allison has joined the firm as a litigation associate. Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from the University of New Mexico and a juris doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.
• Daniel Arana has joined the firm as an associate in the area of business and finance. Arana earned his law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law with an emphasis on international trade and business law. Prior to joining the firm Arana served as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tucson.
• Carrie Pixler has joined the firm as an associate in the area of labor and employment. Pixler received her law degree from William & Mary School of Law. Her professional experience includes coordinating constituent services in the southern Arizona Office of Gov. Janet Napolitano.
• Richard Adkerson, CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, will be inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame during the 28th Annual American Mining Hall of Fame Awards Banquet Dec. 4 in Tucson.
Adkerson is being recognized for his leadership during Freeport’s $26 billion acquisition of Arizona mining giant Phelps Dodge Corp. in 2007, which turned Freeport into the world’s largest publicly traded copper company.
The following three people will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame:
• J. Park Channing, developer and manager, Miami Copper Company
• Arthur C. Daman, founder, Denver Equipment Company
• Charles F. Park, Jr., professor of geology and author, Stanford University
• Terry McNulty, president of T.P. McNulty & Associates, will receive an award of merit.
• Nyal Niemuth, chief mining engineer, Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, will also receive an award of merit.
• Friends of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, a volunteer organization that donates10,000 hours of docent work to the museum annually, will be recognized with a special award.
• Gloria Feldt, author and former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has been named to the Emerge Arizona Board of Directors.
Feldt’s new book: “‘No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power’ speaks directly to the women we want to see training and running for office all across the country,” said Karen Middleton, president of Emerge America.
Emerge Arizona trains Democratic-minded women to run for political office.