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Capitol Spotlight – Week of July 4

tCarey named finalist for 2014 Public Justice Trial Lawyers of Year Award
Phoenix-based lawyer Rob Carey is among the attorneys from the consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman to be named finalists for the 2014 Public Justice Trial Lawyers of the Year award.

He and the others are being recognized for their work getting a $1.6 billion settlement for consumers in the case against Toyota regarding  sudden, unintended acceleration.

The other recognized attorneys from the nine-city firm are managing partner Steve Berman and partners Sean Matt, Jeniphr Breckenridge,  Barbara Mahoney, Elaine Byszewski, and former partner Lisa Hasselman.

Carey, a partner who handles various types of class-action lawsuits,  led Hagens Berman¹s initial efforts in the Toyota matter, filing the firm’s first cases. Berman was ultimately named co-lead counsel for the  economic loss class in the case and negotiated the settlement with Toyota.

The $1.6 billion settlement benefited about 22 million consumers, making it the largest settlement in history involving defective automobiles. The settlement also required Toyota to pay $30 million to fund automotive safety research and driver education.

McMahon elected chairman of health care board

Terence McMahon has been elected chairman of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors. Director Mark Dewane was elected to serve another term as vice-chair.

The board elected McMahon to lead the panel that oversees the Maricopa Integrated Health System, which includes Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, the Arizona Children’s Center, two behavioral health centers and a network of 11 community health centers.

McMahon, who is retired, has been on the board since 2012. He succeeds Mary A. Harden, RN, who will continue to serve as a board member.

McMahon’s experience in the public and private sectors includes policy analysis and definition, long-range strategic planning, budget analysis, construction and quality management.

Lyn Harry White Joins Clark Hill PLC
Lyn Harry White has joined Clark Hill PLC Phoenix as director of government and public affairs.

White joins the law firm’s government and public affairs practice from Freeport McMoRan, where for nearly two decades she served as the company and its predecessor’s government relations director. In her corporate public affairs role, White facilitated numerous public policy accomplishments. Prior experiences include serving in political positions for U.S. Sen. John McCain, U.S. Rep. John Shadegg, U.S. House Minority Leader John Rhodes and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.

White has extensive expertise in mining, land use, water management, environment, natural resources, energy, taxation, budget, planning & zoning and general business issues at the local, state and federal levels of government. In addition, she has a wide range of experience in civic, community and political activities.

She has served on numerous associations, boards and commissions including the National Mining Association, the State Society of Arizona, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Mining Association, the Mine Advisory Council, the Arizona Trail Association, Arizona Tax Research Association, the Arizona Mexico Commission, Arizona Electric Choice and Competition, the Arizona Water Resource Development Commission, the Arizona Centennial Commission, Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee, and Fiscal Accountability and Reform Efforts Committee.

White received her B.A. in political science, statistics/economics from Arizona State University and attended George Washington University for graduate studies.

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